The book club met approx. every month to six weeks, looking at various aspects of how to live, from the personal to the communal and the global. The group met at the Unitarian Chapel, Branthwaite Brow, Kendal. For more information contact Hazel Clarke 015395 68284.
Titles read included: Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers; Religion for Atheists by Alain De Botton; Sum: tales from the afterlives by David Eagleman ; Cancel the Apocalypse by Andrew Simms; ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: our year of seasonal eating‘ by Barbara Kingsolver; ‘Soil and Soul, people versus corporate power‘ by Alastair McIntosh; ‘The Selfish Society: how we all forgot to love one another and made money instead‘ and D Schumacher’s, ‘Small is Beautiful, in the 21st century‘, an update on the classic ‘Small is Beautiful: economics as if people mattered’ by EF Schumacher published in the 1960s.
In order to help the Kendal community both stay warm and save on their energy bills, South Lakes Action on Climate Change – Towards Transition (SLACC-TT), supported by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), held an Energy Saving Fair in Kendal town centre on Saturday 2 February, 11.00-16.30. The Fair was in Unit 5, (next to Nat West Bank) Elephant’s Yard and will be opened by the Mayor.
The Fair brought together a range of stalls, demonstrations and presentations to provide advice for the public about how to save energy by insulating their homes, efficient use of woodfuel, options for improving the energy efficiency of windows, low energy lighting, solar panels, income generation from renewables, information about the government’s new Green Deal and more.
Sustainable Gardens Award 2012
We helped the Town Council develop this new category for the Kendal in Bloom competition 2012. The winner was Jane Willis whose garden best met the criteria.
“One of the things that seemed to impress the judges was that a lot of the stuff in the garden was not bought from garden centres, but came from propagating / over-wintering / friends’ gardens (i.e. yours!) – so many thanks for all your contributions! They especially liked the community compost idea: I leave a small covered bin outside my house in the square to which the neighbouring households add their compostable waste. I transfer this to my big bin and in spring I give them some made compost for their window boxes. The judges also seemed to appreciate my (very full) slug traps and rain water collection bins, not to mention the small fruit and vege patch (radishes, runner beans, winter greens, salad leaves, rocket, raspberries), the herb patch and the ‘wild-life’ bits… The fact that I couldnt’ remember half the names of my plants and shrubs did not seem to matter, so long as it was bee or butterfly friendly!” Jane Willis
2012: Biked Up, Pedal Powered
Biked-Up, Pedal-Powered, was a partnership between SLACCTT, The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Kendal Mintfest, the international street arts festival hosted by the town. It was a bike dance performed by local young people (predominantly boys) who are street stunt bikers, choreographed professionally with the Brewery. The performance was powered by bike generators made by the SLACCTT group and pedalled by the audience. The show was part of the Mintfest programme during 2012.
The project was be overseen by a new group of Young Producers and a steering group to guide the technical developments.
2011: Active Travel
During 2011 the transport group embarked on the Active Travel project. We ran the Cycle Challenge competition with a revamped website: www.southlakes-cyclechallenge.co.uk.
We also produced an Active Travel Guide which was distributed in doctor surgeries, dentists, leisure centres, etc, as well as a new bus map for Kendal (an updated Kendal bus map is now available from Stagecoach) and a Walking & Cycling map for Windermere & Bowness.
The final strand of the project involved working with 5 primary schools to promote cycling and walking. Download a leaflet about cycle safety for parents here and active lifestyles for parents here. Dowload the final project report here.
2011: Sustainable Living Awards
In partnership with Kendal Town Council, we launched our Sustainable Living Awards, open to all community groups in Kendal. The aim was to challenge community groups to do something different each week and an awards ceremony was held in the summer.
2010: Summer of Cycling
We continued with CycleFest during 2010 by staging the Summer of Cycling. This was a 6 month cycling promotion project which centres around a workplace cycle challenge, 6 months of events, producing a cycling & walking map for Kendal as well as cycle marketing to every home in Kendal.
To read the project report click here.
2010: Staveley GTi2
This was the second year of our Green Travel Initiative project in the nearby village of Staveley. In 2010 we secured funds to continue with another 6 months of events, as well as setting up a car club and marketing sustainable transport to the whole village.
Documents and reports from the project are available here.
2010: Peak Oil Report
Download the report Peak Oil Report.
2009/2010: Home Energy Action Together (HEAT)
HEAT took place over winter 2009/10 and was aimed at getting up to 150 houses in the Kendal Castle area to sign up to three ‘asks’ – 1) to make the ‘Big Switch’ to a renewable energy supplier, 2) to fill out a home energy check and receive a free report on how to make your house more energy efficient, and 3) to install a free digital smart meter which we provide.
The full project details can be downloaded here.
This project has now been completed (March 2010), and the project report is now available to download: HEAT Final Report.
Other resources used in the project can also be downloaded:
2009/2010: Kendal & Staveley Car Club
Working in partnership with South Lakes District Council, we worked to promote and set up a car club in Kendal and Staveley. A car, loaned to the project by local residents, is available to rent in Staveley, however after a year of running the car is Kendal has been taken out the scheme. The Go Lakes project is now working with Co-Wheels to expand the scheme around the Lake District, with new cars in Windermere, Coniston and more on the way.
2009: Staveley Green Travel Initiative
In 2009 we embarked on an exciting and unique transport project in the nearby village of Staveley. The dedicated project website is now offline but you can find out more online, along with all the materials we developed during the project. http://www.sustainablestaveley.org.uk/sens/downloads/
2009: CycleFest – Celebrating all kinds of cycling for all kinds of people
Kendal’s first ever festival of cycling took place from 30th May to 7th June, organised by SLACC. The project was 100% volunteer driven and was a huge success with thousands of people coming out for the festival day. The festival website has now been updated to run our 2010 cycling project the Summer of Cycling.
2008: SLACC Eco Fair
Here is video from the 2008 Eco Fair at the Castle St Centre.