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Thu, May 29, 2014
Programme

The programme for this year's festival has been produced.

It's currently with the printers and will be distributed via local schools and other community venues from Monday 9 June. If you can't wait that long you can download it here:

Programme Beeston Festival 2014

We would like to thank our friends at Absolute Design & Print for their help in putting this together.


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Thu, May 29, 2014

Well, you can of course see heat escaping from a house using a thermal imaging camera. Taking photos inside the house shows the cold spots where the cold gets in (i.e. heat is lost). From the outside, you see hot spots where escaping heat emerges.

In December 2013, Transition West Bridgford put in a bid for funding to buy a thermal imaging camera and now we are ready to use it!!

If you live in [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, May 27, 2014
New Picture (68)

Jean Willgoose, a U3A member writes about a book she has had published in memory of her late husband Roger. This has been an emotional experience for Jean described here in her own words.

For almost 40 years my husband Roger worked as a Press Photographer at the Nottingham Evening Post. In 1982 he wrote a biography about a Yorkshire Terrier, who, despite being female, was called Fred, and at the age of six, was adopted [...]

Source: Beeston U3A – (University of the 3rd Age)
Tue, May 27, 2014

We are now part of a “Cluster” Group with Long Eaton and Ilkeston U3As. This means, as a member of Beeston U3A, you can also attend up to three groups at either of our Cluster partners without needing to join that U3A, subject to there being space in that group. You will, however, still have to pay any individual class expenses such as room hire contributions. You are not entitled to attend their monthly meetings [...]

Source: Beeston U3A – (University of the 3rd Age)
Tue, May 20, 2014
By Fiona Theokritoff My first visit to the Flower Pod was on a beautiful summer's evening last year. Begun on what were two fields at the back of NTU Brackenhurst campus, the Flower Pod offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to learn horticultural and other skills in a safe environment. This inspiring place needed… [...]
Source: Nottm Writers Studio
Mon, May 19, 2014
Nottingham's Beating Heart: Where people's stories collide! On Monday 19th May, NWS together with Nottingham Post launched an exciting new writing competition for Nottingham. The first competition has Nottingham's Market Square as its theme. We are looking for creative writing which must in some way relate to this theme, from people aged 16-18, and those… [...]
Source: Nottm Writers Studio
Mon, May 12, 2014
By Pauline Mackintosh I have been a member of NWS for seven months. I was a reluctant joiner of anything that had other writers in it, except perhaps a little residential course situated in beautiful countryside. Long story but I've done battle with myself and understand my reluctance. Since joining NWS I have done three… [...]
Source: Nottm Writers Studio
Mon, May 12, 2014
Here are the links to each home on the booking system (with further details on these and other homes across the East Midlands in the blog posts below).

For last minute bookings (on the day, or the evening before), text or call 07962 453037 with the house name, date and time for the visit you wish to book. We will get back to you with the details and confirm whether there is space still available.

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Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, May 06, 2014
It's a good time to be living in Nottingham at the moment. There's a real buzz about the place and at long last we're slowly starting to get the recognition we deserve in the wider press. Let's just remind ourselves of a couple of things that are going on. The Nottingham Writers' Studio has moved… [...]
Source: Nottm Writers Studio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014
Jeremy cycle full

One of our committee members, Secretary Jeremy Morton, has been so inspired by our ‘Let's Go Cycling' theme that he has joined the Lord Mayor's charity cycle ride.

Jeremy will be cycling 65 miles from Hull to Leeds on Sunday 4 May to raise money for the Lord Mayor's LOFFTY (Leeds Offers Fun For The Young) charity.

Jeremy explains:

“The cause, providing activities for play for children in inner city Leeds, is close to my [...]

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Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Of the homes we're opening to the public in May 2014, this is the first to be featured here in the run up to the open days.

The Green Man House is a new build to almost Passive House standard, and it's near Market Bosworth! It may seem a little way outside Nottingham, but it's a great house so it would be a shame to miss it out.




Owner Peter said

"Of the number of approaches [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Sat, Apr 12, 2014
This May (2014) there will be a huge range of low energy and sustainable homes opening across the UK for interested householders to visit for free. It's a great way to suss out ways to make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills.

Many of these events are supported with funding from the Centre for Sustainable Energy, and all the homes are listed on the Green Open Homes website.

Within the East Midlands, [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Our third open home (Harrow House / Towards EnerPHit) is an ultra-low energy refurbishment which was designed to meet the EnerPHit (Passive House refurbishment) standard.

To book your free visit to this West Bridgford home, click here. Numbers are limited so that you get the best from the visit, with time to put your questions to the home owner during / after the tour.



Although the air tightness figure of 1.08 ACH narrowly [...]
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Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Our 6th Open Home this year is on Charnock Avenue near the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. Like home number 5 (see previous post), this is an ambitious ultra-low energy refurbishment - and it is mid-refurb!

To book your free place for the 2pm tour on the 18th May 2014, click here.

Here's a summary of progress so far:

An Edwardian bungalow loft conversion and whole-house ultra low energy refurb. This project is in progress [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
This year, we have 7 great open homes and a new display.

Details of the 7 homes are in the preceding posts (below). And they are pretty diverse, including two homes that will be "mid-refurb", some extreme refurbs, 2 new builds and a cavity wall insulated house that has cut its energy bills in half with very moderate energy and cost saving measures.

Our theme this year is "seeing heat loss" - because we have been out [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Our 5th Open Home this year (on Wollaton Road in Beeston) is "mid refurb", so it really is a great opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of what's being done now while you can still see the insulation and other elements that will eventually be hidden.

To book your free place for the 2pm tour on the 17th May 2014, click here.

Mid-refurb!
An extraordinary self-build project to significantly extend and energy efficiently refurbish a [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
Last but by no means least on this May's open homes list is a 1980's cavity wall insulated house.



It may not sound a likely candidate for a low energy home, and certainly this is not as low energy as the other 6 homes in previous posts. However, when the current owner bought this house, it had an energy rating of F!! Basic improvements (e.g. loft and cavity insulation, draught-proofing and a new gas [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Tue, Apr 08, 2014
On Peveril Drive, West Bridgford, just up the hill from house number 3 (see previous post) is another seriously low energy home - achieved in a very different way.

To book your free place for the 12 noon or 4pm tour on the 11th May 2014, click here.


This house was built with extra cavity wall insulation and has subsequently been fitted with solar hot water panels, solar PV panels, a ground source [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Fri, Apr 04, 2014
A little closer to home, in East Leake, is our second open home, Greenstone.


It's a zero carbon barn conversion with a long list of features. And since this home last opened to the public, there have been a few additions to maximise use of the elecctricity generated. If you have not been before, it is well worth a visit!

To book your free place for the 10am or 2pm tour on the 10th May [...]
Source: West Bridgford Eco-Houses
Sun, Mar 30, 2014
New York Brass Band

We are delighted to announce that the up and coming New York Brass Band will be playing on the main stage at Beeston Festival 2014.

Described by The Guardian as:

“A must see, stomping, genre-splicing brass outfit”

The band bring a New Orleans energetic style to classics such as I Want You Back, Empire State of Mind and Misirlou.


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