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September 2018 Newsletter

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In The Mix in September:
Sat 1st Repair Cafe (morning) and Go with the Grain- pallet upcycling workshop (afternoon)
Sun 2nd Scoop zero waste pop-up
Tues 4th Monthly craft night
Mon 10th Upholstery course starts (monthly sessions through to April 2019, daytime) Build your Resilience Toolkit evening course starts
Tues 11th Mindfulness evening courses starts
Wed 12th
French conversation and coffee (morning) Quilted pictures (afternoon) and Mindfulness meet-up (evening)
Thurs 13th Sustainable Wantage Board meeting - all members welcome
Sat 15th Mosaic workshop
Wed 19th Intro to Upholstery continuers course starts
Wed 26th French conversation and coffee (morning) and Green Drinks (evening)
Sunday 30th Branching out - pallet upcycling workshop for Root and Branch clients
Book now for Crochet for Beginners and Beginners Knitting evening classes, starting in October. For more info or to book on any of the courses or workshops at The Mix, email Jo, call 07768 767787, or visit the Mix website.
Apple and juice
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This month we are collecting kitchen roll tubes. We're also collecting screw top glass bottles (wine bottle size) for apple pressing. Pop any donations in to The Mix during our refill slots (updated on Facebook).
Wantage Healthiness and Happiness Day
We'll be Apple Pressing outside the Beacon on the 30th of September, joining in with the fun at the Healthiness and Happiness day organised by the Ray Collins Charitable Trust. Come along with your apples for pressing into juice between 11am and 3pm. Lots of apples? Please book a slot with Mim - If you would like to have your juice pasteurised  (so it will last up to a year) come nearer the start of the session as this takes a while.

Faringdon Joins Refill RevolutionBeans in jar

Across Oxfordshire, various groups are working out how to meet the surge in demand for food free from plastic packaging. Jarfull have compiled a list of where to shop plastic-free in and around Oxford. In Thame, Jolly Wholefoods are expanding from loose leaf tea to selling other refills. Faringdon is also forging ahead with refills. The Faringdon Unwrapped pop-up shop will be open every Saturday, starting on 8th Sept. They will be using the back room at Stay Grounded, who are also now stocking washing up liquid and laundry liquid refills.

Here in
Wantage at The Mix we have hosted two events by Scoop Zero Waste. The next monthly stall will be tomorrow (Sun 2nd Sept) from 10am-2pm. The price list is available on the Scoop Facebook page. So far 298 containers have been refilled at the two Wantage pop-up shop events. Bring your own containers to refill. If you don't have any there will be a small selection you can use. We also continue to sell detergent refills from SESI (full list of SESI stockists here).


Question markWhat is the Tragedy of the Commons?

Where there is a common resource - for example fish in the sea - there is the potential for the 'Tragedy of the Commons' to occur. In the short term, it is in each person's interests to maximise their use of the resource. However, if there are no controls and too many people do this, the resource will be degraded and the whole system (in this case fish populations) may collapse.

The short term benefits of over-exploiting a resource are rapid, while the long term damage builds up slowly. This delay makes it difficult for people to respond, in the face of more immediate gains.

The concept applies to many situations related to sustainability - from climate change (where the atmosphere is a global commons), overgrazing, deforestation and air pollution.

Collapse of Atlantic cod stocks

In BriefBluefin tuna
Sign a letter to Michael Gove calling for sustainable fisheries.

Oxfordshire parents are being encouraged to try
cloth nappies to reduce the amount of waste generated. The council is offering a trial kit to borrow and 'try before you buy'. Modern cloth nappies are easy to use and come in attractive colours and designs. 

Bike repairIn their first year, Witney's Windrush community bike workshop have refurbished 105 bikes, and trained 566 children to ride safely and confidently. They're now crowdfunding to set up a workshop.

Tory Grassroots Revolt on Fracking - The government wants the power to allow fracking companies to drill even where local planning authorities have voted against it.
80% of Tory councillors in areas where licenses have been granted said fracking companies should have to apply for planning permission before drilling. This petition asks the government to respect local democracy.

Goodbye to the Feed-in Tariff? The FIT has encouraged the installation of renewable energy technologies across the UK. The government is seeking views on the proposed closure of the scheme to new applicants from March 2019. It plans to axe not only the generation tariff, but also the export tariff, which guarantees households a fair price for solar electricity they export to the grid. The consultation closes on 13th Sept.

Black hairstreak butterflyRare butterfly returns to Oxfordshire. The black hairstreak is found only in thickets of Blackthorn in woodlands on heavy clay soils between Oxford and Peterborough. It has returned to North Leigh Common, near Witney, having last been seen there in 1988.

3,000 bus routes cut. According to the Campaign for Better Transport, council bus budgets have been cut by 45% since 2010, with 3,000 routes cut back or withdrawn in England and Wales. Oxfordshire reduced their spending on buses to zero in that period. Councils have been forced into making difficult choices to protect vital services.

Email Walkers Crisps to ask them to trial biodegradeable packaging in the UK.

New Zealand are the latest country to ban single-use plastic bags. The country plans to phase them out over the next six months. Bangladesh was the first country to ban plastic bags in 2002. China, Israel, South Africa, the Netherlands, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritania, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Albania and Georgia have since implemented similar bans. In the UK, many of the major supermarkets have already stopped selling single-use carrier bags, in favour of stronger reusable bags. The minimum charge for a bag is set to rise to 10p and be extended to smaller shops.

Out and About in September

Sat 8th - 12 noon, Carfax Tower. Oxford Rise for Climate Justice - one of thousands of demonstrations around the world on this day, calling for a fast and just transition to renewable energy organised by Fossil-Free Oxfordshire.

Sat 8th
Night Time Safari - try a bat detector, look at moths and find out what our barn owls ate. Windmill Farm, Clanfield. Please book in advance Contact or 01993 703308

Sat 8th - Sun 23rd, 10am-6pm each day.
Sculpture in the Vineyard, raising funds for Wild Oxfordshire. Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath.

Sat 8th/Sun 9th Oxford Open Doors A chance to explore behind doors which are usually closed. Places open include Osney Lock Hydro, Harcourt Arboretum, Hogacre Common Eco Park, Oxford University Parks and Wytham Woods.

Thurs 13th
Improve your Wildlife Photography - talk in Oxford, OX3.

Sat 15th, 10am-1pm.
Build a log pile A practical morning in the woods to help us establish our outdoor classrooms. Bring a drink and snack. Windmill Farm, Clanfield. Please book in advance Contact or 01993 703308

Mon 17th Fossil Fuel and Climate Justice. What part do the banks play? Talk by Sarah Rowe, Christian Aid. Oxford, OX2.

Wed 26th.
Smart energy technologies: what do they mean for climate and people? Talk by Dr Sarah Darby from the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford. Oxford OX2.


Green Drinks Sustainable Wantage SocialGreen Drinks

Wed 26th September
7:30pm - 9pm in The Mix, Mill Street
Bring your own tipple. All welcome.

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Images: Paper strip under wine bottle foil.jpg by Martinevans123; Apple cider vinegar by Phongnguyen1410; How many beans in a jar, by Nick Kenrick on Flickr. question mark by Innovate Impact Media on Flickr; Collapse of Atlantic Cod Stocks (Berkas:Surexploitation morue surpêcheEn.jpg) by Lamiot on Wikimedia Commons; Tragedy of the Commons by B Jana on Wikimedia Commons Bluefin tuna by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikimedia Commons; Bike Repair Day 2018 by UK in Austria on Flickr; Black hairstreak by Olaf Leillinger; on Wikimedia Commons.
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