Notes from 20th June

Next meeting: Our Future Wales – Wellbeing and Future Generations Act. Chair: Alison

Think of how it can be opportunity to connect with this initiative that hopes to tackle climate change, loneliness, health services and technologies to keep people well.

UPDATE STEVE ON FUNDING: apply for all projects at all levels etc. Important to note here is also that European funding for wildlife will end soon but that they are preparing for it over here.

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE:

Mayor Simon Baynes wants to come visit BRACE – potential to have this in one week on Thursday. He will be away over the summer so if not next week it will have to wait till September. Result from council meeting was that the amount of land that can be used for cultivation will only augment if list of those waiting for an allotment will grow. (Suggestion is to turn this around, present more land and have as result that more and more people will get involved in growing through community initiatives.) Being prepared includes producing more food at local levels.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH FARMERS:

-Farming Connect

-Collect information on what’s already happening: young farmers are eager… , gather local examples and case studies

-Explore economic and social opportunities for the farmers who wish to alter practice

-Oxford real farmer’s conference and Welsh complement in Brecan.

-Invite young farmers to come and speak to BRACE – could be during an intermediate meeting

-Film screenings of alternatives, once a month to be held at Cross Keys

-Peter Lewis (?) – potential person to speak to, both farmer and councilor

-Lorna to organize conference with farmers and high school  with public meeting on following day with a forum. (Don Fermio (?))

STALL IDEA:

Is there anyone to staff the stalls???

  • Local shows, i.e. Llanfyllin Show (10th of August)
  •  BRACE @ Farmer’s market.
  • Bigger Repair Café in September/October

Suggestions Stall: to include questionnaires and photos of workshops already organized. Include war on plastic, awareness of our plastic use. Progress with Council, mini repair café, Richie’s bird boxes so people can take something away, treasure hunt to see how much plastic used, seed swop etc.

ELECTRIC CAR WORKSHOP – been invited to Powys EV workshop – 3 attending – Tuesday 2nd of July 10 am (on this topic also need to create car sharing event at Cross Keys)

LLANFYLLIN BACCALAUREATE:  part of their task is to engage with the community – see whether BRACE could be a community group they could come and speak to as part of their assignment.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH: eager to work on community level with groups like BRACE who are doing the same thing… They have community organisers and trainers that could link up with us. Idea could be to have BRACE as partnered with Young Farmers, Friends of the Earth, Llanfyllin Council etc.. Would be useful to attend each other’s meetings.  

FILM BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Idea to make a list of book/film suggestions on BRACE website – suggestions from this meeting included: Kiss the Ground documentaries/book and Symphony of the Soil. (Suggestion to screen this on one of the monthly screening meetings at Cross Keys)

  • Who can be repository of information?

NEED FOR A YEAR PLANNING AND TASK DIVISION CHART

To get a clearer idea of where we are going and who is involved in which initiative. Categories to include are connecting with farmers, town council, short and long term plans, permission for green spaces in October etc.

Hang permanent board of this at Cross keys, local community shop and library.

HOW TO MAKE THE MEETINGS MOST EFFICIENT:

  • Chair to keep focus on day’s meeting (past issues not to be repeated unless there is an urgent update required, but otherwise best to discuss this in smaller groups, make a personal plan of action)
  • Good time keeping
  • Someone to shortly introduce day’s topic (not the chair)
  • Rotation of 4 people potentially to chair the meetings as difficult to find volunteers
  • Meeting to end around 10 past 9
  • Set Clear tasks at end of Meeting

NEED TO REMIND OURSELVES OF BRACE’s AIM

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