Plastic Free is taking off in a big way

Dear Transitioners

Plastic Free is definitely taking off in a big way. We held a great workshop last week – many new faces, many children! It was particularly heartening to see the children participating, + also to have Roger Hoggins (MCC Head of Operations) attend. We now have groups taking the project forward under the headings of:-

  • Schools
  • Local Businesses
  • Individual/Household Action
  • Community Spaces + Groups
  • Events
  • Town Council

If you missed the workshop but want to be involved please contact Anna Hill – plasticfreemonmouth@gmail.com or via the Plastic Free Monmouth Facebook page – stating your particular interest/which group you want to join, or just to be kept informed.

We are also working with similar groups not only in Monmouth but also in Chepstow, Abergavenny + Usk with the aim of having a Plastic Free Monmouthshire + will be presenting at the Strong Communities Select Committee on 24 May when we hope to obtain MCC commitment to become a plastic free county. An excellent report has been prepared by MCC Officers for this meeting – email vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk for a copy.

Lunches for children during the summer holidays – part of our Food Sense project working with the wonderful people at the Ty Price Community Hall – is looking feasible so we are working very hard to make it happen. What we need now is some funding – please let us know if a local business or charity might support this – we estimate we need a total of £1,000. We also need more people to make up packed lunches each weekday morning over the period 30 July to 23 August – so, if you have the time to get your sleeves rolled up, please let us know your availability for a 9.30 am start at the Ty Price Community Hall – email vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk + we will set up a rota.

Now here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Members’ Meeting: Tuesday 15 May, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – Plastic Free Monmouth, Monmouthshire Well-Being Plan, food poverty (making progress), flood prevention, woodland management (both going brilliantly), Chippy Playground (showing signs of moving!) + anything else you want to talk about!

Community Canteen: Saturday 19 May, 7 for 7.30 at Holy Trinity Church Hall – a mild Thai red curry with pumpkin followed by rhubarb + orange cake – raising money for the Abergavenny Food Bank – book at abercommunitycanteen@gmail.com

Bee Friendly Monmouthshire: Sunday 20 May, 10 to 4 in the Nelson Garden – interactive street theatre by Artizani, bumblebee walks + talks, local plants + flowers for sale, flower guessing, honey tasting, ‘bug’ hunt, tombola, stalls – come!

Gwent Wildlife Trust Open Garden: Coed Cefn, Tregare: Sunday 27 May 2-6 – a beautiful garden with much for children to explore, + Swap Shop for seeds/plants/produce, + Fairtrade tea/coffee, sandwiches + homemade cakes. Transition Monmouth is doing the refreshments – offers of help would be much appreciated – email anneggleton@waitrose.com if you can provide a cake, sandwich filling, or help out on the day

Big Lunch: Sunday 3 June, starting at 10am at Claypatch Woods, Wyesham – more details soon on the Wyesham Community Woodland Project Facebook page

Food Sense: Wednesday 6 June, 7.30 at Ty Price – Lunches for children in the school holidays, a community cupboard, food surplus schemes, lunch clubs, + any other ideas on food poverty/food surplus + waste. All welcome!

Food Sense – lunches for school children during the summer holiday: Thursday 7 June, 7.30 at Ty Price

Members’ Meeting: Tuesday 12 June, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning: Saturday 16 June, 10 till 12 at Ty Price

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Grosmont – Saturday 13 May – 10 till 2 – plant themed event
Usk – Saturday 20 May – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 24 May – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 2 June – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 9 June – 10 till 2 – see the Grosmont Market Facebook page

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 15 May + other of the great events happening in the next few weeks.

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

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April 2018

Dear Transitioners

So, Waitrose is going to stop handing out single-use unrecyclable coffee cups in the autumn. Should we cheer? – or should we be angry that it has taken a massive public outcry to get them to desist from their irresponsible, antisocial behaviour? Whatever – it’s one small victory in a battle that we shouldn’t have to fight – but it shows what we can do, so please keep up the pressure in whatever way you can!

