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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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 »

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(C) Robert Stead

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The early shift

Our first pressing…

CHEERS – from the early shift

After a fallow 2012, a windfall of Boyton Scrumpers turned out for a busy couple of hours to chop, mush, press and bottle a bumper crop of apples. With specialist equipment hired, we took a chance with the Autumnal weather and set to work alfresco.

Bags, boxes and barrow loads of locally grown, hand-picked produce appeared. A production line formed. Windfalls, cookers and eaters processed. Two brown wheelie bins of pulp were filled. After spillages, over 50 litres of delicious freshly squeezed apple juice was generated. Read the rest of this entry »

This year seems to be much better than last for some apple trees. If so, why not come and press a few to make your own juice. We have hired a professional masher and fruit press. Tastes delicious with windfalls, cookers or eaters. Freeze blue bags are provided. Suggested donation to cover hire charges is just £3 per household.

Just turn up with whatever you have 2-4pm Saturday 12 October.

The Community Herb Garden has been looking lovely in the summer sunshine and the herbs planted last year are now well established.  At the last work party, a line of lavender was put in to form a back boundary.  Thank you to the villagers and relatives who donated plants.

The Boyton Oil Syndicate bulk order in June was the biggest yet!  32,000 litres and 32 customers, who each saved over £49 on a 1000 litre order. That’s £1,568 on the whole order that is still in people’s pockets!  The order was delivered promptly in two 20,000 litre tanks – so there were fewer tankers rumbling through our lanes – an added saving.

Boyton Inn was open in June – and there was just enough sun to sit out with a glass of Pimm’s! Table football, games of Jenga and visiting dogs made for a lively evening – and there were excellent snacks too.  A mystery has yet to be solved though: who has the ‘silver spoon’ that was awarded for the tastiest snack at the last Inn of 2012? Can we have it back please, for next time?
The next meeting is on Saturday 27th July, 10 am at Chesterfield Lodge (411203). All welcome as always.

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