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Saving Energy and Money: SusWoT working with CHEESE

SusWoT have linked up with a local  organisation called CHEESE. http://www.cheeseproject.co.uk/

CHEESE will make a video showing the heat loss, using thermal imaging cameras, in your home and give advice on how to improve things.

Mike Andrews of CHEESE came to our Christmas drinks at the Victoria and briefly explained what CHEESE did.  Mike Crabbe and Alex Dunn from SusWoT met Mike to discuss how SusWoT and CHEESE could work together to help people in Westbury on Trym save energy and hence money.

The first stage of this collaboration will be two open meetings at the Victoria, Chock Lane on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March at 8pm.  You are invited to come to either or both of these meetings.

At the meeting on 23 February Mike Andrews and a colleague will be showing off the equipment they use to show where properties lose heat and explaining how the survey process works.  There is a link to a video of this process below.

At the meeting on 2 March SusWoT will explain to SusWotters how the process survey works and discuss how SusWoT can promote the surveys and develop a plan for energy saving work to be organised.  Mike Andrews wont be at this meeting but we hope a representative of CHEESE will be there.

At both meetings you will be able to sign up for a survey.  You can also sign up to have the survey through the Cheese website .

Cheese would like to sign up 10 people to have a survey on their home.  These surveys need to take place before Easter 2017, as after that it will be too warm to do a survey effectively.  So far one person from the Christmas meeting has already booked a survey.
Video of the Survey Process:  (Password is cheese)

This video is quite old 2015 and more modern kit is being used now, but it does give an excellent idea of how the survey works.

I think this project offers us a great opportunity to help Westbury households reduce their energy consumption so saving money in a practical doable way.

If you are unable to come to the meetings you can signup for a survey here.

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SusWoT News – 10 Apr 2013

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SusWoT News

  • Fishbones and worms – it’s our AGM at 7:30pm on Thursday 11th April. Come and tell us what you’d like to see happening in Westbury. More details here.
  • Here are the minutes of the last steering group.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Friends of Badock’s Wood are holding their AGM on Tuesday April 30th at 7.30 p.m. at the Greenway Centre. Hear about all the good things that have been happening in Badock’s Wood in the last year and how the latest round of Lottery Funding is being used this year. Also note there is a paper proposing changes to the structure and constitution of the Friends of Badock’s Wood which we will need to vote on.
  • Badock’s Wood Wild Flower Walk on Sunday 21 April – see poster for details.
  • Badock’s Woodland Party. Part of the Big Lottery Funding will pay for another event the Badock’s Woodland Party which is being planned for Sunday 9th June from 2-6 p.m. and Jim O’Shaugnessy is organising this for us. If you would like to get involved in the day, hold a stall, run a workshop, lead a walk, bring your dance troupe, singing choir, arts group etc. along or give general help running the event please contact Jim on jim.os at blueyonder dot co dot uk or call him on 0117 9664318 or mobile 07722859726.
  • The Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol 3rd September 2013 to 25th July 2014 in Bristol. Two and a half days a week for 40 weeks. Visit www.shiftbristol.org.uk for details. A dynamic and holistic curriculum bringing together some of the UK’s most experienced tutors and practitioners to explore positive, creative and practical solutions towards a sustainable, community-led future. Talks, workshops, discussions, field visits, design projects and practical activities.
  • Bristol Switch and Save – now extended to April 15th – all welcome to join in – already 4500 on board in the city! http://www.bristolswitchandsave.org.uk/
  • Bristol Food Network news.
  • Find out about Bristol’s “Blue Finger”, a line of prime agricultural land bordering the M32.

Issues and Campaigns

  • Avon and Somerset Police are currently running training sessions for community speedwatch volunteers. Would any members of the community like to take part in this training and subsequently carry out speedwatch operations in the area. The date of the training session is 14 April 2013 at 1pm at Southmead Police Station. Please contact PCSO 7166 Claire Fisher for further information or advice on 101.
  • Petition to Michael Gove: Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum more details here.
  • Bristol has been shortlisted as one of four finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2015, alongside Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana. See more here.

SusWoT AGM

The Anual General Meeting of Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 11th April 2013 at Northcote Scout Hut, Great Brockeridge.

fishboneThere will be cheese and wine or apple juice on hand to help you think about what you would like to see happening in the area, then we will split into groups to share our thoughts with the help of about Mike’s mysterious fishbone. We want this to be a space for you to talk to us, not for us to talk at you.

To get you started, an example of someone who already has an idea he would like to promote is Tim Bushell, a local resident who is keen to encourage everyone to have their own wormery and he will be telling us a little bit about what that involves.

What changes would you like to see making life more sustainable?

  • Would you like to grow your own food?
  • Would you like your home to be more energy efficicent?
  • Would you like to see Westbury being more self-sufficient so you don’t have to drive miles for things?
  • Something completely different??

What’s stopping you?

  • It all sounds rather complicated and you don’t know where to start?
  • You don’t have the time, energy or inclination to get sucked into an organisation?
  • You don’t want to live in a tree, dress like Swampy or put your hair into dreadlocks?

SusWoT does not exist to tell you what to do and bully you into “being green”. We have a small core group who aim to support people in the Westbury-on-Trym area in developing their own sustainability projects. We have experience in gaining grants for new initiatives, connections to the energetic sustainability community around the city, publicity networks and above all, a supportive community of people to encourage you with your idea.

The graphic below shows an overview of projects and connections we have already.

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SusWoT News – 14 Mar 2013

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  • Thursday 11th April is the SusWoT AGM at 7:30pm, Northcote Scout Hut, Great Brockeridge. Do come along for a summary of everything that SusWoT has been doing over the last year and to input into plans for the future.We are always keen to hear from people who would like to get more involved.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Friends of Badock’s Wood are holding their AGM on Tuesday April 30th at 7.30 p.m. at the Greenway Centre. Hear about all the good things that have been happening in Badock’s Wood in the last year and how the latest round of Lottery Funding is being used this year. Also note there is a paper proposing changes to the structure and constitution of the Friends of Badock’s Wood which we will need to vote on.
  • Badock’s Woodland Party. Part of the Big Lottery Funding will pay for another event the Badock’s Woodland Party which is being planned for Sunday 9th June from 2-6 p.m. and Jim O’Shaugnessy is organising this for us. If you would like to get involved in the day, hold a stall, run a workshop, lead a walk, bring your dance troupe, singing choir, arts group etc. along or give general help running the event please contact Jim on jim.os at blueyonder dot co dot uk or call him on 0117 9664318 or mobile 07722859726.
  • Latest newsletter from Bristol Food Network
  • Life Cycle are also looking for individuals who can volunteer at least half a day a week on a regular basis. Volunteers will not come into contact with prisoners and will work in a workshop outside of the prison, equipped with plenty of tools, friendly company and a good supply of tea and biscuits. Life Cycle would also be extremely keen to hear from any professional mechanics who would be interested in sharing their skills.
  •  Hooray! you’ve reached the top of the list and finally got that allotment you’ve always dreamed of…. now what? YOUR NEW ALLOTMENT ‘From Brambles to Broccoli’ Sunday 7th April 10am-1pm at Golden Hill Community Garden: £20 – see poster for more details.
  • Bristol Switch & Save is a new collective buying scheme, helping Bristol householders and small businesses to save money on their electricity and gas bills. By joining together and negotiating as a group, we aim to get a better deal from the energy market on your behalf. As well as helping people to get a better energy deal, Bristol Switch & Save is also looking to provide a green energy choice and payment options which boost the local economy through the city’s new local currency, the Bristol Pound.
  • Avon Organic Group – next meeting,  7.30 pm Monday 25th March at new venue: YHA Bristol. Tim Foster, organic expert “How to start an allotment AND keep it going” Some useful tips and encouragement. Also Seed Swap Bring any saved seed or packets too large to use which you can divide up. Please label and mark year.   www.groworganicbristol.org
  • This year’s BIG Green Week Festival will run from 15th to 23rd June 2013. Find out all about in on their website.
  • ‘Vegucate Bristol’ upcoming 6-week film screenings in April.The film screenings take place every Tues. from April 2nd to May 7th (6:30-10pm each night) at the Polish Club.The films to be screened include: Vegucated (April 2nd & 23rd), Planeat (April 9th), Got the Facts on Milk? (April 16th), Forks over Knives (April 30th) and Peaceable Kingdom: the Journey Home (May 7th).Besides film screenings, visitors to the event can expect a feast of delicious foods (incl. free pizzas and cakes), rip-roaring stand-up comedy, and very informal discussions after the films. We’ve got really exciting acts for our stand-ups – including Sara Pascoe (Sky’s “Wall of Fame” and Channel 4’s “Stand up for the Week”), Dominic Berry (CBeebies’ “Rhyme Rocket”) and Jim Daly (“Football Special Show” from Zubox TV), and we’re absolutely chuffed to have them on board.Admission to the screenings is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. http://www.facebook.com/VegucateBristol
  • VegfestUK Bristol takes place on 24-26 May 2013.It is officially Europe’s biggest veggie festival, with last year’s show attracting over 25,000 visitors over 3 days. During the daytime, visitors can expect a feast of cuisines from across the globe, with a wealth of stallholders and caterers displaying the very best plant-based foods. These come on top of other entertainments such as cinema, talks, cookery demos, kids’ area, crazy golf, live comedy hours, workshops and music, including The Happy Mondays and many more. http://bristol.vegfest.co.uk/

Issues and Campaigns

SusWoT News – 28 Feb 2013

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SusWoT News

  • Here are the minutes of the Open Meeting on 21st February. Get Growing is well underway this year with an ever-expanding range of produce being raised from seed.
  • The latest SusWoT newsletter has the usual wealth of interesting features including a focus this time on bees.
  • Forest of Avon are offering discounted native trees. See this leaflet for details of the scheme and species. Orders sent to us by 8th March at suswot2050@gmail.com with the details on the leaflet can be picked up from the March Local Produce Market.
  • Here’s a handy guide to the 10 easiest-to-grow vegetables for those who aren’t so confident in their growing skills.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Saturday 2nd March 2013 – TENONS 2013 Seminar : Drip to Downpour – Managing the Extremes. 10:00am to 12:30pm, Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare. See poster for more details.
  • Held by the fountains opposite Bristol Hippodrome from 11am – 2pm, Life Cycle’s March 6th bike sale will offer a wide range of bikes, ranging in price from £60 – £250 for adult bikes and £30-£40 for kids bikes. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and the sale is part of a regular programme organised by the Lottery-funded Bike Back project – more details.
    • Life Cycle are also looking for individuals who can volunteer at least half a day a week on a regular basis. Volunteers will not come into contact with prisoners and will work in a workshop outside of the prison, equipped with plenty of tools, friendly company and a good supply of tea and biscuits. Life Cycle would also be extremely keen to hear from any professional mechanics who would be interested in sharing their skills.
  •  Details here of courses in self-build housing – a possibility for more sustainable and affordable housing.
  • Hooray! you’ve reached the top of the list and finally got that allotment you’ve always dreamed of…. now what? YOUR NEW ALLOTMENT ‘From Brambles to Broccoli’ Sunday 7th April 10am-1pm at Golden Hill Community Garden: £20 – see poster for more details.
  • Bristol Switch & Save is a new collective buying scheme, helping Bristol householders and small businesses to save money on their electricity and gas bills. By joining together and negotiating as a group, we aim to get a better deal from the energy market on your behalf. As well as helping people to get a better energy deal, Bristol Switch & Save is also looking to provide a green energy choice and payment options which boost the local economy through the city’s new local currency, the Bristol Pound.
  • Avon Organic Group – next meeting, Monday 18th March at new venue: YHA Bristol. www.groworganicbristol.org
  • Details of courses and activities at Lawrence Weston Community Farm.

Issues and Campaigns

  • If you are unhappy about the service and pricing of First buses in Bristol, then you might want to consider signing this petition on the Government website.
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb-10th March. Support for Fairtrade is increasingly relevant as the need for sustainable farming, paying suppliers fairly, and transparency in our food systems become ever more pressing. Please see www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk for details of the fortnight.
  • 4-10 March is Climate Week – more details here.
  • This year’s BIG Green Week Festival will run from 15th to 23rd June 2013. Find out all about in on their website.

SusWoT News – 19 Feb 2013

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  • Open Meeting – 7:30pm on Thursday, 21st February at Northcote Scout Hut, Great Brockeridge. We are inviting you to bring along ideas and/or products that you make or do for yourselves at home instead of buying in shops. Cake bakers are especially welcome! Are you a great grower or preserver? Are you crafty (foxes need not apply!). Do you have some special thrifty tips?
  • SusWoT social – this Friday, 22nd February, is the monthly social at the Victoria in Chock Lane. Do come along for a drink and a chat.
  • Local Produce Market – this Saturday, 9am-1pm, 23rd February, GP surgery car park. Come along and stock up on a great selection of fresh, locally produced meat, fish, cheese, bread and more.
  • Would you like a fruit tree in your garden? Very small native trees at 50p a go for front gardens that can be available at the March Produce Market if we have more than 30 orders. Larger fruit trees – Pear or Apple – that we can take orders for through the summer to be collected at the October Market. £20 a go 2-3 years old in pots, instructions on planting etc. Let us know at suswot2050@gmail.com.
  • Here’s a handy guide to the 10 easiest-to-grow vegetables for those who aren’t so confident in their growing skills.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Bristol Friends of the Earth AGM February 25th with Clir Gus Hoyt (Green) on Food, Energy and his role in the mayor’s cabinet – YHA Harbourside, BS1 4QA (near Arnolfini). Brief formalities at 7pm, followed by talk at 7:30 – all supporters welcome, at 7pm or feel free to join us just for the talk and ‘next steps’ breakouts if you prefer.
  • See http://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/ for all the latest news from Bristol Local Food Network including details of the Get Growing Trail on 8-9 June, a “live supermarket-free” challenge and details of the Big Dig, an multi-city initiative to encourage urban community food growing – come along to one of these sites on March 16th to help get ready for the coming growing season and find out more.
  • ‘Vegucate Bristol’ – a local community in Bristol that promotes the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. They have an upcoming 6-week film series. The screenings take place every Tuesday evening from April 2nd to May 7th (6:30 – 10pm) at the Polish Club in Bristol. See poster for more details. Also, Happy Mondays will headline VegfestUK Bristol on Saturday May 25th 2013 – further info available on http://bristol.vegfest.co.uk.

Issues and Campaigns

  • Find out more about Enough Food for Everyone If … campaign – http://enoughfoodif.org/.
  • It’s a pretty common sentiment that single-use plastic bags aren’t much more than a nuisance that pollute the environment. That’s why most countries in the U.K. have added a small surcharge on carriers to help phase them out — except England. There is a petition to sign to send to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to add a compulsory charge for plastic bags.
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb-10th March. Support for Fairtrade is increasingly relevant as the need for sustainable farming, paying suppliers fairly, and transparency in our food systems become ever more pressing. Please see www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk for details of the fortnight.
  • 4-10 March is Climate Week – more details here.

SusWoT News – 21 Jan 2013

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  • SusWoT social – This Friday, 25th January, is the monthly social at the Victoria in Chock Lane. Following a couple of very successful years growing thousands of tomato plants, the Get Growing project is looking to diversify this year, maybe into other vegetables, herbs or bee-friendly perennials. Come along and suggest your favourites.
  • Local Produce Market – this Saturday, 9am-1pm, 26th January, GP surgery car park. Come along and stock up on a great selection of fresh, locally produced meat, fish, cheese, bread and more.
  • Open Meeting – at the next SusWoT Open Meeting we are inviting you to bring along ideas and/or products that you make or do for yourselves at home instead of buying in shops. Cake bakers are especially welcome! Are you a great grower or preserver? Are you crafty (foxes need not apply!). Do you have some special thrifty tips? The meeting is at 7:30pm on Thursday, 21st February at Northcote Scout Hut, Great Brockeridge.
  • Get Growing needs you! Do you want to be involved at any stage of the Get Growing project – more details here:
    • Germinating the seeds and growing the seedlings
    • Potting on and growing the larger plants
    • Offering spare greenhouse space
    • Do you have any spare 7.5cm/3″ pots we can use? If so, bring them to the SusWoT stall at the Local Produce Market this Saturday or contact suswot2050@gmail.com.
  • SusSwap – we’ve noticed that clothes swapping is very popular these days. Would anyone be interested in organising a SusSwap clothes swapping event? Maybe you have some dodgy Christmas presents! Get something new to you and enjoy comparing styles instead of chucking your unwanted items in the bin.

News From Other Local Groups

  • Bike Donation Day – Lifecycle UK works with prisoners to refurbish old bikes. They are holding a bike donation day at Horfield Prison on Tuesday 29th January – more detail here.
  • Sustainable Transport in Bristol – Sustainable Redland are hosting a meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 6th February at Hampton Road Friends Meeting House. The event is an informal workshop for anyone with ideas to apply for funding from the city council – more details here.
  • Lichen Walk – Saturday 3rd February, Friends of Badock’s Wood are organising a lichen walk – see this poster for more details.
  • Update from Bristol Local Food.

Issues and Campaigns

  • Attack of the Frankenfish – Avaaz have a petition to oppose approval by the US government of a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal.
  • Consultation for Transport Regulation Order for deliveries to new Tesco store on Westbury Hill – consultation until 8th February.