And that’s what we’re doing with Plastic Free Monmouth. A Steering Group now includes facilitators for action with Monmouth Town Council, local businesses, schools, community spaces + groups, individual/household action, + events – litter picks, stands at events etc. If you want to get involved, contact Anna Hill – anna_boase@hotmail.com or via the Plastic Free Monmouth Facebook page. We have decided to use the Surfers Against Sewage toolkit as a framework to achieve Plastic Free Town status by the end of the year – https://www.sas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Plastic-Free-Coastlines-Community-Toolkit.pdf.

To get the community involved we will be holding a Public Workshop at the Shire Hall on Thursday 3 May, 6pm for a 6.30 start – please come, + bring your friends + neighbours. This is something for everyone, especially community groups, schools + businesses! We are also working with the County Council + similar groups throughout the county with the aim of being the first Plastic Free County.

The Welsh Government is getting active too + is asking for your help in tackling the problems associated with single-use plastic waste by providing evidence; their document is here: “Tackling the plastic problem: Using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste”. Responses please to ETTanswers@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk by 18 May 2018 – + queries via the Welsh Treasury mailbox.

And another bit of cheery local news – in Monmouth you can now get your milk delivered before 9am in glass bottles every Monday, Wednesday + Friday by Raglan Dairy, along with an array of other stuff. Email James Durose – raglandairy@gmail.com – for a price list. Raw milk is likely to be available soon!

In case you think we’ve become a single issue group – we haven’t! There’s considerable, albeit difficult/tortuous progress, with our Food Sense project – let us know if you would like to be added to the email list for agendas/minutes for activities including community lunches, food for children in the school holidays, using waste/excess food, a community fridge – much to do! With RECS, our flood prevention project, the feasibility study is nearing completion + next month we will hold a community consultation on the proposals which are exciting + innovative – even Natural Resources Wales + the County Council are excited, + there will be much for community involvement.

Now here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Grosmont Market: Saturday 14 April, 10 to 2 – a special ‘Make Do + Mend’ event – do you have something that needs fixing, a dress that needs altering, a leather bag that needs adjusting, electricals that need a diagnosis? – all this + the usual stalls for fresh veg, craft, antiquities, vintage – + food to eat!

Members’ Meeting: Tuesday 17 April, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – Plastic Free Monmouth, the Monmouthshire Well-Being Plan, food poverty (making progress), flood prevention, woodland management (both going brilliantly), Chippy Playground (showing signs of moving!) + anything else you want to talk about!

Spring Clean Tools Sale: Saturday 28 April starting at 10am – tools from TFSR at The Tools Depot near Gilwern Road, Sawmills, Llangattock NP8 1HW – every imaginable tool, + some you can’t!

Monmouthshire Women in Agriculture 1900-2018: Saturday 28 April, 9.45am to 4.30pm at the Abergavenny Community Centre, Merthyr Road, NP7 5BY – £8 to include lunch + tea – register with katrinagass@yahoo.co.uk /01873 855760

Community Canteen: Saturday 28 April, 7 for 7.30 at Holy Trinity Church Hall – a hearty vegetable soup served with a variety of filled tortilla wraps followed by a rainbow fruit salad – in aid of the Abergavenny Arts Festival – book at abercommunitycanteen@gmail.com

Plastic Free Monmouth Community Workshop: Thursday 3 May, 6 for 6.30 at the Shire Hall – we want your ideas about what we can do + achieve

River Festival: Friday/Saturday 11/12 May: Full details on the ‘Wye Valley River Festival Monmouth’ Facebook page + in the Beacon nearer the time

