SeSaME says: "These Sedgeberrow views show great changes. Join us in choosing the right paths for vital changes needed now."

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Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy Group

SeSaME aims to open up a treasure trove of renewable energy, informing, encouraging and supporting a sustainable village community exploring, and where possible, acting on the activities shown below

a) We seek to assist villagers in estimating their electricity consumption and give them advice about reducing it, where needed. We have electricity monitors to lend out to those villagers who want to check how useful they are before they spend their money on one. We will offer advice to villagers about reducing waste and improving the insulation of their property. This year a partnership with the County and District Councils and local Act on Energy has led to external insulation grants for the owners of 11 old houses. A total of £58,977.15 (ECO and GDC funding) has benefitted Sedgeberrow villageThat works out to a carbon saving of over 400tonnes CO2 over the lifetime of the products.

b) We have investigated the best options for and the viability of a Generator harnessing the energy of the River Isbourne, liaising closely with the Village Flood Group. We had a site visit and consultation provided by the Sharenergy Co-operative, funded by the Marches Energy Agency, that revealed it not to be feasible.

c) We want to look at ways of maximizing solar panel use and facilitating a corporate village approach to fundraising and construction. We will support the Village Hall action plan, helping to look at all other alternative energy sources for the Hall.

This year has seen us co-ordinate the installation of Solar panels for both the Village Hall and the School, the former benefiting from new air source to water central heating with a £10,000 grant from "Welcome to Our Future", and upgraded insulation, also grant aided

 d) We wish to liaise with regard to possible links between recreational woodland and coppicing for heating any future new public building, as was outlined in the Parish Plan.

e) We will maintain regular contact and information-sharing with other relevant Village Groups and our Parish Council. To that end we have assumed responsibility for the village website,www.sedgeberrow.com and are offering all village institutions the facility for entering and editing text on their own page. We wish to ensure that SeSaME’s Goals and proposed actions are incorporated into the next Parish Plan update. 

f) We will investigate other local sustainability schemes in the area (eg. Elmley Castle and Pershore) and publicise them.

g) We will maintain a website – www.sesame.me.uk

h) We have resurrected, now edit and produce a village newsletter, the Sedgeberrow Post, to ensure good communication within the village and all its institutions. (Click on the Kingfisher for the latest copy)

i) We co-ordinate Sedgeberrow Oil Buying Group that reduces heavy traffic into the village, provides reliable delivery, optimum prices and a levy that contributes to village costs.

Club membership has now been extended cover the Villages, not just in Sedgeberrow, Ashton under Hill, Beckford, Hinton, Dumbleton, Aston Somerville and Wormington, but Childswickham, Conderton, Elmley Castle, Kemerton and Overbury. The more people from these 12 villages come together to become members, the more competitive will be our buying power and the greater the potential savings. Membership is now 185.

j) We have conducted a survey of all households in the Village to establish both areas of need and past achievements of sustainable activity. It took place August/September 2013, in partnership with Wychavon District Council and ActOnEnergy. (Click on " Sedgeberrow Energy Scene", in the right-hand column, to read the survey)

Come and Join us, if you are keen. Mike Parker. 01386 881863

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Energy Scene

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Sedgeberrow Post

Feb/Mar's edition of the Sedgeberrow Post - Out Now! Click on the Kingfisher to view

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