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2012

May Newsletter Welcome to Northfield Ecocentre’s May newsletter. Highlights include a water saving device giveaway, a Brazilian themed Big Lunch event, an energy makeover house open day and intern opportunities. Enjoy reading!

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Date

Time

Event

Description

Sat 5 May

10am 1pm

Renewable Technologies Course

Find out about technologies available to harness the suns energy in your home such as solar PV and solar thermal. Booking essential. £20

Sat 12 May

10.30am

Grow Zone gardening

Gardening continues in one of our five Northfield homes. Join us for lots of outdoor fun in the sun! Call ahead to find out the garden location. Bring outdoor clothing.

Sat 12 May

10am 4.30pm

Patchwork & Quilting Course

Create a cushion cover, a bag or maybe a lap quilt using a simple block construction technique. Booking Essential. £40

Tues 15 May

Watch out for us!

Campaign for Climate Change Caravan visits Northfield

Find out how creating climate jobs can help tackle the the economy and climate change. Look out for the caravan full of information on Price’s Square in Northfield town centre.

Weds 16 May

7 - 8pm

Friends of Victoria Common Meeting

Our regular meeting to discuss developments to the park. New members welcome.

Tues 29 May

10am 1pm

Wild Food Foraging Course

A delightful day wandering the urban wilds of Northfield in search of edible treats. Led by Tom Baker of Loaf. Booking required. £29

Weds 30 May

2- 4pm

Nappuccino

Learn how Real Nappies can help you save money and do your bit for the planet! Info session with the opportunity to try out different sorts of cloth nappies.

Sat 2 June

11am 3pm

The Big Lunch

Ecokids activities with a Brazilian theme. Part of a family friendly event at Northfield Ecocentre. Brings a shared lunch.

Sat 2 June

10am 4pm

Energy Advice Stall at Come & visit our stall and speak to one of our advisors about Sainsbury’s, Northfield saving money & reducing your home energy bills.

Tues 5 June

2 - 4pm

Ecokids Activities

Ecocentre Activities

Help us create a huge hand collage before going to Victoria Common nearby to do nature activities. Booking essential. £1 per child. Aged 3 - 8 years.

Public Opening Times

Weekly groups

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday

Thurs 10 - 12 noon

Our Contact Details: Address: 53 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2LB Email: enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org Phone: 0121 448 0119

Gardening: Sewing & Crafts: Fri 10 - 12 noon


Energy Services Energy Makeover Open House Saturday 26 May, 10am - 12noon Visit the home of competition winner, Laura Jackson, to see the results of her Home Energy Makeover!

(Right) External insulation is added to the outside of the house (Above) New thermostatic radiator valves (TVR’s) fitted so the temperature can be changed on each individual radiator. (Above) Before (left) and after (right) thermal images show how the house is now more energy efficient. The pale blue and green colour show there is little to no heat loss. For more information & to attend the open day call 0121 448 0119 or email enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org Follow the energy makeovers: www.northfieldecocentre.org/energy-services


Ecocentre News

EcoKids Activities!

Ecokids Activities at the Big Lunch - Sat 2 June, 11am - 3pm Jon us for Brazilian family friendly games, craft activities and food! This year our Big Lunch event is Brazilian themed to coincide with the Earth Summit on sustainable development attended by world leaders from all over the globe.

Environment Day EcoKids Activities - Tues 5 June, 2 - 4pm Booking is essential. "Give Earth a Little Hand" - help create a huge, colourful collage of hands Call 0121 448 0119 or email from recycled materials! Afterwards we will visit Victoria Common to look for good hiding places for small animals, insects and birds then we will use enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org Children aged 3 to 8 years. natural materials to create our own birds nest or a little bugs hotel. Please Adults to accompany. wear suitable clothing and footwear. ÂŁ1 per child

Nappuccino!

Wednesday 30 May, 2- 4pm

New and expectant parents - Learn how Real Nappies can help you save money and do your bit for the planet. Come and look at the range of real nappies and leave with your questions answered. A drop in event.

Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to work with families, organise sustainable travel events or talk to people about reducing carbon at local events? We are looking for you! We are now Sustainable Travel Internship recruiting for new, exciting volunteer roles to work EcoKids Internship with our team.

Interns Wanted!

Community Engagement Volunteers Visit our jobs page: www.northfieldecocentre.org/contact-us/jobs

Help us Fundraise Fun Run! Sponsor Ecocentre staff & supporters to complete the Great Midlands Fun Run on Sunday 10 June 2012 Sponsor us: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/northfieldecocentre

Run: www.greatmidlandsfunrun.com/register


Beat the Drought! Despite all our recent rain - it’s official, the Midlands is in drought. After two dry winters the water tables are still very low, so it’s important that we continue to save water. Visit us for advice.

FREE water saving devices at Northfield Ecocentre Ÿ Hippo’s – Reduces 2-3 litres from toilets flush Ÿ Save-a-Flush – Reduces 1.2 litres from toilets flush Ÿ Shower Timer – to encourage people to just have 4 minute showers Ÿ Tap Inserts – To reduce the flow rate of taps Ÿ Shower Heads – Low flow shower heads Ÿ Shower inserts – to reduce the flow of water to the shower heads

Courses on sustainable living: 5 May - Renewable Technologies in your home (£20) 14 July Water proofing your home (£20) 29 Sept - Energy Proofing your home (£40) 10 Nov - Heating your home & the Renewable Heat Incentive (£20) visit: www.northfieldecocentre.org/courses

Free Factsheets: www.northfieldecocentre.org/energy-services/fact-sheets

A Brazilian themed day for all the Family! Saturday 2 June 2012, 11am - 3pm On the Jubilee Weekend - Bring a flag!

Bring & Share Food Outdoor Fun & Games Craft Activities Coinciding with the Earth Summit on sustainable development in Rio , attended by world leaders.

Address: 53 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2LB (behind Oulsnams) Phone: 0121 448 0119 Email: enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org Website: www.northfieldecocentre.org Twitter: @northfieldeco Central England Area Quaker Meeting Charities Registered Charity No. 224571


Northfield Ecocentre May 2012 Newsletter