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Squirrel on the Menu

Fancy trying something a bit different this weekend then pop along to the Colchester Farmers’ Market this Friday for a Squirrel pie.

Jess Noy, 23 of East Bergholt started selling the unusual pasties and samosas at the Colchester Farmers’ market last month and they sold like hot cakes. She combines the meat with caramelised pears, apples and hazelnuts to make the snack.

She has been selling a range of unusual dishes featuring pheasant, pigeon, rabbit and now squirrel under the brand name The Gamekeepers Daughter.

Miss Noy’s father is a Gamekeeper and supplies the meats from the Estate where he works.

Jess said ” Squirrel is a really tasty meat and is proving very popular. It is an ethical meat to eat as it is free range and the meat is sourced locally so it is low in food miles. I can get six samosas or ten small pasties out of one squirrel. I like to produce things which are a bit different.

Rowly Castiglione of en-form who organises the Colchester Farmers’ Market said ” As an Environment Centre we are very glad that Jessica has decided to make use of meats that would otherwise go to waste. Not only does it use local meat but is in a way a form of Recycling” .

It is illegal to catch or kill wild grey squirrels without a license and all red squirrels are protected by law.

The Colchester Farmers’ Market is held at the Colchester Arts Centre on Friday, the 7th December from 9.30am till 1pm and will have available a whole range of Christmas Treats from local stallholders.

en-form Press Releases 2007

en-form Press Releases 2007

Free Paint Project Goes Mobile – Press Release – 31st July 2007

The paint re-use project operated by Community Repaint Colchester and Tendring Is about to launch a new mobile service in North East Essex.

Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring, now in its third year, takes unwanted paint from the public and local businesses and redistributes it free of charge to local community groups, schools and individuals in need. In general those on state benefits will qualify.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form who runs the project said “Over the past 2 years we have identified that many of the people we are trying to help are unable to make use of the service because they find it difficult to get to the Repaint Centres in Colchester and Little Clacton. We have decided to launch this new service by taking the paint to them.”

The service has already been tested in the Jaywick Area and has proved popular. This service has received funding from the Essex Rural Community Council and Defra’s Business Reuse (BREW) Scheme.

Anybody who qualifies and wants free paint or has suggestions for a mobile drop off point should contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776

Free Paint Available For Charities And Community Groups – Press Release – 6th June 2007 (issued by RePaint Centrally)

Thinking of redecorating your premises but the cost of buying brand new materials is putting you off? Have you thought about getting paint from your local Community RePaint scheme to keep the costs down?

Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring, a project run by en-form, collects “half tins” of leftover paint from householders and painters and decorators plus end-of-line tins from local DIY retailers. This paint is available free for local charitable groups, schools and voluntary organisations for redecoration projects.

Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring is part of the national Community RePaint network and has over 64 similar schemes across the UK. A brand new website has recently been launched (www.communityrepaint.org.uk) to make it easier for local communities, charities and voluntary organisations to find where their nearest scheme is.

Vicky Wren, Community RePaint Development Worker said “The new post code search facility makes it much easier to find the contact details of your local scheme. The website also contains lots more useful information including details of organisations that can help carry out your redecoration project plus general painting tips and advice.”

Last year Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring passed on 5,000 litres of paint to various projects, including scenery sets for plays, redecoration of community buildings, amateur sport centres, village halls, school murals and playgrounds. Local community and voluntary groups wanting to get paint for a similar project should telephone Andrew Wilkinson at Community RePaint Colchester and Tendring on 01206 367776 or e-mail repaint@btinternet.com. To find out more about the Community RePaint national network log onto www.communityrepaint.org.uk.

Community RePaint has been supported and sponsored by ICI Paints since the project’s inception and is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund, through the CRED Programmeii. The Community RePaint national network is managed by Resource Futuresiii a not-for-profit environment consultancy.

CONTACT DETAILS

For further information please contact Vicky Wren at Resource Futures:

tel: 0113 200 3959

email: vicky.wren@resourcefutures.co.uk

web: www.communityrepaint.org.uk

Local Contact:

Andrew Wilkinson

Tel: 01206 367776

e-mail: repaint@btinternet.com

Notes to editor:

i ICI Paints, who make Dulux paint, has supported and sponsored Community RePaint since the project began in 1993. ICI Paints provides technical advice, conference speakers and general support as well as year-on-year financial sponsorship. This sponsorship enables long-term planning for Community RePaint and is used as match funding to attract Lottery and other grants. Community RePaint forms a central part of ICI Paints’ ongoing product stewardship programme.

ii The Community RePaint project has been awarded £196,000 over a 3 year period by the Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED) Programme, through the Big Lottery Fund’s Transforming Waste initiative. The CRED Programme is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) and nine consortium partners. The Programme will award £36.5 million of Big Lottery Fund money in grants of between £50,000 to £300,000 to community based recycling, reuse and composting initiatives in England before the end of 2007.

iii The Community RePaint network is managed by Resource Futures (formerly SWAP) an employee-owned, not-for-profit environmental consultancy. In 1992 SWAP conducted research into household hazardous waste through the Waste Wagon project. This identified that residents in Leeds had a large volume of surplus reusable paint stored in sheds, garages and cupboards etc and that there was a ready demand for this material from local charities, voluntary and community groups. From this research the first Community RePaint scheme was established in Leeds and subsequently a national network of schemes emerged.

Colchester RePaint Scheme Doubles in Size – Press Release – 10th April 2007

The Colchester RePaint scheme set up by en-form the Colchester Environment Centre and the Bright Ideas Scrapstore, is set to double in size after running for 2 years.

The project redistributes, free of charge, unwanted paint from the general public and local businesses to local good causes such as charities, schools and community groups and even individuals in need.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ”the project is becoming more popular and we needed to increase our storage space to help us cope with demand. The extra storage space will allow us to accept a wider range of paint and offer more choice to good causes”.

The project which was set up in 2005 has so far diverted 13 tonnes of paint from the waste stream and helped over 130 groups.

Anyone interested in receiving free paint or donating good quality paint no longer wanted should contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776 or check out the website www.repaintessex.org.uk.

Wivenhoe Farmers’ Market Celebrates its First Year – Press Release – 10th April 2007

Wivenhoe Farmers’ Market celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday the 21st April.

The market was set up by the local community with the help of local environment charity, en-form.

Julia King of en-form said ” we were approached by the local residents of Wivenhoe to help them set up a market in the town a year ago. Not all Farmers’ Markets succeed but the Wivenhoe market has been popular with local cstomers and stall holders alike since opening”.

The market offers a wide selection of locally produced food, with about 20 stalls selling everything from fresh meat, fish and eggs to vegetables, fruit, bread and even plants.

It is one of the few local Farmers’ Markets held on a Saturday, which makes it convenient for the many local commuters in the town.

The market is held at the William Loveless Hall in the High Street on the 3rd Saturday of the month, between 9am and 12 noon.

en-form Press Releases 2006

en-form Press Releases 2005

Colchester Christmas Farmers’ Market – Press Release – 8th December 2006

Following huge public demand, en-form, who organise the monthly Farmers’ Market at Colchester’s Art Centre, have decided to hold a special market just before Christmas, on Friday 22nd December.

Julia King of en-form said, “Colchester Farmers’ Market has gone from strength to strength over the last year and is very well supported; some people even pop back several times throughout the morning. As well as most of our normal stallholders, we shall also have a few choice craft stalls for last minute gifts, including natural handmade soaps, wicker baskets and walking sticks, made from local apple wood; 25 stalls to date!”

