See you on Wednesday!

A reminder of the various HGN meetings and happenings this week on Wednesday 20th September @ De Koffie Pot:

3pm – 7pm: The Sunset Market… there are still a couple of market stalls available – free of hire for your first market. Growers & Makers, Movers & Shakers of the Herefordshire Green Network! Come & be part of the movement to provide locals with an alternative to the supermarket on the way home from work & school. Stalls with local produce, arts & crafts, family friendly activities and local community information are all welcome. If you would like to hire a stall there are just a couple still available. Contact and mark FAO Sophie.

Or – of course – do just come & browse on your way to…

5pm – 6.30pm: HGN Members Meeting… To receive an agenda please confirm by email if you plan to come along to this regular meeting of the Herefordshire Green Network. Message The meeting will be upstairs in the Gallery at DKP.

6pm – 7pm: And for those of you who would rather sing .. join the Turnastone Peace Choir! The singing will be upstairs in the main meeting room, all welcome.

7.30 – 9pm: On the Buses! This month’s HGN Gathering, with our own Anna Heywood and Les Lumsden. All you need to know about the state of public transport in Herefordshire: a forum to share concerns and aspirations – and to hear whats really happening on the lanes and byways of rural Herefordshire.


Hoping to see you there.


Low Carbon Funding Workshop

Thanks to Jane Denny at Herefordshire Council for this information about a free European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) workshop:

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Low Carbon Workshop at the Mascall Centre in Ludlow on September 14

A workshop open to businesses, community and not for profit groups, or individuals working in the public sector, will help businesses and other organisations in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford find out how to apply to £8 million in funding for schemes to reduce energy usage and carbon production.

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Low Carbon Workshop at the Mascall Centre in Ludlow on September 14 will encourage stakeholders to come together to develop activity that can benefit businesses across The Marches and the economy in general.

Grants of £500,000 and above are available and can fund up to 60 per cent of the cost of a project. Applications can be submitted until April 2018 and the aim of the half-day workshop is to generate ideas that can be developed within the required timescale.

Priorities in The Marches region include improving business energy efficiency, low carbon in publicly-owned buildings, low carbon research and innovation, and renewables.

There are opportunities for projects around supporting businesses involved in the low carbon economy, renewable energy infrastructure like biomass and heat pumps, and projects which can serve as demonstrators for low carbon technologies which have an interest in the low carbon economy and energy efficiency technology


To register for a free place on the workshop, which starts at 10am and includes lunch, email by September 12.



Walk for Wildlife

Saturday 30th September 2017   –  9am to 4pm

All funds raised will support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work across its 55 nature reserves and Herefordshire’s landscapes.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is holding an ambitious Walk for Wildlife this September, Saturday 30th, raising money to look after and enhance the 55 nature reserves in its care.  The 12.5-mile walk follows the course of the River Lugg through the heart of Herefordshire’s beautiful countryside.  The walk will depart from the historic Lugg Meadow on the outskirts of Hereford City by the Trust’s offices at Lower House Farm, off Ledbury Road. Heading north, meandering through riverside pastures, the route will finish up at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum.  Much of the route runs through public footpaths as well as across private land which have been opened exclusively for this event.

The route will be waymarked and there will be stops with water along the way manned by the Trust’s staff and volunteers. We will be setting off at 9am together then participants can take the walk as fast or slow as they wish (though its hoped that everyone makes it to Queenswood by dusk!).  The route will include some rough ground, some steep climbs and no doubt mud!  The route will not be suitable for push chairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.  We suggest the walk is only suitable for older children (or very young children in slings or baby carriers) and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Dogs on leads are also most welcome.

The Lower Lugg Valley is rich in wildlife with kingfishers often spotted along the river while otters are known to breed here too.

Registration for the event costs £12 per adult, under 14s are free.  Additional sponsorship is welcome, and the entrant who raises the most money will win a prize.

The event is a fundraiser for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal, raising funds to support the regular management tasks undertaken on their 55 reserves and improve access for visitors. These reserves are important havens for wildlife and include some of the most special examples of meadows, woodlands, orchards and wetlands in the county. The Trust hopes the walk will raise around £1,000 towards their £40,000 target.

You can find all the details – and online registration – at  

Alternatively, print off a paper copy of the registration and optional sponsorship forms from the website and post to us with a cheque for your registration fee, payable to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

Venue: Starting from Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Hereford HR1 1UT

Transport: Both the start and finish points are easily accessible by public transport – details are available on the website.



Moth Talk & Supper

Go along to The Hub, St Peters Centre, Peterchurch on the 13th October at 7.30pm on National Moth Night and explore the world of moths!

Learn all about the creatures of the night and day and some of the species that have been found in the Golden Valley. Price £9 includes supper plus a soft drink.

To book a ticket contact or ring 01981 550043

How People Transform

As a follow up from his fascinating workshop last month on spiral dynamics, Jonathan Dover has sent the following message:

I’m pleased to announce a global event taking place on October 6th that is free to stream live from the Universal Hall at Findhorn.
Sign up to watch Ken Wilber and Doshin Roshi discuss The Transformational Communities of Tomorrow.
You are welcome to join as this event is streamed live to Holistic Centres, Ecovillages and Spiritual Communities around the world. The event is a collaboration between Ken Wilber, Integral Zen, Holistic Centres Network, Findhorn Foundation and Integral View.
If you would like to be there live yourself, the event also precedes a week-long Integral Zen ’sesshin’ retreat at the Findhorn Foundation, held by Zen Master Doshin Roshi.
For people who sign up but miss the event, it will be made available for download shortly afterwards.
Warm Regards,

Get out there… at h.Energy

It is now confirmed that the h.Energy Market will be making an appearance as part of the h.Energy weekend (14th – 15th October).

