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2017 AGM and acclaimed Film “Tomorrow”

We are delighted to say that our 2017 AGM is to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 5th July in the George IV pub at 34 Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LU.

The formalities are planned to be brief, and will be followed at 7.30pm by a screening of the film entitled “Tomorrow”. This is a full-length film and is expected to finish at 9.30, with a discussion afterwards. Everyone welcome, you don’t have to be a member. There may be a nominal charge at the door.

This is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects. It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects. It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. It also has a great soundtrack!

 

 

 

 

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AGM 2016

We are delighted to say that the AGM and associated activities held yesterday evening, 9 June, were well-attended and went very well.

In her report to the meeting, the Chair presented a motivating overview of LoCaL’s activities, and reminded us of how much we have done during the year, even if it sometimes feels to us like wading through treacle. She also presented our plans for moving forward, including the proposed pop-up shop. A bigger committee was elected and we hope with more people we shall be able to do more.

DSC00858The business of the meeting was followed by a talk by Peter Freeman, a park ranger at Lichfield District Council, about Christian Fields Nature Reserve in north Lichfield. During a short break in the programme, those who wanted to tasted and scored strawberries bought from six different places so we could find out which one was the favourite (and which the worst!). We will let you know the results when they have been collated. And those who wanted to drink their strawberries as a smoothie headed out to the courtyard and the pedal-powered smoothie-maker brought along by the wonderful Lichfield Re-Cycle people. You can see it in action on our Facebook page.

The film shown after the break was entitled “Singapore – Biophilic City”. The lasting impression I was left with from this was of the amazing green walls on some of the buildings there – so tall, lush and beautiful. If you missed it, you can catch it here:

We hope to see everyone – the new faces and familiar ones – again soon!

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The almshouses – update

panels on almshouses

So the solar panels were actually installed on the roof of the almshouses in December 2015. Look pretty nifty, eh? But even better, in the new year an additional piece of kit was fitted which enables the energy produced by the panels to be used by neighbours, when the primary user is not using it. Having now been in place for some months, the data shows that this innovative piece of technology is enabling around 40% of the electricity generated to be used by those neighbours – a significant amount. Since the energy generated by the panels is free of charge, that is 40% that would otherwise have been fed into the grid and not been used to save the residents paying around 14p per unit for electricity from their supplier. All very satisfactory, and we hope the residents can see the benefit in their bills and/or comfort of their homes.

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BGF2014043The Big Green Fair, Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 10th May 2014, 10am to 4pm

SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS

Springwatch, Solar and Poo

Lichfield’s annual celebration of all things green will open its doors at 10.00am on Saturday
the 10th of May in the Lichfield Guildhall on Bore Street.
Entrance is free with something for everyone: face painting and animal trails for the kids;
street entertainers and Morris Dancers for the kid in all of us; lots of stalls with a myriad of
things to see and buy from local environment groups, food producers and craftspeople.
Also worth coming for is a series of great guest speakers starting at 11am when Mike
Kinghan of Southern Staffordshire Community Energy will enlighten on the benefits of
community-owned energy. Caroline Allen of Earth Life Community will entertain the kids with a
range of fun filled activities adding life and colour to the world at 12pm, followed by Martin
Doyle of the Little House Company who will certainly not take the pee in demonstrating
the pong free merits of composting toilets at 1pm. Hot on the heels of appearances on
Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Gardener’s World, WildlifeKate will give an inspiring talk on
‘Creating Spring Watch in your Garden’ at 2pm, with local beekeeper Dave Murcott rounding
off the day at 3pm with insights into the art of nurturing this vital part of the food chain. Looking after our bees has never been more important with the UK honeybee colonies suffering one the worst declines in Europe in recent years.

The Green Cafe will re-energise with delicious drinks and treats.

Anthony Walters, Chair of co-organisers, Low Carbon Lichfield said “Lichfield has the worst carbon footprint of any city district in the West Midlands; and with the global impact of the human race on the climate, there has never been a better time to think about what we can
do for the environment. Why not come along and have a lot of fun doing your bit for the environment in Lichfield?”

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Low Carbon Lichfield Annual General Meeting 2014

 7.30pm, Thursday 13 March, The Lichfield Room, Wade Street Church, Lichfield, WS13 6HL

 

Members and non-members alike are all welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available.

There will be a presentation on the opportunities that present themselves for LoCaL’s attention in the coming year, plus following the formal business of the meeting, we are fortunate to have (at around 8pm) Chris Crean from Birmingham Friends of the Earth to speak to us about FoE’s view of the environmental priorities to be addressed in the area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Open Eco-homes Day

eco homes compressed

 

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Big Green Fair

Our Big Green Fair was held in the Guildhall, Lichfield on 4 May in conjunction with Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group. With a variety of stalls selling ethical and local goodies, energy-saving advice, and renewable microtechnology, as well as music and morris dancing, talks from Penney Poyser and Wildlife Kate, workshops, face-painting and much more, it attracted an estimated 2,500 people, helped by the kind weather on what turned out to be a sunny bank holiday weekend.

img004We felt it went really well and will be hoping to make it even bigger and better next year following our experience in bringing it from Whittington to the centre of Lichfield for the first time.

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