Community Renewable Energy Event

Exhibiting at the Community Renewable EnergyEvent (CREE) organized by the IMAGE Environmental Group will be: Consultants of businesses, organisations and MCS (Micro-generation Certified Scheme) accredited installers who can advise on all types of renewable energy and energy saving options; including solar pv, solar thermal, ground and air source heat pumps,feed-in-tariffs, insulation.

The event is aimed at:
– the domestic householder, businesses, community owned premises and communityrenewable energy projects.
– to provide practical information about different types of renewable energy,financial incentives and energy saving measures available.
– how to become part of the low carbon economy and see if property owners can saveor even make money with renewable energy and resource efficiency.

Saturday 27th August 2011 12:00 – 4:00pm. Gresford Trust Memorial Hall www.gresfordtrust.org/memorial-hall.aspx. For further information email info@imagegroup.org.uk or phone 07847104209

London-Paris 2011

Andrew would like to thank all those who have sponsored him for his bike ride, by attending the Thai Buffet, the Midsummer Ceilidh or through his page on the ‘justgiving’ webside. The emergency appeal for East Africa also raised well over a thousand pounds. Well done!

Film Showing: Money As Debt

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth are showing the animated film, ‘Money as debt’ on Wednesday 27th July in Llangollen museum. The film will start at 7.30 and lasts around 50 minutes, leaving plenty of time for tea, biscuits and discussion.

‘Money as debt’ explains some little known facts about our financial system and goes some way to helping us understand why progress with environmental aims can be so slow.

Film Showing: Money As Debt

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth are showing the animated film, ‘Money as debt’ on Wednesday 27th July in Llangollen museum. The film will start at 7.30 and lasts around 50 minutes, leaving plenty of time for tea, biscuits and discussion.

‘Money as debt’ explains some little known facts about our financial system and goes some way to helping us understand why progress with environmental aims can be so slow.

Conference 2011

The FoE national conference is taking place between 9-11th September 2011. If anyone is intending to go, please let me know.

Friends of the Earth’s 40th Anniversary Conference. Conference is always a highlight of the activist calendar and we hope that you will be able to be part of it this year.

The event will include:

–  A rare gathering of the last four Directors of Friends of the Earth –
Jonathon Porritt, Tony Juniper, Tom Burke and Charles Secrett – giving their take on
our first 40 years, and where they see us going

–  Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian environmentalist activist and poet, chair of
Friends of the Earth International,  one of Time Magazine’s ‘Heroes of the
Environment’ in 2009 and a winner of the Right Livelihood Award – referred to as the
‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

– Kate Pickett, Author of “The Spirit Level” – speaking on why equal
societies are better for everyone

– A first look of our major new campaign on energy and a chance to find out
about what’s coming up on campaigns on biodiversity, resources and more

–  A great range of workshops on the key skills and issues you need to be a
great campaigner

–  The premiere of a specially commissioned photo exhibition

–  The Earthmovers award ceremony for environmental activism

–  Our 40th anniversary party

–  Fringe events, stalls and hopefully a few surprises

Day tickets are just £25 and weekend tickets cost £30. Accommodation on site is
available from £63.60 for two nights. Both tickets include free meals and
refreshments. The event takes place from 9-11 September in Nottingham.

You can book online here www.foe.co.uk/conference. The booking deadline is 9 August.

Money reform & climate change

Reforming our money system could go a long way to helping us prevent climate change. “Money reform and climate change” is an interesting leaflet produced by the money reform party which explains why this is the case. Click here to download the leaflet.

From the leaflet, “contraction of economic activity, even of that which is inimical to our well-being, is impossible in an economy that depends upon debt-based money for its money supply. Such money requires continuing growth in the money supply, and hence a growing GDP.”

Corwen toy library / Llyfrgelloedd teganau Corwen

Toy libraries: What a brilliant way to engage with recycling. Children grow out of toys so quickly, keeping up with them can be a challenge. Corwen toy library provides an opportunity to borrow toys for free. The billingual library is open once a week and is fun for parents and children. Toys are suitable for babies up to school age. Tea & coffee is available during the morning.

When? Monday Morning 9.30 – 11.00. Where? Corwen Toy Library, Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen, LL21 9RT. The library advises that you ring before planning a visit to check all these details are up to date. Contact Ann Watson – 01745 818844.

Mae plant yn tyfu allan o deganau mor gyflym, cadw i fyny ar nhw gall fod yn her. llyfrgell deganau Corwen yn rhoi cyfle i fenthyg teganau am ddim. Mae’r llyfrgell dwyieithog, ar agor unwaith yr wythnos ac yn hwyl i rhieni a phlant. Mae teganau yn addas ar gyfer babanod hyd at oedran ysgol. Te a choffi ar gael yn ystod y bore.

Pryd? Bore Dydd Llun 9.30-11.00 Lle? Llyfrgell Deganau Corwen, Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen, LL21 9RT. Mae’r llyfrgell yn cynghori eich bod chi ffonio cyn trefnu ymweliad i sicrhau bod y fanylion yn gywir. Cyswllwch Ann Watson – 01745 818844.

Energy: Plug us in!

Llangollen FoE will be having a stall on Saturday 18th June outside the Town Hall in Llangollen. We will be asking members of the public to take part in a survey and giving out helpful energy efficiency information.

The survey will take no more than 3 minutes to complete, and the results will help Friends of the Earth to formulate a strategy for a new campaign being launched in September.  It will also be really useful for us as a group to know what local people would like to see us doing.

If members are able to help out anytime during the day, say between 10.30 and 4, even if just
for a short time please let Kay know by email / phone (details found in email circulated last week).

Members of the public including potential and past FoE members are invited to join us at any time during the day – come down and say hello!

School closures and wind turbines

Schools hold small communities together, they give a village a focus point and allow parents to meet up and make friends. They allow children to get to know, and value their surroundings and the people who live within them. Strong communities promote positive, environmentally aware values.

Denbighshire council are currently in the process of what they call, ‘modernisation’ of the county’s primary schools. Closures are amongst some of the council’s proposals. There are many reasons cited for closing small community schools; surplus places, difficultly recruiting headteachers and rising overheads. In the end it all comes down to a lack of funds. By closing Ysgol Llandrillo, Denbighshire council will make a revenue saving of approximately £31,000 per annum. They will also avoid the maintenance backlog of around £140,000.

Between two of villages affected by the school closure, Cynwyd and Llandrillo, Scottish Power Renewables are proposing to build a wind farm. The Mynydd Mynyllod wind farm. The company promises to provide the local community with £2000 for every MW installed per annum. IF all 25 of the proposed turbines are installed, then this equates to an annual income of £150,000.

There are concerns in the area about the visual and economic impact the wind farm could have. The money on offer by Scottish Power, the ‘community benefit’, is seen by those campaigning against the wind farm as being little more than a bribe. The money would be made available to a wide area surrounding the wind farm, and so directing the money towards education in Llandrillo would require cooperation from a number of local communities. The council would also need to find a way of making an alternative funding source fit the ‘Modernisation’ agenda imposed upon them by the Welsh Government.

Wind farm money could present an opportunity for this area. However there are lots of differing interests within the area. If anything positive is to come out of the changes currently being proposed, both to eductation and landscape, then it is community cooperation that will be the key.