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Local Events

Belper Goes Green
Fri 1st- Sun 3rd June
Organised by Transition Belper
Transition Belper’s eco festival aims to share a simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly way of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way. Includes two stage of entertainment, a CAMRA beer festival, hot and cold food, crafts and community art projects, activities for children, a wellbeing area, energy and low carbon travel advice, craft and recycling stall, plus stalls from a whole range of community groups.   
Friends of the Earth Basecamp
Fri 1st- Sun 3rd June
Losehill Hall YHA, Castleton, Derbyshire S33 8WB
Organised by Friends of the Earth
Cost: from £49
Booking essential
Basecamp is a three day environmental festival, offering a mix of training sessions, interesting talks on a variety of topical subjects, creative workshops, great music and new friendships, all set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Camping and hostel accommodation on site. Book now
Incredible Edible New Mills Event
Sat 2nd June, Torr Top Car Park
Organised by Incredible Edible New Mills/ Transition New Mills
Come and find out what Incredible Edible is all about. There will be homemade produce, a chance to do some weeding and planting, and time to chat with those involved. New Mills Community Orchard and Forest Garden is starting maintenance sessions in the orchard on the first Thursday of each month during the summer. No gardening skill required necessarily, and you can help yourself to whatever is in season.
Air Quality Monitoring Workshop
Sat 2nd June, 9am-12pm
The Hub, South Normanton
Organised by Clay Cross Against Fracking
Learn how to build and use a particulate monitoring device for use in your area. There is a cost of £30 for the device. If you are interested in this, or future event, please contact:
Dr Bike Workshop
Sat 2nd June, 9.30am - 1pm
Queen’s Park north car park in Chesterfield (near miniature railway crossing)
Organised by Chesterfield Cycle Campaign
Dr Bike Workshops are running on the first Saturday of every month until October. Free checks and adjustments by qualified mechanics, while you wait. Minor repairs can also be carried out. No charge for labour, just for parts if any are used or bring your own.
Pratical Organic Gardening
Weekly from 5th June – 28th July, 6pm-8pm
Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Wirksworth
Discover the keys to successful organic and sustainable gardening that benefits you, your plants and the wildlife in the garden. Book:
The Harmful Effects of Plastic Waste
Thurs 7th June 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Chesterfield S40 4AG
Organised by Transition Chesterfield
Are you concerned about plastic waste? Do you ever feel confused about what goes in your blue bin (in Chesterfield)? Do you wonder what happens to blue bin waste? This talk by Phillippa Roine, Principal Waste Management Officer, Chesterfield Borough Council, will address these questions and more.
Launch of High Peak Food Hub
Thurs 7th June, 5:30pm-7:30pm
The Butterfly House at The Torrs, SK22 4AE
A new Food Assembly is launching in the High Peak Area.  It will allow local people to place bespoke orders with local producers for collection from the Torrs Butterfly House each Thursday evening. Come to the launch to find out how it will work for you and with you. Meet some local producers, try some local beers and start planning your new style of weekly shop!
The Remarkable Recycling Gala
Sat 9th June, 10am-5pm
Middle Street Resource Centre, Beeston
Organised by the The Remarkable Recycling Gala
Now in its fifth year, the gala features amazing examples of recycled art, over twenty stalls displaying quality recycled crafts for you to browse and buy, craft workshops and entertainment in the form of music, poetry and, hopefully, a mini cinema experience.
Hockerton Housing Project Public Tour
Sat 9th June, 2pm-5pm
Also Sat 14th July and Sat 8th September
Hockerton Housing Project, Gables Drive, Nottinghamshire NG25 0QU 
Organised by Hockerton Housing Project
Cost: £5 (discounted for local residents)
Intrigued by what an earth-sheltered home might look, or feel like, inside? Or wanting an overview of what it is to live sustainably? Join a small group tour, led by a resident of the project to give you a personal view on what it’s like to live in this sustainable co-housing project. This tour includes a guided walk around the site to learn about our food, water and renewable energy systems, a tour of one of the homes, and a presentation on the challenges faced during the build, and subsequent development, of the project.
Repair Cafe
Sat 9th June and Sat 14th July, 10am-3pm
Monkey Park Social Enterprise, Chester Street, Chesterfield S40 1DN
Organised by Transition Chesterfield
Bring along household items for our volunteer repairers to look at. We have repaired zips, pockets, radios, scissors, shears, vacuum cleaners, toasters, wheelbarrow, tables etc. If you are a handy repair person we welcome new volunteers too!
Major Oak Woodland Festival
Sat 9th - Sun 10th June 11am - 4pm
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, NG21 9HN
Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council
Come along for a weekend of woodland crafts, traditional woodland skills, various demonstrations, and lots of hands on activities. Meet bodgers, chair makers, wood colliers, wood turners, wooden toy and furniture makers, conservation organisations and more.
Peg and Loom Workshop
Sun 10th June, 10am
Hockerton Housing Project (HHP), nr Southwell
Organised by HHP
A creative day of learning how to use a peg loom and create a rug or wall-hanging of your own. The workshop is led by the shepherdess for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Agnes Kiemel, with the looms made by her husband Mark, and the wool provided by our Herdwick sheep at Hockerton. Participants will be able to take the loom and sufficient wool home to complete their work, and can return the loom within three months for a refund of £40. The day includes refreshments and a vegetarian lunch. Book via
Prosper Workshop
Sun 10th June
Whistlewood Common
Organised by Whistlewood Common
£35, includes lunch and some plants and food to take away. Some concessionary places available.
Book in advance
One of a series of workshops aimed at helping you to live a happier, healthier life whilst learning more about nature, gardening, and permaculture. Learn skills that can help towards local abundance. Designed to be stand-alone workshops or attended as a series.

