Here’s to a great 2019 + loads of action ….

Dear Transitioners

Where has the time gone since our last newsletter? – hopefully you have all had a happy + welcome break from the daily routine + are feeling refreshed + ready for action!  We have a very busy January in store, starting with:-

Training for non-violent direct action:  Saturday 5 January, 10 till 2 at the Abergavenny Community Centre:  Training for those looking to get involved with Extinction Rebellion events.  Please indicate on https://www.facebook.com/events/2246745938935193/ if you would like to attend or email robsproc@hotmail.com.  There is a similar event in Hereford on Sunday 6 January, 10.30 to 4.30 at De Koffie Pot;  please indicate on https://www.facebook.com/groups/Xr.hereford/ if you would like to attend – but don’t worry if you can’t make these – there will be more dates in the coming months

Members’ Meeting + the Year Ahead:  Tuesday 8 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood to continue with our plans for the year ahead.  We will also devote time to RECS – our flood prevention project;  this has come to a crunch point + we need to make some decisions on how, if at all, we take this forward

Nature Isn’t Neat:  Monday 14 January, 12 o’clock at the Shire Hall.  This is a pollinator project that we are undertaking in partnership with Monmouth Town Council + Bees for Development.  Items on the agenda will include project launch (probably in March/April), development of literature for children (+ their teachers) + for households, + identifying areas around town that could be made pollinator friendly.  If you know of any or have ideas (currently the planting at St Thomas’ Square + round the cenotaph at St James’ Square are top of the list) please let us know, or else come to the meeting – all welcome!

Climate Change Champions – the Climate Emergency:  Wednesday 23 January, 7pm at Bridges Community Centre.  We have amended the Climate Emergency motion passed by the Forest of Dean to make it relevant to Monmouthshire, + at the meeting we will have Roger Hoggins (MCC Head of Operations) + Mark Hand (MCC Head of Planning) to discuss the measures that MCC can take (+ how we can help them) to:-

  • Make Monmouthshire carbon neutral by 2030
  • Produce a fully costed action plan by 1 July 2019 to meet the carbon neutral target

All welcome for this very important meeting.  The proposed draft motion is copied in below.

Wassail in Abergavenny:   Saturday 26 January, 3pm onwards at the Laurie Jones Community Orchard

Wassail in Monmouth:   Sunday 27 January, 3pm for a 3.30 start at the Community Orchard on Two River Meadow.  We cleared the land + planted the orchard, starting on 1 September 2009.  It’s a lovely place + the trees have thrived but it’s little known – hence the Wassail to raise awareness, + hopefully enjoyment.  The idea is to make a lot of noise to awaken the trees so bring any instruments you may have + your vocal chords.  We will serve apple cake + apple juice (any donations welcome).  Park in the Blestium Street car park;  then walk along the Monnow, under the A40, past the allotments, + you’re there.  Waterproof footwear is recommended, + since the area is bounded by two rivers, parents must at all times take care of the safety of their children.

Eden Project + the South East Wales Communities Network:  Tuesday 29 January, 5pm to 8pm at Bridges Community Centre:  This is the first meeting of the group for community leaders to share experiences, talk about the challenges + celebrations, discuss new ideas + come away energised with fresh perspectives + local supportive connections – so please spread the word to other community groups.  The event is free but please book your place with www.eventbrite.co.uk South East Wales Communities Network.

Community Engagement Event:  Thursday 31 January, 4.30 to 7.30 at Monmouth Comprehensive School:  Together with other local community groups we will be showcasing + hopefully spreading the word – set up starting at 3.30.  If you can help to set up our stall or staff it please contact mail@transitionmonmouth.org.

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 12 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – more details next time.

And the Local Produce Markets:-
Usk – 1st + 3rd Saturdays – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – 4th Thursday – 9.30 to 2.30

Thank you all once more for making 2018 so fruitful.  2019 looks like it will be even more eventful!  We hope to see you on Tuesday at the Robin Hood + some of the other events too maybe?

