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Newsletter January 2022
We are a community organisation committed to minimising our impact on the environment, promoting local food production and local businesses and building a stronger community through practical activities and campaigning.

SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Dear Supporter,

http://www.sustainablebrampton.org/


We are a community organisation committed to minimising our impact on the environment, promoting local food production and local businesses and building a stronger community through practical activities and campaigning.

These newsletters contain a selection of recent sustainability issues and events that I hope will be of interest. Links (underlined) to further information are included wherever possible.

THINK GLOBAL - ACT LOCAL

We did a lot of 'thinking global' during COP26 so this newsletter focuses on some of the 'acting local' aspects of sustainability. There's plenty going on!

COLD TO COSY HOMES SCHEME
Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria is run by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) offering free independent energy advice and energy saving measures to households. Any residents who would like energy advice or find out what grants are available for energy saving measures can find out more and apply at www.cosyhomes.org.uk or call 01768 216500 to talk to one of the team.

GARDEN SHARE SCHEME
This emerging free initiative aims to match unused local gardens with local gardeners who have no land but just want to grow stuff. Do you have a garden with spare space to grow vegetables? Would you like to find somewhere near your home to grow produce in? If the answer to either of these questions is YES then come to the Brampton Farmers’ Market on 29 Jan to have a chat with me or email timothycoombe@damhead.me to find out more.

INTRODUCING BRAMPTON 2 ZERO (B2Z)
This initiative is looking for local people who care about the environment and the future and who have time to help progress a series of exciting projects aimed at reducing the Brampton community’s carbon footprint. These include implementing energy saving measures, generating renewable energy, starting a local EV car club, creating a community farm based on regenerative agriculture and forming a children’s outdoor school in woodland.

B2Z volunteers will be attending the next Brampton Farmers’ Market and would love to chat with you! Enquiries to phil.furneaux@icloud.com

BRAMPTON FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT (21 FEB TO 6 MAR)
The small hard working FT Committee is losing 2 key members and is actively seeking new blood. Events planned for the coming National Fairtrade Fortnight include: a coffee morning in the Moot Hall on Farmers' Market day 26 Feb. Off The Wall Café, Half Moon Wholefoods and The Hub at Hallbankgate all hope to put up special displays and the Coop may also hold an awareness raising event. All enquiries to Kate at cmallan4@hotmail.co.uk

SEARCH FOR TREE SEEDLINGS
A supporter who had over 1000 2 year old self-seeded beech seedlings growing in his back garden (they make wonderful wildlife friendly hedges) asked us to help find good homes for them which we have now achieved – job done! Anyone else who has healthy tree seedlings of any variety they can offer up for planting please let me know!

SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON ANNUAL MEETING
It is planned to hold our annual meeting sometime in March when we will continue to explore potential food and gardening related initiatives which featured strongly in the ‘Re-energising Sustainable Brampton’ discussion during the National Great Big Green Week back in Sep. The annual meeting should be live this year and will also be a social occasion to celebrate the easing of covid restrictions.

The CAfS event on 24 Feb (see below) will be excellent preparation for the annual meeting discussion and is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in food.

EVENTS

23/29 JAN TREE PLANTING WITH FELLFOOT FORWARD
The next tree planting sessions are Sunday 23 Jan at Scale Houses Croglin and Saturday 29 Jan at Hilltop Farm, Gamblesby. Beat the winter blues with some hands-on conservation volunteering, helping to increase tree cover, capture carbon and support wildlife. Register here: https://bit.ly/FFFTreePlanting particularly if you would like to be added to the volunteer register and kept informed. Tree planting can take place all year round but is best in the early Spring and Autumn.

24 JAN/2 FEB ELECTRIC CAR CLUB ONLINE EVENT AND SURVEY
Electric cars will play a crucial part in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, however rural villages and towns may well be left behind. This research will provide evidence to justify access to funding to develop local car clubs, reduce rural isolation and ensure the electric car transition is open to everyone. The online survey should take less than five minutes to complete and can be found at: https://forms.gle/5gQ7snN254BaudvJ9

There are also 2 online briefings about EV Car Clubs on 24 Jan and 2 Feb, both at 7pm. Email evcarclubsurvey@gmail.com to book your free place.

27 JAN BRAMPTON CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE EVENING
A simultaneous live/zoom presentation and discussion with beaver expert Heather Devey on ‘How Cumbria’s beavers can help us battle the climate and biodiversity crisis’. Tickets £4 in advance (£5 on the night) from https://www.bramptoncc.org.uk/regular-activities/cafesci/ and include a free drink and raffle ticket. Full time students free. Enquiries to timothycoombe@damhead.me.

28 JAN TULLIE HOUSE TASTER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
A fantastic opportunity from Tullie House Museum for any young person interested in natural sciences to gain invaluable practical experience in exhibition development and curation. Once Upon a Planet is a brand-new project involving our designated Natural Science collection, the climate crisis and the incredible biodiversity of Cumbria.

Interested young people should sign up for the 'Twilight' Taster event on Fri 28 Jan 6-9pm in the Tullie House Museum to find out more/see if it's for them. Full details at tulliehouse.co.uk/twilight-taster. Please sign up to the event here (tulliehouse.digitickets) by 21 Jan. Enquiries to rachel.owen@tulliehouse.org

2 FEB BRAMPTON CLIMATE READING GROUP
The Brampton Climate Reading Group will meet in the Community Centre Café, Brampton (https://www.bramptoncc.org.uk/contact-us/) from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. We will discuss Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything’ but the conversation will inevitably range more widely. You don’t need to have read the book to come along! Enquiries to timothycoombe@damhead.me

8 FEB WONDERFUL WORMERIES FREE WEBINAR
Join Garden Organic and Master Composter volunteers to delve into the wonderful world of wormeries. Learn what a wormery is and how you can use one to recycle your food waste. This event runs from 7pm to 8pm, it is free and you can book a place here
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wonderful-wormeries-tickets

12 FEB REPAIR CAFÉ IN PENRITH
Penrith Repair Cafe from 10am-1pm in the Old Fire Station (Eden Arts – near the hospital). Bring your broken household goods and volunteers will help fix them. Sustainable Brampton is planning to run a pilot repair café event in the Hut in Brampton in the Spring. If this proves successful, more can be arranged. Watch this space!

13 FEB SOURDOUGH COURSE AT WARWICK BRIDGE CORN MILL
There is still one place left on the classic one day Sourdough Breadmaking course on 13 Feb. Book here to claim that last place but there are still places available for the course scheduled for March 20th 2022.

This course teaches you to make Sourdough bread the easy way. Hands on tuition and you get to take some starter and recipes home with you alongside all the delicious bread you have made. While you are here why not take a tour of our 19th century Mill. Recently restored to its original condition and the source of all of our great flour.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD IN CUMBRIA
A workshop exploring the future of food in Cumbria, It will explore the key challenges and solutions in food production, supply and consumption, and consider how an innovative and collaborative approach across the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and beyond can ensure we meet the food needs of the future.

Workshop participants include:

  • The Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, including initial work exploring the future of rural affairs / land use, and plans for a Low Carbon Food Programme.
  • Small World Consulting on the significance of food-related emissions to overall carbon footprints.
  • The NFU on their plans for achieving net zero, including the changes which can be made in agriculture, and the additional support which will be needed.
  • The Farmer Network on the key role of Cumbrian farming in tackling the climate crisis.
  • The National Trust on their work to achieve sustainable food production via tenanted farms.
  • Home Grown Here, developing a new model of food growing to increase plant-based food production in Cumbria, reduce food miles by working in partnership with local retailers, and offset carbon emissions.
  • The Food Carlisle Partnership introducing their Sustainable Food Places initiatives.
  • Food Futures outlining their work developing North Lancashire's Sustainable Food Network.
  • Cumbria County Council on the impacts of food waste and opportunities to reduce it, and on the importance of food & diets to our public health & well-being.

You can book your free place at cafs.org.uk/events

CONCLUSION

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Feedback is always welcome and please contact me if you have an item to include in the next mailing. Email timothycoombe@damhead.me or call 016977 48833.

Tim Coombe Chair Sustainable Brampton


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