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aglow LotsOn

Zoom link for Aglow workshop

Topic: Aglow Workshop

Time: Saturday Oct 24, 2020 14:00
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99445831895?pwd=T2FXTGl6blpBbjFPV1oyb0xXQXdsQT09

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aglow LotsOn

More Aglow 2019 photos!

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aglow LotsOn

Aglow videos

David has kindly produced two videos demonstrating how to make a stained glass window from tissue and card.

Basic instructions…
For more complex shapes etc…

More about Derwenthorpe Aglow.

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aglow LotsOn

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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naturegroup

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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Blogroll LotsOn

August-September LotsOn In Lockdown

Click the link to see the August-September LotsOn In Lockdown, which should be coming through your letterbox over the coming few days. There’s a lot more going on than we expected and space was tight in this issue. Hoping there’s something for you; if not please let us know in the comments below what you’d like to see.

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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/

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DGG DPAC

DPAC/DGG meet Wednesday

Derwenthorpe Partnership Advisory Committee (DPAC), and the Derwenthorpe Governing Group (DGG) will meet on Wednesday 22 July 2020, at 6pm, and 7:15pm respectively. Both are public meetings, and will be held on Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend (subject to Zoom’s 100 device limit).

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97516850971?pwd=c2JLZUFGUGlxZnVYZGs0K1lyWTFNQT09

Meeting ID: 975 1685 0971
Passcode: 374767

Download these calendar files to add the meeting to your calendar. The Zoom link is in the calendar files, for your convenience. If you have trouble with these files, please email secretary@derwenthorpe.co.uk before Wednesday.

DPAC papers are available on Dropbox.

DGG papers are also available on Dropbox.

The Zoom meeting will run on for both meetings, so you won’t need to find a new link for the DGG meeting.

When you join the meeting, you will be muted. If you wish to ask a question, please do so in the meeting’s text chat.

[Updated to add meeting papers]

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Houses naturegroup

Derwenthorpe Solar Panels Project Update

Since we put a small item in the most recent LotsOn (late May) we have had 20+ households say they are interested in a group scheme to purchase solar panels, hopefully at a discount. That’s not the end of the story! We hope that many more Derwenthorpe residents will choose to take part – the main benefits being that you catch your own electricity direct from the sun; and by so doing you can help reduce emission of greenhouse gases and therefore our impact on the climate. And we expect that buying in bulk, from a properly accredited installer, will give each of us savings and other benefits as customers.

We approached twelve firms which came up when we followed the link to “Trusted Traders” in this field; plus two which JRHT have worked with on recent solar panel projects locally. The replies vary in level of detail, but there’s plenty of interest in doing the work for us.

We also asked Richard Partington, architect for Derwenthorpe, about any special considerations which might apply here because of our special design features. His reply was very positive:

  • at projects in Portsmouth and Nottingham they put panels on east- and west-facing roofs, not just south-facing, and “the efficiencies have greatly exceeded expectation”.
  • if you have a sloping ceiling on the top floor the line of insulation follows the ceiling so make sure any penetrations for cables etc. are minimal and executed neatly.
  • ask for advice about the best position for the associated kit (inverter, battery, meter, controller etc.) as it makes sense to group these together.

We’ve kept JRHT informed. We have to obtain their consent for solar panels on roofs, and it will be up to each of us to obtain this formally, but they are in favour of this project. We’re hopeful also that they will find space for a compound for the installation firm to use  –  which should save the firm, and us, time and money.

We have written to five firms with a Request for Information, inviting them to tell us what they can do and asking about:

  • price per property for panels
  • ditto for batteries
  • discounts for larger numbers of houses
  • timescale
  • warranties
  • health and safety
  • whether they would they want an on-site compound
  • sub-contracting
  • contract arrangements with householders.

Other things (apart from cost) for us as residents to think about are:

  • where in the house to site the associated bits (inverter etc.)
  • whether you want a battery (to store electricity gained in the day, for use at night) – and if so where (heavy, so best on ground floor)
  • whether you want to be able to charge a car from solar power, now or in future.

Once we have the firms’ replies we residents will have a discussion about the merits of each, leading to a decision as to which firm to work with. This will probably be a Zoom meeting involving the people who’ve been in touch so far. But we will also be open to comments, expressions of opinion and preferences from people who don’t want to or feel unable to take part in the Zoom thing. If you haven’t already been in touch about solar panels, you’re welcome to do so now (without obligation to commit to having the panels installed): email climateaction@derwenthorpe.co.uk

The next stage after that will be to send round a house-to-house questionnaire, giving a bit of relevant information and asking everyone to say whether they want to be part of the scheme (again without obligation).

Then we’ll go back to the chosen installer and work out arrangements for start on site; how they will deal with each householder; and how they want to organise progress of the work from house to house. Scaffolding will be involved!

Nick Hall, 38 Derwent Mews, YO10 3DN, 16th June 2020

Work in progress last year at one of the houses in Derwenthorpe