Malmesbury Seed Swap Box to go Live from 4th May

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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.