Windrush Bike Project

Our friends at the Windrush bike Project are recruiting ‘Bikeability’ instructors. Applicants are expected to like both cycling and children, or perhaps just to become a bit fond of them eventually. Apply to Kath Cochrane at: or on 07729846778.

And please vote for the Windrush Bike Project at Tesco. It is a worthy charity that needs Tesco’s money.

Chemical Chaos Ahead

The Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee has just unearthed a Brexit inconvenience. It concerns the UK chemicals industry, the country’s 2nd largest manufacturing industry, exporting £18 billion of products to the EU last year.

To retain access to the EU market, UK-based chemical companies must transfer their registrations to a company or representative based in the EU, but this transfer may not be possible until after the UK leaves the EU. A delay to registration carries the risk of a trading hiatus as well as disruption to the many supply chains that rely on access to chemicals produced across the EU.

Did anyone vote for that in the referendum?

Bathroom Waste

Zero Waste Witney is organising a talk on bathroom waste (of the plastic and packaging kind).

Have you ever noticed the amount of packaging and unnatural ingredients in your bathroom cabinet? Join in the discussion on reducing waste from and introducing natural ingredients into your bathroom.

When? Wednesday 21 November 2018
19:00 – 20:00 GMT

Where? the Eden Cafe, 6A Wesley Walk, Witney OX28 6ZJ

Book in advance through Eventbrite and bring £2 to pay on the day.

Click here for more info.

Ocean Plastics

A goodly crowd of over 100 braved the cold last night to hear the author and broadcaster Oliver Tickell talk about ocean plastics in Witney’s Corn Exchange.

The government must be held to account was his primary message. “Is Robert Courts and good?”, he asked to much merriment from the audience.

Pay Attention Now Children, It’s 3 Ps – Poo, Pee, And Paper

Extraordinary goings on at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Water Day yesterday. This was not an annual aquatic event, but a response to the apparently dire state of the River Windrush. The campaigning group (Windrush Against Sewage Pollution) kicked off the day with a prodigious exposition of the situation from WASP’s Ashley Smith and a showing of the Countryfile film on Windrush pollution.

WASP was followed by a shambolic group from the Environment Agency which refused to admit there was any problem – or any problem that could not be solved with regular monitoring by, say, 2030 or 2050.

Then came the Thames Water group, which at least admitted that something was going on which Thames Water did not understand. Given the intellectual level of its standard primary school presentation (“Think of the 3 Ps – poo, pee and paper”), Thames Water was not on course ever to understand it.

The room was packed to the rafters with 150 concerned, knowledgeable people (plus Robert Courts, our passionate MP, who was just concerned). All deserved, and expected, very much better. Were it not for WASP, responsible agencies would not be doing anything at all to return the Windrush to its previous state. Even with WASP, they are doing very little.

BBC South Today, July 2018

A Lightbulb Moment

Asa Bennett is abnormally bright in the Telegraph’s disgraceful Brexit Bulletin today. Philip Hammond, the toady Chancellor, spent some of his allotted time at the Tory conference comparing the EU’s response to Chequers to the way the lightbulb was greeted in 1978:

“Mr Tusk says it won’t work,” he said. “but that’s what people said about the lightbulb in 1878.”

Bennett goes on to point out that that the lightbulb only came about after more than 70 years of experimentation.

A Lightbulb Moment

Waste In Bampton


Sian Edwards, the District Council’s indomitable waste and recycling officer, will give a talk on waste and recycling on Friday 9 November at 7.30.

Location: Bampton Village Hall, Market Square, Bampton OX18 2JH


Waste In Bampton