In Praise of Plastic at Christmas?

Every month we are fortunate to have a space in the ‘View From Lyme Regis’ newspaper.  In December, Jo wrote…

IN PRAISE OF PLASTIC?

Can you imagine a Christmas without plastic?

So many Christmas presents contain plastic in some form or another it is hard to imagine a festive season without it!

How would we even begin survive at Christmas without sellotape, bubble wrap, crinkly, sparkly paper, with the pleasure from actually hearing it crackle? Can you imagine Christmas without that brightly coloured mixing bowl and spatula for those family pudding moments, the turkey baster with its irresistible balloon at the top?  That is before we have even considered the plastic that surrounds our Christmas lights, invaluable toys boxes, squeaky dog toys.  Christmas without a  toothbrush? Agh, perish the thought! Actually you can get wooden ones, but I haven’t seen them in Lyme yet…The hoover, the computer, ipad and the irresistible phone, the list goes on forever.

How lucky we are! In fact we have never had it so easy in many ways.  To share our luck and be aware of our gratitude, we invite you to help the town stay green and clean this Christmas by picking up ANY morsel of plastic from the beach to save it from being eaten by fish and other animals who think it is their food.

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Turn Lyme Green Newsletter – October 2015

Turn Lyme Green Newsletter

Everything you want to know about owning an Electric Car

Tuesday 13th – 7.15 for prompt 7.30 start – Royal Lion, Blue Room
All you want to know about owning an Electric Car!

Have you thought about owning an electric car? Are you worried you wouldn’t reach a re-charging point in time? SIMON WEST will be leading the evening talking about the current players in the marketplace, who are the main car makers, and some thoughts on the future. Simon speaks from personal experience as an owner of a Nissan Leaf, and he will tell us why he and Tracy think buying their car has been one of the best decisions they have ever made.

The Royal Lion Hotel has kindly offered to let us use their upstairs Blue Room for the evening. So why not get a drink at the bar and then follow the signs, making your way on the ground floor, back past the hotel reception, to the corridor which will take you to a spiral staircase up to the meeting room. Please do NOT go through the restaurant on the first floor.

FUTURE MEETINGS

for your diary
November 10th Demystifying Light Bulbs David Tomkinson
December no meeting

WORKING TO ACHIEVE A LITTER FREE DORSET – NOVEMBER CONFERENCE

Would anyone like to attend this conference coming up on Monday 23 November? It is organised by the Dorset Coast Forum and will take place in Dorchester between 1.30 and 5pm.
Location: Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, DT1 1RR Dorchester. If you would like to go, please contact Polly for more information: enquiries@turnlymegreen.co.uk or ring 01297 446066.

The invitation says:
Dorset is a beautiful county that we are all proud to live and work in. Communities, businesses, media and councils are all currently working separately to try and reduce littering across Dorset but imagine what we could achieve if we all worked together. At this workshop we hope to have everyone in one room to start a more collaborative way of working on this issue. There will be inspiring talks and workshop sessions to shape this new and exciting Litter Free Dorset initiative. The aim of Litter Free Dorset is not to duplicate, replace or reduce action already being carried out by councils, businesses, community groups, charities or other organisations but to act as an umbrella to achieve more working together. This event is organised by Dorset Coast Forum in partnership with Litter Free Coast and Sea, Dorset Waste Partnership and Members of Dorset CPRE Stop the Drop Group.

KNIT FOR THE PLANET

Local initiative and event on Saturday 20th February 2016
Tracey has written about a new initiative starting right here in Lyme Regis to draw attention to the need for renewable and sustainable energy. So watch this space and put Saturday 20 February in your diaries. A fact and fun-filled day for all. There is more information on the web site – www.knitfortheplanet.com. Tracey writes…

Knit for the Planet is a concept event aiming to raise awareness of the need for renewable, sustainable, clean energy. It was founded by Turn Lyme Green members Tracey and Simon West of Magic Oxygen Publishing based here in Lyme. They have just extended an invitation for anyone to attend their inaugural Knit for the Planet event on Saturday 20th February 2016, which will take place in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

From midday, knitters and crocheters from miles around will meet by the beach huts on the Cart Road to make 12 inch / 30 cm yellow squares. The organisers hope to lay out an impressively long line of blankets near the beach huts, whereupon the yellow squares will be joined together to form letters and then words. These words will be laid on top of the bed of blankets and will spell out several important messages about clean energy!

Tracey explained, “We are optimistic that it will be a sight to behold and believe it will create a perfectly peaceful opportunity to show the media the strength of worldwide support for renewable, sustainable energy.”

