A glimmer of hope – please note: meeting re-scheduled to Zoom

Dear Transitioners

OK – so COP26 didn’t deliver the bold emissions cuts and supportive finance that we desperately need, the rich nations shirked their responsibility to the planet and to the people who have done the least to cause the climate crisis, and they propose to do more to defend the fossil fuel industry than to defend life on Earth. 

But yes – there is a glimmer of hope.  The reason that we got what progress we did is because young people, Indigenous leaders, activists and countries on the climate frontline forced concessions, and the world is mobilised in a way never before seen.  And it won’t be at the next summit that there will be progress – that happens between summits.  Our responses and actions are vital so please come to our next meeting – 7.30 on Tuesday 23 November.  Because of the rise in Covid cases the meeting will be via Zoom:-

Transition Monmouth is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Time:  Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:30pm – 9:15pm

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The meeting will start with a brief AGM – Chair’s report, Treasurer’s report, election of officers – please put your name forward if you would like to take on the role of Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer or Admin/Secretary.  The agenda for both the AGM and the Members’ Meeting are copied below together with notes of the last Members’ Meeting.

We look forward very much to seeing you next Tuesday – and let us plan a great year of action together!

Vivien Mitchell
transitionmonmouth
creative community action…for life after oil
mail@transitionmonmouth.org
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Facebook:  Transition Monmouth, Transition Monmouth Chat, Wyesham Community Woodland, Plastic Free Monmouth, ACE Monmouth, Apple Pressing Events Monmouthshire, Our Green Spaces Monmouth, Friends of Chippenham Mead, Monmouth Community Fridge

Agenda:  Annual General Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday 23 November 2021, 7.30pm – followed by a Members’ Meeting

Introductions

Apologies for absence

Note taker

Chair’s Report for the year:  Bryan Miller

Treasurer’s Report:  Claudia Blair

Election of officers for the coming year – Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Admin/Secretary

Any other business

Close of AGM

Agenda:  Members’ Meeting

Notes of the last meeting (copied below) and matters arising

COP26 – our reactions and what do we do now?

Benthyg (Library of Things) and the Repair Café

Green Grow/Green Spaces:  To be discussed at a meeting on Thursday – here is your invitation:

Monmouthshire Communities is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:-
Topic: Green Spaces / Green Grow meeting
Time: Nov 25, 2021 07:30 PM
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Any Other Business

Date of Next Meeting

9pm – close of formal meeting – now it’s time to chat ……

Transition Monmouth Members’ Meeting

Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 7.30pm

At the front entrance of Monmouth Comprehensive School

Present:  Bryan Miller, Charles Emes, Clare Catto, Mary Boase, Waltraud Engelfield, Vivien Mitchell

Apologies:  Kelly Jackson-Graham, Claudia Blair, Sheila Mone, Simon Durrant, Patrick Hannay, Charles Boase, Gerry Ashton, Emma Bryn, Beccy Macdonald-Lofts

Notetaker:  Waltraud Engelfield

Climate Future Festival Debrief:-

  • Generally good engagement with the public
  • Great variety of activities and stalls
  • Great networking opportunity between different groups, great to see so many people
  • Location of Green Zone:  Would Chippy be a better location (like the Bee Festival) and close to the Nelson Garden’s Wellbeing Zone – but have people around town directing passers-by to Chippy.  Also a better place for gazebos where pegs can secure them
  • Provide better signage and publicity in the run up
  • Provide food stalls next year
  • Stalls need better weather proofing.  We were lucky this year as we were not well prepared for wind and rain
  • There is great enthusiasm to repeat the festival to keep the Climate Crisis in everyone’s mind.  18 roles have been identified by the organisers to run the festival next year and initial Zoom meetings are already happening
  • Our plant swap/sale made over £40 for the Green Grow group
  • There needs to be clarification as to how ACE (a Town Council working group) and Transition Monmouth work together

