We hope you were able to enjoy some of the many activities and events that the Climate Future Festival provided. It was a great coming together of the community, and a phenomenal effort by the organisers – 100 events in seven days! – to raise awareness of the issue that we all think paramount. The aim, of course, is to generate Action on the Climate Emergency!
Planning for next year’s Festival has already started and yes, it was great and we all learned a lot, but, as always, there is room to do things differently and better. So – please come to our meeting next Tuesday, 19 October, at 7.30 outside the front of Monmouth Comprehensive School and give us your thoughts and ideas for the future, and offers of help too, of course!
We also need to look at taking forward our various other projects – Green Grow/Green Spaces, especially since the tree planting season will soon be upon us, Benthyg – opening very soon, the new water fountains – and yes, the formal opening of the one on Chippy will coincide with the opening of the new children’s playground – congratulations to Rachel Jupp for her persistence, Plastic Free Monmouth, the dreadful state of our rivers – in particular the River Wye, and of course COP26.
If you missed our apple pressing at the Festival there is another opportunity this Saturday, 16 October at the Usk Farmers’ Market, Willows Garden Centre – www.willowsgardencentre.co.uk – bring your apples, pears and bottles or just go and look.
Working parties are resuming at Claypatch Woods on Sunday 17 October at 2pm (also the following Sunday) in preparation for the Spooktacular Halloween event on Sunday 31 October at 6.30pm. Further working parties are planned to undertake tree thinning, bench refurbishments and pond construction – further information on the Wyesham Community Woodlands Facebook page.
We have yet to decide on how we mark COP26 but in Abergavenny there will be a Procession and Vigil on Saturday 6 November starting at 11am from St John’s Square. If you would like to engage with the Silent Witnesses, be comfortable talking to people in the street, or otherwise participate in what is planned to be a colourful event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. As they become available we will post further details on our Facebook pages.
We look forward to seeing you at 7.30 next Tuesday. As usual, bring something to sit on, something to drink, and wrap up warm. Details of the agenda along with notes of our September meeting follow below. If you are unable to attend but have comments you would like to make, please email me.
Members’ Meeting outside Monmouth Comprehensive School,
The Burgage, Monmouth NP25 3DP
Tuesday 19 October 2021 – 7.30 to 9.00 pm
Apologies for absence
Notes of the last meeting (copied below) and matters arising
Festival De-Brief – what went well, what could have been better, what to do next year?
COP26 – how to mark the occasion?
- Working with Monmouth School
- Green Grow and Green Spaces
- Benthyg (Library of Things)
- Community Fridge
- Water fountains on Chippy and at the Skate Park
- Plastic Free Monmouth
- River pollution
Any Other Business
Date of Next Meeting
Notes of last meeting:-
Transition Monmouth Members’ Meeting
Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 7.30pm at the front of Monmouth Comprehensive School
Present: Bryan Miller, Claudia Blair, Waltraud Engelfield, Anthea Dewhurst, Vivien Mitchell
Apologies: Terry Ing, Simon Durrant, Clare Cato, Kate Rees, Daphne Evans, Kelly Jackson-Graham, Mary Boase, Charles Boase, Catrin Maby
Note taker: Waltraud Engelfield
Notes of last meeting:-
- The Bee Festival went very well
- Woolly Monmouth has gone quiet. Post-meeting note: Kim has let the ground floor to Mother Nature’s Goodies and is thinking of housing Afghan refugees on the upper floors
- Apple pressing in Wyesham: Sunday 19 September, 10 till 2, at St James’ Hall in Wyesham, led by Emma Bryn with Jane Temperton and Helena Ronicle. All in hand with the apple press, and outside tap has been installed, all risk assessments and Covid related paper work completed. The WI will supply teas and coffees
- Clothes Swap: 25 September at The Priory: This has been cancelled because of Covid concerns and disposal of left-over clothes
- Plant/Seed Swap/Share: Sunday 26 September, 10 till 4, in the Blestium Street car park as part of the Green Spaces Zone of the Climate Future Festival. The TM stall will also have a display for TM and separately for the Community Fridge, and lots of leaflets. Plastic Free Monmouth will have a separate stall in the main tent. There will be cake and a banner celebrating TM’s 14th birthday. Bryan, Waltraud and others will set up gazebos, tables etc in the area starting at 8.30. Vivien will be a collection point for plants prior to the event and get them delivered on the day. She will also organise a rota
- Further apple pressing: Possibly at Rockfield Community Centre or Skenfrith – to decide after the Festival. Post-meeting note: It is probably too late as apples are ripening much earlier
- Wildflower Meadow at Monmouth Comprehensive School: The meadow still needs attention re clover removal (very little compared to last year but some has survived) and also removal of dead ox-eye daisy stems; a combination of these overwhelmed other species. We have held small working parties throughout the summer. MCC is due to do a ‘cut and remove’ in October and we will need to rake up stems that have been flattened
- Kitchen Garden at Monmouth Comprehensive School: The fruit bushes have grown well so there probably needs to be a year of consolidation to decide on further development as there will be less space in the future for veg. The seedlings kindly donated by members have done well with the produce shared between the volunteers. Because of Covid restrictions we have as yet had no contact with pupils at the school.
- Monmouth School: Sheila Mone would like involvement for a group of eight boys from 2.30 till 4pm on Wednesdays. The Community Orchard, Wyesham Community Woodland and other projects were suggested. Post-meeting note: The boys helped rake cuttings at the Community Orchard on 22 September
- Community Orchard: The orchard area has not been cut this year due to a misunderstanding that it should be left for the scything demonstration of the Festival. Norman Williams has arranged for the Monmouthshire Meadows Group power scythe to be used to cut the grass so that the fruit on the trees was accessible. A mowing regime needs to be agreed for the future
- Benthyg (the Library of Things): Much of the equipment for the Monmouth Benthyg is now located on the second floor Art Room at Bridges, shelving has been installed, and Bryan has itemized the equipment on the internet based borrowing system that will be common to the four Monmouthshire Benthygs. Storage space on the ground floor needs to be found for the larger and heavier equipment
- Community Fridge: The Fridge will celebrate its first birthday on 28 September – Happy Birthday! – a wonderful achievement. Claudia supplied up to date statistics. About two tons a month of food is saved from landfill and put to good use. Over the period since we started collecting from the supermarkets the volume of bread has reduced considerably and we are now receiving more higher value food. We now have to pay for electricity and water rates – about £100 a month. The pressure on volunteers is lifting as it is now possible to train new members
- Water Fountain at Chippenham: This has now been received. Installation is held up as Welsh Water, despite digging up the road twice, have not been able to locate a water connection point
- Local Development Plan: Following a delay of 18 months due to Covid, all submissions had to be resubmitted, and with additional information on environmental impact and travel implications. We resubmitted our original proposals, and Charles Emes did likewise on proposals for Kingswood Gate
- Plastic Free Monmouth: Beccy Macdonald-Lofts, Chair of Plastic Free Monmouth, has been invited to submit a monthly article on eco living – yay!
Date of next meeting: Tuesday 19 October, 7.30 to 9pm outside the front of Monmouth Comprehensive School