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Nut Grove

Posted 27 Sep 2016 — by erica
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We are well on our way to planting an almond nut grove around Mill Meadow. Watch this space – and let us know if you would like to be involved in planting!

Open Air Museum event – Go Green and Carry On 23 and 24 March 2013

Posted 31 Mar 2013 — by phil
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Yeah, well, sometimes the weather just isn’t on your side, but despite the wind and the snow we kept our chins up and carried on. Happy Museums had given the Open Air museum a grant to put on a 1940s (and what we can learn from that era) event in collaboration with other local organisations and Change4Chalfont had a stall, arranged a bike clinic and a small local food market

Recent events

Posted 06 Nov 2011 — by phil
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Diamond Jubilee Orchard planted – November 2012

Our second community orchard was planted on 10 November 2012. 120 volunteers pitched up, every tree is sponsored and we have a new mixed fruit orchard in the village.

Feast Day 2012

Change4Chalfont helped the Feast Day committee with recycling reducing landfill from 4 1/2 tons (2011 levels) to about 1/2 a ton this year. Loads of helpers and loads of success.  

Feast Day 2011

Our two stalls featuring:

– chickens to show how easy it is to keep them in the garden and ‘grow your own’ eggs,

– seedlings we had grown to sell cheaply to encourage people to produce home grown vegetables and herbs and so reduce their food miles to zero,

– Rosemary, our Morsbag lady sitting at her hand-powered sewing machine making reuseable bags to give away, and

– the sale of elderflower cordial drinks made after foraging for elderflowers from our local hedgerows

Serving home-made elderflower cordial with a smile

Re-usable bags made from offcuts were given away to save use of plastic bags.

Making the Morsbags using a hand-powered sewing machine.  We gave away around 140 and gathered as many signatures to petition for a plastic bag free Chalfont St Peter.

Going home at the end of the day with purchases!

Foraging for elderflowers to make cordial

Posted 09 Jun 2011 — by erica
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Arti finding elderflowers

Village Fun Night

Posted 10 Dec 2010 — by erica
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Launching our Plastic Bag Free CSP campaign, promoting a Low Carbon Christmas and giving away copious amounts of locally brewed beer and homemade cakes!

The community orchard – it’s in!

Posted 24 Nov 2010 — by erica
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On Saturday 20 November, about 60 people congregated on Cheena Meadow, Chalfont St Peter, to plant our first community orchard. Here is a brief account of how it developed.

The day before, shovelling manure for planting the trees. Lovely!

The day dawns on Cheena meadow…..

We’re all ready…..

60+ volunteers turn up! How fabulous is that!

The first turfs are cut…

…and the work begins

Back breaking stuff…..

But everybody helps

The fabulous frame building five…

…..are ready bang on cue

And the first tree is in!

The A-MA-ZING  people from CSP Youth Centre, who worked their socks off

And some of the other FABULOUS people who made it happen

Job done.

From horse poo to parliament!

Posted 10 Nov 2010 — by erica
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Yesterday we went to look at some horse manure that a local farm is kindly donating to Change4Chalfont for our apple orchard. We wanted to make sure that it was adequately rotted down, so one of us climbed into an enormous skip of the stuff and started digging to find a really choice bit for the gardening expert to sniff…..you’ll be happy to know that it is Prime Stuff and we’ll be going back for plenty of it to fertilise our trees!

Then, and in sharp contrast a couple of us went to attend a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil (APPGOPO) at the House of Commons. This group meets regularly and last night’s subject was entitled ‘The Transition Movement: What Does It Need From Government?’

The name of the committee and the subject for discussion tell you loads of things; first, that concern about diminishing resources is beginning to reach the highest levels – although really and truly, the people in government are the guys with the information and they should be ahead of the game (apparently national armies have long be preparing reports on peak oil and how to handle it, presumably because they have to long-term plan to cope with possible civil unrest). It also is interesting how seriously the Transition movement is being taken, again at the highest levels.

It was an interesting discussion, with a room full of transitioners from all over the country although we felt that there was a lot of information coming from the guys from Transition HQ whereas presumably they were primarily there to hear our ideas. However, it was heartening to be in a room full of people who care about the environment and climate change as actively as we do and interesting to see a bit more of the bigger picture.

If you would like to attend such a meeting, you can register your interest at http://appgopo.org.uk/

Low Carbon Lunch – 10:10:10

Posted 01 Nov 2010 — by erica
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Low carbon lunch - 10:10:10

Low Carbon lunch prep in Chalfont St Peter

To mark 10 October 2010 (10:10:10), members of Change4Chalfont held a low carbon lunch. Whilst photos are in somewhat short supply, we hear that people shopped at local markets, plundered their gardens for the last of their crop and got together with friends to cook a low carbon lunch with locally sourced ingredients.

Feast Day

Posted 24 Oct 2010 — by phil
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Change4Chalfont joined in the village’s Feast Day celebrations on 26th June 2010 by running one of the 90 available stalls.  It was a beautifully hot, sunny day and the festivities attracted between 6,000 and 8,000 people.

Our stall had a ‘Pick, Eat, Grow’ theme.

We ran a fun activity to highlight some actions people can take to reduce their impact on the environment

We sold vegetable seedlings for people to grow on at home.

We sold elderflower cordial we had made using elderflowers from our local hedgerows.

New Series of Film Nights

Posted 16 Oct 2010 — by phil
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New Series of Film Nights Begins

Our new series of monthly film nights kicked off with a screening of ‘The End of Suburbia’ on Friday 1st October.

The film illustrates how supplies of easily available oil are beginning to diminish, and asks serious questions about the sustainability of a way of life which is so dependent on car travel.

In a competition afterwards the audience was asked to guess how much the price of crude oil has risen over the last decade.  We found out that the average price per year has more than doubled in this time, and that the highest price it reached was almost twice the current price!

Then the audience was encouraged to reflect on what lessons there are for us to learn as the planet approaches this critical era.  If the end of cheap oil and gas indicates the end of suburbia for Americans, what does it indicate the end of for us in the UK?

Nearly a half mentioned the fact that the end of cheap oil signifies the end of cheap travel and almost as many mentioned the knock-on effects of higher transport costs: more expensive goods, and a rise in food prices.  A significant minority mentioned the end of cheap energy and one the end of economic growth.

We then asked what action could be taken at a community level to mitigate the effects of diminishing supplies of cheap fossil fuels.  The majority suggested becoming more self-sufficient in one way or another, whether by encouraging the local economy by buying locally produced goods and using local services, by increasing local food production or by developing the means to produce our energy locally.  Several thought that improving and promoting public transport and cycling facilities is important, and some mentioned the need to consume less and to share more.

On the question of how we as individuals can tackle the issue, a third advocated lessening our use of the car and aeroplane.  Walking and cycling more, or changing work habits to work from home were mentioned as ways of achieving this.  The idea of growing our own food was popular, as was buying local goods, organic goods, eating less meat and reducing personal consumption generally.  The notion of sharing and getting to know our neighbours appeared again here; we think that by getting out and about more on foot or by bike and by living and operating locally, this happens almost by default and is one of the ways we can all benefit from responding to these challenges.

Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to this thought-provoking evening.

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