Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Home Energy Assessments

Why not come along and join the discussion?  We're running a number of sessions based on different house types.  Click on the picture below for full details.


Plus 16 houses will win £250 towards their energy improvements!

Apple Day - Saturday 22nd October

APPLE DAY
SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER



SPEAKERS FROM 1PM INC WINE TASTING, BEE KEEPING,
COMMUNITY GARDENS & OTHERS

THE GREAT HAYFIELD BAKE COMPETITION – INC APPLE PIES,
OTHER HOME BAKING, FRUIT PIES FLANS & SAVOURIES.

CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES, APPLE BOBBING, PRINTING,
LONGEST PEEL COMP, APPLE RECIPES AND TASTINGS,
CRAB APPLE JELLY MAKING. LOCAL PRODUCE STALLS


COME AND JOIN US AT
THE SCOUT HUT 10 - 4PM


Anyone wishing to have a stall please contact Liz Quigley 07878003818

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Kamanga Dance Ensemble

Discover How Young People in Africa Fight Climate Change

Join us for a talk about the Kamanga Dance Ensemble, a youth organisation in Zambia dedicated to health and environmental education using dance and drama.

Followed by Light refreshments.

7pm, 1st July 2011
Ring o’Bells, Disley

For more information ring 01663 747560

Kelvin Chifokolo, 23, and Emelda Sensha, 19,
Kamanga Dance Ensemble

Live Projects

Village Energy Project
We are developing a baseline energy assessment and energy efficiency roadmap for 8 key housing stocks in Hayfield. These will be rolled out through each housing stock community via local surgeries to enable these households to make best practice energy improvements to their own homes. The first 100 houses will be provided with £100 of free materials.

School Carbon Challenge
We are developing a carbon reduction plan with the school as the first phase in creating a carbon neutral school. This will involve making the building more energy efficient, changing energy usage behaviors, adopting renewable energy sources and even developing a school kitchen garden along side the orchard.  

Community CBS to Fund Community Renewables
We are soon to launch a Community Development Society to enable people in the community to invest in local renewable energy projects, starting with the village PV solar project. Please register your interest.

Forthcoming Events

  • Food – June & September
  • Waste and Recycling – July
  • Food – September
  • Energy – Autumn
  • Transport – Winter

Give & Take

Free community event at St John’s Church Hall, Hayfield

Bring what you don’t want and take what you do!
Give & Take day is the chance for you to pass on items you own, but no longer want, that are in good condition or good working order for others to reuse.
Give &Take days are also a great way to recycle and pick up something new. No money changes hands and lots of useful items are diverted from landfill.
Bring along something you don’t want

Friday 8th July 4-6pm,
Sat 9th July 10-11am, 4-5pm, 7-8pm

What can you give? Household items, sports gear, baby equipment, books, CDs DVDs, bric a brac, toys, children’s bikes, kitchenware, paint (reusable), plants, garden tools and equipment and even small electrical goods and furniture (side tables, shelves, cots etc).

Please do not give broken , hazardous or toxic items or second hand child car seats.

Take something you do want

Sunday July 10th 2011 11-4pm

What can you take? Anything you need. And you don’t have to give to take but please do try!
also Fun activities for children all ages, competitions, quizzes and displays.

Refreshments in Church in the afternoon and enjoy St John’s Flower Festival

For more information, please contact 01663 747560 or 07932117231

Monday, 7 March 2011

Welcome to Sustainable Hayfield

Thank you to all who came to the Future of Energy Meeting last month or who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in Sustainable Hayfield. We have had a fantastic response to the meeting and are confident that we can build a strong and active group working towards a more sustainable future for our community. Hopefully you will all be part of it!

As next steps, we have organized a first meet of the enlarged group on Wednesday 16th February at 7.30pm at the school. More details of the meeting will be sent out shortly, but its broad aims will be to agree a modus operandi as well as generate ideas as to projects \ activities we can start pursuing within the community, encompassing a wide range of sustainable issues. We have also arranged for an excellent speaker – Mike Evanson from the Combs Energy Project - to start the evening off and help facilitate the brain storming session. I hope you will be able to join us!

In terms of the future modus operandi, we envisage we will need to form a "steering" group of about 8 – 10 people, to take on the administration of the group, provide technical guidance and lead the various projects etc. If you would be interested in getting involved in this way please let Mike or myself know, either at the meeting or before hand. We need you!

In the meantime, following the "Future of Energy" meeting, here are a couple of things that may be of interest to you:

  1. A couple of schemes promoting home insulation and offering very good discounts \ prices which are worth a look:
    1. www.superdadonline.co.uk – saving the planet one loft at a time! Offer ends end March 31st.
    2. High Peak Warm Streets – offering free surveys and heavily subsidized roof and cavity wall insulation in partnership with High Peak Borough Council – Phone 07740 922533

      As Graham mentioned at the meeting, 25% of heat is lost through the roof of our houses and 35% through the walls, so improving home insulation is one of the simplest, most cost effective energy saving \ carbon reduction actions we can take. And in terms of the finances it makes complete sense: the Warm Streets scheme, which is grant funded, enables most post 1920 houses to be loft and cavity wall insulated for £300 (commercial cost £1000+), from which the typical house can expect to save up to £270 in fuel bills a year. In other words it pays for itself in a year!
  2. Several people who are looking at installing solar panels on their roof have said they would be interested in joining a purchasing group to bulk buy the panels and thereby obtain a discount and \ or gain comfort over the credibility of the supplier. This is certainly an idea that we would like to consider, not just for Solar Panels, but for all major "Energy Conservation" equipment, so if you are interested or have the skills to help set up such a Group please get in touch – it would be good to know the level of interest in this ready for the meeting on the 16th.