Have your say, about a better future

Save the date! Saturday 11th November, noon start for 2 hours only in Wetherby Town Hall.

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4 inspiring speakers from other local communities are coming to talk to our community here in Wetherby and surrounding villages, about how they have helped solve challenges with regard community energy, waste & reuse, transport and community gardens.

Energy costs may continue to be volatile. How can our community become more energy independent? Making the most of cheaper, local and sustainable energy on a community basis. 'Bainbridge Hydro' who are a community hydro scheme setup in 2011 and have recently passed a milestone of 1 million kWh generated for the local community will be sharing their experiences. We will also be launching a Community Solar Scheme.  Come and find out more.

In the UK, we waste 38 million wheelie bins of edible food each year, and £140million of used but wearable clothing also goes to landfill each year. What else have you bought and never used much again? What can we do as a community to reduce waste? We have 2 speakers; 'Buy Nowt LS6', a Library of 'Things' is a pay-as-you-feel community initiative created by a group of local volunteers to encourage local people to borrow instead of buying the things they need, and 'Refill Kitchen' is a social enterprise based in the city of York who rescue perfectly good edible food from local suppliers and supermarkets deemed as waste and destined for landfill. They then revalue, repurpose and redistribute the food making it accessible to all.

There are limited allotments in Wetherby. Do you have a green space that could be used by someone else as a community to grow more stuff? 'Living Potential' will be showcasing what they do on a working farm near Wetherby. It's a community interest company set up to be a non-profit social enterprise, and run by Tanya and the team who have many years of experience teaching and working in a variety of environments.  They have seen first-hand the therapeutic effects of nature-based interventions.

The average UK car journey is just 8.4miles. Our streets become more congested and polluted. What is your most common short journey? What can we do as a community to reduce congestion and pollution? We will be launching a new rideshare idea to draw our community closer together and help cut down on the town's congestion and parking challenges.

Our presenters will be followed by small breakout groups that will be inclusive forums for you to share your ideas on those topics above for a better local community. Your ideas will then be shared with the wider group at the end of the meeting and decide what actions we should take as a community, who should be involved and more.

Adrian Balcombe, organiser of the event, says: "I feel this is probably the biggest opportunity for local people to have their say in a more sustainable, community focused future. This is our moment to influence.  Please share this event page (https://bostongreengroup.co.uk/uncategorised/have-your-say-about-a-better-future/) with as many friends, family and neighbours."

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Interested? Want to have your say? Limited space available.  Reserve your FREE seat by emailing adrian.balcombe@bostongreengroup.co.uk or sharing your details on the form below.

Adrian goes on to say: "Arrive early and make the most of refreshments provided by the local committee of The Children's Society. If you can't make the event, please pop your thoughts about community solutions to the above challenges on the form on our website and we'll include these on the day."

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We'd encourage everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport to our event. If however you need to come in your car, please bring a friend or 2! (car share).

Limited parking is available outside the hall, but there are parking restrictions. Longer term parking is available at nearby Crossley Street Car Park, Riverside/Bridgefoot Car Park and Cluster of Nuts Car Park (all within a 10min walk). Do not park in Morrisons as they operate a limited 2 hours stay.

Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Community Green Group is non politically affiliated and has recently obtained Charitable Incorporated Organisation status (Registered Charity Number 1204438).

1 Comment

  1. Mark Hatfield on October 22, 2023 at 11:16 PM

    Adrian,

    Looks like a great event, hope it is a success and we get some useful feedback.

    Mark

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