Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Apologies everyone... there was a missing link in the original version of this newsletter, sent last night. The button for more information on our Preloved Quality Clothes Sale wasn't working, but is now fixed. Sorry for adding to your inboxes! Jaki
Make money & wardrobe space, while helping CAfS!
Is your wardrobe creaking with quality women's and children's clothes that you never wear? Well, we can sell them for you and split the proceeds.

You'll make space in your wardrobe, earn some money, give unwanted clothes a new lease of life, and help people in your community to buy quality clothes for less. Not only that, you'll also help CAfS raise much-needed funds.

Our first-ever Preloved Quality Clothes Sale is happening next month in Penrith. All you have to do is register as a seller, then drop your clothes off with us in advance and we'll do all the work for you. Any clothes that don't get sold on the night will be returned to you.

Types of clothes
We need a range of quality clothing, footwear and accessories (bags, hats, belts) for both women and children across a range of styles including:

* Casual
* Office
* Outdoor
* Bridal
* Vintage

So, have a spring clean and get booking!
Follow the real-life restoration of a flooded home
Forget all those other TV restoration shows - the one to watch this spring and summer comes straight to you from Appleby!

A property that was flooded in 2015 is about to undergo a major overhaul, transforming it into a dry, cosy home that's ready to cope with any future deluges.

Watch regular video updates as the team from Lake District Lime decide on the best methods and materials for making this older property resilient to water and energy efficient.

CAfS will be capturing the renovation works on film and producing a legacy of great videos to help householders wanting to improve the energy efficiency and weather resilience of their homes, thanks to funding from Historic England, as part of the Appleby Heritage Action Zone project.

The project gets under way soon, so watch this space next time for details on how to watch as this home gets #ReadyForRain.

Film production opportunity

We're about to publish the tender for this film-making work. If you know of any film-makers who might be interested in this project, please forward this email on to them or ask them to email to express an interest.

The tender documents will be published on our website and shared on our social media shortly.
Help for homes that are losing heat
Our stand at the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show at Rheged in Penrith last weekend proved popular with self-builders and householders keen to make their homes more energy efficient.

Our thermal imaging service piqued interest as a great way to see where heat is escaping from a building. It can help pin down where there are draughts or gaps in insulation. If that's something you're interested in, contact for more information.
Our thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk to us, and espectially to our companion on the stand, Chris Morphet from Lake District Lime.

Chris had a busy three days of advising householders on how lime is a superb choice for insulating, plastering and pointing, particularly for older buildings.
Celebrations as new Cumbrian hydro goes live
Huge congratulations to Rainepower Community Energy Society, whose hydro scheme in Killington is now generating!

So far, it's producing even more clean energy than forecast. The turbine was managing to generate 19kW with just a sixty per cent flow rate on the river.

We'll share more on the story behind the hydro soon (not to be confused with the scheme at Killington Reservoir by Community Energy Cumbria). For now, though, well done to everyone who worked so hard to make it a reality.
In brief...
Will you say yes?
You'll soon get an invitation to confirm you'd like to keep getting the CAfS newsletter. Please say yes so you don't miss hearing about events and schemes you could benefit from, and general green goings-on in Cumbria.

You've probably had similar requests from other organisations. We're all tidying up our contact lists to make sure we're not sending you information if you'd prefer not to hear from us, ahead of some new rules and guidelines coming in.
Grant fund for communities off the gas grid
Calor has opened its Rural Community Fund offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects to improve local life.
Energy4All seeking financial controller
The UK’s leading community renewable energy organisation, based here in Cumbria, is recruiting. Find out more
Share offer for electric vehicle charge points
Charge My Street is raising investment for a charging point at the Victory Hall in Broughton in Furness. It will charge up locals' and tourists' cars but also generate a healthy return for the village hall from the solar energy that it will provide to the chargepoint. The share offer is open until 31 March.
Climate news...
Fish'n' chips and curries at risk from climate change
A report in the Guardian today ahead of Earth Hour (this Saturday) explores how the nation's favourite dishes could be affected by climate change.
North West river has highest levels of microplastics
A study has found the highest ever recorded levels of microplastic in the River Tame. It's also shown that ocean plastic pollution is worse than feared.
New solar panels that take energy from rain drops
Imagine a solar panel that can generate energy even when it's raining. Researchers have just invented one that can capture the static electricity generated by the friction of rain drops. Could be just the thing for Cumbria's grey days!
How Low Can You Go?
Have you ever really tried to eat seasonably? Eating fruit and vegetables that are in season here can shave a healthy slice off your carbon footprint.

The Eat Seasonably website will show you what's being harvested when, and they share lots of recipes and tips on their Facebook page.
Plastics - talk & discussion | Wed 21 Mar | 7:30pm | Friends Meeting House, Cockermouth (West Cumbria & North Lakes friends of the earth)

A Plastic Ocean | Fri 23 Mar | 7pm | Penrith
Special screening by PACT with discussion & updates on local initiatives

Climate Jobs | Fri 23 Mar | 7pm | Carlisle
Speakers inc editor of 'One Million Climate Jobs'

Tree planting for flood prevention | Sun 25 Mar | 10am | Cockermouth
Meet at Aldi for planting by the river. RSVP to

Seedy Saturday | Sat 31 Mar | 10am-12pm | Penrith
Give & get seeds, plants & gardening goods to set spring off to a good start

Grow Your Own Veg course | Sun 8 Apr | 10am-3pm | Crosby Ravensworth
Run by Vista Veg growing cooperative

Freegle Give & Take | Sat 21 Apr | 10:30am-12:30pm | Kirkby Stephen

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
Rethinking the future, and making it happen
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 4 Apr | 2-4pm | Local Links

Pop-up Repair Workshop | Tue 10 Apr | 4-7pm | Kendal

Penrith Repair Cafe | Sat 14 Apr | 10:30am-12:30pm | Old Fire Station
Know of a sustainability event?  Tell us  & we'll include it next time.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
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