Local Events and Chamber Messages
Wadebridge Low Carbon Directory
WREN (Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network) and The Chamber of Commerce are producing a Low Carbon Directory for Wadebridge and we’d like to include your business completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Wadebridge is receiving a lot of attention from within Cornwall and across the UK and we want to demonstrate just how much the town’s businesses are behind adopting low carbon practices. Each business that participates will have their details included within the directory on both the WREN and Chamber websites as well as receiving a poster to display in their window. This will really help to provide a visible presence across the town as well as helping to promote your business.
Simply complete the details on the two forms below and return the form to Adrian Jones by email email@example.com or alternatively drop this into The Energy Shop, The Platt, Wadebridge.
Low Carbon Directory - Your Details Low Carbon Directory - questionnaire
Petition for superfast broadband - sooner!
Superfast Cornwall is designed to replace the old ADSL broadband connections with fibre optic cables at an estimated cost of £132 million. It is being funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence programme and BT.
Apparently Wadebridge, Padstow and surrounding villages will not receive the service until the back of 2013 – thats18 months after Bodmin.
Wadebridge Chamber of Commerce has started a petition to try and get the service sooner. Our Vice-chairman Dominic Walford said: "It is a pity that Wadebridge and Padstow have been put back behind other towns in the county. Good quality, high-speed communications are invaluable to so many small businesses in our area, as so many of our businesses rely on the internet for their advertising and selling. The higher speed will only improve and enhance their offering via this medium.
"I know from my own business at Riverside Financial Advice Centre how important speed is when we download and send files to providers and clients. The current offering is unreliable at best and we regularly have issues with the broadband which takes up valuable time and money to sort out. I would ask for all members of the Wadebridge Chamber and Padstow Area Tourism and Business Forum (PATBF) to e-mail me a request for it to be done sooner to see if we can petition them to bring the service installation forward."
The Cornish Guardian has covered the story here.
Big Thank-You to those who put our Christmas Lights up!
Thanks to all of those who helped at the weekend, particularly Nigel and Stefan Davey of Davey Electrical. The lights are up once again and will look lovely this Christmas.
Please keep any donations coming in as they are always needed to repair and replace the lights. Thank you if you have donated already. Greatly appreciated.
Wadebridge Warms to a Warmer Wadebridge Over 200 people came to the Town Hall on Saturday for a three hour energy-reduction event run by Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network. The event focussed on insulation advice, energy monitoring, energy efficiency on farms and information about carbon.
WREN event organiser, Lizzy-Jane Frankel, was delighted with the turnout. “It was very positive to talk with so many people about how they can save energy in the home. Saving just 10% of electricity in Wadebridge can generate a huge £500,000 for the local economy, so any little change that can be made around the home is a step in the right direction.”
Fiona Clark, WREN volunteer, displayed energy-efficiency devices from Wadebridge shops to showcase greener choices. This varied from fluffy slippers to curtain insulation, stick on double glazing to simply recommending a good broom instead of a vacuum cleaner. A popular item was a kettle that has the option to boil to 85°, saving significant energy and providing a better cuppa.
Over 60 people signed up for a free energy monitor, to be installed in the home by one of the WREN interns. These monitors, that were acquired with the support of Cornwall Council’s Green Cornwall Programme, let people know which areas of the home have the greatest pull on the wallet, and simply installing this equipment alone leads to an average 15% energy reduction. Jack Brinn, WREN intern and manager of the energy reduction programme said, “I look forward to collating the data from these monitors and hopefully see local electricity bills come down.” There are many more of these machines up for grabs, just come to Elixir Health Foods to fill out a form.
Glanvilles of Wadebridge, kitchen and lightening supplier, offered a generous £150 voucher for the best energy saving tip of the day. Town mayor Steve Knightley and his wife Jenny, Alec Rice from Community Energy Plus, and WREN technical director Jerry Clark chose Maxine Collins’ suggestion of using “heavy lined curtains and leave the bedroom curtains closed in winter to retain the warmth.” They liked this tip as it such a simple, yet effective way to save energy. Other energy saving tips will be featured on our website www.wren.uk.com and in the WREN member’s newsletter.
The wider implications of energy usage were also discussed. Paul Holmes represented The Eden Project with a visual ‘Show me the Carbon’ tool in a bid to make people carbon literate. “Within the past twenty years the majority of us are now computer literate and can easily distinguish between a mouse, keyboard and monitor. We now need to become carbon literate and have a greater understanding of the affects of the choices we make.”
WREN director, Harriet Wild, said “Now the nights are drawing in earlier and there’s a chill in the air, now is the time to check the house is well insulated, to stop heat (and bills) going through the roof. Wadebridge residents should therefore keep an eye out for our invitation for discounted or free insulation, which will drop through letter boxes this week.”
To keep up with forthcoming WREN events, become a member and receive our newsletter. Either log on to www.wren.uk.com or pick up a membership form from Elixir Health Foods.
North Cornwall Advertiser
Wadebridge Chamber - in the news (see page 20)
New Life into Wadebridge
WADEBRIDGE Chamber of Commerce has vowed to breathe new life into the town with promises of more activities.
Under the guidance of its new chairman Darren Rowe and vice-chairman Dominic Walford, Wadebridge could soon see new features like a continental market, pancake races and a bigger and better folk festival.
See the whole story here