Tuesday 12 November 2019

General Election Husting in Hayfield

News just in... the fifth (and, we believe, last) of the candidates nominated by political parties to stand for election as High Peak's MP has confirmed they will be attending our General Election Husting on Monday 25th November at The Royal Hotel, commencing at 7.30p.m. So we'll have a full line-up!

Sustainable Hayfield has organised such hustings previously, which have been polite, well-ordered, affairs, thanks to the contributions of a succession of candidates and you, the local electorate. We aim for that tradition to continue.

We're inviting questions to candidates to be submitted in advance. These, which should be brief and addressed equally to all candidates, should be sent to Pennie Roberts at iampennieroberts@gmail.com or at 15b Church Street, Hayfield, High Peak, SK22 2JE to arrive no later than Friday 22nd November. Questioners should be local High Peak residents. A selection will be made from these to ensure there is balance across a range of issues for candidates to consider, but there's a limit to the number of questions able to be asked, and answered, so some people will inevitably be disappointed.

So... think about what you'd like to ask: we look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Autumn Newsletter

A little delayed, I'm afraid, but here is your autumn newsletter, featuring a variety of pieces we hope will be of interest to you. As ever, if you've ideas for, or feedback on, the newsletter, do please get in contact. We'd love to hear from you!

In this issue...


Monday 7 October 2019

Two Quite Different Offers and...

This Sunday, October 6th, the DCC Countryside Ranger service is running its annual Hayfield Woodland Festival around the Sett Valley Trail car parking area. It's a chance to check out on some woodland skills, some campfire cooking and some good chat. It runs most of the day. A poster's attached.

The Village Hall is offering its redundant compost bins to all-comers. it has four 330 litre black 'dalek' types, and three smaller cuboids. If you're needing more composting capacity, please contact Pete Webb (01663 743541 or 07815 133695) and he'll provide more info and sort out details with you. Thank you Village Hall and, thanks, Pete!

Our Apple Day is next Saturday, October 12th, 1- 4.30 p.m., again at the primary school. And we've never so many exhibitors/stallholders! Amongst those lately confirmed are kite-flying, Lymefield Garden Centre, facepainting for kids, and electric bikes and cars. There's almost an A-Z of attractions on offer, inside and out. Why not pop along and find out? It's a grand afternoon! We'll be reminding you...

Thursday 12 September 2019

Help picking community orchard apples

This Saturday 14th September from 10.00 am, volunteers will be looking to harvest the fruit adorning that part of the community orchard in/around the skate park on the recreation ground. Most of the fruit will be gathered together to ensure a good supply for pressing at Apple Day, October 12th, following which you'll be able to sample the resulting fresh apple juice so locally-sourced!

Could you help for a while this Saturday? The more hands, the merrier, and the quicker the job is done. Do join the team at a time of your choosing.

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Busy Times, Quiet Times...

Our local churches are places of quiet contemplation as well as organised service. It's appropriate to mention that St John's Church is open to all, for quiet reflection, Friday to Sunday each week 11-4.00p.m, and that St Matthew's is similarly guaranteed to be open for such purposes each Saturday and Sunday at the same times. If it's shelter from the........and space for your own thoughts amid silence, they are open for you, whether or not you have a prescribed faith.

Walkers are Welcome, a new village group with ambitions to both promote walking and welcome walkers from outside, are organising, as part of their launch, a series of timed and guided walks in the parish on Saturday 31st August. Walks range from 2-20 miles and have varied start times. All except the longest walk are free. Posters are out, giving the details. During the day, Walkers Are Welcome will have a display at the Village Hall, along with other local community groups, including Sustainable Hayfield. In the evening, there's a music event at the Royal Hotel featuring hot folk stompers the Gally Canters plus local rock covers band Recover, and a raffle. Tickets are just £5 each but are strictly limited, and are available from The Royal, so be quick...

And news is out that Hayfield Allotment Society's annual Summer Show, featuring classes for fruit and veg, home produce, crafts and more, is confirmed for Saturday September 7th. Look out for schedules in the usual places, and.....consider entering!

Monday 22 July 2019

Getting Involved - and enjoying yourself!

Thanks very much to those thirty or so supporters who came along to our AGM/illustrated talk last Thursday. Afterwards, there was quite a little positive buzz about what Sustainable Hayfield does/aims to achieve.