This workshop will focus on bringing life to your soil to grow healthy food for you, your family and friends. The basis of this workshop is beyond organic gardening. We will cover and practice: setting up ‘no dig’ garden beds, transforming lawn to vegetables, composting, mulching, green manure and more.
Other dates in the series: Preserve: 9th September 2018. Book:
Make Do and Mend Sewing Workshops & Materials Recovery Facility Tour
Tues 12th June, 9am - 12.30pm 
Materials Recovery Facility NG19 0FL
Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council
FREE, Booking is essential
A free creative workshop to learn the basics of using both a sewing machine and sewing by hand. For example working on alterations and adaptations to clothes in your wardrobe so they can be reused rather than disposed of. Attendees must live in one of the seven boroughs and districts of Nottinghamshire (excluding the City). The workshop includes a recycling information tour, suitable for age seven and above. Find out more and book:
Plant Swap
Thurs 14th June 9.30am – 6.30pm
Mansfield Woodhouse Library, Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse NG19 8AH
Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council
An opportunity to find new plants for your garden.  Come down with your unwanted plants and swap them for new ones. If you haven’t got one to swap, buy one for 50p or slightly more for larger ones.
Transition New Mills Discussion Group
Mon 18th June, evening
The group will be discussing the book ‘Factfulness’ by Hans Rosling. Contact Transition New Mills for more details about the venue and timings:
Christian Vigil at Tinker Lane
Wed 20th June, 12@30pm-4:30pm
Tinker Lane, DN22 8PA
Organised by Christian Climate Action
Christian Climate Action is holding a prayer vigil at Tinker Lane, a site where exploratory drilling for fracking is taking place. All welcome. Contact the group for more info on travel to the site:
Whistlewood Music Festival
Sat 30th June
Whistlewood Common, nr Melbourne
Organised by Whistlewood Common
Adults £7.50 in advance (£10 on door), Under 18s and students £5 (under 5s free)
Camping £5 per tent. Camper vans, strictly by prior arrangement, £10
Now in its 5th year the Whistlewood Music Festival grows in popularity year-on-year and has been established as the Glastonbury of the East Midlands, well Melbourne at least! Held on the site of a community-owned woodland, local and not so local bands perform at their best, children are entertained as well with lots of activities and local food suppliers make sure everybody’s well fed and watered. Book:
Introduction to Bee Keeping
Sun 1st July, 10am-4pm
Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Wirksworth
An introduction to the practice of beekeeping for beginners.
John Cleveland College Community Woodheat Co-op Study Tour
Sat 7th July 2018, 10am-12pm
Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, Leicester
Free: pre-booking essential

An opportunity to visit a community-owned wood heat project. The biomass boilers and solar panels at Hinckley Academy are owned by over 200 people, more than half of them local. The project sources its wood from the National Forest which is just 12 miles away. A community benefit fund has provided LED lighting to nearby primary schools. Come and meet some of the people who have made this project happen and find out more about their journey.
This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to you attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information.

