Because of the current uncertainty about the virus, Wednesday morning 10.30 coffee drop-in is suspended until further notice. I will get in touch with helpers and submit a note to this Newsletter when we feel the time is right to resume. In the mean time, I'll probably raise a cup at 10.30 on Wednesdays and maybe make a phone call instead!
Dear Sally and the people of Great Coxwell
I'm Sally, a volunteer at Asylum Welcome, writing on behalf of Janet, our Food Bank Coordinator, and indeed on behalf of all the staff and volunteers here, to thank you all most heartily for your recent most generous donation of food items.
At the moment we are supporting over 100 people a week with food and essential toiletries. From working in the Welcome Centre myself pre-pandemic, I know just how much our clients appreciate and rely on having this lifeline to supplement the pitifully low level of financial support they have to exist on, if indeed any support is available.
Since the start of the pandemic and the closure of the Welcome Centre as a drop-in facility, we have developed a weekly delivery service to our clients and this works well thanks to our dedicated delivery volunteers. When the situation allows, we hope to be able to return to clients collecting food at the Centre, as this gives them more autonomy over their food choices. But no system works if we don't have food to supply, so we are dependent on the continuing generosity of such kind people as yourselves. You are really making a difference and it's heart-warming in these troubled times.
Thank you all again, and our very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year
Volunteer Food Bank Coordinator
Unit 7, Newtec Place
Oxford OX4 1RE
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1. Community Group of the Month
Greener Great Coxwell has been chosen as the Low Carbon Hub Community Group of the Month for December. Please go to the link below for the announcement:
This is mainly concerned with the heating project but recognises the wide range of interests of the group as a whole.
2. Cosy Homes Presentation
If you were not able to attend the recent Cosy Homes retrofit scheme presentation by project manager Geordie Stewart and would like to get more information, you can viewing a recording by clicking on the link here:
3. Community Benefit Company
As of the 9th of December, Greener Great Coxwell has been approved and registered with the FCA as a Community Benefit Society. This gives us the legal entity we need to move forward with the energy project but it covers all our other activities as well. We will shortly send more details and hope as many villagers as possible will be interested in becoming members.
For general information from Greener Great Coxwell please mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find these Bulletins on the website at : https://greenergreatcoxwell.com/great-coxwell-community-energy-bulletins/
Annabelle Zinovieff, Ken Hirons, Ian Mason, Karen Mason, Margaret O’Donohoe, Richard Benwell, Sophie Stainer, Jacqui Russell
Mob: +44 (0)7771 504211
Interested in helping save perfectly good food from ending up in the skip, taking pressure off the environment and cutting food bills into the bargain ? If so, the new Faringdon Community Larder could be a great place to start.
It is estimated that we waste around 30% of all food produced for human consumption. This wasted food has taken a tsunami of fresh water, land and labour to produce, not to mention pointlessly wasted energy, emissions and fertilisers / polluted runoff. Friends of the Earth say - if it were a country, food waste would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world.
SOFEA ( https://www.sofea.uk.com/ ) is an Oxfordshire-based organisation aiming to give local, excluded young people a fresh start and in the process provide a range of services including around 20 Community Larders in Oxfordshire (working with fareshare.org.uk). For a small fee ANYONE interested in preventing food waste or saving money on food bills can join the project. There are no conditions for membership. This food comes direct from the warehouses of the big Supermarkets to the SOFEA warehouse in Didcot. It was destined for the skip without ever seeing a retail shop! This food is different from the food banks or community fridges/Pump House project; they run in parallel. The Larder in Wantage re-distributed 1.7 TONS of food in November alone.
Over the last few weeks, Faringdon Council has started running a Community Larder in the Corn Hall every Tuesday Afternoon. Costs are a one off £10 fee to join SOFEA and a £3.50 weekly subscription for the larder paid by direct debit. Get more details from SOFEA's website and sign-up on line at https://www.sofea.uk.com/purpose-projects/community-larder/. Come along to the Corn Hall between 2:30 and 4:00 any Tuesday to have a free tea and a look around or drop us a mail for more details.
Mob: +44 (0)7771 504211
It is our pleasure to announce that Great Coxwell Artists will be making a comeback for Artweeks 2022.
This will take place over the two weekends of 14th/15th and 21st/22nd May 2022.
If you would like to join our group then now is the time to let us know. We are in the process of making our application to 'Oxfordshire Artweeks' so if you are an artist/artisan who lives in the village and would like to open your studio/house/garage/garden to visitors to exhibit and sell your work then please let us know by 10th December - email to email@example.com
All the usual venues will be up and running. We would also like to thank all the residents for being so welcoming and encouraging and enabling us to raise considerable sums for the village, through Artweeks, via visitor purchases at the reading room cafe and plant stall at the church.
This site is run by the parishioners of Great Coxwell for the benefit of everyone. Please submit information, ideas and comments so that the site can be developed to best effect.