So we thought we'd identify for you those sub group leads who would be delighted to hear from you, if you're interested in helping realise our ambitions in key areas - and have some fun along the way! Contact the following if you want to get involved in what they try to do:

  • Food group: promoting diverse community foods, cooking skills, and 'growing your own':
  • Transport group: being smarter in how we move around, developing alternatives to wholesale reliance on privately-owned cars, promoting accessible, safe and reliable public transport:
    Roland Strube - roland.strube@gmail.com
  • Energy group: developing smaller energy footprints at home, work, at play, and building more renewables capacity:
  • Reduce, re-use and recycle group: living more sustainably in our use and choice of raw materials, having less 'stuff', and promoting re-use and recycling capacity:

And, if you've ideas for Apple Day and can help make it better than it is, contact Laurie James at lauriejamesis@btinternet.com.

For all, you'll be sure of a warm welcome!

Friday 19 July 2019

Summer Newsletter

The summer edition of our newsletter is available to download here. In this edition:

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Thursday 11 July 2019

Free Illustrated Talk - Improving Your Home and Saving Energy/Carbon, Thursday 18th July

You and your friends are re warmly invited to a free illustrated talk being given at The Royal Hotel, next Thursday, July 18th. The subject is energy efficient retrofitting - or improving - your home, and it's being given by Jonathan Atkinson of Manchester-based Carbon Co-op, who've many years experience of helping people make looked-for improvements to their homes in energy-efficient ways, cutting their energy/carbon emissions along the way, and improving their comfort levels.

Jonathan has entitled his talk 'People Powered Retrofit - Reducing Home Energy Demand', and he'll be providing tips which will interest many of us, whether we have a big project in mind or not. It should be a good occasion.

The talk takes place immediately after the (usually very brief) Sustainable Hayfield AGM, which starts at 7.30p.m., to which, again, everyone is welcome!

Posters are going up around the village, but we thought you'd appreciate this formal invitation. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Helping Others - and Yourselves

After the disappointing news re the community minibus service, here's some upbeat options for making a positive difference locally:

  1. You may - or may not - know there's a 'walking bus' regularly taking youngsters to the primary school, starting at the bus station. This helps cut the number of cars using Swallow House Lane, with all the pollution and risks these create. Recently, Sustainable Hayfield supporters have helped ensure it operates five days a week, but more help is needed. Who knows, we may even get an equivalent bus walking from Little Hayfield! The planned roadworks on Swallow House Lane, when it will be closed to through traffic for months, mean it's even more sensible to have children walking to school, with adult oversight. If you can offer 20 minutes or so on a reasonably regular basis, this will help secure this valuable service. Do contact the school office in the first instance, on 01663 742357 or via office@hayfield.derbyshire.sch.uk. They'd love to hear from you!
  2. Ever thought of supporting the local school by becoming a governor? There's a few vacancies for governors arising! Governors help shape the school's future and support the hardworking staff, the better to provide the rich education we want our children to have. The school is currently rated 'good' by Ofsted, who were complimentary about the governors' contributions at the last inspection, and numbers are increasing. If you'd like to know more, please download the literature and make your interest known to the school, as advised there. Or, if you want to know from an existing governor what the role entails, I'm happy to answer what questions I can, since I am one! Contact me on 01663 745940 or via lauriejamesis@btinternet.com.
  3. We've had a request from an existing supporter, asking if we know anyone we could recommend to maintain hardwood windows, chosen over Upvc for environmental reasons. What's needed is someone to prepare and recoat them every so often, so they keep their condition. Do you know someone local you can recommend? Please let me know and I'll pass the word on. Thanks!
  4. Last, this Sunday, July 14th, is the school's (and cricket club's) 'Summer Smasher', held at the cricket ground, from 11-4.30p.m. This is a fundraising event for both, but also a grand day's entertainment - and entry is free! There'll be bouncy castles, kids' 'tattoos', welly wanging, a coconut shy, hooking a duck stall, a 'lucky lolly tree', a series of live bands, Kwik cricket tournament, the annual cricket club duck race, cakes, snacks and hot drinks, quality ales and beers on tap, a gin bar, sausages and burgers...….and much more. And the weather is looking good for the event too! It's got to be worth a visit, and your support.

So... something you can help with here, and enjoy? We hope so. And thank you.

