AGM and film This Changes Everything 1st Dec 2016
Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth AGM and film showing
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 1st Dec at 6.45pm. This will be held at the Bloomfield Centre, Narberth
Following the AGM, we will serve refreshments, then at 7.30pm we will show the Avi Lewis film of the book
This Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein
The film takes a look at seven communities around the world, and poses the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
This evening is a good opportunity to talk to the people who run Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth, and ask questions about the environment. You can also find out about joining the group, to help us to protect the environment, both locally and on a wider scale,
Sea Empress Oral History Exhibition 27th Nov 2016
With a launch party on 18th November, an exhibition of the Sea Empress disaster of 20 years ago will be open until 27th November at the Reading Room in Manorbier.
This exhibition is the culmination of a programme of events arranged by artist and film-maker Abigail Sidebotham who is delivering a project aimed not just at remembering the Sea Empress disaster but also extending understanding of its impact 20 years on. Events included a talk and photography workshop with top conservation photographer Garth Lenz, and a presentation of local wildlife recordings by Rob St John and Mick Brown.
"It's been a fascinating and really revealing experience interviewing local people who remember the oil spill," explains Abigail, adding that two decades on she wanted to try and look beyond the economic and ecological impacts and towards the psychological and existential effects.
"Everyone has a different memory of it, but what they have in common was a need to do something about it."
Abigail's interviews, recorded with the assistance of local volunteers, are being made into an oral history archive which will be exhibited at Manorbier Reading Room. It will then be held at the National Library of Wales and the Tenby Museum.
The project, enabled by money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Beatrice Plunkett, also includes creative work with local schoolchildren, a series of themed newspapers and a programme of talks and film screenings.
“So much of our local history is woven into people’s reminiscences and experiences. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Sea Empress project will capture these elements of Pembrokeshire’s shared history - in danger of disappearing as it slips out of human memory,” added Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF Wales.
The renowned photographer, Garth Lenz, a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, is best known for his project The True Cost of Oil which examines the impact of the oil industry on the natural world. "The Sea Empress oil spill anniversary provides a cautionary tale of the risk of these enterprises," says Lenz. "Just as the comparison of the Pembrokeshire coast and Pembroke oil refinery provide a visual contrast of the consequences of tying the local economy to heavy industry versus one based on the beauty of the natural environment."
The exhibition will be launched on 18th Nov at 3pm, and will be open daily from 19th - 27th Nov from 11am - 5pm, at the Reading Room, Manorbier.
Further information available by emailing Abigail Sidebotham, email@example.com or on the project blog at: www.orielmyrddinoffsite.co.uk
Public meeting and debate on biomass gasification plant 7th July 2016
Public meeting and debate on Egnedol's plans for a waste and biomass gasification plant
Promising clean energy OR dangerous, unproven technology
Thursday, 7th July, 7.30 pm
Lord Nelson Hotel, 9 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, SA73 3AA
With speakers from Friends of the Earth, Biofuelwatch and others. Egnedol has been invited.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
See also biofuelwatch.org.uk
Summer Solstice Celebration 19th June 2016
We hope to have a guide for the walk which should take about an hour. We will be collecting donations to help refugees and will have a refugee volunteer, Steve Wilson, talk about his time out in Athens. Please bring food, drink, wood, any musical instruments and poems to celebrate the Summer Solstice. There is parking available at Tregwynt Mill if the road-side is full. If anyone would like to share a lift please ring Karina Russell tel. 01437563670, Mob - 07771610506 who will try and coordinate lifts.
EU referendum 26th May 2016
The referendum on Europe is one of the biggest decisions in a generation. But what has the European Union done for the UK‘s environment? If the environment had a vote, would it be ‘In’ or ‘Out’?
Join Friends of the Earth and Environmentalists for Europe in Cardiff on Thursday May 26, to find out the answers to these critical questions.
Come and engage in an exciting discussion with our keynote speakers:
Friends of the Earth will be hosting a series of similar events accross the UK, click here to see our EU referendum roadshow map
Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is in favour of the UK remaining a member of the EU. Here are our reasons for taking this position.
Seats are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Please arrive at 18:45 for a 19:00 start.