Bee Friendly Monmouthshire: Sunday 20 May, 10 to 4 in the Nelson Garden

Gwent Wildlife Trust Open Garden: Coed Cefn, Tregare: Sunday 27 May 2-6 – a beautiful garden with much for children to explore, + Swap Shop for seeds/plants/produce, + Fairtrade tea/coffee, sandwiches + homemade cakes. Transition Monmouth is doing the refreshments – offers of help would be much appreciated – email anneggleton@waitrose.com if you can provide a cake, sandwich filling, or help out on the day

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Grosmont – Saturday 14 April – 10 till 2 – Make Do + Mend, + the usual stalls
Usk – Saturday 21 April – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 26 April – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 6 May – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 13 May – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 20 May – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 24 May – 9.30 to 2.30

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 17 April + the Plastic Free Monmouth event at the Shire Hall on Thursday 3 May.

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

March 2018

Dear Transitioners

It is clear that, for the time being while the public mood is with us – thank you David Attenborough! – our energies need to be channelled into a Plastic Free Monmouth.

We attended a meeting of the Town Council’s Environmental Affairs Committee on 5 March when it was decided that the Council’s Litter Group would organise a public meeting + bring all interested parties together. There is so much to be done in engaging the schools, scouts/guides, businesses as well as the public at large – we need a plan for us all to work to together! Last month we published a paper summarising what we knew of the current situation in Monmouth; for the time being we will publish monthly updates – email vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to go on the mailing list. And, you might like to look at the tool kit on achieving ‘plastic free’ status which has been published by Surfers Against Sewage – https://www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-community-leaders/.

We will have an update at our Members’ Meeting next week – 7.30 on Tuesday, 20 March at the Robin Hood. ‘Plastic Free + the Future Generations Act’ will be the subject of our discussion evening the following week – 7.30 on Tuesday, 27 March at the Robin Hood.

Yes – Plastic Free Monmouth is on its way, as is Plastic Free Monmouthshire! Initiatives are under way in Chepstow, Abergavenny + Usk, all with the active support of the County Council.

Here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

La Leche League: Saturday 17 March, 10 till 12 – coffee morning at Ty Price – fundraiser for this breastfeeding support group. The Paint On Me pottery company will be there to amuse the little ones

Members’ Meeting: Tuesday 20 March, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – Plastic Free Monmouth, the Monmouthshire Well-Being Plan, food poverty (an uphill struggle), flood prevention, woodland management (both going brilliantly), Chippy Playground (showing signs of moving!) + anything else you want to talk about!

Community Canteen: Saturday 24 March at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny, 7pm; there will be a winter vegetable stew + bread + cheese followed by apple crumble. Proceeds for Rhydyfelin Youth Music. Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited – email community-canteen-group-1@googlegroups.com. Also, please consider offering to help with the preparation of the meal; this is sociable + enjoyable, + starts at 3pm

Earth Hour: Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm – what will you do to show solidarity? – ideas + pledges, please – further information: https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour. Will you make a promise to do something to protect our planet? – commit at https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour?pc=GLB009001

Discussion: Plastic Free Monmouth + the Future Generations Act: Tuesday 27 March, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – discussion led by John Payne. We have done a lot on this in a very short space of time; if you would like a copy of our Plastic Free Monmouth Diary email vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning at Ty Price: Saturday 7 April, 10 to 12 – Fairtrade tea/coffee + homemade cakes, Swap Shop for seeds + plants, Tools for Self Reliance Cymru

Transition South West Gathering: Saturday 7 April, 10 till 4 at Edventure Frome – see https://edventurefrome.org/ for further details

Food Sense Meeting: Wednesday 11 April, 7.30 at Ty Price. This is our food poverty project which attempts to also tackle the problem of waste/excess food – much to do, much for everyone to get involved with – please come!

