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Wassail

Sorry  today’s event is unfortunately cancelled due to persistent rain.  You are all invited to the wassail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm — 4pm. January is wassailing time.  This is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orchards to celebrate the harvest from the previous year, chase away evil spirits and so ensure a good crop in the coming season.  Please bring noise maki...

Fintry Film Launch: A Scottish Village Benefits from Wind Energy

...ng the money to the benefit of the entire community. Fintry Development Trust manage the income stream from the turbine and has provided free insulation to more than half of the households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make Fintry a sustainable, zero waste and zero carbon community. Wind of Change follows the Fintry community as it carries out a number of these projects such as ins...

Castle’ Credit Union

...ew full-time member of staff.  So why not enquire about saving with them today, making sure you get a competitive rate of interest and your money helps people in the area who are on low incomes? The co-operative can help members who save a little regularly with to get a very low-cost loan for the essentials in life, for example a reconditioned fridge, or a ‘starter pack’ when they take on their own tenancy for the first time, or spr...

A short plea from the Energyshare voting event in London

...A short plea by video from volunteer and turbine project stalwart Chas Booth on why you should vote for the Porty & Leith Community Wind Energy Project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zGKjgL6fjI Chas was speaking from the Energyshare final voting event in London today. Thanks for representing, Chas! You can vote for us (before 5PM) at www.energyshare.com/voting...

Does organic food cost me more?

...drainage after heavy rain (which reduces the likelihood of floods). Destruction of wildlife and its habitats Intensive farming requires the use of large areas of land for a single type of crop, the removal of field boundaries (hedges, trees, walls) and the use of a wide range of pesticides, fungicides and so on. These practices increase efficiency in the farming system, enabling larger quantities of cheaper food to be produced,...

Grow your own vegetables course

...start?  Join Damhead Nursery where vegetable expert Jim Williams from the National Vegetable Society will be introducing you to the delights of growing your own food, how to establish a kitchen garden and pick up simple tips to get you started, whether you have a large overgrown plot, small patch or a window box.  He will cover topics such as seed sowing, getting the best out of your greenhouse, pests/weed control, composting, cr...

Back our Energyshare bid to boost community power

...Hazel Terry http://archiwebstation.blogspot.com/2011/03/power-flower-by-nl-architects.html would br great if you got it but also if you managed to up the bar in the design used. Best wishes tom Hi Hazel, What aspects of project design did you have in mind? Happy to take suggestions - we are still at an early stage. Kind regards, Tom Black...

Meals on Reels: a celluloid celebration of Scottish food and drink

...films and extracts from the collection of Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland. It’s a nostalgic look at food and drink products showcasing bygone products, methods of production and advertising before, during and after WW2.  Divided into a ‘menu’ of footage, it features everything from Arbroath Smokies, Dundee Peh and Black Pudding to Dunlop Cheese, Lofty Peak cake and, of course, whisky. Catherine Brown, Scotl...

Vacancy for Project Administrator at PEDAL

...te 16th August 2010 Conditions The post is for 25 hours a week, is paid at National Minimum Wage and will last for 6 months. Additional Support The successful applicant will be given additional training relevant to the post and in-work support from dedicated Access to Work Coordinators Please contact your Job Centre Plus Advisor to discuss whether you are eligible for this vacancy Please download the job description: Project Admin...

Community Assets

...ce space, selling locally-produced food, or selling electricity to the National Grid. This money could then be reinvested in other local projects. Enable us to improve the local area, for example the appearance of key local buildings or areas of land, and maintain it better; Have a renewed sense of pride in being part of a community that owns its own assets. In 2008 we began developing plans for a multi-purpose community facilit...