A message from Hereford Transport Alliance

Dear Friend I am writing to you because during the long journey of the last few years you have expressed a preference for more sustainable transport measures to address transport issues in Hereford than the previous Council Conservative administration’s policy of building the Southern Link Rad and the Western Bypass. 

As you know the new administration of IOC , Independent and Green Councillors have put these plans on hold – a “Pause and Review ” to consider whether in the context of climate change more sustainable transport measures would be effective – and a better transport policy for Hereford could be the way forward .http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=6581

The scope of the review has now been agreed, and we are entering a period of consultation and examination of alternatives http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50074586/Hereford%20Transport%20South%20Wye%20Transport%20Packages%20review%20main%20report.pdf

In case you have not spotted it, Herefordshire Council have published a new survey as part of the Transport Strategy  Review.  I have just completed mine and relatively it is a joy compared with previous consultations. 

It can be found here:
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/252/developments_in_hereford

We are hoping that you will take the time to complete this survey and reply to Herefordshire Council.

There is a very vocal lobby for keeping the bypass plans, so it is important that those of us who do not see this as the way forward continue to express our views in a constructive manner 

Best wishes, Carole Protherough 
Chair Hereford Ttransport Alliance 

Free HGN Members Funding Workshop next week. Book now!

Wednesday 12th Feb 5-7pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN. (There isn’t a car park but there is plenty of on-street parking)

SMALL FUNDS FOR SMALL GROUPS – Workshop and Q+A with Rebecca Tully What do you want to do in your area – who will it benefit and is a lack of money stopping you? As well as answering any questions you have, we will cover:
  • Describing our aims – why it’s so important
  • Grants available
  • Matching our aims to grants
  • Describing how, and for whom, our activities will have impact
Rebecca Tully has set up and run two community interest companies with a combination of grants and enterprise. She has also supported other organisations to develop, deliver and evaluate funded projects, and delivered successful crowd-funders.  She is an experienced facilitator, and a begrudging fundraiser! This evening will be an opportunity to pick up some tips for success in finding funding for your idea and learn how to take the first steps to get what you need.

TO RESERVE A PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL admin@hgnetwork.org

Repair cafe Leominster 7th March 10.00 to 12.30

Leominster community centre, Church Street (turning into School Road), Leominster HR6 8NJ

The repair café gives visitors the opportunity to have repairs done on house hold items (which are considered commercially uneconomic to do). And also, to give visitors the confidence to do repairs themselves.

The team of volunteer have a wide range of skills, which include computer peripherals, electro-mechanical and needle crafts. But we suggest if you have a particularly specialised repair, you check with us, as the volunteer make up can change from session to session.

Paul Beeden, Repair cafe Leominster 01568 616411



Herefordshire Council’s Budget – Good for the Climate?

Message from Extinction Rebellion Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council will decide its budget for the upcoming year at a meeting of full council at 10am on 14 February at Shire Hall Hereford. The intended budget has some provision for spending on climate action. Whether this is enough to deliver a net zero county by 2030 – the aspiration in the council’s climate emergency declaration – is of course open to debate. The administration has a wafer thin majority and would welcome a positive presence from us in the meeting to support what they believe is a climate-friendly budget, and to resist possible attempts by the opposition to water it down.

Please come to the Council Meeting on 14 February at Shire Hall to make our feelings known!

Background info:
Start with the draft Corporate Plan – one pager here, and the full version here

The proposed budget for 2020/2021 is here and the proposed capital budget here.

Several other more detailed papers to be found on this page if you want to dig deeper.

(The papers are dated 30 Jan for a preliminary Council meeting and amended versions will go to the meeting on 14 Feb – we are planning to attend the Feb meeting).

Questions for the Council: The meeting on 14th February is open to the public and we can submit questions in advance about the corporate plan and the proposed budget. The rules are strict, set out here, and for this meeting questions have to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 10 February. If you want to put in a question and would like help, please contact Rob at robertpalgrave@hotmail.com

Farming with Rocks to Combat Climate Change – 13th February

Hereford University Centre is holding their first lecture of the year – ‘Farming with Rocks to Combat Climate Change’ by Professor David J Beerling FRS on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 7.30pm, at Herefordshire and Ludlow College. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this free lecture. If interested, please email the Student HUB at studenthub@hlcollege.ac.uk to book your space.

Professor Beerling is the founder and Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, a premier international centre for carbon dioxide removal. He will tell us how we can use the mining industry’s waste to improve agriculture, boost yields, capture CO2 from the air and reduce harmful NO2 emissions. Event organised by the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Event link: https://events.theiet.org/farming-with-rocks-to-combat-climate-change/

HGN Members Meeting 22nd Jan ’20- update

Thanks to all those who came to the Members meeting this Wednesday. It was great to welcome old friends and new, and to see so many people there – we will need to book a bigger room for the next one!

We enjoyed hearing a little about what the groups in the room are doing, to have a brief discussion and “jazz hands” poll about the outcome from the membership discussions at the AGM and for us to talk a little about the emerging HGN role on the Herefordshire County Carbon Working Group (led by Herefordshire Council). We gave some feedback on our work with parish/town councillors via the HGN Great Collaboration Towards a Zero Carbon Herefordshire, talked about Spring Greens and also the request for HGN involvement in the River Carnival.

The theme of planting trees in response to the climate emergency is high up on the agenda of lots of groups and we are hoping to host a Gathering in April to bring interested parties together. There was also interest in the government consultation about making changes to building standard for new homes (for those interested, more details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-homes-standard-changes-to-part-l-and-part-f-of-the-building-regulations-for-new-dwellings)

Meeting minutes will be up on the website in the next week or so and there will be more info coming out in the next few weeks about the topics above.

What an exciting and enthusiastic way to start 2020! Thank you all for your contributions.