At 3pm, Woodmead Halls on Hill Road, Lyme Regis will open its doors to the public. Sustainable living author, Elizabeth J Walker (The Resilience Handbook) and a select handful of local green companies and organisations, will be on hand to offer advice about how people can live more sustainably.

At 7pm, Knit for the Planet founder Tracey West will chair a Q&A panel comprising various clean, green energy experts who will explain the facts about these new technologies and dispel the myths that surround them. She also hopes to be able to include a short address from an eminent science writer, broadcaster and independent climate scientist.

The talk will conclude at 8pm, at which point organic, Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and there will be an opportunity for further discussions with the panellists and stall holders.

There will be no charge to attend the eco-event, however the organisers will be grateful to receive donations for the refreshments. Finally, any blankets that have been donated, along with any funds raised from this event, will be split evenly and presented to representatives from the West Dorset Women’s Refuge and the men’s refuge in Poole and passed onto parents and children escaping domestic violence.

If you have any questions about the event, the blankets or the small yellow squares that are required in abundance, please check the FAQs page on Knit For The Planet, or click here to drop the guys a line.

COMMUNITIES LIVING SUSTAINABLY

October newsletter
Follow this link to read this interesting newsletter of activities in Dorset

DORSET AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY

October Survey
Dorset ANOB has launched an online survey targeted at Dorset residents and business owners. They want to gather views on how they can “spread economic benefit to local communities, businesses and residents alike, helping to improve the local landscape and environment at the same time. By helping with their research, you are in with a chance to win a £50 Mark Hix restaurant voucher. Here is the link to the survey

SUPPER AND CONVERSATION at TRILL FARM

Two evenings are planned in this series at Trill Farm around the subject of food. For more information, visit the Trill Farm web site.

October 16th

Mysteries of Mushrooms
An evening exploring all things fungi – an introduction to how the Chinese view mushrooms and in particular the Ling Zhi, and how they are used medicinally in traditional Chinese and western medicine.

November 27th

Good Farming and Good Cooking
Colin Tudge argues that the solutions to the world’s food problems is already in our grasp – but we can’t leave our affairs to the powers-that-be. We need to take matters into our own hands. Most of what are told about the world’s food crisis is untrue – in fact the solutions imposed from on high are often the main cause of our problems.

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Turn Lyme Green Newsletter – September 2015

Turn Lyme Green Newsletter

SEPTEMBER MEETING

Recycling with Otter Rotters
Mark Howarth organised  a very successful and interesting meeting earlier this month with Mandy Jennings of Otter Rotters in Ottery St Mary.  We were again grateful to the Royal Lion for hosting us.  Here is his report:

“A good attendance for our talk on how we could create a locally managed community enterprise where all residents of Lyme could take their green waste and have it processed in to good quality compost. The benefits of localised processing seemed to be boundless for the residents and the environment and any money made could be either reinvested in to better facilities or used as a cash cow for other environmentally friendly projects in and around our community.  Or so we thought! Mandy very kindly explained the many pitfalls she had experienced, most of which had been experienced recently. My initial thoughts were that smaller operations were incurring the extortionate fees that the big private operators incur mainly to keep the smaller operators from encroaching on what seems like a very lucrative industry.

To create our community enterprise we would firstly need to liaise with West Dorset council to see what costs would need to be met as start-up costs and ongoing costs. The costs met by Otter Rotters make a project like this unviable unless it is undertaken on a number of small (less than 60 tonnes) private processing sites around the area. I feel we should investigate the underlying costs and run a viability study prior to looking at the smaller processing proposal.

As with all these discussions it never ceases to amaze me how members of Turn Lyme Green can look at problem solving to offer alternatives with the same outcome. One was to discuss green waste with the Allotment association about siting a green waste disposal facility in or around the allotments. The power of a strong community!
In summary we will put this project on hold until we have the necessary information from the council and allotment association. I would like to thank Mandy Jennings for her insight and all those who attended for your support and feedback”.

OCTOBER MEETING

Tuesday 13th  –  7.15 for prompt 7.30 start –  Royal Lion (to be confirmed)
All you want to know about owning an Electric Car!

Have you thought about owning an electric car?  Are you worried you wouldn’t reach a re-charging point in time?  SIMON WEST will be leading the evening describing his love of his Nissan Leaf and why he and Tracy think it’s one of the best decisions they have ever made.

