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AGM September 2022

We have had a busy summer, this month saw our AGM. It was great to see so many people in attendance, but here is a summary of the minutes for those that were unable to attend.


Brief summary of the year from the Chair:
Times are challenging especially with a new leadership team in government
obsessed on growth at all costs. As ever we must focus on the positives and continued local and achievable action.


We have a new County Councillor, Harry, a long-standing GW member who understands the climate change issues and there is lots of action being taken. We have a supportive Parish Council and a meeting is arranged with the new Chair later this week.


By all accounts Green Wedmore remains the most active climate group in Somerset, a huge credit to the team

AGM Business –
Thanks to David Bunt for all his hard work as Treasurer over the past 3-4 years. Welcome to Gail who has stepped up to take on the role and handover plans are in place.


As there are no new candidates standing for positions, the following have agreed to remain in role for a further year:
David Hopkins/Liz Burton – Joint Secretary
Sonya Bedford– Vice Chair
Steve Mewes – Chair

A brief summary from each of our Zero Carbon Groups can be seen below.

Transport

Rupert reported ongoing work to improve pedestrian/cyclist access in the village. A useful walk-about with Harry Munt who will discuss issues further with the Transport rep on the Parish Council.
20s Plenty scheme was timetabled to be discussed at the Parish Council meeting which sadly has been postponed.

The feedback from the public about the reduced speed limit at recent events was not wholly positive. More action needed to win hearts and minds.

Nature and Carbon

Geoff is working on an outline plan for upcoming Wilder Wedmore event proposed for next May or June. Steve, Sonya, Jon and Vanessa all agreed to help with the planning.

Energy

Sunlit Solar continue to be exceptionally busy and have taken on 2 new local members of staff. The energy crisis is driving up costs (and demand). The package that they were able to offer for £4,000 when the scheme started has now risen by approximately 60%.  They continue to offer 10% off standard prices for residents of Wedmore.

There are a further 19 installations booked in, with the total installs now standing at 49.

Sonya has secured a £1,000 donation from Instavolt.
The large-scale wind project may be possible again following a possible favourable change in planning laws. The issue with grid capacity remains. Sonya is in touch with a company called Thrive Renewables (linked to Triodos Bank) who are keen to assist.

The group are concerned about the cost of living crisis and a £5,000 donation has been secured from Wedmore Community Power Co-op for ‘Warmer Wedmore Winter’ for the Village Agents to use to help those in fuel poverty. Centre for Sustainable Energy will be speaking at the next meeting 31 October, offering tips and energy saving advice.

Suggested that Lendology may wish to attend. Action: Vanessa to contact.
An energy advice day is also being planned for January. Need to ensure those who need it are aware of how to get help and access grants etc so a series of articles has been appearing in the IOW News

Food

Cookbook sales continue with 3 more books sold at the Wellbeing Day.
An evaluation event is due this Saturday by Somerset Food Trail to build on the success for next year.

AOB

Tessa enquired whether any group was organising ‘warm banks’ in the
village. She stated that the Community Foundation could help with this. Steve explained that plans for this had been discussed and he would put Tessa in touch with the team

Vanessa has led two Cub group sessions at Worthington Woods working towards their Naturalist badge. All children can now identify 6 different species of trees and they were lucky enough to spot bats using the bat boxes.


Anthony has an abundance of empty jam jars if anyone would like some get in touch.

We had a visit from a bat flying around the Lady Chapel and Vanessa suggested seeking permission to put boxes up on the church/church yard.


Upcoming Events
Worthington Woods Work Party – 2-4pm Saturday 1 st October bring
tools/wheelbarrow/bucket
Freecycle – Village car park 10am Sunday 2nd October
Big Tidy Up – Meet at Borough House 10am Sunday 30th October
Repair Café – Village Hall 10am-1pm 26th November.


Next Meeting – Monday 31 st October 26 th 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church.


Following the formal meeting we had an interesting and informative talk from Tristan and Sophie from Food Forest Project about their work to date and future plans.