Wells Food Festival 9th October

Calling all Jam Makers Sustainable Wells will be celebrating local produce at this year’s Wells Food Festival in the ‘Food for Thought’ Marquee – a tent full of fun, facts and food! As one of the events, we’re holding a … Continue reading

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Wells Food Festival: ‘Food for Thought’ Sunday 9th October

newsletter August 2016

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Wells Food Festival: Food for Thought

newsletter August 2016

Special Newsletter: August 2016

Sustainable Wells is delighted to be working once again with the organisers of the Wells Food Festival. This year we are running the ‘Food for Thought’ marquee, which will be bursting with bite sized pieces of juicy information for you to devour.

As a starter: We will be celebrating good food and tantalising your taste buds to see if you can recognise herbs and spices blind folded, there will be interactive cooking displays from young people showing off their skills and you will find out which local supermarket is best at reducing food waste!!

For the main course: What is there not to love about wonky veg?? Do bring along your examples to show off. We will also ask you to vote on which cake, made with vegetables, tastes the best.

Many say that eating organic food is too expensive and out of reach for many. What do you think? Come along and share your ideas for eating on a budget or to find out more.

Plus plus plus!! Can you guess the carbon foot print of foods you eat?

Finally for dessert: We are also very excited to offer the human fruit machine, a must see and lots of fun.

Advance notice!!
Always jam tomorrow…? Actually, why not make some today, while local fruit is plentiful and delicious?  There’s nothing better to lift the spirits on dark winter days that the tart tang of damsons or the sweetness of raspberries…   And if it turns out really well you’ll be able to enter it in the ‘Food for Thought’ jam competition at Wells Food Festival.  More details nearer the time, but the most important thing is that you get jamming now!  Killens have kindly offered to auction off all of the entries at the end of the festival to raise funds for Sustainable Wells’ energy saving projects, so make plenty for yourself as well!

There are the minimum of rules – jam should be made from local produce, in a 1lb jam jar and labelled with the type of jam but nothing that identifies the maker.   And then watch this space for entry details.

For more information: http://wellsfoodfestival.co.uk/ and www.sustainablewells.org.uk
Coffee Granules!!

Gardeners will appreciate this free resource available from many places in Wells. Used coffee granules will help keep those pesky snails and slugs at bay and enrich your soil.

Just go a long with a container and pick up your free used coffee granules from:

Kitty Banks, Market Square
Square Edge, Market Square
The Liberty, Sadler Street
The Good Earth
Costa Coffee
West Cornwall Pasties
Coffee No.1,
Energy Group

The energy group is currently supporting the Wells Neighbourhood Plan and are proposing the following ideas for inclusion:
• electric car charging points in the council’s car parks
• Commitment to all new homes to attain as close to net zero carbon homes as practically possible including installation of heat network.
• Introduction to community garden on new estates for growing food.
• Wells city centre high street a pedestrianised road – potentially trying it on market days to start with (Wednesday and Saturday).
• Water installation  from the Wells outside the town hall with seating that can be moved on market days (a competition to design that is sponsored by business) and with music that highlights the school and cathedral.
• Continuous cycle routes that join up all the new estates (Glastonbury and Wookey) and potentially the villages.
• Retrofit current housing stock to highest energy efficiency standard for listed/ preserved buildings when renovated as part of permission.
• Actively encourage appropriately-sited, renewable energy in area.
• Plan to plant trees to green the neighbourhood – right tree in right place – again sponsored by local business.
• ample bicycle parking with shelter.
• Drinking water fountains added around the city
• Mixed use recycle bins around the city.
• Priority parking for those who have 2 or more in car.

All are welcome to attend this lively group and the next meeting is 9.30am Saturday
17th September upstairs in Pickwicks. For more information contact Maddy Milnes
maddy@milnes.myzen.co.uk 01749 676486


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Consultation: Post Office relocation


You may have heard about the plans to move the Post Office from the Market Square to the Spar shop on Tucker Street.  We have obtained a copy of the consultation document and you will find it attached below.

