Stop the Solar Attack!

From March 2019, the government plans to scrap the export tariff payment for people who buy solar panels.

This means that people will no longer  be paid for the excess energy they produce, while producers of other types of power, like oil and gas, will still receive payments.

 

The government is not helping us build a nation of clean energy and the solar industry feels like it is again under attack.

If you would like to tell the government this is a terrible idea, you can sign the petition  here.

A Frack-free Wales?

This is exciting news from just over the border….!

The Welsh government has proposed new rules to permanently prevent fracking in Wales.

They’re now consulting on the plans. And if enough of us support the proposal, we can make sure that Wales stays frack free forever.

If you don’t want to contact the Welsh government directly, you can add your name to the petition being forwarded by Friends of the Earth to tell the Welsh government that you support an end to fracking.

The proposal doesn’t go as far as some would like. It’s not an outright ban and it doesn’t cover all sources of fossil fuels, like coal bed methane. But if it gets passed, it would effectively kill off fracking in Wales.

Gives us hope that this may be something we can ask of the UK government….

 

 

Shoppers Day of Revolt!

Greenpeace are co-ordinating a nationwide day of “Shoppers’ Revolt” tomorrow, Saturday 15 September: they are asking shoppers to return the plastic packaging from around their goods back to the supermarket.

Greenpeace have nominated 40 shops across the UK and one of them is Tesco in central Hereford. Local Greenpeace members will be there and would love to assist as many people as possible in returning their plastic packaging to the supermarket there.

The more of us who get involved on the day, the stronger these messages will be to the supermarket executives and share-holders!

 

 

Hereford’s First Mistletoe Festival! – Call for Stallholders

Plans are afoot for organising Hereford’s first Mistletoe Festival, which will hopefully become an annual event.

We all love a bit of mistletoe at Christmas. Why not join in and see where it lives, help with the harvest, learn about how it grows and its uses, get some to take home, eat, drink and be merry amongst the many Christmas stalls.

It’s planned to take place on the first weekend of December in a local orchard. The organisers are currently inviting expressions of interest from stall holders, including food and drink, musicians, artists, story-tellers, environmentalists, farmers and schools who may wish to participate at this event.

It will be aimed at being a fun family & Christmas oriented event and will be just 2-3 hours on either the Saturday or Sunday afternoon, so not too heavy a commitment for those involved.

If you would like to get involved please contact Patricia Ronan:

Email: pbronan@icloud.com

Tel: 07903 054699

More information will be added to their Facebook page.

This first festival is aimed at supporting the Wye Ruin It? campaign and draw attention to the countryside that will be lost.

 

 

MAKE DO & MEND! this Saturday 15th Sept

Join us this Saturday 15 Sept at the Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford for our next Make Do & Mend session! From 10 am – 2 pm.

Activities include another big Clothes Swap (refresh your autumn wardrobe?), bike & household repairs (challenge Brian! bring him something he’s never had to fix before….), kids cookery fun, and more….

We look forward to seeing you there!

Market Garden Business Opportunity at Ragmans Lane Farm

Ragman’s Lane Farm has an opportunity for someone to run their own Market Gardening business on 1.7 acres of organic land in the centre of the farm, taking over from a very successful business built up over the last 5 years.  The current tenant is leaving in the autumn to make way for a new grower and a new season.

Ragman’s is a dynamic farm in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; they have been working with organic principles and permaculture for more than 25 years and supporting people to access land to establish their own business.

You will need experience, skills and the ability to deliver a self-sustaining project.

Closing date for applications: Sept 23rd 2018.

For more information and to apply click here.

Environmental Project Funding

Neighbourly are working with a national retailer on distribution of environmental funds which they believe may be of interest to local Wildlife Trusts & other environmental groups.

The grants are £800 for organisations that can deliver an environmental clean-up project over the next year. The projects can be something you are already doing/planning, or new – some examples are litter-picks, beach cleans, river cleans, clearance or other waste reduction/educational activities. Organisations should be able to briefly tell Neighbourly at the end of the year what has been achieved, but there are no other constraints.

There is a simple form to express interest: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NbrlyEcoGrants

Neighbourly would like to hear back from interested organisations this week so please  share this widely if you can.

Do you have an electric vehicle – bike or car?

Transition Leominster are planning to showcase electric vehicles in Corn Square, Leominster during h.Energy weekend on 13th October.  This will be on the same day as Leominster’s local food market (10am-1pm) so there should be a lively buzz of people present.

If anyone has an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid or an electric bicycle please go along to show it off! Email: transitionleominster@gmail.com or speak to Transition Leominster to let them know if you would like to take part and book a place.

Touching Ground: Remembering – Reconnecting – Restoring

In a time of climate turbulence, in an age of stupid, in a culture of intolerance we are offering a short course for anyone who would like an opportunity to explore our need for wisdom and reconnection…

Over the course of four weeks we will generate a space for conversation, exchange… investigating our need for renewed connection with the land, and exploring our abiding sense of our selves as part of – not separate from – a rapidly changing ecosystem.

There are many in the environmental movement for whom the context of human use and abuse of the world’s resources has been a life’s work. Our conversations will recognise the place of grief, loss, anger and fear in this context, both on a personal and on a group level.

However we will explore these feelings alongside the reassurance and power of ritual connection and grounding.

With Cecibel Egan (Pachamama – reconnection with Mother Earth), Lucia McAuliffe (Gestalt practitioner and somatic body worker specialist), and Kate Gathercole (gestalt based group work facilitator).

This new 4 week course is offered at a special introductory price of £40. Numbers will be limited to ensure a small group of 8 people.

Join us in Hereford from 7.00 – 8.30pm on consecutive Thursday evenings between the 20th September & 11th October 2018.

For further details & to apply for a place contact Lucia McAuliffe:

missluceal@inorbit.com M: 07805 016957

18th International Economics of Happiness Conference in Bristol

 

Exploring Global Change through Local Action

Bristol, October 19th-21st October 2018

This will be the 18th international conference aimed at catalyzing a new economy that works for both people and planet.

The conference will look at systemic change and the power of local initiatives to tackle global issues, beyond outdated single-issue approaches and narrow left/right politics. Go along to inspire and be inspired, as you learn how people like us are challenging a failing system with better, practical, replicable alternatives.  You’ll meet all kinds of people, concerned with finding solutions to the crises affecting our climate, our security, our democracy, our health and mental wellbeing.

For full details please click here.

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