Time to get sowing!

Spring is trying to spring (honestly!) … and it’s time to get some seeds in the ground. Come and join us this Wednesday at 9.30. We’ll be sowing beans and peas, so suitable for small hands as well as big!

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Eco-homes in York

The weekend of 16-17 May will see York’s first ever Open Eco Homes event, which will showcase and offer advice on eco-refurbishment and green building measures.

Could your home be part of it? Have you:

  • insulated your house?
  • installed double/triple window glazing?
  • got low energy lighting system?
  • installed renewable heating or electricity generation?
  • cut the carbon footprint of your home in any other ways?

The event aims to show a wide range of measures from small to big ones in different types of houses across the city. If you have made any energy-saving improvements in your home and would be happy to open doors to visitors between 1-4pm on one or both days of that weekend, please get in touch with Ivana at St Nicks to find out more: 01904 411 821 or ivana@stnicks.org.uk

The event is funded by Green Open Homes network which has supported numerous similar events around the country. St Nicks’ partners for the York event are: Yorkshire Energy Partnership, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and City of York Council.

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Three events we’ve heard about that you might be interested in

Alom Shaha – the Young Atheist’s Handbook

Sunday 29 March, 3pm, at Millthorpe School, as part of York Literature Festival, an event suitable for adults and secondary-school children. Book tickets here 

SuustainableCity York: How can we secure York’s future as an innovative, resilient city?

Though this event has already booked out, e-mail paul.mccabe@york.gov.uk to go on the waiting list or to receive notes of the event and be involved in future developments arising from this initiative.

And last call to register for the Common Cause workshop this Saturday 28 February, St Clements Hall.

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Because we all need some Common Cause in our lives…

Places are being snapped up for the workshop to be held on 28 February. Folk have booked from across York and the north of England; and here’s your chance to join them.

It’s the first Common Cause workshop to be held in the north of England, on Saturday 28 February at Clements Hall. The workshop is facilitated by the Public Interest Research Centre, and hosted by Planet South Bank.

The workshop comes personally recommended: I’ve attended the equivalent workshop in London and found it really inspiring, so I was really pleased when the facilitators accepted Planet South Bank’s invitation to bring the workshop to York.

The workshop looks at why some campaign messages reach their audiences so successfully, and how to inspire greater community engagement when raising awareness of social or environmental issues.

So whether you’re trying to influence the council, or looking for signatures on a local petition, or trying to get your neighbours interested in a local issue, this workshop is an opportunity not to be missed.

Open to everyone in York; entry by donation.

More details and tickets at http://valuesandframes.org/event/open-workshop-york/

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Here’s your Saturday night sorted

Singing to a Greener Tune – an evening of entertainment at the Winning Post on Bishopthorpe Road. This Saturday, 7 February, 8.15 start; doors open 7.30.

There will be 4 acts, including terrific local band ‘Karno’s Circus’.

Free admission, though it may cost you a bit to get back out…. Expect a great atmosphere, some excellent music, and maybe one or two surprises.

All proceeds to Planet South Bank – it’s a fundraiser event. Planet South Bank is a voluntary group, helping local residents to learn more about climate change, reduce their carbon footprints, lead greener lives – and have fun doing it.

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Two delicious events – a winter-warmer, and a unique workshop opportunity

Singing to a Greener Tune, Saturday 7th February, The Winning Post, doors open 7.30 for 8.15. An evening of excellent local entertainment (featuring RB, Karno’s Circus, and special guests) in support of Planet South Bank.

Common Cause workshop: a unique opportunity in the north of England – a chance to learn about the Values and Frames insights into shaping campaign and communication messages. A must for every activist, campaigner and resident. Saturday 28 February, Clements Hall.

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Hold the date – exciting workshop at Clements Hall, 28 February 2015

Update February 2015: tickets now available at http://valuesandframes.org/event/open-workshop-york/

On Saturday 28 February Planet South Bank will be hosting a unique opportunity to take part in a Common Cause workshop, which will introduce the pioneering Values and Frames approach to inspiring social and environmental engagement.

The Values and Frames approach is relevant to building connected and resilient communities, as well as to crafting messages which inspire commitment, creating compelling marketing communications and advocacy messages, and building stronger local relationships.

More details about the workshop will be available in the new year, but in the meantime please put the day aside. We are anticipating high demand for places. Information about a previous equivalent workshop can be found here http://valuesandframes.org/event/open-workshop-london/.

If you’ve not already signed up to follow the Planet South Bank blog (see the link on this page), please do so in order to receive immediate notification of booking details when they are released.

More detail about Values and Frames – adapting a few sentences from http://valuesandframes.org/ :

“We cannot build a durable and connected movement of citizens through appeals to people’s fear, greed or ego. Such motivations tend to produce a shallow, short- lived types of engagement. They are also likely to backfire, actually reinforcing values that undermine social and environmental concern.

“What values help create today’s social norms and institutions, and what, in turn, shapes these values?

“Fostering “intrinsic” values—among them self-acceptance, care for others, and concern for the natural world—has real and lasting benefits. By acknowledging the importance of these values, and the “frames” that embody and express them; by examining how our actions help to strengthen or weaken them; and by working together to cultivate them, we can create a more compassionate society, and a better world.”

Planet South Bank looks forward to welcoming you on 28 February.

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