TLC Bulletin - December 2017

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below and others too!

Sat 2nd Dec, 10.30am-4.30pm, Wild Christmas Crafts Day, Firle Village Hall, £80/40 full/half day (book) (NH)

Mon 4th Dec, 10am-4pm, Christmas Wreaths and Garlands, Charleston Farmhouse, Firle, £100/£90 (book) (CH)

Wed 6th Dec, 8pm-10pm, 'In Our Hands' food film screening, The Depot, Lewes (LD)

Thur 7th Dec, 6pm-8pm, Aviva Rahmani Artist Talk: art, activism and earth rights, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, £3.50 (book) (ONCA)

Sat 9th Dec, 2pm-5pm - Winter Wonderland arts & crafts, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, £5 per child (RLWT)

Sun 10th Dec, 2pm-5pm - Creative Christmas Crafts family drop-in event, Ditchling Museum, £5 (DM)

Wed 13th Dec, 7.45pm-10pm - A Plastic Ocean film screening, The Depot, Lewes (RLWT & TTL)

Thur 14th Dec, 4pm-9pm, Christmas Extravaganza art market, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, free (ONCA)

Sat 16th Dec, 1pm-3pm - Brighton Beach Clean, Ovingdean beach, free (SWT)

Sun 17th Dec, 2pm-4.30pm - Wreath Making, Keymer, donation entry (HKDT)

Mon 18th Dec, 10am-midday or PM - Christmas Wreath Walk, Saddlescombe Farm, £8 (book) (NT)

Thur 21st Dec, 10am-4pm - Kids Festive Art School, The Barge, Brighton Marina, free (ONCA)

January 2018

Wed 17th Jan - Sustainability in Action Business Training for SMEs, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
Can you volunteer over Christmas?
FareShare's annual Food Drive with Tesco is on Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December.
Time to Talk Befriending delivers meals on Christmas day to older people who feel isolated

How can you help food banks?
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership's guide to helping people facing food poverty this Christmas.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership seeks Board members,
with skills in finance, business planning, organisation management and HR. Voluntary. Deadline 20th December. Contact Victoria Williams / 01273 431713.

December 2017

Winds of Change are blowing

Dear <<Name>>

The end of the year is fast approaching, with seasonal celebrations  and time spent with family and friends to enjoy, including we hope a traditional festive walk outdoors? Take a look at our monthly Nature Now diary for inspiration on what you might find, and do also delve into our 'Explore TLC' interactive map to help plan your excursions.

The windy wintry weather of late is good news on one count, for the new Rampion offshore wind farm that has taken shape over the past year lying off The Living Coast. This month’s Bio Blog (see excerpt below right), by Chris Tomlinson the Development Manager at Rampion (a Biosphere partner), unveils their achievements in developing this major scheme and it now becoming operational.

Of course, this is on a different scale of magnitude from the local community energy schemes profiled in last month's issue, making a significant contribution to renewable energy generation - enough on average to supply half of the homes in Sussex! 
And such an impact is vital if we are to make progress in averting dangerous climate change, as committed to in the Paris climate agreement two years ago that now needs urgent action.         

Furthermore a new £4M investment is being made in the local community through the new Rampion Fund to support worthwhile projects - see our Spotlight feature for details - as well as a new Visitor Centre to be created next year in Brighton. 

Whilst this is the first offshore wind farm on the south coast of England, it builds on a long local heritage of harvesting wind energy for our needs - see the 'WoW' section (below left) for historic windmills that you can visit. 

Finally, we have a feast of seasonal events profiled in our Calendar (summary list, left) this month, including lots of wreath-making sessions on offer.  

Wishing you all a fun and energising festive season!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Heritage Windmills

A range of historic windmills can be found in TLC and Sussex more widely, including some with public access:

~ Jack & Jill, Clayton - Jill is looked after by a charitable society and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in summertime.

~ Beacon Hill, Rottingdean (pic above) - located in a local nature reserve, it is also cared for by a charitable society and open on some Sunday afternoons in summer.

~ West Blatchington, Hove - an iconic mill painted by Constable, it includes a small museum and is also open to the public on summer Sunday afternoons.

 Waterhall, Patcham - the last working windmill to be built in Sussex in 1885, this is a private site.

~ Ashcombe, Kingston nr Lewes - this mill has been recently reinstated on a historic site with sensitive design and renewable energy generation (private).  


Bio Blog

Rampion Sets Sail

The Rampion offshore wind farm has now achieved a major milestone of the first power being generated  two turbines are now turning and generating electricity to the national grid. Once in full operation, later in 2018, Rampion will generate clean, green electricity for the annual average equivalent of 347,000 homes, around half of all the homes in the whole of Sussex!

The 116 turbines which are 80 m tall were installed in just six months in March-September 2017, a remarkable feat. This was accompanied by the laying of 112 kilometres of power cables on the sea bed, which laid end to end would reach from Brighton to London and back!

You can see the story of the wind farm’s construction through a new video, plus take a closer look through one of the Rampion telescopes along the coast, or charter a boat trip to see it up close.

Later in 2018 will see the launch of the new Rampion visitor centre on Brighton seafront. This will be freely available to all, raising awareness about climate change, renewable energy, and the local environment of The Living full blog 

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