Spring Greens Environment Fair: Saturday/Sunday, 5/6 May at Court of Noke near Pembridge HR6 9HW – inspiring, enjoyable + healthy solutions to the difficult social, environmental + economic issues which confront us – a family friendly event exploring innovative skills + ideas. Get involved – bring a stall, exhibit, activity or performance – contact info@springgreens.org.uk or call 07777 661252 – more information at https://springgreens.org.uk/

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Grosmont – Saturday 10 March – 10 till 2 – details on the Grosmont Market Facebook page
Usk – Saturday 17 March – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 22 March – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 7 April – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 14 April – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 21 April – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for our Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 20 March, the Discussion Evening on Tuesday 27 March; also Food Sense at Ty Price on Wednesday 11 April!

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

Plastic free + chat + …

Dear Transitioners

We got 2018 off to a stonking start!  At the meeting on 16 January we decided on a new Facebook page – Transition Monmouth Chat – go see, + chat!  We are thrilled with the response + the results.

At the same meeting it became clear that making Monmouth a Plastic Free Town was of huge interest, starting with getting rid of plastic straws + unrecyclable single use coffee cups.  This is confirmed by Transition Monmouth Chat – so – while we are at it let’s make a big difference.  Members are invited to post or write in or come to the next meeting on Tuesday, 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood to tell us:-

  • Who you know that has already changed the way they do things.  We started with a Facebook post by No 7 Church Street saying they had changed to paper straws + fully compostable coffee cups;  Madeleine’s in Beaufort Court of course already does this, + we are keeping a list of others
  • Who you have influenced to amend their ways – be it a shop, eatery, place of work, or school.  We’ve been told of three schools that have already changed over to paper straws, + two of them have banned that other scourge – glitter!
  • Who you have tried to influence, what the problems are, + let’s talk about how we can succeed.  In Monmouth a particular problem is Waitrose;  we started writing to them in October 2015 – nothing has happened + they have recently posted a very complacent statement on what good chaps they are encouraging customers to take free coffee in free unrecyclable cups – http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_waitrose/the_waitrose_way/packaging.html.  Does this call for a national Change.org campaign?  For a start we could all write to the Managing Director – rob_collins@waitrose.co.uk;  please let us know how you get on!
  • How you have changed the way you personally do things – for example, in the last two weeks, we have a new Suma Food Group which buys in bulk to avoid plastic packaging
  • What ideas should we pursue – for example, Natural Weigh, the zero waste shop, is opening in Crickhowell in March – do we want one in Monmouth? – should we organise a trip to Crickhowell to see how it’s done? – see naturalweigh.co.uk

Can we make Monmouth a Plastic Free Town?  Please help!

Members’ Meetings

Our first discussion meeting – Tuesday 13 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – will be led by John Payne.  The topic:  Electric Vehicles.  John has run a Nissan Leaf for a couple of years + has been involved in the installation of charging points.  Come + listen + tell + learn.

The next Members’ Meeting is on Tuesday 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  Topics will include making Monmouth a Plastic Free Town, Food Sense – our new food poverty/food waste project, RECS – our flood prevention project, Chippenham children’s playground, Claypatch Woods, up-coming + other stuff + anything else you want to talk about.

Food Sense next meeting on Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood;  the main topics will be feeding children (especially those entitled to Free School Meals) during the school holidays, + getting/filling/operating a community fridge – but plenty else beside.  If you would like the full agenda please let us know.  Here’s some more stuff about what’s going on elsewhere:-

https://www.casseroleclub.com/

http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/bisto

https://www.hubbub.org.uk/Event/community-fridge-network

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2018/01/08/12-ways-stop-wasting-food-drink/

www.edventurefrome.org/fridge

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/homeless-vending-machine-uk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Discussion:  Electric Vehicles:  Tuesday 13 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

Fairtrade Pancakes:  Tuesday 13 February, 12.30 onwards at the Methodist Hall, Castle Street, Abergavenny – as a pre-celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight – sweet + savoury fillings, also tea + coffee

Local Wildlife Site Landowner Morning:  Sunday 18 February, 9.30 to 1pm at Llanishen Village Hall to hear about otters, orchard conservation, adders, the National Tree Seed Project + updates on the LWS scheme.  Free of charge but please book with Andy Karran – akarran@gwentwildlife.org or 01600 740600 so he knows how much cake to buy!