FUTURE MEETINGS

For your diary
November 10th           Demystifying Light Bulbs           David Tomkinson
December                     no meeting

BIG IDEAS CHALLENGE

Competition for 7-24 years old
Turn Lyme Green supporters might like to pass this information on to encourage groups of young people to take part.
CLS in Dorset has just launched a competition to find youth-led projects (7-24yrs old) in Dorset that can encourage adults towards environmentally-friendly behaviour. Think recycling clothes, transport, energy use, food habits.  Launching in September 2015 and running until March 2016, the Big Ideas Challenge asks teams of Dorset young people (aged 7 – 24) to come up with a plan to help reduce carbon emissions in their communities.

What’s involved?
Plan a project that will make your community more environmentally friendly. You can chose to work on clothes, energy, water, waste, food, or travel and we will support you with excellent resources. Up to £250 will be awarded to selected groups to develop their ideas into reality, and support is available as well!

Register your interest by 30th September 2015 to Emily@da21.org.uk
Visit CLS Dorset Big Ideas  for more information.

COMMUNITIES LIVING SUSTAINABLY

September newsletter
Follow this link to read this interesting newsletter of activities in Dorset

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Community Orchard

content coming soon….

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Plastic Bag Animation Film

To see our award-winning animation film, shown at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, click here.

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Transition Tales

From Puddles To Nets (Transition Tales day 8) 5th April 2010
Sally & I left Lyme Regis late morning after hearing a few more tales of Turn Lyme Green – how they won Pride of Place, their community orchards scheme,
www.transitionnetwork.org/…/puddles-nets-transition-tales-day-8-5th-april-2010
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Garden Share Lyme Regis

30 people attended the launch of Garden Share Lyme Regis at the Marine Theatre on 16 March 2010, and our first match of grower to garden owner was made.

See the Lyme Regis News story here.

Download our leaflet to learn how the scheme works – pdf

To join the Garden Share scheme, either as a garden owner or gardener, please complete the questionnaire and return it to Tony Bartlett at ‘Eco-logical-You’, the shop opposite the Co-op in Broad Street, Lyme Regis.

Owner’s questionnaire – pdf.

Gardener’s Questionnaire – pdf.

A list will be compiled and displayed in the shop in Broad Street from which you can ring anyone may be  a good match.  Please call Tony Bartlett on 01297 443319 if you have any questions or email  lymegardenshare@googlemail.com. The list will also be available via email or on the web site.

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Recycling News.

We are continuing to support efforts on recycling in Lyme, including the possibility of compressing the styrofoam used mostly by fishmongers and takeaways – an idea initiated by Simon the Fishmonger. We are researching the statutory household recycling facilities of other local authorities with a view to renewing pressure on our district authority.

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Other campaigns

We are encouraging people to sign up to the 10:10 campaign which encourages individual as well as institutional efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010 (www.1010uk.org ).  There is a info-packed entertaining e-message every two weeks from Franny Armstrong – the director of ‘Age of Stupid’ and founder of 10.10 – which you can receive by signing up on the web site.

Also 38 degrees (www.38degrees.org.uk) has some worthy campaigns.

350.org

To join in with the international Climate Change campaign to reduce carbon emissions to 350 parts per million (www.350.org) the beach saw a group of supporters face the wind and rain on 24th October 2009 to take 350 footsteps in the sand and sing a song of harmony.

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Food Production & Local Farmer’s Market

We have continued to work on local food and food production. We screened Rebecca Hosking’s film ‘A Farm for the Future’ (Sept 09), followed by a discussion about permaculture and how to farm in a post-oil economy led by local permaculture teacher Aranya. Most of the apple trees we planted in Anning road thankfully survived the initial vandalism, and we are now planting another six trees on Magna Housing land.

Local Farmers’ Market

After lengthy discussion and research to find a suitable site for a farmers’ market, we are pleased that a trial market will be starting at The Town Mill Courtyard in May .  Let’s all support this event.

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Continuing Bag Campaign

We began the winter 2009 programme of activities by joining in the first International Plastic Bag Free day (12th September 2009) and raised a few pounds selling our cloth bags. We had massive support again from most independent traders, and the Co-op.

Tesco has said it would do much to support our efforts at becoming plastic carrier bag free but we haven’t seen evidence of that yet, despite senior level commitments.

You can now buy Turn Lyme Green bags at the new Eco-store in Broad Street, which will be setting up a community notice-board.

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TLG in the news!

Turn Lyme Green success (from This Is Dorset)
Turn Lyme Green (TLG) successfully launched its Gardenshare scheme last week and made its first match between Nicca Kathrens and Terry Tompkins.
www.thisisdorset.net/news/6022605.print/

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Free seeds!

Get gardening with the BBC’s helpful web site DIGIN. What’s more, they’ll send you free seeds for 5 different vegetables plus helpful films clips on how to grow them. Great for children!

