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Abingdon Carbon Cutters is a Community Action Group formed to help reduce the carbon footprint of Abingdon in response to climate change, and to promote a sustainable and resilient lifestyle for our town as fossil fuel stocks decline. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at St Ethelwold's House, which is here.

At some meetings, we have guest speakers to present various topics, and at others we discuss our own personal actions to address climate change. The group has a focus on encouragement, both of one another, and of the town community.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010


Due to demand, there is to be another Portable Appliance Testing training. With this training it will be possible to legally test small domestic appliances (WEEE – Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) for reuse at events such as swap-shops, etc and, so long as you can handle changing a plug, no previous experience is necessary! Training wii include an overview of current legislation / heath & safely requirements, alongside a practical sessions on using the testers with ample time to practice testing with other qualified CAG members, who will also be able to give you guidance on how to run testing at events.

We have worked alongside our insurance brokers to ensure that those who have taken out CAG insurance will be covered to PAT test and that tested items will also be insured in the event of any other unforeseen problems, although this is merely a ‘safety net’ and should not be read as a ‘warranty’ re: damaged parts, etc. However, in order to be comprehensively covered it is important that no ‘white goods’ (eg: large domestic appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, cookers, etc.) or electric blankets are accepted at events. Please note that groups who have their own insurance policy may not necessarily have the cover needed to PAT test and so we would advise registering with the CAG insurance policy to ensure ample cover. Please let me know if you are considering this route.

There are currently 8 CAG PAT testing units around the county with a booking system in place for those who wish to borrow them for their own events, although CAG grants are available for those of you who will be testing on a very regular basis.

Please confirm your booking as soon as possible or by Monday 13th September, stating any mobility or other requirements you may have.

VENUE: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford.

DATE: Wed 29th September 2010

TIME: 7 – 9pm

How to get there:

Click this link for directions and information about the venue:

Public transport: The West Oxford Community Centre is 2 minutes walk from the train station. Turn right at the bottom of the station road, under bridge, along Botley Road and it is on the right. See link above for bus routes.

Cycling: There are plenty of safe places to lock bikes at the centre and train station.

Cars: We would encourage people to use public transport where possible but if you do need to drive please try to car share with people near you. If you have spaces free and would like help filling them or you need a lift to the event, please let me know. This is very limited parking available at the venue but it is very close to the Seacourt Park and Ride.

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