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Heat the Home Counties Grants available for loft and cavity wall insulation and ground and air source heat pumps for residents of West Berkshire,

Newbury EcoBricking every Wednesday 3 – 7pm at Lock, Stock & Barrel Pub

Sun 26 Jan Sustainable Living Market, Thatcham

Weds 29 Jan SustainHUble Market, Wash Common

 

Sat 1 Feb Monthly repair cafe, 10am – 1pm at The Mix in Wantage.

Sat 15 Feb West Berks Repair Cafe 11am-2pm at Newbury and District Hackspace

Sat 7 Mar Monthly repair cafe, 10am – 1pm at The Mix in Wantage.

Sun 29 March Sustainable Living Market, Thatcham

Sun 17 May Sustainable Living Market, Thatcham

Local Climate Change Initiatives

Have your say on West Berkshire Council’s draft Environment Strategy by 21 Feb.

 Conversation with Claire Willser from West Berkshire Climate Action Network and Green Councillor Steve Masters on 4LEGS Radio (listen from 29 minutes in – includes an explanation of how XR Citizen Assemblies work)

• Newbury Town Council was pleased with the turn-out of their first climate workshop, aimed at reducing their 68 tonne annual carbon emission to zero by 2030 if not before.

• Aldbourne Parish Council has declared a climate emergency and the Carbon Neutral Aldbourne group are working really hard to get everyone on board to reduce emissions as quickly as possible.
 
• West Berkshire Climate Action Network are running a West Berks Solar Streets initiative that offers group discounts on solar panels

• Highlights of GreenFest 2019 in Hampstead Norreys: talk by Sir Brian Hoskins, Founding Member of the Climate Change Committee;  Panel Discussion including Richard Benyon MP;  Lawrence Woodward OBE on Food & Farming Choices for Health and Environment; Should we oppose the expansion of Heathrow?

Food

The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat (Britain’s most sustainable pub) serves 80% organic food & drink, (much of it local), uses green energy, grows their own herbs and fruit.

• Price comparison between food shopping at Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough versus the supermarkets 

 

It is commonly accepted now that meat (especially beef) production creates a lot of carbon. But you also have to take into consideration carbon emissions of fruit and vegetables that are flown around the world

 

Reducing Food Waste

Jo from The Mix in Wantage explains how their new Community Fridge and Store Cupboard works to reduce food waste. 

You can also use the Olio and Too Good to Go apps to rescue local food going to waste.

Renewable Energy

Electric Cars & Tech

The Role of Trees in Carbon Capture

Water & Cleaning Products

How to protect our waterways from pollution and to minimise water waste in our homes.

How to make clothes washing ‘soap’ from conkers

Plastic & Recycling

• According to Oxfordshire Recycles, the carbon impact of food going to waste is bigger than the impact of the plastic packaging. A wrapped cucumber lasts 3 times as long as an unwrapped one! However, 79% of all plastic items ever produced are still in the environment and having an impact on the planet.

The first three month of trading at Packaging Not Included in Marlborough has proved a huge success in reducing single use plastic

 

Local Environmental Groups

Please consider joining a local group to meet likeminded people in your community and learn more about actions you can take to reduce waste and fight climate breakdown. (Please leave a comment below if you would like to have your group featured here).

 
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7:00 am Hungerford Wednesday Market @ Hungerford High Street
Hungerford Wednesday Market @ Hungerford High Street
Jan 29 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Hungerford Wednesday Market @ Hungerford High Street | England | United Kingdom
Wednesday is market day in Hungerford, when cars give way to shoppers, traders and stalls filled with fresh fruit, vegetable, fish, meat, flowers, plants, clothes,
10:00 am Art Group @ Lambourn Library
Art Group @ Lambourn Library
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art Group @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Wednesday, 10.00am-12.00pm at Lambourn Library. Bring your paints, pastels or pencils. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Rhymetime @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime Rhymetime for under 4’s, every Wednesday in term time ONLY, 11am at Hungerford Library. For more information please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime for under 3 years Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11.00-11.20am at Newbury Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
12:00 pm Wash Common SustainHUBle Market @ St Francis Parish Hall
Wash Common SustainHUBle Market @ St Francis Parish Hall
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wash Common SustainHUBle Market @ St Francis Parish Hall | England | United Kingdom
Bring your own containers to stock up with lots of great eco and local products.
2:00 pm English Conversation Group @ Hun... @ Hungerford Library
English Conversation Group @ Hun... @ Hungerford Library
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
English Conversation Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
English Conversation Group Is English your second language? Get help with everyday conversation at this friendly session. Every Wednesday, 2.00-3.00pm at Hungerford Library. For more
2:30 pm Knit & Natter @ Newbury Library
Knit & Natter @ Newbury Library
Jan 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Knit & Natter @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Knit & Natter at Burghfield Library Drop in and bring your knitting with you. Starts Wednesday 16 May, then fortnightly on Wednesdays, 2.30-4.30 pm. For
3:00 pm Newbury Ecobrickers @ Lock, Stock and Barrel
Newbury Ecobrickers @ Lock, Stock and Barrel
Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Newbury Ecobrickers @ Lock, Stock and Barrel | England | United Kingdom
An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed to a set density with used, clean and dry plastic to achieve a building block that can be
7:30 pm Newtown Road Cemetery Friends We... @ St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Hall
Newtown Road Cemetery Friends We... @ St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Hall
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Newtown Road Cemetery Friends Welcome Evening @ St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Hall | England | United Kingdom
CEMETERY FRIENDS WELCOME EVENING: 7:30 pm The Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery are holding a get-together for existing Friends and inviting others who may be interested
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9:00 am Pop-Up Dress Agency Sale @ Mrs B's Kitchen, Newbury
Pop-Up Dress Agency Sale @ Mrs B's Kitchen, Newbury
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Dress Agency Sale @ Mrs B's Kitchen, Newbury | England | United Kingdom
The Frankie & Ruby Dress Agency pop-up shop is at Mrs B’s Cafe in Newbury for just two days this January.  Enjoy a browse of

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