“ We have been asked for a real ‘Christmassy atmosphere’ so there will be live carol singers throughout the morning and customers who want to enter into the Christmas Spirit will be welcome to join in. Festive refreshments will be available, so you can sit and have a well-deserved rest.”

So, avoid that massive supermarket queue and come along and buy something local, fresh and a little bit different for your Christmas table.

This special Christmas market will be open from 9.30 – 1.00 at Colchester Arts Centre on 22nd December. For further information call Julia King on 01206 367776.

Something Fishy at the Farmers Market – Press Release – 1st November 2006

This Friday’s Farmers’ Market at the Colchester Arts Centre includes a local Fish Stall for the very first time.

Julia King of en-form said ” Ever since the last fishmonger closed in Colchester almost 3 years ago it has been difficult to buy fresh fish in Colchester. What makes it even better is the fish is caught off the Essex Coast and you won’t get more local than that. We expect this stall to be very popular with our customers”.

The market also includes a local brewer selling organic beer and wine and following a bumper crop this year local walnuts.

Colchester Farmers’ Market is on Friday 3rd November at the Arts Centre from 9.30am to 2pm. Full details can be obtained from en-form on 012206 367776.

Chance to Paint the Town Red – Press Release – 23rd August 2006

Jaywick residents will get to the chance to paint their Town red, or any other colour for that matter.

Community RePaint Tendring in association with Surestart will be running a Free Paint Day in Jaywick on the 31st August. The paint is available free of charge to local groups, charities, schools and individuals on benefits.

Mark Penn of Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise (TREE) who runs the scheme in Tendring said ”the RePaint scheme has been running in Tendring for over a year now with very good quality paint, much of it brand new being donated. The paint is available from TREE’s premises in Little Clacton or from the Bright Ideas Scrapstore in Colchester but we want to make the paint more accessible for local groups and individuals on benefits. This is why we will be taking the paint to the Local Community in Jaywick.”

If you are on benefits and want some free paint just turn up with proof that you are on benefits at Sydney House, Langham Drive Clacton between 10am to 11.45 or Hemmington House, Broadway, Jaywick between 12 noon and 2pm on Thursday 31st August.

Enquiries about the scheme and local groups should telephone Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776.

En-form the local environment centre will also be giving away 2 free energy efficient lightbulbs while stocks last to residents turning up for paint on the day.

Colchester Schools Go Green – Press Release – 7th July 2006

The green revolution is coming to Colchester schools on Monday 10th July 2006.

St Benedict’s College will be holding an Eco School Seminar, organised by Colchester Borough Council and environment charity en-form, for schools in Colchester.

The Education Secretary Alan Johnson recently announced that schools in England must become more ‘carbon neutral’ by 2020. The scheme improves pupil behaviour, saves money and links into many curriculum subjects and raises the profile of the school in the local community.

Alan Wheeler of St Benedict’s College said ‘’Eco-Schools is an international programme co-ordinated by ENCAMS in the UK designed to improve all aspects of the school environment. St Benedict’s are proud to have been chosen to host the event to launch the scheme in Colchester.’’

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘’the scheme is run by the pupils, who set up a committee to make their school more environmentally friendly within the themes of Litter, Waste Minimisation, Energy, Water, Healthy Living, School Grounds, Biodiversity and Global Perspectives’’.

Any schools that want to attend can turn up on the day. The seminar starts at 1pm until 4pm.

Please contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776

Colchester Farmers’ Market celebrates its third year – Press Release – 30th June 2006

On 7 July Colchester Farmers’ Market will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary.

From an inauspicious start we now regularly attract over 600 customers each month. Julia King of en-form said ”by listening to what our customers want we have greatly increased the diversity of products. We now have at least 25 stalls each month – the products of which vary according to the season. Our latest additions are Jimmy the Farmer and Butterfly Lodge Ice Cream”.

As a special offer this month we will be giving 2 energy efficient light bulbs to every customer who completes a simple enquiry form.

Pig out at Colchester Farmers’ Market with Jimmy’s Farm – Press Release – 26th May 2006

With this weeks’ Colchester Farmers’ Market being the first one of the summer, you have a chance to taste some truly local and special treats.

Asparagus is in season, so make the most of it before it disappears next month, and the first of the local strawberries have arrived. You must also come and try the delicious Caprilatte ice cream from Monach Farm. Made using only goats’ milk and natural ingredients with flavours as varied as Mexican Vanilla to Honeymoon Pie, flavoured with real Essex honey.

We are also pleased to welcome the well known Jimmy’s Farm, home to the Essex Pig Company of Ipswich who will be selling their wide selection of handmade, quality sausages, traditionally dry cured bacon and rare breed pork joints. Before your leave, why not treat yourself to one of their burgers.

With over 25 varied stalls, selling everything from your everyday fruit and veg to your more unique items, there is something for everyone.

The next Colchester Farmers Market will be held at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30am to 2pm on Friday the 2nd June.

Better Way to get rid off your Unwanted Items – Press Release – 8th May 2006

It may not seem like it, but Spring is well and truly here and the spring cleaning can’t be put off for much longer.

Just in time a new service has been launched by environment group, en-form, in partnership with Essex County Council, Essex Community Reuse and Recycling Network (ECORRN) and Chelmsford Environment Partnership.

A new website, www.giveortake.org, lets you put details of all your unwanted items on the internet and hopefully someone will take them off your hands for you. Of course, if there are things you want or need, you will be able to post your requests on the site a well.

Gemma Sortwell of ECORRN said “It’s like e-bay but free. Every year thousands of useable items are dumped in Essex that still have plenty of life left in them. On the other hand, there are lots of people that could really use some of the items that are thrown away everyday”.

The site covers the whole of Essex and lets you post and search for items by category or postcode. In addition, it has a directory of just about every community group or Charity Shop in Essex that collects items for resale or reuse.

The website was funded by a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme and ECORRN’S seedcorn fund.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said “If like me you need to do a bit of spring cleaning but can’t bear the thought of a day out trying to get things to the dump – this is ideal. I can just give away items on an individual basis and at the same time clear my clutter at a leisurely pace. As I’m a hoarder, this is a big bonus.”

If you could do with a bit of a de-clutter, why not go through your cupboards, shed or the loft this weekend and get rid of all those items you are never going to use but are just too good to be thrown away.

New Council Charges for Recycling Newspaper/Cardboard – Letter to the Evening Gazette – 22nd March 2006

We read with interest your article on the proposed Council charges for collecting paper and card from Businesses.

As an Environment Centre we are particularly concerned that while Colchester Borough Council proclaim to be amongst the best recycling boroughs in the country they are adopting a policy which is likely to not only reduce their recycling rates but also increase their costs through increased landfill charges. This is not the way one of the “cleanest and greenest “ boroughs should operate. We feel that many businesses, particularly small ones, will opt out of the scheme and dispose of their paper and card as general trade waste.

Recent evidence indicates that, far from increasing, the dry recycling rate has at best stagnated and at worst gone down in recent years. It is only the garden waste collection that has lifted the overall rate.

We accept that the Council has to cover the cost of collecting trade waste and the burden for this shouldn’t fall on the domestic council tax payer. However we do not feel it is fair or sensible to charge a flat rate regardless of the amount of waste. After all we should be ensuring that those who produce most waste pay more for disposing of it. A fairer, and more acceptable, solution for example would be to provide a different colour bag for card/paper waste which could be sold at the same rate as the green trade waste bags. This would mean that businesses would only pay for what they put out. This system would compensate the Council and hopefully have no adverse effect on the recycling rate.

Rowland Castiglione

Chairman of Trustees

en-form

Join the Dedham Vale EcoTeam! – issued by SERENE Ipswich Environment Centre – 14th February 2006

Help the environment and save money

What is an EcoTeam?

