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 January 2022 Newsletter

2022Happy New Year - good news only this month! 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year! If you're feeling news-weary at this difficult time, don't fear - this edition is strictly a good news zone. 

Are you making any plans or changes for 2022? A new study found that measures taken to get the UK to net-zero could have huge benefits for our personal well-being. Of the 306 categories they looked at, 79% were positive for well-being, 18% neutral and only 3% were negative. 

The BBC's Zarah Hill decided to make her lifestyle more sustainable for a month, knowing that she'd only stick to a change if she could see an improvement in her day-to-day existence. The Reluctant Environmentalist follows her journey.



Sustainable Wantage - Your Achievements in 2021  

We've made a new video celebrating what we've achieved together over the last year - another year of awesome activities which would not have happened without the efforts of local volunteers. 

The numbers speak for themselves, although equally important is the stuff we didn't count - the smiles, the connections, the support, the local advice and a friendly ear.

Flowers43 tonnes of surplus food rescued.
Over 1300 bunches of flowers given out.
281 kg crisp packets and sweets, biscuits and choc wrappers recycled.
416 laptops, tablets and desktop computers fixed and given out.
1141 kgs of electrical waste avoided.
420kg electricals mended.
17 tools sharpened.
1397 trees planted.
2.6 tonnes items rehomed through the Resource Bank - from highchairs to headphones to notepads and knitting needles.
1,800 bulbs planted.
16 bikes 


You gave over 6,000 hours of your time in 2021 - thank you so much! 

If you would like to find out how you can get involved with Sustainable Wantage or any of our projects, visit our website or email Jo - wantagemix@gmail.com 


The Mix logo
In The Mix in January (pandemic permitting) 

The Mix is due to re-open on Wed 5th, depending on restrictions. 

We're aiming for two Repair Cafés a month in 2022, first and third Saturday mornings (although not on New Year's Day). Let's work together to keep stuff in use! 

Activities marked with a * will be cancelled if indoor events are restricted. Please check with the organiser if unsure.

 
Activities in The Mix in January (pandemic permitting)
Date Event Contact / notes
Tues 4th * Monthly craft night  kirsty.rodger@hotmail.co.uk
Sat 15th * Repair Café Please book slots via
wantagemix@gmail.com
Mon 24th Mindfulness for stress online course starts This course is fully booked, if you are interested in joining when it runs again please email Jo - wantagemix@gmail.com
Sat 29th Mindfulness for health online course. wantagemix@gmail.com
Sat 29th * Crochet - the next stitch! Improvers workshop. wantagemix@gmail.com
Mon 31st * Mosaic course starts. wantagemix@gmail.com

Volunteering Opportunities
 
We're looking for a volunteer to help collect surplus food from Waitrose and Sainsburys (on foot): 9 - 10 am on Saturdays, fortnightly. Contact Jo for more details wantagemix@gmail.com.


Photo of Westmill SolarCommunity Larder - Grant from Westmill Solar 

We have had this heart-warming message: 

“Westmill Solar is pleased to have awarded Sustainable Wantage a grant of £3,438.00 to help establish Wantage Community Larder as an ongoing project and provide local residents with a consistent supply of surplus food. Westmill Solar logoWe are pleased to support this initiative, especially as it aligns with our co-operative principles of community and sustainability and we hope that these additional funds will increase the scalability and achievements.” 

Many thanks to Westmill Solar, and to all our Larder volunteers who make this project possible. This grant means that the Community Larder can continue to support our local community in 2022. 

The larder is due to re-open on Friday 7th January from 2:30-5pm at The Beacon.


Blue monopoly housesGreen Book Club - The Property Lobby
Tues 18th, 7:30-8:30pm

This month we will be talking about 'The Property Lobby - The Hidden Reality behind the Housing Crisis' by Bob Colenutt.

All welcome, even if you're not local or even if you haven't read the book and fancy hearing what others have to say.

Join the Zoom meeting: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/88295394378 
Meeting ID: 88295394378.

Happy EarthIn Brief

The 'Happy Eco News' reports only good news about environmental topics - ideal if you're feeling weary. You can also sign up for a weekly email. 

Free Re-mix Recipe Book! 'Too Good To Go' have released a downloadable 'work with what you've got' recipe book with ideas for turning commonly wasted foods into delicious meals. 

Tequila fishRead about the Tequila fish - a Mexican species which was extinct in the wild, but has now been successfully reintroduced thanks to a UK breeding programme.

Every household in Wales is to be offered a free tree, in an effort to involve people in the fight against the climate crisis. People can plant the tree in their garden or opt to have it planted at locations across Wales.

See how invisible barcodes could improve plastic recycling by helping distinguish different types of plastic.

 

Activities in January

The Wildlife Trusts hold webinars. You can view the complete list here, by selecting 'online events only' and 'show results from all Wildlife Trusts'. Here's a selection: Breeding Ospreys in North Wales (Thurs 13th), The Glimmering World of Glow-worms and British Amphibians and Reptiles (Fri 14th), Planting trees, orchards and hedgerows (Tues 18th),  What's that bee? (Tues 18th), Bringing beavers back to Britain (Thurs 20th).

Wild Oxfordshire also has lots of videos about local wildlife, including online butterfly ID training.

Do you know an ancient, veteran or otherwise notable tree? If so, you might like to add it to the 'Ancient Tree Inventory', which is helping to celebrate and protect Britain's most important trees. 

See the Cycling UK Wantage website for organised rides and route sheets.

See the Ramblers website for organised walks and routes. Sat 8th - 8 mile Ridgeway walk from Letcombe Regis. Thurs 20th - 5.5 mile walk from The BeaconSat 29th - 10 mile downland walk from Fawley.

Mon 17th and Fri 21st - Nature Tots, Sutton Courtenay (for pre-school children).

Wed 19th - Healthy by design: What role for the built environment in creating healthy cities?

Tues 25th - Home Educators Day: Brilliant Birds, Sutton Courtenay.

The Cycling Paradox - various speakers in Oxford last month.

An exploration of regenerative farming methods from BBC Radio 4.



Images: Flowers from pikist.com2022 adapted from pmging.com; Happy Earth by Mvolz via Freesvg.org; Tequila fish by Cedricguppy - Loury Cédric via Wikimedia Commons; Westmill solar cooperative by MrRenewables Ben Cavanna via Wikimedia Commons; Blue Monopoly Houses and Apartment Buildings by PT Money ptmoney.com Philip Taylor, via Flickr.

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