Vivien Mitchell
transitionmonmouth
creative community action…for life after oil


DRAFT MOTION FOR MCC:  To declare a climate emergency

Full Council notes:

  1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise.  It informed us that limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities – Refs 1, 2
  2. The World Meteorological Organisation in their annual bulletin (November 2018) state that carbon dioxide levels hit new highs of 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015, levels not seen for millions of years.  They warn that “the window of opportunity for action is almost closed”
  3. The world’s leading climate scientists warn that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people
  4. Global temperatures have already increased by 1°C from pre-industrial levels and they are still rising rapidly, with impacts being felt around the world today
  5. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050 and exceed 3oC by 2100
  6. In order to reduce the very real risk of runaway global warming and the dramatic impacts on the global environment, society and us as individuals, it is imperative that we take the boldest steps to reduce our CO2 emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible – Ref 3
  7. Society needs to help individuals reduce their own carbon emissions by changing its laws, taxation, infrastructure, policies and plans, to make low carbon living easier and the new norm
  8. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption
  9. For these reasons, authorities around the country and the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency now

Full Council acknowledges that:

  1. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority
  2. To meet the urgent challenge outlined in the IPCC report, we all have a part to play.  It is important for us all that Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) commits to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible;  MCC needs to take a lead and act now
  3. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities (as well as meeting the Well Being of Future Generations Act requirements which supports local people, future generations and the global community)
  4. MCC is well placed to champion rural decarbonisation.  It has already announced that its pension funds will be divesting from fossil fuels, it has some of the best electric charging infrastructure in Wales and has the potential to become 100% self-reliant on zero-carbon energy

Full Council calls on Council to:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
  2. Aim to make the county of Monmouthshire carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3) – Ref 4
  3. Call on MCC to incorporate measures such as the design of new homes, transport links, waste and recycling services, energy supplies and land use in the new Local Development Plan
  4. Call on Westminster and the Welsh Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to successfully meet the 2030 target
  5. Work with other councils and organisations (both within Wales, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C – Ref 5
  6. Work with partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources
  7. Produce a fully costed action plan to meet the carbon neutral target by 1 July 2019

References:

  1. World Resources Institute:  https://www.wri.org/…/8-things-you-need-know-about-ipcc-15-…
  2. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC:  https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
  3. Fossil CO2 & GHG emissions of all world countries, 2017:  http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/overview.php…
  4. Scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol explained:  https://www.carbontrust.com/…/scope-3-indirect-carbon-emiss…
  5. Bristol https://www.theguardian.com/…/bristol-plans-to-become-carbo…?

Manchester https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/…/ambitious_climate_change…?

London https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/call-on-mayor-to-declare-climate-emergency

Stroud https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/17243256.climate-emergency-declared-how-councillors-plan-to-tackle-it/

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Climate Emergency Event on Saturday

Dear Transitioners

We now have the full details of a great event in Abergavenny on Saturday.  Please come + join us!

EXTINCTION REBELLION EVENT ABERGAVENNY

Saturday 22nd December 2018

12.00 midday – Meet at Abergavenny Market in the Corn exchange  for a 12.45pm start. See Facebook event page

12.45pm – Drumming starts and we gather outside the Market Hall

1.00pm We start a very slow and solemn funereal procession up High Street towards Shackeltons.  We will then head back down to the Angel Hotel and back to the Market Hall.  We will stop a couple of times for some singing etc and may do this once or possibly twice.  (We figure this is where most people will be in Abergavenny and the drummers can’t move so we want to stay connected with them)

2.00pm – Meet back at the Market Hall for the Declaration of Rebellion as well as a couple of other talks, some singing and a symbolic gesture

2.30pm – We then will head over to the St Johns Square in front of the post office for an informal gathering around a fire where we will lay our wreathes and come together, relax, enjoy each other’s company on a mid-winters evening

The theme will be a funeral procession to mourn the species we have lost and the world we could be leaving our children. The extinction could include ourselves eventually. It’s time for a wake-up call. This procession is raising that. Twelve years to radically change course!