Senior Eco Cohousing 3rd May 2016
Vintage Green Senior Eco Cohousing
Vintage Green Cohousing is proposing a visionary scheme to meet the challenge of an ageing population in Wales. An alternative approach that is affordable, sustainable and sociable, and demonstrates a positive approach to this stage of life for the over 50’s
In a cohousing community, the site and shared facilities are managed by the residents. Each household has a small, self-contained private home, which could be owned or rented, and there is a common house where residents come together to manage their community, share activities, and regularly eat together.
An important aspect of this project is to make the housing affordable, and environmentally as well as socially sustainable. The buildings will be insulated to the highest standards, reducing the need for heating. We will make the best use of natural lighting and renewable energy. We want it to be a truly green project with communal and private gardens for us to relax in and enjoy and benefit from our own fresh vegetables. The site will be in or near a town or village with access to public transport and other facilities; we will have a car sharing scheme.
Vintage Green is a member the UK Cohousing Network which supports and encourages similar projects throughout the UK. We would like to invite any over- fifties, single and couples, who would like to have an active involvement in the creation and management of this project here in West Wales to a public meeting at Hermon Community Centre on Tuesday 3rd May at 7.30pm, at which Anne Kear, Executive Director of the UK Cohousing Network will be speaking.
Picture credit: SNUG homes by Ecomotive - gives an impression of how we might envisage our community
Any Green Questions? 21st April 2016
Come and question your Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire prospective Assembly Member candidates on their policies for the environment
Thursday 21st April 7.30pm
Seminar Room, Bloomfield Centre, Narberth SA67 7ES
Chaired by Gordon James
Angela Burns - Conservative
Marc Tierney - Labour
Simon Thomas - Plaid Cymru
Alistair Cameron - Lib Dem
Val Bradley - Green Party
Chris Overton - Independent
Please email your written questions to email@example.com or bring them on the night.
Refreshments available from 7pm
Merchants of Doubt 18th March 2016
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
"Provocative and improbably entertaining."
"An enthralling film. As fascinating as it is horrifying."
Please come along and bring your friends.
The idea behind this session is twofold
10.00 – 11.45 – Divestment (update on campaign, sharing successes from other parts of the UK followed by a session on how we can work together regionally in groups, what sort of information do we need to gather, what sort of events can we put on, how can we involve more people, how do we make this fun and also looking ahead to a proposed day of action that is being organised for November 2016 time)
11.45 – 12.15 – refreshments/early lunch
12.15 – 2.00 – Welsh Assembly elections (update on FOE Cymru ‘asks’ and what we have planned, how local groups can get involved and how we can best use the idea of video vox-pops with candidates (an example is here with Leanne Wood prior to the UK General Election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-wales-32234074 ). We will be trying to recruit new volunteers to help you with this when the time comes but in the meantime, if you have decent smart phones, do bring them and we can try videoing a suitable ‘volunteer’ ;-)
Trashed 22nd Nov 2015
We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Having faced the worst through much of TRASHED, Jeremy Irons turns to hope. He goes in search of solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to increasing anti-waste legislation, to an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.
Doors open at 7pm for dessert and refreshments
AGM 3rd November 3rd Nov 2015
Over the last 14 years John has made annual trips to the region. He will give an illustrated talk on the diversity of temperate plant flora in Western China, the history of plant collecting by Westerners and the importance of these plants to gardeners. He will also illustrate some of the problems of rapid economic change in China and its impact on the Tibetan people and others living in the provinces of Yunnan,Sichuan and Qinghai
COCA Harvest Party 29th August 2015
After last year’s epic event we will once again be hosting our Harvest Party on Saturday August 29th at Caerhys Farm, Berea.
This year we will be kicking things off much earlier with the farm gates opening at midday and festivities running on until late into the evening. We have got a host of talented Pembrokeshire musicians playing including Little Arrow, daisyb, Pembrokeshire Ukelele Pirates, Easy Street and Cariad. We will also have a DJ to round off the night.
