Malmesbury Jackdaw 2040 Edition Release

This project has been over 6 months in the making and was delivered to houses across #Malmesbury this week. Presenting Malmesbury Jackdaw 2040 Edition!

👀 It’s a crowdsourced, collective vision of what the town could be like in 2040. Join us as we take a journey from award winning local projects to book-delivering robots via Morris dancers, Venus, Presscilla the apple press and much, much more.

🌟 We were very inspired by the likes of #RobHopkins founder of the #TransitionTown Movement and his new book, “From What is to What If” and also these words from George Bernard Shaw: “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last, you create what you will.”

Find an online copy here. We hope you enjoy reading!

Malmesbury Seed Swap Box to go Live from 4th May

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1125621214298975/permalink/1604416469752778

Malmesbury’s Seed Swap Box will be in place from Tuesday the 4TH of May.

The concept is simple leave unused seed packets in the box and take ones that you will use. ⭐️

The seed swap box will be located in the Red telephone box near Hyams Autos which is located on the pavement in the Cross Hayes car park.

With that being said if anyone has any seed packet to get the box going that would be brilliant and then in theory it’s then run by you as residents once it’s going.

Thank you for all that put interest forward for a seed box.

Follow the page here https://www.facebook.com/MalmesburySeedSwapWilts/

A collaboration between MalmesburyClimateAction, Fruitful Malmesbury – Malmesbury Community Orchard and Malmesbury Against Plastic

March 2021 Newsletter


1. New Event: April 8th 7-8pm. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – A People’s Strategy for World Transformation
We’re thrilled to be joined by Victoria and Adam from Share the World’s Resources, who’ll be giving a presentation on Article 25, which proclaims the right of everyone to adequate food, housing, healthcare and social security. But still today, millions of people subsist without sufficient means for survival. Even in the wealthiest nations, we are witnessing a dramatic rise in levels of hunger, deprivation, social exclusion and economic inequality due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please do join us for what will be a very interesting hour. Get your free tickets HERE

2. Our first orchard has been planted!Thanks to the work of the Fruitful Malmesbury team, three new trees have been planted alongside the existing apple tree at the entrance to the Activity Zone. Read more about the project in this article about the planting, covered by the Wilts and Glos Standard.


3. Contribute to the collective vision of Malmesbury’s future​As you may know, MCAN are working in collaboration with the Malmesbury Jackdaw to create a real-life edition of the magazine written from the year 2040, showcasing what the town could look/feel/be like if we worked over the next 20 years or so to make the town safe, inclusive and as sustainable as possible. The edition will be distributed this Spring/Summer.
We’re asking the community to submit articles, poems, pictures, drawings, collages, photographs, crafts, models…. anything (we want people to be as creative as they like) to be included in the issue. All entries from anyone of any age are welcome.
There are top prizes for the three best entries from school aged children, so please do spread the word to any young people who might want to be involved.The only requirements are that you create from the perspective of being in the year 2040 with a positive and uplifting outlook.
For example, you might write as the leader of the community fridge project highlighting recent success, or as the co-creator of a thriving new science festival announcing the line-up of local contributors. You might be a local photographer showcasing the annual tree planting event or the artist-in-residence at the Abbey House Gardens, giving us a behind the scenes access into your latest collection.
Deadline for inclusion is the 19th April 2021.
Find out more HERE.

Article 25 – A People’s Strategy for World Transformation

Join us as we host a presentation and discussion about the campaign for Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thursday, 8th April at 7pm, online

About this Event

Join Malmesbury Climate Action Network as we host an online presentation and discussion about the Share The World’s Resources (STWR) campaign for Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 25 proclaims the right of everyone to adequate food, housing, healthcare and social security. But still today, millions of people subsist without sufficient means for survival. Even in the wealthiest nations, we are witnessing a dramatic rise in levels of hunger, deprivation, social exclusion and economic inequality due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The presentation will outline the current reality of extreme poverty across the world, and the need for human rights to be protected by the rule of law within every nation. STWR suggest that only the massed goodwill of ordinary people calling for Article 25 to be enacted can bring about an end to poverty in a world of plenty.

Participants are invited to further engage with and discuss these issues, and to join a global movement that calls on governments to share the world’s resources.

For more information about STWR’s campaign, please visit: www.sharing.org/article25

Get your free tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/article-25-a-peoples-strategy-for-world-transformation-tickets-148112383125 or email us malmesburycan@outlook.com to be sent the Zoom link.