So please can you wear black, black hats and coats and bring an umbrella (black preferably).  If you can decorate the umbrella with the XR logo that would be great.  (Gaffer tape works really well and is fairly simple to do).  We made quite a number of wreathes and banners at a workshop last Saturday but if you want to make one to bring that would be great. There will be lanterns, musical instruments, singing, drumming and mournful silence ( sometimes). People are coming from other communities. Share this with your friends, family, groups you belong to and let people know about the event.  The easiest way would be sharing the event on Facebook. This also contains a map and images of the Market Hall and how to reach the Corn Exchange if you are a stranger to the town https://www.facebook.com/events/321424855378989/

Be prepared for wintry weather, warm clothes and waterproofs

We may also have some face painting for children so please arrive by 12 if you have children who want their face painted and if you can help with face painting that would be great.  The theme will be animals

You are welcome to make something yourself and bring it along, the more the merrier.  Don’t worry if you can’t we will need help with lanterns and banners

HOPE TO SEE YOU!

Vivien Mitchell

Climate emergency – but there’s hope!

Dear Transitioners

We had a lively AGM with our new Chair, Karin Chandler – welcome, Karin, + many thanks to Ann for the last three years.  We celebrated all that we achieved last year, + came up with suggestions about what we should be doing in the coming year to make it even better.  At our meeting next Tuesday – 18 December, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – we will hone down to a calendar of events though, as well intentioned as this may be, there are bound to be diversions along the way.

And – there is reason for good cheer.  People around the world are taking on board the recent IPCC report which states, in no uncertain terms, that the world has to get to grips with averting catastrophic climate change.  We have just 12 years in which to do this.  We can each individually do our bit, but it’s Governments + corporations that must undertake huge changes.  At COP24 – the UN climate change conference in Katowice – things aren’t going as well as we had hoped with the major oil producers USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia + Kuwait scuppering the adoption of this crucial report.  They have been dubbed as ‘climate villains’ by the rest of the world, but it leaves 189 member states endorsing the report.

In the meantime, around the world, climate change protests have erupted.  The Extinction Rebellion started with a rally in Parliament Square on 31 October but numerous other rallies have already been held in the UK + the movement has spread to 35 other countries.  A rally was held at COP24 last week with several thousand climate campaigners from a host of different nations in their act of ‘peaceful civil disobedience’ aimed at policymakers who are failing to take appropriate action.  We have local XR branches in Abergavenny + Hereford – each with a Facebook page if you would like to get involved or email Rob Proctor at robsproc@hotmail.com.

Locally, last week the Forest of Dean District Council unanimously approved a climate emergency motion – full text at the end of this newsletter.  Well done, FoD!  Now to get all the councils in Monmouthshire to adopt similarly, the County Council too, + all the other councils in the land!  For a start we are working on this with our local Councillors + hope to bring you good news soon!

We would also like to follow the lead set by Cambridge City Council + South Cambridgeshire District Council – both are supporting the transition to zero carbon by 2050 (as compared to a national target of an 80% reduction) in their next local plan.  The design of new homes, transport links, waste + recycling services, energy supplies + land use will all be taken into consideration.  Again, something for MCC to consider in their new Local Development Plan?

We have recently hooked into a weekly email that summarises new + soon to close Welsh Government consultations with hyperlinks to each – https://beta.gov.wales/subscribe/consultations – and we are keeping an eye out on Extended Producer Responsibility – well, we’re doing what we can to cut down on waste but what about the producers?  They will only do it if it costs them – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/11/retailers-to-pay-up-to-1bn-more-for-recycling-under-waste-strategy?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3sI613p4iohfWknwKMaU7ggr_CQH6z6uR-kvKwX7iJ460hfHDjH0hltIE

And a post-Christmas thought when you are ready for a bit of fresh air + exercise.  Charles Boase has well-rotted, year-old leaf mould for collection free of charge from Vauxhall House.  Phone 01600 715076 to arrange collection.

So – just a couple of dates for your diaries to round off 2018:-

Members’ Meeting + the Year Ahead:  Tuesday 18 December, 7.30 at the Robin Hood to mull over the suggestions made at the AGM + forge ahead with a calendar of events

Christmas Day:  The Robin Hood, in good community fashion, is putting on a free Christmas dinner for those that could do with a roast dinner, good company, + some cheer – but it’s a lot of work, + it costs.  Can you help? – prepping on Christmas Eve, driving on Christmas Day, sponsorship or donations?  Also, do you know someone who would like to have that Christmas meal?   Please email mail@transitionmonmouth.org with offers or suggestions.