Creating a Happier & Healthier Herefordshire: Galvanising Our Green Legacy Event

5th Feb 2020 Left Bank Complex, Hereford 7.15pm for 7.30pm until 9.30pm.  

Our relation with trees is changing. We are starting to appreciate their intelligence. We have always connected woodland and well-being, but this connection has an extra dimension in the era of climate emergency. In response, our own behaviour is changing. Ethiopia planted 350 million trees in a single day last year. How was this achieved?

Let’s talk about what we can do locally in the way of tree planting and combating deforestation to help preserve biodiversity, tackle climate change and improve public health. We’ll also discuss forest schools and forest gardens.

We will hear on the night from expert speakers Richard Luff (Director of Forest Garden Scheme UK) and Jeremy Iles (UK Urban Agriculture Consortium). Come along and put deeper roots into this vital topic’

Clare Hearne (on behalf of CHHH team)

Friends of the Earth AGM – save the date!

This is a first notice of the forthcoming Herefordshire Friends of the Earth AGM to be held on Wednesday 19th February at 6pm at Gwynne House, Left Bank, Hereford.

They have several exciting projects to discuss and get involved with, so will hopefully be waking up from their long dormant stage.

They will be sending out an agenda and notice of the definitive venue in the next ten days or so please keep that date free.

For further information email Melodie at melodie4foe@gmail.com

Melodie Winch & Ruth Stanier

Spruce up your skills at HGN’s free spring workshops!

HGN members, supporters, associates, and other interested parties have the chance to spruce up their practice at three FREE workshops this spring. Each workshop will be run both in the south of the county (in Ross) and at the Jubilee Building at Queenswood Country Park, near Leominster (which will be opening as a part time Sustainable Future Centre in March). 

Our presenters, Rebecca Tully and David Urry, are both highly experienced in their fields, and their workshops are a great opportunity for both professional and personal development. Places are limited, so book in soon!

Wednesdays 12 & 26 Feb, 5-7pm:

SMALL FUNDS FOR SMALL GROUPS – Workshop and Q+A with Rebecca Tully

What do you want to do in your area – who will it benefit and is a lack of money stopping you?

As well as answering any questions you have, we will cover:

  • Describing our aims – why it’s so important
  • Grants available
  • Matching our aims to grants
  • Describing how, and for whom, our activities will have impact

Rebecca Tully has set up and run two community interest companies with a combination of grants and enterprise. She has also supported other organisations to develop, deliver and evaluate funded projects, and delivered successful crowdfunders.  She is an experienced facilitator, and a begrudging fundraiser! This evening will be an opportunity to pick up some tips for success in finding funding for your idea and learn how to take the first steps to get what you need. 

  • Wednesday 12 Feb at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye
  • Wednesday 26 Feb in the Jubilee Building, Queenswood Country Park, near Leominster HR6 0PY

Wednesdays 4 & 11 March, 5-7pm: 

ENGAGING THE PUBLIC ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES – Workshop with David Urry

An introduction to the principles of effectively engaging the public with environmental issues. We will cover some of the basics of good communication and public engagement, and look at some specific examples, from written resources to face-to-face encounters. From the traditional to the more innovative and creative, find out how best to capture people’s attention and imagination, and engage them with key issues. 

David Urry is an experienced science communicator who has worked for the Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens, The Royal Society, Wildlife Trusts and many other science and environmental organisations.  He creates bespoke written resources, activities, shows, music and theatre with the purpose of engaging people with the natural world, changing perceptions and inspiring positive action. He has honed and developed his engagement skills over the last decade and has experience of developing content for online, print and broadcast media, as well as live events and performance. He is also a practised facilitator, host and presenter, both in front of a camera and a live audience.  

Participants will be able to email David in advance with any specific questions they would like him to address.

  • Wednesday 4 March at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye
  • Wednesday 11 March in the Jubilee Building, Queenswood Country Park, near Leominster HR6 0PY

Wednesdays 18 & 25 March, 5-7pm

SOCIAL MEDIA AND WORKING ONLINE – Workshop and Q+A with Rebecca Tully

Getting the message out about your project and communicating with everyone doing it!

Working remotely is a theme in many of local projects and goes hand -in-hand with online publicity. Please bring your queries and we can find a solution together. We will cover as much of the following as we can depending on the needs of attendees:

  • A check-in of who you want to reach – and why this is important to know
  • An overview of social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Scheduling posts
  • Using a website and blog
  • Keeping in touch with e newsletters

As well as her funding expertise, Rebecca runs training live and online, and has managed the social media accounts for a range of organisations including Kids Kitchen, Stories and Supper and Herefordshire Green Network. 

  • Wednesday 18 March at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye
  • Wednesday 25 March in the Jubilee Building, Queenswood Country Park, near Leominster HR6 0PY

TO RESERVE A PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL admin@hgnetwork.org

David Urry facilitating a discussion at the HGN Great Collaboration meeting last autumn

HGN Meeting on Wednesday

Climate Emergency

Calling all HGN members, supporters, associates, and other interested parties…. come along and join us for the first Herefordshire Green Network meeting of the new year – and the new decade.

Here we are at a time of great change … embracing the opportunities of a zero carbon future – boiling frogs? or hot frogs leaping fearlessly and gracefully into renewed collaborations, hope and inspiration…

Come and hear what other community groups and individuals are getting up to around the county. Come and help us think about what the next stage of action should be for us all as a collective, and to hear about projects that HGN are currently engaged in – that would benefit from your contribution.

Click here for the Agenda, and click here for the outcome of our People’s Assembly held at last month’s HGN AGM.

We will be meeting from 5.30 – 7pm on Wednesday 22nd January, in Gwynne House at Left Bank (De Koffie Pot), Bridge Street, Hereford.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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