A group of people who get together to learn how to reduce their environmental impact and save money. EcoTeams of six to eight people meet once a month for 4 months. At each meeting EcoTeam members share experiences, ideas and achievements on the environmental actions that they have taken.

An EcoTeam is not just another meeting – it’s a place to translate ideas into action!

Why should I sign up?

Many of us want to live a little greener but have never found the time, or don’t quite know how to begin. EcoTeams show you how small easy changes can make a difference to your household, your community and the environment – with the help of your team members. It will only take about two hours of your time each month…and it works! Past teams have achieved great environmental savings:

Waste – 43%

Gas – 15.2%

Electricity – 8.9%

Water – 21.2%

How do I find out more?

Contact John on 01473 611453 or john.ej.welsh@btinternet.com

Or Andrew on 01206 367776 or info@en-form.org.uk

en-form Press Releases 2005

en-form Press Releases 2005

Ban the Bland – Press Release – 5th October 2005

Give your taste buds a treat at the Colchester Farmers’ Market this Friday.

With both Apple Day and British Sausage Week falling in October what better time is there to try out the different varieties of local apple, juice and specialist sausages available at the market.

And, with over 15 stalls, many offering free tastings, why not try some Hereford beef, vegetables picked only the day before or fresh local free range eggs that are cheaper than the supermarkets.

En-form the Environment Centre who organise the market will also be launching their new e-mail reminder service. As a special offer, anybody  making a purchase at the market after 12.30 will be able to buy an energy efficient lightbulb and canvas shopping bag for only 75p.

The Colchester Farmers’ Market will be held at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30am to 2pm this Friday the 7th October. Full details on 01206 367776.

Dulux Dog Launches Local Paint Reuse Scheme Press Release – 12th April 2005
Local charity, en-form in partnership with the Bright Ideas Scrapstore, Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise (TREE) and Essex County Council, is to launch an innovative paint reuse scheme, for the Colchester and Tendring Area on 21st April 2005 with a very important guest in attendance – the world-famous Dulux dog.A PHOTOCALL WITH THE DULUX DOG WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1.00 PM AT THE COLCHESTER CIVIC AMENITY SITE, MALDON ROAD, SHRUB END AND at 2.30PM AT

TENDRING RE>PAINT SCHEME AT OAKWOOD UNIT 2,
PLOUGH CORNER, HARWICH ROAD, LITTLE CLACTON

ON Thursday 21st April

Community Re>Paint Colchester and Tendring  is the latest project developed by en-form the Colchester Environment Centre. The Community Re>Paint scheme, which has been successfully rolled out in other parts of the UK by environmental consultants SWAP[i], will help the community to help itself by accepting unwanted, usable, surplus paint from local householders and businesses, and re-distributing it free of charge for reuse by local people (particularly those in social need), charities, voluntary groups and schools[ii].  Whilst providing a service for the local community, and helping the environment, the scheme also has the potential to provide opportunities for the unemployed to volunteer and learn practical skills, gain invaluable work experience and then transfer these skills into employment.

Andrew Wilkinson who has been responsible for the development of the project said, “This scheme is highly beneficial for both the environment and the local community, and provides another way to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. We will be able to offer safe, good quality, recycled paint at low or no cost to disadvantaged local people and community groups. The scheme has the support of Essex County and Colchester Borough Councils.”

Mark Gregory, Community Re>Paint Co-ordinator at SWAP added: “Community Re>Paint began in 1993 and has attracted funding from ICI Dulux, Biffaward[iii] and has since grown into a huge success[iv].  We are very pleased to launch our scheme run by en-form. Over 377 million litres of paint are sold each year (retail and trade), 75 million litres of which is stored, hoarded or wasted. Community Re>Paint: Colchester and Tendring will enable some of this paint to be put to good use.”

Graham Tombs, Essex County Council Head of Waste, Recycling and the Environment said: “We are always looking for ways to expand the recycling facilities we can provide at our civic amenity and recycling sites across Essex. The Community Re>Paint scheme is not only providing a new way to recycle and protect the environment, but is also putting something back into the community. If you are doing any DIY or spring cleaning remember to make sure you bring any leftover or unwanted usable paint for it to be recycled and reused by the community.”

Anyone wishing to donate paint from trade should contact Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776. Groups and individuals applying for paint should contact en-form on the same number.  Householders can donate their leftover paint by taking it to the civic amenity and recycling centres at Shrub End, Colchester and Rush Green, Clacton during their usual opening hours.

The project has received £71,188 from the National Lottery Funded Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED) Programme5

For further information about Community Re>Paint Colchester please contact Andrew Wilkinson at en-form on 01206 367776, email: info@en-form.org.uk. www.repaintessex.org.uk

For further information on Community Re>Paint please contact Mark Gregory, SWAP on 0113 243 8777, fax: 0113 234 4222, e-mail: mark@swap-web.co.uk, web: www.communityrepaint.org.uk

ENDS

Notes to Editor

[i] SWAP (Save Waste and Prosper Ltd) is a not-for-profit environmental consultancy that seeks environmental improvement through the sustainable management of waste. In order to do this, SWAP researches particular waste options, innovates in the development of solutions and encourages collaboration with others to work towards sustainable solutions.

[ii]Paint distributed through Community Re>Paint Colchester and Tendring will be used for a wide range of projects from painting community houses to being distributed to needy groups, families and charitable organisations who can identify others who would benefit from the paint.

[iii]In December 1997 Biffa Waste Services agreed to donate landfill tax credits to the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to administer under the fund name Biffaward. Grants made from the fund currently amount to more than £63 million, supporting many worthwhile environmental projects.

[iv] There are presently 57 Community Re>Paint schemes throughout the UK operating in: Barnet; Belfast; Bradford; Bury; Castle Morpeth; Cardiff & The Vale; Conwy; Chester-le-Street; Christchurch; Derby; Doncaster; Ealing; East Kent; Edinburgh; Ellon (Aberdeenshire); East Essex; Falmouth (Cornwall); Fermanagh (N. Ireland); Fleetwood; Hammersmith & Fulham; Hackney; Harlow;Hemel Hempstead; Immingham (NE Lincs); Lambeth; Leeds; Leicestershire; Morecambe & Lancaster; Medway; Middlesbrough; Newbury; Newport; Newtown (Montgomeryshire); Norfolk; North Allerdale (Cumbria); Oxford; Perth; Peterborough; Redruth (Cornwall); Richmond Upon Thames; Rotherham, Sandwell & Soho (Birmingham); Sevenoaks; Sheffield; Shetland; Solihull; Southampton; Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland; Swansea; Swansea and Gower; Swindon; Waltham Forest; Warrington and Halton; West Devon; Wrexham; and Wye (Kent).

5 The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) and nine consortium partners manage the £36.5 million CRED Programme on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund’s Transforming Waste initiative. CRED is the second multi-million pound National Lottery initiative managed by RSWT on behalf of the Fund.

New Local Food Directory Launched – Press Release – 28th March 2005
Local food issues may be firmly on the menu these days but where exactly can you buy it?In Essex, we now have a host of local producers and markets selling everything from rare breeds and varieties of meat, fruit and veg to honey, cakes and oysters – but where are they?

From this week you can pick up a free local food directory from local environment group en-form and find out.

In its 50 or so pages you will find most of the local producers, farmers’ markets, country markets and farm shops within a 30 mile radius of Colchester – 118 entries in all.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” This is the second edition of the local food directory following the success of last years. The new directory has many improvements suggested by the public and is much bigger and better than the first one. TV shows such as Jamie’s School Dinners and the Sudan 1 crisis are making people think more and more about the food they eat. Customers are increasingly buying from local producers where they can ask exactly what goes into their food.”

