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: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200187/public_transport/154/bus_travel

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 – https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/garway-new-community-centre-2 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: https://youtu.be/aGdCeFjI30k

 

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

 

Visit the campaign page to vote: https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/garway-new-community-centre-2

 

Calling Transition Leominster!

Exciting news! There is to be a short AGM on Friday 22nd September, 7pm at Leominster Community Centre.

It has been a few years since an AGM was held so come and share ideas, hear about what  has been happening  and about things that are planned.

After the AGM, Richard Priestley, environmentalist, blogger and inspirational speaker will give a talk entitled Can We Feed 9 Billion People Sustainably?

We hope to see you there!

from Transition Leominster Core Group 

Applewood Courses for Harvest Season

As we head into autumn there is an exciting and pioneering range of courses at Applewood. These courses will engage, empower and enliven us to be our full selves and be proactive in creating the world we want to live in.  Looby Macnamara, a cutting edge author, facilitator and permaculture designer will be joined by other leading permaculturists.
Empowering Women with Permaculture with Looby and Maddy Harland 31st august -3rd Sept
People Permaculture Facilitator’s Training with Looby and Peter Cow 19th -29th Sept (plus year long mentoring programme)
Cultural Emergence Design Course with Looby 3rd-8th Oct
Learning the language of systems and patterns with Looby and Aranya 12th-15th Oct
Permaculture Your Body with Aranya, Lizzie Franklin and Dick Thompson 19th- 22nd Oct
Next year’s Permaculture Design courses and more are in the pipeline, please be in contact if you would like to be kept informed.

Golden Valley Food Assembly

On Thursday September 7th from 4.30pm – 6.30pm join local people in celebrating a year of the Golden Valley Food Assembly, with music, games, crafts and even more fantastic local food.

For more information about the evening or how to order food contact

  • Hazel 07814 696480
  • Tim 07980 863577
  • goldenvalleyfoodassembly@gmail.com
  • @GVfoodassembly

 

THE GOLDEN VALLEY FOOD ASSEMBLY : order your fresh food from local producers online for collection on Thursdays

All welcome – no need to order to come and join the fun on Thursday 7th – just go along and find out more…

The Hub @ St Peter’s Centre, Peterchurch

HGN Members Meeting coming up…

A date for your diaries – the next meeting of the Herefordshire Green Network will be on Wednesday 20th September from 5 – 6.30pm at De Koffie Pot.

HGN Members Meetings are an opportunity to hear what groups from around the county are getting up to in their local area, and to share your own ideas and activities with others. We also aim to check in on any strategic level activities that might affect us in the towns and villages, and generally inform ourselves about opportunities ahead.

In an ideal world the timing of this meeting will mean that you can pick up some local produce from the Sunset Market (3 – 7pm), join in on some of the beautiful singing of the Turnastone Peace Choir (6 – 7pm), grab a bite to eat maybe…  and then join the September HGN Gathering at 7.30pm. Of course work & commitments sometimes throw complications into the ideal – but here’s hoping!

Please could you RSVP to let Kate know if you are coming along (email kate@hgnetwork.org), and also send along any ideas for agenda items.

 

Rubbish Art!!

Hopefully some of you will have checked out The Road Spill Shrine currently showing at MadeintheMarchesGallery @ No.12 Church St. Kington:
“The shrine is made from the rubbish I have picked up from the hedges and verges during walks I have taken around the roads and lanes in this beautiful corner of our boarder country. I gave myself 6 weeks to the material and restricted the area of search to make a point about the state of our pathments and roadsides. I have used mostly drink cans as they are bright, shinny and durable as well as being easily recycled. I called the shrine The Road Spill because the road flattened cans seemed like a form of road kill … but this had been no accident, this had all been deliberately dumped.”
Artist, Paul Baines

The Heart of our Nature

What makes a healthy culture? How can we speak and listen from our hearts?

Join this weekend workshop at Turnastone LAND Centre, 15th – 17th September.

Using wisdom from traditional cultures and social permaculture the workshop will challenge us to find ways to nurture a truly healthy culture in our lives every day.

For more information contact benjaminsalmon@gmail.com / hattie@firelight.org.uk / 01981 55 11 31.

 

h.Energy – is coming!

A fabulous programme of events, talks and activities is emerging for this year’s h.Energy. The programme focuses primarily on Left Bank Village and Queenswood Country Park, and will take place over the weekend of the 14th & 15th October – so put the dates in your diaries.

More to follow very soon. In the meantime have a look at the new h.Energy website, or if you have a talk or a stall or an activity – or another h.Energy related idea you would like to share – please get in touch!

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