At the start of the afternoon Gerald will be giving a guided tour of the farm and show people the ins and outs of ‘community supported agriculture.’ Caz will be doing the same but specifically for families and will give children (and grown ups!) the opportunity to meet the cheeky rear breed Oxford Sandy & Black pigs and beautiful Welsh Black cattle. During the afternoon we will also have Cooking Demonstration from Pembrokeshire Cook and a talk by renowned scientist Dr Claire Robinson on a subject close to our hearts which is the use of Genetically Modified ingredients in non-organic food.
There will be lots of other brilliant folk there to entertain the kids (and grown ups!) including Magic from Tom Luddington, Face Painting from Lucy Rees, Pizza Making Workshop from Torth y Tir’s Rupert Dunn and twig pencil making by Ben Hughes.
There will be local ales from Gethin’s Cider, Bluestone Brewing Co and the Hand Made Beer Co. There will also be a range of wine and organic soft drinks.
There will be a range of food there to suit everyone’s taste including a warm and cold selection made from COCA grown veggies and salads, organic burgers and sausages from the best pork and beef reared at Caerhys, pizza made in COCA’s cob oven by our talented peasant baker member Rupert Dunn and delicious cakes by Lou Luddington.
Tickets will be £10 for adults, £5 for ages 12 to 15 and free for under 12s. There will be free camping on the Friday and Saturday nights for those who want to make a weekend of it (but please reserve your pitch in advance by emailing Gerald on firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are all really excited about August 29th but it will take a big effort by all involved to make it a success again. If anyone is able to help out on the day with the entrance gate, working the bar, helping with the kids area or just keeping the place clean and tidy it would be really appreciated…and in return for a two hour volunteer slot you can have a free entry ticket and free drink.
Get tickets in advance from Gerald at the Farm or from TYF Adventure on High Street, St Davids.
Marloes Walk 21st June 2015
Thanks to advice provided by Chris Jessop, we are pleased to say that a walk has been arranged at Marloes for the 21st of June. We will be led by Kate Lock of the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve, who will share her expertise on local wildlife, with support from Chris, who will provide information on local history and other issues. The walk will begin at ten a.m. at Marloes Sands Car Park where we will follow the coast path along Marloes Sands and round to the Old Deer Park car park. If any wish to return to Marloes Sands car park at this stage they can be driven back. The rest will continue to the Iron Age fort and then to the bird hide at Marloes Meare. Kate tells me that this route could be deviated from should the walkers wish or if the weather requires it. We anticipate ending the walk at around one p.m. when we can go to the Lobster Pot pub or The Clock House Cafe for some grub.
Anyone interested in booking a place on the walk should contact Karina on 01437 563670 or email@example.com
The walk is free to members, we will ask non-members to contribute £5 unless they join on the day, of course!
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Any Green Question 14th April 2015
Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire FoE welcome you and all 6 of the prospective parliamentary candidates for Carmathen West and South Pembrokeshire. The meeting will be chaired by Gordon James, former director of Friends of the Earth Cymru. It starts at 7pm, refreshments will be available. Please email your questions in advance or bring your written questions with you.
Lets show the candidates the environment matters!
TIR 13th April 2015
This exhibition is running until 30th May and some of the proceeds will be donated to Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth for which we are very grateful.
Come along and meet the candidates
For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Planet Ocean 11th Jan 2015
Sunday 11th January 7.30pm The Queens Hall Narberth
Free to Film on Sunday club members
Doors open 7pm refreshments available
Winner of UK Green Film Festival Best Film Award
Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? Can we explain simply, to everyone, the greatest natural mystery of our planet? And lastly, can we help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world tomorrow?
This is the triple challenge of a new cinema adventure designed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and editor- in-chief Michael Pitiot. Thanks to its astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet.
Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth AGM Thursday 20th November, 6.45pm 20th Oct 2014
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".
Anti Fracking Demonstration 11th Oct 2014
Join the national rally at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 11th October (12-2pm) and make the Welsh Government listen - they could ban it immediately!
• Say NO to fracking in Wales
• Speakers from organisations, communities groups and political parties
• Dress-code workmen/women – hard hats, high viz- jackets bring placards etc!
Mininbus transport from Pembrokeshire
Pick-ups at Narberth 9am and Carmarthen 9.45am
(return from Senedd at 2.15pm)
Call Kiri Howell on 079 44 22 97 85 to book a space – first come first serve as places limited.