Free Paint for Nottinghamshire Residents
Community RePaint Nottinghamshire gives away free reusable donated paint to community groups throughout the year but occasionally the scheme is open to Nottinghamshire residents too. If you'd like to pick up some free paint, call Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80 to reserve a slot between 5-7pm, pre-booking is essential.
  • Calverton Recycling Centre, Thurs 7th June
  • Warsop Recycling Centre, Wed 20th June
  • Newark Recycling Centre, Tues 10th July
  • Beeston Recycling Centre, Thurs 26th July

Local News

Sustainable Transport Webinar online now

A recording of a webinar focusing on community-led sustainable transport projects in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is now available online. The webinar was organised following a consultation with readers of this newsletter revealed lots of interest in setting up and hearing about such projects. The recording will allow anyone who couldn’t attend but is interested to watch the webinar. The webinar starts 28 minutes into the recording:
Tailored Support Available for Community-Owned Renewable Projects

Marches Energy Agency has funding to provide tailored support to community groups in the East Midlands that are planning a community-owned renewable project. Examples of the kind of support that could be provided include help choosing a suitable site and/or technology; helping designing a community consultation, or assistance with a feasibility study. This list is not exhaustive.
If you think your group could benefit from this help, please contact Phil Newcombe:

Ambergate Hydro Update
Following a call for volunteers in last month’s edition of the newsletter, The Ambergate Hydro project team has now submitted an Environment Agency pre-application. The project aims to install a community-owned hydro turbine in Ambergate, but has been hampered by numerous changes to government policy in the last few years. The hope now is that the project can apply for Feed-in-Tariff pre-accreditation before the end of March 2018 (applications will no longer be accepted after March 2019). This would make the project financially viable.
The team’s call for volunteers was spread far and wide and attracted supporters with specialist knowledge, including the 2017 Community Energy Champion!
Ambergate Hydro’s volunteers will be in attendance at Belper Goes Green (2nd & 3rd June) and at Ambergate Carnival (14th July) if you want learn more about the project. More volunteers are always welcome; drop Ian an email:
Map Jam Now Available for New Mills
Transition New Mills have produced an online map jam that shows projects and businesses in the town that are helping create a more sustainable and resilient future. It includes local producers (including local farms, people selling eggs, and breweries), Incredible Edible sites, local renewable energy producers and balsam bashing areas.
Possible Purchase of Woodland for Sustainable Businesses/Projects
Transition Belper has been contacted by Sarah Hinds. Sarah is interested in buying Hag Wood near Whatstandwell and is looking for people who would be willing to put in a joint bid. Hag Wood covers almost 4 acres and comes up for auction on Mon June 4th. Sarah wants to use it for ecotherapy and is interested to know if anyone would want to put in a joint bid so that more projects / sustainable businesses could benefit if they won the auction.

Details can be seen on Bagshaws website. The wood has a protective covenant which does not allow permanent structures like sheds or workshops. Anyone who is interested can contact Sarah on:
Public Inquiry into Fracking Application in Derbyshire
The planning inquiry into the first Derbyshire application for an exploratory fracking well at Marsh Lane starts in Chesterfield on Tuesday 19th June. The Council will open the hearing on INEOS shale exploration appeal on non-determination of its application for Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Derbyshire. The inquiry commences at 10am, Assembly Rooms, Market Hall, Soresby Street, Chesterfield S40 1AR and is expected to continue until 29th June 2018. Anyone wishing to speak at the enquiry will need to be there on the first day. Full details of the planning application:
Eckington Against Fracking is organising a peaceful protest outside the inquiry:
Object to Fracking Surveys at Clumber Park
Are you a National Trust member or do you visit and love Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire? INEOS, a multinational petrochemical company, want to carry out seismic survey at the park. This is the first stage in the fracking process. The National Trust has refused to grant INEOS access because it is home to many rare species who could be negatively affected. INEOS has responded by starting proceedings to take the National Trust to the High Court to get access. Anyone with an ‘interest in the land’ has a chance to object. This includes National Trust members and anyone who visit the park. The deadline for objections is 8th June. Frack Free Nottinghamshire has created sample wording for a letter or email:
Nottinghamshire Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund Open

