What’s happening in Wells?

This page shows everything that is currently happening locally, or that is planned soon. Make sure to view it all!

Transition Wells Food Group

This new group meets on a monthly basis to discuss:  1) Ways of reducing food waste, 2) How we can promote and support local food producers and 3) Ideas to encourage people to eat local food. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s campaign #waronwaste, is very timely and has inspired the group to campaign locally in support.  If you would like to find out more please come along to one of our meetings. Contact: maddy@milnes.myzen.co.uk for more information. New members are always welcome

Transition Wells Energy Group

Generally this group meets monthly on a Saturday mornings for 1 hour.  Their prime objective is to support the local community in becoming more energy efficient.  The group have an a thermal imaging camera and offer free surveys to those wishing to reduce heat loss. The group also supports renewable energy and has, for example, supported local planning applications for solar arrays and other renewable energy projects. The group also attend local events with a pop up energy shop providing information and advice on energy efficiency.  For more information please email maddy@milnes.myzen.co.uk. New members are always welcome.

Big thank you to everyone who took part

Big thank you to everyone who supported ‘Eat the Landscape’ on 11th October, at the Wells Food Festival. Oner 150 people attended the event and took part in the debate having listened to, Chris Baines, Colin Tudge, Steve Brenman and Tessa Munt who gave inspiring talks on how we can become more sustainable and highlighting the importance of our local food networks.

Our Energy Day was a great success (27th September 2014, Wells Town Hall)

More than 300 people came to our event at Wells Town Hall on Saturday to learn more about renewable energy. We are all very grateful to everyone who supported the event especially the stimulating group of speakers and the diverse range of exhibitors.

Chris Briton, Mayor of Wells, opened the event with gusto and thanked Bill MacKay for his long standing commitment to the Transition movement within Wells. One of the highlights of the event was Wendy Stephenson, CEO from The Converging World, who gave an inspirational talk about their renewable energy projects in India and how this will potentially make a difference to the lives of 1 million people by providing electricity in remote areas while at the same time saving 41,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This was a good news story at a time when there seems to be so much bad news in the press. A short film of the event will soon be available on this website but you can check out Wendy’s presentation here

Fracking Group

A subgroup to the Energy Group has formed to organise a public debate on fracking. This short life group arose from the feedback from the survey (see posts) carried out to ascertain views about proposals to erect solar arrays and wind turbines on the Mendips, and granting of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses by Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) in Somerset.  The PEDL licenses allow the holder to explore for and develop unconventional gas – to “search for, bore and get hydrocarbons” subject to access rights, planning permission, environment and health & safety permits. The Fracking Group is organising a public meeting to take place in Autumn 2014, with the objective of providing a rational and intelligent debate about fracking.  Representatives offering different perspectives are to be invited to respond to questions from the public about fracking to improve understanding and knowledge of this controversial form of gas extraction. To get involved or to find out more, please contact Maddy

Thermal Imaging Surveys

The Energy Group offers free thermal imaging surveys to households and businesses in Wells and the surrounding area in the winter months from October to March. So far, we have surveyed 50 homes and businesses.  Using a thermal imaging camera, we are able to detect heat loss from poorly insulated roofs, draughty doors and windows, and patchy insulation in walls and ceilings.  We can help you identify the main areas of heat loss in your home so you can prioritise your actions to greatest effect and so reduce your energy bills. For more information, please contact Maddy

Pop Up Energy Shop

The Energy Group attends local events with their pop up energy shop, providing information on different energy efficiency measures and local support. To find out more please contact Maddy

Sustainable Communities Act Task Force

Transition Wells was instrumental in encouraging Mendip District Council to opt in to the Sustainable Communities Act.

We have since formed a task force to put forward proposals to Government via the local strategic partnership.

We are also keeping an eye on the new Localism Bill and how this might help us. However, Transition is primarily about localisation, rather than localism. See this blog post from Rob Hopkins about the differences bwteen the two.

We support our local economy and buy from local, independent retailers. Please consider joining the Wells Loyalty League,

Other things we’d like to do next:

  1. Have a “Make Do and Mend” Day
  2. Start a “Grow Veg Anywhere” scheme, just like in Incredible Edible Todmorden. Contact Lucy for further details.
  3. Have a breadmaking day using ingredients form local sources. Learn about the health, environmental and economic benefits of baking your own.
  4. Arrange for an energy consultant to advise us on the possibilities for renewable energy sources in and around Wells.
  5. Have a stall at Summer Fairs in the area to promote awareness of the issues around climate change and peak oil and the possibilities for local solutions.
  6. Campaign to improve public transport links.
  7. Start a car club in Wells.

Do let us know your ideas and how you can help.

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