Malmesbury 2040 Project – March Update & Prize Annoucement

Malmesbury Climate Action Network are working to crowdsource a collective vision of what the town might look/feel/be like in 2040 if we all worked together over the next 20 years to make it safe, inclusive, green, sustainable place.

We’ll be showcasing this is through a real-life edition of the Malmesbury Jackdaw written from the year 2040 and aims to highlight what life might be like and all the things we’ve achieved together. It will be distributed this Spring/Summer. 

We’re asking the community to submit articles, poems, pictures, drawings, collages, photographs, crafts, models…. anything – we want people to be as creative as possible!  For written entries – short article should be maximum 200-250 words and longer articles a maximum of 500.

For your entry, paint a snapshot of what you or a group you’re part of would be doing and how it might be contributing to a better world. The entries don’t actually have to match what’s happening in reality but the idea is that we encourage the town to use their imagination and ask “what if!”.

We’re especially keen to get young people involved in the project and so we have prizes available for the top three entries from school aged children (£20 voucher for first, £15 for second and £10 for third).

The only requirements are that you create from the perspective of being in the year 2040 with a positive and uplifting outlook.

Some questions to inspire creative thinking…What will Malmesbury look like? What does it feel like to be a part of the Malmesbury community? What can we see? What does our environment look like? What has remains and what has gone? What will occupy the spaces in our High Street? What do we take part in, in the evenings and at weekends? What do we celebrate together and how? What will it smell like? What will it taste like? What will we have achieved together? What news and issues would we be talking about?

For example, you might write as the leader of the community fridge project highlighting recent success, or as the co-creator of a thriving new science festival announcing the line-up of local contributors. You might be a local photographer showcasing the annual tree planting event or the artist-in-residence at the Abbey House Gardens, giving us a behind the scenes access into your latest collection

The hope is that our community edition will be a call to action that inspires local change for the better.

Our 2040 edition of the Jackdaw will distributed in the Spring/Summer of 2021. As a “mini-issue” depending on the number of entries we receive, it may not be possible to include all contributions, however we do hope to run an exhibition in parallel (which could be virtual), showcasing all the contributions we receive. There will be an element of editorial oversight, to ensure the content of the magazine reflects the style of the Jackdaw.

Please email your questions and contributions to malmesburycan@outlook.com by 19th April 2021.

Malmesbury 2040 Jackdaw Collaboration

Crowdsourcing a collective vision for Malmesbury

DEADLINE FOR INCLUSION: 19th APRIL 2021

2020 was a year unlike any other in modern history. For many it was (and continues to be) tough and tragic, but the lockdown for many has been a silver lining.

We unified to support and provide food for the vulnerable. We relished the opportunities to cycle freely without worrying about traffic. Events previously exclusive became inclusive through their online presence. The High Street became our life blood and we shopped to support our local businessmen and women. We appreciated our local environment more than ever.

However, as life has slowly shifted back once again, it has had the simultaneous effect of bringing to the surface the fault lines that run across our communities, our nation and our planet. The desire for long term change oozed from these crevasses.

What if we harnessed this desire for change to paint a picture of what life could be like if we took all of our learnings from this past year or so and used it to build the future of our collective dreams over the next twenty years?

This is Project Malmesbury 2040, a reverse time capsule if you like, and it’s exactly what we aim to do.

We want to crowdsource a collective vision of future Malmesbury through the lens of an edition of our loved local magazine, the Jackdaw, from the year 2040, if we all rose to the challenge of tackling social inequality and the climate and ecological emergency to shape our town into a safe, just, inclusive place, fit for centuries to come.

We need you, our community (anyone who lives, studies, plays or visits the wide Malmesbury area), to help us bring the story of our future to life, through short and long articles, poems, pictures, artwork, photographs, letters and any other medium you like. All contributions in any form and from people of any age are welcome!

The only requirements are that you create from the perspective of being in the year 2040 with a positive and uplifting outlook. Anything is possible. Use this as an opportunity to let your brain free, daydream and to ask, “what if?”

Some questions to inspire creative thinking…What will Malmesbury look like? What does it feel like to be a part of the Malmesbury community? What can we see? What does our environment look like? What has remains and what has gone? What will occupy the spaces in our High Street? What do we take part in, in the evenings and at weekends? What do we celebrate together and how? What will it smell like? What will it taste like? What will we have achieved together? What news and issues would we be talking about?