Finding Hope 13th April 2014
For full details download the poster.
To reserve you place download the booking form
AGM 2014 23rd Jan 2014
A Film by Marcus Imhoof
More Than Honey takes in all the things hurting bees - overbreeding, pesticides, farming practices that upset their life cycles. By the time we see Chinese workers slowly and painfully pollinate trees by hand, unable to perform a fraction of one hive’s work, it’s clear that Imhoof is issuing a warning. Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees, and honor the irreplaceable things that they do for us. Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post.
It is a wonderful film
Chasing Ice 24th Nov 2013
Sunday 24th November 7.30pm The Queens Hall Narberth
Free to Film on Sunday club members
Doors open 7pm refreshments available
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a sceptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
Travelling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Fracking 21st Nov 2013
Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group present a talk and discussion on Fracking by john Childs of Swansea Friends of the Earth
New Hedges Village Hall Thursday 21st november 7pm
Bee Poetry with Sue Richardson 25th Oct 2013
Following her successful series of Bee Poetry workshops Sue Richardson will be presenting an evening of Bee Poetry in support of Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause
More Than Honey 23rd Oct 2013
Theatr Mwldan Cardigan
6 pm 14th to 23rd October
For tickets and confirmation of the times go to www.mwldan.co.uk
More Than Honey takes in all the things hurting bees - overbreeding, pesticides, farming practices that upset their life cycles. By the time we see Chinese workers slowly and painfully pollinate trees by hand, unable to perform a fraction of one hive’s work, it’s clear that Imhoof is issuing a warning. Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees, and honor the irreplaceable things that they do for us.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
Poetry Workshop with Susan Richardson 15th Sept 2013
FoE Pembrokeshire invites writers of all levels of experience to come along to a bee-themed poetry workshop, led by eco-poet Susan Richardson. This is one of series of workshops that are being held in different parts of Wales to coincide with, and support, FoE's Bee Cause project.
In a fun, stimulating and supportive environment, you will be guided through a series of writing exercises, be inspired by a variety of bee-themed prompts, and receive valuable feedback on the poems you produce. In the process, you will explore how poetry can encourage people to take direct action and also how it can engage new and wider audiences with the Bee Cause in an imaginative and dynamic way.
Susan is an experienced poet, performer and educator who specialises in environmental/wildlife/conservation themes
and who has more than fifteen years’ experience of encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage
with the natural world and environmental issues through writing.
For further information about her work, please visit www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk
There is no cost for attending the workshop. Please bring paper and pens with you.
Places are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment by emailing email@example.com
We will be running a stall at the Children's Festival.
The theme is endangered Species and our stall will be all about Bees.
There will be Bee activities and information for children of all ages.
So please come along and JOIN THE FUN
Lammas eco village guided tour on
Saturday 27th July at 11am
The tour will be lead by Melissa who keeps bees and we will visit her apiary.
There is a charge of £4 per person
Meet at the car park by the visitors centre(Hub) at Lammas at 11am. Go through the village of Glandwr, carry straight on, the entrance to the eco-village is on the left hand side of the road, clearly marked.
Phone Eleanor at :- 01437 532575 to lift share from Narberth/ Glandy Cross.
Another Wonderful Wildlife Walk With Mick 26th May 2013
Following the success of our trips to Skomer and Ramsay Islands with expert guide Mick Brown over the last two years, we were hoping to visit Skokholm Island this year. Unfortunately, this will have to be postponed a year as work on the jetty at Skokholm has not been completed and boats cannot land.
Instead we have organised a walk with Mick from Marloes Sands car park to the Deer Park at Martin’s Haven. This should be a fascinating talk because of the abundance of wildlife and rich geology in the area, to which Mick will bring in comments about the offshore islands.
The walk will take place on Sunday 26th of May, setting off from Marloes car park at 10.30 and finishing at around 4.30 p.m. As there will be no boat and landing charges, it will be cheaper costing £6 per person for members and £10 for non-members (children free).
Always surprising and uplifting. There will be talks throughout, stalls , old farm machinery, poultry etc
WORKSHOPS Hands on woodwork & wool work. shops all day .
