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 I’ve attached the flyer for the 21st (although now out of date) for your information.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.


EcoSchools activities at home

Try out some EcoSchools activities at home with children. 10days of activities.

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.

Robert Jenrick MP

Fighting the decision on Filands South

Our county councillor, Gavin Grant, is urging us to write to the Secretary of State for Housing. Below is Gavin’s Facebook page. This is very important to this network. The Neighbourhood Plan, produced in consultation with Malmesbury’s community and voted upon here, is where we record what we want for the place we live, and can include vital sustainability concerns, that are relevant to planning. If this can be overridden, our power as citizens is eroded.

We have one final chance to halt the dire decision to allow the housing development at Filands South, that breaks our Neighbourhood Plan. If you want to back our local plan and make your voice known, please act now!Following representations, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP has told Wiltshire Council he is thinking about calling in this application for a review. If that happens, the review could overturn the approval decision.➡️Please email the Secretary of State today at https://forms.communities.gov.uk/

Urge him to call in the planning application decision for 19/11569/OUT Malmesbury for review. Tell him:

🔹It breaks the made Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan

🔹It breaks a large number of Wiltshire Council’s core planning policies

🔹There is no shortage of housing development land in the north and west housing market area of Wiltshire.

🔹Malmesbury is already taking 200 more houses than required to do.

Thank you

Tree planting

Here are the 225 trees which were due to be planted in Spring but due to the lockdown restrictions they are currently planted in Julie’s garden:

The trees are a range of different species from Silver Birch, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Blackthorn and hedge saplings consist of Dog Rose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Crab Apple, Dogwood These would have been planted in a range of different places that were picked out to benefit Malmesbury as a town. And Helping The Community Of Malmesbury will always be proud of picking these locations. As soon as possible we hope to get them planted in the proper locations. We have many ideas for the future we would like to do to benefit Malmesbury’s environment.

New Event: Virtual Talk 7pm 15th June

We’re thrilled to welcome Professor David Waltham for the inaugural event of our FREE “Climate Conversations” series, with his talk “Flattening the Greenhouse Gas Curve”.  

The event will be recorded and taking place via Zoom.

Find out more here:

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

*The talk will be recorded and uploaded to our website afterwards

The Blue Campaign – what’s it all about?

We were recently made aware of the Blue Campaign which…

  1. Asks Councils to “allocate areas of land which you manage to wildflower meadow. This would mean an annual cut-and-collect followed by little or no maintenance, reducing your costs and carbon footprint, whilst encouraging wildlife to re-inhabit the area”
  2. Working with Plantlife, provides best practice guidance for Councils to consider managing verges
  3. Provides templates to encourage the public to write to our District and Town Councillors to raise awareness of the campaign

Our neighbours in Stroud Town Council, Chipping Sodbury Town Council, and South Gloucestershire Council are leading the way on this…. time to take action Wiltshire!

Find out more here: https://bluecampaignhub.com/councils?fbclid=IwAR1iM3t7yaBJLQ9OZAUH4Au4a_QVcYHlXwoJf0CHnQvXn7VqB16oPZxpdBc

Resource Sharing in Action: The Heals Tech/Bike Donation Campaign

Our friends at Heals Malmesbury support people in Malmesbury and surrounding villages who may be in poverty, vulnerable or disadvantaged.

As part of their Covid-19 response, they are asking for the community to take part in resource sharing by donating any unwanted and unused tech equipment and bikes, that can be cleaned up and passed along to a family or individual in need.

If you have a piece of technical equipment – for example old iPads, Computers and Laptops that you’d like to donate to the scheme – there are collection points in both of the Co-ops in Malmesbury. Please speak to a member of staff or Manager within the shop who can point you to the drop off point.

If you have a bike to donate, please give Heals an email on heals.malmesbury@gmail.com  so that you can organise safe collection/drop off.