Oliver’s Battery Annual Parish Assembly 23rd May 2023.

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on the 23rd May at St Mark’s Hall.

This year the PC received presentations from the Oliver’s Battery Sustainability Group and the Repair Café .

OB Sustainability have not been in existence long and their aims are to support the community in making our life more sustainable and to enhance the biodiversity of the parish.

The group can be contacted at obsustainability@gmail.com.

The PC purchased a thermal imaging camera, with the support of a grant from Cllr Warwick and on the 14 January the OB Home Energy Subgroup launched at St Marks Church Hall.  Volunteers brought information and examples of green technology, including heat pumps and solar panels.  Several people signed up to take part in the trial of the thermal camera use.  Four volunteers attended a training workshop to learn how to use the thermal imaging camera and others will be trained “on the job”.

OB Sustainability Group are also encouraging people to have wildlife friendly gardens, including making gardens more attractive to hedgehogs.

The Repair Café is an even newer enterprise, at least in Winchester.  A repair café is a free meeting place where you can take ordinary household items that are no longer working, or that have become damaged and volunteers will attempt to fix them.  It is a fun, social community event that values the expertise of volunteer craftspeople and helps to reduce waste and consumption.

The sorts of items which may be repaired include clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, computers, bicycles, and toys.

Their current venues are Badger Farm Community Centre and Unit 12 in  Winnall.

The Repair Café can be contacted on info@repaircafewinchester.org and you can book a repair and subscribe to their newsletter for information about upcoming events and updates on their website https://www.repaircafewinchester.org/.


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