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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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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Abingdon’s first Eco Fair will be held in and around Abingdon Guildhall on 9th October, 2010 from 10am to 3pm. An event for the whole family, it will be packed with fun activities and practical ideas to help us all live well and save money without damaging the planet.

The fair will be opened by the mayor, Duncan Brown and will focus on five key areas; Energy, Food, Waste, Travel and Biodiversity.

New MP, Nicola Blackwood, will be visiting mid-morning. As she says, “Abingdon is such a vibrant community, I am looking forward to seeing how much is already being done locally, and how much more can be done.”

Informative displays are combined with activities for everyone; helping the community learn about how to cut their own carbon footprint – and cut their bills at the same time.

Highlights include the following:


This area focuses on the delights of local produce

* a cafe will be serving serving locally grown food and drink including soup & cakes throughout the fair
* Bring your spare apples, even windfalls, to the Eco Fair where they can be turned into delicious apple juice with the Carbon Cutters own apple mill and press.
* Get the family stuck in making bread rolls from local flour from the Wantage Mill
* Learn about growing your own vegetables – even if you don't have a garden - and where you can buy locally grown produce to help cut food miles and pesticide use


Discover more about the natural world around us

* Kids of all ages can help make bug hotels from waste materials in the Bio Diversity section,
* Find out how to get fit while helping the local environment in the Green Gym


Every time we buy something new and throw away the old one we are increasing our carbon footprint. Why not give it a refurb instead, or at least recycle it?

* The Wild Waste Bus from the Northmoor Trust at Little Wittenham will be parked outside the Guildhall for a fun take on waste for all ages
* The 8th Abingdon Guides will be helping the Vale Recycling Team show off how to use our shiny new recycling bins
* Love Food Hate Waste stall will have delicious ways to use up our leftovers.


How we choose to travel can also waste or save fuel. Find out about alternative options which can slash your fuel bills while helping the planet.

* Discover CommonWheels, a car-share club, at the Eco Fair.
* Andy Brewin of the Mobile Bike Repair workshop will be busy on the forecourt outside the Guildhall during the Eco Fair.


* Find out about renewable energy suppliers and how you can make a difference to the planet with one phone call
* Learn about solar power and how it can help you heat your water and generate electricity
* Get top tips on cutting electricity usage at home to save on bills
* Find out about the new Abingdon Hydro scheme to harness the power of the Thames at Abingdon Weir to make enough electricity for at least 200 homes.

The Eco Fair has been organised by a group of local residents, the “Abingdon Carbon Cutters” to showcase traditional and state-of-the-art ways we can use less fossil fuel, whilst maintaining or even improving our quality of life.

Pensioner Christine Whild, one of their oldest and most active members, says: “I want the world to be liveable for my great grandson who was born this year. At my age I don’t know how much time I have left, so I want to make a difference now”.

Paul Buckingham has been studying for an an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and now runs an advice consultancy, Sustainable Lifestyles. He says, ““With rising energy prices and all the concerns about climate change, this is a great way of showing people what is possible for everyone to do to make a difference!”
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Carbon Cutters Meeting 15 September

Here are the details of our first meeting of the Autumn season. If you have somewhere to put up a poster, please print it out and put it up! And don't forget to bring all your windfalls to be made into juice!

Help us prepare for our Eco Fair on 9th October:

· Bring apples to make freshly pressed juice and learn how to store it

· Explore soup and cake recipes using local ingredients

· Hear about the new Abingdon loyalty card scheme

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Film 'Home' - Oxford Castle 22nd September

The film 'Home' is being shown in Oxford on Weds 22nd September. It shows powerfully how humans are affecting the earth, and how dependent we are on oil.

Oxford Castle Open Air Cinema
Oxford Castle, Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th September, 2010 Tickets/info

This September sees the beautiful and historic Oxford Castle transformed into
a spectacular open air cinema. Hosting a series of blockbusters, there is
something for all tastes and all ages. Why not also book a table with
Malmaison to take advantage of their 3 courses for £10 pre-cinema dining offer?
Tables can be booked by calling: 01865 268 400.

Home (exempt from classification - open to all ages) - FREE ENTRY!
Wednesday 22nd September, 2010
Soar through the skies over hundreds of countries with celebrated French
journalist, reporter, environmentalist, and Earth From The Air photographer
Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Home is an extraordinary cinematic, aerial portrait of
our planet as never seen before.
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£99 insulation offer

The council is currently promoting a special £99 offer, which is a fantastic opportunity to tighten up your insulation to help minimise your energy bills this coming winter, so we advise members of the community to take advantage of this while the grants still exist! Cocoon is a free, impartial referral service for insulation. They don’t directly install insulation but give customers an option of different locally based and national installers. Once the customers have been referred, the installer will then contact the householder to arrange a free no obligation survey to determine what level, (if any) insulation will be required. Annual savings can be £115 for cavity wall insulation and up to £150 for 270mm of loft insulation.

The Council’s insulation offer is being managed exclusively by Cocoon, a long standing partner of the Council. Cocoon offers a fast on-line self-referral option at http://www.cocoonyourhome.co.uk
To find out more, call 0800 8048 777 and ask for the ‘Oxon Deal’.

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EDIBLE AS$ETS; Securing money for your food

Many food projects and businesses are trying to change the food system – by promoting healthy food, selling local and organic produce or increasing people’s access to better food. Not only is this task large, but it is also hard to make these initiatives work, and be financially viable in the long term.

Local Action on Food runs a diverse network of businesses, community projects and individuals who care about sustainable and healthy food. We are organising this conference to explore some of the possible avenues for food projects and enterprises to become more financially viable.

Edible Assets

Date: 14th September 2010, 10am -4pm

Venue: Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH

Come along to find out more about:

GRANTS AND FUNDING - What’s available? Is it the best route for your project?

SELLING SERVICES - What can you offer your local authority, local businesses or NHS?

RAISING MONEY IN OTHER WAYS - Would trading, community investment, loans, or social enterprise work for you?

Speakers include:

Tom MacMillan, Food Ethics Council

Triodos Bank

The Real Food Store, Exeter

Co-operatives UK

Community finance and business planning experts

Experts from the funding world


£20 Local Action on Food members

£30 non-members
For more information call 020 7837 1228 or email suzanne@sustainweb.org

Local Action on Food is a project of Sustain: The alliance for better food farming. Registered charity (number 1018643)
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Introduction to Permaculture Design - 16 & 17 October

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