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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 (more details on our events page)

Blewbury Garden Market

Our 8th year ends on Saturday 14th October at Blewbury Service Station, from 9.30 to 11.30 am. We’ll have fresh produce, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, preserves and honey, all locally produced. Bring us anything you’d like to sell between 9.00 and 9.30; there’s more information for producers on our food page.

We will again have Garden Market Extra running through the autumn, winter and early spring at the Post Office, with bread and cakes on Saturday mornings, jam and occasional produce all week.

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Apple juicing events 2017

We still have two sessions for turning your surplus apples into some of the best tasting juice you’ve ever tasted:

• Sunday 22nd October, 12pm – 3pm: The Red Lion, and
• Sunday 5th November, 11am – 1pm: Blewbury Manor Stable

If you have a lot of apples, you can also hire our equipment. Please see our events page for full details.

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‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’, a talk by Prof. Eric Eisenhandler – Monday 30th October, 8pm, Blewbury Manor Barn – Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office.

There’s been a lot about climate change in the news lately, mainly due to extreme weather. But the news stories don’t really explain very much and often contain misleading statements. And in the UK our politicians seem to have lost interest in climate change and are back to discussing shorter term issues like Brexit.

Eric’s talk will cover global warming and climate change basics and recent developments. He will then talk about renewable energy, including progress in dealing with intermittent energy sources, notably wind and solar, and briefly summarise the situation in the UK.

Village Leaf Clearance – Sunday 3rd December, 2–4pm

Do you remember last year’s very enjoyable leaf-clearing event? It was fun for everyone, older or younger, so we are repeating it. More details nearer the day.


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Newsletter 16 – Oct. 2017

Our first new-style Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here. The new format is meant to replace our longer but much less frequent editions with shorter, monthly ones featuring news of our current events, interesting links to other material, and one or perhaps two articles of roughly a page each.

This issue features an article about LED light bulbs, especially recently appearing ones with energy ratings of A++. These are a significant improvement on so-called ‘low-energy’ bulbs (CFLs) and the wide range of A+ LED bulbs now available.


Smart meters

Our Energy Initiative website has material on smart meters for electricity and gas. If your energy supplier has offered to install a smart meter, you may find our summary of their advantages and problems useful.


New on this website

Our environment page has short summaries of our hedge-laying activities and the start of the wildlife corridor up on the downs, as well as an updated description of our downland project.


Click on these links to find out:

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.