7 January 2020

News Digest 7th January 2020

Election Feedback and Future Strategy


Green Party logoAt our next Business Meeting, on 14th January, we shall be reviewing the General Election results and campaign and looking at future strategy. We shall be setting up a Strategy Steering Group at that meeting. If you have any views on either but can’t make it to the meeting, please send them David Clegg at coordinator@northsomerset.greenparty.org.uk


Frack Free Somerset AGM and Speaker - 14th January 2020


This event clashes with our Business Meeting on the same evening, but we know that some of you may be interested to hear this prominent national speaker. Frack Free North Somerset are proud and excited to be hosting Tina Rothery to speak at their AGM on Tuesday, 14th January 2020 at Loves Café, Weston-Super-Mare.

Tina Rothery is a prominent national anti-fracking campaigner, who was one of a group that in 2014 occupied a Lancashire field thatFrack free somerset logo Cuadrilla wished to drill, risking a fine of £55,000 and 2 weeks in jail. In the end, the case brought against Tina by Cuadrilla was discharged, and the peoples’ resistance to fracking in Lancashire was victorious.
Tina is a founder-member of the redoubtable group of Lancashire anti-fracking “Nanas”, and has worked as a journalist, a radio presenter and now works as Social Media Consultant to the Green MEP, Gina Dowding. She is a powerful and inspiring speaker, and Frack Free North Somerset is delighted that she is coming to speak to their AGM, as unconventional oil drilling is still a threat in North Somerset.

Although the Government issued a moratorium against fracking at the beginning of the recent General Election campaign, this is widely seen by campaigners as a temporary device to take fracking off the electoral agenda. The moratorium does not cover acidisation, which is the process being considered by Infinity Energy to be carried out in Bleadon, just south of Weston super Mare, if they can find a landowner who is prepared to accommodate their drilling operation.

“The threat of drilling through the fissured limestone cave system, and introducing vast quantities of acid deep into the bedrock of Mendip simply does not bear thinking about” said Dr Richard Lawson, chair of Frack Free North Somerset.

The meeting will be at 7:30 pm at Loves Café, 9 West Street, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1JR

For further information: contact ffnsomerset@gmail.com

Call for 'Green Homes'


House and barns with solar panelsAre you the proud occupant of a home with ‘green’ credentials, a home which is exceptionally well insulated, or has a living roof, a ground or air source heat pump or anything else you consider contributes to its energy efficiency? Do you generate your own electricity with solar panels or a wind turbine? Maybe you even live in a Passive Home? Are you keen to spread the word about the benefits of such technology and prepared to open your doors to your fellow citizens?

We are planning to hold a ‘Green Open Homes’ event on the weekend of the 13th-14th June 2020 and are looking for active participants to open their homes. And of course we will need lots of visitors! The event will be for the whole of North Somerset, but if we have enough interest, we may subdivide it into more local sections.

If interested, please contact



Our latest ramble - a Christmas walk along the beach


On Saturday, 21st December, Rosey, Cynthia, Elaine, Tony, Leigh-Anne and I, not forgetting three dogs, set off from near Weston Super NSGP members on the Christmas rambleMare town centre and walked along the sandy beach towards Uphill. Despite the weather forecast predicting rain earlier in the week, the weather held up and it did not start raining until 15 minutes before the walk finished. Considering that it was winter, the weather was relatively mild. 

Needless to say, we talked about the disastrous and unexpected election result. I said that at least the Green Party increased its vote share from 2017. 

I had originally planned a walk going through the town parks but was moved to do a beach walk by the three dogs who were really enjoying being off their leads as they ran all over the beach. 

We stopped to look at the delapidated Birnbeck pier from the safety of the promenade and looked at an area of Prince Consort Gardens which had bee-friendly plants. 

Elaine had to curtail the walk owing to other commitments but joined us at the restaurant for a convivial meal at the restaurant in the town quarry. The manager gave us Christmas crackers to pull.  They had the usual groan-producing riddles but we laughed because the jokes were pathetic.

After that we walked back into town.  It was just as well because despite it only being three'o'clock it was beginning to get dark. 

Everybody said they enjoyed the walk and thanked me for organising and leading it. The next walk will be led by Cynthia Legge.

Peter Waldschmidt - NSGP




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