Marking COP-26:-

  • There is a COP-26 procession and vigil in Abergavenny on Saturday 6 November;  members were encouraged to participate
  • Despite the short time frame we decided to put on an event in Monmouth on Sunday 7 November from 11 to 1 on the grassy area by the Cattle Market car park
  • Gazebos proposed for displays by us, ACE Monmouth, Friends of the Lower Wye
  • We will ask if the Earthrite presentation with their globe and animal heads could attend
  • Vivien to ask Abergavenny if we could borrow their placards
  • Bryan and Clare agreed to draft a pamphlet that we could hand out on the day with ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint

Working with Monmouth School for Boys:  The group of boys available on Wednesday afternoons helped rake cuttings at our Community Orchard and enjoyed the experience.  It was suggested that they consult with teenagers in town as to what they would like on the old playground area on Chippy.  We look forward to discussing further ideas with Sheila Mone.

Community Orchard:  We need to discuss a new management plan as the previous one no longer works as the trees have grown so much.  The whole of the planted area probable now needs to be mown by MCC, and we should organise a pruning event with Helena Ronicle in the winter months.

Green Grow (TM) / Green Spaces (ACE):  Last year we jointly looked at various locations – some new, some previously started by Green Grow.  We need a joint meeting to discuss how to proceed with these and also how we should work together in the future.  This is quite urgent as the winter months are prime time for further planting.

Wyesham Community Woodland – Claypatch:  The group has become active once again.  At a hybrid meeting on 11 October working parties were agreed for 17 and 25 October to improve the paths, rebuild benches and other activities in preparation for a Halloween Spooktacular on 31 October – a family friendly event publicized widely on social media and posters.  Ash trees on the boundaries are to be felled by MCC.  Richard Garner has applied for a chainsaw licence.

Benthyg (The Library of Things):  Funded by the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy project, this is ready to go live in Monmouth, Chepstow, Caldicot and Abergavenny in the next few weeks.  Benthyg Monmouth is located in the Art Room at Bridges and initially will open just once a week.  All items are now on the database.  Volunteers are being recruited and trained.  It is hoped that a paid coordinator for Benthyg and the Community Fridge can be employed.

Community Fridge:  The Fridge is going strong with over 40 volunteers engaged each week.  Last year nearly 26 tons of food waste was rescued from landfill and distributed to local residents.  Kelly and Claudia presented at the Wyesham WI.  Satellite cupboards are planned for Wyesham and other locations.  Kate Rees who has undertaken much of the admin is working to reduce her role.  To celebrate their first anniversary, a social gathering was held at the home of Ann and Terry Ing.  It was also the first time that many of the volunteers had the opportunity to meet each other.

Water Fountains:  The water fountain on Chippenham Green is now operational and will be formally opened at the same time as the new children’s playground.  The fountain at the Skate Park was officially opened at a Skate Jam last month;  the event was very well attended but sadly there was only one girl performing in the demonstration.

Plastic Free Monmouth:  Georgie Meadow’s wonderful dress made of discarded plastic was a show stopper at the Climate Future Festival and can be borrowed for future events.  Beccy (Chair of PFM) has a monthly slot to write for Living magazine;  we look forward to her excellent introductory article being published and will advertise this on social media.

River Pollution:  The issue is getting a lot of positive publicity with the Friends of the Lower Wye campaigning tirelessly along with Angela Jones and the angling community.  A response together with reports compiled by NRW have been received from David TC Davies MP but the data does not reflect the appalling state of the Wye.  No response has been received from the AM, Peter Fox.

Date of next meeting:  To be advised

COP26

Dear Transitioners and ACE Monmouth Supporters

We await COP26 with hopeful anticipation – hopeful that world leaders will commit to meaningful action on the climate emergency.  Greta Thunberg, together with Vanessa Nakate from Uganda and Dominika Lasota from Poland, will be there with the message:-

Humanity is failing to stop the climate crisis.  It’s now beyond urgent – the planet is screaming for help.  Right now world leaders are meeting for historic climate talks – but pledges without real action won’t cut it anymore.  We need bold, visionary leaders to finally do what’s needed to pull us back from the abyss.

