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Hello Dunbar & District. This is our January 2015 newsletter which is going out to members of Sustaining Dunbar and households taking the Household Canny Challenge. We hope that you enjoy it and we would love to hear from you about what sorts of things you are doing and about what you would like to see in upcoming issues. Please let us know by emailing sue@sustainingdunbar.org.  Check out this map and see how many households and schools in the Dunbar District are reducing their co2 emissions!

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Feed me

Local projects
The Dunbar Community Chicken Coops There are 2 Community Chicken coops up and running. If you are interested in learning about how to keep healthy hens Contact:

Community Bees: Dunbar now has 5 Community Bee Hives up an running. if you would like to learn more about bees and how to keep them then you may want to get involved in the local Bee Group and Bee School. Please contact philip@sustainingdunbar.org for more information.

Community Gardens   The next Belhaven Community Garden Planting Plan meeting will be help January 25th at 1:30. If you would like to get involved in developing this years planting plan and activities please come along to the poly tunnel at Belhaven Hospital.

Other Community Food Patches: 10 Fruit trees were planted in the Wingate area just before Christmas and residents in the Belhaven area are planting fruit trees this month.
If you are interested in planting fruit trees in your neighbourhood  Contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org 

Fruit Tree Pruning workshop 31 January 10:30 - 3:30 at Belhaven Community Garden  Free to Belhaven Community Garden members and £20 for non members. To get more information contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org 

Local Food  Want to learn more about where to find food grown and produced locally? Check out the map being developed here and  look for this label in local shops.

Food Waste and Worms Work:
Worm boxes are now located at the Belhaven Community Garden, Lauderdale Park, Dunbar, Stenton, East Linton, Innerwick and West Barns Primary Schools. This map shows you how many households have worm boxes and are trying to reduce their food waste. For information regarding Worms Work please contact: gail@sustainingdunbar.org

Keep me warm

Local projects
Energy Audits and Advice Service: We can help with free advice on keeping your home cozy and saving energy.  To get more information contact sean@sustainingdunbar.org

Draught Proofing Service: All households signed up to take the Households Canny Challenge can get drought proofing done by our technician for free while our stocks last. To book our technician to get your home draught proofed please contact: mark@sustianingdunbar.org

Curtain Lining: We have a good supply of curtain lining to make your existing curtains more cozy, keep you warmer and save on energy bills. This simple and easy measure makes a big difference. Please contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org to get yours.

Get me there

Local projects
Promoting local bus use: Sustaining Dunbar has been working with Rural East Lothian Bus Users (RELBUS), East Lothian Council and bus operators to agree a local Bus Charter.  We hope that these positive discussions continue - to keep in touch, visit the RELBUS website www.relbus.org.uk
20's Plenty Trial  
If you live south of the Railway line please have your say about your experince of the 20's Plenty Trial here.
Cycle Friendly Dunbar 

The project aims to give local people the confidence to cycle more and cycle further by encouraging local businesses and attractions to welcome cyclists. Organisations signed up to the scheme pledge to have secure cycle parking, bike pumps, local maps and puncture repair kits available. It also supports local businesses by advertising their credentials on this website, and encouraging cyclists to visit, and we hope it will inspire touring cyclists on the N76 or John Muir Way to visit Dunbar as they know they will get a warm and sympathetic welcome. dan@sustainingdunbar.org

SpareWheels: Has an electric car for the Dunbar area. For More information please see their website.

Explore the Dunbar Area by Foot or by bike: All our maps are available free of charge from the new Sustaining Dunbar office Station Yard, Station Rd EH42 1JX.

Canny neighbourhoods

Local Projects
Neighbourhood Plans for Quality Streets: We are working with individuals and groups who want to carry out street audits and plan to make their streets safer and more edible. If you would like some assistance for your neighbourhood to come together and: plant a street orchard, install a bike pump, get a neighbourhood bike and trailer, develop seating and food growing areas,  etc.  -  please contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org 

Borrow and Lend:

See the Borrow and Lend website for a list of all the things you can use.

All you need to do is sign up as a member (which is FREE and you can do it on the day) then pick up the item you’d like to try. Community groups can also join in.

Then you just have to confirm you know how to use it the equipment, and agree a date to return it. We expect most items will be borrowed for around one week, but longer periods can be arranged. Insurance is included.


Local events
25th January Belhaven Community Garden Planting Planning Meeting 1:30 at Belhaven Hospital in the poly tunnel
31st January Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop 
10:30 - 3:30 at Belhaven Community Garden 
20th February 50 Mile Pot Luck and Zero Waste event 7pm at Our Lady of the Waves Hall
January 2015 Newsletter