NOTES FROM ANNUAL MEETING AND APR 19 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.
ANNUAL MEETING NOTES
PACT Plastic Reduction Presentation
Environmental group Penrith Action for Community Transition’s (PACT) presented their successes in tackling that scourge of modern society - single-use plastic. Click on link That's Cumbria TV Clip to see their video.
Nigel Jenkins and Jaki Bell offered up a range of excellent ideas for Brampton to consider adopting, including:
Summary of Annual Report
- Have a discussion with Brampton’s own chip shops about using better packaging options.
- Have a film night showing ‘A Plastic Ocean’ to kick-start a campaign and promote discussion.
- Make a habit of talking to Customer Services in larger supermarkets about waste. Suggest the creation of plastic free aisles for a trial period.
- Encourage traders at Farmers’ Markets to use paper bags wherever possible.
- Join the National Refill scheme and ask establishments with tap water to display refill stickers on windows.
- Sell plastic campaign themed beach towels, tea towels, clothes pegs etc at Farmers’ Markets and at events.
- Address school assemblies to talk about what children can do for themselves to reduce plastic waste.
- Ask local media for a regular column to use for promoting ways that households can reduce plastic waste.
- Promote the wearing of wool clothing (synthetic fibres produce micro-fibres that end up in the sea and into the food chain).
- Consider forming a buying group to get bulk discounts for non–plastic food packaging for different applications.
- Construct a non-plastic display for using in presentations (like PACT’s example).
2018 had been a very satisfactory year, mainly because we have now established a steady income stream. Our supporter base currently stands at 485 (from 460 in 2018). The Coordinating Group (CG) meets quarterly but there is always room for new members! Newsletters are published roughly quarterly, which contains an eclectic mix of national and local issues. Feedback is always appreciated.
Farmers’ Markets are our core business, contributing not only income but also achieving wider, environmental, economic, social and cultural objectives. They attract new residents and as a result new supporters. Additional rental income from gazebos was earned for the opera at Kirklinton Hall, the Wigton Christmas Lights, Carlisle WW1 market and the 5 day Carlisle Artisan Christmas market.
A full statement of the 2018 accounts is available on request. The following main points were noted at the meeting:
Support to Others
- Over 2018 cash in Bank increased by £1770, the income split between Brampton FM (40%), Carlisle FM (17%), Carlisle Christmas market (23%), and other events (21%).
- In 2018 a total of ~£10,375 was paid in wages to 3 part time staff: the markets coordinator, a marketing/publicity officer and the logistic/transport officer.
- We can now afford to provide greater support to local sustainability and the CG would be pleased to receive new proposals at any time. Some small examples from the last year include:
Travel Action Group (TAG)
The TAG has effectively morphed into the Brampton ‘Walkers are Welcome’ group which organises popular local guided walks. The next walk is on 12 May from Dalston to Rose Castle. Further details on bramptonwalkersarewelcome. Enquiries to 016977 3103
In January SB supported a campaign that successfully persuaded Carlisle City Council to declare a Climate Emergency (together with other UK cities). The leader of the City Council subsequently signed a pledge that all future plans would be designed to minimise carbon emissions. A Carbon Literacy programme is to be instituted for Council officials and key individuals. Formal carbon literacy training is available to anyone on request.
A draft letter to local MP Rory Stewart was distributed at the meeting outlining our concerns about the impact of fracking on National energy security and sustainability. The letter also stressed the importance of energy saving and community renewable energy generation to local economic prosperity. Copies of the letter are available on request and the final version will be circulated in due course.
Brampton and Beyond Energy (BABE)
BABE is very close to submitting a full planning application. A full update will then be published on the BABE website (www.babenergy.co.uk). Energy champions will be recruited to help the Board steer the project through to operational readiness. Once planning permission has been granted the project should then gather momentum rapidly.
Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership
The scheme (see next-steps-for-fellfoot-forward) continues to work towards developing a sustainable approach to support resilient land management practices, reveal and share stories past and present to help people connect with, enjoy, benefit from and care for this special part of Eden. Project workshops are ongoing. Please address enquiries to Fiona at email@example.com.
24 APR COLLECTION DAY SHANKHILL C of E SCHOOL
A second hand clothes and toy collection in aid of school funds on 24th Apr at 9.30am. If you require a bag, please contact the school or ask Pippa at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE PROGRAMME BARDON MILL
Future dates of these popular talks are:
- Free pitches at markets (eg Sustainable Carlisle, Churches Together, Brampton Parish Council, Lover’s Lane produce, School groups, Brampton Parish Council and others)
- Funding pledged to improve security at the Lover’s Lane Community Garden.
- Travel costs and fees paid for individuals attending sustainability related events.
- We underwrote a tree-planting day at Brampton Primary School.
- Free support to the Stepping Stones Gathering, the precursor to a new community festival (The Forgotten Lands) in Bewcastle in June 2019.
- Support to Brampton becoming a plastic free community in partnership with Brampton Parish Council (volunteers required!).
- We subsidised the cost of bike maintenance courses.
7 May – Adventures in Tea Chemistry by Dr Iain Cloughley.
2 Jul – How biological probes, dual-activity retinoids and light based photo-therapies can help extend your life by Dr Sam Whitehouse.
3 Sep – Healthy Ageing by Dr Spencer Boyle.
5 Nov – An Ocean of Plastics by Keith Buchanan
Enquiries to email@example.com. Tickets through www.ticketsource.co.uk. A monthly Café Scientifique programme for the Brampton Community Centre is being planned to start in Sep. Watch this space!
2 AND 9 MAY - CYCLE MAINTENANCE COURSE
A 2 session course with Daan van Beltzen of Bikeseven, Longtown on 2nd and 9th May 7-9pm in The Hut Brampton Community Centre. Cost £10 per session. Basic maintenance plus an opportunity for a more in-depth session tailored to your requirements. Enquiries and payment (must be in advance) to Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org or 016977 2849 or 07871 403787.
We invite you to browse these 5 sustainability focused websites which also have their own newsletters:
Volunteering opportunities in the newsletter have been highlighted for convenience so do please contact me if anything here interests you. My new permanent email address is email@example.com or you can call 016977 48833.
Have a good Easter!
Tim Coombe Chair Sustainable Brampton