This is an opportunity to bring your own local sustainable activity, produce, business, craft or community project into the heart of this year’s h.Energy events. 

As you know, h.Energy is a motivational weekend of learning, laughter, creativity and fun for all the family. As usual it will feature a diverse mix of inspirational workshops and discussions, film, music, crafts and activities – however this year most of those activities will be taking place across just 2 venues: Queenswood Country Park and Hereford Left Bank Village.

To book a weekend stall in the busy and lovely De Koffie Pot Courtyard at Left Bank Village please contact asap and ask for a booking form. There are a small number of market stalls available for hire to local community organisations, producers, crafters, and energy saving companies.

As usual we are only asking for a donation to cover costs from HGN community groups who would like to come along – aiming to make stalls as accessible as possible for volunteer organisations with the help of fuller payments from more financed organisations.


Please note that this year h.Energy is almost entirely run by a team of dedicated volunteers, and sponsorship arrangements are also possible for any local organisations who might be interested!

Hoping to hear from you…

HGN Members Meeting

Just a quick update to say thank you to all of you who have sent apologies / let me know that you will be coming to the next quarterly HGN Members Meetings on Wednesday 20th September.

We already have a number of items for the agenda:

  • Get Active – an overview of some brand new funding from Awards for All to develop resource for local HGN groups
  • Food! Gleaning and Food Rescue – a very brief look at 2 great projects from over the border in Worcestershire to see whether there is an appetite in Herefordshire to pick up on these ideas…
  • HGN Gatherings – a chance to brainstorm some of the opportunities for speakers and themes at our forthcoming HGN Gatherings
  • Hereford Labyrinth – an introduction to this exciting new local project
  • Regional Transition Network – an event that is likely to happen this autumn to gauge interest in a network across the West Midlands
  • Round Table – our usual sharing of activities, projects, ideas and aspirations from groups and members around the county.

The meeting is from 5 – 6.30pm in the Gallery at De Koffie Pot.

If you plan to come along please email for a full agenda.

On The Buses!

The Guinness Book of Classic British TV describes On the Buses as ITV’s “longest running and most self-consciously unfunny series”. The slow demise of Herefordshire’s rural bus service is a similarly disappointing scenario.


Next week’s Herefordshire Green Network Gathering is an opportunity for all of us who are concerned about the decline of local bus services to find out more, and to hear about the opportunities to develop a more sustainable long term transport solution for Herefordshire.


Local experts Anna Heywood and Les Lumsdon will join us for this free evening of talks and discussion. Anna is co-owner of Drover Holidays and coordinator of Hay Cycle Fest. Les is the longstanding bus campaign coordinator at Rail & Bus for Herefordshire, and author of Slow Travel in the Marches. Both Anna and Les have played essential roles in the success story of the Hay Ho! Community Bus.


To find out more join us on Wednesday 20th September, 7.30 – 9pm at De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford. Or come along early from 3 – 7pm for the Sunset Market in De Koffie Pot’s lovely Courtyard, to buy fresh local produce in the early autumn sunshine. Bring a basket, and maybe you could even take the bus home afterwards…


For more about current local bus services or to look at bus timetables, click here:

Hereford’s Green & Blue Corridors

Part three of a series of walks run by the Hereford City branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust exploring the wilder side of Hereford City, this time through Widemarsh and Razor.

The walk will start from the foyer of The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford at 6:30pm (parking available at Merton Meadow nearby). It will end in the Three Elms area, near Whitecross School at around 8.30pm.

Everyone welcome – no need to book.

Walk leader Nic Howes is a Geographer, Trust member and reserves work party volunteer. He intends to facilitate discussions that may cover human history, geomorphology (including the legacy of the Wye glacier) and – of course – wildlife habitats.

Garway Community Centre Appeal

Garway Community Centre has been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund! The groundbreaking new Community Centre is in the running to receive a £12,500 grant from the nationally recognised M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. Having made it this far – Garway community now need your help to get the campaign over the finish line.


What makes the Garway Community Centre special?

The Garway Community Centre is a unique eco build, and the first of its kind in the UK. It’s a cutting-edge ‘Passivhaus’ design that’s clean and very cheap to run due to its highly energy efficient mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system (MVHR) which helps to dramatically reduce energy use compared to a traditional build. It really is something special – you can read more about the technology on the Garway campaign page.


How can you help?

  • Cast your vote – voting is open! And they we need as many votes as possible to be awarded the grant. Here’s the link to the the campaign and voting page – You’ll find lots more information about the MVHR system and the project itself on there.
  • Spread the word! and tell as many people as possible about this important local project. It’s the first of its kind in the UK and we want the whole country to know about it – it’s a game changer. Please share this with your friends, family and colleagues.
  • Make a donation – as well as the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund grant, there’s a crowdfunded campaign to help raise even more money to really get the Community Centre off to a flying start in December. Any and all donations are very welcome – plus, there will be some tasty rewards for early backers!


What is the money going towards?

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund grant will be put towards funding the MVHR system.

Any additional money raised through the crowdfunding will also go towards essential equipment for the Centre, and the large range of facilities and activities it will offer. Discover the many ways the Centre will be used by watching the latest video:


Thank you for your help and support – let’s win this together.


Visit the campaign page to vote:


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