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – Plastic Free Monmouth, the Monmouthshire Well-Being Plan, food poverty (an uphill struggle), flood prevention, woodland management (both going brilliantly), Chippy Playground (showing signs of moving!) + anything else you want to talk about!

Fairtrade Coffee Morning:  24 February, 10 to 12 at Monmouth Priory – Fairtrade + homemade refreshments, Fairtrade goodies to buy, Swap Shop for seeds/plants, tools from Tools for Self Reliance Cymru who are always most grateful for donations of your old tools for refurbishment, especially sewing machines, please!

Real Bread Week:  24 February to 4 March:  We will post any events up on Facebook but please look in at Madeleine’s, Beaufort Arms Court – open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10 till 3, + treat yourself to an extra bit of real bread!

Food Sense:  Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – see above for details

Fairtrade Breakfast:  Friday 9 March, 10am at the Abergavenny Community Centre –  http://www.abergavennycc.org/find-us/4588669597 for directions;  if coming by car use the Centre’s car park off Merthyr Road

100 years of votes for women – and we’re not done!:  International Women’s Day Celebration:  Friday 9 March, 6.30 at the Shire Hall, Monmouth – inspiring speakers + dance + music + drinks / nibbles – suggested donation:  £3

Seedy Sunday:  Sunday 11 March at the Abergavenny Community Centre – email richard@middleninfa.co.uk for further information

La Leche League:  Saturday 17 March, 10 till 12 – coffee morning at Ty Price – fundraiser for this breastfeeding support group.  The Paint On Me pottery company will be there to amuse the little ones

Earth Hour:  Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm – what will you do to show solidarity? – ideas + pledges, please – further information: https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour

Spring Greens Environment Fair:  Saturday/Sunday, 5/6 May at Court of Noke near Pembridge HR6 9HW – showcasing inspiring, enjoyable + healthy solutions to the difficult social, environmental + economic issues which confront us – a family friendly event exploring innovative skills + ideas.  Get involved – bring a stall, exhibit, activity or performance – contact info@springgreens.org.uk or call 07777 661252 – more information  at https://springgreens.org.uk/

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Grosmont – Saturday 10 February – 10 till 2 – Market of Love – keep up to date on the Grosmont Market Facebook page
Usk – Saturday 17 February – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 22 February – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 3 March – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 10 March – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 17 March – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Electric Vehicles meeting on 13 February, the Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 20 February, + Food Sense on Wednesday 28 February!

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

2018 – here we come…….

Happy New Year! This month Transition Network News wrote:-

“Phew! We are coming to the end of what has been for us a very busy 2017.  Around the world, we have seen devastating earthquakes, fires + floods, interesting, challenging + frustrating political situations, + continuing human rights crises.  But we’ve also heard inspiring stories of people (often Transitioners) coming together to respond with compassion, strength + creativity to those challenges. We continue to believe that working locally to develop resilient + caring communities is one of the best ways to thrive in our world.”   

Yes, thank you indeed for being part of our thriving local resilient + caring community, + a special thank you to those taking forward our various projects.  We hope you enjoy all the hard work you do, but remember – your hard work is infectious – it is what inspires others to join in with us.  Unfortunately we don’t keep a record of numbers, but are thrilled with the number of members who have joined Transition Monmouth this year + the new groups that have developed + the existing groups that have joined in with our projects.  The mutual support + encouragement is wonderful!  So, thank you, thank you, thank you!  It’s been a great Transition year in Monmouth + 2018 looks like it will be even more vibrant!

