Monday, 21 November 2016

Things to Enjoy in the Next Seven Days

We're always happy to promote partner organisations' activities. Just consider (some of) the things of interest/on offer over the next seven days...

Wednesday 23rd November, 7.30p.m., Village Hall, illustrated talk on 'Badger Vaccination in Derbyshire'. You may know of the large government-funded badger eradication programme in the south west, recently extended at great cost. This is designed to reduce risk of bovine TB transmission from badgers to cattle. But the science behind this is, at best, contentious. And there's a (more sustainable) alternative: vaccination of this protected species. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has raised £50,000+ for a 5 year vaccination programme of the county's badgers. Deborah Bailey will tell us of this work, its scientific basis, and progress to date. An important subject, delivered by an expert. £2, inc. drink/biscuits.

Saturday 26th November, 10-1.30p.m., Village Hall, Hayfield WI Souper Xmas Coffee Morning, with soup lunch, scones/jam & cream, cakes & produce, Xmas crafts, stocking fillers, books & plants, £1 parcels(prize every time) and raffle. The legendary food alone is reason enough to visit. Free.

Saturday/Sunday 26/27th November, 11-5.00p.m., Royal Hotel, Handmade Hayfield's Seasonal Sales bash. This year's Xmas offering from the crafty folk of Handmade Hayfield, bringing you individually-crafted items made with 'love'. Artisan wares to adorn you and your home, which often make delightful gifts too! Free.

Saturday/Sunday 26/27th November, 12.00-close, The Pack Horse, Hayfield Artists' Winter Show. The very best of Hayfield's accomplished artists come together with their winter exhibition of works in varied media, for you to savour and prospectively purchase, acquiring a work which will grace your/a loved one's home across the years. Free.

Sunday 27th November, 11.00, The Grouse Inn, Birch Vale, Famous Grouse Fell Race, 2016's final local fell race (5 miles, 1,250ft. of ascent/descent). Turn up and cheer on the stalwart competitors. See http://www.t42.org.uk/hayfield/#races.

Enjoy what you will!

Friday, 28 October 2016

How Sustainable And Ethical Could Your Xmas Shopping Be?

Fed up with all the 'stuff' at Xmas, but appreciate the value of giving? Want to be imaginative in your giving, with due regard to the '3Rs' (reduce, re-use, recycle) to make for a Xmas with reduced cumulative impact on the environment?

Well, our very own Pennie Roberts has culled a range of sources and put together some ideas you might consider. Far better than most 'mainstream' Xmas-tagged merchandise, and with the appeal of making a real difference to our Xmas carbon footprints. Thank you very much, Pennie! And we hope there's something in the document (link below) just right for you.

There are an increasing range of more sustainable goods, services and ideas out there, and we can't mention them all, so this is an initial selection which we hope makes sense. And maybe, listed as they are, you'll be encouraged to look at some of the websites identified - and similar - to make better choices, for a more sustainable Xmas.

And you've time to do it!

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Thank You - and please!

Many thanks to all those of you who helped in any way, including by attending, our Apple Day event yesterday and making it the success we think it was. The lovely sunshine helped, and was matched by the many smiles and the warm atmosphere: a really good day! We think around 7-800 people turned out in the course of the afternoon. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, and any suggestions for the future - including offers of help - would be very welcome. Do get in contact.

Two related events you may be interested in:

  1. This Wednesday, 19th October, our food group hosts a 'preserving workshop' at Hayfield Cricket Club 7-9.00p.m. It's to be run by Vicki Leng, who's led many such community sessions and has been preserving home-grown food for many years. She'll bring ideas, books and techniques etc. So......bring some spare produce and 'have a go' at making some of:
    • ketchup
    • cordial
    • fruit butter or jam
    • brown sauce
    • pickles
    • chutney
    Come with questions, a few jars and any produce you're not sure what to do with! Contact Jo Hanney on 07813 378421 to book your place.
  2. Next Saturday, 22nd October, could you give a little time to help Kinder Kids and St Matthew's Church clear some land at the rear of the church to form a community garden space for community use? The emphasis will be on getting rid of overgrown vegetation. Pete Webb will be leading the session and welcoming all volunteers.
    • where - St Matthew's of course!
    • when - from 9.30a.m.
    • bring - gloves and secateurs
    • anticipate - tea and coffee provided

Autumn Newsletter

Autumn's newsletter is out...

  1. APPLE DAY REMINDER
  2. A SUSTAINABLE HAYFIELD?
  3. DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD
  4. VISIT LOCAL ‘GREEN’ HOMES
  5. REDUCING, RE-USING, RECYCLING
  6. FOOD GROUP FORAY
  7. HEAVY...........BUT SMART!
  8. TRIP TO WORLD-FAMOUS CENTRE
  9. ELECTRIC VEHICLE UPDATE
  10. NEWS YOU’VE MISSED?
  11. COMMITTEE CONTACTS
  12. UPCOMING EVENTS

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Dress a Girl Around the World!