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Community Minibus Service

As a number of you will know, it’s very sadly become apparent that the Hayfield Community Minibus service can no longer operate as it has so successfully for a number of years. Run by Hayfield Sustainable Transport limited (HSTL), a wholly independent but linked organisation to Sustainable Hayfield, it’s been confirmed that HSTL can no longer secure insurance for the minibuses. And without insurance, the facility cannot run. Shareholders, volunteer drivers and existing hirers have been informed and the service has ceased.

What may come in its place has yet to be determined but Roland Strube from HSTL is working hard to salvage what he can from this situation. Below, he sets out the basic facts of the situation.

Dear All

After around six years of growing use of the community minibus service, HSTL has been advised by its insurance brokers that, because of claims made over the last few years for damage sustained in the course of the minibuses’ operation, the community minibus service can no longer be covered for insurance purposes. And, once our own brokers have made that decision, no other insurance company will look at insuring the service.

This news has come as a great shock. We have strenuously sought alternative means of securing cover but have been unsuccessful. As a result, the minibuses cannot be operated or driven, and existing hirers have been informed. We are very sorry that events have taken this course, which was wholly unpredicted. We recognise the inconvenience this causes for those who have relied upon the service, and very much regret having to take this step. A valued community resource has, accordingly, been stood down with immediate effect.

We are continuing to work on rescuing what we can from this situation. This is not easy. Our first thoughts are to see whether one community minibus can be made available to the primary school, for its use (it already is a substantial user) and that the other might be used by a local passenger service vehicle operator who might commit to provide some of the same services on an affordable, commercial, basis. But this depends on funds available, shareholder intentions and the capacities and willingness of partner agencies. We will continue to explore these options and, when something concrete emerges, we shall endeavour to let the local community know of what arrangements it’s been possible to put in place.

I appreciate how disappointing this news will be for many people. We are ourselves devastated by this development, and will do what we can to mitigate this situation.


Roland Strube
On behalf of Hayfield Sustainable Transport Limited (HSTL)

Monday 17 June 2019

It's That Time...

  • Wilting in the sun of a Hayfield summer ? Huh! But fresh foods do, with (slightly) warming temperatures,which is why Village Greens and Grains Bakehouse have agreed that their Saturday morning 'pop up' outside The Pack Horse is to start and finish a little earlier. So they are now 'open for business' at 9.30a.m. and will leave around 11.30a.m. Please note. It's likely that they will revert to 10-12.00p.m. in the autumn, when the weather's supposed to cool!
  • Early summer means proliferating Himalayan Balsam along our riversides and wet ground. It's invasive, shades out native vegetation and contributes to riverbank erosion. There's a fair bit of it in/around Hayfield but it's relatively easily dealt with: I've just cleared some plants stems from alongside the cricket pitch, and they were but 10% or less than last year's volume, which I also cleared. Those whose gardens abut rivers/streams should look out for it: it's an offence to let it grow! Here is a clear information sheet, kindly put together by Susan Wyatt a year or two ago, giving you the 'low down' on what to do. Please help. Simples!
  • We've reported previously that the Parish Council resolved some weeks ago to, in the light of the climate emergency, to review how it might manage down its carbon emissions in what it does, and others do on its behalf. It set up a working group with Sustainable Hayfield to consider options. I'm delighted to report that this working group has met twice already, has a forward schedule of meetings and has had its terms of reference agreed by the Council. These include considering the carbon emission of the wider parish. We're now turning to the practical actions which can be taken. Discussions have been positive and, we believe, fruitful. We hope to bring you further news of what's happening, as we proceed.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

What A Pool of Local Talent...!

The range of local talent seems sometimes to know no bounds. Consider:

