Welcome to the Sedgeberrow Village Community website
The intention of this website is not only to inform but to also allow local villagers to contribute to the content of the website. We will arrange it so that you can have your own material featured, as long as its its related to the village. We will regularly update the website from material submitted to the Sedgeberrow Post, but rely on villagers to present any further material that they wish to see on the website. The website is hosted and monitored by members of SeSaME. (Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy), who also have their own website at http://www.sesame.me.uk
You can access the village newsletter, The Sedgeberrow Post, here.
June July 2016. SeSaME Overall Winner of Wychavon
Intelligently Green Awards –
Speaking after receiving both the award in the Community group category and Overall Winner of the Intelligently Green Awards, on behalf of Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy (SeSaME), Chairman Mike Parker said that he was delighted and rather overwhelmed.
“It has been a team effort,” he said, wanting to thank Treasurer Chris Marshall, Secretary Mel Wilson and Website Manager Chris Wilson. Without them, along with Mick and Kim Workman who every two months print 340 copies of the Sedgeberrow Post and the band of villagers organised by Marilyn and Brian delivering around the Village, it would not have been possible.
“A key to our success has also been the support of Wychavon DC - particularly Mary Unwin, Senior Housing Officer – Apryl Pheasant, County Property Services, Heather Lammas and the Worcestershire CC Sustainability Team, Energy Consultants Act on Energy and Sharenergy, with significant grant funding from “Welcome to our Future. Not forgetting our own Parish Council and Flood Warden Richard Hunt. A great help has also been having the support of District Councillor, George Mackison, who is not only aware of the economic benefits of renewable energy but has his own practical experience of sustainability needs and renewable systems.”
“A 15 strong survey team of villagers was critical in the beginning stages.
Happily Rooftop Housing had already made far-sighted improvements to their own village properties earlier on, and this generated word of mouth support from tenants to positively influence the 18 villagers who eventually signed up to have external wall insulation,”
Asked about what he thought would be future tasks for SeSaME Mike commented. “There is still much to do to help householders improve their property’s green credentials” and he expressed concern at the recent removal nationally of many of the key incentives for both energy conservation and renewable energy generation, which had made SeSaME’s past achievements possible. “If we were beginning now, but without that national support, our achievements would be very limited” he said.
Meanwhile he will continue to explore the delights of owning an all electric car and looks forward to SeSaME being part of a Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for Sedgeberrow. To read more click here for Wychavon District Council's report.
April May 2016. Funds for improving sustainability of the Village Hall’s Betteridge room.
SeSaME is delighted, on behalf of the Village, to have received confirmation of the availability of £1,980, through the Green Deal Communities project being administered by the Community Energy and Resilience sector at County Hall. At our request the money has been designated “to be used for energy efficiency improvements to a community building in the village of Sedgeberrow.” This is all thanks to the 11 villagers who signed up to having external wall insulation on their old property, making significant savings for themselves from the grant that they will receive, but bringing £180 into our village for each house signed up, hence the £1,980.
A report from the County Community Energy and Resilience Project Manager reveals that a total of £58,977.15 (ECO and GDC funding) has benefitted Sedgeberrow village through this project. That works out to a carbon saving of over 400 tonnes CO2 over the lifetime of the products involved.
Once again, many thanks to all the officers at County and District Council who, together with Act on Energy, as you will know, have contributed so much to help our villagers achieve this.
(ECO: Energy Companies Obligation. GDC: Green Deal Communities)
The Village Hall Committee has already used part of the sum of £1,980 from the Green Deal Community fund to upgrade the sustainability of the Betteridge room. The application of a grant of £10,000, from “Welcome to Our Future”, which manages the Severn Waste Environmental Fund, the Landfill Tax Grants Scheme,has been successful and led to the installation of an Air to Water Heat Pump system for the Betteridge Room.
The School and the Village Hall Committee now have solar panels on the shared use main hall, and the Betteridge Room
Energy Solutions, Malvern the local firm who recently installed Solar Panels on the Village Hall and the School and air source heating within the Village Hall
have now ceased trading, due they say to new Government Policy with regard to Renewable Energy and the consequent fall in demand that this has incurred.
1) The Flood Group Section has now been updated. Please note the original website (Sedgeberrow.info) has now been incorporated into Sedgeberrow.com & is now redundant.
2) For details of the newly formed Isbourne Catchment Group, please go to: http://www.isbournecatchment.org.uk
or phone Mike Parker on: 01386 881863
Calling all Village Institutions
If you haven't already contacted Mike Parker about setting up your own page on the website, please do so now.