The directory will be launched at this weeks Colchester farmers’ market on Friday 1st April from 9.30am to 2pm at the Colchester Arts Centre.

It will be available free of charge from local libraries, visitor information centres, farmers’ markets and other local information points throughout Essex and Suffolk.

The directory was primarily funded with a 2 year grant from the Seed programme which distributed National Lottery  through the New Opportunities Fund.

Although there are no current plans for future printed directories all the information it contains and many extra features will shortly be available on its own website.

All change at Farmers’ Market – Press Release – 28th February 2005
Following another successful year, the Colchester Farmers’ Market is set to expand further in 2005.  This Friday’s market has more stalls than ever before and following repeated customer requests will remain open for an extra hour and close at 2pm.Julia King , of en-form, said “ We have received many requests from customers who work in the town centre to keep the market open an hour longer. At the moment they find it difficult to get to the market in their lunch hour and harder still to pick up a bite to eat from the refreshment counter.”

The market is also proving popular with stallholders. Over the last 3 months 6 new stalls selling bread, Caribbean cakes & savouries,  beef, organic chicken, anti-pasti and specialist chilli oils have joined the market. With the welcome return of  the garden plant stalls after their winter break the market will be full to the rafters.

The next Farmers’ Market will be on Friday 4th March, from 9.30am – 2pm at  the Colchester Arts Centre, near the Mercury Theatre.

 

en-form Press Releases 2004

Shop for a Good Cause – Press Release – 2nd December 2004
Environment group en-form are hoping to cash in on shoppers this Christmas with the launch of an internet shopping service.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘ like any charity we are always looking to raise funds to continue our work. As an environment centre we would encourage people to buy only what they need but if you are going to buy an item anyway please do so through this website and raise money for a good cause’.

Well known retailers such as Amazon, Comet and Marks and Spencer are participating in the scheme and other charities can set up their own free web shop.

Every time a purchase is made using the online web shop a commission is paid to the charity.

The shop can be found at www.buy.at/enform or on enform’s website www.en-form.org.uk.

Raised Standards at Environment Centre – Press Release – 30th November 2004
Colchester Environment Charity en-form are celebrating after achieving Investor in People status.

Nicola Thompson of en-form said ‘all our staff and volunteers have been working hard this year to improve the environment in Essex. It’s nice to know that the importance we place on our staff and volunteers has been recognised by receiving this award’.

Investor in People is a nationally recognised standard that assesses the importance that organisations place in the people who work for them through training and development.

A Summer Splash – Press Release – 23rd July 2004
We all know the best place to be when it is hot and sunny is at the beach and we’ve added an extra dose of fun in the summer holidays with our Coastal Awareness Day. It will be held on Wednesday the 11th August  at Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea between 11am and 4pm.

The event is being organised by en-form (Colchester’s Environment Centre) and the rangers at Cudmore Grove, there will be a whole range of activities on the day including wildlife walks, mud dipping and as special treat this year there will be Sea Shanty workshops run by Clarty Sough who are well known for their performances at folk music and maritime festivals across the uk and have won various music competitions.

Learn about the smuggling activities going on in Essex in the 18th Centaury and what dress was right for the occasion.

There will also be art and craft activities and information stalls on various coastal themes by the RNLI, various councils and en-form.

For just £2.00 for all day parking you and child your child can enjoy all the activities, children must be accompanied by an adult.

So come along and enjoy the surf, mud and wildlife of Cudmore Grove Country Park, for further details and times for the walks and workshops please call Dougal at Cudmore Grove on 01206 383868.

New National Standard Cycle Training Launched at Tendring Show-Press Release – 12th July 2004
The new National Standard Cycling Award, which replaces the cycling proficiency test from September, was formally launched at the Tendring Show preview on Friday (9 July) by the Deputy Leaders of Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

Cllr Sarah Candy, a regular cyclist who arrived at Saturday’s Show by bike, and Cllr Robert Davidson, also a cyclist, met representatives of the twelve professionally-qualified instructors whose initial training has been partly funded by both Councils.

The training has been developed nationally by a curriculum body including the Department of Transport, the Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association, RoSPA and national cyclists’ organisations.  It enables both adults and children to ride safely and confidently on the road in today’s busy traffic conditions.  The local scheme, initiated by members of the Colchester Cycling Campaign, is believed to have trained more instructors than anywhere outside London.

The local instructors will operate under the umbrella of the en-form transport project, based in Colchester, which also promotes car-sharing, Bike Week and In Town Without My Car (www.22september.org.uk), the international car free day held annually on 22 September.  They will offer training for employers, schools, community organisations and individuals across North Essex and en-form is working with local partners to access further funding to provide access for everyone.

Pam Nelson, one of the instructors who also co-ordinates the project says: “The professionalising of cycle training is an essential part of the Government’s new Action Plan for Cycling and Walking, which aims to make cycling and walking easier, safer and more attractive.  Thanks to the foresight of local cyclists in getting qualified so quickly, we are now well prepared to deliver the training for any organisation in our area.”

Jane Gardner from Essex County Council and member of the Colchester 2020 Partnership and the Tendring Local Strategic Partnership welcomed the launch of this initiative saying, “At its recent Assembly meeting, the Colchester 2020 Partnership launched its Travel Plan Club, which could have a huge impact on traffic congestion in Colchester in the future.  We want to help people who work in our organisations re-think their travel choices, and provide them with proper alternatives to driving to work in their car on their own.  Cycling is one such alternative and the availability of this training will ensure that it is a safer and more attractive option.”

David Hewitt Project Director for Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust which operates Colchester General Hospital said: “We are looking forward to offering these courses to our staff and their families later in the year. We believe the promotion of cycling has enormous health benefits for us all, as well as reducing traffic congestion, and we would encourage everybody to participate in any way that they can.”

Further details are available from Pam Nelson, project co-ordinator, en-form, 15 Church Walk, Colchester CO1 1NS, tel 01206 367776.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The adult National Standard was launched in May 2003; the new joint standard for adults and children will be launched at the CTC conference in September 2004.

Funding to train the 12 local instructors was provided by Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council, the University of Essex, Essex County Council, Laurel Spooner GP and Colchester Garrison.

The local instructor training was delivered by CT UK (www.cycletraining.co.uk) one of four national training providers accredited under the new National Standard.  This not-for-profit company has already been very helpful with advice in setting up the local scheme.

Launch of Clacton Farmers Market – Press Release – 30th April 2004
This month sees the launch of the Clacton Farmers Market. It will be one of the biggest Farmers’ Markets in the area and will be a weekend event.The first market will be held on Saturday the 8th May from 10am to 6pm and Sunday the 9th May from 11am to 5pm at the Clacton Factory Shopping Village.

Apart from the usual Farmers Market stalls selling a full range of seasonal local produce from meat, vegetables and fish to home baked cakes, pies and sweets the market will include a Garden and Plant Fayre – just right to stock up your garden for spring and summer.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ’’we tried two markets in Clacton last year which proved to be very popular with stallholders and customers alike. They were our most successful markets and we received numerous requests to make them a permanent feature’’.

The markets will be held on the second weekend of the month and will have around 20 stalls. Apart from the Farmers Market the event will include Craft and Seafood Fayres in future months.

Full details can be obtained from Andrew Wilkinson at en-form on 01206 367776.

First Colchester Farmers Market of the Year-Press Release-1st February 2004
This Friday sees the welcome return of Colchester Farmers’ Market after it’s winter break.

The market, which was re-launched in July, was so successful last year, that it will continue to be held for the next 12 months at it’s adopted home – Colchester Arts Centre.

