Timeline of events
Outwood News is regularly updating villagers on progress.
Initial village meeting
A village meeting took place in November 2019 to gauge villagers' interest in addressing climate change matters in Outwood. More than 80 people attended. There were presentations from Possible, an environmental campaigning charity to give villagers a feel for the types of initiatives that may be possible, with examples given of other rural projects. Attendees were asked to fill in questionnaires indicating their level of interest and suggesting ideas. This initial initiative indicated a significant level of interest, and from this a committee was formed of villagers willing to progress matters.
A representative from a company that supports environmental projects presented to the committee and members of the Parish Council to provide more detail around the types of project that might be feasible. Potential grants to support feasibility studies and costs towards potential projects were highlighted alongside details of a significant project that is taking place in the village of Swaffham Prior in Norfolk.
In March the committee met to discuss the way forward. It was agreed that a tender process should be put in place to select the most suitable company to support an application to the Rural Community Energy Fund. This process took place in April with Avieco selected - see www.avieco.com for more details.
Rural Community Energy Fund
An application for a grant to cover all costs of a feasibility study was approved by Outwood Parish Council and submitted in mid May. We are awaiting approval which is expected by mid July.
Vision and mission
Vision and mission statements were created by the committee and shared with villagers.
A suitable site to locate Terracyle bins is ongoing. The aim is to encourage villagers to recycle waste items such as crisp packets that are not currently accepted through the council recycling facilities.
Name, tagline and logo competition
Villagers were encouraged to create and share ideas for the name of the organisation a tagline and logo. Prizes will be awarded and hopefully villagers' ideas used for the chosen branding.
The idea of setting up a repair shop that upgrades and recycles used artefacts arose from a group of villagers. A suitable property has been identified and is being further explored to enable this initiative to commence.