Friday, 13 October 2017

Apple Day & Chinley Station Petition

A couple of things to remind/advise you about:

  • if you've an apple tree or two and want to juice your own apples, come along to Apple Day Saturday at about noon, with your fruit and bottles, and you can use our juicer before we get going with the community orchard crop and more a little later. And if you just want to sample/take away some of the community orchard crop, it would help a great deal if you could bring a bottle or two........thank you!
  • if you're a rail traveller, or want to be, you may want to know that tomorrow, Friday, Ruth George MP will be receiving a petition from the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group at Chinley station (SK23 6AZ) at 12.30p.m.. The petition, signed by over 800 people, is addressed to the Minister for Rail at the Department for Transport and demands the Department provide better access to Chinley station, currently limited to a footbridge with steep steps. A 2016 station survey, completed by 443 people, cited poor access as the main obstacle to using the railway at Chinley by people across all age groups. Currently:
    1. It is impossible for a person travelling alone with a young child in a pushchair to use Chinley station
    2. It is impossible for wheelchair users to access the station
    3. It is very difficult for people with luggage to use the station
    4. It is inconvenient for cyclists to use this station
    5. There have been numerous injuries sustained by people slipping on the footbridge in poor weather, the worst of them requiring 5 figure settlement by Network Rail.

So, do please think about whether you can support the petition handover tomorrow.

Monday, 25 September 2017

AGM Minutes

Apologies for the delay in publishing the minutes from this year's AGM. You can download them here.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

An Invader In Our Midst

You may - or may not - know that our river, canal and stream sides are vulnerable to a pernicious foreign invader which, once established, progresses to overwhelm virtually all other vegetation, eliminating the biodiversity of such settings. It goes by the name of Himalayan Balsam and is in, and around Hayfield, Birch Vale and Little Hayfield.

Several of us have been having a go at uprooting the plant, as we're encouraged to do by English Nature, the Wildlife Trusts and other reputable bodies. But we need more people to be aware of the plant and take action where they (that's you!) can. Sustainable Hayfield supporter Sue Wyatt has put together this attached poster to advertise the threat and advise what needs to be done. For all its height - it can grow up to 2 metres tall - it really is very simple to uproot and break its stem, requiring little strength: children can do it. But the time to do it is now! So, if you see some close to home or at a favoured place, please spend a few minutes yanking it out and save us all more problems down the line.

Download our Himalayan Balsam Factsheet

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter is out! In this issue...

  • FREE ILLUSTRATED TALK
  • THOUGHT OR TWO......
  • OUR HUSTING
  • RECYCLING – WELL DONE ALL
  • OUR AGM – AND MORE
  • HEALTHIER LIVES AT HOME
  • ENERGY EXCESSES?
  • TRANSPORT TOP UP
  • NATIONAL PARK CONSULTATION
  • NEWS YOU’VE MISSED?
  • COMMITTEE DETAILS
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Free Illustrated Talk - The Science Behind The Moors for The Future Project

Thursday July 20th, Royal Hotel, Hayfield

You've probably seen the posters dotted around about this Thursday's free talk. It follows directly on from our (very brief) AGM, starting at 7.30p.m.

Now here's your personal copy - as a memory jogger! It should be a fascinating and inspiring evening as MfTF show how they are progressively 'greening' our local moors, managing down carbon emissions, reducing water run-off and flood risk and increasing species diversity, as part of Europe's largest moorland conservation project. We hope to see you there!

Earlier that day, the project is running a 'Community Science' event for volunteers who want to help in identifying some of the mammalian wildlife found on and around the moors. The free training event runs from 1.30-4.30p.m. at New Mills Volunteer Centre, Union Road, New Mills. It will introduce Community Science's latest survey - 'Tails of the Uplands'. It will provide those attending with information on the ecology and field signs of otters, water voles and mink in order to help them, as volunteers, to perform field surveys to monitor their presence in and around the Peak District and South Pennines. The session is indoors and there'll be a chance to sign up for a further outdoor session at a later date. No prior experience is needed, just bring your enthusiasm!

If you're interested, contact moorcitizens@peakdistrict.gov.uk.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

So much going on!

A number of imminent dates for you, depending on your interest.......

  • Thursday 13th July, 8.00p.m. at The Royal, our food group is meeting at The Royal. The meeting's open to all. If food's your thing, why not join in the discussion?

  • Saturday 15th July, 11.00-1.00p.m., a Family Session at The Library Garden, when we'll be picking fruit - it belongs to all of us and it's hanging, ripe to be picked - for you to take home, and we'll have some minibeast hunting too, to spy out the diversity of the garden. A poster's attached - as a reminder!

    Download the flyer

  • Thursday 20th July, Sustainable Hayfield AGM, 7.30p.m., The Royal Hotel. The agenda and notes of the last meeting are attached. If you're interested in what we get up to, come along: it will be very brief..........and is followed by our planned presentation from colleagues from the Moors for The Future Project, who'll be giving us the lowdown on the scientific work behind the Project, Europe's largest of its kind, which is already transforming our local moors. It's sure to be an uplifting occasion, practical work with obvious and concrete benefits. Join us and be enthused! It's free and open to all. Posters are now out and about advertising the event.

    Download: 2017 Agenda | 2016 Minutes