Photos from Eco Bicester Day

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Thanks to Tia Cathey for these images

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Eco Bicester Day: a great success!

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A massive thank you from the BioRegional team (Ben, Andy, Hayley and team leader – and chief womble – Nicole) to all the Grassroots members, Cherwell Council and all who took part in the second Eco Bicester Day to make it such an overwhelming success!

We were worked off our feet with around 600 visitors who came to explore the myriad of exhibits which included 16 local community groups, eco-enterprises, sustainability organisations and local council.

Exhibitors ranged from a bike powered smoothie maker and free cycle hire scheme to renewable energy installers and local allotment groups. Also to be found at the event was the Mayor, who kindly awarded Prizes for the Eco Home Design competition, entered by 25 local school pupils, two Wombles and Howie Tomkins, formerly of the really Wild Show, who kept children entertained with activities throughout the day.

More photos of the event to follow shortly!

The Mayor Awards First and Second Prizes in the Eco Home Design Competition

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25 pupils from Brookside Primary school in Bicester from years 4 and 5 put forward a range of fantastic designs for their ideal eco home to Eco Bicester Day where they displayed creating a great talking point for visiotrs entering the Church Hall. Their ideas were developed after Grassroots and BioRegional ran a series of workshops with 2 clasees at Brookside with a total of 42 pupils last Wednsday, 28th March and with a further 28 pupils at Bicester Community College on Monday, 26th March..

During the workshops pupils had the chance to play with insulation and hot water tank jackets, seeing the effects of heat transfer using insulation and a thermal imaging camera. The classes also had the opportunity to  plug in a whole range of appliances from lights, toasters, games consoles and kettles into energy monitors to see which ones used the most electricity. Pupils learned which areas of the home used the most energy, how we can all reduce our energy use in the home and where hot water and electricity comes from.

The designs put forward at Eco Bicester day were kindly judged by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Rose Stratford and a team from BioRegional and Grassroots and First and Second Prizes were awaded to Lily and Caitlin Lovell respectively for their excellent drawings. Their ideas included features such as a clothes line for drying clothes rather than tumble dryers, homes wrapped in woollen and jumpers, energy monitors to undersatnd what electricity is being used in the home, LED low energy lighting, solar panels and providing comfortable places to sit and read rather than watching telly.

Congratulations to Lily, Caitlin  and all who enetered the compeition. The judges were blown away by the sophistication and level of understanding shown across the board.

Slides from week 5

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Final GLEE Workshop tonight! ‘How to generate your own energy’

Join us at Bicester Community Colege’s Lower School Hall, 7:30pm-9pm

Tonight we will recap on the 4 previous workshop session and all the great energy saving info we have covered. We will also be going in-depth into renewables – looking at solar PV, solar thermal, wood chips and other renewable heat options. We will also cover finance and the latest government deals including the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) and the FiTs (Feed-in-Tariff).

We will also give an outline on the green deal; the latest government initiative to be announce later this year to help you finance energy improvements in the home.

Join us if you can!

How to find us…

Eco Bicester Day – Coming soon!

Watch our video from last year below. This year is sure to be even bigger and better so join us at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 31st March, 11am-4pm if you can!

Slides from Week 4

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Workshop tonight! ‘How to cut your electricity bill’ @ Highfield Social Club, 7:30-9pm

We look forward to welcoming residents of Bicester for our fourth workshop as part of the GLEE project which will give residents all the information and resources they need to find out how to reduce their electricity bills.

As with previous weeks all residents in Bicester are welcome. The format will be a short series of presentations and videos followed by plenty of time to mill around the different stalls. You can calculate your carbon footprint, find out about information specific to the needs of your home ( whether in rental accomodation or if you own your home) and there will be lots of refreshments to keep you going.

Tonight we will be joined by Phil Shadbolt, Director of the Zeta Group, a local company specialising in pioneering the lastest in energy saving LED lighting technology. In addition we will have a presentation from Oxford Brookes University who will be presenting the results from their mapping of Highfield homes, providing specific advice on what residents in Highfield can do to make the greatest savings.

Join us if you can, if only for a few minutes for a cup of tea and a chat.

We look forward to seeing you later!

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