For example, you might write as the leader of the community fridge project highlighting recent success, or as the co-creator of a thriving new science festival announcing the line-up of local contributors. You might be a local photographer showcasing the annual tree planting event or the artist-in-residence at the Abbey House Gardens, giving us a behind the scenes access into your latest collection

The hope is that our community edition will be a call to action that inspires local change for the better.

Our 2040 edition of the Jackdaw will distributed in the Spring/Summer of 2021. As a “mini-issue” depending on the number of entries we receive, it may not be possible to include all contributions, however we do hope to run an exhibition in parallel (which could be virtual), showcasing all the contributions we receive. There will be an element of editorial oversight, to ensure the content of the magazine reflects the style of the Jackdaw.

Please email your questions and contributions to malmesburycan@outlook.com by 19th April 2021.

We can’t wait to see what the community creates!

2040 Film Screening

Get your tickets here: www.mcan2040.eventbrite.co.uk

Now, more than ever, we need positive voices in the ecological crisis. Join us, Malmesbury Climate Action Network, to see director Damon Gameau’s ‘exercise in fact-based dreaming’, 2040 on 19th February at 7pm. Using only the solutions that are available to us today Damon envisions a positive future for our children and planet.

The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. The main themes/solutions looked at in the film are around: empowerment of women and girls; marine regeneration; regenerative agriculture; renewable energy; and circular economy. It’s a story of hope, and a powerful tool to encourage people to take action.

You can watch the trailer here.

Following the screening, there will be a post-film community conversation with Malmesbury Climate Action Network, to discuss what’s happening locally and what actions you’d like to take. Please do join us.

Tickets are £5/screen. The fim is aimed at a broad audience so children and their families are welcome. If you’d like to watch the film but you think the cost of the ticket may be financially prohibitive, please do get in contact with us malmesburycan@outlook.com.

You will be sent a link to watch the film via email, which will also contain the Zoom link to the post-film community conversation.

MCAN Newsletter November 2020

Dear all,

I hope you’re keeping well.

Please find updates below from our work streams. If you are interested in joining any of these work streams please do get in touch so I can pass along your details. It would be wonderful to have more active members join to help build a more sustainable Malmesbury & to help push these fantastic projects along!

Community Energy

  • The Community Energy stream continues to investigate a number of potential avenues including the feasibility of launching the Chippenham PV solar scheme in SN16 area, EV charging points in car parks, where and how to increase solar generation (contacting Community Energy Hub about virtual grids, sources of funding from Zero Chippenham, community owned batteries and ERIC project by Good Energy) and the possibility of looking at Church buildings as a host for solar panels, as inspired by work at Sailsbury Cathedral.

​Community Agriculture

  • ​The horticulturists on the team are finalising the tree choices to add to the two existing apple trees at the Activity Zone. They are in the process of agreeing with the council and Activity Zone maintenance team how to look after the plot. They have also been working hard developing a new logo & have some exciting announcements coming up with regards to new opportunities as a result of receiving some funding. They are joining the Slow Food movement, as they share goals. Further planting is planned for after the current lockdown ends so keep your eyes peeled over the next few months. Keep up with the team on Facebook or via their website.

Resource Sharing

  • Sadly, the launch of the new Repair Cafe which was due to take place on 21st November had to be postponed due to the new lockdown measures. The team held the event virtually via their Facebook (again please do like/follow to keep up to date with all their news) and have plans to launch a temporary online repair cafe there until the launch in the new year.  If you’d like to know more, have items that need repairing or you’d like to volunteer your time as a repairer, please do email them – malmesburyrepaircafe@gmail.com. For those of us on Instagram, find them here @repaircafemalmesbury. I’ve attached the flyer for the 21st (although now out of date) for your information.

AOB

  • ​The MCAN committee are in the process of organizing an exciting film screening & post-film community conversation happening virtually in early December. Please do keep an eye on for further information from us about this, but we hope to see you all there.
  • For those who are interested in linking up with other environmental projects across the county, Wiltshire Climate Alliance is doing some brilliant work bringing groups together and lobbying Wiltshire Council. Sign up to their newsletter here
  • Elsewhere in the county, we’ve heard from several colleagues and have seen local press pick up on the fight against the new incinerator planned for Westbury. Our understanding is that the plans for a gasification plant had been scrapped and plans for an open grate incinerator are now favoured. 60% of the waste feed will be from outside the county. It is expected to release 250,000 tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere. There is a need to raise awareness of this issue and we urge those with concerns to write their objections to Councilors/MPS/Leader of Wiltshire Council. Find out more here.
  • Finally, we have been asked to pass along the details of a virtual Coffee Morning being held this Saturday 28th 10.30am-noon to shape the environment and climate policy of our local Liberal Democrat candidates. Please find attached the draft copy of this element of the manifesto. They are looking for thoughts and feedback on what people like, don’t like and other elements they believe should be included and hope for this kind of feedback at the event. If you’d like to be involved, please do email me so I can pass along your details to the event organisers.

Sharing is caring so please do forward this email to anyone in your networks who would like to keep up to date with all things environmentally related in Malmesbury!

Otherwise, we hope you all keep well and stay safe.

Malmesbury Climate Action Network team

MCAN August 2020 Newsletter

Dear all,


We hope you are doing well. 

Some quick items from Malmesbury’s Climate Action Network. We hope to be able to provide a more in-depth update after our committee meeting at the start of September.


Events

In collaboration with Movies @ Malmesbury, MCAN are delighted to bring you Sir David Attenborough’s new film ‘Life On Planet Earth’ at Malmesbury Town Hall, 28th September at 7pm and 2nd October at 2pm. The screening on 28th September is followed by a special Q&A with Sir Michael Palin. The flyer for the event is attached. Please order your tickets here.

 You can also find a risk assessment for visiting the cinema while adhering to social distancing guidelines at the same link.

“One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

In his 94 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.

Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful firsthand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.”

Borrow Shop

The team progressing with the borrow shop in Malmesbury are collecting data on the time typical household items spend unused/idle. They are collecting this data in order to build empirical evidence to show the benefits of item rental, which is vital in order to put the case forward to stakeholders. Please support them by filling out their quick questionnaire.


MCAN Website

Don’t forget that we have a website! Each sub group of the network has their own page which we are beginning to populate. Our events section and library section are also being updated relatively frequently so please do take a look.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your questions, queries or suggestions for the network. In addition, if there are work streams that you would like to get involved in, please do get in touch and I can forward your details to the work stream leads.


I will be in touch again soon.


With best wishes.


MCAN June 2020 Update Part 2

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Dear all,

I hope that you and your families are safe and well.

A few updates from MCAN…

We were thrilled to welcome Professor Waltham on 15th June – many thanks of you who came along virtually to the talk. We are working on adding his talk to our website so that it can be enjoyed at any time. We will let you know when this has been done.


There is much progress happening within our work streams.

  • The Transport Group are looking for the community to map out their priorities for improvements for the cycle and pedestrian routes between Parishes and Malmesbury and also within Malmesbury. If you are aware of a route, or believe there should be better linkages, we would be grateful if you could please take a screenshot and using a tool like Paint or Mark Up on a iPhone, map this out for us, so we can start compiling a picture of the priority areas.
  • In addition, there is work being carried out in Sherston, with a proposal to improve the signage on the Foxley Road as a way of encouraging more cycling between Sherston and Malmesbury. Find out more here and fill out the questionnaire here
  • The Resource Sharing Groupare looking for feedback to see whether a borrow shop is something you’d like to see in Malmesbury. They have a fantastic website which will tell you a little more about the plans. Please find the questionnaire for feedback here (less than 3mins long) 
  • Did you know that Fruitful Malmesburyhave developed an interactive map – areas within Malmesbury where there are trees/bushes producing fruit? Find out more here 
  • The project lead of the Community Energy group has also been having productive conversations with Lesley Bennet, Chair at Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy. More to come on this soon.
  • Did you know that Malmesbury has a youth green group? Back For The Future has paused meeting during covid, but the three young environmentalists who inspired the formation of the group have a fantastic website with tips, tricks, ideas and interviews. If you have young friends/relatives, please do point them in the direction of their website as the girls have lots of big ideas.

There have been many conversations, webinars, articles and campaigns covering how we can use this time to build a greener, fairer society. Many thanks to those in the network who shared these resources with us. 
A few suggestions for practical actions/readings you might find interesting…

Finally, we are still working on a radio show for the Community Radio – please do get in touch with your tips and tricks. We are also looking for people within the community to sit down with a member of the MCAN committee to talk about any/all sustainability/climate related issues – from vegetable planting to green recoveries. Please shout if this is you!

Do keep your resources and articles coming in for me to share.