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April 2014 Newsletter
A round up of news and views
Seedling Swap - The Permaculture Group is giving away seedlings at next Sunday's Communities' Market on 4th May. Please bring your surplus seedlings along to swap or take some from the stall, in return for a small donation.
European Elections - May 22nd This is your chance to vote for candidates that can represent your views on important issues such as traffic pollution, the decline in bees, draconian seed laws, fracking and the need to reduce GHGs in line with the IPCC's recent report on climate change, in the European Parliament. This election will be held under proportional representation, so every vote counts.
Restoring the line to Malborough - Following our meeting with Claire Perry M.P. to discuss the benefits of having a station in Marlborough, (click here...) BBC Radio Wiltshire featured this issue throughout their 2.5 hour Breakfast programme on 17th April, when they interviewed Graham Francis and Peter Ridal, as well as several Marborough residents about their views on our plan, see: Marlborough £30 Million railway line restoration plan. The Sustainable Transport Group is now working with local rail enthusiasts to see whether we can get involved with Network Rail's GRIP process.
Cheese-making course This was a fun day, held in Alexandra's kitchen and led by Caroline, who taught us how to make two different types of cheeses - soft and 'camembert style'. We hope to repeat this course later in the year, let us know if you want to go on the waiting list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pesticide residues - Do you know which of our foods contain the most pesticide residues? Check out Alexandra's blog and down-load this report from PAN UK to find out more. And grow your own vegetables if you can!
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive - was launched this month. Also known as the 'boiler replacement scheme'. Find out if you are eligible to claim it, here...
Air pollution in Marlborough - Nitrogen dioxide is regularly exceeding safe limits on some of the busy roads in Marlborough, find out more here... and the UK Government is facing fines from the European Court as a result. Councillor Nick Fogg has promised to raise this issue with Wiltshire Council.
Volunteers for helping with Food Bank collections - More volunteers are needed. Find out how you can get involved here...
The Transition Marlborough team
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