The current cold weather spell has spurred us to update our page on ‘Using wood pellets in a biomass boiler‘ and create a new page ‘Using logs for domestic heating‘ which covers the Government’s response to their consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood.
Unfortunately, Moor Sustainable’s planned launch of the ‘brass’ rubbing Bug Trail telling the story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions. However, preparations are continuing so that when the lockdown is lifted we can go ahead. The rubbing plaques have been designed by Dan Van der Toorn whose parents live in the village; posts are ready for installation by Thompsons Timberworks; and the accompanying leaflet, booklet, webpage on Visit Great Ayton, and app are being designed by Studio Botez. Members of the Great Ayton History Society have been helping with research and provided the photo showing an aerial view of High Green and the orchard that used to be behind Orchard House. Any idea when it was taken?
Moor Sustainable are gathering a collection of photos, on Instagram, of different pollinating insects spotted in Great Ayton to help illustrate the trail. If you manage to photograph pollinating insects including bees, beetles and butterflies on blossom it would be great if you could share and use the tags. #GreatAytonBugTrail #BrightenUpGreatAyton
In total the 7 Community Pressing days at The Royal Oak in Great Ayton, Lythe Village Hall, Beyond Boundaries at Commondale, Botton Village and Mickleby Village Hall have been attended by 240 visitors and helpers with around two tonnes (2,000kgs) of apples crushed and pressed producing 900 litres of apple (and some pear) juice and in addition 160 bottles of juice were pasteurised. Well done to all the helpers and apple donators and thanks to all who supported the days. The project was funded by the National Lotteries Community Fund, so a big thank you all the National Lottery players out there. We bought equipment to crush, press and pasteurise the apples plus buckets, tubs, funnels and everything else you need, which is available to the community for the future. Several people have expressed interest in running apple pressing in their village next year, but if you would like to run your own Community Apple pressing event next year in your Village Hall, Women’s Institute Group, Church Hall or even at your own home please contact us.
Tickets are selling fast for this year’s New Year’s Eve ceilidh.
The Climate Action Stokesley and Villages group are holding their first themed evening on Tuesday 19th November. Tracey Flint, Hambleton District Council’s recycling officer will explain what happens to the waste in Hambleton and what plans there are for helping people to reduce waste. There will then be a discussion about the actions that can be taken locally.
The next action planning meeting of the Climate Action Stokesley and Villages group is on Thursday 14th November. All welcome to attend.
Both meetings are from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, in The Globe, North Rd, Stokesley, TS9 5D.