OCTOBER 21 NEWSLETTER
We are a community organisation committed to minimising our impact on the environment, promoting local food production and local businesses and building a stronger community through practical activities and campaigning.
These newsletters contain a selection of recent global and local sustainability issues and events that I hope will be of interest. Links (underlined) to further information are included wherever possible.
From 1-12 Nov COP26 in Glasgow will be hosting about 200 public access climate related events in the Green Zone, many of which are free and accessible by zoom. You can browse the draft programme here: https://ukcop26.org/the-conference/green-zone-programme-of-events/ which will be updated the week before. It would be great to receive feedback if you take part.
I sometimes ask speakers at our Café Sci events (see below) whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the future. Last week Dr Adam Torr of RethinkX presented his case for optimism at TedxGlasgow, see https://www.youtube.com/watch. Which are you?
TOGETHER WE HAVE THE POWER!
Thanks to all those who participated in the Sustainable Brampton events as part of the very successful Great Big Green Week that concluded on 26 Sep. You can read the outputs of this workshop here https://docs.google.com/notes and I would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to enquire further about any of these ideas.
CLIMATE CHANGE READING GROUP
The new book we will be discussing towards the end of November is Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’. Even if you have read it before it bears re-reading and there will be plenty to discuss, particularly following COP 26. Please let me know if you would like to join this group.
GET YOUR GARDEN BUZZING!
A new ‘Get Your Garden Buzzing!’ gardening guide is available at CWT gardening guide 2021. It includes details of how to create a wildflower meadow, plus lots of other pollinator-friendly activities.
WARWICK BRIDGE CORN MILL
Warwick Bridge Corn Mill have increased the number of regular Farmers Markets they trade at on Saturdays. Next Saturday 16 Oct will be the last Saturday Click & Collect from the Mill but will continue to operate on Thursdays as usual for orders received by 3pm Tuesday.
NEW HOSPICE AT HOME SHOP IN BRAMPTON
The little bookshop in Brampton is being taken over by Hospice at Home from the end of October and is seeking volunteers either on a regular basis or on standby. It will open mornings only until there are enough helpers to run all day. All enquiries to 01228 670368.
COLD TO COSY HOMES PROJECT
Cumbrians will see their gas and electricity bills soar with the recent rises in gas prices. Local charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) can help households cut their bills with their free Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service. Everyone can get free advice over the phone and many people will be eligible for even greater support.
CAfS has been helping Cumbrians save energy in their homes for over 20 years. They deliver the Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service in partnership with Cumbria’s councils, funded by the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.
To get your free advice session or to check if you’re eligible for more support, call visit cosyhomes.org.uk or call Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria team directly on 01768 216500.
SEP TO NOV - 3 BRAMPTON CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE TALKS (LIVE AND ZOOM)
See http://cafescientifique.org/brampton. Tickets £4 in advance (£5 on the night) may be purchased at https://www.bramptoncc.org.uk/regular-activities/cafesci/. Live attendees receive a free drink and a raffle ticket. Full time students free if notified in advance. Talks are normally recorded for viewing later. Join the mailing list through firstname.lastname@example.org
30 Sep (zoom recording) Prof Sarah Bridle
: ‘Change your diet: the easiest way to help reduce your climate impact’. Recording link at: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ Additional information at https://www.takeabitecc.org/ which includes a free e-book ‘Food and Climate Change without the Hot Air’.
11 Nov (live) – Jack Brennand
: ‘Understanding blanket bogs: carbon, degradation and restoration’
28 Nov (live) – Owen Morgan: ‘Belonging and connecting - The value of hill farming culture and community to the management of the upland environment’.
23 OCT CLIMATE CAMPAIGNER IN KESWICK
Pushpanath (Push) Krishnamurthy, global campaigner and veteran walker is en-route on foot from London to Glasgow for COP26 (see push-s-400-mile-walk-to-cop26). You can meet him in the Conference Room, Pencil Factory, Keswick at 7.30pm Saturday, 23rd October, 2021. This event is co-hosted by Sustainable Keswick, Oxfam and Keswick Fair Trade Campaign. Free entry, but local parking £2.50 / 2 hours. Enquiries to email@example.com
14 OCT - CARLISLE ONE WORLD CENTRE AGM
All are welcome at the New Waterton Hall, Warwick Square, Carlisle to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Carlisle One World Centre. 7pm for 7.30pm start. The AGM will also be broadcast on Zoom. Here is the annual report for April 2020 - March 2021. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 NOV - FIREWORKS NIGHT AT SUSAN’S FARM HOUGHTON VILLAGE
A community ‘Bonfire Night’ from 6pm on 5 Nov at www.susansfarm.co.uk/ Houghton. Gates open 6pm, bonfire lit 6.30pm. The website link contains much more information about this remarkable sustainable farm. Enquiries to Susan on 01228 548336 or email@example.com
19 NOV - FAIRTRADE AUTUMN QUIZ BRAMPTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
‘Registration’ 6.30pm. School uniform is optional but a ‘School meal’ is included! Come as a team (3 – 5 players) or individually to join others. A brief ‘school assembly’ will also include the AGM. Tickets £8 per person including your two-course meal. Fairtrade & local drinks available. Enquiries to Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Feedback on these newsletters is always welcome and please contact me if you have an item to include in the next mailing. Email email@example.com or call 016977 48833.
Tim Coombe Chair Sustainable Brampton