Community Event Alert – Lewes Freegle Give & Take – The Clean Bin Movie – 30/11

Lewes Freegle have organised another event that focuses on reducing and reusing waste. The Give and Take event will allow attendees to re-home unwanted items and will be followed by a showing of a documentary comedy film about waste called “The Clean Bin Movie”, with time afterwards for questions and answers. The event is at the All Saints Centre on Friar’s Walk on 30/11 from 6pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be on sale. The event is the perfect opportunity to find out how to slim your bin, which will help your area gain…Read more

North Street Quarter – Children’s Takeover Day – Priory School

Last week the Democratic Society facilitated a consultation of Year 10 & 11 Business Studies students and their teachers at the Priory School in Lewes on the proposed North Street Quarter development as part of the Children's Takeover Day initiative. The pupils were joined by the developer, Clive Wilding, and site designer, Harpreet Lota, and  were updated on the progress of the project and asked for their views on the development.  We were also joined by Councillors Rodger and Susan Murray from Lewes Town Council and the Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Ruth O'Keeffe.…Read more

Update on Community Action in Lewes: Freegle Give & Take Event

Liz from Lewes and Seahaven Freegle has updated us on the outcome of the Give and Take event she organised. She has earned points for Ouse Valley and Ringmer in the Zero Heroes Community Competition. If you want your community to earn a bigger share of £40,000 why not sign up, reduce and reuse waste, and organise community events based reusing or reducing waste. Here is Liz’s report about her event: “If you don’t already know, Freegle keeps things out of landfill, with 395 groups nationally and over 1.5 million members. It’s online…Read more

Noted: Lewes Pound on Crowdfunding!

  Gavin Barker, the Co-ordinator at the Lewes Pound, recently wrote a comprehensive blog post on the benefits of crowdfunding.   I find the concept of crowdfunding particularly exciting as it gives communities the opportunity to bypass those who would restrict access to capital and allow citizens to raise funds for projects they care about. As Gavin notes,  "People invest for a cause or charity they believe in. It could be a theatre project, a film an arts event or a new community building."   Futhermore, crowdfunding does not exclude other possible providers of funding. In fact, it…Read more

Give & Take Community Event – 26/10/13 – Ouse Valley & Ringmer

Liz Owen is organising a Give and Take event in Lewes at the Westgate Chapel on 26/10/13 between 10 and 12, where people can find out about Freegle and have the opportunity to rehome unwanted items. Find out more about Freegle here By organising events like this in your area you can earn points towards the Zero Heroes Community Competition and win a share of £40,000 for your community for environmental projects. Waste Less, Do More, Win More.Read more

Families and food waste

BBC Radio Sussex would like to do a story on the Zero Heroes Community Competition. We're looking for 3 families living in the Lewes District who would like to take part and be interviewed about how they are finding the new food  recycling and reducing their waste. If you're excited about reducing waste and improving the environment and you think you'd like to be involved please get in touch and let us know at lewes@demsoc.org.  Read more

Democratic Public Services in Lambeth

Introduction This post is based on an event held on 7 February in Lambeth, and considers ways in which the democratic process in Lambeth can be made broader, more inclusive, and more effective. We hope it will be the start of a discussion, rather than the end. This first event included council staff, elected members, local residents, and outside experts on democracy and participation. This post summarises the discussion at the meeting, draws out some common themes, and puts forward ideas for further development of this agenda both by the council and within…Read more

AV referendum on the horizon

The deadline for registering to vote in the AV referendum (and local elections happening in some places is Thursday. So if you've recently moved house or think you aren't registered, get your skates on and speak to your council's electoral registration office. Lots of people are confused about what AV is, and what the arguments for and against are. We've added some pages to the site this morning to provide information and links on the issue as we see it: AV Referendum basics explains what the referendum is, what will happen if it…Read more

Friday afternoon reading: April 8, 2011

Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes - by the author "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document." Poland should reinvent itself as the bridge between east and west John Rentoul: Here we go again, voting tactically... The Socialist Programme in France World wide puddle - how the Internet is changing how we think Demography and destiny in next year's US elections Why AV might not matter very much AV: Not mad, bad and dangerous to knowRead more