Cumbria Action for Sustainability
This could be your last newsletter from CAfS... unless you've confirmed you'd like to stay on our list, that is! Find out below how to make sure you stay firmly in the know on all-things sustainability in Cumbria.

You're also invited to pick up some superb clothes at low prices at our fundraising sale this weekend.

And, if you're feeling the chill in your village hall, we've a new resource that might help you.

I really hope you'll be reading next month's newsletter and opt to remain part of this community of folks interested in making Cumbria that bit more sustainable. Until next time! Jaki
Buy quality preloved clothes for a snip!
Refresh your wardrobe with quality clothes at secondhand prices and enjoy a great night out with friends - all while helping to raise money for CAfS.

Our first-ever Preloved Quality Clothes Sale this Saturday, 21 April, promises to be a fun evening, with popular brands to browse, and activities to enjoy.

Hundreds of garments for women and children have been coming in, along with accessories and footwear. There are casuals, smart wear, sports and outdoor clothing, bridal and formal wear. Fat Face, White Stuff, Jaeger, Boden, Coast, Hobbs, Top Shop and Monsoon are just a few of the brands available to buy.

Bring along an old pair of leggings if you want to try your hand at some clever upcycling. You can also learn how to make your own floral wreath by Emma from the Fellside Flower Company (aka Emma from CAfS!) or find out how rag rugging is done.

The sale is from 6.30-9.30pm at the Eden Arts Old Fire Station in Penrith. Tickets are available on the door priced at £5, which includes a glass of prosecco or a soft drink. (We can only accept cash on the night.)
Learning from Lowick - making a cosy village hall
Is your community building a bit on the damp and cold side? if you're part of a village hall committee grappling with high heating bills, you might find our new case study useful.

It tells the story of how Lowick Community Hall in the South Lakes went from a struggling 1880s building to an energy-efficient venue.

The team behind it have kindly shared what went well and lessons they learnt along the way, and hopefully it will help others facing the same challenge.

We were able to produce it thanks to support from South Lakeland District Council.
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Hopefully you got our email inviting you to keep receiving the CAfS newsletter.

If you haven't already clicked to confirm, please do - otherwise this will be your last newsletter from CAfS and we'll be incredibly sorry to lose touch with you.

Why not have a quick look for it in your inbox now... it was sent on Friday 13 April, and the subject line is: We want to stay in touch – action needed. Please do check your junk folder if you didn't see it.

3 great reasons to keep getting our newsletter:
  • You'll hear about all the fantastic things going on around Cumbria to make life here that little bit more sustainable
  • You'll find out about schemes and offers you could take advantage
  • You'll be first to know about CAfS events so you get first dibs on tickets
Sustainability news...
Waste: Consultation launched on plastic straw ban
Cotton buds with plastic stems and plastic drinking straws may be banned from sale in England next year. Read more >>
Waste: Firms to reduce & recycle single-use cups
Costa Coffee has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020. Read more >> Meanwhile Waitrose is stopping using single-use coffee cups. Read more >>
Transport: Grid supports earlier ban on petrol/diesel cars
The National Grid has said it could manage energy supply if sales of fossil fuel-powered cars were banned in 2030, a decade earlier than the Government's plan. Read more >>
How Low Can You Go?
Money talks, as they say, and one way to support the shift away from fossil fuels is to move any investments you might have away from fossil-fuel companies. It's called divestment, and you might remember in previous newsletters we've featured organisations like Edinburgh University that have done this.

If you'd like to find out more, this beginner's guide to divestment by The Guardian could help you get started.
Freegle Give & Take - Kirkby Stephen | Sat 21 Apr | 10:30am-12:30pm

Launch event of Divest Parliament Campaign in Copeland | 11.30am-2.30pm | Sat 21 Apr | Keswick

South Lakes Action on Climate Change AGM & waste event with Zero Waste Kendal and the People's Cafe | Tue 24 Apr | 7pm | Lakes Foyer, Kendal

Eden funding event for voluntary and community groups | Thu 26 Apr | 10am-3pm | Penrith

Freegle Give & Take - Penrith | Sat 12 May | 1-3pm

Acting on Climate Change – a personal journey into carbon pricing | Fri 11 May | 7.30pm | Friends Meeting Room, Kendal

10 Billion: What’s on Your Plate film night | Mon 14 May | 7.30pm | Kendal

Farmers' markets with Give & Take stalls:
  • Carlisle (first Saturday of each month)
  • Brampton (last Saturday of each month)

Help keep plastic out of our oceans by taking part in a beach or river clean-up:

Further afield...
Zero Carbon Britain | 2-4 May | Centre for Alternative Technology
Repair cafes: Bring along items that need fixed and volunteers will do their best to help. You might even learn a few skills along the way.

Kirkby Stephen Repair Cafe | Wed 2 May | 2-4pm | Local Links

Pop-up Repair Workshop | Tue 8 May | 4.30-6.30pm | Kendal

Penrith Repair Cafe | Sat 12 May | 10:30am-12:30pm | Old Fire Station
Know of a sustainability event?  Tell us  & we'll include it next time.
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