After several years building our community resilience and promoting environmental causes (refer to all the previous blogs and projects) we feel it is time to re-focus and go back to our roots in the transition town principles…

transition2_logoTo do so we will wind down our meetings to two or three times a year for a general discussion/ debate on environmental matters and how they may apply in our rural setting.

If you are interested to contribute, have an idea or just want to learn more then please join us at our AGM at 2pm on Sat 16 July or one of the future meetings as advertised in Village Voices and this website.

Andrew
BCG Chair

We will continue to run with the ordering process in collaboration with Framtrade (part of the FramFarmers group),  three times a year – orders to be in before end November / March / July, for delivery early the following month. Refer to the Boyton Oil Syndicate page for specific dates.

Framtrade have consistently given us the best price over the past year and more. You will get the same service and discount, simplifying orders by dealing direct.

To place an order – email mail@framtrade.co.uk or call  01728 723723 with your details:

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(c) Michael Lane

Bonfire crowd

6.30pm start for 7pm Fireworks

A new venue has been kindly offered again by Richard Pipe just beyond the farmyard: head up Mill Lane, round the bends, down the dirt track, go past Boyton Hall Farm, through the farmyard where limited space is available for cars to be parked if not walking. The bonfire is in the stubble field on your right as you exit the yard heading out towards Warren Hill. See map below for location.

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A short précis of two recent events I attended: Suffolk Climate Change Partnership – Community Energy Workshop and; Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit – Communicating Around Climate Change webinar.

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Cheers from the first pressing

Cheers from the first pressing of vintage 2014

When I wer a lad, we naughtily scrumped apples from some of our neighbours – and occasionally got caught, literally red handed too, which quickly put me back on to the right path. This year we got permission to take them but I felt just as guilty, especially after removing a ‘barrow load full and they were just the unwanted windfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

Emergency life line; community asset; or ugly liability?
What do you think?

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Spot the difference… Have you noticed our new information board outside the village hall?

Thanks to all the hard work planning, designing and funding a replacement noticeboard for the village, we have finally managed to make it so. Using locally sourced skills the fruits of our labour were realised by Ray Cooke, the village handyman, with a little assistance from Charlie his ‘apprentice‘.

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Stop Fly TippingOur third annual roadside litter pick was both successful and at the same time a bit depressing. Despite the purge of 2012 (in the wet) and 2013 (under snow), just as much roadside litter was collected this year. Hopefully our deep cleanse will make it easier in the future (if only we didn’t have to do it at all)

Capel St Andrew & Butley turned out in the morning to do The Clumps and other roads, collecting around 13 sacks of rubbish plus tyre, carpet, paint spray, broken metal roadside signage frame and broken Dyson vacuum. Thanks to Jean Dean for coordinating this team.

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Our second deep dive discussion took us outside our usual patch into Bawdsey to discuss how we can use and spend less on water, appropriately in a house that had its own hand-pumped well in the back garden.

Anglian Water - Love Every DropIn the  Anglian Water area we each use an average of 145 litres of water every day, in a region which receives less annual rainfall than Jerusalem. Although it would appear to rain here a lot, in fact the UK has less available water per person than most other European countries.

About a third of the water we use runs down the drain or toilet without being used, and just 4% is used for drinking. So the key to water efficiency is reducing waste, using less hot water will save you money on your energy bills too. The Anglian Drop 20 campaign has lots of useful and interesting facts to get you started. Read the rest of this entry »

Our first session was held in February to discuss how we can spend less on our energy usage.

2012 'Energy Consumption in UK' DECC Report

2012 ‘Energy Consumption in UK’ DECC Report

According to the 2012 DECC report ‘Energy Consumption in the UK’, around 60% of our total domestic consumption is  used for space heating, 18% in heating water, 19% in lighting & appliances, leaving around 3% used for cooking.

Studies have shown that one of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your consumption is to monitor usage on a regular basis, typically seeing reductions of 5-10% per year. Electricity is easiest to track, with simple and easy to fit monitors available from your local Suffolk library. These electricity meters show your real-time and historical usage, measured in Kwh, £ and CO2. Similar information should also be available on your regular electricity  bills to which should make comparison and switching easier to understand.

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