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!

Energy Day Saturday, 27th September 2014, Wells Town Hall

NOTE: to see a list of the talks during this event and to register for a FREE seat, please click here

The Energy Group has organised an energy day focusing on how renewable energy and energy efficiency can improve the sustainability of our communities.  The day will be opened by Chris Briton, Mayor of Wells, and there will be  guest speakers, exhibitors and eco champions available to give you advice on the different renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

The guest speakers include:  Wendy Stephenson, CEO from The Converging World; Robin Mewes, from the Wedmore Community Power Co-op; Mukti Mitchell, from Cosy Home Company; Solarsense and Steve Pratt, from Tincknell Green Energy.

NOTE: to guarantee a FREE seat at any of the above sessions please register here

Exhibitors in the Main Hall:
Avalon Community Energy Co-op: Local energy co-op seeking to generate local renewable energy

Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE): Help people and organisations meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and climate change

Commonsense: Solatube light pipe daylight in to dark or windowless
rooms to provide natural light in homes and businesses, saving electricity and the environment

Cosyhomes Company: Installer of cost effective insulation & thermal glazing for period homes and listed properties

Eneco: (Energy Company) Their mission is ‘sustainable energy for everyone’

Good Energy: (Energy Company) Their mission is to have a future completely powered by renewables

Mendip District Council: Offer advice on how to stay warm and where to go for financial help

Neighbourhood Plans for Wells and St. Cuthbert out

RegenSW: Leading centre of sustainable energy expertise

Solarsense: South West’s leading renewable energy installer. 20 years’ experience, more than 10,000 installations

The Converging World: Use the surplus funds from their wind turbines to support social and environmental projects.

Thermal Blinds: Make thermal blinds and curtains to order

Tincknell Green Energy: Installer of a full range of renewable technologies

Transition Wells: Energy Shop with information and advice on energy efficiency measures

Wessex Resolutions CIC: Provide free home loan advice!

Refreshments in the cafe area. Toilets on the 1st floor.

If you would like to help with the day or would like to know more, please contact Maddy


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 reducing 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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