Operation Noah Lent Course

Operation Noah has published a course which is designed for use as a Lent course – though it is also appropriate for use at any time of the year. It is targeted for use with Church and house groups and the content is based on the Operation Noah Ash Wednesday Declaration.

There are five sessions, each with handouts for participants and notes for group leaders – including:

  1. Does climate change matter? If so, why does it matter?
  2. How can I better celebrate creation as God’s gift?
  3. What is God asking of me?
  4. What do I need to change?
  5.  What can I do now to cherish God’s earth?

Available for downloading at www.operationnoah.org/lent-course

Energy monitoring scheme

The Diocese of Oxford has been giving churches access to the national Shrinking the Footprint Energy monitoring scheme since 2012. The energy monitoring aims to build a better understanding of our energy usage and total carbon footprint so we can support energy saving actions and meet our commitment to protecting God’s creation.

The scheme, which was piloted in the Diocese of Oxford in 2012, gives all CofE churches and schools in the diocese the opportunity to use, for free, energy monitoring software that will help track and reduce energy use.

Funding for the national ran out at the end of 2013. However, thanks to support from Low Carbon Oxford, churches in the Diocese of Oxford will still be able to use the software throughout 2014, when we hope national funding will be available to develop the scheme further nationally .

For further details and to sign up for the scheme visit the diocesan website.

Shared World Environmental Initiative – Slough

Burnham and Slough Deanery Climate Concern group are working with the Slough Faith Partnership on the Shared World Environmental Initiative. The project is encouraging local action on the environment across faith communities. Called Shared World, it aims to bring people together in a shared space as a focus in making decisions towards a practical and local expression of our responsibility towards our shared environment. The following events are planned:

  • First public evening of the ‘Shared World’ initiative at 6pm on Saturday 10 November 2012 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Stoke Road, Slough, SL1 5AS
  • 2nd Shared World Forum on Friday 23rd November at 7pm at The Centre Farnham Road

For further details contact Bob Saunders LLM using the form below:

Operation Noah Annual Lecture 2012 – 21st Nov

The Operation Noah Annual Lecture will this year be from Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, entitled “Overcoming fossil fuel addiction – the next moral revolution”.

On Wednesday 21st November 7pm at Friends House, Euston, London.

Book at: http://operationnoah.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C

Further info: www.operationnoah.org

West Berks Green Exchange Conference – 3rd November 2012

Members of the West Berks Green Exchange are holding a conference at Sheepdrove, near Lambourn, on Saturday 3rd November.

This will be a good opportunity to hear about the Green Deal, the Government’s scheme for enabling the insulation of properties paid for out of savings in energy used, and views on the future of farming and of aviation in the context of climate change.

Sheepdrove is a wonderful venue, and you will get lunch and refreshments at a very reasonable £7.

Further details on the flyer – wbge conf flyer 2012 – or at www.wbge.org.uk

Ash Die-Back Disease

Following the discovery of Chalara fraxinea or “ash die-back” in mature woodland in Suffolk the government has banned all imports of live ash trees. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and can lead ultimately to tree death. It has the potential to kill millions of ash trees if it becomes widely established in Britain. Ash makes up to 40% of our native woodland in some areas, so it is vital that any new instances of the disease are reported to the Forestry Commission as a matter of urgency.

What are the symptoms?

  • Black/brown discolouration of the leaf base and midrib
  • Small lens shaped lesions or black spots on the bark of stems and branches
  • Trees with withered tops and shoots

A full guide is available online from the Forestry Commission: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/pest-alert-ash-dieback-2012.pdf/$FILE/pest-alert-ash-dieback-2012.pdf

For updates from the Forestry Commission visit: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

What should I do?

  • If you have responsibility for a churchyard or any other wooded area, or you live in a property provided by the Diocese that has ash trees, read the Forestry Commission guide and make an inspection of your trees as soon as possible
  • If you find signs of the disease take photographs and contact the diocesan buildings and glebe department immediately:

For churchyards and consecrated land: Natalie Merry – natalie.merry@oxford.anglican.org or 01865 208229

For glebe land and vicarage/rectory gardens: Tony Kerry – tony.kerry@oxford.anglican.org or 01865 208292

If you find no signs of infection this does not mean that your trees will remain unaffected in the long term. Monthly inspection is recommended until further guidance is received from the government.

Plough Wednesday – January 16th 2013

An annual day on agricultural and rural issues the 2013 Plough Wednesday event will take place in Haddenham and Kingsey and will be hosted by the Revd Margot and Dr Martin Hodson – Authors of Climate Change, Faith and Rural Communities. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL—please BOOK BY DECEMBER 16TH 2012

Plough Wednesday – January 16th 2013: 10am – 4pm

Including:

  • Tour of Manor Farm growing biomass, willow coppicing and Miscanthus (Wear Warm Clothes and suitable footwear please)
  • Presentation on Haddenham in Transition
  • Lunch (donations bowl to cover costs)
  • Launch of Food Matters 2103
  • Visit to Haddenham St Mary’s Church, EcoSchool status
  • Visit to Kingsey Church Presentation on Breakfast Service

PW 2013 poster

To book your place contact the Diocesan Rural Officer Revd Canon Glyn Evans DL using the form below: