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Hello Dunbar & District. This is our September 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!

If you haven't already completed this survey - please do - it will help us to know how we can assist you - click here

Feed me

Local projects
The Dunbar Community Chicken Coop is East Lothian's first Community Chicken Coop. If you are interested in learning about how to keep healthy hens Contact:

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. Sharon Rossi and Sue Guy organised a bee keeping and habitat creation session in August at Lauderdale park. Another bee workshop will be held 26th of October from 2-4:30 at the Gathering In Community Conference.

Community Gardens Belhaven Community Garden had it's official opening 10th August as part of the Belhaven Hospital Fete. It was a fabulous afternoon and the garden looked absolutely wonderful. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have come out to dig, plant, water and care for the garden over the last year. We are grateful to The Ridge who have been working with Sustaining Dunbar to develop this magnificent community garden. Please see the Ridge website for more information about their activities. If you would like to come and help out at the garden or learn more about growing food please come out any Sunday from 10:30 to 3pm. For more information please contact: karell@the-ridge.org.uk. 

Other Community Food Patches flourished at the pool, Lauderdale Park and The Harbour Battery this summer. In August we harvested some of these patches and held a great Community Pot Luck BBQ at the Harbour. If you know of a planter or patch of ground around where you live which could grow more edible delights let us know and we can help you make this happen. Contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Get Growing workshop Saturday 9th November 2pm – 4pm at Lauderdale Park - free.  It is time to get planning and planting the next crop.  If you find it hard to find the time to just sit down and plan your garden – you're not alone. Come learn how to plan, prepare and plant your garden with Rob Ford. 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 contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org 

Jam Making  Want to learn more about how to find and use local ingredients? The next in our series of Local Food Adventures is 21st September at The Community Kitchen from 2-4. Come learn how to make jam. Contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org about this free workshop or any other food workshops you would like to have organised locally.

Apple Press We now have an apple press and crusher available to borrow. Please see our Make life easier website for more information.

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

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 cosy and saving energy. Until the end of November you can get up to £200 Grant towards: draught proofing; DIY Insulation and LED Light bulbs.
To get more information contact sean@sustainingdunbar.org

Draught Proofing Service: All households signed up to take the Households Canny Challenge can get draught 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 cosy, 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. This outlines what the community expects of its local bus services and will be published soon. Although there is nothing ground-breaking, the process was particularly helpful with bus companies getting the chance to see that not all their improvements filter down to the customer level. We discussed how bus companies can best make sure that passengers know about changes before they happen (on that note, look out for a new local service appearing in the autumn), and ELC has agreed to make up some more useful timetables which combine services from multiple operators.  We hope that these positive discussions continue - to keep in touch, visit the RELBUS website www.relbus.org.uk
The cycle training circuit (pump track) in Lochend Woods has been worn down by use (and some mis-use) over the summer, and it is clear that regular maintenance sessions will be needed to keep on top of things. Dunbar Cycling Group is organising a work day on Sunday 29th September. Turn up with your shovel and bike from 10am and you will be put to work. A cycle skills circuit is also coming to The Gathering In on 26th October, where you will be able to hone your skills with guidance from the experts.
Cycle Friendly Dunbar - we've been awarded funding from Cycling Scotland to install public bike pumps (track pumps) at the train station, schools and local cafes. If you'd like to see one near you contact dan@sustainingdunbar.org

Sustaining Dunbar met with East Lothian Council last month to take a closer look at the options for upgrading the N76, the main cycle route South from Dunbar, and creating a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the A1. The discussions were positive, with ELC giving their backing for the project and agreeing to support it where they can. The route has been divided into 4 sections which may be progressed separately depending on funding and priorities. For more information or to be added to the emailing list morag@sustainingdunbar.org
While investigating an alternative route through Brandsmill we noticed that the culvert screens (which are supposed to prevent the underpass from flooding so often) were damaged. We alerted Transport Scotland who is responsible for these, and they have agreed to repair them. Even although we are no longer pursuing this option as a cycle path from Dunbar to Innerwick, it is nevertheless a popular walking route and this will benefit local people.
SpareWheels: Is looking into getting an electric car for Dunbar. 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 Sustaining Dunbar shop at 16 West Port.

Canny neighbourhoods

Local Projects
Gathering In Community Conference
26th October from 2 to 4:30pm at the Bleachingfield Centre. For more information click here

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 attractive. 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
20/9 3rd Friday Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 followed by Film night at Bleachingfield Centre Dunbar contact: philip@sustainingdunbar.org
21/9 Learn to make Jam at the Community Kitchen contact 
29/9 10am onwards: Pump Track Work Day  - bring your shovel and get stuck in'
Every Sunday from 10:30 to 3: Belhaven Community Garden sessions contact: karell@theridge.org
18/10 3rd Friday Pot Luck dinner at Dunbar Community Kitchen contact: philip@sustainingdunbar.org
26/10 Gathering In Community Conference at the Bleachingfields Centre 2- 4:30pm
For more local events See What's on here
September 2013 Newsletter