We hope you find this useful.

Best wishes





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Change of name to Sustainable Wells!

Hi there

Many thanks to those who took part in the survey, which asked whether you thought we should change our name. This is a quick email to let you know the result. We had 35 responses and the overall majority (82%) voted for Sustainable Wells.

We will be launching the new name over the following weeks, and in particular we will be in the Wells Market Place on Saturday 13th February 2016, when  the Energy Group, Food Group and Fracking Group will be show casing their activities.  So do come a long to find out more.

We have changed our facebook page but the website will take a bit longer and so this is still active under the old name.

Many thanks for your continued support

Maddy Milnes

Sustainable Wells


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Update on Transition Wells

Dear Supporter

Please see the attached for an update on Transition Wells.


Warm regards

Maddy Milnes

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Update from Transition Wells

Dear Supporter,

Please find below some information about our activities, which I hope you will find useful.

Should Transition Wells change its name?
We need your help to decide whether or not we should change our name and if so, what it should be changed to. Please help us by voting for the name you think best describes what we do. Closing date Noon 25th November 2015. Please click the link to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59J8YSF

Transition Wells Food Group
A new food group has formed and has already met. The group which arose from the Wells Food Festival Festival event, ‘Eat the Landscape’, is inspired by the work of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall #waronwaste and has already contacted all our local supermarkets to find out their views on food waste. The next meeting is 7.30pm Wednesday, 2nd December 2015, in the Globe, Priest Row. All are welcome.

If you are interested in combating food waste, and signing Hugh’s pledge, please click on the link:


Transition Wells Energy Group
The energy group is making plans to offer out thermal imaging surveys. We intend to first evaluate surveys carried out so far and write to everyone who has had a survey to find out what measures they have found most effective.

The Thermal Imaging Camera provides good images once temperatures have dropped to around 5C and the there is a difference of at least 10C between internal and external temperatures. So we are unable to carry out surveys at the moment due to the unseasonal mild weather but are collecting names for when it becomes cooler. If you would like to have a survey, please email Maddy at maddy@milnes.myzen.co.uk.

We have also written to James Heappey MP, to raise our concerns about the withdrawal of Feed in Tariffs, which will affect many community energy projects across the country. His response is here: scan0015  scan0016

The next meeting of the Energy Group is 9.30am-10.30am, Saturday 28th November upstairs in Pickwicks. All are welcome.



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Important ballot regarding proposed name change for Transition Wells

Dear Friend

Over the last year much has happened within Transition Wells and we have grown considerably in the number of people active within the group, and since the Wells Food Festival and the successful ‘Eat the Landscape’ event, we also now have an active food group. In some ways our progress has been slow and it has taken a long time to get to this point.

From our conversations with members of the public, we find that our name, Transition Wells, is confusing in that people do not know exactly what we are trying to achieve. It has been suggested several times to us that we should change our name to something that more reflects our aims.

So I am writing to ask you to take part in a ballot of suggested names, including the option to remain as Transition Wells. All you need to do is click on the link below and choose the name you prefer. The closing date for the ballot is 25th November 2015. Many thanks for your continued support and helping us with this very important decision.


With good wishes

Maddy Mines


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Letter to our MP

We are so concerned about the government’s policy on renewables, we have written a letter to our local MP, James Heappey. Click on James to read the letter!

Letter to James Heappey

If you share our concerns, please let your friends and family know on social media, or contact James yourself to show him how much local support there is for renewable energy.

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Final reminder: One World Fair and Eat the Landscape 10th/11th October

There is a great weekend ahead in Wells with the One World Fair on Saturday, 10am-4pm, in the Town Hall and the ‘Eat the Landscape’ event at the Wells Food Festival, Bishop’s Barn on Sunday, starting 11am.

Please support if you can and bring your family and friends. Transition Wells has a stall at both events and we very much look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards

Maddy Milnes


Eat the landscape document

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