  • the energies of individuals and groups around the reality of a 'climate emergency' has featured on our TV screens very recently, with some signs that the uncompromisingly polite, creative but disruptive Extinction Rebellion activists have shifted public and political mood around 'the climate' significantly. Now in Matlock, this Wednesday, 15th May, at 1.00p.m. at the Council Offices, there's a demonstration/vigil by local activists supporting efforts to get DCC to declare a 'climate emergency', as many councils are now doing. DCC is debating a 'climate emergency' resolution that afternoon, and - if it passes - this will be the biggest council in Derbyshire to commit itself to progressively manage down local emissions, thanks to the energies of creative people - like you! If the House of Commons can do it - without a vote - so can DCC. Be there if you can!
  • back after a week's absence due to May Queen, the artisans of Grains Bakehouse and Village Greens fruiterer/greengrocer will be standing again outside the Pack Horse on Saturday, 18th May, 10-12.00p.m. Order now!
  • from Saturday, 25th May through to and including Monday 27th May, Hayfield Artists will be holding their customary open weekend, at around 11 locations around the village, from individual studios though Rosie Lee's and Throstle Farm, Little Hayfield to The Pack Horse and Ashlar alongside each other in the village centre. This event goes from strength to strength and offers the prospect of fine artworks, engravings, pottery and so much more, all produced locally and for sale! Time vary a little around the core hours of 10-5p.m., but the Pack Horse is open to view from 12 -11p.m. each day. Full details are at www.hayfieldartists.co.uk and the wider, countywide details -if you're minded to travel - are at www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk.
  • the same weekend, Sunday 26th May, Hand Made Hayfield - the village artisan market - is back at the Royal Hotel from 11-5.00p.m., looking to tempt you with handcrafted products from local craftspeople and those a little further afield. Their efforts are always well-supported, so it's wise to get there early!
  • then two, untimed, offerings from Sustainable Hayfield supporters:
    • first, James Ellson from Farlands, Kinder (he of apple tree and near zero home carbon living fame) has secured a deal for publication of his book, a detective thriller called the Trail. James has long had the ambition to get into print and, after a million words spread across several efforts, it looks like he's managing it, with publishers Unbound, telling the story of a missing person enquiry which leads Manchester DCI (James was in the police) Rick Castle to Nepal. Unbound operate by crowdfunding, so promoting books takes place before, as well as after, publication and James has 90 days to pre-sell enough copies of The Trail to make it financially viable to commit to publication, which happens 6-9 months after the threshold has been reached. If you'd like to support a local author, please make a pledge and maybe get your name on the supporters' list, where there are already a good number of villagers. Details are at https://unbound.com/books/the-trail/ There's even a short video!
    • second, supporter Stuart Price from New Mills, previously featured in our newsletter has now settled into publishing his writings on 'transitional themes' (as in the Transitions environmental movement) in an accessible and mercifully brief online not-for-profit “magazine”, called Changing Times. It's an erudite and well-researched read, and issue 2 is out now. There's room for reflection in each article, and links made with key commentators and writers in each subject area covered. It's well worth having a look at and can be seen at www.changingtimes.me. For issue 3 the current plan is to look at new sustainable models of education.

I think you'll agree... That's a lot of local talent!

Thursday 2 May 2019

A Varied Diet... For Varied Tastes

A few, upcoming things which may appeal to people with quite different interests:

  • first, this Saturday, May 4th, our Food Group is hosting a Plant and Seedling Swap at the library garden 11-1.00p.m., for those who want to make their gardens more attractive or productive. The idea's simple: you bring along seedlings/plants surplus to your requirements and you take away something you want in return. And, for those with nothing to offer, there'll be some supplies for you too! Sunflower seeds and runner beans will be available to all, whatever your age. A poster's attached as a reminder;
  • second, our friends at Transitions New Mills are hosting a free talk/presentation on stylish and environmentally-friendly 'Retrofits' of private dwellings, Thursday 9th May, 8-10.00p.m. at The Butterfly House, which is part of The Torrs (ex public house), Market Street, New Mills. It will be given by Helen Grimshaw, who works for Urbed, a company with 40 years' experience working on environmental and sustainable buildings, and have strong links to the Carbon Co-op, and by Julian Ashworth, a local resident who's updated his typical house looking at scope to improve its environmental footprint. It should be a really interesting evening, especially for those who are thinking of updating their existing property along environmentally-friendly lines. Again, a potser is attached, giving details.
  • third, most of us know Saturday May 11th is 'May Queen Day'. Because of needs for the space they use outside The Pack Horse, Village Greens and Grains cannot be present that day in Hayfield, so different arrangements are in place for their customers:
    • for Grains, you can double up your order via 01457 862 346 and collect this coming Saturday, May 4th or visit the shop;
    • for Village Greens, you can place your usual order this coming Saturday, or telephone it through (01457 852456 or text 07838 256631) and they'll deliver it to your address on Thursday 9th May or Friday 10th May. Normal service is resumed the following week!