Members’ Meetings

The next Members’ Meeting is on Tuesday, 16 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  There is much to discuss on our new food poverty/food waste project, RECS, + other projects – but – there is generally insufficient time to explore the wider context – the rapid changes that are occurring in the natural world, technological developments, our responses to County, Assembly + Government actions.  So – John Payne has offered to run regular meetings to discuss these wider matters, question what we do, can we do it better, + how – topics such as:-

  • How do we know if climate change is the result of natural events or the result of our interference? – + maybe invite our MP?
  • How to drive an electric car, where to get it charged etc
  • Are wood stoves environmentally safe?
  • Is nuclear power a sensible transitional energy option?

BUT – it’s up to you.  What would you like to discuss?  Please contact john@lambsquay.com or phone him on 01600 712170 / 07880 672672.  It would be good to get a discussion/debating forum established – maybe even do some film shows?

Food Sense – the current title for our new group looking at food waste + excess produce – + how we could use it to good effect, especially to combat food poverty

The next meeting is on Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  We had another excellent meeting in November.  David Blair is our new Chair.  There is more fact finding to be done but new initiatives are already underway – community meals, meals for FSM children in school holidays, deliveries from supermarkets etc.  Please join us if you are interested!  Further information from blair@waitrose.com.

In the meantime, here’s a bit more reading on + around the subject:-

https://www.ft.com/content/57cd9dae-c53f-11e7-b30e-a7c1c7c13aabb

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/04/568299294/to-cut-waste-u-k-grocery-chain-will-sell-products-past-best-before-dates

https://m.thegrocer.co.uk/559639.article?mobilesite=enabled#.WgAj1ctGVwg.twitter

https://www.hungrycityhippy.co.uk/2017/11/15/cardiff-businesses-tackling-food-waste-problem/?platform=hootsuite

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/homeless-vending-machine-uk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-12-28/the-salford-supermarket-where-you-can-do-a-weekly-shop-for-2-50/

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/community-pride-salford-supermarket-you-14082466

Climate Change Champions + Active Travel

Climate Change Champions is a group facilitated by Hazel Clatworthy (MCC Sustainability Officer).  It has met quarterly for over 10 years to exchange information on climate change matters with groups such as Transition Monmouth throughout the county.  Depending on the topic, there is high level MCC representation.  Please let us know if you would like to come to the next meeting – Wednesday 24 January, 7pm, in Chepstow – when Active Travel will be the main topic.

Here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Food Sense:  Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – see above for details

Amnesty International Monmouth Group:  Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood (no, this isn’t a mistake – same time, different room to Food Sense):  Inaugural meeting of the new, revived Monmouth Group to start the New Year by making a difference to victims of human rights abuse

Community Canteen:  Saturday 13 January at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny, 7 for 7.30:  A winter stew to raise money for the Monmouth-based charity Hands Around the World – see https://www.facebook.com/HandsAroundTheWorld/.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited – email community-canteen-group-1@googlegroups.com.  Also, please consider offering to help with the preparation of the meal;  this is sociable + enjoyable, + starts at 3pm

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 16 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – food poverty, flood prevention, ban plastic straws, woodland management + anything else you want to talk about!

Woodland Management Demonstration Day:  Thursday 18 January:  An outdoor demonstration at GWT’s Croes Robert Nature Reserve showcasing coppice + ride management, horse extraction, low impact mini-forwarder for timber extraction, winching + an introduction to creating added value to woodland products including charcoal making + firewood.  Booking is essential – contact Andy Karran – akarran@gwentwildlife.org or Neville Hart – nhart@gwentwildlife.org or phone 01600 740600

Wassail + Mari Llywd:  Saturday 20 January, 2pm at Lower Bridge Street, Chepstow

Climate Change Champions:  Active Travel meeting: Wednesday 24 January, 7pm in Chepstow.  Please let us know if you would like to attend (+ car share) + we will send you further details when these are available

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Grosmont – Saturday 13 January – 10 till 2 – Wellbeing Market
Usk – Saturday 20 January – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 25 January – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 3 February – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 10 February – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 177 February – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Food Sense meeting on Wednesday 10 January + Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 16 January.

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair