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Hello Dunbar & District. This is our Jan-March 2014 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. 

Tell us how you are getting on with your Household Canny Challenge - click here. For every response we give .50p towards local growing project of your choice.

Check out this map and see how many households and schools in the Dunbar District are reducing their co2 emissions!

We are looking for 5 individuals or families to write a journal, weblog or blog of their experiences of the reducing, recycling and reusing over a couple weeks, which we’ll publish as the “recycling diaries”

It doesn't matter whether you’re an old hand, or perhaps find recycling rather frustrating or just curious and starting out.  Contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Feed me: 

Local projects

The Dunbar Community Chicken Coop is East Lothian's first Community Chicken Coop located at Dunbar Grammar School is about to get a neighbour!. Dunbar Primary School are getting one too! If you are interested in learning about how to keep healthy hens Contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org

Community Bees if you fancy learning more about bees and how to keep them then you may want to get involved in a local bee group who have set up a couple of local hives. Please contact philip@sustainingdunbar.org for more information.

Community Gardens and food growing If you need a patch to grow food this season we can help to find you one around where you live. If you fancy learning more about how to grow fruit and veg then come to Belhaven Community Garden Sunday from 10:30 to 1 pm. For more information please contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Check out this map to see how many households are growing more food!  For more information about how you can get help to grow more of your own food too contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org 

Dunbar Primary School has very active gardening groups at both campuses and there is a need for more parent volunteers. For more information about how you can get involved in the food gardens, at either campus, please contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org

West Barns Primary School now has raised beds and they are needing parents to help out with their gardening club. Contact: karellsime@gmail.com 

Food Waste and Worms Work:
Worm boxes are now located at the Belhaven Community Garden, Lauderdale Park, Dunbar Primary School, Stenton 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: andrew@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.

Check out this map to see all the households and Schools making energy savings.

Get me there

Local projects

Cycle Friendly and a permanent bike pump will be installed soon at Dunbar Train Station.
Trained Dunbar Cycling Group ride leaders will be taking beginner cyclists out at weekends.  Sustaining Dunbar are sponsoring the rides and providing tea and scones on route plus Dr Bike checks pre-ride. Bikes can be borrowed if required. Contact: dan@sustainingdunbar.org
Dr Bike will be running pump track sessions - for information about bike safety checks and skills sessions contact: dan@sustainingdunbar.org
Electric car for car club
We are delighted to hear that SpareWheels' new electric car is now stationed at the Bleachingfield Centre. We are helping SpareWheels to sort out a more permanent parking spot in or around the town. Remember - if you are taking the Household Canny Challenge, you can get FREE sign-up to SpareWheels, and a FREE test drive of the electric Nissan Leaf. Contact morag@sustainingdunbar.org for details.

Van for car club
Local businesses and individuals who have an occasional need for a van are encouraged to get in touch with SpareWheels as they are trying to gauge support for adding a van to their fleet. Email mail@sparewheels.org.uk if you'd like more details.

Electric Charging Point for businesses
The Energy Saving Trust has 100% funding for businesses to set up public electric vehicle charging points on their premises. Conditions are that the business must provide the electricity for free until the end of 2014, but after that there is leeway to set your own price for the electricity with the potential to make a small profit. More information on the grant can be found here: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Organisations/Transport/Electric-vehicles/Electric-Vehicle-Charge-Point-Funding 
Bus Charter for better local services
Sustaining Dunbar has been working with RELBUS (Rural East Lothian Bus Users) and East Lothian Council to persuade bus operators to sign up to a 'Bus Charter' for better local services. More details at www.relbus.org.uk . 
Explore the Dunbar Area by Foot or by bike: All our maps are available free of charge from the Sustaining Dunbar shop at 16 West Port.

Canny neighbourhoods

Local Projects

Neighbourhood Plans for Quality Streets: We are working with individuals and groups who want to develop action plans to make their streets safer for cycling and walking, plant a street orchard and grow more food. 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:

We've got some unusual things like our bike trailers or a folding bike to try out, or an adult off-road wheel-chair/buggy which can be used for an adventure out, but we've also got more mundane things that you may not have room to store at home, such as office chairs which you could borrow for a party. 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

21/3 is the date for the next 3rd Friday Pot Luck Dinner at 7pm followed by Film night or talk held at the Bleachingfield Centre Dunbar. These events happen every 3rd Friday of the month. Contact: philip@sustainingdunbar.org

Every Sunday from 10:30 to 1: Belhaven Community Garden (at Belhaven Hospital) sessions are held to learn how to grow more of your own fruit and vegetables. contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Spring Cycle Rides: Explore Dunbar and Dustrict by bike this spring. Click here for more information: Spring Rides

For more local events See What's on here
September 2013 Newsletter