Thursday 18 April 2019

A Reminder, An Award, and a Proposal

First, a reminder that Grains and Village Greens' delightful produce will be on sale outside the Pack Horse again this Saturday, 10-12.00p.m. as usual - except Grains can't be physically present. But they've arranged for Village Greens to bring their stock of loaves, croissants, pastries etc (thank you Village Greens!). Although there'll be a good range, volumes might be slightly down on normal so it's doubly sensible to order your bakery products in advance, so you can be sure it's wrapped and ready to pick up. Grains can be contacted on 01457 862346, for such orders.

Second, the afore-mentioned Village Greens are up for an award! They're in the running for the Observer Food Monthly Awards, influenced by popular vote. They've been runners-up in the past (Independent Retailer category). It would be great if, on the back of their unstinting support for the 'pop up' service they offer each Saturday in Hayfield, and the quality of their produce, if a good number of us supported them for this award. Will you? Here's the link. Click on this and then on the 'go to' page which then appears below. Thanks!.

Third, the Hayfield Library Campaign Group has now made a submission to Derbyshire County Council, expressing interest in working with the Council around retention of Hayfield library and development of the facility into a 'community hub'. This is not a bid for community management of the local library service, but is intended to be a constructive, alternative approach to augment the library service and use of the building, requiring partnership with and from the County Council. What DCC makes of the 'expression of interest' is to be seen, but we think it relevant that you be aware of what has been submitted. A copy of the 'Expression Of Interest' is attached, for your information.

We hope you have a thoroughly pleasant and fulfilling Easter.

Thursday 4 April 2019

Spring Newsletter

Your spring newsletter is now ready to download. We hope you find it of interest. I'd draw your attention to three things:

  • first, on pages 1 and 2 are details of this Saturday's Great Spring Clean (Litter Pick) which we hope you'll support, by giving an hour or two of your time. Posters are up around the village;
  • second, on page 3 are details of a decision of Hayfield Parish Council agreeing to set up a working group to see how it might reduce its own carbon emissions, as an increasing number of councils are doing. This reflects great credit on the Council, is a very positive development and we hope to work actively with the council in getting practical measures in place;
  • third, on page 6 are details of our imminent 'Repair Workshop' which gives you the chance to develop or practice your 'make and mend' skills, and save money, with expert support. It too is well-advertised around the village. It's on Wednesday 10th April at The Threadmill, Swallow House Lane (not, as I mistakenly wrote a little earlier, on the Thursday. Apologies for that.)

Monday 1 April 2019

Things To Do

Here's few things you can do in the coming 10-12 days or so, and gain a warm feeling of achievement...

1. You'd be most welcome at a working session at the library garden this Saturday, 11-1.00p.m, to help develop it as a source of good food, from which we all can, let's recall, benefit, by harvesting whatever we want!

2. You may have read about the growing efforts to get public bodies, including councils, to declare a 'Climate Emergency' and put in place plans to ensure their local areas are net zero carbon by 2030 (i.e. in 12 years, which is when scientists say we have to 'put things right' before our climate achieves irreducible 'lift off' toward enormously harmful global rises in temperature). There a petition devised by the new Derbyshire Climate Coalition, groups from all districts in the county, calling on the county council and district councils to declare such a 'climate emergency' and develop steps to curb carbon emissions locally, and in line with the Paris Climate . Agreement. Would you sign here? Though it's hosted by 38 Degrees, it's 'home grown' it's there simply because they have the technology to register names etc. Please sign - if there's one thing you can do, as a Sustainable Hayfield supporter, to get our concerns heard in high(er) places, it's this. Thank you! Please click on the attached link: Climate Emergency and Derbyshire Councils.

If we achieve 7,500 signatures countywide, that's enough to trigger a motion debate in the council. Any motion agreed would affect all the activities within the scope of influence of councils - transport, buildings and housing, land use planning, energy (including fracking),forestry etc. It will also create a culture that will influence pension committees and divestment.

3. One of our supporters, Graham Hirst, is preparing to speak at the next meeting of Hayfield Parish Council, (Tuesday April 2nd, 7.15, St Matthew's Church Hall) on the wish of many of us to see our local council commit to actions which will reduce its own carbon footprint, and possibly that of others. It would be tremendous if a number of Sustainable Hayfield supporters were to attend in silent support of Graham's efforts. Can you be there? Graham will speak briefly at the start of the meeting, so there's no expectation you would need to be there for more than 15-20 minutes if you didn't wish to be. There is some hope the council may agenda a motion addressing this issue at its May meeting (details to be shared later), and it would be excellent if councillors knew that, in doing so, it had the support of our wider community. Please try to attend.

