What’s happening in Wells?

This page shows everything that is currently happening locally, or that is planned soon. Make sure to view it all!


Energy Group

Generally this group meets monthly on a Saturday mornings for 1 hour.  Their prime objective is to support the local community in becoming more energy efficient.  The group have a thermal imaging camera and offer free surveys to those wishing to reduce heat loss. The group also supports renewable energy and has, for example, supported local planning applications for solar arrays and other renewable energy projects. The group also attend local events with a pop up energy shop providing information and advice on energy efficiency.  For more information please email info@sustainablewells.org.uk. New members are always welcome.

Thermal Imaging Surveys

The Energy Group offers free thermal imaging surveys to households and businesses in Wells and the surrounding area in the winter months from October to March. So far, we have surveyed 80 homes and businesses.  Using a thermal imaging camera, we are able to detect heat loss from poorly insulated roofs, draughty doors and windows, and patchy insulation in walls and ceilings.  We can help you identify the main areas of heat loss in your home so you can prioritise your actions to greatest effect and so reduce your energy bills. For more information, please contact Simon Dennis

Repair Cafes

What a success these are!  We hold regular Repair Cafes in Wells where anyone can bring along stuff that needs fixing, and find out how to mend things.  There’s always delicious tea and cafe on offer too. Join our mailing list if you want to be notified when and where they are.

Recycle Event

We hold these about twice a year.  It’s a chance to have a good clear out and find new homes for things you no longer need or want. It is set up like a car boot sale (but no money changes hands). Everything is given away for free.  Please join our mailing list if you wish to be notified when and where they are.

Single Use Plastics

Many of you will have heard the news that Penzance are the first community in the UK to achieve “Plastic Free Coastline status as well as the decision by Mendip District council to go Single Use Plastic Free. The coastline scheme is based on the Fair Trade model and run by Surfers against Sewage, as it says on their website https://www.sas.org.uk/ “Plastic pollution is “the new sewage” Tackling it is our number one priority”.

They are hoping to establish 125 other plastic free communities by 2020 and like the Fair Trade model there are guidelines that each community have to follow in order to achieve Plastic Free Community status. We would like Wells to be one of these. There are 5 main targets that need to be reached involving local councils, schools, local businesses and community groups. The main objective is to reduce the amount of single use plastics but this is obviously part of a much bigger movement to reduce the terrible impact of all plastics in our oceans. We have just heard that our application for Wells has been accepted ! So we are one of the first 125 communities to be involved in this scheme. If you want to be a part of this SW project please get in touch with me by emailing plasticfreewells@gmail.com

Pop Up Energy Shop

The Energy Group attends local events with their pop up energy shop, providing information on different energy efficiency measures and local support. To find out more please contact Maddy

 


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Other things we’d like to do next:

  1. Have a “Make Do and Mend” Day
  2. Start a “Grow Veg Anywhere” scheme, just like in Incredible Edible Todmorden. Contact Lucy for further details.
  3. Have a breadmaking day using ingredients form local sources. Learn about the health, environmental and economic benefits of baking your own.
  4. Arrange for an energy consultant to advise us on the possibilities for renewable energy sources in and around Wells.
  5. Have a stall at Summer Fairs in the area to promote awareness of the issues around climate change and peak oil and the possibilities for local solutions.
  6. Campaign to improve public transport links.
  7. Start a car club in Wells.

Do let us know your ideas and how you can help.

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