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Newport Society event – Tuesday May 24th 2016 – open to all

THE NEWPORT SOCIETY has great pleasure in announcing a very special event for Newport and area. 

 
Professor Ralph Early,  Professor of Food Industry at Harper Adams University and Head of the University’s Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management is kindly hosting a special talk and visit to the Regional Food Academy.
All are welcome to attend, both members and non-members of the Society and the evening promises to be really interesting.  There is no charge for this event.
Professor Early will talk on    “Our broken food system: problems and solutions.” 
 
David Parker, Chairman of the Newport Society is enthusiastic about this event:
This is such a topical subject right now with the national dairy industry suffering from low milk prices, changes in farming methods and the potential threats to the food we eat from the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the EU and the US, and other developments in the news. We are looking forward to hearing an expert view. Newport is now a University town and is proud to have one of the world’s leading Universities on our doorstep”.
Those intending to come should arrive between 7 and 7.15 ready for a prompt start for Professor Early’s talk at 7.30pm   with a tour of the Regional Food Academy at 20:30, finishing at 21:30.  Direction signs will be provided on the evening.
Further information from : prchadwick353@gmail.com
_______________________________________Professor Ralph Early – speaker and hostRalph Early is Professor of Food Industry at Harper Adams University and Head of the university’s Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management.  A resident of Newport since 1980, Ralph has worked in and with the UK’s food industry for 40 years.  His career has taken him into farming, food production in factories, new product development and quality management, as well as higher education.  During the 1980s he held the positions of Head of Industrial Product Development and subsequently Quality Standards Manager for Dairy Crest, based at Crudgington.  In 1993 he transferred to the university sector, initially teaching food science in the University of Plymouth.  In 1996 he moved to Harper Adams and has since introduced food science and technology, and related topics, into the institution’s curriculum.  Over the last 20 years he has worked expressly in support of the UK’s food industry, innovating courses that help to provide the industry with the graduates it needs and generating a range of knowledge transfer services.  To this latter end he created the West Midlands Regional Food Academy in order to provide technical and staff development support to small food businesses in the region.  In addition to food science and technology his academic interests also encompass regional and traditional food cultures, food policy, food ethics, bioethics and food security and sustainability.

Green Drinks April 2016

GREEN  DRINKS

NEWPORT’S  OWN   ENVIRONMENTAL   GROUP

“Action for a Greener Newport”

presents

“F A R M E R S “

Farm And Rural Mixed Energy from Renewable Sources

A presentation by Sam  Kirby

“Farms, a key contributor to UK localised energy production?”

In the Lodge at THE PHEZ

Upper Bar, Newport  TF10 7AW

Monday,   18th   April   2016

8 PM

There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Pass it On! ‘Give & Take Swap Shop’ event January 23rd 2016

Are you having a New Year de-clutter? Not sure what to do with those Christmas gifts that don’t fit or not your colour?

Well, we’re here to help!

Our next free Give & Take event is at Cosy Hall, Water Lane, Newport on Saturday 23rd January 2016 between 9.30-11.00 am.

This is how it works:

If you have any unwanted good quality household or garden items, simply bring them along for someone else to take home with them. If you don’t have anything suitable to bring IT DOESN’T MATTER! Come along anyway, take a look around and if you see something useful, take it away for free!

Why are they free ?

Give & Take’s are community recycling events organised to promote the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. The aim is to stop useable items going into the waste stream and ending up in landfill, so it’s a great opportunity to help save valuable resources.

What we can accept
•Toys and books
•Clothes and reusable linen e.g. sheets, curtains
•DVDs and CDs
•Gardenware and tools
•Bric-a-Brac
Plants
• Small pieces of furniture that will fit into a family sized car
What we can’t accept
•Electrical, broken or damaged items
•Hazardous or toxic items e.g. paint
•Foam furniture e.g. sofas, chairs, duvets, pillows
•Gas appliances
•Videos
•Tools requiring safety equipment
• Bulky items e.g. cupboards, wardrobes etc
On the day
Please bring items along to the venue, give anything you are bringing to one of our volunteers who will be wearing a badge. They will check and sort your donations. You are welcome to browse amongst the items to see if anything catches your eye. All items are free to take, just help yourself and please leave something for others. We suggest maximum of 10 items per person.

Refreshments will be served on the day for a small charge, and we will also be available to give hints and tips on reducing your waste and recycling!

We aim to organise another two Give & Take events during 2016.

Give & Take Newport is a Newport 21 initiative, supported by Cllr Peter Scott and Telford & Wrekin Council through the Borough wards Co-operative Fund.

For latest information, follow us on Twitter @GiveTakeNewport and on Facebook Give & Take Newport

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pass it On! ‘Give & Take Swap Shop’ event September 12th

Our next free Give & Take event is at Cosy Hall, Water Lane, Newport on Saturday 12th September between 9.30-11.00 am.

The aim is to promote waste reduction by helping you to pass on items you own but no longer want, that are in good condition / working order that others can re-use. Or you may find something yourself which you can make use of to take away.