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Low carbon initiative links

www.1010uk.org
10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010. Everyone can sign up – individuals and organisations.
www.350.org
On 24 October, Lyme Regis joined people at over 5200 events in 181 countries for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history . Pressure is being kept up over the Climate Change summit in Cophenhagen
www.38degrees.org.uk

National Food waste reduction campaign – which operates in Dorset, and has collaborated with Turn Lyme Green.

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/dorset

Land Share scheme – a website established by River Cottage to help find land where you can grow your own, or offer land in exchange for produce

http://www.rivercottage.net/landshare/

Community composting http://www.communitycompost.org

This Land is Ours – www.tlio.org.uk TLIO campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them.

We welcome any more information you might have about other initiatives. Please send us the links in the box below. Thank you!

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Minutes of previous meetings

9th March 2010 at the Royal Lion – click HERE for minutes.

12th January 2010 – click HERE for minutes.

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Garden Share Launch

Garden share scheme – Launch

Tuesday 16 March – 7.30pm – Marine Theatre – Lyme Regis

All are welcome to attend the launch which will feature videos and more information about garden share.

Look out for more information on the web site next week.

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Newsletter Winter 2009/10

Turn Lyme Green Winter Newsletter  2009/10

As world leaders and campaigners met in Copenhagen recently to discuss official commitments to climate change, a small group of Turn Lyme Green activists met in the Royal Lion on Broad Street.  We know who makes more noise, but wonder if we can’t be the ones to make things happen?!

We are nevertheless delighted that ‘Welcome to Lyme Regis’ – our award winning animation made by Biggerhouse productions with St Michael’s Primary School – was screened at the ‘Development and Climate days Film Festival’ in Copenhagen. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI1IokqmDi0

Together we can make a difference.

Transition Lyme Regis has merged with Turn Lyme Green to form one group. It makes sense to pool resources and energy! For more information about Transition Towns, see www.transitiontowns.org. We are collaborating with half a dozen Transition initiatives in Dorset to get a fundraiser who could help us all, based in Dorset Agenda 21 offices (www.dorsetagenda21.org.uk ).

Gardenshare scheme to be launched in the spring

Garden share scheme – Launch – Tuesday 16 March – 7.30pm – Marine Theatre – Lyme Regis

All are welcome to attend the launch which will feature videos and more information about garden share.

Look out for more information on the web site next week.

Joining in with global campaigns

We began the winter programme of activities by joining in the first International Plastic Bag Free day (September 12th) and raised a few pounds selling our cloth bags. We had massive support again from most independent traders, and the Co-op. Tesco has said it would do much to support our efforts at becoming plastic carrier bag free but we haven’t seen evidence of that yet, despite senior level commitments.  You can now buy Turn Lyme Green bags at the new Eco-store in Broad Street, which will be setting up a community notice-board.

To join in with the international Climate Change campaign to reduce carbon emissions to 350 parts per million (www.350.org) the beach saw a group of supporters face the wind and rain on 24th October, to take 350 footsteps in the sand and sing a song of harmony.

We are encouraging people to sign up to the 10:10 campaign which encourages individual as well as institutional efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010 (www.1010uk.org ), and also 38 degrees (www.38degrees.org.uk)

Producing our own food

We have continued to work on local food and food production. We screened Rebecca Hosking’s film A Farm for the Future, followed by a discussion about permaculture and how to farm in a post-oil economy, led by local permaculture teacher Aranya. Most of the apple trees we planted in Anning road thankfully survived the initial vandalism, and we are now planting another six trees on Magna Housing land. We are still pursuing sites for a farmers’ market, and we are in discussion with a likely venue – watch this space!

Other activities

We are continuing to support efforts on recycling in Lyme, including the possibility of compressing the styrofoam used mostly by fishmongers – and takeaways – an idea initiated by Simon the fishmonger. We are researching the statutory household recycling facilities of other local authorities with a view to renewing pressure on our district authority.

We are arranging to show the film, Age of Stupid (www.ageofstupid.net ).

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National Plastic Bag Free Day

Saturday September 12th is National Plastic Bag Free Day. Turn Lyme Green will be encouraging people to take their own bag out shopping and will be selling TLG cotton bags.

There will be a screening of Rebecca Hoskings’s BBC film, ‘A Far for the Future’ at 7:30pm in the Maconic Hall, Broad Street. Entrance is Free and a discussion will follow.

