The Big Community Energy Weekend

The Big Community Energy Weekend

Despite the warmest weekend this year, many people attended our Big Community Energy Weekend, visiting the Energy Fair on May 17th at Montgomery School and our 24 green open homes over the weekend. We even had energy to dance to the excellent sounds of Slipdown Dog at our Celebration party.

At the Energy fair, people enjoyed the four expert talks from Emma Osmundsen, Alastair Mumford, Gabriel Wondrausch and Geoff Stow, and visited the stalls of 15 energy installers, suppliers and advisors.

Ben Bradshaw MP opened the weekend and ECOE’s launch (presentation here). He spoke of his support for community energy and ECOE.

You (ECOE) have the potential to provide multiple benefits, not just the benefits … of climate change and carbon dioxide reduction targets but also energy affordability, energy security, energy and fuel poverty. Everything that you are proposing to do is a win win win on all of these areas. …

We have to have a renewed effort to rebuild the consensus around climate change and make sure the pressure is on people like me – decision-makers and policy makers elsewhere – that this needs to happen and it needs to be done, projects like this can only be massively beneficial. I want to congratulate you in getting this off the ground. Its fantastic that its happening in Exeter.

ben-bradshaw-at-ecoe-smallThere was lots of interest and support for ECOE from others too, with people signing up for the community share offer and making pledges and talking about suitable roofs.

Over 60 people went on tours around Montgomery school provided by Chris Rea.

And the ‘three of the best Green Homes tour’ on Sat afternoon proved very popular.

The excellent food in the café was very much enjoyed and the raffle proved successful. These two raised £170.

The children’s activities run by Love Food Locally and Exeter Scrapstore with an energy theme proved popular with the children and their parents.

The Raffle

We had eleven prizes donated, so a big thank you to Alan from Exeter Brewery, Ian from Grocycle, David from The Real Food Store and Geoff, Gill, Sonya, Doug and Griff.

The winners were Adrian, Simon, Emma and James, Hilary and Peter, Jason, Ben, Jane, Maggie, Harriet, Jon and Griff.

A big thank you … to everybody who helped to make the weekend a success

  • all of the wonderful volunteers – Sue, Harriet, Jane, Julia, Andrew, Lisa, Rayko, Helen, Jen, Frankie and Gill
  • to Ian, Jen, Gavin and Gabi for providing such excellent food
  • all of the inspirational Green Open Home owners
  • the expert speakers and well-informed installers, suppliers and advisors
  • Tom and Sandra at Montgomery School for all your very kind and thoughtful help
  • Ben for his continuing support and encouragement
  • Slipdown Dog for their great music
  • Si for all of his creative design work
  • Clive for recording the event thru his photographs
  • Graham from Bicton EaRTH
  • Tom from Local Exeter Records
  • Sustainable Crediton and Teign Estuary Transition
  • our Energy Fair sponsors: Stephens Scown, Mike Wye and Associates and Grocycle
  • And to the BCEW sub-group – Geoff, Doug, Griff, Hertha, Joe, Gill and Gill for organising the event so well and working together to make BCEW happen 🙂

If you have any feedback for us about the BCEW we’d love to hear from you, whether its about what worked well or what we could do differently next time.

Feedback is an important way to keep learning and ECOE wants to learn and develop.