it’s time for the annual general meeting again, Yippee!
It will be on Tuesday 17th Dec at 8pm, venue to be confirmed.
There is some formal business to attend to, but this should be minimal. We will then adjourn to some pre-festive social.
So please come along it you have any quetsions about NHTT, any great ideas, or you just fancy a wee tipple.
I’ll post again next week to confirm venue, etc.
Is that snow I hear falling? Tom
Venue to be confirmed
I attach minutes of the recent co-group meeting, click here. John is stepping abkc from being a Director and we’re looking for new people to join the Core Group to hep steer NHTT, if anyone’s interested please contact me.
The good news is that we are finally out of the financial danger zone with the Leader path funding. Although there is still some paperwork wrangling, they have eventially come up with the dosh. A lot of other community groups have also found this a very difficult funder to work with and thanks to Crispin and John for perservering with this.
Otherwise, the Woods Group is still developing and I am promised they will post a news update soon.
The bakery is looking ahead to the end of the current development funding and how to balance volunteer fun baking with profit-making events. The heart has to be sustaining the community’s voluntary interest in baking and producing healthy lcoal food for fun and social resilience, but there has always been anaspiration to create local employment, which catering for events now seems capable to sustaining.
The baking group is always looking for volunteer bakers for fun on Fridays and I am also promised they will post updates soon.
ok, that’s it I think.
There’s no compost left at the moment. It is proving very popular, which is great and we’ll organised another delivery soon. If you notice it uis running low, let us knwo and we will order more.
Transition University of St Andrews is a non-profit organisation which encourages members of the University & residents of St Andrews and the surrounding area to engage with climate change through a variety of community-led projects.
Over the summer, we are running some grassroots initiatives including a series of five (free) film screenings on environmental, climate change and sustainable development topics. The films are really fun & inspiring and we’ve made a conscious effort to avoid doom & gloom documentaries.
The screenings are mostly free ( a couple charge £2 entry to help cover license costs) and are open to all members of the local community.
The screenings are also a prelude to a green film festival that we are hoping to organise later in the year (www.greenfilm.org.uk).
Fancy some veg gardening with a group of other people – or need a small allotment of your own ?
NHTT have a Community Garden in co-operation with Monimail Tower Project. And we have space for other individuals or families that want to be involved. Take an allotment or garden together.
The venue is the 19th century walled garden at Monimail Tower. It has great soil, is well protected from wind and frosts! We have two polytunnels as well!
Cost is £15/year payable to MTP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07580 699881
Free compost is now available to householders in the area. NHTT has arranged for compost (soil conditioner) to be provided free of charge by Fife Council. Monimail Tower Project have kindly agreed to host the stockpile at the edge of their car park.
The 1-2-3 of getting your compost:
1. Turn up at Monimail Tower Project car park (behind the wall opposite the green at Monimail )
2. Help yourself, no need to ask. The stockpile is signposted.
3. Take home and garden !
Why is NHTT doing this ?
We have are providing this to the community for 2 main reasons:
- to promote gardening including for growing veg,
- to encourage peat-free composts. Draining peatlands to harvest peat is major issue for climate change.
More on peat-free gardening. and here
More on why peatlands matter especially in Scotland
Where does the compost come from ?
It is a high quality product produced by Fife Council from the green material collected in the brown bins together with other horticultural materials. It is tested comply with British Standard PAS 100 (contact us for a copy of the test certificate). The heat of the compost process kills weed seeds and other bugs. It gets up to 70 degrees C !
Max 250kg per household; for non-commercial home use in the Giffortown, Collessie and Monimail Community Council areas.
Core Group Minutes 14th March 2013
Errata: The minutes state that Cathy Bache has left the Woodland Group. It should state that she is no longer leading the Sunday Woodland Group due to her other commitments.
This is a post to report that the Core Group met with Ladybank Development Trust last week for a friendly chat adn to get to know each other.
Our bounadries and activities are very close and we discussed items of mutual interest, including:
- woods, for recreation, wildlife and fuel
- Fife Council Melville recycling site, and the potential for a community-led energy project there,
- the need to manage gravel quarries for public interest, especially restoration landscaping and access arrangements after use
- broadening the market for the Community Bakery
LDT are currently looking at community gardens and Hall facilities. We had a friendly meeting and I think we will look to perhaps take some of the items forward through further dicussion. Irrespective of whether these go anywhere, it is good to develop relationships with our neighbouring community organisations
Let me know if you have any comments on this by posting
Cheers, Tom Morton, NHTT Chair
We’ve been sent info on a new scheme that might save you money on your bills - looks like a good one, so check it out. We get sent lots of energy info, but I only post the ones that look good. The blurb is below and I’ve loaded a couple of info sheets HouseholderFAQs and Scots Together Briefing.
Scots Together – saving on energy, together
Rising energy bills mean it’s more important than ever to check your energy tariffs regularly and switch to get a better deal.
Scots Together, part of UK Together, wants to make it easy for people living in Scotland to get a better deal on energy prices by joining together and combining your buying power. The more people that join, the better the deal for everyone.
From 18 February to 17 March 2013, you can check if the group deal will save you money, here’s how:
- Grab a recent energy bill.
- Go online to scotstogether.com
- Enter your details and have a look at the deal we’ve organised by getting lots of people like you together to bulk buy electricity and gas. The more people that sign up, the better the deal becomes. If there’s a different deal that’s better for you or you’re already on the best possible price then we’ll be sure to let you know. We’ll also offer an option for energy from a more sustainable source.
- Decide whether to switch or not. There is no obligation. If you would like to switch you’ll need to accept the offer by 17 March 2013.
- Pass it on – don’t forget to tell your family and friends! The more people that sign up, the better the deal for everyone.
If you’d like talk to an advisor first or you don’t have easy internet access, you can call the Scots Together freephone advice line on 0800 408 0155.
Scots Together is open to everyone, it’s impartial and there’s no obligation to switch, so you’ve absolutely nothing to lose by going to scotstogether.com and checking.
Get Together. Save Money. Pass It On.
The carbon footprint associated with food has always been of interest to folk at NHTT. Our friends at Fife Diet have recently been engaging with it directly;
“Last month Scottish Government published Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027. This document is a draft of the second report on proposals and policies for meeting Scotland’s legally binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets. One of the major areas of concern is rural land use.
However, Scotland’s ambitious targets for a 42% reduction in emissions of GHG by 2020 cannot be achieved without mitigating the impact of our food production, processing and distribution system and rethinking land use policy.
The current food system is responsible for 19% of the GHG emissions produced in the UK, and agriculture alone contributes about half of this figure.Meat and dairy accounts for half of the emissions attributed to the food chain due to the methane generated by ruminants and the production and transport of fertilisers, pesticide and feed in conventional agriculture.”
Fife Diet have launched a webpage which we think is helpful to folks wanting get to grips with the issue http://www.fifediet.co.uk/carbon/