Transition Initiative Newcastle

April 5, 2010

April 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — newcastletransition @ 6:53 pm

1 Transition Jesmond,
Informal meeting in a pub.
Thursday 8th April 2010 at 7.30 pm.
At The Brandling Pub. A chance to meet each other,
have a drink and make one or two decisions about
getting a Transition Jesmond Group going.

2 Can I have an Eco-Friendly Home and Community ?
Come to the Conference in Newcastle. FREE BOOKING NOW.

Wednesday 23 June
9.30– to 4.00pm
Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle NE1 2NP

Workshops and discussion on developing
Green Homes, Minds and Communities.

A conference supported by
Cooperatives UK.
The Permaculture Association.
The British Beekeepers Association.

Places are FREE and will be allocated on a first come served basis.
Tickets will be limited to two per booking. Full details and booking information available at:
http://www.permacultureorg.uk/coop2010 Contact us to book a place
Email: office@permaculture.org.uk Tel: 0113 230 7461

3 YOUR CHANCE TO OWN YOUR OWN SMALL HOLDING / LEARN ABOUT FARMING WITH THE BBC.

Are you sick of the rat race? Wish your life was more “Good Life” than “This Life”?

Is a day on the allotment your idea of heaven? Think you can run your own business?

BBC is looking for ten couples (married couples / siblings / friends etc.) to take part in a new series which will really put your aptitude for farming to the test. Over six weeks you’ll learn how to run and manage your own farm; from animal husbandry and harvesting, to coping with the unpredictable British weather.

The series will culminate in the winning pair getting the opportunity to live and work on their own small farm.

Whatever your background or relationship; friends / married / siblings, as long as you both share that yearning for a life on the farm we want to hear from you.

To apply, please email your name to farm@splashmediatv.co.uk and an application form will be emailed to you.

Successful candidates may spend up to six weeks away from home in summer 2010.

Fraser Mullen Researcher

Splash Media | 1 Bedford Avenue | London | WC1B 3AU T: 0207 255 5475 | F: 0207 255 5443

frasermullen@splashmediatv.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/live_and_work_on_farm.shtml

(TRANSITION NEWCASTLE SUPPORTS THE IDEA OF PEOPLE LEARNING ABOUT

SMALL HOLDINGS AND FARMING. WE ARE ALSO AWARE THAT TO BE ABLE TO

CARE FOR THE LAND AND ANIMALS EFFECTIVELY, PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED ONGOING LEARNING

AND SUPPORT. WE HOPE THAT THE BBC WILL HELP TO LINK PARTICIPANTS TO THE ONGOING SUPPORT NEEDED).

4 Dear Good Energy supporter

Fair deal for energy entrepreneurs: Please join our campaign

We’d like you to sign a petition and write to your MP about the unfair deal that early adopters of microgeneration are getting from the feed-in tariff. Here’s why:

Good Energy has a long history of campaigning to help grow renewable generation in the UK. We’re

really proud that one in every 25 of our customers generates their own renewable power and we’re committed to getting the best deal for them.

For several years we were part of the campaign to get a feed-in-tariff – or FiT- to reward renewable generators with a payment for their electricity. We pioneered our own, award-winning HomeGen scheme which pays generators 15p a unit for all the electricity they generate. And we were very pleased when the government recently announced the terms of its FiT scheme starting on April 1st 2010.

BUT – there is a major flaw in the scheme.

For the pioneers who installed their microgenerator before July 15th 2009 the government is offering much lower payments – just 9p a unit – than those available to new generators, who will get up to 41.3p a unit. We think this is wrong.

The UK microgeneration industry owes its existence to the early adopters who installed their own generation equipment because they wanted to make a difference to climate change. Many invested their life savings in such schemes because they believed it was the right thing to do – and they deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their entrepreneurial attitude, not penalised. We believe that green energy entrepreneurs should not be worse off under the new scheme.

So we’re campaigning for a change in the legislation to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.

We’re delighted that the Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has endorsed our campaign and tabled an Early Day Motion on this issue. As he says, “If the government is serious about wanting people to develop small scale renewable energy projects then they will have to treat everyone fairly instead of punishing those who demonstrate initiative and commitment.”

You can support the campaign in the following ways:

Sign a petition Please sign the petition about this on the Number 10 website – http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Microgenerators/
* Write to your MP If you are an existing generator who will be affected by this, please write to your MP telling him about your concerns and asking him to sign the Early Day Motion. We’ve drafted a letter you can use, which you can download from our website. To find out who your MP is, please visit http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/. Cross Party support is important, so please write to your MP whatever his political party.
*
If we work together, we can make a difference and help our energy entrepreneurs get the fair deal they deserve for helping set the UK on the right path to reducing its carbon emissions.

Yours sincerely The Good Energy Team

http://www.goodenergy.co.uk

5 Any Transition Towners in Outer West Newcastle.
This couple are wanting to meet up with other people,
including allotmenteers who want to be sociable and share tips / ideas
about growing veg and fruit. They live in Newburn.

Tony and Sheila Jobling on 0191 267 9078 (evenings only) or via
tony.jobling@talktalk.net.
make contact directly if you want to.

6 PEAK OIL; Making the connection. The link below gives some interesting reading about the issue of PEAK OIL.
http://transitionculture.org/2010/03/24/government-‘peak-oil-summit’-starts-the-process-of-government-acknowledging-peak-oil/

7 If you are organising a Transition (or related) event anywhere in Newcastle and want it
circulated on our contact list, please send it to the address above and try and give us a few weeks notice.
We send these communications between every 2 to 4 weeks depending on the
amount of material we receive. If we receive it in plenty of time we will try to get it circulated.
Apologies for any not sent where the timescales are too short.

Thanks

Steve Emsley for TIN.

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