Andrew Wilkinson, of en-form said: “ The market is now well established, with 14 regular stalls selling everything from meats, cakes and cheeses, to fresh fruit and vegetables. You can even pick up a lunch-time snack or sit down and relax with a cup of coffee.”

En-form will also be launching their local food directory at the market, which details the wide range of food that is produced and available locally. The guide has been produced in response to customer requests and is available free of charge.

The Farmers’ Market will be held at the Colchester Arts Centre this Friday, the 6th February from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Dedham Farmers’ Market Still On – Press Release – 14th January 2004
The first Dedham Farmers’ Market of the year will be held this Friday, 16th January at the Assembly Rooms in Dedham High Street.

The market almost closed in September because the number of customers visiting the market had declined dramatically over the year.

A successful use it or lose it plea was made by the organisers en-form  and the market was saved until the end of the year. The market is still hanging on – albeit by a slender thread.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” we are reviewing the market on a month by month basis at the moment. We still need to attract more customers to keep the market going in 2004”.

The market will be open from 9am to 1pm with stalls selling a wide range of local produce.

en-form Press Releases 2003

en-form Press Releases 2003

Last Farmers Market of the Year – Press Release – 15th December 2003

The Colchester Farmers Market makes its last appearance of the year this Week in the town centre.

Six stalls have been allocated to the Farmers Market as part of Colchesters late night shopping. The stalls can be found at the corner of Head Street and Culver Street and will be open from 9am to 9.30pm whilst stocks last.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” we are glad to have been offered the opportunity of having a mini Farmers Market in the town centre so close to Christmas. This will be the last Colchester Farmers market until the 6th February next year.”

Dedham Farmers Market – Press Release – 15th December 2003

It’s Christmas, the season of good food and cheer. How better to celebrate than eating fine food, produced from the very best ingredients.

Come along to Dedham’s Farmers’ Market and choose what you want to put on your Christmas table from; fresh meats and vegetables to cakes and fruit juices.

Unwrap your favourite foods fresh from the farmers’ fields this Christmas at the last Farmers Market of the year at Dedham Assembly Rooms between 9am and 1pm on the 19th December.

Clacton Christmas Market – Press Release – 27th November 2003

This weekend see’s one of the biggest Christmas Markets in the area at the Clacton Factory Shopping Village.

The market has been organised by Colchester based environment group en-form who run the Colchester and Dedham Farmers’ Markets.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” we had a small Farmers’ Market at Clacton in the summer but it attracted so many customers that we needed a lot more stalls than than you normally get at a Farmers’ Market.”

The market will have over 25 stalls including many seen at local Farmers’ Markets as well as speciality food and local craft stalls where you can pick up unusual presents for Christmas.

The market will be open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday the 29th November and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday at the Clacton Factory Shopping Village.

Farmers Market Hamper Draw – Press Release – 4th November 2003

With Christmas fast approaching the traders at Colchester farmers market have got together to provide a free prize draw for a Christmas hamper made up of items available from the market.

Everyone visiting the farmers market on November 7th or December 5th can fill in a survey form and get free entry to the draw.

En-form spokesman Andrew Wilkinson said ” The Colchester Farmers Market has proved to be a great success since its launch earlier in the year. We now wish to build on this success by doing a quick survey and at the same time give our customers the chance to win a Christmas Hamper”.

The next farmers market will be held this Friday (7th November) at the Arts Centre, Colchester from 9.30am to 1.30 pm.

Further details can be obtained by calling en-form on 01206 367776.

EN-FORMING US ABOUT LOCAL FOOD – Press Release – 15th October 2003

En-form, the Environment Centre in Colchester, is celebrating after receiving grants totalling £50,000 for a Local Food Project.

The project will be developed over the next 15 months and will include the production of a Local Food Directory available as a printed booklet and on the internet. Over 20,000 copies will be distributed throughout Essex and parts of Suffolk this year and next year.

The project will also include setting up local organic box schemes and supporting local food producers through Farmers Markets.

Andrew Wilkinson of En-form said: ” This project was created following requests from customers at local Farmers Markets who wanted to know where they could buy locally produced food. It is a project that continues to develop as we receive more requests from customers and producers.’’

Apart from local food producers who will be entitled to a free entry in the directory, it will benefit an increasing number of the local population who wish to locate the wide range of local and distinctive food and drinks that are available in this part of the Anglia Region. The directory will be available free of charge.

The project is supported by a Lottery grant of £40,000 from the Social, Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) Programme.

The £15.3 million SEED Programme, managed by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) and 11 consortium partners, distributes National Lottery money on behalf of the New Opportunities Fund, under its Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities funding programme.

The SEED Programme aims to stimulate local economic development and support community enterprise, promoting sustainability and helping disadvantaged communities improve the quality of their environment.

In addition, further funding has come from a variety of other sources including £6,500 from the Colchester Borough Council, £1000 from Tendring Rural Action Fund, £500 from Tendring District Council and £300 from the Co-op.

If you are a local producer and would like a free entry in the Local Food Directory please contact Andrew Wilkinson at en-form on 01206 367776.

Dedham Farmers Market – Press Release – 14th October 2003

Following last months use it or lose it plea the Dedham Farmers Market is back again this month.

The next market will be held at the Dedham Assembly Rooms this Friday the 17th October.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” The people of Dedham turned out in force last month to support and save the market. We have agreed to keep the market going until Christmas when the situation will again be reviewed. However if it attracts as many customers as last month it will almost certainly continue.”

The market will be held from 9am to 1pm. For further information contact en-form on 01206 367776.

Colchester Farmers Market Celebrates Apple Day – Press Release – 30th September 2003

The next Colchester Farmers Market will be celebrating Apple Day early. Officially Apple Day is on the 21st October but there is no market on this date.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” We are quite lucky in this area to still have so many apple producers. Many local orchards still grow up to 49 varieties of apple – some unique to this area. Two local apple growers will be at this weeks Farmers Market and will be offering free apple and juice tasters to customers.”

Over 15 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to meat, eggs, jams and local speciality foods will be available. Back this month should be game, smoked salmon and homemade pies.

The next Farmers Market will be held this Friday, 3rd October at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Back from the Dedham! – Press Release – 29th September 2003

The Dedham Farmers’ Market is back and here to stay until at least Christmas.

A use it or lose it plea was put out by the organiser’s en-form at the last market and local villagers turned out in force to support it.

Andrew Wilkinson at en-form said ‘‘the number of customers at the last Dedham Farmers Market exceeded our expectations. This was the most customers we have had since last Christmas. Local people have ensured the market will be open until at least December. We are grateful to the extensive media coverage and messages of support we have received.’’

The market will continue on the third Friday of the month till the New Year, the dates being 17th October, 21st November and 19th December.

Dedham Farmers Market set to Close – Press Release – 16th September 2003

After more than two succesful years Dedham Farmers Market is set to close.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” Since Christmas, the number of customers visiting the market has continued to fall and over the last few months the takings have not even covered the cost of the hall. We will be sorry to close the market but unless the market is very successful on Friday it will be the last one.”

A number of shops in the village will be sad to see it go as it brought in extra visitors to the village on market days.

The Farmers market will be on this Friday 19th September from 9am to 1pm at the Assembly Rooms in Dedham High Street.

Colchester Farmers Market gets Bigger and Better – Press Release – 2nd September 2003

The Colchester Farmers Market has now firmly established itself at the Colchester Arts Centre and is set to become a regular fixture on the first Friday of every month.

Over 15 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to meat, eggs, jams and local speciality foods will be available.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” The market has proved itself more popular than we originally anticipated and we now have a waiting list of producers wanting to have stalls.”