4. Posters/banners are up for The Great Hayfield Litter Clean Up, Saturday 6th April, 10-2.00p.m. Last year, around 70 villagers – a great turnout – helped us gather around 50 bags of rubbish, of which we separated a part, to avoid recyclable items going to landfill. We’d love it if we had the same number of volunteers again this year, giving an hour or more of their time.

It works like this. Volunteers go to the Village Hall and are given a ‘territory’ (a street or two, or an area of open ground) and litter pickers and waste collection sacks. Having gathering what they can, they return to the Parish Council offices, hand over their finds (is there a prize for the most unusual?) and return their litter pickers to the Village Hall for reissue, and where they can get a tea or coffee as reward for their work. We’d stress that most people give an hour or two of their time, not the whole stretch from 10.00 -2.00p.m. If you've not been involved before, please consider joining in. There's a good buzz about the event, and we can all see what we've achieved - a tidier, healthier parish!

5. On the same day, Saturday April 6th, Hayfield School PTA is hosting its Easter Eggstravaganza at the school, also from, 10-2.00p.m. Amongst the many attractions on offer are: a) the 'Chicken Run' adults fell race (registration opens at 10.15, race at 11), b) a 'mini mudder' assault course for children, c) face-painting, d) Disco Dome and bouncy castle, e) entertaining orienteering 'egg' hunt, f) Easter craft activities for all ages, g) children's toy sale, h) children's book sale, i) Easter market gift and produce stalls and j) cakes and refreshments. It's a prime fundraiser for the school, offers a good time and is worthy of support. Why not drift down there after or before the Litter Clean Up?

6. A few days later, our Repair, Re-Use and Recycling group is holding a (clothes and textiles) Repair Workshop at The Thread Mill (in the old Slack’s Mill) off Swallow House Lane, 7.30-9.30p.m. on Thursday April 10th. We all know how little effort is put in these days to mend clothes that are damaged, frayed or just a little worn-out. As a result, there's been a huge rise in the amount of almost-serviceable clothing going to landfill. This workshop is the chance to learn, or practice if you already know, how to make cost-saving and quality repairs. Simple ideas on recycling clothes will also be shared. If you want to know more, contact Pennie Roberts on iampennieroberts@gmail.com or on 07749 710127

There will be demonstrations on how to recycle clothing and people can bring along clothing /soft furnishing needing repair and ask advice and possibly undertake the repair whilst there.

Friday 15 February 2019

Big and Small

  • Today, some young people around the UK are gathering to protest the risks of humankind not doing enough to stem unalterable climate change. So it's worth letting you know that individuals and organisations are meeting in Derby next Tuesday evening, February 19th, to consider what can be done to get Derbyshire County Council to declare a 'climate emergency' and commit to greater efforts to achieve zero carbon status in the medium term, as other councils have already done. A group of folk are going from Hayfield, via a minibus organised by Graham Hirst. It leaves The Royal car park at 5.45p.m. and costs £7. There are still some seats left. If you'd like to be involved, please contact Graham at hirst34@icloud.com.
  • A reminder that Village Greens and Grains will be outside The Pack Horse as usual, tomorrow, Saturday, 10-12.00p.m., with their delicious foods. This week, each V Green vegetable box will also contain a dessert recipe this week (roasted pineapple with chilli syrup). And there's the healthy, multicoloured fruits and veg we know!
    Grains will bring an exotic range of breads, rolls and cakes, as well as their delicious staples. Look out for flavourful cheddar & cumin, olive & rosemary, walnut, focaccia, and Danish pastries as well. Can you afford not to be there? Can you please bring your own shopper bags (about half of you do), since Grains want to cut down on the bags they have to issue – and we know that makes all-round sense! As ever, to be sure, order in advance (V Greens 01457 852456, Grains 01457 862346), and then just collect!
  • And we in Sustainable Hayfield need someone to help our established team source, cultivate and support an appropriately varied range of stallholders and activities, to help ensure our Apple Day offers a vibrant and appealing range of attractions. Could this be you? Do you have (some) time to give? To begin with, you’d be shadowing someone experienced in this field, so you'd find out about what’s needed, before taking on more responsibility. If you’re interested, and want to become part of our ‘team’, please contact me in the first instance for a chat. I'm on 01663 745940 or 07867 578326 and at lauriejamesis@btinternet.com. Thanks very much for considering this!