This is how it works:

If you have any unwanted good quality household or garden items, simply bring them along for someone else to take home with them. If you don’t have anything suitable to bring IT DOESN’T MATTER! Come along anyway, take a look around and if you see something useful, take it away for free!

Why are they free ?

Give & Take’s are community recycling events organised to promote the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. The aim is to stop useable items going into the waste stream and ending up in landfill, so it’s a great opportunity to help save valuable resources.

Since the closure of Newport’s recycling centre, many of these items would be thrown away. So by taking something away and using it, you’re not only saving money for yourself, it’s better for the environment!

What we accept
•Toys and books
•Small furniture
•Clothes and reusable linen e.g. sheets, curtains
•DVDs and CDs
•Gardenware and tools
•Bric-a-Brac
•Plants
We can only accept small pieces of furniture or items that will fit into an average sized family car.
What we don’t accept
•Electrical, broken or damaged items
•Hazardous or toxic items e.g. paint
•Foam furniture e.g. sofas, chairs, duvets, pillows
•Gas appliances
•Videos
•Tools requiring safety equipment
•No bulky items e.g. cupboards, wardrobe
On the day
Please bring items along to the venue, give anything you are bringing to one of our volunteers who will be wearing a badge. They will check and sort your donations. You are welcome to browse amongst the items to see if anything catches your eye. All items are free to take, just help yourself and please leave something for others. We suggest maximum of 10 items per person.

Refreshments will be served on the day for a small charge, and we will also be available to give hints and tips on reducing your waste and recycling!

We aim to organise another two Give & Take events next year.

Give & Take Newport is a Newport 21 initiative, supported by Cllr Peter Scott and Telford & Wrekin Council through the Borough wards Co-operative Fund.

For latest information, follow us on Twitter @GiveTakeNewport and on Facebook Give & Take Newport

Building houses that don’t cost the earth

Newport 21, Newport’s environmental action group, and Newport and District Civic Society invite you to please put

Monday 14th September 

in your diary now, 7.30 p.m. in the Cosy Hall, Water Lane, Newport TF10 7LD, for

Houses that don’t cost the earth – Buildings fit for the 21st Century

* Is it possible to build affordable houses that are 80% more energy efficient than the current standard new UK house?

* How would you like your annual heating bill to be less than £70?

* Is there a really sustainable alternative to the houses that are being built all around us now?

Come and hear Jonathan Hines share his vision and his experience as an architect and managing director of Architype, the UK’s leading architects for sustainable buildings. Based in London and Hereford, Architype build to the highest ‘Passivhaus’ quality standard and have won awards for their buildings. Jonathan has also recently set up a Hereford-based company, ArchiHaus, to help realise his vision for ‘living villages’. Named in a list of the top 50 people most influencing sustainable development in the UK, he is much in demand as a speaker.

At a time when Newport is working on a Neighbourhood Development Plan and Telford and Wrekin’s draft Local Plan is out for consultation this is a priority date for all who care for our future here in Shropshire.

For more information contact: Charles Worth ccworth@blueyonder.co.uk

AGM 2015 – Chairman’s report

Newport 21 – Chairman’s Report for the year July 2014 – June 2015

The past year has seen Newport 21 steadily continue to reach more people, strengthen our role in the town, and develop new projects:

1. Green Drinks is our entry point, our open door, our warm welcome, greatly facilitated by all the work Rose Jenks does as co-ordinator. We are also hugely grateful to Paul Quinn and his staff at The Pheasant for use of The Lodge  and the legendary chip butties. Our programme this year has ranged as widely as ever – from the strictly local, with Daphne Rogers and Jane Styles of Newport’s energetic Heart of England in Bloom group; Eric Ashcroft’s encyclopaedic knowledge of our water supply and drainage systems; Jane Moore and Simonie Fowler’s invitation to experience the triumphs and trials of small-holding; to the Far East, with Robin and Joanna Spencer’s tales of their trip to China; and Anne Harding bringing us the good news of a project producing fairly traded palm oil in Ghana. Wider issues have stretched our minds with Simon Edwards educating us on pesticides; Michael Heasman taking us through questions of Food Security; and Jim Waterson scaring us on the many threats to Trees. We are grateful to Harper Adams University for such a rich supply of distinguished speakers willing to share their expertise with us – and also to Keele University, from where John Hegarty came to introduce us to the fascinating concept of Eco-Psychology. Anni Kelsey brought pictures, books and enthusiasm for perennial food plants, and Christmas came early in December with another entertaining (and at times completely baffling) Great Green Christmas Quiz. This is an impressively varied, high quality programme which draws between ten and twenty-five people each month, and has an email list of over a hundred contacts.

2. Re-use and Recycling – Pass It On was Newport 21’s first swap shop event, staged in March at the Cosy Hall, ably headed up by Susanne Bearblock with a hard-working team. This was made possible by a grant from Telford and Wrekin Council, obtained by Councillor Peter Scott, to whom we are extremely grateful. The morning was a great success as a pioneering event and two further events are planned for September and January. 58 people attended, over 45 kilograms of goods were re-housed, over 100 items were given new value by new owners, being reused and saved from landfill, and several bags of surplus goods were donated to charity shops in Newport. Some members of our group also visited Veolia’s amazing recycling centre at Four Ashes, which is where our kerbside collections go, and Susanne and Tim Pryce have joined a Newport Town Council working group looking at establishing a sustainable recycling centre in the town.

3. Trees – We now have a small group working on a new Tree Survey for Newport. John Jenks is developing an interactive map (based on information obtained from T&W by Simon Cooper, Newport’s tree warden) on which findings can be recorded. This is soon to be piloted, and we hope gradually to involve other community groups in covering the whole town, making the finished survey available to influence future planning. Newport 21 has also been consulted by the Town Council’s Leisure & Environmental Services Committee for our views on their plans for the Lower Bar flower bed.

4. Planning – Cath Edwards and Charles Worth continue to represent our group on the Newport Neighbourhood Development Planning steering group and the Newport Regeneration Partnership. In the former, progress is slow but our work on walking the town’s green spaces is likely to form a central part of the plan. We continue to support the Save Newport Campaign’s tireless efforts to restrain unlimited and inappropriate development and congratulate them on the withdrawal of the Sainsbury superstore plans. But the struggle continues.

5. Other activities:

· We congratulate Cath on her vigorous campaign as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party for The Wrekin constituency, and Tim Pryce for his co-option on to Newport Town Council

· We are grateful to Tim for taking on the running of our website and managing publicity for our Pass It On events and other activities

· We are sad that those of us who set up Wrekin Community Solar reluctantly wound up the initiative after trying unsuccessfully for two years to set up a local community renewable energy project

· Cath gave a presentation on fracking at a well-received meeting of Newport Civic Society

· We maintain links with other environmental groups in Shropshire and supported an evening in Wellington organised by Green Shropshire Exchange where Richard Priestley spoke on ‘Goodbye Oil – Hello Sunshine!’

· Christmas may have come early for Green Drinks but for the Newport 21 working group it comes a bit later each year – we met at The Lion in Edgmond for an enjoyable gathering arranged by Peter Barlow in April.

Newport 21 is steadily building its base locally – establishing Pass It On as a regular event in the town; strengthening protection of our trees and green spaces; making our voice heard where plans and decisions are made; raising awareness of local and global issues through our monthly Green Drinks discussions. On the wider scene we are increasingly aware of the urgency of addressing our global climate crisis. As individuals many of us are active and committed campaigners – as the crucial UN Paris Climate Meeting in December draws near maybe our challenge is to find ways of taking action as a group locally to press our leaders to put people and planet first.

Green Drinks – June 15th

Ever been on a

 

“WELLIE WALK” ?

 Now’s your chance!

Come and learn about the triumphs and trials of smallholding.

The Old Surgery

Ercall Heath   TF10 8NH

(Google Maps lands on our drive for the postcode)

Monday,   15 June 2015 7.30 PM

Please bring along something to share for supper – and don’t forget the wellies, or some footwear suitable for puddles.

There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

If lost, ring for help on 01952 550535

Green Drinks – May

GREEN  DRINKS – MAY 18th 8pm

NEWPORT’S  OWN   ENVIRONMENTAL   GROUP

“Action for a Greener Newport”

presents

“ECO-PSYCHOLOGY”

Dr John Hegarty – Senior Lecturer, Keele University

We live in extraordinary times.

Climate change, ecological and economic crisis, as well as social unrest, are all signs that our planet is in great distress. We humans are being called to wake up, dramatically, to our physical as well as our psychological interconnectedness with other-than-human species and with the more-than-human world.

In this awakening we may ask how we have come to a place where we are destroying the very home which supports and nourishes us. And in the same breath, how do we make the transition from this apocalyptic scenario to a place of living in relationship with the rest of life?

Dr John Hegarty is an applied psychologist, interested in the natural world and the relatively new area of “eco-psychology”, that is, people’s relationship with the natural world and how it can help in healing.

Come and learn about “green-care” and “nature-connectedness”

THE PHEZ (in The Lodge at rear)

Upper Bar, Newport  TF10 7AW

Monday,   18  May  2015 8 PM

There will be opportunity for questions & discussion and to enjoy a suppertime sausage & chip butty kindly provided by our host Paul Quinn.

Pass It On event March 2015

give take tables

Susanne Bearblock reports on our first Pass It On event.

This was Newport 21’s first Pass It On Event.  I was very pleased that during the two and a half hours we had 58 people attend to give unwanted things in and take new-to-them things away.  In total, over 45 kilograms of goods were re-housed, but even more importantly that figure translated into in excess of 100 items being given new value by new owners, being reused and saved from landfill.

I am quite keen on the “number of items” statistic, rather than just purely a “weight diverted” figure as some items (for instance earrings) are very light while other items (such as books) can be very heavy.  Both items consume a multitude of natural resources during the manufacturing and delivery process, which is easy to forget when we just look at weight statistics.

Additionally, several bags of surplus goods were donated to numerous charity shops in Newport, where these items will be sold on and kept in circulation rather than going prematurely to the tip.

Newport 21 will be holding its next Pass It On Event for giving and taking in September.  We hope to build on Saturday’s success and encourage individuals to reuse in the first instance, and recycle in the second instance.