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It's here! h.Energy starts on Saturday 12th October ... Read on for some last minute opportunities, event news and links.
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Hello All - it's that time of year again ...  in Hereford city the evening air smells of apples, first frosts can't be that far off, and the mornings are increasingly dark and misty: it must be time for h.Energy!

In keeping with our water theme and the potential water has to re-energise a barren landscape, this year's h.Energy has a 'Re-Energising Herefordshire' theme:
  • Our keynote event at the Courtyard on the 15th October launches a new carbon reduction charter for Herefordshire - already signed by leading organisations from around the county. More below.... 
  • h.Energy pop-up Repair Cafes are putting into action a new global 're-use' concept ... The answer to our throw-away culture is here in lovely local community settings around the county. Bring along your loved (and unloved) broken things for advice and fixing. Click here for more up to date details and to find your local Repair Cafe.
  • The High Town h.Energy Marketplace event on Saturday 12th October will have you all up and doing... drawing, drying apples, pitting water energy against cycle energy, hula-hooping, listening to stories, conversing, hopping onto buses - and of course finding out much more about how to make significant savings on your energy bills.
  • Active travel can be found all through the week, with wonderful guided walks around the county's h.Energy events, free bus tickets & guided cycle rides. 
  • Local artists have devised some amazing interactive art installations to make you marvel and wonder about our relationship with the world around us - and to get you physically involved... look for Drawing with Light and a Drop in the Ocean, as well as land art, samba, singing & dancing opportunities throughout the week. 

As always with h.Energy there are lots of opportunities to Look & Learn, but for 2013 there are more opportunities than ever before to Do... 
We'd love you to come along and join us,
and to help Re-Energise Herefordshire.

 

By now most of you will have seen the h.Energy 2013 Brochure in all its physical glory. It is available in shops, pubs, libraries and community halls around the county. Do share the brochure with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, as well as passers-by & unsuspecting by-standers - let's make this h.Energy truly the biggest yet!  

And in case have missed it, the h.Energy Brochure is here! as an online flickable booklet.

Call out to Volunteers

Do you love fixing things? Our Repair Cafes around the county will be staffed by willing volunteers who are used to sewing buttons back on, sharpening blunt tools, and applying a bit of glue rather than throwing something in the bin. If this describes you and you would like to come along and help, please get in touch: contact kate@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk as soon as possible. Or if Repair Cafes don't appeal to you but you would like to volunteer with us in other ways, please let us know!

Call out to local Professional Repairers...
Some of you are very kindly already planning to help out at our Repair Cafes - but if you are not, and you would like to send along some promotional materials, we would like to be able to refer people on to you... There will inevitably be things that we can't fix quickly and easily in the context of the Cafe..

Facebook & Twitter
There is some very active & Facebooking and Twittering going on about h.Energy. To keep up with the latest news, photos and activity please see check in on our h.Energy Facebook page.  And on Twitter look for #hEnergy or @HfdsNewLeaf

Your Own Photos and Stories....
Please send them along! We would love to hear how h.Energy is for you - what you have found inspiring (or depressing...), new ideas that you have discovered, where the tastiest tea & cake is to be found, stories you have loved, apples you have pressed, footpaths you have walked, homes you have visited, buses you have travelled on, talks you have attended, beers you have tasted... Either post them on our Facebook page / tweet them to us - or just email them along to us. Thank you!

And Thank you....
to all of our wonderful event holders - h.Energy would be nothing without the amazing voluntary effort that everyone puts in. And thank you also to our inspiring h.Energy 2013 Partners, it has been a huge pleasure to work with you all: AECB; Balfour Beatty; Caplor Energy; Choose How You Move; Herefordshire Ramblers; metnet; Nozstock; Herefordshire Council's sustainability team; and Wye Valley Brewery.

Re-Energising Herefordshire at the Courtyard 

Come and join us on Tuesday, 15th October at 7.30pm for the flagship event of h.Energy 2013 - an inspirational evening at the county’s finest theatre, the Courtyard in Hereford.
 
This free public event brings together some very talented speakers and will include the launch of the Re-Energising Herefordshire Charter  - a commitment about how Herefordshire can change - and is already changing - its energy use in ways that create jobs, wellbeing and community resilience.
 
To mark the occasion we are delighted to be joined by special guest Jane Davidson, former environment minister for Wales. Jane will be in conversation with Guardian journalist Oliver Balch. Our other speakers are Councillor Roger Phillips, who has recently added the environmental remit to his other responsibilities on the council’s cabinet; and renowned local activist and writer, Richard Priestley.
 
The evening will begin with a children’s choir, assembled by local teacher Erika Lyons. The choir performance will be followed by Rob Garner, Director of New Leaf, who introduce the evening and give some of the background to the development of “Re-Energising Herefordshire”. Cllr Roger Phillips will then offer some remarks on the County’s collaborative approach to carbon reduction and will launch the Re-Energising Herefordshire Charter.  Local activist and teacher Richard Priestley will provide an inspiring vision of the multiple benefits of implementing this Charter, looking at the very edge of what is becoming possible and some leading examples from across the world.
 
Jane Davidson will then offer some thoughts on how Wales - widely seen as pioneering in sustainable development - has reframed the energy debate and how Herefordshire can learn from the experience.
 
These short talks will culminate in a Question Time style debate where audience participation is actively encouraged.
 
Herefordshire is already regarded by experts as one of the most advanced counties when it comes to “joined up” approaches to carbon reduction. We now have the opportunity to take things to the next level.
 
It will be an inspiring and re-energising evening. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
And, if you are able, please join us for activities and events throughout the day
Environmental businesses from across the region will be exhibiting their products and services before the event, which is part of a day-long celebration of h.Energy at the Courtyard. From 11.00 – 16.30 the Courtyard’s Main House will host ‘h.Energy Business Focus’ - talks and workshops of practical energy saving advice for local businesses, and from 17.00 – 19.00 we will be 'Celebrating h.Energy' with a couple of hours of interactive fun, stories and music for all of the family.
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