An Invitation…

At this turbulent time, filled with so many potentialities, what better than to join a room of Herefordshire green network friends and colleagues – to consider the year that has been, and to look forward at what lies ahead…

December’s HGN AGM is an opportunity to reflect on the year’s work… to hear the inspiring stories about what others around the county and region have been working on, and to plant the seeds of those creative plans and actions we look forward to over the coming year.

Join us at Gwynne House, Left Bank, Hereford, HR4 9DG from 5pm – 6.30pm. Then in the bar at De Koffie Pot for a shared HGN style green drink, mulling on the year that has been and concocting for the year to come. Perry Walker’s ‘Talk Shop’ will follow at 7.30pm over in Left Bank.

Click here for the meeting Agenda, Chair’s Report, Accounts and AGM Minutes from 2017.

Hope to see you there!

A Herefordshire Environmental Educators Forum  

Do you run environmental workshops with young people?

You are warmly invited to meet other environmental workshop providers at Pembridge Primary school on Thursday 6th December from 6.00pm-7.30 pm.

We will be sharing the work that we all do including: exploring the potential for collaborations, considering the possibility of creating an online directory, discussing the formation of a Little Green Schoolbook and sharing our collective wisdom.

The idea of networking like this comes from connections made by the Spring Greens Fair Schools’ Days as well as the wider Herefordshire Green Network. Please get in touch to let us know if you can make it:

Richie Cotterill- Spring Greens Fair and School Days 07777661252 or 01544 231236

Beth Williamson- The Green Schools Project Coordinator- 07729008775

 

REBEL!

Saturday December 1st

Meet on Castle Green at 11am for a Respectful, Peaceful, Inclusive day of action to launch Extinction Rebellion Hereford.

Please note that Extinction Rebellion is a totally Non-Violent Movement working with Determined Love for all life on Earth.

Themes:

– Wonder at the joy of our stunning world and everything we want to protect

– Mourning for what has already been lost and what will soon be lost

– Determination to change the course of climate destabilisation and mass extinction for the better

Aims of the Rally:

– To launch Extinction Rebellion Hereford

– To raise awareness that time is rapidly running out to avoid climate catastrophe and to slow the rate of species extinctions ….. this is a ‘wake-up’ call

– To portray a true representation of our predicament and to put Jesse Norman on notice that his constituents know what is happening and demand government action

– To get people on our side and grow our numbers because for this movement to succeed we need MASS participation

The Declaration

Ben has sent the Extinction Rebellion Declaration to Jesse Norman to put him on notice that change must happen. Jesse has been asked to respond with his perspective on the Declaration’s demands.
During the day people will sign copies of it which we will gather together when we get to the Shire Hall and later given to Jesse Norman.
Please see attachment for the Declaration wording.

Set up for the theatrical aspect of the day:
Dress code…
Children and some adults dressed as animals / trees / ‘life’ / cheerful / colourful / celebratory of life please…painted faces encouraged
Face paining will be possible on Castle Green…early attendance encouraged
Some adults completely in black as ‘mourners’ please…bring candles in jars if possible

4 or 6 adults totally in black with black net headdresses will be carrying a coffin representing our Earth and all life upon it.

Possible pallbearers so far are , Bella and Bryony.

Other mourners will walk with the coffin bearers in solemn dignity.
Children and other adults will be joyful.

There will be flags, banners and placards available but please make your own too. Please make them pertinent to the theme. If you use the extinction rebellion sign of an hour-glass inside a circle representing the Earth, please remember to keep the hour-glass upright 🙂

Bring cameras. John will be videoing but the more photos the better. Send them in to the Hereford Times and maybe we could get a page of lovely photos. Send them to the FB page too….. XR Hereford

We are all crew and need people to take on these roles please:

– EVERYONE please be aware of safety. We will have children with us who will be enjoying themselves rather than thinking about staying safe. We will have older people and less able people too. Please care for each-other and the other people using the town with respect. We are all in this together and we need love for all, to help us through. Thank you.

