As usual we met at the Cross Keys Llanfyllin, informally meeting for coffee and chats at 7.00 and then kicking off for real at 7.30. NEXT Meeting June 6th, Cross Keys Llanfyllin
Thanks to Lesley Sweet who facilitated the meeting and helped compile the agenda.
Community compost Sunday. Exploring the possibilities of the fast turn around 18 day compost See event poster above
Guest speakers and input into meetings. Especially in the 7.00 – 7.30 slot or full talks on dedicated evenings. Please submit suggestions
Climate Emergency. It is felt the sense of urgency has slipped and we want to press the council to pass a cliamte emergency motion. Re visiting the statement made by the Welsh Government in April we are reminded that they have set a target of public sector net zero by 2030. That’s 10 years.. we want to know what the plan is.
Cultivate Newtown. We had discussed a full visit to the horticulture training centre, instead we have opted for a hour long slideshow and talk from Steve Jones next week at the Keys, normal time. 7.00 for 7.30 p,m
Bike repair cafe. Please any potential bike engineers wanted.. planning for an event perhaps twice a year
From Repair Café website – if we want to become an ‘official’ repair cafe
Want to start your own Repair Café? You can!
The Repair Café Foundation supports local groups around the world to start their own Repair Café.
For a voluntary one-off fee of € 49 we offer the following digital starter kit:
When your Repair Café gets started, we will
From Montgomery team (11th May 2019)
They pay out £300 for insurance although Repair Café don’t suggest that you actually need it as people sign a disclaimer.
They have drinks and cake for people to buy and ask for donations for repairs.
They use a hall with outdoor space for working on the bikes (could be done indoors but it gave them more space) – Institute would be a good comparison for size.
They had laptop and projector playing a video on loop – this time was from the story of stuff https://storyofstuff.org/movies/
Also have a simple craft area to keep children amused (and hoping to do fabric repairs/upcycling in the future.
Most popular are electrical, electronic (IT), bikes and sharpening of gardening tools. After the 1st event they decided to take the gardening tools to the person sharpening off site as the generation of sparks at the first event attracted a crowd which wasn’t great for H&S !!
When people arrive a form is filled in and a label attached to the item.
Montgomery Repair Café House Rules
Farming and land management is both part of the problem and a big part of the solution. Economic forces and government incentives have pushed farms to be more intensive, bigger and with more and more inputs. This has created cheap food but it has come at the expense of the landscape, wildlife and biodiversity.
Part of the climate change response is to manage landscapes much more organically, to rebuild soils and soil carbon with set of techniques often called regenerative farming.
MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.
This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was “a huge step forward”.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged there was a climate “emergency” but did not back Labour’s demands to declare one.
The declaration of an emergency was one of the key demands put to the government by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, in a series of protests over recent weeks.
Addressing climate protesters from the top of a fire engine in Parliament Square earlier, Mr Corbyn said: “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.
“We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US President Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.”
At the moment it is set up so that new blog posts appear on the home page. We can create other pages for each of the groups or topic areas if we like. Anything is possible. It is often best to let it evolve organically then make some changes when we have a better idea of how we want it to work.
This is easy to change if we want to, if you would rather have static page as an introduction.