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Cooking without using costly energy? It is alive and well in the Thornbury area. Following a successful workshop in 2011, at least 20 families in Thornbury have been using a Hotbox (a modern version of the old haybox cooker) to cook casseroles, soups, vegetables, rice etc. and saving themselves pounds. The ‘cookers’ are made from fabric and stuffed with polystyrene beads. They work like a slow cooker but use no power. See the picture of a hotbox below.
There will be another hotbox workshop on Saturday 15th March, where you can make a hotbox for energy-efficient cooking. You don’t need to be able to sew to come along as there will be plenty of people there to help. The workshop will be from 9am to 1pm in the Buckingham Room in The Chantry. If you are interested, or know someone else who might be, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggie is organising a workshop on Saturday 26 April at The Chantry, from 10am to 4pm. The theme is "Bridges to the Future", and it will be about taking ownership of sustainability. The cost is £10, and it is essential to book. Please bring lunch to share. See Maggie for more details.
South Gloucestershire Council planning department is consulting on its draft renewable plan. The consultation runs until Friday 7 March. The document can be seen on the Council website. ST will be doing a response. Some of us think it puts too many obstacles in the way of building wind turbines. If you agree, please respond to the Council and say you think it should be easier to build wind turbines; the more who respond the better.
Fracking is the extraction of oil or gas from impermeable rocks by fracturing the rocks. This technique is being used more and more in America, and could come here if the oil companies and the government get their way. They are already exploring near Keynsham.
We will probably pursue this issue further.
Sustainable Thornbury organised an Energy-Smart Homes Trail in Thornbury and Alveston between 12 noon and 6pm on the weekend of 19th to 20th of October. This event was in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and supported by the Energy Savings Trust.
REG Windpower wants to build two big wind turbines close to the junction of the M4 and the M48 near Olveston. Sustainable Thornbury supports the project. Here are the reasons we support this wind farm proposal. They have now applied for planning permission. There is a very active opposition group OWAG that has distributed leaflets and has been sending a stream of letters to the Gazette. The planning application (no. PT12/4071/F) can be seen on the South Gloucestershire Council website and you can respond there. Contact Alan or ring 01454-416778 for help. We encourage everyone to respond to the consultation, and to the Gazette letters.
A Year of Giving and Taking in Thornbury
Thanks to our generosity of spirit and reluctance to throw out perfectly good "stuff", here in Thornbury we have taken steps to saving nearly one item every day from our rubbish bins over the last year. Thornbury Give-n-Take was launched on http://www.mythornbury.co.uk/ at Sustainable Thornbury's 2012 Eco-fair, and has been steadily building in popularity.
It's a simple idea – if you have something taking up space that feels too good to bin, post it up on Give-n-Take, and see if someone else would like it. You won't make any money, but it'll save you the bother of getting rid of it, and you gain both the space and the satisfaction of making someone else's day!
You can even use Give-n-take to request an item that could be gathering dust in another Thornbury loft or garage. Items don't even have to be working - if you think your broken whatnot might be useful to someone, list it and find out. Give n Take can be used for items not acceptable to charity shops, such as electrical and electronic goods, furniture, plants, food, building materials and car parts. The taker takes 'as seen' and entirely at their own risk. Items must be offered free, and usually the person taking the item collects. All items must be legal.
Since Give-n-take began, over 350 items have been posted as offers or wants, from chest freezers to Star Trek fact files, and even a kitchen sink!
To join in the fun, visit http://www.mythornbury.co.uk/ and click on Give-n-take.
You can see and download the Give n take poster.
Camphill Thornbury Farm and Gardens Box Scheme is now running as a delivered box scheme, although you can still collect if you want to. The scheme (previously called Thornbury Harvest Co-op) is run by the Sheiling School and The Hatch in Thornbury. They grow biodynamic vegetables and deliver organic and biodynamic vegetables every Tuesday afternoon to the Thornbury area.
To contact them email or phone 07788 997488.
At an ST meeting in October, The Converging World and South Gloucestershire Council showed us local statistics on energy use on a public web site. The data gives gas and electricity use for some parishes, including Thornbury, and other data for South Gloucestershire. The data can be seen on The Converging World energy hub. The latest data is for 2010.
For more details see our energy statistics page.
ST also has a Yahoo group called SustThornbury, which is an opportunity to exchange ideas and chat with other ST members. To join click on the graphic below. You need to be signed up to Yahoo groups, which you will be if you are on Freecycle.
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At the AGM on 23rd May 2012, the members decided ST membership should continue to be free. Please join if you want to hear about and support what we are doing.
Sustainable Thornbury has been successful in an application to become one of 10 Transition Initiatives (based in the UK) participating in the Building a New Local Economy Project. The Project, run by Transition Training and Consulting, aims to help transition communities grow social enterprises and influence existing local businesses such that they contribute to the wellbeing of that community, and society overall (including the most disadvantaged and marginalised). The term 'business' includes all types of private, public and third-sector organisations. The Project is funded by the Roddick Foundation and will run for 12 months beginning in December 2010.
Sustainable Thornbury, in partnership with the Sheiling School, already successfully launched Thornbury Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is now an independent entity. "We are so excited to learn from, and work with, experienced social entrepreneurs in ways that will benefit Thornbury and the surrounding villages," said Heather Luna of Sustainable Thornbury. "We hope the CSA was just the start."
We thank solar panel installer Ethical Solar for donating £1000.
South Gloucestershire Council has generously given us more grants of over £1000 under their community grant scheme and environmental grant scheme, and is our partner in the Energy-Smart Homes Trail. We are very grateful for their support. The grants were to help with a range of running costs, including organising the EcoFair and the Community Supported Agriculture scheme. The Energy-Smart Homes Trail is also supported by a generous grant from the Energy Savings Trust.
Sustainable Thornbury is a community group focussed on the market town of Thornbury and the surrounding area in South Gloucestershire, England. We are concerned about global warming and peak oil, so we are trying to make our town more sustainable. We are a Transition Initiative. More ...
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Most of our projects and campaigns are run by working groups. We get together most months, usually in the evenings, for the whole group and for each of the working groups. If you would like to come to meetings and help out, please contact us. A list of planned meetings and events is on our Diary dates page.