– People happy to talk to the public, explain what we are doing and why, invite them to join us, invite them to sign the Declaration that will be handed in at the Shire Hall. It would be good to also have a sheet of paper to collect email address of people wanting to join this list please…..please ask them to write clearly! If we can’t read it we lose that contact and we need to grow this movement as fast as possible..thanks.

– People to hand out leaflets

– A couple of people with a donation bucket asking for funds as we’re going to need money as this movement grows. If possible please make your bucket attractive…maybe decorate it with pictures of wild-life that we don’t want to lose.

Running order

Speeches on Castle Green
– Rick Guest will open the rally
– Rumy Salmon
– Ben Salmon
– Someone yet to be asked
– Cathy Monkley
– Richard Priestley
Speeches will be less than 5 mins each.

We might do a practice ‘die-in’.

During this time on Castle Green there will be face-painting and we get the chance to sign the Declaration .

Then we march and sing through Cathedral Close to stay and sing a while outside the Cathedral.

Then we’ll proceed down Broad St. into High Town.

At some point there will be a ‘die-in’ during which The Declaration will be read. The pallbearers will be still, with the other mourners gathered around them. Around them will be all the other adults and the children. There will be a double drum beat, or a bell and all except the mourners will fall to the ground and stay still.

The exact details of when and where the ‘die-in’ happens will be dictated a bit by the circumstances on the day. We might even do it in a couple of different places.

Then we sing and march our way to The Shire Hall to end the rally.

At the Shire Hall there will be a couple more short speeches probably from
– Pat Ronan from ‘Wye Ruin It’
– Rob Palgrave and
– Diana Toynbee both from The Green Party
and the signed Declaration sheets will be gathered together to be handed in to Jesse Norman.

Going with the flow!

This is a guide only and may be subject to alterations as weather / people / circumstances dictate but the rally will happen at the stated time and place provided Castle Green is not 3 foot under water!

Immediately After The Event

Please join us at De Koffie Pot, The Left Bank for a gathering to celebrate what we’ve done, decide what was good, what we won’t do again and what we need to learn for next time. A general de-brief and rally-goers friendship making session! This will give us a chance to set a date for our next meet-up.

Important Singing and Die-in Rehearsal

If you can, please join us on Friday 30th Nov to practice the songs and the bit of theatre.
Meet at ‘Clear Space’ which is above The Friends Meeting House in Broad St, in good time to start at 7pm. We have until 8:30pm to get in good voice and all excited about the following day.

Thanks

There are so many people to thank already and I am bound to miss people out who I am not aware of so please forgive me for that, but I’d like to thank:
Everyone for coming last night
Everyone who made that possible by looking after things at home
Nat for letting us have the room
Melodie and Friends of The Earth for funding
Rick, Toni, Ben, Nada, Petra, Paddy and David for doing so much organising
John for offering to video the rally
Kate for offering to bring clip-boards
Carrie for letting us borrow the coffin
Oscar and Sam for their enthusiasm about getting more young people involved
Bella for sourcing flag material
Everyone involved with banner, placard and flag production
Everyone who is happy to speak
Ben at The Rocket for being the leaflet distribution centre
Everyone who has taken leaflets around the shops and everyone who has agreed to put one up
Everyone who has invited family, friends or neighbours
Everyone who has talked about the rally / the issues with anyone
David England for that wonder picture ‘No Pomp’ on fb
And…everyone I’ve missed…thank you all.

Lastly

Please continue to invite people to join us in the family friendly event…Ta

Onwards to our better world
Cathy

Film “In our Hands- Seeding Change” – 25 Oct

“The decisions made this year are going to literally effect the farming landscape of these isles for many years to come.”

Herefordshire Green Network are delighted to be hosting another film showing of the popular “In Our Hands – Seeding Change” – this time at the Courtyard Theatre on Thurs 25 October at 8 pm. We are also lucky enough to be able to have a Q & A session with the film’s creators afterwards.

