Westmill Sustainable Trust (WeSET) 2011 Our achievements and our plans for the future. First, a Thank You WeSET owes a great debt of thanks to those generous Members of WWF who donated their dividends to us. Our first year funding (2010) represented 2 years support from WWF but as you can see in the figures below, we have been able to largely compensate for that drop off to annual funding thanks to the growth of other income.
2010 Income £9254
2011 Income £8382
Westmill Wind Farm
£450 £738 £5,569
Member's dividend donation Donations for visits
Westmill Wind Farm
Member's dividend donation Donations for visits
Donations for photo/film Bursaries £8,541
Our expenditure in 2011 was deliberately lower as we are planning a major activity in June 2012 for which we are likely to have a cash flow requirement approaching £8,000 (see later). Our major expenditure was the insulation of Watchfield village hall and a lower key Open Day which combined the wind farm and the solar park next door.
2011 Expenditure £3502 £308 £293
2010 Expenditure £6061
CAG membership and insurance cover Guardian and Open days
P Comb Liability Insurance Open Week
Trustee Expenses Watchfield Village Hall Insulation Disk drives
£5,425 Expenses (non open week)
Over 5,000 Visitors Have now visited the wind farm in visits organised by WeSET and their team of volunteers. The range of visit interests was incredibly wide but dominated by educational visits (primary to post graduate), and planning/technical visits. We continue to have a steady stream of visits by councillors and/or officials from local authorities linked to wind planning issues.Most visitors continue to express the “Wow” factor and are surprised by their scale, the power produced and how quiet the turbines are.
Student Environmental Educators and Guardian Schools We are building close ties with our nearest schools. We trained a group of secondary pupils from Page 1 of 4
Warneford school in Highworth and in 2012 we will also be working with Faringdon Community College. The students learnt about the site in more detail and delivered games and made wind gauges and harps with our primary school pupils from our Guardian Schools. The idea is to really engage older children with environmental issues and develop their skills as educators so there is a cascaded learning model. We also were able to show the group the solar park in development which was very exciting for everyone.
Breaking the sound barrier! Comparing the noise of their voices with the noise from the wind turbines.
Mini Open Day We held a small but well attended Open Day with site tours, children’s activities, displays and a chance to look around the solar farm as it was being built. Our wind harps created by Nan Pratt were a huge hit creating a singing corridor of sound played by the wind.
Community Benefit Watchfield village hall – we insulated the roof and expect that will considerably reduce their annual gas bill of over £2,000 per year! “Sustainable surgeries” This was held in Watchfield village hall. The format worked well but we did not attract enough visitors. The aim is to give personalised advice on the key measures to make the properties of the surgery visitors more sustainable through installing energy efficiency measures such as insulation and small scale renewable energy sources such as solar or wind. Never daunted, we will try a second pilot during our Sustainable Energy Fair.
PLANS FOR 2012 Ecoweek – June 18-22nd 600 children. Three rotating activities with artist Sue Faux, our WESET guides and STEM ambassadors Page 2 of 4
for Oxfordshire who specialise in education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A lot of fun and hard work to be had by all.
Open Day and Sustainability Fair – June 23rd Stalls and information about sustainable energy options & sustainability advice, the Oxfordshire Green Bus, Solar farm visits – displays from Ecoweek – film premiere of the winners of our Switch Film Competition (see website for details – open 16-22 year olds living, studying or working within 25 miles of our wind farm), live music, children’s activities, refreshments and tours of the wind and solar farm. Tell your friends!
Website www.weset.org We are working on updating this and will be redesigning this. Check it out for a wide range of useful education resources, films and other information. Do send us any thoughts about how to improve it.
Student Environmental Educators in action.
Help It was fantastic that at our last AGM we had offers from a number of people who have since become stalwart guides for us. They have worked really hard and given us new ideas. A big thank you to them. Page 3 of 4
BUT WE NEED MORE. Our number of visitors will increase sharply with the arrival of the Solar Farm and we need to be able to meet demand. It does not need to take up a lot of your time and the age range we serve is from 8-80 so it is not essential to have teaching experience just a good, strong voice and willingness to be involved. Your travel expenses will be paid. Guide Training Day – Saturday April 14th. Come along. Find out what’s involved and learn a bit more about the wind and solar farm and receive a guide pack. To book a place contact Penny Hockley our Visits organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustees WeSET Trustees serve a three year term. Many of them have agreed to continue serving and we have some people acting as advisors working with us on specialist areas to whom we are very grateful. But at the end of this year and early next year a number of people will need to step down so we need others to come forward. It is enjoyable and rewarding work with a group of likeminded people. Specific Skills – marketing and publicity – fundraising. We need to publicise our work more widely and creatively to reach a wider public. In the longer term we would like to put a part time worker in place responsible for education and outreach (who could also fundraise). Without this we will not be able to develop our work properly but we would benefit from someone skilled in fundraising. We have an unique and inspiring resource at Westmill. Can you help us make better use of it?
And another thank you......... WeSET depends on donations to carry out our activities and we gratefully acknowledge the funding we have received from WWF, donations from organisations and individuals who have visited the site, a bursary from Co-operatives South East and those members who kindly donated their WWF dividends to us last year. WeSET can assure you that all these monies are being put to good use. Many thanks.
Eoin Lees, Chair WeSET
Liz Rothschild, Education Team
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