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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, including the depletion of natural resources. We believe that we must reduce 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 lower-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 Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.


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Events and activities

Apple juicing

Our 2018 apple juicing sessions at Blewbury Manor stable are scheduled for the Sundays listed below.

Please bring washed apples (cores are ok but remove all bad bits) and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles.
£1 per pressing (large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.

If you wish to pasteurise your juice (so it will last for up to a year) it takes quite a while so please arrive early in the session.

Early apples that won’t keep? Too many for our sessions? Hire our equipment: £10 in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere (for 24 hours). Contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

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Blewbury Garden Market

Every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am (unless we sell out earlier) at Blewbury Garage

We’re having an excellent season, selling fresh, local garden fruit and veg (including some rarely seen in shops), flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves. Now also selling local honey and eggs, and produce from our permaculture garden (see below). Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more information and sales forms see www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm, or email us at bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Sunday 30 September, 12–4 pm at Blewbury School

Our 25th year – the BVS Environment Group began in August 1993. We’ll be celebrating with an exhibition of 25 of our successes in 25 years. We’re still planning it, but it will be more than an exhibition – the Blewbury Wagon will be there, there will be a barbecue, things for children to do, etc. If you have memories or photos you would like to share, particularly from before 2009, please contact Jo Lakeland at 01235 850490 or info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

Talks at Blewbury Manor barn

Monday, 24 September, 8.00 pm

‘The future of transport and transportation’, by Scott Witchalls (Peter Brett Associates LLP)

Monday, 15 October, 8.00 pm

‘Adventures at the top and bottom of the world – some personal perspectives’, by Mark Blythe

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 in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


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Newsletter 25 – July/August 2018

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

The largest power station in the UK, Drax, has converted from coal to biomass. But is burning wood pellets to produce electricity really green if they have to be transported from the US, where old hardwood forests are being cut down to make them? We also note some bad decisions: refusal of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, permission for a new opencast coal mine, and permission for fracking to begin in Lancashire.

Earlier newsletters are listed with their contents on our newsletters page.


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Blewbury buses

We still have a bus service to Didcot, and it is now quicker both early and late in the day to get to and from the town centre and the station. So do make full use of the new, quicker routes for the morning ‘school bus’ and the last few buses of the day. A simplified timetable is available here.

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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New on this website – Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the trial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal.


‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’ – Prof. Eric Eisenhandler

There’s been a lot in the news about climate change, especially extreme weather, but the stories don’t often explain much. Eric’s talk in Blewbury on 30 October 2017 explained climate change and its effects. Then he covered renewable energy, including recent progress in dealing with intermittent energy sources (wind and solar), and ended by summarising the UK situation. Eric’s slides can be viewed here (pdf).


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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 and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

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 and Heritage

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

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle 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.