The EnviroGrant fund has been updated to focus on projects that help Nottinghamshire to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It is available for not-for-profit community groups, schools and charities based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the city). The fund offers grants of up to £1,000. The next submission deadline is 21 June.
Free Greener Travel Advice in Newark

Newark residents are being offered free travel advice on their doorstep, to encourage more people to use greener transport to help improve air quality, tackle congestion, promote a healthier lifestyle and improve access to job opportunities. The two-year County Council-led scheme, known as Travel Choice, comes on the back of £845,000 funding from the Department for Transport.
Personalised travel plans will be offered to approximately 9,000 households in the Newark area with travel advisors out and about in the town during the first half of June, asking householders about their travel patterns. Off the back of these conversations, householders will be then be sent a free, personalised travel pack full of information, including maps showing local walks and other green travel tips.

National News

EVENT: How Could Emergency Climate Action Benefit Sheffield?
Thurs 7th June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Firth Court, S10 2TN
Organised by Sheffield Climate Alliance
Cost: FREE, booking essential
As part of the 'Festival of Debate' programme, Labour Councillor Olivia Blake will chair this event which will discuss how Sheffield addresses climate change with the scale and urgency it demands while still trying to ensure we have an inclusive economy. Panel Speakers include Professor Lenny Koh from University of Sheffield and Emma Bridge from Community Energy England. Book your free ticket:
EVENT: Clean Air Day
Thurs 21st June
Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. Why not run an awareness raising event in your community, workplace or school. Download free resources:
If you organise an event in Derbyshire please let Jane Careless at Derbyshire County Council know:  
EVENT: Community Energy Fortnight
Sat 23rd June - Sun 8th July
Organised by the Community Energy Coalition
A wealth of community energy events are happening throughout the country, starting with the Community Energy Conference at University of Manchester on 23 June: There are more than 60 other events to choose from:
Have something to say? Why not offer to write a piece for the Community Energy Fortnight blog. Email
RESOURCE and ADVICE: Climate Action Through Neighbourhood Plans: New Guidance and Advice Service
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has launched an advice service and guidebook to help communities who would like to encourage low carbon measures in a Neighbourhood Plan.
Since their introduction, an increasing number of communities have been creating neighbourhood plans to guide development in their area and set their own planning priorities. Neighbourhood planning has great potential to encourage climate friendly measures, including promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, developing sustainable transport infrastructure and protecting green spaces. You can find out from your local authority if there’s a neighbourhood plan going ahead in your area, and how to get involved.
Contact CSE on or 0117 9341400 to find out more.
TRAINING: Carbon Co-op Home Energy Training
Various dates and prices.
Locations in and near Manchester
The Carbon Co-op has a number of training courses coming up including:
  • Introduction to Off-Grid Power Systems, 23rd Jun
  • Routes to Retrofit, 28th June
  • Beginners Guide to Retrofit, Wed 12th Sept
  • Draught-proofing for homeowners, 27th Oct
  • Ventilation for Retrofit, 7th Nov
For more information and to book visit:
TRAINING: Opportunity for Young People - Bright Green Future 2018
Do you know a young person aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reduce the impacts of climate change? Applications are now open for the one year programme Bright Green Future, starting September 2018. Bright Green Future empowers young people to lead progressive change in their communities.
The programme is free and includes a work placement, residential course, local projects and face-to-face and online training sessions covering various topics on sustainability, environmental leadership and green careers. The deadline for applications is Sunday 8th July. Find out more and apply:
NEWS: Government Announces New Measures to Support the Development of Fracking
Last month the government announced new measures to support fracking, including allocating £1.6 million to support capacity building and capability in local authorities dealing with sale applications, and holding a consultation on the principle of treating early stages of shale exploration as permitted development.

AWARD: Social Enterprise Award Open For Nominations
Applications are now open for the 2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards. The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories including one for Environmental Social Enterprise. Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony and gala dinner in a central London venue on 28th November.

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