Thank you all for giving Transition Monmouth a great 2018.  We hope to see you on Tuesday at the Robin Hood to plan an even better 2019!

Vivien Mitchell
transitionmonmouth
creative community action…for life after oil
mail@transitionmonmouth.org
https://transitionmonmouth.org/

Facebook:  Transition Monmouth, Transition Monmouth Chat, Wyesham Community Woodland, Plastic Free Monmouth

Motion put to Forest of Dean District Council by Cllr Chris McFarling on 6 December 2018:-

MOTION – To declare a climate emergency

Full Council notes:-

  1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise.  It informed us that limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities. Refs 1, 2
  2. The World Meteorological Organisation in their annual bulletin (November 2018) state that carbon dioxide levels hit new highs of 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015, levels not seen for millions of years. They warn that “the window of opportunity for action is almost closed”
  3. The world’s leading climate scientists warn that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people
  4. Global temperatures have already increased by 1°C from pre-industrial levels and they are still rising rapidly, with impacts being felt around the world today
  5. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050
  6. In order to reduce the very real risk of runaway global warming and the dramatic impacts on the global environment, society and us as individuals, it is imperative that we take the boldest steps to reduce our CO2 emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible; Ref 3
  7. Society needs to help individuals reduce their own carbon emissions by changing its laws, taxation, infrastructure, policies and plans, to make low carbon living easier and the new norm
  8. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption
  9. For these reasons, authorities around the country and the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency now

Full Council acknowledges that:-

  1. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority
  2. To meet the urgent challenge outlined in the IPCC report, we all have a part to play.  It is important for us all in the Forest of Dean that the local district council commits to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible;  FoDDC needs to take a lead and act now
  3. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities (as well as improved well-being for people worldwide)
  4. The Forest of Dean is well-placed to champion rural decarbonisation.  The district has huge carbon sequestration potential with 27,000 acres of public forest estate (21% of the total district area), and abundant clean renewable resources (solar, wind and tidal lagoons) to become 100% self-reliant on zero-carbon energy.

Full Council calls on Council to:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
  2. Aim to make the Forest of Dean District Council and the district carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3), Ref 4
  3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to successfully meet the 2030 target
  4. Work with other councils and organisations (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C; Ref 5
  5. Work with partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources
  6. Produce a fully costed action plan to meet the carbon neutral target by 1st July 2019

References:

  1. World Resources Institute:  https://www.wri.org/…/8-things-you-need-know-about-ipcc-15-…
  2. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC:  https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
  3. Fossil CO2 & GHG emissions of all world countries, 2017:  http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/overview.php…
  4. Scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol explained:  https://www.carbontrust.com/…/scope-3-indirect-carbon-emiss…
  5. Bristol https://www.theguardian.com/…/bristol-plans-to-become-carbo…?

Manchester https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/…/ambitious_climate_change…?

The motion was passed unanimously – yay!

Wake up call …..

Dear Transitioners

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report published last month – download from https://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/pr_outreach_vietnam_2018.shtml or read one of the many articles such as https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report – told the world that it really had to get its act together.  It states, loudly + clearly, that unless we make significant changes in the next 12 years we will reach a tipping point in climate change that will be irreversible.  What to do?

We can all make our individual contributions minimising our carbon footprint but it needs a whole lot else.  It needs governments + corporations around the world to unite in the huge changes that are needed.  How about we start with our own Government?  How about getting them to stop building roads + runways – invest in public transport instead.  How about getting them to support renewable energy + stop fracking, etc etc? 

For a start there are two discussion opportunities:-

Discussion Evening – the IPCC report:  Tuesday 27 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood:  Discussion led by John Payne + Haydn Cullen-Jones

Gathering for some challenging conversation:  Tuesday 11 December, 6.30 at Trealy Farm, Mitchel Troy NP25 4BL – contact https://thepracticeofthewild.com if you would like to attend

Or for those of you ready for some direct civil disobedience action there’s the Extinction Rebellion, launched a couple of weeks ago with a rally in Parliament Square + a few arrests.  There have been more – much reported on social media, not so much in the mainstream media (there’s a surprise!).  Locally there is a group in Abergavenny – on Facebook as Extinction Rebellion:  Abergavenny Affinity Group – providing support/information + organising groups to join in protests in London, + also at the Senedd on 4 December when the vote on the new M4 through the Gwent Levels will be taken.  Contact them via Facebook or email Rob Proctor at robsproc@hotmail.com or come to the next meeting – Wednesday 21 November, 6.30 at the Abergavenny Community Centre in Park Street to plan the way forward – + bring some food to share in true community fashion.