We can’t be in Glasgow with them, but to mark the occasion, increase awareness, and hopefully empower more of us to act, we have two local events next weekend.

There will be a Procession and Vigil in Abergavenny on Saturday 6 November, starting at 11am from St John’s Square.  It will move around the town and engage with the public, returning to St John’s Square for a ceremony and vigil at 12.30.  It will be a colourful event.  Please go and participate, and wear brightly coloured clothes.  A banner with a positive message is encouraged – but not compulsory!

Then on Sunday 7 November we will be holding a colourful and engaging event in Monmouth from 11am to 1pm on the green beside the Cattle Market car park.  The aim is to engage with the public on actions that they can do both at home and by joining in with the wide range of activities available in Monmouth to mitigate climate change.  Transition Monmouth will have a display as will ACE Monmouth and Friends of the Lower Wye.  Music will be provided by Frieda After Kahlo, we will have the Earthrite globe with an activity at around mid-day.  We would like this too to be a colourful event so please come, dressed from head to foot in brightly coloured clothes, maybe bring a banner with a positive message.  We will have leaflets to hand out if you would like to engage with passers-by.  Please come and support – there is nothing like the power of community to change the world!

After COP26 we will have a Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 23 November at 7.30pm.  There will undoubtedly be much to discuss!

We look forward to seeing you at one, or all three, of these events.

Vivien Mitchell

COP26

Dear Transitioners

We await COP26 with hopeful anticipation – hopeful that world leaders will commit to meaningful action on the climate emergency.  Greta Thunberg, together with Vanessa Nakate from Uganda and Dominika Lasota from Poland, will be there with the message:-

Humanity is failing to stop the climate crisis. It’s now beyond urgent – the planet is screaming for help.  Right now world leaders are meeting for historic climate talks – but pledges without real action won’t cut it anymore.  We need bold, visionary leaders to finally do what’s needed to pull us back from the abyss.

We can’t be in Glasgow with them, but to mark the occasion, increase awareness, and hopefully empower more of us to act, we have two local events next weekend.

There will be a Procession and Vigil in Abergavenny on Saturday 6 November, starting at 11am from St John’s Square.  It will move around the town and engage with the public, returning to St John’s Square for a ceremony and vigil at 12.30.  It will be a colourful event.  Please go and participate, and wear brightly coloured clothes.  A banner with a positive message is encouraged – but not compulsory!

Then on Sunday 7 November we will be holding a colourful and engaging event in Monmouth from 11am to 1pm on the green beside the Cattle Market car park.  The aim is to engage with the public on actions that they can do both at home and by joining in with the wide range of activities available in Monmouth to mitigate climate change.  Transition Monmouth will have a display as will ACE Monmouth and Friends of the Lower Wye.  Music will be provided by Frieda After Kahlo, we will have the Earthrite globe with an activity at around mid-day.  We would like this too to be a colourful event so please come, dressed from head to foot in brightly coloured clothes, maybe bring a banner with a positive message.  We will have leaflets to hand out if you would like to engage with passers-by.  Please come and support – there is nothing like the power of community to change the world!

After COP26 we will have a Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 23 November at 7.30pm.  There will undoubtedly be much to discuss!

We look forward to seeing you at one, or all three, of these events.

Vivien Mitchell

Meeting on Tuesday

Dear Transitioners

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 phannay@toucansurf.com.  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.

Vivien Mitchell

Agenda

Members’ Meeting outside Monmouth Comprehensive School,

The Burgage, Monmouth NP25 3DP

Tuesday 19 October 2021 – 7.30 to 9.00 pm

Introductions

Apologies for absence

Note taker

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?

Projects:

  • 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

Events:-

  • 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  

Projects:-

  • 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