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TLG News Winter 2008/09

LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday 29th November at the Baptist Church Halls, at the top of Broad Street.
For POSTERS click HERE and HERE. lfhwasteTurn Lyme Green has teamed up with Dorset County Council to bring you a Love Food Hate Waste event. It will be held at the Baptist Church Halls at the top of Broad Street. There will be stalls, a cafe and cookery events, demonstrations by local chefs and lots of great ideas to encourage you to look at food shopping and cooking in a different way.  So you CAN shop locally, save money, reduce waste, and feed yourself and your family with healthy nutritional food. Have a look at the ideas on their website by clicking HERE.

  • WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
    1
    .
    The COOK-BOOK – Makeover your Leftovers.
    We need your recipes and ideas for our local food scrapbook. What do you do in your family to stretch the budget, to cut down on food waste? Everyone has a top tip – tell us yours! We would particularly like some illustrations for the SCRAPBOOK, so you could make your recipe and take a photo or BETTER STILL, draw a picture!
    Print out a form HERE.
    2. The SEED EXCHANGE – A VITAL part of growing and using local food is the seeds you start it all off with. We have a Seed Exchange stall at the event, where you can bring packets of seeds for any vegetables you grow well, and an idea of how you do that, and swap notes and seeds with other local gardeners. Type your ideas into the box below, OR POST to (Ecodeveloper Ltd) No 35, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis.

Everyone is at it! These are crucial, local issues, and we are in good company. Tavistock is urging the community to spend their money in local shops, and have worked out just what that means to people and businesses locally – see what they are up to HERESidmouth are taking up the case with a food fair on Thursday evening this week, showcasing some of the wonderful food you can buy from local producers. For more details click HERE, and to visit the Vision for Sidmouth site, click HERE.

  • 11/11/08 ‘Recycle Now’ have some useful information in their web site – see HERE – and if you’re wondering what the producers of all this packaging, namely the supermarkets, are doing to help, see HERE. There is, however, growing concers that, as the bottom has dropped out of the recycled materials market, councils are finding it increasingly hard to store what they collect and have asked the government if they can use MOD land. As we have only six and a half years before all our landfill sites are full, we must all check the good we buy are packaging free.
  • 04/11/08 We are proud to announce that the ‘Welcome to Lyme Regis’ animation film made by the children of St Michaels, with help from Biggerhouse Productions, is to be shown in a film festival. Following that, it will tour the country at various events with other films and music. See HERE for more details. It was a highly competitive selection process – so VERY well done to you all!
  • Some good news from Friends of the Earth:
    Together we’ve done it!
    A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us on our Big Ask campaign. Together we have finally got a strong Climate Change Law.
    Parliament voted on 28 October for the world-beating legislation after a 3 and a half year campaign by Friends of the Earth. The first of its kind in the world, the Law is a huge step in the fight against climate change.
    The Law commits the Government to 80 per cent cuts in the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, including emissions from aviation and shipping, and with annual targets along the way to keep us on track.
    This really is an astonishing achievement. And you helped make this happen – thank you!
    www.foe.co.uk
  • For further information and updates about the Tesco campaign, please click HERE.
  • Please read the information on Transition Towns and let us know what you think. Click on the Have Your Say button and let us have your response.
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The Vision Group for Sidmouth

Are you interested in where your food comes from?

Support Your LOCAL FOOD!

– Local food producers – Mary BAGWELL of Sidmouth Trawlers

+ Catherine BROOMFIELD of Blacklake Farm

+ Ruth HANCOCK of Fresh & Green Veg Box

will be talking about local food issues at All Saints’ Hall
7pm on Thurs 27th November – Taste some local produce – LIGHT SUPPER provided

PRIZE RAFFLE + STALLS + INFO

Vision Group for Sidmouth – see their site HERE.

Food Action Group

Besides local producers speaking and us having the chance to discuss local food issues, there’s going to be quite a considerable offering of food stalls from local producers and retailers, including Four Elms, Otterton Mill, Basterfield & Son of the-apiary.co.uk, preserve-makers Cold Harbour Farm, Fresh&Green Veg Box and several others.
The prizes on offer for the raffle are also quite something. Local businesses have been very generous, including Trump’s, the Dairy Shop, Ganesha’s, Barazza’s, Long’s the Butchers, the food-stall holders themselves and many more.
There will also be a few organisations represented, including Sidmouth Help Link, the Gardening Club and Fairtrade Devon.
And during the break, a light supper of homemade soup and bread from local ingredients will be served.
So, it should be a full and interesting evening. Hope to see you there!
To get there: All Saints’ Hall is on All Saints’ Road (opposite the Post Office) and behind the church. Bus stop is opposite; plenty of carparking; space for bikes.

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