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Derwenthorpe Aglow

A brighter run up to Christmas! 

Derwenthorpe Aglow is a display of home-made ‘stained glass’ effect pictures in windows during December. Join in this year! Learn how, at the workshop on Sat 24th Oct 2pm on Zoom.

If you would like to join in, participate in the workshop, and get your free starter pack, please email us with your name and address, at neighbours@derwenthorpe.co.uk or phone 07712 872343.

A 2019 window

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DGG DPAC

DPAC + DGG tomorrow

Our next meetings of DPAC and DGG are on Zoom tomorrow, Wednesday October 7 from 6pm. Papers, and joining instructions are at derwenthorpe.co.uk/dgg

DGG will be considering Terms of Reference for an exciting new project “ABC:Derwenthorpe”. Join us to find out more!

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Scything the Sheep Field

(and raking)

There’s another opportunity to try your hand at scything, on Tuesday 6 October, 10.00 am until noon.  This workshop will be run by Jonathan from St Nicks, and spaces are limited to six because of current social distancing regulations.  If you’ve scythed before and want to refresh your skills, you’re most welcome to come along as well.  If you’re not sure about scything, then come along and help do some raking.  There’s plenty of room for us all to work safely.  All you need is a pair of gardening-type gloves and sturdy footwear.  If you want to give it a whirl and help look after our “sheep field”, please email Wendy at naturereserve@derwenthorpe.co.uk as soon as possible, so that we can make sure there’s enough equipment for everyone.  

Sheep Field: the light green area alongside St Aelred’s Mews here.

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Keys found

A bunch of keys has been found on Lotherington. Our neighbour found them about 10 days ago, apparently, on Lotherington. Please phone or text Ian on 07876123969 if you think they might be yours. They definitely look like Derwenthorpe keys.

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Heating Houses

Overheating?

Derwenthorpe resident Catherine Jardine asked Studio Partington -(who designed our houses) for advice about controlling summer heat. We start with some tips on how to use what you’ve got, and then there’s some advice about external shades that you can add. And if you want to learn more, there’s a guide from the NHBC, also written by Partington Studios.

Keeping your house cool

Good ventilation is … key. … Get cool air circulating through the house in the early morning and late evening and then close everything down once the external temperature [is above] the internal temperature (this is second nature in a Mediterranean climate, but not so in Yorkshire!).

The worst time is usually mid to late afternoon, when … heat is coming into the home directly from the sun and when the [air] temperature outside is also high, ….

Richard Partington, Studio Partington

So when it’s going to be a hot day (over, say, 19 degrees), keep your doors, windows, and blinds closed during the heat of the day to stop the house getting too hot: you can’t cool a house down with warm air, even if it is breezy. In the evening, when it’s cooled down again, open windows front and back to get the house cooled down again.

Check the windows and doors section of our house guide, to find out how to prop your windows open safely. Open them front and back, to allow cool air to flow through.

External shading

Some form of sunshading externally will certainly help prevent unwanted solar gains but there are some things to think about if a shading device is retrofitted. Firstly it is much easier to control south facing direct sunlight rather than east or west.

On a south side the sun is high and a structure projecting horizontally from above a window will shade the window by approximately the depth of the projection (sun being at 50 or so degrees height in June).

Low level east and west sun is much harder to control and is usually shaded with vertical fins or some kind of draw down external blind. Both of these are difficult (as is the traditional Mediterranean shutter) with the way we make windows in the UK, which are always outward opening to keep the rain out.

Richard Partington, Studio Partington

Note that close fitting internal blinds can also be effective, if you use them well.

This kind of shade isn’t useful with outward opening windows.

I attach some examples of what can be done as a retro-fit. The … wall will need to support the load of the shade so there will often be struts or cables and fixings at several points back to the brick work.

As with most things the best solutions come from traditional simple to operate means such as shutters, which would work over non-opening windows, but there are more sophisticated and automated systems. The most innovative manufacturer is Renson, who do commercial and domestic shading systems.

The little guide we did a few years ago for NHBC (also attached) explains the problems we are starting too see in well insulated homes and although more of an issue in urban areas people are beginning to be concerned about rural schemes as well.

Richard Partington, Studio Partington

Read more:

Global warming means we’re seeing longer, hotter summers. Air conditioning makes it worse: and is expensive to use, but shading and natural ventilation are free. So we hope this guide will be useful to you!

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ARM this evening

We’ve published the zoom link for this evening’s (6pm) All Residents Meeting, on the web page for the meeting at https://derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms

You’ll find papers for the meeting at that page (but some are still to be published). If you want to go directly to the Zoom meeting, then it’s at https://zoom.us/j/94606982986?pwd=RDkvSGwwZGVlNE1EOUpPM0FWN01rUT09

Meeting ID: 946 0698 2986 (I don’t know why you’d need this, but just in case!)
Passcode: 319659

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QUIZ BINGO LINK!

Join us TONIGHT 21st August at 7.30 – 8.30pm for a quiz with a difference. Anyone can be a winner in this fun game of knowledge and chance. You’ll answer questions from some of your favourite categories and, when the answers are randomly revealed, you could score four corners, a straight line or even full house!

Answer sheets are a bit different than a normal quiz. You’ll need four pages of A4 with giant noughts and crosses grids. There are nine questions in each round. Number each grid 1-9 in RANDOM ORDER. Or, print the “quiz-bingo answer sheets” document. Click the green link below to download it. The document also has an example of the scoring.

‘Doors will open’ at 7.15pm. We look forward to seeing you.

If you haven’t used Zoom before please check out tinyurl.com/sn38bto or phone 0771 287 2343 for advice. Registration is not required, but we’ll be closing the doors promptly at 7:35, and we’ll be limiting the number of connections, on a first come, first served basis.

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QUIZ BINGO!

Join us on Friday night 21st August at 7.30 – 8.30pm for a quiz with a difference. Anyone can be a winner in this fun game of knowledge and chance. You’ll answer questions from some of your favourite categories and, when the answers are randomly revealed, you could score four corners, a straight line or even full house!

To play you’ll need pen and paper and access to the internet and Zoom. (If you haven’t used Zoom before please check out tinyurl.com/sn38bto or phone 0771 287 2343 for advice). Registration is not required, but we’ll be closing the doors at 7:35, and we’ll be limiting the number of connections, on a first come, first served basis.

The Zoom link will be published here on Friday.

‘Doors will open’ at 7.15pm. We look forward to seeing you.

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Water bird gallery

We’ve published a guide to birds that you might see on our lakes. There are quite a few different diving ducks, for example. Visit the web site to see more.

If you’ve got some nice photos that you’d like us to put on the web site, please let us know. We’d love to get some nice landscapes, or architectural shots, for example, or maybe craft projects, or artwork that you’ve produced here during lockdown.

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DGG DPAC

DPAC/DGG update

Yesterday, we published notice of a DPAC/DGG meeting tomorrow. The emailed copy of the notice included calendar links that -for some people at least- didn’t seem to do anything.

We’ve updated the notice to include links to papers for the meeting. If you visit the web page, you’ll find links to the papers, and calendar files there. Open the calendar files to find the Zoom link.

https://derwenthorpe.co.uk/2020/07/18/942/