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2012 November Newsletter Welcome to Northfield Ecocentre’s November newsletter. This month we update you on our progress at the new Lindsey Avenue community garden, tell you about the forthcoming Green Deal cash back scheme, congratulate our marathon runners and prepare you for our Christmas event! @northfieldeco

See you soon,

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Ecocentre Christmas Event! Hot Spicy Apple Juice from local apples!

A festive event to say thank you to all our supporters, friends and volunteers for a fantastic 2012! Vegetarian Christmas Food 3pm - Kids activities making winter paper lanterns & Christmas candle holders. 4.30pm - Dress the Christmas Tree and carols in Victoria Common

Green Father Christmas!

Call ahead to let us know you are coming 0121 448 0119

Saturday 1 December 2012, from 3pm


Northfield Community Garden Update Masefield Gardens on Lindsey Avenue, Northfield. B31 (off Bunbury Road)

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Following donations from Webbs of Wychbold mentioned in our October newsletter‌ Thank you to Bournville Garden Centre for donating 20 packets of seeds, huge bag of bulbs, 3 bags compost, 2 bags wood chips, pallets, 3 garden forks, 2 rakes, secateurs, a shovel, wood treatment and a shed!

Volunteers Thank you to Alison, Collin, Damien, Emma, Eileen, Georgia, Jackie, James, Janice, Jenny, Jenny, Kara, Lorraine, Lucie, Lucy, Luke, Luke, Mark , Richard, Sally, Terry and everyone else who has helped so far!

(Above) Jenny dismantles reclaimed wood to construct vertical planters from pallets, in preparation for daffodil planting.

We are looking for local people to get involved and share in the produce. Come with ideas, suitable clothing, shoes and a waterproof. Children are welcome but should have parental supervision.

Friday 2nd November, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Work Days

Sunday 4th November, 10am to 2pm Including a Free Composting Workshop from 11am and 1pm on how to make composting bins and the importance of composting. This will involve using a hammer and nails so is not suitable for young children.

Wednesday 7th November, 10.30am to 12.30pm Directions Lindsey Avenue is just off Bunbury Road (Northfield, B31). Look for land behind big metal gates. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/0SZMb For info 0121 448 0119 www.northfieldecocentre.org/foodgrowing www.facebook.com/groups/ediblenorthfield


The Green Deal Cashback Scheme A first-come, first-served offer. The more work you have done, the more cash back you could receive. The government has announced, hundreds of pounds of cash back will be available to householders in England and Wales who make energy saving home improvements under the Green Deal from January 2013. The Green Deal is the Government’s new initiative to transform the UK market for energy efficiency. It will let homes and businesses pay for energy efficiency improvements, like insulation, through expected savings on their energy bills. Households quick off the mark could get as much as £1,000 cash back. Northfield Ecocentre is working towards becoming a Green Deal Advice Service so if you wish to take part in this scheme please contact us on 0121 448 0119 From 28th January 2013, households who use the Green Deal to make improvements such as loft insulation, solid wall insulation and replacement windows will qualify. The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is a first-come, first-served offer, and the more work households have done, the more cash back they could receive. The offer is limited to one per household, but can cover a package of improvements so long as the householder is contributing to installation costs and work done is overseen by an authorised Green Deal Provider. A total of £125 million is up for grabs so hundreds of thousands of people could qualify. The best offers are available first, so people should act fast once the scheme opens in January because cash back rates may reduce after that.Community minded households will have the option of donating some or all of their cash back to registered charities and Community Interest Companies who have signed up with the scheme administrator. The cash back offer also applies to private or social landlords who can benefit if they are the property improver and are paying the costs themselves. For more information visit our blog: http://tinyurl.com/99ayp9m

www.northfieldecocentre.org or call Luke Olly on 0121 448 0119

Ecokids Christmas Activities Saturday 1 December, 3pm till early evening Our next Ecokids activities will take place at our Christmas Event. 3pm - Kids activities making winter paper lanterns & Christmas candle holders. 4.30pm - Dress the Christmas Tree & carols in Victoria Common Adults to accompany. 0121 448 0119


Fundraising Fundraising Ambassadors We are currently looking for outgoing, enthusiastic people with a passion for the environment to help us raise funds to support our expanding work programme. Full training provided. For more information about this volunteer role visit: www.northfieldecocentre.org/contact-us/jobs

Congratulations! ‌and thank you to our runners in the BUPA Half Marathon! James Pountney finished in 2hrs 01, Luke Olly finished in 1hrs 59 & Karen Jeff finished in 2hrs 06. They've raised over £600 with gift aid already & the donations are still coming in! Sadly Georgia was injured & had to pull out.

Diary Dates Date Fri 2 Nov

Public Opening

Weekly groups

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday

Gardening: Thurs 10 - 12 noon Sewing & Crafts: Fri 10 - 12 noon

Time 10.30 am to 12.30pm 11am to 1pm

Composting Workshop

Sun 4 Nov

10am to 2pm

Community Garden Work Day

Weds 7 Nov

10.30 am to 12.30pm 7pm

Community Garden Work Day

Sun 4 Nov

Weds 7 Nov

Sat 1 December 3pm to early evening

Event Community Garden Work Day

Friends of Victoria Common Meeting Ecocentre Christmas Event!

Description Join us to transform our new community garden on Lindsey Avenue in Northfield (Off Bunbury Rd, B31). Meet there. Adults to accompany children. Wear suitable clothing. Join us during our Community Garden Work Day for a free workshop on how to make composting bins and the importance of composting. Join us to transform our new community garden on Lindsey Avenue in Northfield (Off Bunbury Rd, B31). Meet there. Adults to accompany children. Wear suitable clothing. Join us to transform our new community garden on Lindsey Avenue in Northfield (Off Bunbury Rd, B31). Meet there. Adults to accompany children. Wear suitable clothing. Join volunteers in our Friends of Victoria Common group planning for our next event. Meeting at the Ecocentre A festive event to say thank you to all our supporters! Including vegetarian Christmas food, kids activities making winter paper lanterns & Christmas candle holders and dress the Christmas Tree and carols in Victoria Common.

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

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