9 September – Green Party bike ride from Canon Frome

Meet at Canon Frome Court, HR8 2TD at 10.30 for a 10.45 start.

A gentle 20/25 miles ride round the beautiful local lanes, for those who don’t cycle very often. We will stop on the way for lunch so bring a picnic, and make sure that your bike is well oiled and tyres hard. Our ride coincides with h.Art week and 20 artists are exhibiting at Canon Frome Court, so back there for tea which will be on sale, and a chance to visit the exhibiting artists.’

Parking available but don’t park on the tennis courts.

Organiser Giles Boardman  Tel 01432 358214

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.

If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.

Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or email folley.farm@btinternet.com

Campaigns Assistant required for Herefordshire Green Party

Want to help Herefordshire Green Party win more seats in next May’s county council elections? And be paid to make a difference?

We are recruiting a Campaigns Assistant to make our upcoming local election campaign our most successful ever. As well as helping elect Green councillors, you would support us to increase activism and build on the strong Green presence in Herefordshire.

Salary: £20,786 FTE (Point 1 on the Green Party national pay scale) £8,314 pro rata

Hours: Part time – 14 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term – six months

Location: Home-based

Applications to be submitted by 1:00pm on Monday 17 September 2018 – it is expected that interviews will be held the following week. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the job description and person specification.

 

 

2 September – Walk and tea with Mike and Tamsin, Halmonds Frome

 

A gentle 90-minute walk passing through the village of Bishops Frome and around the fruitful Frome Valley, with its hop-fields, cider orchards and views across the county to Hay Bluff.

PLEASE NOTE: The walk will start at 2.30pm at Greenwood Cottage, Halmonds Frome, (WR6 5AS), where the walk will also finish with tea, scones and cakes at the workshops of Mike and Tamsin Abbott (chair-maker & stained glass artist). If necessary, there will be overflow parking near the barns along the lane.

If you have a wood-fire at home then you might like to bring a big bag to take away a pile of wood-shavings for winter kindling.

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.

If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.

Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or email folley.farm@btinternet.co

 

Herefordshire Council votes unanimously for green vision!

Ellie Chowns wins cross-party support for proposal setting out green principles for £40 million investment

On 13 July 2018 Herefordshire County Councillors voted unanimously in favour of Ellie’s motion for a ‘Sustainable Development Partnership’. The decision shapes the strategic direction of £40 million of Council investment in new housing and industrial sites – the biggest item in the capital budget for the next two years. New buildings will have to be energy and water efficient, which will help make them more affordable. Residents will have access to green space, and developments will be ‘wildlife-friendly’. Local businesses will be prioritised for contracts, and walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing will be encouraged. This is a significant win!

Ellie said: “This investment is a major opportunity to shape the strategic direction of the county, so we must make the best possible use of it. I’m delighted to get cross-party support for green principles to underpin the new development. I’ll be working hard to make sure these principles are now put into practice!

In moving the motion Ellie made the following points:

  • The motion was a cross-party initiative to help shape the direction of development in the The motion provided a framework for development to follow;
  • The motion built on an earlier motion to Council in 2014;
  • Consultation had been conducted with officers and other members; and
  • the inclusion of additional wording ‘…development designed and constructed through…’ in place of ‘…housing built through…’; and an additional bullet point, as follows: ‘designed to promote walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.’

The motion as resolved:

Motion – Development Partnership
(Proposed by Councillor EE Chowns, Seconded by Councillor SP Anderson. )

Noting that Herefordshire Council has recently mobilised a large amount of capital from the sale of its farm estate, and plans to invest this in a ‘Development Partnership’ which will significantly shape the growth and development of the county, we call on the council to resolve:

That the Development Partnership should be designed to be a Sustainable Development Partnership, with equal consideration given to social, environmental, and economic dimensions of planned development.
That the executive be asked to consider ensuring that all development designed and constructed through the Development Partnership should be:
  • planned to maximise residents’ health and wellbeing, including through shared green space and opportunities for outdoor exercise and social interaction, with maintenance thereof;
  • built to the highest possible standards of energy and water efficiency in order to ensure affordability for residents and low environmental impact;
  • sourced using local procurement wherever possible, in order to maximise local economic benefit and employment opportunities;
  • designed to support and enhance wildlife habitats, in line with Herefordshire’s identity as a beautiful rural county; and
  • designed to promote walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.