Is any one of the following true for you:
  • you support efforts to promote the position of girls/women in poorer countries;
  • you've surplus dress material (not sheer or flimsy) or thread/bias bindings you could donate;
  • you've a surplus dress or two (again, not flimsy or sheer) you'd be willing to donate;
  • you can sew or press sewn items?
If so, read on!
Sustainable Hayfield's newly-formed Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle sub group is joining forces with The Threadmill (based at what was Slack's Mill on Swallow House Lane) and Handmade Hayfield to make/supply some dresses for the charity Dress A Girl Around the World (see www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.co.uk) via a sewing evening to be held at The Threadmill on Wednesday September 7th 7-9.00p.m. The aim is to make 25 dresses in the evening. A flier is attached.
Could you supply materials in advance? Or make a modest donation, to help buy material or assist with postage? Or come along to sew (if you've a sewing machine, even better!) or cut materials, or press finished dresses? If so, please let Pennie Roberts know, at pennieroberts@yahoo.co.uk.
The charity advises that having a dress increases school attendance, lowers the risk of abuse and gives girls a sense of dignity- all absolutely vital.
Thanks for your support. And I hope that you're able to enjoy these summer days......wherever you may be.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

AGM & Small Electricals Recycling

Thanks to the nearly 30 people who turned up for our AGM and some brainstorming afterwards: ideas aired there will go forward to help shape what we do. And particular thanks to those attending who 'stepped forward' by indicating interest in discrete areas of our activity. 'Food' and 'recycling' were the two most commonly-expressed areas of interest and, in the wake of that evening, our food and recycling sub groups have both arranged imminent get-togethers to consider 'next steps'. If you want to know more, let me know.

If your interest is biodiversity, you may wish to know our colleagues at Transition New Mills are holding another 'balsam bashing session at The Picker, on Monday 1 August 18:30 – 20:30, The Picker, New Mills. Meet at bridge between Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd. In truth, you don't need to 'bash', you pull up easily. It's a good cause and it making a difference in reducing the spread of this invasive weed, which smothers almost every other plant once it's established. Wear sensible footwear and gloves.

On the recycling front, do you know about the positive new service run by High Peak Council's contractors? You can now leave surplus small electrical items for collection, by placing them alongside your black or green bin on the appropriate collection day, saving you a trip to 'the tip'. Items which can be left out are listed below (leave plus/cables intact but remove batteries, which can be recycled at the library):
  • Kettles, toasters, irons and other small kitchen appliances, hairdryers, hair straighteners and clippers, clocks, watches, calculators and torches, remote controls, mobile phones, cameras and chargers, radios, CD and MP3 players, small electronic toys e.g. remote control cars, small power tools, smoke detectors and thermostats
The council's contractors won't collect: anything larger than 30cm x 40cm, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, televisions, computer monitors and laptops, fridges and freezers, washing machines, cookers and microwave ovens, glass or ceramic items e.g. slow cookers or glass kettles. If you leave them out, you'll just have to take them back in again and dispose of them via other means.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Upcoming Activities

Two upcoming activities which may whet your appetite and which you might think about supporting...

First, if you're interested in the work we do at the library garden or - more generally - in food and food-related matters, there's an informal meeting of like-minded folk tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, 8.00p.m., at The Royal to consider future activities of our 'food group'. Everyone's welcome, even if you've not been involved before. Ask for Ellen Bennett on arrival, and join the chat.

If you can't make it but are interested please let Ellen know (ellenkbennett@yahoo.co.uk or on 07742 968436) know and she'll keep you in the loop.

Second, a reminder about our open evening next Tuesday, 19th July (from 7.30p.m., again at The Royal) when, after our very brief AGM, we'll be considering what we can and should do to help make Hayfield a more sustainable community. We'll be looking ahead, with the involvement of everyone present, at some possible priorities for Sustainable Hayfield activity in the near- and medium-term future.

We're really keen to hear ideas you may have about what we can do and, from discussion, identify a few areas we can and should focus on. There'll be a short film clip to show and some drinks and nibbles to help things along. Everyone's welcome, so - if you've some thoughts about what we should be doing, or just want to get a bit involved with what we do - come along. We hope to see you there!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Summer Newsletter

Please find attached our summer newsletter, packed with the usual goodies, information and ideas. We hope you enjoy it.

Contents:

  • AGM/EVENT POSTER
  • WHAT’S 19TH JULY ALL ABOUT?
  • BREXIT – WHAT NOW?
  • WE’RE WARMING UP...
  • CUTTING YOUR CO2 – GARDENING
  • CUTTING YOUR CO2 - KEEPING COOL
  • CUTTING YOUR CO2 - WATER USE
  • SAVE NEW MILLS SCHOOL 6TH FORM
  • TRIP TO FAMOUS ECO CENTRE
  • FOOD/LIBRARY GARDEN UPDATE
  • SHARING SKILLS
  • A JUICER – FOR FREE!
  • COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

Can we draw your attention to the front cover and brief note on page 2 concerning our forthcoming event, Tuesday 19th July at The Royal, starting at 7.30p.m.?