Food and farming is in crisis. In just over a decade we’ve lost more than 33,000 farms from our countryside and alongside this, bad diet is now causing more health problems than smoking. The fundamental link between people, food and the land has been broken. Yet it need not be this way.  There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets ad fairer food system for all.  At the heart of all change lies a story and In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society.

Alice Bowerman, a local farmer who brought the film to Herefordshire back in May says: “Herefordshire needs support for a more local, sustainable food system, that provides local farmers and growers with a decent wage.  This film is what our future is all about – how we produce food.”

Ian of the Landworker’s Alliance, a partner in making the film says: “There’s never been a more important time in the last 50 years to have the voices of small scale farmers around the table. An important Agriculture Bill will be debated in Parliament this autumn, and as we head towards Brexit the historic subsidies available to farmers will change…. we have the opportunity to re-imagine the subsidy landscape for generations to come.  The decisions made this year are going to literally effect the landscape of these isles for many years to come.”

Tickets are available from the Courtyard website.

HGN Gathering: 12 Characters in Search of an Apocalypse – Weds 17 Oct

I’m really excited about October’s HGN Gathering based on “12 Characters in Search of an Apocalypse,” which is happening next Weds 17 October from 7 pm at the Left Bank, Hereford.

The 12 Character project is a worldwide call for community dialogue around one of the two most significant challenges of our uncertain times – the ongoing collapse of the web of living beings that supports all life on Earth – a collapse that with each passing day gains momentum.  The goal of this project is to get people talking with one another about what is happening to them, their families and their communities.

This will be an interactive experience and we would like several people to volunteer to be readers of some of the monologues, which will be interspersed with further discussion amongst the group. It would be lovely to have 3-4 (or more) local readers.  The monologues are 3-4 paragraphs in length, around half an A4 page and take between 2-3 minutes to read. They’re all printed and we read directly from the page.

The hosts for this event may like us to meet just before the start, possibly 6-7pm for an initial read through.  This would all take place at the Left Bank.

If you’d like to join us as a reader and take part in this event, please get in touch with Rebecca (events@hgnetwork.org) or Averil (admin@hgnetwork.org).

If the reading part doesn’t appeal then please just come along and share some time with us for this important conversation.  All welcome.

Do you have an Electric Car or Bicycle?

We would love to hear from you if you have an electric or hybrid car or electric bike and would like to show it off during h.Energy weekend (13th October)!

We have space booked outside the Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford on Saturday 13th October, from 10 am – 3pm, for a few cars & bikes.  We are going to be showcasing many aspects of sustainable living during this day, with family-friendly activities and information inside, and new ways of low-carbon travel outside.

Do email Rebecca (events@hgnetwork.org) or Averil (admin@hgnetwork.org) to let them know if you would like to take part.

Make Do and Mend!

Come and join us for our next Make Do & Mend session on Saturday, September 15th 2018 at

The Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford, 10am – 2pm

Bike repairs – Clothes Swap –  Household Repairs – Food and more.

Practical activities to save energy and money every month.

Come & challenge Brian – one of our Repairer’s – can you bring him a household item that he’s never fixed before?!

The Kindle’s Knit & Stitch team will be on hand to help with clothing and textile repairs.

Do you have a ‘make do and mend’ skill you can share on any of the days?  Please get in touch with what you’re able to do and what you’d need from us – resources, fee etc.

Kid’s Kitchen will be there to cook with the kids and Growing Local will be preparing & sharing a community meal.

Here’s how the CLOTHES SWAP will work:

10-11am Drop off the clothes you don’t want & collect your tokens (max. 10 items per person).

11am-1pm Select the clothes you do want & exchange them for your tokens.

PLEASE NOTE – We will only accept clothes that are in good, clean condition. We will NOT accept shoes, socks, nightwear, babygros, underwear, hats, scarves, gloves.

The Clothes Swap normally has a good selection of children’s, men’s and women’s clothing, which will be sorted into separate sections.

Any queries about the Clothes Swap, contact Averil: averil@brightspacefoundation.org.uk.

A similar event is also scheduled for 13 October 2018 to celebrate h.Energy weekend!

To volunteer or find out more about these Make Do & Mend events, please contact Rebecca: Email: events@hgnetwork.org

Facebook event for updates and to let us know what you’re bringing:

https://www.facebook.com/events/269974263550742/

Thanks to the Big Lottery funding for helping to make this possible and our lovely partners The Kindle Centre and Brightspace.

h. Energy October 2018

The countdown has begun to another inspiring set of events to celebrate and inspire sustainability in Herefordshire. Full details will be added to the h.Energy website soon.

We have already had a huge amount of your positive energy thrown into the festival – open houses, donations, offers of talks… thank you for everything offered so far.

All the individual events will need a lot of people’s time to help them come off and we want everyone to feel supported and enjoy themselves –

so please be involved in the next couple of months – let us know what you’re interested in here.

If you’re not around on the weekend there are events happening either side, and lots of publicity and admin from right now… Averil, Wendy and I will be very happy to hear from you with anything you’re interested in – please be in touch.  We are also looking for plastic-free stalls, repair experts and HGN member organisations who’d like to showcase their work.

If you’ve volunteered before, and we already have your details – don’t worry about explaining who you are just please remind me of your contact details – thanks!

You can now download the h.Energy Poster and Leaflet containing the schedule of events. The schedule of h.Energy events & activities taking place at Queenswood on Sunday 14th October can be downloaded here.  Please feel free to circulate these documents far and wide!

CONFIRMED:

Friday 12th October: Eco-home open house in Hereford

Saturday 13th October: Repair Cafe, Clothes Swap, Family Cooking From Scratch, Electric Vehicle Displays, Talks and more at the Kindle Centre Hereford

Sunday 14th October: Fun Run, workshops, plastic-free events and a #plasticfreehere market at Queenswood Country Park.

Lead-up events include:

Kids Kitchen will be at the Fun Palace, Left Bank on 6th October cooking up a sustainable storm with a drop-in session making apple tarts from scratch with all ages.

Make Do and Mend at The Kindle Centre 15th September will feature repairs of all kinds – sewing, general household and bikes – plus family cooking and a clothes swap.

All the events will appear on the h.Energy website within the next two weeks – please keep checking back and share all the events you can with everyone you know!

September Gathering: Plastics with the Marine Conservation Society

September 19th 2018, 7.30pm Left Bank Hereford

We welcome Emma Cunningham of the Marine Conservation society to talk both national plastics campaigns, and tell us about the Wye UP campaign in Ross on Wye.

“Wye Unneccessary Plastics” have worked with local shops and businesses much like our Plastic Action Here work locally – so it will be good to share ideas and resources.

If you’ve been part of this so far in anyway it would be great to have you at this gathering so we can keep momentum. If you’re new to it all -great, we look forward to saying hi!

We’ll also re-invigorate our Divest Parliament action and check in with news of upcoming h.Energy.

Don’t forget – Make Do and Mend starts 18th August

August: A Social Gathering

We have no formal gathering in August, but Russell of Innocent Pilgrim has invited us to his yurt for a cider and cheese tasting – hurrah!

Russell will be opening the yurt from 7pm for a meet-up, social and tour of the apple farm. He will take you through some popular cheese and cider pairings, and more plans afoot to pair cider with food.

Please let us know if you can make it, and where you’re coming from so we can share lifts.

If you don’t let us know we may assume no interest so please do say!

The easiest place to do this is on the Facebook event, but you can also email events@hgnetwork.org.

Look forward to seeing you!

September’s Gathering will be back at Left Bank in Hereford, we’ll be checking in with our plastics campaign and welcoming Emma from the Marine Conservation Society with resources and ideas…

And don’t forget the start of the Make Do and Mend Saturdays at The Kindle – please spread the news far and wide – see you there…

 

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