The next Farmers Market will be held this Friday, 5th September at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Coastal Awareness Day – Press Release – 29th July 2003

We all know the best place to be when it is hot and sunny is at the beach and we’ve added an extra dose of fun in the summer holidays with our Coastal Awareness Day. It will be held on Wednesday the 6th August at Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea between 10am and 4pm.

The event is being organised by en-form (Colchester’s Environment Centre), Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

There will be a whole range of activities on the day including bird watching, beach combing and shell crafts. If you want to learn more about the Essex coast or how to be safe at the beach there will also be a variety of information displays.

For just £2.00 your child can enjoy all the activities for the whole day and parents or guardians can accompany them for free. If you are an adult who is keen on exploring our coast then pay just £2.00 and you can take part too.

So come along and enjoy the surf, sand, trees and grass of Cudmore Grove country park.

Colchester Farmers Market gets Bigger and Better – Press Release – 29th July 2003

Following last months successful re-launch of the Colchester Farmers’ Market this weeks market is set to be even bigger and better.

New stalls will include beef, lamb, poultry, pork, sausages and pies bringing the total number of stalls up to 16.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” We received a lot of good ideas from both customers and stallholders after the first market and we intend to implement as many of them as we can over the next few months. We have made a start by having 4 new stalls and the Arts Centre have managed to make the hall much lighter.”

The next Farmers Market will be held this Friday, 1st August at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Trees for Cans – Press Release – 21st July 2003

Colchester residents will have a chance to literally turn the town green next year by recycling aluminum cans and foil.

Alupro (the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation) have launched a scheme that turns every kilo of aluminum recycled into trees that will be planted in parks, gardens, woodland and schools throughout the town.

The project is being organised by Alupro in partnership with Colchester Borough Council and en-form the environment centre.

Ros Sheppard, Community Projects Manager, Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) said, “It couldn’t be easier to take part, simply recycle your aluminium cans and foil through the towns can banks, kerbside collection or community recycling schemes, every can and piece of foil will count”.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” Recycling aluminium cans can also be a good fundraiser for local groups, charities and schools. A special schools pack will be available in September. If your school or community group would like to find out how to make money by recycling cans and foil give me a call”

Colchester already recycles over 20% of its domestic waste and residents can help us to plant more trees by recycling aluminium cans through the kerbside collection which is available throughout the borough.

Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy used in primary production, so saving natural resources as well as reducing litter and waste.

Information on this scheme can be obtained from Andrew Wilkinson at en-form on 01206 367776 or from there office at 15 Church Walk, Colchester.

Colchester GM Debate – Press Release – 2nd July 2003

Genetic Modification (GM) of crops and food is the subject of intense public interest and a national series of debates has been organised.

Deliberately introducing genes from different species into crops could dramatically reduce the need for chemicals, improve people’s health and improve yields. However it could have unforeseen consequences which are devastating to human health and wildlife. Few current issues are as important.

In Colchester en-form has organised a debate Tuesday 8th July, 6 pm – 9:30 pm at the Town Hall. The evening will be an ideal opportunity to explore the implications of GM for our health, environment and future with 6 expert speakers representing a wide range of views for and against the new technology.

Chaired by Dr Sam Steel (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Essex University) the debate has Prof. Conrad Lichtenstein (CropGen), Dr Katherine Rockett (Essex University) and Guy Smith (Farmer) supporting GM and Dr Chris Gibson (English Nature), Peter Riley (Friends of the Earth) and Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher (Econexus) highlighting the potential problems.

Following a short presentation by each of the speakers there will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in the (hopefully) lively debate. At the end of the evening there will be a vote and people will be able to take away the GM Nation feedback forms to return before the consultation period ends on the 18th July. Refreshments provided.

The debate is supported by en-form, Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Friends of the Earth.

Short biographies of (most) of the speakers follows

Prof Conrad Lichtenstein

Conrad Lichtenstein is the Chair of Molecular Biology at Queen Mary, University of London (since 1996). He has over 25 years of research experience working in the field of molecular biology. His doctoral training was at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge,UK and was followed by a post-doctoral training at the University of Washington in Seattle. From 1983-1994 he was a faculty member in the Biochemistry Department at Imperial College,University of London and in 1995, was on sabbatical at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, USA.

Conrad Lichtenstein uses RNA silencing technology to control gene expression in plants. RNA silencing is a natural mechanism of organisms to control the production of specific target proteins. His research group was the first to successfully apply this to engineer resistance to virus infection in genetically modified plants and led to an invitation from scientists in Pakistan to collaborate, with public sector funding, to produce GM cotton plants with resistance to a serious endemic viral pathogen that reduces cotton yields by 30%. Cotton is an important cash crop in Pakistan and the textile industry is the major source of foreign exchange earnings.

He also discovered that the very genes his laboratory were inserting into plants had jumped in 25 million years earlier so showing that genetic modification can occur in Nature. In addition to research publications, he is committed to the public understanding of science and has written on genetic modification issues and other topics for the broad-sheet press.

Dr Chris Gibson

English Nature can best be described as ‘precautionary anti’ ie we can see the risks to biodiversity, but we maintain that full evaluation is necessary before a decision can/should be taken. We have a view on GMs only insofar as nature conservation issues are concerned, and I will not engage in debate about other matters.

I am Senior Conservation Officer for English Nature in Essex, where I have spent the last 18 years working, after completing my PhD on the Population Ecology of Parasitic Plants at the University of East Anglia.

Guy Smith

Essex farmer farming 500 hectares of crops on the north east Essex coast. Someone who has studied GM crop production in Canada, the US, Spain and in the UK crop trials

Essex NFU Council member

Journalist – winner of the 2003 PPA columnist of the year award.

BA(Hons)

Nuffield Scholar

Katharine Rockett

Joined Essex in 1999. Her research interest include the economics of new technologies, firm organisation and licensing. Recent publications appear in the Rand Journal of Economics, The International Journal of Industrial Organisation, and The Review of Economic Design

Pete Riley Senior Campaigner Real Food and Farming Campaign Friends of the Earth

Pete Riley was born in Reading and graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Ecological Science from the University of Edinburgh. He briefly worked for the Countryside Commission on recreational cycling projects before beginning a 16 year association with sustainable food production research projects in the Vale of Evesham. He helped established one of the first local vegetable distribution projects in the UK based on a three acre holding. Following this he worked as a research consultant on waste minimisation and recycling in Leedsfor five years. Pete has been an active member of the Friends of the Earth network since the 1970s. In the 1980s he investigated contamination of the Rivers Severn and Avonwith organochlorine compounds and mercury which led to the successful prosecution of a major chemical company. He also investigated sales of DDT in the Vale of Evesham at a time when there was a voluntary ban in place. He joined Friends of the Earth’s Real Food Campaign team in 1997 and has been Senior Campaigner since 1999. He is based in Friends of the Earth’s Northern Office in Leeds and lives near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

Your Say on GM Foods – Press Release- 25th June 2003

A major debate on Genetically Modified Foods (the GM Debate) is to be held in Colchester on Tuesday the 8th July at the Town Hall in Colchester.

The debate is being organised by the environment centre en-form in association with Colchester Friends of the Earth, Colchester GM Campaign and Weeley Against Genetic Exploitation.

Don Manhire of en-form stated ”Because the nearest government sponsored GM debate for people in the East of England is in Birmingham, the interest in the Colchester debate has been far greater than originally anticipated. We are very grateful to Colchester Borough Council who have agreed to host the debate at the Town Hall”.

The debate will begin at 6pm and is expected to end at 9.30pm. It will consist of speakers representing all viewpoints and will be followed by a question and answer session at which the public can put there concerns to the panel.

