Lightfoot climate talks

Monday, 15th April @ 7.30 p.m, Monday 15th April at the 3 Tuns pub
A talk by Dave Green titled ‘Is it OK to Fly?’

Middle Marches Community Land Trust meeting

Update from Montgomery Energy Group’s January meeting

The following talks are being arranged (details to follow):-
Dave Green will be giving a talk titled ‘Is it OK to Fly ?, and
Maryline Leese will be talking about a new veg box scheme.
Dave Luckhurst’s talk will be on How Bishops Castle is going plastic free
Alison Weeks, from Lightfoot, will give the latest analysis of Climate Change
Finally, Sam Kirby-Bray  will talk on Smart energy and the internet of things.

There are also plans for MEG to have a diesel-free float for the Street Fair, the Montgomery Show and Barbecue, and the Dragonfest.  The float will be used to champion the reduction in single-use plastic.

Repair Cafes  It was agreed to run a Repair Cafe in April and August, to occur on a Saturday afternoon.

Bike Scheme The bike scheme is going well, with over 190 bikes taken in and overvb130 given out.  Extra storage room is being sought big enough for about 10 bikes.

Open Homes  MEG are looking to hold an Open Homes event to showcase and promote energy efficiency.

Montgomery school are keen to keep an involvement in MEG over the solar panels which MEG was instrumental in getting installed, particularly how best they can be serviced and how they can monitor the power generated. MEG has offered to contribute towards the cost of the maintenance of the  panels.  Discussions are also underway about MEG becoming involved with the School’s Eco-committee

Exciting times in Newtown  (from Mike Membery)

Open Newtown  is taking on the riverside parks which are being transferred from Powys County Council and green spaces from the Welsh Government. Inspired by the community, incentivised by the Town Council and brought to fruition by Cwm Harry Land Trust the new social enterprise has secured around £1.6 million (from Big Lottery, Town Council etc.) which it is investing in partnerships.  Cultivate Coop will be leading on developing local food opportunities. A new Activities partnership is being brought together to open up the river for canoeing, support the development of cycling etc. Renewable energy opportunities are being taken forward in tandem with Sharenergy Coop, and a new £1.5 million foot and cycling bridge is to go in which will give momentum to development of a sustainable travel plan for the town.
Phoenix Furniture, Cae Post and Cwm Harry are involved in  Circular Economy Newtown. They are investing in workshops that take unwanted materials and turn them in to new items, teaching new skills and creating new opportunities along the way. Workshops are already planned for bikes (with Bike to the Future CIC), wood (with Phoenix), plastics (with Cae Post) and turning food waste in to new food (with Cultivate Coop).
There is also a major investments in a brand new Household Waste recycling Centre and brand new Waste Transfer Station. All these pieces of the jigsaw will go a long way to sustaining Powys as the leader in Wales when it comes to reuse and repair.