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To visit the new Greening Steyning website and hear the latest about the 2030 Vision Survey click this link: www.greeningsteyning.org
Rebooting the 2030 Vision process
Back in January (doesn’t that seem an age ago!), Greening Steyning began hatching an ambitious plan to run a community consultation process to gather everyone’s ideas on what they want to future to look like. We were thinking big. With the climate and ecological emergency staring us in the face, we decided we need to take decisive action. The question we were posing was how can make Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding one of the greenest and most sustainable communities in the UK?
The plan was to invite representatives from all sectors of the community to a ‘Visioning Event’ scheduled for 25th March at the Steyning Centre. Local schools, Parish Councils, churches, businesses, and other clubs and societies all agreed to take part. Then the Covid crisis struck – so we had to postpone.
A lot has changed since March. Many of us have had time during lockdown to reflect on what really matters to us, and appreciate even more our local environment and the community we’re in. The question now is how do we want to approach the new normal as we slowly emerge from lockdown? There seems to be a widespread desire to change society and not go back to our old ways. We feel it is important that we seize this opportunity to work together to create an inspiring and sustainable future for our community.
So on June 10th we’re launching an online survey, the 2030 Vision Survey, to gather people’s thinking on what they would like to future to look like by 2030. This will take the place of the March meeting. It will cover a range of issues: transport, energy, housing, shopping, the local economy, and our natural environment. It should only take 10-15 minutes to fill in, and will provide everyone with a chance to chip in their ideas and hopes for the future.
The results will give us some shared goals to aim for and will set the agenda for subsequent discussion on how we can work together to get the change process moving. Once again we’re reaching out to the whole community and all age groups to help create this vision. So please let others know about the survey when it comes out, and pass the word.
Give Your Stuff Away Days on Wheels
We’re reinventing Give Your Stuff Away Day! Instead of bringing your ‘stuff’ to the Catholic Church, like we did in the past, we encouraging residents to leave things in a safe spot outside our homes. People can go round with a wheelbarrow or trolley to pick up anything that catches their eye. We can maintain a safe social distance while recycling and reusing a whole load of useful stuff.
The first GYSAD-on-wheels will be this Sunday, July 5th, from 1 to 4 pm. Anyone with suitable space can put things out, but remember it’s your job to take anything that doesn’t get taken back in afterwards. We don’t want to be accused of community fly tipping!
See the recycling page for some do’s and don’ts.
Mass Unwrap at the Coop
Steyning shoppers sent a strong message to their local supermarket on Saturday 9th Nov when we staged a ‘Mass Unwrap’ event to highlight the amount of unwanted and unnecessary plastic packaging they get when they shop there. Shoppers were encouraged to unwrap these and other pre-packed items and leave the plastic behind on a table outside. Over the course of the day, more than 500 plastic boxes and wrappers were collected, enough to fill several large bags.
The unwrap was part of our campaign to make Steyning, Bramber and Beeding ‘Plastic Free Communities’. As Ronnie Reed put it, “We’ve engaged with so many people over this and most are really concerned over the amount of plastic they take home after they’ve done their weekly shop.”
“The aim of the protest was to send a clear message to Coop headquarters, rather than staff of the local branch, that shoppers of all ages are unhappy with their unnecessary use of single use plastic,” said John Griffin from the Steyning and District Business Chamber. “Local staff have been super helpful, and besides letting us advertise the event inside the store were happy to take away all of the plastic we collected, and pass it on through the Coop’s recycling set up.”
Shoppers were asked to sign a petition saying “I urge Coop Food Stores to radically cut down on their use of plastic packaging, especially single use plastics.” Over 130 signatures were collected in just a few hours and this will be handed to the store manager to pass on to head office.
Climate Strike – largest demo in Steyning for decades
Five hundred people took to the streets of Steyning on Sept 20th to join global protests calling for urgent climate action. Led by local school children, and backed by residents of all ages, it was the largest demonstration in Steyning for nearly forty years, bringing the High Street to a standstill.
“Don’t burn our future!” “There is no planet B!” “Act now or swim later!” These were just some of the messages captured in a whole series of colourful handmade posters made by the local Woodcraft Folk group, who organised the strike jointly with Greening Steyning.
Woodcraft member, Ursula, age 13, who led the march and introduced the speakers, summed up her feelings: “I think the Steyning march was great and showed the power of the community when we come together. I also think that the diversity of ages was amazing and it just goes to show that it isn’t just the next generation that’s worried, it’s everyone.”
If you missed it, here’s the full press release on the Strike. For more photos and videos, take a look at the Climate Strike Facebook album. And here’s the text of the poem “They Already Know,” by Simon Zec, and the song “Greta’s Sailing,” both specially written for the event.
River Adur clean up walk
Volunteers from Steyning, Bramber & Beeding joined forces on Saturday 14th Sept to do a litter clean-up walk along the River Adur. It was the latest part of our campaign to make Steyning, Bramber and Beeding ‘Plastic Free Communities’. Armed with grabbers, bin bags and gloves, and with dogs and young children in tow, we set off from the Bramber footbridge and scoured the river bank all the way down to the A283 road bridge.
“The litter gods were with us”, said John Griffin, from the Steyning and District Business Chamber, and one of the Plastics Campaign coordinators. “When we got to the A283 we found the road was closed for bridge repairs. So we were able to switch focus and give the road verges a good going over. And there were enough people on hand to give Bramber Castle the treatment too.”
So how clean is our valley? “It turned out that the river bank was fairly free from litter this weekend, despite the spring high tide”, according to Sue Glover from the Steyning volunteer litter picking group. “There were some litter hot spots though where the story was very different – notably around bridges and car parks.”
Here’s a link to the article on the event that appeared in the Shoreham Herald.
Plastics Campaign kicks off
A new campaign is underway to make a serious dent in the use of plastics – especially single-use plastics – in Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding. We’re teaming up with Surfers Against Sewage for this and will be working over 2019 to become a ‘Plastic Free Community’. Our three Parish Councils are behind the idea, as is the local Business Chamber. We’ll also be working with schools, churches, local businesses and others. Take a look at the new section of the website for news of how you can get involved.
The launch of the campaign was at Steyning Farmers Market at 11.00am on Saturday 6th April. Here’s some photos of the event.
Horsham and West Sussex both agree to step up action on climate change
Our campaign to get local our local councils to declare a Climate Emergency has born fruit! Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council have both passed motions recently committing them to step up action on the climate, though stopping short of declaring a climate emergency.
There’s more details on the Climate Emergency page, including information on the South East Climate Alliance (SECA) – a brand new umbrella group we’ve helped form to coordinate efforts across the South East. Check out the new SECA website for latest information on the campaign: seclimatealliance.uk
Join us for Green Drinks
This is our regular get together to talk about matters green over a pint and a packet of crisps. It is the last Wednesday of most months. We have had some brilliant and inspiring speakers over the last few years. Doors open at 7.30pm, talks start at 8.00pm.
Check the Events page to find out the upcoming programme, and check details of the venue .Note we are moving out of Steyning Cricket Club from October 2019 – the new venue will be Steyning Football Club, just by the Grammar School entrance in Shooting Field.