Appleton with Eaton Community Action Group for the Environment (AwECAGE)
aweCAGE Next meeting Monday March 4th, 8.00pm, at South Lawn, Netherton Road, Appleton
Robert Longstaff will be talking about disposing of all sorts of household and garden waste by composting, and much more..... He’s a real expert. We have also asked Eynsham CAG greenTEA to tell us about what sort of activities they have undertaken, as they have been going for some years, and have a ‘waste’ team. They may also be able to tell us what TRANSITION is.We hope you can join us round the wood fire at South Lawn
Where we’re at:
The way we are operating at the moment as aweCAGE gets established is to think in terms of a Core group, an Interest group and the rest of the community.
The Core group will meet 3 or 4 times a year to plan and direct. At present this group is Felicity Dick, Peter Jennings, Alison Strugnell, Phil Sapwell and Rosie Page, plus any additional people who are interested in planning an activity. We meet at someone’s home.
The Interest group consists of local people who have expressed an interest. If you are reading this, you are part of it! We hope to hold interesting meetings 2 or 3 times a year at South Lawn, Netherton Road, Appleton, and put on events. If you are on the list, it would really help if you could identify what you are particularly interested in, and even better, if you could volunteer to help from time to time.
The Local Population is defined as inhabitants of Appleton, Eaton, Fyfield, Tubney, Besselsleigh and places in between. We aim to involve as many people as possible in activities of all sorts.
We have become a CAG, that is an Oxfordshire Community Action Group. This gives us the benefits of insurance and some funding, but also obliges us to DO something and report back. The objective of CAG is to make everyone in Oxfordshire energy-conscious, to conserve finite fuels and encourage the use of renewable fuels. It casts a wide net under the headings of FOOD, WASTE, ENERGY, TRANSPORT & BIODIVERSITY.
Waste has been our first theme. We held a recycling event on November 17th -- the green windmill day -- which was a success and which we will repeat in the summer. We hoped to have organised a visit to one of the local waste disposal plants, but both are closed to visitors at the moment. The delay will give us a chance to ask you what day and time will suit you best. The next theme, starting early summer, will be energy.
Meeting on 16th July 2012 at South Lawn
We are planning a
for a Saturday in the autumn. Please don’t throw out your unwanted items before then – they might be just what someone else wants!
11th June 2012
An initial meeting was held in March. This was followed up by a further meeting on Monday April 16th at 8.00pm in the South Lawn Barn, Netherton Road, Appleton. Twelve people attended including nine from the village, Ray Wilson from Parklands School Besselsleigh, Martin Hall from the Longworth Environment Group (LEN) and Simon Kenton from Oxfordshire Low Carbon Hub who was there to listen to what we want to do and help plan the next steps. Unfortunately Jo Hamilton from the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University was unable to attend.
It was decided to form a working group to provide ideas, advice and assistance to anyone in Appleton who requested it for home energy and water saving, recycling or some larger project encompassing all or part of the village and its environ.
In addition regular tips and advise snippets would appear in the Appleton Advertiser and the AwE web site. A future flag ship project was discussed for installing a significant solar electricity array, possibly at the school, shop or village hall.
Simon would provide the group with a small grant to cover expenses, legal advice, insurance and contacts with other groups in Oxfordshire who had already gone down the same roads.
For the first six months Felicity Dick and Rosie Page will be joint chairpersons.
It is planned that Jo Hamilton will be attending a meeting to be held on 16th July when she will be able to answer questions and give advice.