AGM 10th May, with opportunities for open discussion and a chance to inform villagers about the woodland consulation meeting.
You can read the Minutes from 2011, the Finance Report 2011/2012, and our Action Plan from 2011/2012 here.
Christmas Tree Shredding 7th January at WenhastonVillage Hall
The shreddings went to the allotments for use on the paths there.
We hope to repeat this next year.
Photo-voltaic cells Autumn 2011 5 households had PV cells installed, with others considering it.
Annual General Meeting - May 26th 2011
You can read the Minutes from 2010
and also our 2010/2011 Action Plan with the outcomes
SAVE ENERGY – SAVE CASH!
UEA’s Dr. Zoe Wallage from UEA's Low Carbon Innovation Centre presented the report
on how Wenhaston can reduce its carbon footprint and save money
Second carbon audit completed February 2010, and report presented at the AGM on April 29th. Why not read it and see how we did this time and what the main issues are for the village.
WARMER WENHASTON ROUND 2
Now all completed and collected - so 17 more householders will be saving energy, money and the planet!
The scene in the Village Hall on Saturday Feb 27th, after the delivery!
VISIT BY THE ADVOCATE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES July 2009
Dr. Burgess, the Rural Advocate, visited the village with his team on July 16th 2009 to find out what we had done to reduce the effects of climate change. He was shown the new allotments, solar panels, and the Village Hall improvements. Also displays and information from the Commons Group and our primary school. They seemed to be really interested in everything and took information and issues back to the government.
CONGRATULATIONS TO WENHASTON PRIMARY SCHOOL who held a Green Energy Day on 10th July 2009. To find out more, go to Wenhaston Primary School.
Did you see the article in the East Anglian Daily Times on Monday, June 29th 2009 about us? Wenhaston had a two page spread, about our achievements in saving energy and the Village Hall in particular. You can read the article here EastAnglianDailyTimesJune292009.pdf.
Church Room Energy Efficiency Measures
We have worked with the church to insulate the loft and make the door draught free. Hopefully everyone is now feeling the benefit of this
Give and Take Day - April 25th 2009
With the help of Bright Green, we held our first Give and Take Day in the Village Hall, with much given and much taken so that we saved 23 tonnes of carbon! Things which had languished in lofts and garages for months or more were found good homes in and around the village. We were very grateful to Sue and Anna from Bright Green for working with us on this.
Some of our team at the start of the day.
Our master composter setting up
The recycling bus provided activities for children.
Someone even gave a kitchen sink!
Annual General Meeting - March 26th 2009
This was our first A.G.M. and it was well-attended by interested villagers. We reported on a successful first 2 years, and discussed our Action Plan for the next year. The formal business was concluded promptly, followed by refreshments, music from Bridget Cousins, and a chance to chat informally about our projects.
November 2008 - Energy Fair
The Energy Fair was a great success! Over
150 people came - with
many in time to hear our MP the Rt. Hon. John Gummer give a
very supportive and appreciative opening speech - there
was a report in the East Anglian Daily Times soon afterwards.
John Midwinter’s presentation on climate change filled
all seats on the stage, and Muck and Magic farmers sold every
banger, burger and bun they brought. Jon Bell (EnergyMix) got
us thinking about the village’s
existing facilities and how they might be more energy-efficient
and life-enhancing. Feedback received will be collated and
discussed further in the New Year. The displays included Sustainable
Bungay, which has been inspired by our achievements. Adam East
showed an example of one of the compost toilets he distributes,
ideally suited for allotments, garden studios or field workers.
The School produced a magnificent visual display focusing on
energy issues, their “Grow your Own” project, and
the award they’ve won. The Warmer Wenhaston insulation
project was launched, in conjunction with SEAL and EST.
March 2008 - Insulation Day
good crowd dropped into the Hall and got what
they needed, we hope - latest information on insulation grants
and low-cost deals. Teresa Howarth and Dee Hibble of
Suffolk Energy Action Link (SEAL) advised on benefits and grants
available, and showed examples of internal insulation for non-cavity
walls. Over half who came immediately booked a survey
by Aran Insulation who are working with power companies on
this scheme. They have a choice of two materials - Rockwool
(made of Irish rock) and Warmcell (recycled paper). The latter
has low embodied energy (energy involved in production) and
is good for lofts and timber-frame walls, but not for solid
walls where moisture could damage it. We have details of other
materials available - all the way from sheeps wool and
hemp to fibreglass. If you are interested in Ecoteams please
Check Warmer Wenhaston for current project.
June 2007 - Village Energy Day
Wenhaston is now established as one
of those villages taking the subject of climate change seriously
- as shown by the buzzing mix of residents and others who came
to our ENERGY DAY on Saturday 30th June. The Primary School
gave a fabulous opening performance - chanting, dancing,
singing and playing instruments made from recycled materials
- and Heather Phillips, Parish Councillor for 50 years, spoke
about the Wenhaston of her childhood and that era’s approach
to recycling, re-using and careful energy use. Ian Dunnett,
Project Manager for Suffolk: Greenest County, A Suffolk
Strategic Partnership initiative, introduced his work supporting
local carbon reduction and increased options for sustainable
The hall and car park were filled with stalls and displays giving
serious practical suggestions for energy-saving, as well as amusing
and inspiring activities - making jewellery from recycled
materials, and test riding electric cycles and a hybrid car.
Suzanne Lacey of Energy Saving Trust described how EST can respond
to the rising groundswell of interest in managing energy consumption.
To finish, we feasted on barbecued sausages and beefburgers from
our very own local meat producers, Muck and Magic.