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Letter to The Cumberland News 17 Oct 2014

on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 18:13

Thank you to Stephen Wright for his comments :)

Cumbria-Wide Energy Advice Service Launched

on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00

Cumbria-Wide Energy Advice Service Launched
Opt4 Community Energy are launching a new fully accredited Energy Advice Service which is now officially live and available to people across Cumbria. Any householder in Cumbria can find out more about saving money on energy, and switch tariffs, by contacting Opt4’s energy advice service on 01768 593110 during office hours. Alternatively visit the Opt4website for more details.

Fracking Update

on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:30

We already knew that fracking was a bad idea, but this is astonishing.

Just this week, David Cameron’s plan to allow fracking firms to drill under our homes was rubber-stamped by the House of Lords.

But here's where it gets worse: At the last moment, the draft law was updated to allow fracking firms to pump "any substance" under people's homes and property -- and leave it there! [1]

This makes a mockery of the prime minister’s claim that UK fracking regulations are some of the most stringent in the world.

Marketing Officer Required

on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:40

Marketing Officer

16 hours (by arrangement) • £17–£20,000 pro rata • 10 month contract
This is a fantastic opportunity to help promote the work of CAfS to a wider audience. The successful candidate will provide support to raise the profile of CAfS and develop and promote clear messages about our projects and activities.

Click here to see the job description and person specification, and for the application form, click here.

Closing date Monday 27th October, 9am.

Any future jobs that we are recruiting for will be posted on this page, and included in our enewsletter.


on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:17

Gwen Harrison has co-written this easy to read information paper which summarises the current issues and concerns surrounding fracking which should be of particular interest to householders living in or near a potential fracking zone (that is, most of us!). 


on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:16

Gilsland station closed in 1967. Over the past 20 years there have been two attempts to get it reopened, both unsuccessful,  but local people refused to give up on such an obviously good idea, so in 2013 the Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group (TVRUG) obtained funding from the Northumberland Uplands LEADER programme for a feasibility study into the opening of a railway station at Gilsland on the original site.The feasibility study is available to read on our website along with more details of the project. 

COGS received a fantastic boost last week when Hexham MP Guy Opperman, supported by Rory


on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:09

The BABE team would like people to have their say in the Brampton and Beyond area by taking part in a 10 minute renewable energy survey.  An explanatory drop-in session will be held on 18th Sep in the Moot Hall, questionnaires will then be distributed to Brampton residents and a 2nd session will be held on 8th Oct in Brampton Community Centre.

Peoples' Climate March, Newcastle, 21 September 2014

on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:56

Sunday, September 21st, just days before a landmark climate summit at the UN, Avaaz members around the world are taking part in a People's Climate March. World leaders don’t believe enough of us care about climate change, that’s why they’re still not yet rising to the challenge of saving our planet. But on September 21, we have an unprecedented chance to prove them wrong, with the largest climate mobilisation in history. The event is planned to begin at Princess Square at 1:30pm, with the march heading to the Civic Centre to present to the region’s politicians at 2:00pm.

Recycling News

on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:39


Did you know that you can get a cut price compost bin from Carlisle City Council by following the instructions on the link, and if you complete an online survey you are entitled to collect a free shopping bag or recycling cover from the organisers – just click on  From October Sustainable Brampton will be offering advice to shoppers on composting at the monthly Farmers’ Markets.  Come and visit us there!

North West Transistion Conference

on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:18

Rob Hopkins started the Transition Town movement in the UK.  He talks powerfully and his opinions are always worth listening to carefully.  Here is a video of his latest message at the NW Transition Conference in Lancaster about what the movement has achieved and why Transition should increasingly be focussed on achieving greater economic sustainability through the Reconomy project.  What do you think?