Transition Belper meetings, events and socials - November and December 2013 

Transition Belper News - Late October 2013

In this issue:

Home energy efficiency - how to reduce energy use, carbon emissions and your bills
The November meeting of Transition Belper - Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road on Tuesday 5th November at 7.30 - will have a home energy efficiency theme to it.
We are delighted that Tom Vietch from Global Action Network can join us for our monthly meeting to pass on some great energy saving ideas in an inter-active fun way. This is all the more important as we head towards winter and face those ever rising energy bills.
The average dual fuel bill energy bill in DE56 is almost £1,300. This rises to more than £1,750 in parts of Duffield but is less than £1,100 in parts of Kilburn.  Those getting their energy from NPower, SSE or British Gas can expect an average rise of £121 per year - £162 in Duffield or £100 in Kilburn.  Of course averages are just that – average – so about half of all households will be forking out more than average.
A unique experiment at the University of Salford found that good and bad energy use differed by £600 a year. The cost implications of the lifestyles of two fictional couples with very different attitudes to energy use were tested at the University of Salford’s unique Energy House – and have revealed that good habits can save you over £600 a year.  Scientists created two couples whose habits from Friday to Sunday were programmed into the controls of the Energy House – a reconstructed terraced house inside a lab where every aspect of the climate can be managed.
We don’t have a scientific show house to exhibit but we do have an energy expert who can pass on some great tips to help you save energy and money.  Tom Vietch leads on the development of community projects for the environmental charity Global Action Plan. This has ranged from an online energy saving challenge through to water and energy saving projects with housing associations. Another part of Tom’s role is training and he has trained hundreds of people with Global Action Plan’s interactive resources. Prior to Global Action Plan, Tom has spent 5 years in community development and 7 years with United Utilities (North West Water). Tom lives in Wirksworth and is an active member in several local environment groups.

AGM elects four new trustees
Transition Belper's AGM on 1st October saw five trustees re-elected and the election of four new trustees. Ian Jackson, chair for the last two years, stood down to concentrate his energies on ADVyCE (Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy) and working towards building a new hydro-power plant in the area. His annual report - looking at the '12 steps to Transition' and what we have achieved - can be viewed here. David George, Craig Scott, Mick Hepworth, Richard Keighley and Kathy Fairweather were re-elected and joined by Web Site Editor and creative recycler, Lynne Henley, Maurice Neville, who played a major part in getting the Wirksworth ECO Centre built, Tony Cooper, oft seen in his miller's outfit at Heage Windmill and Dick Watson with fingers in various Rugby Club, pub and Co-op pies.
At the subsequent Trustee's meeting David George was elected chair and Richard Keighley and Adrian Rochford confirmed in their positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The Core Group of organisers are David, Richard, Adrian, Craig, Kathy and Jennie Lindop.

Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days events

  • Saturday 26 October 11.30 - 1.00 Milford Hydro - how it works. Behind the Mill House pub
  • Sunday 27 October 2.00 - 3.30 Belper Hydro - how it works. At Belper's East Mill car park
  • Sunday 27 October at 2.15 - Guided walk entitled "Water Power - the Mill Water Courses Walk" from Belper's North Mill
  • Sunday 27 October 10.00 - 4.00 - Showcase at the Strutts Centre: Users of the centre, including Transition Belper, will be displaying details of their activities. Refreshments available.
  • Tuesday 29 October 12.00 - 3.00 Longbridge Weir Hydro - how it works. The Derwent's newest hydro power installation that powers Derby's Council House. Behind Derby Bus Station.
EDAP Group to discuss consultation and memory recording plans

The next Energy Descent Action Plan meeting on Tuesday 29th October - 7.30 at the Old King's Head, Days Lane, Belper - will discuss how we can record the spoken memories of our elders, and how we go about engaging with them. The memories of how communities coped in previous times of hardship may illuminate how we cope with the difficulties of energy shortages and high fuel costs in the future but we need to ask the right questions. We'll also be discussing 'A 2033 Christmas wish for Belper'  (or Duffield, Milford, Holbrook, Kilburn, Heage, Ambergate etc). The idea being that we capture the aspirations of our communities and then look at how we could help to make wishes come true. Such imagineering may form the basis of the December Transition Belper meeting. Everyone is welcome to come along and have their say.

Belper Goes Green group grows greatly
The last Belper Goes Green planning meeting saw 20 people take part including five members of Amber Valley CAMRA who have offered to provide volunteers to look after the beer and man the beer festival bar. On the entertainment side there are so many acts wishing to appear that we may need two stages. The arts, crafts and recycling areas will have a real feel of community involvement including a giant mosaic for the railway station, a (supervised) scrap heap challenge for youngsters to make musical instruments from scrap and add them to the instruments made earlier by Drop Inn, Guides and others. And then make a noise/music (?). Drop Inn may also set up a graffiti wall having earlier made their paints from natural ingredients and using spray bottles rather than aerosols. We're also looking at all sorts of activities for children to be involved in.
On the Transition Belper web site we have a
booking form for stalls/participants - there's no charge for charities, non-profit organisations and those simply exhibiting or running workshops. For those businesses wanting a stall to sell their wares the fees are modest - £30 for one day or £50 for the weekend but with a £5/day discount for advance payment. 
The next meeting is at the Queen's Head, Chesterfield Road on Tuesday 12th November at 7.30pm in the upstairs room.

