Volunteering Event at Abergavenny

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Jun 192018

Volunteers, Community Groups and Support Organisations are invited by MCC to a unique community event taking place on Thursday, 5 July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Abergavenny’s Market Hall. The event is built on asset based community development principles and focussed on individual volunteers and community groups in the north of the County.  This way of working is a key responsibility of MCC’s Community and Partnership Development team.  The purpose of the event is: –

  • To provide a local, genuine thank you from political leadership for the considerable volunteer-based activity in the area.
  • To present an opportunity for volunteers and community groups to engage with others, increase networks and for us to work together to strengthen local activity.
  • To raise awareness of the excellent support on offer to community groups including advice, guidance, funding and training opportunities.
  • To showcase the Market Hall as a community venue.

Local and national funders such as Rural Development Programme, Big Lottery People and Places, Abergavenny Rotary and Brecon Beacons National Park will be at the event, with young musicians performing to provide a little extra atmosphere. Volunteers and any community groups can book a free place at the event by following this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-community-networking-event-abergavenny-tickets-46928441231. If you have any questions contact Owen Wilce on 01633 644420.

Plastic Free Chepstow to be Launched

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Jun 052018

Today’s Western Mail marks World Environment Day with a feature about Plastic Free Chepstow, recognised as South Wales’ first plastic-free community.  The campaign, initiated by Transition Chepstow, aims to reduce the amount of single use plastic and to reduce litter, and to earn its accolade the town had to show that councils, community organisations and businesses are acting together.  Plastic Free Chepstow will be launched on June 10 at midday at the plastic-free street market.  Monmouth and Abergavenny are following Chepstow’s example and the County Council is aiming for Monmouthshire to be one of the first plastic-free counties.

Visit a Meadow

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Jun 012018

On Sunday, 10 June, Gwent Wildlife Trust are inviting the public to their Pentwyn Farm reserve as part of Open Farm Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.  They will be showing off their Hereford cattle, Hebridean and Hill Radnor sheep and lambs as well as their beautiful meadows (and if you haven’t see the meadows at Pentwyn in June you really should!).  More details on their web site.

SD and Children and Young People

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Jun 012018

As part of their contribution to the Monmouthshire Public Service Board the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is holding a workshop at Usk Fire Station on Wednesday, 6 June (9.30 – 11.30) on working with children and young people to increase their awareness, understanding and action for sustainable development. The aim is to explore the present position and determine measures to improve performance. Contact Jeff Scrivens SCRIVJ@southwales-fire.gov.uk if you would like to contribute.

CALM Targets AMs

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May 282018

Now that the inquiry into the £1.6 billion M4 Relief Road is over, CALM is continuing to seek more supporters and encouraging them to write to their AMs before the (new?) First Minister takes the final decision after considering the Inspector’s report.  https://savethelevels.org.uk/take-action/ has posters, a leaflet and a detailed briefing to help lobbying

NDF Consultation

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May 042018

A Welsh Government consultation in the process leading to a National Development Framework is open for consultation until 23 July. It can be found here: https://beta.gov.wales/national-development-framework-issues-options-and-preferred-option. The purpose of the NDF is to support the delivery of the Government’s Prosperity for All strategy by developing a clear long term spatial direction for Government policy, action and investment and for others who the Government work with. The NDF will achieve this by identifying key growth areas, the type and location of the infrastructure we need, by co-ordinating the delivery of housing, employment and connectivity infrastructure, and by directing key partners to help deliver the national spatial vision. Regional and local development plans will have to comply with the NDF.

This stage is about the main issues, options and preferred option, supported by environmental reports and assessment. A draft NDF will be consulted upon next year.

‘Down to the Sea’ by Canal

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Apr 292018

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority in partnership with Glandwr Cymru, has launched an exciting new series of short animated videos that reveal the historic story of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal that will encourage people to visit historic landmarks.

The “Down to the Sea” project was part funded by Welsh Government as part of Visit Wales’ ‘Year of the Sea’. The animations focus on four tram roads and artistically demonstrate the reasons why the canal was originally built and how visitors and locals alike can now visit attractions such as the lime kilns or Blaenavon ironworks.  The videos will be made available online along with a downloadable map for each route – www.breconbeacons.org/downtothesea

Volunteer Achievement Awards 2018

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Apr 292018

Nominations for the annual GAVO Volunteer Achievement Awards, which recognises the fantastic efforts of volunteers, have now opened, culminating in four celebratory evening events. The events will provide an opportunity to recognise local heroes who dedicate their time to helping others and highlight their impact on the community, and will be held throughout September.

Nominations are invited for categories including Young Volunteer, Adult Volunteer, and Environmental Volunteer. For Guidelines & Nomination Form please visit www.gavowales.org.uk/recognition. Nominations close 8 June.

Up to16,500 Fracking Wells – in England?

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Apr 272018

Research published by Friends of the Earth has suggested that one well would need to be drilled and fracked every day for 15 years to produce enough gas to halve the amount imported to the UK. To reduce the amount of imported gas by such an amount, 6,100 wells would be required, according to analysis by Professor Calvin Jones, from Cardiff Business School. But if the gas produced per well was low, up to 16,500 wells would be needed. Friends of the Earth, advocate of renewable energy, points out that the government has said fracking would provide additional supplies, “reducing our reliance on imports”, but according to this research, fracking could significantly reduce imports only if “England’s countryside was littered with fracking wells”.

Currently, fracking in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been stopped, which means the required number of wells would need to be built in England. The report can be found on the Friends of the Earth website (pdf).