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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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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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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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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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Streetwise

Today a group of seven households started a Transition Streets journey to a lower energy lifestyle, thanks to support from SCDC Greenprint Forum, building on an earlier pilot and training course in Suffolk led by David Greenacre.

This should help us to save money, reduce our carbon emissions and minimise our reliance on fossil fuels, whilst building a stronger community.

Over the next few months we shall explore our household habits, bills and opportunities in the areas of ENERGY, WATER, WASTE, TRAVEL and FOOD. Read the rest of this entry »

Suma registration

It’s very easy! And upto 30% cheaper.

Since 2011 a food purchase scheme has been run by the BCG with Suma but many other suppliers are available depending what your group wish to purchase.

A food group can be as small as one household or as large as the number of people who want to join in.  A named person contacts Suma for a customer number and password, which then enables that person to access the prices on the website and place an order.

In Boyton (and surrounding area) we have seven households who regularly place an order, and two people who alternate placing the order. We sometimes split packs with each other so that we don’t end up with too much of any one item. We generally put in an order every other month.

It’s not only food that can be bought in bulk – you can also buy things like toilet rolls, washing powder, nappies, soap and shampoo. Read the rest of this entry »

After a slow start to the year things are starting to pick-up for the community group with an active calendar of events forming….

  • Beachwatch, the litter pick along the river, will take place on Saturday 16 March, meeting at the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Contact Keith Lilley
  • Peninsula litter pick, Sat 23 March. Most of the villages on the Peninsula have agreed to coordinate a mass roadside litter pick on this weekend to help keep our verges and environment cleaner and smarter for visitors and wildlife to benefit. We hope to improve on last years achievement – see map for details of confirmed pickings. Contact Andrew for details or call 411720.
  • Boyton Inn should resume in April, running through the summer to September – Saturdays at 7.30pm at the village hall. Watch this space and Village Voices for further details.
  • Birds & Brunch is a new event, planned for Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May. This will involve a guided walk around the marshes, village or forest, looking to see what birds are breeding or passing through, followed by refreshments in the village hall. There will be a small charge for this event with all proceeds going towards the community group running costs. Booking will be necessary with charges at £5 per person for Birds & Brunch. For enquiries or bookings contact Gary Lowe on 01394 411203 or e-mail gary.lowe1957@btinternet.com.
  • Apple Day, we hope this year will have a good enough harvest, in anticipation we have provisionally booked the apple press, apple dryer and peelers for Saturday 12 October so hold that date and pray for a mild spring

The community group received a few suggested amendments to the Welcome Pack. A revised version is now available. We want to keep this document up to date and accurate, so suggestions for further changes are always welcome.

For those interested in switching to a green energy provider, please consider using Co-operative Energy. Speak to Andrew on 411720 or e-mail Boyton.co2@btinternet.com for more information. It is possible you and the community group could each make £25 from switching, as well as benefiting from a greener tarrif.

Finally, in our last article, we asked whether there was any interest in setting up a pig project. That did not provoke much reaction but there does seem to be some interest in setting up a Boyton Beekeepers group. Get in touch with Gary, as above, if you want to know more.

For more information, including copies of the Welcome Pack, minutes of meetings and much more of interest, visit the group’s website, as above.

The next meeting will be on Saturday 30 March at Chesterfield Lodge, Boyton, starting at 10.00am and hopefully finishing by noon.

Gary Lowe
February 2013

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