Gardening Club set for launch
The first meeting of the Belper Gardening Club will be held on Wednesday 13th November at 7.00 at Strutts Community Centre. There will be a charge of £3 to cover costs with future costs to be discussed. Ideas for the club include skills and advice sharing, plant and produce exchange, guest speakers, garden visits and product and plant trials. The idea came from the Energy Descent Action Plan group when discussing the idea for a local food co-op. This in turn came from the public responses to questions posed at Belper Goes Green. Many of the ideas for the co-op can be achieved within a club setup and this also encourages a wider involvement of the community - not just those of us dedicated to a transition to a low carbon economy.
If you are interested in getting involved please drop Kathy a line or phone her on 07779 412702.

Travel and Transport Group 
The next meeting will be at the Old King's Head, Days Lane, Belper on Thursday 28th November. Please contact Jennie for details

Transition social evening - Wednesday 20th November from 7.30 at the Cross Keys, Market Place, Belper
Social evenings used to be known as Green Drinks but we had word back that some people thought it was a club or some sort of sect dedicated to consuming very new (or green) beverages. This is not the case - our social evenings are open to anyone to come along and have a natter or a moan about the state of the world or to explain their brilliant ideas for solving the world's ills. Or just enjoy the company.

Christmas Party - Tuesday 17th December from 7.30 upstairs at the Queen's Head, Chesterfield Road, Belper
Everyone is more than welcome to join us for a fun evening of entertainment, food and social chit-chat. It's a fuddle so you'll need to bring a dish or food to share as well as something to eat off and cutlery. In the past we've found that somehow it just naturally happens that we get a great mix of savoury and sweet so whatever you want to make and bring will be fine. We'll also have some fine musicians to entertain us for 45 minutes or so. There's a small charge to cover costs so admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members.

MP to contact Tesco after Belper meeting

Mid-Derbyshire MP, Pauline Latham and Transition Belper organised a meeting in early October to find out about the many groups which work in the town and to provide an opportunity for them to get together in the same room to share their ideas.  They agreed there were many diverse things happening in Belper, there was great community spirit and a thriving diverse high street.
The meeting heard from Adrian Farmer, from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, of which Belper is a part, who told how its Belper Ambassadors Scheme, where trained volunteers promote the town to visitors, was a huge success and was being looked at by other towns. 
Ian Jackson, from Transition Belper and Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy (ADVyCE), said the Transition group which works towards townfolk living more sustainable lives, was looking into the possibility of using hydro-power in the area.
Wendy Moore from Fresh Basil and the Totally Locally scheme, which aims to promote shopping locally, said Belper’s high street employed about 800 people and was ‘collectively the largest employer in town’. She said: “Belper is a town that bucks the national trend and we have a vibrant high street.”
The full article as reported in Belper News can be read here.

Amber Valley Local Plan Part 1 Pre-Submission Core Strategy
Following the consultation over the summer Amber Valley have considered responses and are now ready to consult on the 'pre examination' document. 
Amber Valley Borough Council has prepared the Amber Valley Local Plan Part 1 Pre-Submission Core Strategy for submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Core Strategy sets out the broad spatial planning and policy framework for the whole of the Borough up to 2028. It includes a long-term vision and strategic objectives, a spatial strategy, policy framework and monitoring indicators. The level of development over the period is identified together with the locations where it should go. 
Any further representations need to be made by 29th November.
The documents can be viewed at Belper Library, Bridge Street and the Belper office of Amber Valley Council, King Street during normal opening hours or online here. There will also be a consultation event at No 28 
on Tuesday 12th November from 3.00pm - 7.00pm where Community Planning Officers will be on hand to answer questions.

Christmas Food Festival and lights switch-on
We'll be manning the stalls at these events again so please do come and say hello. The Christmas Lights switch on is on Friday 29th November and the Christmas Food Festival is on Sunday 1st December.  

Transition Belper Facebook Group
Keep up-to-date with the latest developments and join any discussions on Facebook.

Belper's fruit and veg grower's forum
This is a Facebook Group locally for exchanging tips and ideas for your garden and anything to do with growing fruit and veg.

A Local group to advertise for Recycling, Upcycling, Neighbourly Help & Advice, Lending & Borrowing in the DE56 Area.

Belper Goes Green
The Facebook Group for those involved in organising next year's Belper Goes Green 

Belper and DE56 Energy Descent Action Plan
The Facebook Group for those involved in putting our Energy Descent Action Plan together

The trustees of Transition Belper are:
Chair - 
David George
Secretary - Richard Keighley
Treasurer - Adrian Rochford
Core Group - Craig Scott

Core Group and Community Gardens organiser - Kathy Fairweather
Core Group and Transport Group leader - Jennie Lindop
Trustee - Mick Hepworth
Trustee - Tony Cooper
Trustee and webmaster - Lynne Henley
Trustee - Maurice Neville
Trustee - Dick Watson
Or you can contact us via the Transition Belper email address:
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