Latest IPCC report on global warming

The IPCC have published their latest report outlining what needs to be done in order to ensure that we limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees centigrade above what existed in pre-industrial times.

The report warns that we have only 12 years to make radical changes in order to ensure global warming does not rise even higher.  Many commentators and journalists have begun discussing the report and its implications.

As one of our members has commented, given the understandable scientific rigour that goes into the IPCC reports, it has always meant that the reports are behind the curve by the time that they are released and due to the speed with which changes are happening.

Here’s one person’s take on the analysis undertaken by the IPCC, which argues that the IPCC has been underestimating climate change risks….

Too many apples?

If you have more apples than you know what to do with at this time of year, then Herefordshire Wildlife Trust encourage you to get in touch with their Orchard Origins team.

You can drop off your apples and they’ll be returned to you as bottles of beautiful apple juice!

Full details of the range of services on offer and contacts details for Orchard Origins can be found here.


Mistletoe Festival

The first meeting of the core group organising Hereford’s first Mistletoe Festival will take place this Wednesday, 10 October at 6.30pm at Hereford Cider Museum tea rooms.

If you’d like to be involved or join this meeting, do get in touch with Patricia:

Wye Unnecessary Plastic

Members of HGN joined a meeting of Wye Unnecessary Plastic (Wye UP) last week to see how we can develop a similar working group here in Hereford to complement the wonderful work that Wye UP are carrying out in Ross on Wye.

The Ross group were delighted that we are so interested in what they are doing. They are happy to share their ideas for minimising plastic use by businesses and individuals in their town.  They are targeting local independent businesses and via a regular column in the Ross Gazette are helping to influence and change individual’s behaviour and expectations.

Wye UP have agreed to share with us their logo and other resources to use in carrying out similar work in Hereford – so many thanks to them for this support!  The Hereford group will meet with Wye UP again to discuss using the resources in more detail and will then work with a volunteer group to begin visiting businesses in Hereford.

So please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved in this work – – and we’ll keep you updated with news of further action.



So as I’m sure you all know by now h.Energy is happening on and around next weekend – 13/14th October!

Saturday 13th October has a range of exciting things to pull people in at the Kindle Centre, by ASDA in Hereford. We have a kids cooking activity, a TESLA car, more clothes swapping, bike and household repairs, a range of stalls and a big community lunch!

This will be a good opportunity to showcase what members are up to! So if you’d still like to be part of this with your organisation or business please let Rebecca know – this is the easiest way:

Look forward to hearing from you!

Full h.Energy events and activity listings can be found here.


h.Energy Travel…..

For those of you visiting Queenswood next weekend on Sunday 14 Oct, we are hoping that many of you will be able to lift share or take the bus.

For lift shares you could advertise your available car spaces via the H.Energy Facebook page, or use the Lift Share app recommended by Herefordshire Council.

This would be so helpful because:

  • it saves car journeys (saving carbon & money!)
  • there may be pressure on car parking at Queenswood if the event is popular
  • there may be people who want to go but don’t have transport

The 492 bus service runs between Hereford and Leominster at numerous times during the day and stops at Queenswood.

A full list of h.Energy activities taking place at Queenswood on 14 October can be found here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

A Singing Protest…..

Cathy Monkley has asked us to circulate her following message, in case anyone would like to join her this Saturday in a trip to Preston:

“Many of you will be aware that 3 people are now in prison for peacefully protesting against fracking at Preston New Road.  While no-one would suggest that disruption to the traffic did not occur, as the main road was presumably closed for a few days due to their action, many people feel that this was insignificant in relation to the damage that new fossil fuel infrastructure does to our ability to combat climate change.

This Saturday people are gathering at Preston rail station at 12.30 to walk to the prison in order to show support for these 3 people.  It seems that the intention is to sing outside so that they can hear the support they have.  I shall be going.

If anyone would like to join me I shall be on the train which leaves Hereford at 07:37 hrs although I shall get on at Ledbury.  I will catch the 15:17 train home which gets to Hereford at 19:16.”

Cathy Monkley

October Activities with Transition Leominster

October is a busy month for Transition Leominster:

13th October – as part of h.Energy they will have an electric car & bicycle display in Corn Square – happening at same time as Leominster’s local food market (10am-1pm.)

20th October – The Green Party will host the annual Apple Fair aided by Transition members

24th October is the day of the Peace Train – meet on the station platform at 11 am to hand over a local petition against nuclear weapons – the petition is currently at the Community Centre if you’d like to sign it. More background about the Peace Train here.

Applewood Permaculture Centre – New 2019 Courses

Applewood Permaculture Centre in North Herefordshire has published its course timetable for 2019. In particular there are some events targeted for local folk – see:

See the Applewood website for more details, to contact or sign up for their Newsletter.

Herefordshire Affordable Warmth Network meeting

Marches Energy Agency will be hosting a meeting of the Herefordshire Affordable Warmth Network, on Thursday 4th October at Hereford Town Hall from 2 – 4 pm.

The meeting will give partners an update on the progress of the Keep Herefordshire Warm project to date and introduce the offers & services that are available to residents this coming winter. They also hope to discuss emerging funding opportunities and invite partners to engage in current projects.  Up to date promotional material will be available to attendees.

Please feel free to forward this invite to colleagues / other organisations who you feel may be interested.

In order to have an idea of likely numbers, please contact Ollie if you are planning to attend. Email:  Tel: 01743 277114.

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