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A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question: “for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)”.
The Hexham Community partnership is involved with all aspects of life in Hexham, both business, lifestyle and the environment.
Current projects include:
- being a partner with TT in the Hexham River Hydro Scheme
- running the Forum Cinema and cafe
- organising the Hexham East regeneration project from 28, Derwent Road
- organising special events such as Spook Night and special market place events
- initiating the Hexham Town Plan 2012
Hexham Farmers’ Market is a twice monthly farmers’ market based in the historic market town of Hexham in Northumberland. Our aim is to offer our customers a wide range of fresh, locally produced foods of a high quality and at a fair price.
You’ll find a wide range of meats, vegetables, breads and pies, soups, jams and pickles, cakes and beers and many other products.
All our products are produced within 50 miles of Hexham and you will always find someone on the stall who can tell you about the product they’re selling. After all, they are the producers of the foods and are passionate about what they do.
Freecycle is a grass roots, non profit network of people who want to give or receive stuff for free in their own local area. It’s about reuse for things we want to keep out of landfill. Goods advertised have to be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. There is no advertising, discussion/chat and no offering or requesting help, advice or services. Freecycle posts do not involve payment of any kind, including swaps. Local groups are moderated by a local volunteer and membership is free.
The website detailing all the activities and history of the groundbreaking Incredible Edible Todmorden team. The inspiration for ‘ Edible Hexham ‘.
Go Local Food Ltd is a cooperative based in the Tyne Valley. Their vision is a community owned farm to grow and rear food; there’s quite a journey ahead to make this happen but they are confident they can achieve this if they find members who want to be part of the trip!!
They have half an acre being farmed by a full-time grower, providing a share of the crops to members with another half an acre in preparation. Members are welcome to get involved on the field under the direction of the grower. Members will receive a weekly share of the crops throughout the growing season. A polytunnel has been delivered and will be built soon (spring 2013) which once up will help to extend the growing season – more polytunnels are all part of the plan so eventually veg production could be year round. They will be growing organically on the existing field but won’t be paying the £500 per year to register as certified organic – there may also need to be some non-organic management of any new land if persistent weeds are a problem. Members will be kept up to date on the growing decisions.
A great community spirit has developed amongst the members. There are currently (April 2013) 34 members, with space for up to 8 more. They also organise events to bring together local producers – the remaining events for 2013 are going to be held in Ovingham on June 29, September 21 and December 7; keep an eye on the website for more details. Some amazing local producers go along to sell their produce. Go Local Food are also developing a programme of fundraising events which will include social gatherings for the members.
There is an annual membership fee for the co-operative of £24 per year; there are then 3 membership options:
- CROP-SHARE: £24 membership fee and £30 per month for weekly crop share
- SOCIAL MEMBER: £24 membership fee and then access to all of the social events / helping out on field
- WORK SHARE: £24 membership fee and then share of crop in return for 4 hours work on field per week – there will be 5 crop shares offered on a first come first served basis
If you would like any more information please
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone Fiona on 01661 836629.
- Blog: http://golocalfoodltd.wordpress.com/
- Website: http://www.golocalfood.org.uk/
If you would like to know more please contact GO Local through this blog.
Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in the natural world. It promotes local and regional food growing and the promotion of environmentally robust ways of living.
WWOOF UK is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK.
Discussion and debate on all aspects of green building including insulation, household renewable, new-build and refurbishment projects.
The Energy saving trust is the official government trust set up to give impartial, up to date advice on all things to do with saving energy, both in the home and business. There is lots of detailed information but also fun things to do, lots of energy saving tips, and competitions to win energy saving gadgets – The site is well worth checking out for useful information on everything from different types of house insulation to generating your own electricity.
By changing your energy supplier to one that uses Renewable Energy sources, you can make a direct impact on carbon emissions. Transition Tynedale has linked with Good Energy so that every new customer signed up through us will result in £20 funding for our activities. You can take a simple step towards lower carbon emissions while helping our community take other actions. Sign up through this weblink or quote the affiliate code GE446 if you switch by phone 0845 465 1640.
Here’s a website that lets you know where your nearest charge point is and whether its in use.
This charity is most widely known in this area as the instigator of the famous ‘C2C’ long distance bike ride across the north of England. However the charity’s work includes much more than this including campaigns, advice for individuals, and much, much more. All work is carried out with the help of a large number of volunteer rangers from the local office in Newcastle. Individual advice includes a free cycling info pack for beginners with advice on bike maintenance, local routes etc. There is also a free app of the complete National Cycling network to download for Android or iPhone. Campaigns include ‘DIY Streets’ and ‘Bike it’ for schools DIY Streets is a project that helps communities redesign their streets to make them safer and more attractive. ‘Bike It’ is their campaign to promote cycling to school. Over 80 expert officers help local schools to promote cycling, give tuition to children etc. Finally, check out their ‘Low carbon Travel ‘ info sheet FF44 for a full explanation of their aims including simple explanations of such obscure topics as the European Emissions trading scheme and EU climate change programme. This is well referenced with links to many other useful sites for further reading.
School Bus Run / Walking Scheme