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Climate Friendly Communities

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:46 pm
by Oriana Wilmott
Many thanks to Mike and Hilary for setting up the meeting in the village hall last night. There was a turn out of about 20 people of all ages and backgrounds, all interested in doing their bit to help reduce climate change.

Liz Nimmo-Scott of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explained the 'Climate Friendly Communities' scheme to us. Most people at the meeting agreed it was a scheme we should get involved with, and one that would help us work toegther on this crucial problem. Not only that, it could bring us closer to our neighbours and help develop more community spirit in our village. Find out more about the scheme at

In addition Hilary gave out 'water hippos' which reduce the flush in the loo and save water, and Liz gave out energy efficient light bulbs (in return for a short survey on energy use). There was also lots of information available on related matters.

Mike and Hilary are going to organise a follow up meeting in the village hall to take it a step further. Don't worry if you missed the first meeting we still very much would like you to get involved.

We can use this message board to generate ideas and share information relating to the scheme and to climate change in general.

Oriana Wilmott
(The Beeches, Deverill Road)


Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:16 pm
by Oriana Wilmott
The meeting of 27th September proved to be a very successful one, attended by many with a wish to see Sutton Veny become active in this scheme. Liz Nimmo-Scott from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explained the project to us all, and a show of hands proved that there was enough enthusiasm for us to join.

Essentially, this Defra-sponsored scheme involves demonstrating a commitment, followed up by action, to reduce the carbon footprint of the village by 20%. This is done in 4 different areas, Energy, Waste, Transport and Food, and awards are given in each category.

What's the point? Well the Government's target for emissions is a 20% cut, and this would be 'our bit'. On top of this, it will be an excellent way of getting the village together, sharing ideas, helping others implement 'green' measures and link with other communities doing the same. The possibilities really are endless....

What next? There were a lot of people who were unable to get to the meeting, so there will be another one on November 8th in the Village Hall at 7.30. In the meantime, would anyone interested please register by posting a reply to this message. Alternatively, contact Mike or Hilary Gibson, tel. 840106, or

From Liz Nimmo-Scott

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:18 pm
by Oriana Wilmott
Hi Mike and Hilary
I thought is was a good evening, everyone seemed very positive and it is good to have an event in the offing to attend.  I have just today put together a little website as a web hub for the CFCs( ... /index.htm) , so I will link to the Sutton Veny website when you are ready.
You do not necessarily need to launch before you take action, you can get going on things as they come up if a good opportunity arises!  For the Christmas fair it would be good to be clear exactly what you want people to know when they have visited your stall, so you can keep to a few key messages, and what you want from people too.  These occassions are also good to get contacts from other groups in the village or those who can make pies/fix bikes/good at crafts etc etc.
I would be happy to assist with a radio snippet, and it would be good to have someone from the group to give the local voice.  Signs in and around the village, pub, church, village hall and school would all be good places once you have the web sorted.
January would seem realistic now if you intend the launch to be a big event.  Next few events are listed below.
Re money - most of the other communities have found funding or in-kind funding from their parish councils or area committees.  We can discuss this another time, first it would be good to establish what you will need money for, and how much.  Once you have funds you will need to open a trustees account, which the Co-op do a good one, which will have two signatories - please see financial guidelines attached.
If someone is getting involved with insulation and energy efficiency it is best to involve the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre they are free 0800 512 012 and they have the qualifications and indemnity insurance required to give advice.  They would be very happy to hear from you.
Okay, hope this is enough to be going on with!


1st Bradford on Avon Climate Friends Open day - householders with wind turbines, solar heating, organic vineyards or veg oil powered cars ope their houses to people interested to know more - meet at Westbury Gardens 1pm

14th Langford Climate Friendly Communities Launch - a day of fun, food and information at the Langford Lakes visitor centre 10.00 - 4.00

21st Bradford on Avon launch - MPs and other speakers will take your questions, as well as the opportunity to find out what you can do about climate change


11th Climate Friendly Ramsbury and Axford launch

12th Marlborough Climate Pledge Green Christmas Bazaar. Marlborough town hall

Next Meeting

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:41 pm
by Oriana Wilmott
There will be a further meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th November 2006 in the village hall. This meeting will cover a brief intro to the scheme for thoses that could not attend last time, plus a chance to contirbute your ideas to kick of the scheme in Sutton Veny.

Hope to see you there!