Crowd funding for micro community projects
MalvernSoup is a new start-up Soup following in the tradition of Soups around the country and inspired by Detroit Soup.
So what is MalvernSoup? They are a Group of volunteers who will organise a Sunday lunch get-together four times a year somewhere in Malvern. You'll pay an entrance fee which will go to the winning project.
The next Malvern Soup is to be held At: Malvern Town FC Langland Avenue, Malvern WR14 2EQ. On: 11th December, 2016 At: 3pm to 6pm.
see malvernsoup.co.uk for more information.
Transition Malvern Hills are putting on a course of 6 workshops led by Richard Preistley on Sustainable Malvern and Where Do We Go From Here?
The course is open to all with an aim of investigating how we, within the Malvern Hills district, approach making changes within our community that can create a more sustainable and resilient society.
The course will be six sessions:
Thursdays 14th, 21st, 28th April, and 12th, 19th, 26 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Manor Park Sports Club, Vaughan Hall, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2TL
The cost of these workshops will be £45 for the six workshops.
The poster for the workshops can be downloaded here
In a previous article we set out the case for Local Community Energy Co-operatives as a valuable way forward in reducing our reliance on damaging fossil fuel energy sources. Now Malvern Community Energy Co-operative (MCEC, set up by Transition Malvern Hills) is offering you the opportunity to invest in this attractive, ethical investment in community renewable energy generation.
There are now examples in the UK and a very large number of community schemes in the rest of Europe. To see some of the UK schemes visit www.sharenergy.coop, local examples are Leominster Solar PV panels on the leisure centre, Woolhope Woodheat Biomass boilers and wood supply and Neen Sollars Community Hydro.
MCEC has a team of 10 volunteers determined to make this work locally. We are now completing the Share Offer document so that local people can decide whether they want to join us as members of the Co-op by subscribing/investing in our first project to put Solar PhotoVoltaic panels on the Malvern Cube.
We have chosen the Cube as our first building because of the additional social value we can create by reducing the Cube’s electricity bills, as well as being capable of delivering a modest return to MCEC’s members/community subscribers. Could you be one of them? The minimum shareholding is £250. We are still finalising the sums but we expect the average annual rate of return to be in excess of 3% for non tax payers and more than twice that for tax payers.
There will be a Launch meeting for the Share Offer at the Cube at 8pm on the 10th March. We are collecting details of people interested in investing so we can keep them up to date.
If you are interested or even excited about this new and very important venture, contact at www.malverncommunityenergy.org
MCE Poster for circulation and display (pdf).
UPDATE: link to share offer information
Starting 3rd August, Community Market at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre (Wyche Cutting) from 9am - 11am on the first Saturday of every month.
It will be free for both buyers and sellers with an aim of encouraging community use of produce and generally strengthening the community (and follows on the previous West Malvern version).
See GeoCentre website for more info.
UPDATE at October 2013: the Market has been discontinued - not enough space and not quite working as intended.
"Chancellor unveils generous tax breaks for fracking companies and financial incentives for local communities"
See this story in The Guardian
Transition Malvern Hills and Malvern Hills Repair Café are working together to organise the first Green fair in Malvern – the Malvern Hills Communities Fair!
The aim of this one day event is to raise awareness of and celebrate local environmental initiatives, particularly the efforts of those individuals, voluntary groups and businesses who are contributing to the sustainability of the Malvern Hills communities.
Malvern Hills Communities Fair will take place on Saturday 21 September 2013 at Malvern Cube. There will be themed areas based on different environmental issues such as waste, energy, transport and food and a variety of different workshops, presentations, children’s activities and entertainment will take place throughout the day. Stalls will be available for a small charge.
We would welcome more volunteers to join us on the organising committee as we want to ensure that this will be an event that Malvern will remember!
If you could spare some time to get involved, please call 01684 892581 or email [sf_email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/sf_email]