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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.


Events and activities

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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, and also an exhibition of work done by the Blewbury school children on the theme of sustainability. But it will be more than an exhibition. There will be a barbecue and bar run by Blewbury school. The Blewbury Wagon will be there, plus demonstrations of apple juicing, pond dipping and other activities for children. The Cob Wall committee will be celebrating the work to restore the Curtoys Lane Cob Wall. We will be cutting a celebration cake at about 2.30.

Apple juicing

apples

Our forthcoming 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.

Blewbury Garden Market

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

We’ve had a good 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 duck 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. OUR LAST SESSION WILL BE SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER.

Penguin

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

Monday, 15 October, 8.00 pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

Mark has ski-toured in both the Arctic (Greenland and Svalbard) and Antarctica. He will describe what it’s like to visit, live in and explore in these high latitudes, and the history of humans in these areas. He will also cover environmental aspects, such as the impact of krill fishing on the Southern Ocean. Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine and nibbles) at the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out). Profits donated to Penguin Lifelines.

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 Eric Eisenhandler at 01235 850558.


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Newsletter 26 – September 2018

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

Our 25th anniversary celebration! There is a short item on the status of the Oxford–Cambridge Expressway proposal, noting that there has not been any open, public discussion of whether it is actually needed. Our main article discusses the very hot summer of 2018 and how it's connected to climate change.

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.

Pentagram of themes

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.