Green Building 11. am
Gardening forum12am [in eco shop ]
Dr.Calvin Jones 2pm
Charlie's home [haw to save it] 3.30
Home education information 3.30 [ in eco shop]
Group Land / homes buy 4.00 pm
Films ...Ben lore 10.00, , Lammas..2.00. [films will have showings other days too]
Doctor Calvin Jones will be giving his unforgettable talk/presentation which explains the economy so simply and dramatically it actually makes sense. Though not very reassuring it is great to see the full picture and the choices ahead.
Kids will have craft ,circus etc workshops and body art.
Bob amser yn syndod a dyrchafol
Live chickens for eggs, meat and looking good.
Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth will be running a stall so come and check us out
For more information go to www.ecocymru.org
Andy Atkins to visit West Wales 13th May 2013
Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth have arranged this joint event. This is a great opportunity to hear the director of Friends of the Earth talking about the shape of our future. The talk will be followed by refreshments and discussion
Earth seeks friends! 9th May 2013
Environmental group WLTM enthusiastic Pembrokeshire for a fun, active relationship. You will be either M or F, aged between 16-99, with a GSOH and desire to save the planet. Must have positive outlook on life and enjoy action rather than words.
All are invited to Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth’s May meeting on 9th May at Span Arts Town Moor Narberth where you can:
- Find out more about Friends of the Earth
- Have your say about local environmental issues which need addressing
- Find out more about the solutions
- Help with campaigns
- Meet like-minded people in your area
The group are looking forward to meeting new volunteers and would like as many people as possible to be involved. The group has a strong background of campaigning on local issues around Pembrokeshire as well as national and global issues such as climate change.
If you cannot make it to this meeting do contact us or come to a future meeting. These meetings are held monthly details on the website.
The Plant Sale 4th May 2013
Once again Pembrokeshire friends of the Earth has a Stall at the Narberth Plant Sale run by Span Arts. This year we are hoping for a Bee theme. In addition to plants we will have wildflower seeds and local honey for sale. There will also be cards and letters for people to sign calling for a Bee Action Plan. If you have any spare plants Please let us know
AGM 17th Jan 2013
Pembrokeshire FoE AGM 2013
Thursday 17th January 2013 7pm
Seminar Room, Bloomfield Centre, Narberth
Followed by refreshments and at 7.30pm a showing of the film Four Horsemen
Windy Sunday 2nd Dec 2012
12pm-5pm Sunday 2nd December Old School, Hermon Resource Centre, Hermon
To book your place on the minibus contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The opportunity to discuss the forth coming sustainable development bill white paper and in form the role of the commissioner in advising welsh government.
With Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner and Chairman of the Climate Change Commission for Wales
For further information please contact Bettina Becker 01437 768422 email@example.com
Even the Rain 25th Nov 2012
Even the Rain is an insightful, fascinating film within a film, highlighting the ongoing struggles and cycle of exploitation of the South American indigenous peoples . 500 years after Columbus, sticks and stones once again confront the high-tech weaponry of a modern army. David against Goliath. Only this time the fight is not over gold, but the simplest of life-giving elements - water
“A splendid film about a movie crew blindsided by the real world.” Hollywood Reporter
“A gripping film” The Internationalist
20th September 2012
Learn about our Community Energy Project designed to put money into local communities - speaker Steve Hack of Seren Energy Ltd
18th October 2012
Sean Black from Silverstone Green Energy will be showing us ways of 'Saving Energy – Saving Money' through the Government's Green Deal
22nd November 2012
An illustrated talk on the Atlantic Array – the wind farm planned for the Bristol Channel
Held in New Hedges Village Hall at 7.00pm.
Talk and discussion, with photos and film
by Felix Padel
Thursday 23rd August
7.30pm The Queen’s Hall Gallery
Revitalising our Community ( Sustainable Economics)
Leader of Plaid Cymru
Mollie Scott Cato
Professor of Stategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University
Tuesday September 4th, 7.30 to 9pm, The Seminar Room, Bloomfield Centre, Narberth
This will be followed by an
to discuss outcomes from the event
Saturday September 8th 2.30 to 4.30, Seminar Room, Bloomfields Centre, Narberth
Entry is free to both events ( donations welcome)