Wednesday, 29 March 2023


Have you ever thought of contributing your skills and passion to being a Parish Councillor? And changing the way we can support our community by advancing practical ideas to make it a more sustainable, greener and valued place?

You'll know that elections are coming up soon, including for Hayfield Parish Council. Currently, there's several vacancies on the Parish Council and it would be good to have a 'slate' of candidates from whom to choose. As the lowest tier of public democracy, party politics has little role to play in Parish Councils, but ideas are always welcome!

The Parish Council meets monthly, and is serviced by a Clerk. Parish Councils are a good way in which to propose, and get adopted, policies and initiatives you feel strongly about..Andy Barker, our Parish Clerk, can give you a run down on what's involved in being a Parish Councillor. He can be contacted at

If you are interested, details about the nomination process are on the High Peak Council website. It looks complicated, but is pretty straightforward. The thing some people find confusing is getting details of the two sponsors you need (their polling district and voter number), but Andy can help with that, since he's got the information you'll need.

Why not give it a go? Existing Parish Councillors probably felt as you do, if you've never done anything like this before, but they've managed it successfully. There's no reason why you shouldn't!. Nominations need to be in by 4.00p.m. Tuesday, 4th April.

And, if you decide to try your hand, good luck!


The Sustainable Hayfield team

Friday, 3 March 2023


Thanks to all who stopped by at Sustainable Hayfield's Home Energy MOT stall last weekend. On a cold morning, we had a good deal of interest and 15 more households signed up for a Home Energy Visit, assessment of energy efficiency and prospective installation of low level insulation aides. And we gave away 70 soft draught excluders to those who wanted them!
We've now had requests for visits and possible installations from over 125 Hayfield households, which is excellent. But we can manage more. People we met who'd had a visit already all said how much they appreciated the help given, and how valuable the visit turned out to be.
Why not join them in this unique scheme, which provides essential checks on your boiler and radiator controls, assesses levels of loft insulation, and provides free fitting, where requested, of draught proofing, radiator reflector foils, LED lights, letter box covers and more, all designed to reduce fuels bills and keep you warm? To sign up:
* simply email your contact details and address to, or
* pick up, complete, and return a visit request slip at the library, Hayfield News or The Post Office/Village Store.
We'll then contact you and arrange a visit at a conveneint time for you. It's that simple!
Thank you.
People reached
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Saturday, 11 February 2023


Dear Sustainable Hayfield Member/Supporter

Want to keep warm but save on your bills? Want to keep out draughts and be more energy-efficient? Want to do all this for free?
You can, just like more than 90 of your neighbours who’ve already signed up to our Home Energy MOT scheme! We’ve now got some extra funding, meaning we can extend the scheme and respond to requests from even more parish households. Feedback to date is very positive. Here’s some examples; 
“The visit was an eye-opener in the sense that small adjustments can make a difference. The LED lights were great as they’ve brightened the rooms – and are considerably cheaper to run”
“I live alone and was very impressed by the help given. The fitting of a letter box cover made an immediate difference. The advice re keeping warm and saving energy was superb”
“Many thanks, an invaluable service”
“….the house feels warmer, draughts have been reduced and my landlord has agreed to have loft insulation fitted this week! Thank you!”
“Graham’s thorough checks were reassuring, particularly the loft insulation as I can no longer get up there. Helpful adjustment of boiler temperature. A very good service.”
“ Friendly face, good advice, very helpful.”
The scheme offers a free service, involving a visit from a local, qualified, experienced staff member from Marches Energy Agency who can
- install draught-proofing tape and strips for draughty windows and doors;
- fit draught excluders to the bottom of doors to stop seepage of heat;
- install letter box covers to ensure warm air doesn’t escape;
- fit LED long life, energy-efficient bulbs to replace older, short-life types;
- fit electric socket timers, to ensure power’s only used when needed;
- fit radiator reflector foil, ensuring all radiator heat warms your rooms;
- check boiler controls and radiator valves, to ensure they’re set correctly;
- advise on the adequacy of your loft insulation levels, and;
- discuss more targetted help, if needed, but only if you agree. .
All of this happens – or as much or little of it as you want – in one visit! And it’s all entirely free to you.
If you’d like a visit, do one of the following:

  • contact Sustainable Hayfield’s Energy Group at, with your contact details;
  • pick up and complete the very simple request slip which is at Hayfield News, The Village Store or Hayfield library, and place in the secure boxes located there.

Once you’ve requested a visit, we’ll get in contact and make arrangements.   This is a unique, free  scheme, just for the parish, so don’t miss out! 

The Sustainable Hayfield team 

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Winter 23 Newsletter

Welcome to your winter 2023 Sustainable Hayfield newsletter, packed full of material, and with a focus on positive experiences and actions. Click here to see it. 

As you read, we'd ask you to do three things, if you'll be so kind:
1. look out for the events/discussions signalled on pages 2 and 3 and consider joining in (January 5th, 12th and 20th);
2. consider signing up for our very successful Home Energy MOT scheme, as over 90 of your neighbours have. Cut your energy use, bills and emissions, all for free!. It makes so much practical sense (contact details are on page 4)
 3. consider, if you have not done so already, becoming a member of Sustainable Hayfield. It gives you some rights supporters do not have, and absolutely no obligations. And it's free! Contact Pennie Roberts at and she'll confirm your membership - simple!.  

We hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter. As ever, we're happy to receive any ideas or suggestions for future content. Let us know at Thanks!.  .

Laurie James
for the Sustainable Hayfield team

Show the Love this February!

Why not  #ShowTheLove for our planet this February / Valentines Day? People across the UK will be painting, drawing, stitching, printing or otherwise designing green hearts for window displays to demonstrate their public commitment to work for a greener, cleaner, safer world, which values biodiversity, fairness and sustainability. Might you join them? And, if you wish, why not write a letter to our MP, enclosing a grreen heart and ask him to do what he can to promote government actions which help secure that reality and make more progress on the huge tasks facing us to achieve net zero within a decent period. He couln't help but notice a cluster of green hearts arriving in his mailbox/bag.! Details of the wider campaign are at

Thank you!

The Sustainable Hayfield Team 

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