We'll have our AGM (takes about 15 minutes) and then we'll move on to an exercise in getting folks' ideas about what a sustainable Hayfield might look like (what we want to see, what we need to do etc.). It's a real opportunity for interested supporters to bring ideas, share them, respond to others', to help guide our future actions. We'll provide some drinks and nibbles to keep things well-oiled. There should also be a short film. We do hope you'll join us, and join in. See you there?

Monday, 6 June 2016

Up for a Bash?

This grand weather is for being outdoors - if so, are you up for a bash?

Our friends at Transition New Mills are in their third year of 'bashing the balsam' (Himalayan Balsam, that is, a hugely invasive plant which smothers virtually all else once it gets a foothold, often along ditches/streamsides). it's recognised nationally as an unwelcome invasive plant and much effort goes into its eradication: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, amongst others, is active in providing advice on how to deal with it.

If you'd like to help out the following sessions have been organised in coming weeks:

  • Monday 6th June 6.30 - 8.00pm The Picker
    Meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd Leader : David Blowers
  • Monday 13th June 6.30 - 8.00pm The Torrs
    Meet at Torrs Hydro Leader : Jill Hulme Saturday 25th June 10.30-12.30 Mousley Bottom Meet at DCC Rangers Hut Leader: Julian Ashworth

If you're moved to help out, you're advised to wear stout footwear. Gloves and long sleeves are more comfortable, given the balsam can be several feet high. Transition New Mills has some gloves for loan if you don't have any yourself.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Upcoming and of Interest?

Here's a few very current events/activities in the village which may be of interest to you (in date order):
  1. You may have already seen the current exhibition in the library, commemorating the Civic Trust's 45 years of volunteer effort on Hayfield's behalf. If you haven't, it's an attractive introduction to the range of the Trust's work and - if it encourages a few additional new members - so much the better! The exhibition is there until the end of June;
  2. Sustainable Hayfield is organising an activity session at the library garden this Saturday, 21st May at 3pm, for an hour or two. At this, the focus will be on: Weeding all the beds and around the fruit bushes Hopefully planting - courgettes, peas, beans... Everyone's welcome - and if you've any surplus plants you're happy to see planted or swap with someone else, so much the better. There'll be some tools, but please bring your own. And - if you need an incentive - there'll be home-made cakes and biscuits for the workers!
  3. On Wednesday 25th May at 7.30p.m., there's a talk at the Village Hall, again organised by the Civic Trust, on 'Samuel Oldknow, His Life, Times and Legacy'. Oldknow was one of the prime innovators in the Industrial Revolution and had very strong local roots, notably at Marple and Mellor. The lecturer, Bob Humphrey-Taylor, organises and supervises the volunteer excavations which - underway for some time - at Mellor Mill and is a trustee of the Mellor Archaeological Trust.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter Out Now

In the Spring newsletter...

  • WHAT DO YOU WANT?
  • A VERY HAPPY TALE
  • THE BIGGER PICTURE
  • ENERGY ENDEAVOURS?
  • NATURE’S GIFTS - 1 & 2
  • MAGNIFICENT WALKS
  • 3 CHEERS FOR TRANSPORT PAIR!
  • SPRING CLEAN FOR YOU?
  • WASTE WORKS
  • FROM THE COUNCILS
  • NEAR & FAR: NEWS YOU’VE MISSED?
  • COMMITTEE DETAILS
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring Clean - your library garden - this Saturday, April 2nd, 10-1.00pm

Lengthening days, a warmer sun, what's not to like? It encourages many of us to get out and about.

So why not devote a slot of time this Saturday to tidying up the library garden a little? A work session's been organised between 10-1.00, but come along whatever time you can afford. There's some simple tasks planned:

  • weeding and feeding the vegetable beds;
  • extending the 'wild flower meadow' a little up by the herb garden;
  • taking out some turves around free standing fruit bushes, to encourage their fuller growth.

A few hands should be able to accomplish a fair bit in the allotted time. Why not turn out and show your support? Bring your own tools - and enthusiasm! If you'd like to know more - or show interest in the garden beyond this session - contact Ellen Bennett at ellenkbennett@yahoo.co.uk or on 07742 968436. Ellen's taking on a co-ordinating role at the garden, so would be especially pleased to hear from you/see you!

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Here’s our winter newsletter. We hope you find it of interest. If you’ve ideas for future issues, do let Laurie James (lauriejamesis@btinternet.com) know.

IN THIS ISSUE...

  • THE BIG PICTURE...
  • CHAIR’S WORDS
  • THANKS, KEVIN!
  • TALKING TO OUR MP
  • GENEROUS SUPPORTERS
  • GREEN FINGERS DO THE TALKING
  • ENERGY MATTERS
  • LOOKING BACK... + FORWARD
  • WASTE WORKS
  • NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?
  • NEAR & FAR: NEWS YOU’VE MISSED?
  • ONE QUESTION QUIZ!
  • COMMITTEE DETAILS
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

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