Official feedback forms will be available at the event which will enable you to register your views on GM issues to the Government. The Government Consultation period ends on the 18th July.

Unlike some other events the Colchester debate will be open to the general public and it is hoped that everybody who is concerned about this issue will make a point of attending. Although you can turn up on the night it would be helpful to the organisers if you could inform them you will be attending.

Further details of the debate can be obtained from Don Manhire on 01206 367776 or by visting en-form at 15 Church Walk, Colchester or the website www.en-form.org.uk/gm.

Farmers Market Relaunch – Press Release -25th June 2003

After receiving numerous requests from the public, en-form the environment centre will be relaunching the Colchester Farmers’ Market at the Arts Centre in Church Street.

The first market will be opened by Deputy Mayor John Bouckley on Friday the 4th July and will open from 9am to 1pm.

If the market proves successful future markets will be held on the first Friday of the month.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” we have been looking for a site for the Farmers’ Market since it had to close over a year ago when the main market was relocated from Vineyard Street.”

He added ” we are grateful to the Arts Centre who stepped in to offer us a venue when they heard our previous attempts to site the market in Culver Square and at the Baptist Church fell through”.

Although the first market has been hastily arranged 10 producers selling a wide range of local produce have already applied for a stall.

Further information on the market or details on renting a stall can be obtained from en-form on 01206 367776 or by visiting there office at 15 Church Walk, Colchester.

Dedham Farmers Market – Press Release – 18th June 2003

The first Dedham Farmers Market of the summer will be held this Friday the 20th June from 9am to 1pm at the Assembly Rooms in Dedham High Street.

Apart from the usual wide range of locally produced foods including meats, fruit, veg, fish and preserves the first of the summer crops will be available.

With Wimbledon Tennis starting next week why not taste the first crop of strawberries and take advantage of the wide range of salad crops picked fresh from the farm.

Colchester Gets Composting – Press Release – 28th April 2003

Find out how to make the most of your garden and give the kids something to do by popping along to the Composting Roadshow.

The roadshow will be held on the 2nd May between 9am and 3pm at the Lion Walk centre.

On show will be compost bins which can be ordered for a heavily subsidised price of only £5 and a wormery which is also available at a subsidised price.

Free seeds such as runner beans will be available together with a £1 discount voucher which can be used against purchases of soil improver from the civic amenity site until the 10th May.

Staff from Essex County Council will be available to offer advice on composting in Essex.

Compost Bins for £5 – Press Release – 23rd April 2003

With Easter behind us and the gardening season in full flow this is the perfect time to pick up some garden bargains.

This Sunday the 27th you can pick up a compost bin for only £5 and a subsidised water butt for only £12 courtesy of Essex County Council.

The one day sale will take place at Sheepen Road car park, Colchester from 10am to 3pm.

Staff from Colchester Borough Council and en-form the environment centre will be on hand to offer advice on composting or answer your general recycling questions.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said” If you have a garden the best and cheapest way of keeping it in tip top condition is to make and use your own compost and you will be hard pressed to find a compost bin cheaper than £5. ”

Market Day Change – Press Release – 14th April 2003

The Dedham Farmers Market will be held this Thursday the 17th April from 9am to 1pm instead of Friday because of the Easter break.

Apart from the usual wide range of locally produced foods including meats, fruit, veg, fish and preserves you will also be able to pick up plants and garden crafts for the busy Easter gardening weekend.

Free parking is available and details are available from Andrew Wilkinson at en-form on 01206 367776.

Free Nappies For Colchester Mums – Press Release – 6th April 2003

Mums in Colchester can save up to £700 by switching from disposable to real nappies and for a limited time they can save even more.

Essex County Council are giving away free nappies and £10 discount vouchers at the Real Nappy Roadshow in Culver Street West this Wednesday the 9th April. There will also be free advice and demonstrations to show mums how easy and convenient real nappies are these days.

Over the next few weeks you can also pop into En-form the Colchester Environment Centre in Church Walk off Head Street or telephone Andrew Wilkinson on 01206 367776 to apply for your free nappy starter pack or £10 voucher and find out more about the benefits to you, your family, there health and the environment.

Real nappies have been considerably improved in recent years and are now just as convenient as disposables. So if you are a Colchester mum why not come and find out more and help us reduce the three lorry loads of nappies buried in Colchester everyday at a cost of over £42,000 per year to Colchester tax payers.

en-form Press Releases 2002

en-form Press Releases 2002

Energy Efficient Roadshow – Press Release- 14th October 2002

With the cold winter nights fast approaching its time to get down to the Energy Efficiency Roadshow at the Co-op Fiveways in Stanway this Saturday (19th October).

The Roadshow organised by en-form the Colchester Environment Centre and the Warm Homes Team at Colchester Borough Council is a free event with a number of organisations providing hints and tips on how to make your home warmer and more energy efficient and save money and the environment into the bargain.

Dream 100 the local radio station will be helping to make the day a fun event and there will be face painting, badge making and Laura the Lightbulb for the children.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ” people don’t realise what savings can be made by making your home more energy efficient. You could certainly make more on your money by taking advantage of energy efficient deals than you could by keeping it in the building society.

There are also grants available to reduce the costs even further”.

The event is on Saturday from 9am to 2pm and all visitors can enter a free prize draw to win a number of energy efficient prizes.

Free Hamper Draw at Dedham Farmers Market – Press Release -14th October 2002

With Christmas less than 3 months away the traders at Dedham farmers market have got together to provide a free prize draw for a Christmas hamper made up of items available from the market.

Everyone visiting the farmers market between now and christmas can enter the draw.

The next farmers market will be held this Friday (18th October) at the Assembly rooms, Dedham.

To coincide with Apple Day on the 21st October a number of locally grown apple varieties, apple juices and cakes will be available to taste and buy.

En-form spokesman Andrew Wilkinson said ”as well as the usual wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce you will also be able to pick up your pumpkins for halloween and subject to availability – fresh game this week”.

The market is open from 9am to 2pm and free parking is available.

Further details can be obtained by calling en-form on 01206 367776.

En-form Gets New Computer – Press Release – 9th September 2002

En-form, the Colchester Environment Centre, has a new £1,500 computer with a super-fast link to the internet – and people who think green will benefit.

The umbrella group, based in Church Street, has been awarded the high-tech machine by BT Community Connections.

The award includes a year’s free internet access and Colchester Borough Council have topped up the award to allow super-fast broadband access.

Now, if you have an environmental question, you can use the computer free of charge at En-form.

It will give answers to queries such as where to find the greenest electricity provider or the most environmentally-friendly electrical appliance.

En-form spokesman Andrew Wilkinson thanked BT Community Connections for the award.

He said: “We were among hundreds bidding for the new computer.

“The judges wanted to know how an internet-ready computer would benefit the community … and we impressed them most.”

En-form is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Anyone wanting to book time on the computer should ring 01206 367776.

Have Your Say on The Environment – Press Release – 21st August 2002

What do you think of Colchester’s efforts to be the greenest borough in the country.

This weekend on bank holiday Monday you will have the chance to put your views.

At the Colchester Free Festival in Castle Park the Greenfield site organised by En-form, The Colchester Environment Centre will include staff from the council and other environmental organisations wanting to know your views on the environment.

Andrew Wilkinson of En-form said ”we often get complaints, comments and good ideas from members of the public on environmental matters. This is a chance for the people of Colchester to tell us what they want and not have decisions made for them”

The section on waste and recycling will particularly be gaining views on the proposed new composting and green waste collection service.

En-form will be trying to gain your views on a number of projects planned over the next 12 months.

Everyone is invited admission is free.