Then of course there is the Iceland Christmas advertisement – banned by Clearcast as being ‘too political’ because it shows the devastation caused by palm oil plantations.  It’s not too political of course to advertise the products that use the palm oil that creates this devastation.  Google ‘Iceland Christmas advert’ to find it on YouTube, + you might like to sign the Change.org petition for it to be shown on television.  We have both up on our Facebook pages.

Christmas – yay! – but not much fun for some.  However, The Robin Hood in good community fashion is putting on a free Christmas meal for those that could do with a roast dinner, good company, + some cheer – but it’s a lot of work, + it costs.  Can you help? – prepping on Christmas Eve, driving on Christmas Day, sponsorship or donations?  Also, do you know someone who would like to have that Christmas meal?   Please email mail@transitionmonmouth.org with offers or suggestions.

And, the most important date for your diary is our AGM!  It will be quick, we promise – just have to get through the necessary business of reports + election of officers – + then it will be onto The Year Ahead.  We’ve had a spectacular year with more activities + more people involved than ever before – lots of hard work, but loads of fun too.  So, please come along to hear what we plan for the coming year + tell us about what you want from us!

We expect Plastic Free Monmouth to have something to celebrate before Christmas + we will let you all know just as soon as we ourselves know.  Here’s a run down of the other dates:-

Members’ AGM + the Year Ahead:  Tuesday 20 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – a brief AGM to cover the necessary business, then discussion on what we want to do in the next 12 months

Extinction Rebellion:  Wednesday 21 November, 6.30 at the Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street:  Bring food to share + a lively discussion on plans for further action

IPCC Report:  Discussion Evening:  Tuesday 27 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

Food Sense:  Wednesday 28 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – food poverty, social isolation, food waste – come along, or email mail@transitionmonmouth.org for further details

No New M4 Protest:  Tuesday 4 December, 12.30 at the Senedd – join a car share from Monmouth – details from Rob Proctor at robsproc@hotmail.com

Gathering for some challenging Climate Change Conversation:  Tuesday 11 December, 6.30 at Trealy Farm, Mitchel Troy NP25 4BL – contact https://thepracticeofthewild.com if you would like to attend

And the Local Produce Markets:-

Usk – 1st + 3rd Saturdays – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – 4th Thursday – 9.30 to 2.30
+ the
Grosmont Christmas Market – Saturday 15 December – 10 till 4 – all the Christmas Fare you would expect, + more

We hope to see you soon!

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair


Mellow fruitfulness, + many goings on…

Dear Transitioners

Where do we start?  It’s been more hectic than ever since getting back from the summer break.

Let’s start with Food Sense.  We have, for months, tried to get into the system of picking up food from the supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste.  Now, all of a sudden we are inundated – mainly with bread + other bakery items.  It’s easy enough for dented tins to be taken to the Food Bank, but we need to extend our network of groups + organisations that may wish to receive such food + put it to good use.  If you can help with pick ups + distribution, please let us know at mail@transitionmonmouth.org or come to the next Food Sense meeting on Wednesday 17 October.

While we’re talking about surplus food in this season of nature’s plenty, we are holding an Apple Juicing event on Saturday 13 October – 11 till 2.30 at St James’ Hall in Wyesham.  Ned Heywood from Transition Chepstow has kindly lent us the equipment so bring your apples + pears, + your clean bottles, + make yourselves some lovely juice.  The scrattings (is that what you call the stuff left over from the scratter?) are great for your compost heaps so bring a bucket or three!  Spare apples going to waste? – please let us know – mail@transitionmonmouth.org – we will come + collect, + we can also arrange to pick for you.

