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November 2014 Newsletter
A round up of news and views
Christmas Party, starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th December - Please come along to the Bear Hotel on the High Street - we'll be upstairs with lots of delicious snacks to share (including Rich's famous cheese straws) and music to dance to. You are welcome to bring friends and family. Please wear something festive!
Judy had her letter proclaiming the benefits of a carbon fee and dividend policy - printed in the Independent newspaper recently. You can read this letter here... check out the Climate blog here... and sign a petition here...
Did you know that G20 countries are spending $88 billion per year on subsidising fossil fuel companies? Over the past 5 years, the UK gave $838 million to Total (headquartered in France), $407 million to Statoil (Norway), $229 million to Centrica (UK) and $72 million to Chevron (US). At the recent G20 meeting in Australia our leaders seemed to be more interested in funding the consequences of global warming, rather than dealing with its causes. Read more here...
KCEL's latest solar PV project goes live - Kennet Community Energy's 50kWp solar PV installation at Devizes School went live this month and this second KCEL project has been generating clean, carbon free electricity since 1st November - for full details please click here and don't forget .....
KCEL's latest funding round - opened on the 1st October. This is your way to support your local Community Benefit energy company with its ongoing programme of renewable energy deployments. Please consider becoming a Member and investing in KCEL's low carbon projects whilst gaining an attractive and tax efficient return at the same time! KCEL's only source of funding for their continuing programme is from Member's investment so please take a look and let all your friends, colleagues and neighbours know about what KCEL is doing. Click here to learn more.
Air Quality in Marlborough - Pollutants from vehicle emissions regularly exceed the EU safe limit along Herd Street, London Road and in the High Street. Similarly high levels of nitrogen dioxide and toxic particulates, which cause breathing and heart problems, also affect Calne and Devizes. As a result Wiltshire Council have been obliged to install pollution monitors in most of Wiltshire's towns. Marlborough's electronic air pollution monitor will soon be installed outside St. Peter's School. TM was invited to the recent launch of the Air Quality website in County Hall, Trowbridge. This new website shows current levels of nitrogen dioxide and toxic particulates and allows people with breathing problems to decide whether it is safe to go outside - you can check out the current readings in Calne and Devizes here...
Cheese-making - The latest cheese-making course went ahead as planned. Participants learned how to make a delicious cream cheese roulade and prepared camembert-style cheese, which they will finish off at home. Here you can see cheese-making expert Caroline enjoying the shared lunch with participants. If you would like to join in the next cheese-making course please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair's Quick Comment. I always begin to feel festive with the arrival of The Community Market Lights switch on, it was "Fabulous", our biggest market to date and was really well attended. A Huge "Thank you to Ellie and the team". Don't forget the last market of 2014 is the 7th of December. Really a great chance to do some #ShopLocal Christmas shopping. If you have yet to buy your raffle tickets for a £100 shop on the Market they will be on sale at the party and on the Market. If you would like to sell some tickets please contact the hub team...
On the 25th of November I gave an update to the Area Board on our work. By the time you read this you should be able to read my written report as a Blog post. Sam did a great job with Cllr Fogg in getting an Air Quality Monitor sited next to St Peter's. We will let you know when it is live.
It just remains for me to thank you for your support for 2014... I hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable time over the winter holidays. Perhaps for the start 2015 can you add a extra New Year'a resolution of "what can I do to make my carbon footprint smaller than last year"
The Transition Marlborough team
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