CO2 in the atmosphere

Oct. 2021: 413.9 ppm
Oct. 2020: 411.5 ppm
Pre-industrial: 280 ppm
 SAFE LEVEL: ~350 ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury (SB) is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, as well as protecting our lovely and unique village. We must end our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a low carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life. SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives.

Our Project page has more on Sustainable Blewbury’s origins, a list of our projects and who to contact for more information.

Note the carbon dioxide levels in the sidebar at the left. They are still rising and are now about 50% higher than in pre-industrial times. They must be reduced to a safe level of about 350 ppm.


Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Greencore house

SUSTAINABLE BLEWBURY TALKS: OUR ENVIRONMENT – OUR COMMUNITY – OUR FUTURE TOGETHER

Ian Pritchett, Managing Director of multi-award-winning company Greencore Construction, will talk to us about the company's design and build of high-performance 'Climate Positive' homes. Set up in 2013 by Ian and his colleague Martin Pike, Greeencore's specialist team works with developers and landowners in Oxfordshire.

Greencore is an innovative construction company seeking to disrupt the mainstream house-building sector by building 'climate positive' houses. These are houses that lock up more carbon than they emit and generate more energy than they use. To date, Greencore has built around 60 houses including the multi-award-winning Springfield Meadows scheme in Southmoor. Greencore is planning to build at least 500 'climate positive' houses in Oxfordshire in the next five years. Their projects include construction of ground-breaking hemp-lime projects and use of other natural building materials.

This TALK will be on Monday 31 January 2022 at 20.00, in the Village Hall (doors open 19.45). Tickets (from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out) £6 including a drink of your choice.

Hedge laying

hedge course

Our hedge-laying group started the season in late September with training sessions. A highly experienced hedge-layer came to further improve the group’s skills by laying the hedge at our permaculture orchard garden on Woodway Road. The costs of the training were covered by a generous grant from the Transition Network, with whom we have worked in the past.

Chalk Streams

The Blewbury Chalk Streams team have been busy visiting village residents lucky enough to have a stream running through their land and explaining how they could be best managed for wildlife. Thanks to all those who have chosen to work with us – we look forward to seeing more of you in the coming months.

Brown trout have been spotted in our streams this autumn and we hope to create an environment that enables all our village wildlife to flourish. We’re delighted to announce that the name of our BCCS trout is ‘Tickles’ – the winning entry was picked from 50 names suggested at our launch event in October. Tickles the Trout mascot is on his way to the lucky winner. To learn more about our chalk streams visit our website at blewburychalkstreams.org.

In normal times, we have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372


Young villagers on single-use plastics – a short video

Have a look at this amazingly slick short video, made by Max and Charlie: our youngest film-makers?


Helen Browning's Pigs

Newsletter 46 – July/August 2021

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

SB activities: Blewbury Garden Market; Our next repair cafe: 19th September; Apple juicing: August to October; Blewbury Community Chalk Streams Group
Short items: Book Review: Back to Nature: How to love life – and save it; Wild flower garden diary; Planting trees ... more carefully; SB Repair cafe 19th September; What colour is hydrogen and why it matters
Articles: SB visit to Helen Browning's Organic Farm; Wantage and Didcot Contituency pre-COP26 Climate Summit


Blewbury Community Chalk Streams Group (BCCS) chalk stream

As part of Sustainable Blewbury’s commitment to caring for all aspects of our village, we are supporting a new group who will be working with us to conserve, enhance and restore Blewbury’s streams. BCCS is a volunteer group formed in May 2021 by scientists and lay people who care about the conservation of Blewbury’s ancient chalk streams and the Cleve. Headed up by Camilla Burrow, Director of Wild Oxfordshire, this sub-group of Sustainable Blewbury will run a series of community events and also work with willing riparian owners to care for and preserve our village waterways. For more info on activities and future plans contact Camilla at: camillaburrow82@gmail.com And be sure to have a look at the stream group's website: blewburychalkstreams.org.


Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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BCA is a group formed by Sustainable Blewbury at the request of Blewbury Parish Council.
Our aim can be summarised as: ‘acting locally in a global climate emergency’ and this heads every page on our BCA blog.

We can see for ourselves that our climate is changing, and scientists from all over the world agree that the world is facing a climate emergency. But governments are failing to properly and seriously address the crisis, so we must tell politicians that we expect them to do better for ourselves and future generations, and we ourselves must also do what we can to help.

The BCA group was created to provide unbiased information and to help people do things large or small that will make a difference to the global climate emergency.

Production of our blog/web page is suspended at present.


Blewbury bus

Blewbury buses: Timetable for 94/94S

This gives village residents without cars improved access to both Didcot and the Harwell Campus than earlier arrangements.

The service runs from Didcot through East Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Chilton to Harwell Campus and back again, but unfortunately West Hagbourne’s only stop is at the Horse and Harrow. A pdf copy of the timetable can be downloaded from the Thames Travel (TT) website at thames-travel.co.uk/routes/94. 94S buses transport pupils on school days*.

It is important to remember that when Oxfordshire County Council decided to withdraw all funding for local bus services, in July 2016, we could have lost all our buses had Thames Travel not managed to keep the 94 service running by transferring some pupils that they had previously taken to school on a dedicated coach service onto the 94/94S instead. The requirement to carry school children continues to provide a significant portion of the revenue for the service. This commitment to getting children to and from school (using a single bus for both the 94 and 94S route) determines the availability of the single vehicle that provides both the 94 and 94S service.*

The first direct bus to Harwell Campus does not arrive there until 9.23 am. If you need to get to Harwell Campus earlier, then you have to take a bus in the opposite direction to Didcot Parkway and transfer.

Unfortunately, there are no direct bus links from Blewbury to the three main Oxford hospitals. However, to avoid the trauma of parking at the hospitals there are some alternatives. The X32 bus runs fairly frequently from Didcot station and the Orchard shopping centre on a surprisingly quick route to the main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital. And if you can get to the Thornhill Park and Ride on the A40 just east of Headington, the 900 bus goes to the Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals, while the 700 goes to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

* Children from eight villages (Blewbury, Upton, the Hagbournes, Astons and Moretons) are transported
   to and from St. Birinus and Didcot Girls School on the 94S bus.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact dvtgbus@gmail.com, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.


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Our activity is organised around five main themes:
 

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Energy

The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings, encourage the use of renewable energy resources and use much less coal, oil and gas.

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment & Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme is to promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, and village fabric.

Pentagram of themes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle (and repair) theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.