Friday 8 February 2019

One Gone and Two To Come

Thanks to those 20 or so supporters and friends who attended the presentation on home automation we arranged on Tuesday. Though turnout was less than we'd hoped for, those present made up for it in the range of questions and issues raised, and we hope you found John Blain's presentation informative and thought-provoking. We've also received a number of requests, from people unable to attend, for copies of the information presented. You can download that here. We hope it's of interest but recognise that some of the context (linking comments, elaboration and nuance) is lost by not being able to be present.

Two other things coming up:

  • ever thought of baking your bread, but not sure how? What's the right mix of ingredients, how can we ensure it 'rises' in the right way, what is sourdough? Our Food group is hoping to answer these questions and many more and give you hands-on experience via a breadmaking skills course it's arranging at the Village Hall, provisionally for Saturday 23rd Feb, 2-5.00p.m. Utensils, ingredients and tea/coffee are provided, but a small charge (around £5) would be levied per person. If you'd like to attend such a course, whether or not you can make 23rd February, please let Ellen Bennett know at ellenkbennett@yahoo.co.uk by next Monday, 11th February. That will help Ellen and team determine whether they're in a position, numbers-wise, to proceed on Feb 23rd or seek alternative date(s). Thanks!
  • we can confirm that this year's Village Spring Clean is going to be held 10-2.00p.m. on Saturday 6th April, again using the Village Hall as its operational base. Last year, around 70 villagers turned out for an hour or more to 'do their bit' to help rid the village of unsightly litter, a great effort leading to around 60 bin bags of rubbish - and larger items too - being collected, a good part of which was separated out, so it could be recycled. If we can achieve the same this year, we'd be delighted! We'll supply much more information in due course about this event, held jointly with Hayfield Civic Trust and the Parish Council, but we thought we'd confirm the date now - so, hopefully, you can put it in your diary! It's a grand day, with a really good community spirit underpinning it.

Friday 1 February 2019

Coming Up Fast...

Tomorrow, (Saturday) Grains and Village Greens will be doing their 'usual' outside the Pack Horse, 10-12.00p.m. Grains Bakehouse will be bringing, in addition to their usual offerings, seeded sourdough and wholemeal sourdough rolls, olive and rosemary fruit loaves, and Danish pastries for 'treats'. Village Greens, who were delighted how quickly their very early season rhubarb went last week, will be bringing some more, plus cheeses and, of course, their £5 veg bags and £5 fruit bags too. Delicious! See you there...!

• Tempted, confused or just wanting to know more about Nest, Hive, remote control service and security systems for your home? Come along to our free illustrated talk next Tuesday (Feb 5th) at the Royal Hotel, 7.30p.m., when John Blain will be introducing us to the potential of home automation for saving hundreds of pounds a year in energy costs, having heating, lighting, laundry and other services on only when you want/need them and having control of these when you're away from home. Increasingly, we're being encouraged to make our homes 'smart', and there are real financial gains in doing so. But what's the overall picture, what should we look out for, what downsides might there be? John Blain, an energy specialist, will be sharing his personal and professional experience with us in a quirkily titled talk 'Home Automation - Just Big Boys' Toys or The Future of Domestic Energy Efficiency?' It should be an informative and interesting evening. You've maybe seen posters around the village - here's your own, as a reminder!

Friday 25 January 2019

Winter Newsletter & Home Automation

The winter newsletter from Sustainable Hayfield is now available to download. It's packed, we hope, with items which may interest you. We hope you enjoy! As ever, any feedback is much appreciated.

It's profiled in the newsletter but we'd like to draw to your attention the illustrated talk on 'Home Automation - Just Big Boys' Toys or The Future of Domestic Energy Efficiency?' we've arranged for Tuesday February 5th at The Royal Hotel, starting at 7.30p.m., featuring John Blain, an energy specialist and admitted 'smarthome' enthusiast, who'll be addressing some of the key issues associated with the changing nature of technology in and around the home. It should be an interesting evening with, we suspect, a range of views shared! We hope you can join us.

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