Plastic Free Monmouth is nearly ready to apply to Surfers Against Sewage for official plastic free status.  We have all nine schools on board, a load of businesses, + we will be showing the film Albatross at the Savoy Theatre on Sunday 4 November.  We have given much input to Monmouth Comprehensive School which is now in its smart new building.  They have made huge changes in the plastic free direction + have a series of assemblies planned for the pupils to come up with even more suggestions.  Watch this space!

And then there’s Shared Space – an issue dear to our hearts that involves the design of urban spaces to improve the pedestrian experience while sharing with other users – but, the car is not king!  We started this by holding a public meeting on 1 May 2007 addressed by Ben Hamilton-Baillie + attended by a host of MCC Officers as well as the public.  It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s going to start in February with a makeover of the ‘pinch point’ in Monnow Street followed by major changes to Agincourt Square within a couple of years.  We can show you the designs – we will have them at our meeting next Tuesday in the Robin Hood, or contact vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk.

Section 106 Monies:  Do you have a community space that could benefit?  Many of the improvements at Claypatch Woods were funded from this source, as will the new children’s playground on Chippenham Mead.  The County Council wants to hear from you.  We can supply further details.

We are sorry, but it has to be done – we have to talk about Brexit.  October 30 is the last day for responding to the Welsh Government’s consultation on Brexit – our land:  Securing the future of Welsh Farming.  The document is available at https://beta.gov.wales/consultations + there is a public debate at the Abergavenny Community Centre on Wednesday 17 October starting at 7pm;  speakers include Aine Morris – CEO Abergavenny Food Festival, Pamela Mason – co-author of Sustainable Diets, + Huw Evans, Three Pools Farm – https://www.threepools.co.uk/.

Now, here are those dates for your diaries:-

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 9 October, 7.30 to 9.00 at the Robin Hood to talk about keeping our show on the road, Shared Space, a community pub, Food Sense, Plastic Free Monmouth, Nature Isn’t Neat + …… – then time to talk about whatever is on your mind.  Please come!

Climate Change Champions:  Wednesday 10 October, 7pm to 9pm at Llanarth Village Hall where you can see how the hall has used solar panels, battery storage + LED lighting to significantly reduce their energy bills.  Further details from vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk.

Apple Juicing:  Saturday 13 October, 11 till 2.30 at St James’ Hall, Wyesham – bring your apples, pears + clean bottles, + a bucket to take away some scrattings for your compost heap

Food Sense:  Wednesday 17 October, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – using surplus food, our mission with SHEP, a community cupboard + any other ideas you might have

Brexit – our land:  Securing the future of Welsh Farming:  Wednesday 17 October, 7pm at the Abergavenny Community Centre:  Public debate

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning:  Saturday 20 October, 10 till 12 at Monmouth Priory:  Fairtrade refreshments, homemade cakes, sew a bag, tools from Tools for Self Reliance Cymru, + Swap Shop for seeds, plants + produce – bring all that surplus from your gardens, + meet friends old + new!

Swap Shop:  Saturday 20 October, 10 till 12 at Monmouth Priory:  We have a load of plants + this is a great time of year to get planting so they settle in over the winter months – helibores, tree peonies, grape hyacinths, marjoram, verbena bonariensis, epimedium (excellent ground cover), ajuga reptans, Michaelmas daisies, day lilies, heleniums + more for the great outdoors, + aloe vera + scented geraniums to cleanse the air in your home, + fresh seed for the pollinators

Newent Climate, Energy + Environment Forum:  Saturday 20 October, 9.45 to 4 pm at Newent Community School with key speakers (including Dr David Drew MP, Shadow Minister for Environment), discussion groups, workshops, trade + information stands

Nature Isn’t Neat:  Monday 29 October, 10 am at Bees For Development:  Developing a pollinator policy for Monmouth + awareness raising – further information from vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk

Albatross:  Film Show:  Sunday 4 November, 7 for 7.30 at the Savoy Theatre – a beautiful film with a serious message

Members’ Meeting AGM:  Tuesday 13 November, 7.30 to 9.00 at the Robin Hood – more details next month

Plastic Free Monmouth:  Tuesday 20 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – more details next month – or keep up to date on the Plastic Free Monmouth Facebook page

And the Local Produce Markets:-

Usk – 1st + 3rd Saturdays – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – 4th Thursday – 9.30 to 2.30

We hope to see you soon!

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair