Free online HGN Workshop next week Small Funds for Small Groups – Wed 8th April

Wed 8th April 5pm – 7pm

Join us for the last chance in this current round of workshops to get expert advice about how to raise funds for your groups. Maybe some of our enforced time at home will give us the opportunity to work on funding bids or income generation for our groups?

Rebecca Tully will be leading the workshop and has lots of practical ideas about how to be successful. More details about the workshop content can be found here:

Join the workshop by Zoom by using this link (which can also be found on the HWT calendar)

It would be useful to know who will be joining us so if you will be there, please email if possible.

If you are having trouble using Zoom or want some support in getting going online,  Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

Online offerings (and help to get access)

HGN introduction to Zoom session

If you would like to try out Zoom away from the pressure of a formal meeting some members of HGN will be online to support an informal introductory session and chat on Wednesday 25th March between 4 – 4.30pm. If you would like to join this chat please follow the Zoom download instructions and sign in for this meeting just before it starts by clicking this link:

The instructions about how to set up Zoom on your computer are shown in a document on the HGN website (Resources/HGN Documents/General)

Free weekly Zoom introductions with Rebecca Tully

Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

HGN workshop this week

HGN workshop this week – Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online

Emergence Magazine

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Emergency Magazine are hosting a new range of online sessions – see for more details.

Contributor Conversations each week will feature an Emergence contributor reading an excerpt from an essay and discussing their creative process every week.

Book Club each month the Emergence Magazine Book Club will read a book written by one of their our contributors.

Nature Writing Courses – an opportunity to explore and develop creative work—non-fiction, fiction, or poetry—in response to given prompts.

Four part workshop, Embracing Vulnerability and Connection –Led by Spiritual Ecology facilitator Amrita Bhohi

Upcoming HGN Spring workshops are going online!

We are pleased to be able to hold the rest of our successful free Spring workshops online via the video conferencing app, Zoom (follow this link for details about how to download and use it:

The remaining workshops and Zoom invitations are below:

Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online

Wednesday 8th April 5pm to 7pm Small Funds for Small Groups

Wednesday 22nd April 5pm to 7pm Engaging the Public with Environmental Issues

More details of the exciting programmes on offer can be seen here:

Please click on the meeting invitation at the start of the workshop to join. It would be great to know who is joining us so, if possible, please let us know that you will be there by emailing

HGN Free workshops update – extra dates

We have re-arranged two of our workshops to enable more people to attend so please note the new details below:

Small Funds for Small Groups: Wed 8th April at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Engaging the Public on Environmental Issues: Wed  22nd April, Ross on Wye (venue tbc) 5pm – 7pm

The other workshops will go ahead as planned:

Engaging the Public on Environmental Issues: Wed 11th March at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Social Media and Working Online: Wed 18th March at St.Mary’s Church Hall, Ross on Wye 5pm-7pm

Social Media and Working Online: Wed 25th March at at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Full descriptions of the workshops and venue details can be found here:

EMAIL to book a place

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 ( or Averil (

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 ( or Averil ( 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:

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:

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

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!


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

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