Welcome

There is a lot planned this year, with HEAT’s Home Energy Events, Hungerford Repair Cafés, and Environmental talks as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival. See what’s going on and when below…

What’s On May – September 2022 

  • Sunday Monthly Markets   5 June, 10 July 10am Croft Field  

A showcase for local foods, producers and artisan crafts. Find us on the HEAT stand. 

  • Repair Café   10am – 12:30pm, Sat 21 May, Croft Hall  

Don’t throw it away or buy new until you’ve seen if it can be repaired by the repair café’s volunteers. Cake and refreshments. Donations welcome. 

Do bring along your items to the next café – including any garden tools that need sharpening or bikes in need of repair.  

  • Home Energy Events: Three public information evenings at The Hungerford Hub (in the library) leading up to the main event in September. 

 1. Home Insulation Weds 25 May 7pm  

Information on options for lofts, flat roofs, cavity and solid walls  

PLUS ways to Draught-proof our homes to stop cold winter air getting in. 

2. Home Heating Controls  Weds 9 June 7pm 

How to control which rooms we heat when PLUS the Benefits of Smart Meters and why we should all have one 

 3. Solar Electric Panels   Weds 23 June  7pm  

Why now is a good time to install them on your home PLUS, If you already have them, how you can make them even more effective in reducing your energy costs and your carbon emissions. 

  • Eco Conference  10am – 4pm, Sat 18 June, St Lawrence’s Church  

A free event about how to reduce your carbon footprint, including electric cars and how to heat your home without it costing the earth. 

Register with Admin@StLawrencesHungerford.org.uk 

There will be several local owners of EVs on hand (with their cars) ready to chat about their experience of owning and driving an EV.Also there will also be a Home Energy session, which will be an introduction for the main event to be held in September.  

  • HEAT events at Hungerford Summer Festival  
    (see hungerfordsummerfestival.co.uk) 

Sun 3 July  Hungerford Hub 7:30pm 

Standing Up for Nature: How we can all make a difference. 

Talk and Q &A by local nature writer Nicola Chester 

Tues 5 July Croft Hall 7:30pm 

Climate Change: Lost Cause or Window of Opportunity? 

Dr Mike Morecroft, Natural England’s Principal Specialist on Climate Change 

Thurs 7 July Hungerford Hub 7:30pm 

The Positive Impacts of Local Food   
Rachel Hammond. Edge Landscaping 

Saturday 9 July Community Cook-In, 3.30/5.30pm Croft Field 

  • Repair Café   10am – 12:30pm, Sat 21 May, Croft Hall  

  • Home Energy Event   Saturday 24 September, Hungerford Town Hall  

This year’s big HEAT initiative offers plenty of information on how to reduce the energy consumed by your home.  As fuel prices are set to rise dramatically, this has to be of interest for everyone. 

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Despite lockdown measures and the reduction in human activity which ensued, the past years have still been some of our planet’s hottest years on record. The startling reality is that the potential consequences of climate change are far worse than those of the Coronavirus, and yet it is possible that this pandemic has shown us a way to mitigate environmental disaster in the future.

Before the pandemic unfolded, we would have thought it impossible for UK road traffic to reduce by 70% and air traffic by 90% compared to one year before, and for this to happen almost overnight, but that is exactly what we experienced during lockdowns.

On account of our restricted behaviour, we very quickly noticed the air getting fresher, birds singing, and the re-emergence of wildlife all around us. Scientists told us that nitrous oxide emissions had significantly reduced in many areas, and that if continued this would save thousands of people each year from an early death. This evidence highlights not only how quickly we can make positive changes, but also what longer-term measures taken today could do to combat environmental disaster in years to come.

Following the lifting of government restrictions, we will not continue to hold off climate change with lockdown measures, but how can we learn from what we experienced, and what can we do to continue to be a positive influence on our environment? Here are some ideas…

1. Be travel conscious – Before jumping in the car on a plane, think about other options you could take. Regularly swapping the car for a walk or cycle is beneficial both for your health and of those around you, and using public transport or car sharing can be more sociable and better for the community.

2. Use your purchasing power – Be more demanding as a consumer where possible. Doing this can help bring about positive change from manufacturers and legislators alike. Try shopping for food without packaging, find out where products come from, and check that fair, ethical, and sustainable methods have been followed.

3. Do more with less – In the past, sewing, mending, and not wasting were all a part of everyday life, but these skills and similar ones have seen a decline over the past few decades, meaning that we rely more heavily on buying new things where it is not necessary. This trend only enlarges our carbon footprint. Keep an eye out for repair cafes and opportunities to care for household items which need fixing, instead of replacing them. This not only reduces waste, but also means these skills can be shared and passed on to others.

4. Grow your own – Growing your own vegetables can keep you fit and healthy, and give you a greater appreciation for the food we eat. It is also a great way for children to have a better understanding of where the food they eat comes from. Food grown in your garden or allotment will not come wrapped in plastic, nor with any air miles. Eating seasonally is more sustainable, more nutritious (food contains more antioxidants when grown in accordance with natural cycles), and growing your own helps you save money too.

5. Make things last – We don’t have to get a new phone just because our network provider tells us we can, the most environmentally friendly option is to make things last as long as possible. In a world of finite resources with a growing population, making things last is becoming increasingly important. Check out a Hungerford Repair Café!

6. Plant a Tree – Planting a tree from seed or sapling is not only a very rewarding experience which brings us closer to nature, but it will also help keep our environment habitable for years to come. If you don’t have a place to plant a tree, why not donate it to the local Lockdown Woods project?

7. Sign petitions, write letters, peacefully protest – If you have an opinion on how something should be done better, done more sustainably, or maybe with the community more at heart, make your opinion count. You could join a protest for your cause, or write a letter to our local MP, sign a petition (or even start your own).

8. Shop locally – There are shops in and around Hungerford promoting environmentally-friendly business practices. Whether not using packaging, or selling local produce, it’s important for us to support these businesses to encourage similar behaviour from other vendors. Some can be found in our Local Directory.

9. Be tech savvy – Some technologies, available today, will play a large part in reducing our carbon emissions in the years to come. These technologies will need to be embraced by us so that they become the new normal. Solar panels and electric vehicles will mean that energy can come with less cost to the earth. Look out for the HEAT Home Energy Events throughout 2022.

10. Join HEAT – Share your ideas and thoughts with us at the monthly meeting and collectively we can lower Hungerford’s carbon footprint through community-lead action. Monthly meetings are currently being held via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of every month – please visit the Monthly Meeting Page for details of how to join.

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