Recycle Your Phone Books – Press Release – 18th August 2002

Over the next couple of weeks over 60,000 old Yellow Pages Directories will be thrown out as the new ones are circulated in Colchester.

However, at En-form we would like to remind Colchester Residents that this enormous amount of paper waste does not have to end up in landfill.

In Colchester, Yellow pages Directories can be left out with your fortnightly paper collection where they will be collected from your house free of charge and sent for recycling.

Andrew Wilkinson at En-form said ” this is a recycling service that has been offered by the council for a number of years but which many residents seem unaware”.

As Colchester tries to boost its recycling rate from 20% we need to tell the public what facilities are already available. Recycling these directories can make an important contribution.

Colchester Waste and Recycling Strategy – Letter to Essex County Standard – Printed 26th July 2002

Your paper has done a good job in stimulating the debate on the waste and recycling strategy in Colchester.

However, it is important to point out the following:

Colchester council and its staff do not want to reduce our recycling efforts by cost cutting. It is being recommended to them by central government through the audit commission.

The cost for our complete waste and recycling service is only 71p per week per home.

The audit commission is also not comparing like with like. Colchester recycles 20.6% of its domestic waste at a cost of £1.79 per year per home for each 1% of waste recycled. Maidstone only recycles 9% at an equivalent cost of £2.66 per 1% of waste recycled. Colchester therefore offers much better value.

With regard to the attended freighter scheme it has to be born in mind that this is in many ways a social service allowing those without transport such as the elderly and those on low income to get rid of there rubbish free.

The alternative is that rubbish would remain on residents premises being unsightly and with a public health risk and fly tipping would probably increase.

The cost of dealing with these issues I am sure would be greater than the cost of the freighter scheme. Add to that the increase in car journeys with the environmental impact of extra trips to the dump.

I have also not yet seen a request from a resident asking for the recycling service to be cut.

Best value is however very important and we should constantly be trying to run the service as efficiently as possible.

We are currently working with the council and other groups to implement even more recycling initiatives.

A poll is currently being conducted on this issue on our website www.en-form.org.uk and at our office.

Andrew Wilkinson, En-form, Colchester Environment Centre, 15 Church Walk, Colchester CO1 1NS. Tel number 01206 367776.

Lottery Award Boost for En-form – Press Release 11th June 2002

En-form the Colchester Environment Centre are celebrating after receiving a grant of £3676 from the National lottery’s Awards for All programme.

The grant will allow the group to buy office equipment, pay expenses for volunteers and produce a quarterly newsletter. En-form spokesman Roly Castiglione said ” We are very pleased to receive this award. It will help us to make the work of our volunteers easier and more rewarding. Our volunteers have worked very hard over the past year on various environmental projects and this award will help then to achieve even more. It is particularly nice to receive the funds in Volunteer Week”

If you would like to get involved in volunteering why not call into En-form at there office in Church Walk Colchester or telephone 01206 367776 to see the wide range of volunteer opportunities available in this area.

Further Information please contact: Roly Castiglione 15 Church Walk Colchester CO1 1NS Telephone 01206 367776 E-mail: info@en-form.org.uk Volunteer week starts on 7th June 2002 details at www.volunteersweek.org.uk

Savings For Colchester Mums – Press release 17th April 2002

Mums in Colchester can save up to £700 by switching from disposable to real nappies and for a limited time they can save even more.

Essex County Council have made available £10 discount vouchers and free starter packs to show mums how easy and convenient real nappies are these days.

To find out how to save money, save the environment and reduce health risks a range of events are planned for ‘real nappy week’ which starts on Monday the 22nd April in Colchester.

On Monday the 22nd April a Real Nappy Roadshow will be visiting the Culver Precinct and on Wednesday the 24th April a midwife will be available to offer advice at the Healthy Colchester shop in Trinity Street.

Over the next few weeks you can also pop into En-form the Colchester Environment Centre in Church Walk off Head Street to apply for your free nappy starter pack or £10 voucher and find out more about the benefits to you, your family and the environment.

Real nappies have been considerably improved in recent years and are now just as convenient as disposables. So if you are a Colchester mum why not come and find out more and help us reduce the 28,000 nappies buried in Colchester everyday at a cost of over £100,000 per year to Colchester tax payers.

Enquiries: Nicola Thompson at En-form 01206 367776

Recycling Centre launched in Town centre – Press Release 14th January 2002

En-form, the Colchester Environment Information Centre has recently launched a centralised recycling point in the town centre.

The centre at 15 Church Walk, off Head Street in Colchester will initially act as a collecting point for mobile phones and their chargers, inkjet, toner and photocopier cartridges, computer equipment, aluminium foil, corks and batteries.

The aim of this initiative is to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduce pollution and to raise money for the centre, its projects and other local charities.

Many people in Colchester are willing to save these items for charity but find it inconvenient to leave these items individually at different charities. This system makes it easy for individuals, companies and schools to drop off everything in one go.

To increase use of this service we are looking for individuals to arrange to collect these items at their place of work, school or group and drop them off at the centre.

We hope to expand the service in future and if anybody has any ideas we would be glad to hear from them. Full details of this scheme are available on the website www.en-form.org.uk.

Any Queries Contact : Roly Castiglione 01206 367776 Andrew Wilkinson

en-form Press Releases 2001

En-form Press Releases 2001

Have a Green Christmas – Letter to Evening Gazette 28th December 2001 (published 2/1/2002)

This Christmas British families will create over 3 million tonnes of festive waste of which more than half could be recycled but almost 90% will be thrown away.

It is estimated that our christmas waste will include 1 billion christmas cards, 6 million trees, 4200 tonnes of aluminium foil, 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and thousands of tonnes of old clothes and textiles.

However in Colchester we can help reduce this mountain of christmas waste by making use of the councils recycling schemes for all our cans, bottles and paper and giving all our unwanted presents and old clothes to local charity shops.

In addition you can recycle your old christmas cards through the recycling bins that will be available at branches of W H Smith and Tesco’s from the 3rd of January.

Finally we will be collecting christmas cards, old batteries, used stamps, corks, clean foil and perforated bottle tops (the type used on beer bottles) at the En-form office in Church Walk off Head Street, Colchester.

To make it easy why not set up a collection point for these items at your school, local shop or work place and drop them into us in one go.

For more information on other items that can be recycled throughout the year in Colchester please call in and see us or check out our recycling pages on the website at www.en-form.org.uk

Andrew Wilkinson En-form, 15 Church Walk, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1NS

Wind Turbine Debate Letter to Evening Gazette 4th December 2001

The recent debate on the possibility of Colchester obtaining a wind turbine as reported in the Evening Gazette recently is very welcome.

Although there are a number of arguments for and against turbines it is an idea worthy of further consideration.

It would appear to be an attractive option if Colchester could generate a proportion of its energy needs economically using wind turbines on land at industrial parks for example.

With major redevelopment plans throughout the town including those at the Hythe, the Garrison and Cuckoo Farm now is the ideal time to consider this idea.

As a first step I would suggest that those interested in this proposal should visit the wind turbine at the Ecotech Centre at Swaffham. This turbine includes a viewing platform, which is a useful tourist attraction, is set in an environmental park and can generate up to half of Swaffhams energy needs.

If anybody is interested in visiting the Centre to include a trip to the top of the turbine, let us know at En-form and we will try to arrange a visit.

We would also be interested in the views of the people of Colchester on this issue and will be conducting a poll at our centre in Church Walk and on our website www.en-form.org.uk

Andrew Wilkinson, En-form, The Colchester Environment Centre, 15 Church Walk, off Head Street, Colchester, CO1 1NS.. tel 01206 367776