Images from Transitiontown Autumn Fayre
Richard Denton-White, auctioneer of promises, engaging the audience in a frenzy of bidding.
Pat March, ceramics, suitable for house and garden.
Member of the Upwey Potter’s Group. Sometimes using “rescued” clay from Dorset’s eroding cliffs. Geology and rock formations of the Heritage Coast can be seen to influence her work. She also does commissions.
See samples of her work on the web: www.crumbleholme.plus.com/uppot/pat/patm.htm She can be contacted on 01305 813 935.
Rob Cheeseman and Son with compact “cubes” of metal that actually turn into cycles when unfolded. Ideal for the boot of a car or even for bus or train in the case of the most compact models. Storage in your house is also a lot easier with these bikes.
Jim Cornick of Ecos, a company specialising in building eco houses and renovating old houses to eco standard. They also run training and seminars for builders and house owners to improve house building eco standards.
If you are building your own sustainable home, renovating an existing home or looking to buy a sustainable home they can help you.
They offer support to the building industry and strive to make ‘sustainable communities’ the norm.
Ecos Trust is a charity that offers an ongoing programme of events, seminars and conferences. The Trust offers site tours of real life examples of homes being built sustainably. They provide consultancy, advice and project management. They run ‘Homes for Good’, the South West’s annual Sustainable Building (Homes and Gardens) Exhibition.
Ecos Homes (formerly South West Eco-Homes Ltd) is a subsidiary of Ecos Trust and demonstrates a new ecological approach to building sustainably and living sustainably. Its first pioneering and award-winning project in Langport, Great Bow Yard, demonstrates a working example of sustainable and mixed-use development with 12 stunningly designed eco-homes and a Grade II listed warehouse. Current build projects include five sustainable homes built to the Code Level 5 in Stawell with further developments throughout the South West at planning stage.
Ecos Renew provides a service for homeowners and prospective purchasers looking to refurbish their property in a sustainable way.
Ecos Fund provides investors – at every level, the opportunity to invest in Ecos Homes’ projects in the South West.
See: www.ecostrust.org.uk and also: www.ecoshomes.co.uk
Contact: Jim Cornick, Director – Ecos Renew. Phone: 01458 259400
Peter Longley, Technical Manager at Eco-eye, explained to me what the product Eco-eye is.
It is a real-time electricity monitor that shows you how much electricity you are using in your home at any point in time. It can display this information either in KiloWatts of power use (kW), financial cost (using hourly, daily, weekly or monthly projections) or in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Eco-eye Mini is a wireless device. It consists of a wireless sensor which is clipped around the live electricity cable coming into your home (normally at the meter), and a display unit which can be freestanding, wall mounted or carried around the house.
The Eco-eye Mini electricity meter has a memory facility with the ability to store historical usage, CO2 emissions and the cost of use by the hour, day, week, month and year. The unit takes readings at regular intervals, and is powered by 4 AA batteries.
The point of an energy meter is to understand where and how much electricity you are using in your home. Until you appreciate where and what is costing you money, it is very hard to know how to reduce your electricity usage. The Eco-eye Mini is portable, measuring 75mm x 75mm x 50mm with a screen 60 mm x 60mm displaying bold figures 23mm high. This allows you to walk around your home switching on and off appliances and watching the effect and cost of running that appliance.
The first and most illuminating exercise we recommend is to try turning off everything in your home. You will find that there are many devices consuming electricity that you never thought about. These can range from a TV sitting on standby through to the consumption of your boiler and central heating controller tucked away in its cupboard. Then try boiling the kettle when it is full, and compare it to the cost of boiling it with just one mug of water in it.
Please see: www.eco-eye.com
Phil Anslow does “Fossil fun for kids, Fossil art for adults” where he helps you to mold fossil patterns that can be painted in beautiful colours and be used for decoration. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on phone 07776 461 117
Claire Bullen busy in the kids corner, a fantastic place of creativity, using things other people throw away.
Based in Weymouth, Green Beginnings stocks a range of over 100 organic skin care products and natural skin care products, organic baby essentials and eco-friendly wooden toys.
Organic baby products: With such delicate skin, you really wouldn’t want to put anything other than the most natural ingredients on to your baby’s body. We certainly don’t and that’s why we stock the leading brands of organic baby products on the market. Green baby products (made by Green People products) include organic baby lotion, organic baby wash and organic nappy salve.
Organic skin care: Up to 60% of what you apply to your skin can be absorbed by your skin and taken into your body. Think about this for a moment. If you care about what you eat then you should also be thinking carefully about what you are applying to your skin. Our organic skin care products contain no parabens, SLS, aluminium salts and no synthetic fragrances. Natural skin care choices are the way forward for a more natural way of living.
Telephone:0845 463 8953
Order online at: www.greenbeginnings.co.uk
Spinning and weaving with Kath Sanderson and June Chessell. They can be found doing their craft in the workshops near St George’s Centre in Easton Portland.
Bournemouth University Masters students Johanna Sack, Tiajo Rodrigues, Barbara Bischofs and Isanne Slui gave a very interesting presentation, and discussion, on sustainable tourism.
British Champion Town Crier Alistair Chisholm of Dorchester officially opened the fair, and can here be seen in a browsing mood amongst all the interesting stalls.
Caroline Sharp holding one of her own willowcraft creations.
She has worked as an artist and landscape architect since 1983, and does site-specific environmental work, gallery work, and landscape architecture, public art and urban design. She also conducts willowcraft workshops.
Please see: www.carolinesharp.co.uk Ring: 01305 780349 or e-mail: email@example.com
Communications Manager Marlies Koutstaal of Infinergy Ltd, Wimborne.
She told me a little about Infinergy and their plan for a windfarm in Purbeck.
Infinergy started developing onshore wind farms in the United Kingdom in 2003.
In developing wind farms, they are keen on liaising with local communities to be able to design wind farms that are sympathetic to local landscapes.
please see: www.alaskawindfarm.co.uk about their Purbeck project.
Infinergy is a full subsidiary of KDE Energy of the Netherlands, a renewable energy business developing onshore wind projects across Europe. KDE is the renewables division of Koop Holding, a large Dutch construction, engineering and contracting enterprise, involved in major international development projects. Infinergy is a sponsoring member of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA).
Woody Craft with Mike and Vicki Woodbridge of Dorchester. Much of their work is done with found and recycled wood.
Phone: 01305 269 879 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org