Working with Energy Caseworker Alec Rice from CEP we have hosted three training sessions at the Energy Shop, where people who, through their work or social networks, are able to disseminate information more widely have trained to be Energy Champions. These sessions focused on the issues that cause and perpetuate Fuel Poverty in the area, and looked at ways to tackle the issue. In the future we are hoping to work with other on the ground organisations such as Wadebridge Foodbank, to make sure help gets where it is most needed.
AD feedstock feasibility study
WREN has undertaken, with the help of members of the community, a feasibility study to find out whether we as a town could create heat and power (eg for one of the schools or the Sports Centre) from the food we currently throw away. We are currently assessing this information and working with others to determine whether such a scheme would be feasible. Watch this space!
WREN is keen to support local schools in their efforts to raise awareness about sustainability and a low carbon future. We are delighted to have had the opportunity over the last year to contribute to work done at St Breock Primary School, Wadebridge Primary Academy and Wadebridge School. This has included:
- creating presentations for the School Environment Days
- taking part in School Assemblies
- talking to Pupil Councils and Eco Committees
- raising funds for and supporting workshops about Energy Efficiency, Renewable Technologies and Climate Change run by Camp Kernow in school
- consulting with pupils about how they would like to see their town develop, and in particular how they would like to see the profits from renewable technologies spent.
- developing and visualising ideas for saving energy at school and at home.
We were also proud to be part of this year’s Cornwall Schools Sustainability Awards which showed the exciting activities going on in schools across the county. St Breock Primary took 'runners-up' awards in 2 categories.
Future ideas for working with our local schools include building a plastic bottle greenhouse for St Breock School to use to raise seedlings for their vegetable garden, involving schools in discussions for a WREN Ecopark and workshops on saving energy in the home and at school.
Vote for locally owned energy
The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) has applied for two grants from Energyfund Cornwall to make a significant step forward for locally-owned community energy. However, to have a chance of winning them it needs to demonstrate support through on-line voting by its supporters for both projects.
The 5 Wren note made its debut at Wadebridge Museum on 30th July.
The Wren is Wadebridge’s local currency, the only one in Cornwall.Read more...
A £10,000 fund is available for community projects to benefit people living in Wadebridge, St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle.
The money comes from the Middle Treworder Solar Farm under a “Section 106” agreement made when it was given permission to go ahead, and is available as grants to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations and community groups in the area around the solar farm.Read more...