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

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

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…


Sharing Culture at TAWAI

Thanks to all of you who joined the showing of TAWAI last night – and especially to large group who joined us to sit outside in the coolness of the summer’s evening, and reflect on the themes and issues raised for us all by the film.

Thanks to our panelists Cecibel Egan (Pachamama) and Jon Dover (Integral View) for their fascinating insights. Jon’s interest is in the development and transformation of human consciousness based on the ideas of Ken Wilbur, and he drew on Wilbur’s model of human evolution in our discussion. Pachamama is a group of four women from around the UK who will be travelling to Bolivia in October with our prayers and messages of reconnection to the Earth.

Cecibel talked a little about Pachamama in our discussion, and also drew on her own family background in rural Peru as we talked about the inspirational egalitarian hunter-gatherer society featured in the film.  Director Bruce Parry particularly highlights the move from hunter-gather society to agricultural society as the inevitable point of change in our relationship with the land – but also with each other. It is a transition from a culture where ‘personality and wellbeing is inseparable from the group and the landscape…’ to one of ownership – possession, and exploitation.

Our group regretted that the key players in the film were so dominantly male, but otherwise in equal part felt moved, saddened and uplifted by the themes the film portrayed. We would have liked to have sat and discussed for longer … but as the lights turned off in the Courtyard we too disappeared off into the night on our separate journeys home around 10.30pm.


Our next film at the Courtyard will be a showing of In Our Hands on Thursday 25th October to follow h.Energy. 

TAWAI – not to be missed!

Join HGN on Monday 9th July, 8pm at Hereford’s Courtyard for a showing of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry.

The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of Parry’s film, and after the showing we will be considering our own feelings of disconnection – and our quests for reconnection in the context of our rapidly changing world. The discussion will be helped along by the expertise of our friends in HGN, including Cecibel Egan of the Pachamama Project.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Booking & ticket details here:

July Gathering: Multigenerational Wisdom!

This is a BELTER of a gathering before our August break!
Getting Multigenerational Involvement
July 18th 2018 7.30pm
YFC Centre, Beech Business Park, Tillington Road, Hereford HR4 9QJ
We’ll have quick updates from our campaign groups – Plastics Action and Divest – and confirm initial plans for October’s h.Energy Weekend.
(Thanks for all the sign-ups – still time to register your interest as an exhibitor, and crowdfunder still open please SHARE SHARE SHARE! Just a fiver from 10 of you would transorm our weekend plans!)
Followed by a great workshop:
“Getting Mutigenerational Involvement in your Project”
In a time constricted ever busier world, it’s really important to appeal to all age groups to ensure all are included, and we don’t stigmatise any age group away from our activities. Christine Hope and Liz Knight will talk about simple solutions through advertising and holding a gathering – to get the best results.
Christine and Liz are facilitators with experience of multigenerational working, and have an interactive session which should start our conversations to get more people on board in our sustainability projects.
Its a great opportunity for anybody to come to make a difference for a more cohesive society.
More info and let us know you’re coming on the facebook page – thanks.
(And – did I mention that the crowdfunder is STILL OPEN…?!  🙂
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