News & Events

Here are the latest upcoming events, news items, recent newsletters and blog posts from ChalCAN

Latest News

One tonne of CO2(PDF)

 

Chalford Walks

Recently launched – an amazing set of walks around Chalford. Great for those autumn rambles visit https://chalcan.org.uk/walking-2

Take a Climate Walk (PDF)

 

Air Source Heat Pumps- A Summary

Have a read of this newly written Heat Pump Article (PDF) regarding Air source heat pumps. Any questions or for further information email info@chalcan.org.uk

no.61 bus service changed to no. 67

67 bus timetables available from the Parish Centre or here (PDF)

Biodiversity Trail 

A circular wildlife trail 10 km long through Chalford Parish. There are information boards at Abnash Bank, France Lynch Pleasure Ground, Parish Bank, Middle Hill Spinney and Meadow, and Frith Wood. 

Maps and info here….or pick up a leaflet from the Parish Centre or village shop.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

We have compiled a list of volunteering roles ranging from helping with Frith Wood to writing articles for social media.  You can see the list of positions here Volunteering Roles  and  if you would like further information email info@chalcan.org.uk

ChalCAN is on Instagram! follow us at @chalford.can

 
 
 

 

Upcoming Events

Linking in to the national Big Green Week (Sept 18th-26th) there will be a range of ChalCAN activities through which we hope to engage with many more local residents. On the agenda is a demo of electric cars, a pre-loved clothes sale, film night and information evenings.

Thursday, 23rd of September, 7 pm at Bussage Village Hall. The Biodiversity Group has arranged a talk by Stephen Dawson of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on Hedgehog Friendly Gardens. Do you come along and find out how you can do your bit to support your local friendly hedgehog!

Everyone loves hedgehogs – but they are in serious decline.We are about to launch a Hedgehog Highway Scheme, which helps you link up with your neighbours to make life easier and safer for our hedgehogs. Initially, we are targeting the gardens around Frith Wood, then spreading to other areas later. Look out for a leaflet coming through your post box soon! 
 

– Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September, Chalford BioBlitz. There are two sites in Chalford Parish we intend to visit as part of our Biodiversity mapping scheme.   For more information visit our Facebook page here

– Saturday 25th September, 10.00 Parish Bank[Next to France Lynch Pleasure Ground] Volunteers Needed.  Have you got a little time to spare to join a volunteer group raking up the grass over the on Saturday 25th September on Parish Bank? If you can help,  email Penny at info@chalcan.org.uk 
 

Saturday 25th September 10am Family friendly walk (about 3 miles) from CSSC.

Saturday 25th September,One tonne insulation (PDF) See our sculpture on the green by the bus stop in Chalford.

– Sunday 26th September 6.30 – 8.30pm ‘Tomorrow’: do we need a new vision and some positive direction? A documentary
film, France Lynch Church Rooms. Tickets are free but please can you still book by using this link https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BGPE

– Thursday 30th September 7.30-9.30 pm, Chalford Village Hall, find out more about Heat Pumps.

 

October events planned so far…

  • Thursday 7th October, 7.30-9.30pm, Church Rooms, France Lynch: Solar PV panels evening (inc.possibility to sign up for a bulk purchase)
  • Saturday 16th October, 10.30am-12.30pm, Celebration of Frith Wood and Launch of Friends of Frith Wood at ….Frith Wood!
  • Thursday 28th October, 7.30-9.30pm A Wind Energy Information Evening, Methodist Church Hall, Chalford GL6 8EN.  Featuring Dr Andrew Henderson – an offshore wind expert – and Ron Colyer of the Westmill Windfarm Coop. Free entry but small donation towards hall hire would be appreciated

More events with dates and times will be posted here in due course.

Newsletter Archive

ChalCAN’s recent newsletters

Latest Blog posts

Take a Climate Walk

Do you already have some awareness of climate change but nothing much more?   The ‘Climate Walk’ can show you how the choices you make can have a real impact on the climate and on society. 
The walk can be run physically or virtually. It is designed for small groups of 4 or 5, either recruited at a fair or similar event or split from a larger group.
Each group takes a ‘walk’ to five stopping points of a few minutes each to discuss the possibilities and implications of:
Changing personal behaviour such as giving up flying or going vegan
Local initiatives such as wind turbines
Government action such as an individual ‘carbon ration’
Natural ‘tipping points’ such as methane leaking from permafrost
Technologies such as carbon capture
(If time is limited then a stopping point can be omitted).
Each stopping point sets difficult choices and these choices are scored to yield one of three possible climate futures for 2100 – which of course range from the good to the disastrous!
For more details contact Peter Wormington on 0789 0940938 or petergwormington@mailbox.org

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Biodiversity Trail

ChalCAN’s Biodiversity Action are creating a trail around the parish to encourage residents to visit the varying sites that are being managed by the group. You will find a rich

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Biodiversity Bulletin Spring 2021

Spring has sprung – we hope that our projects will soon be bursting with biodiversity! Abnash Bank and Parish Bank, Chalford – volunteers have raked, striated, taken away the “arisings”,

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Did your t-shirt cost the earth?

Did you know that…… The UK sends an average of 300,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill each year. One wash load of polyester clothes can release 700,000 microplastic fibres into

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Our Community and Biodiversity

As individuals it’s easy to feel helpless about the effects of climate change and loss of biodiversity. We can each of us make changes and take steps to help –

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Wildlife friendly allotments

Your allotment is mainly for growing fruit and vegetables, and maybe keeping some chickens; but allotments are also really important for biodiversity. There are lots of things you can do

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Roadside Verges

What is the issue? Any plans to increase and restore biodiversity within our community must include a focus on the way we manage our road verges. Our verges form just

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Green Spaces

There are lots of community owned green spaces scattered over the Parish, all managed by the Parish Council. Some are tucked away, quietly acting as mini wildlife reserves without the

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Trees and Hedgerows

First the good news…About a third of our Parish is currently covered in trees and hedgerows. Many of these trees are on the steep slopes of the Frome Valley and

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Plastic and General Waste

  We need to change our habits and consume less, buying wisely. This applies across all areas of shopping from food, to clothes, to electrical appliances. ChalCAN is looking at

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Upcycling and Repairs

Reuse, recycle, swap…and the impact of fast fashion   Buy less junk and less new ‘stuff’.  Buy things which are designed to be repairable and when you have finished with

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Food

Do you want to learn something shocking?  Meat, egg and dairy production use up 83% of the world’s farmland, are responsible for 58% of the world’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions,

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Biodiversity Survey

Chalford Parish Council has acknowledged that there is a climate emergency and that we should become carbon neutral by 2030. To do this efficiently and effectively, ways need to be

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Gardens

About a third of our parish is covered over with houses and gardens. If we are going to increase biodiversity, all those hundreds of gardens need to be put to

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Home Energy Saving

Actions to reduce carbon emissions in the home can range from tiny changes in your own behaviour, to installing energy efficient heating systems with smart controls.   Here are some

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