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Sustainable Swansea Advice Drop-Ins at the Centre

In October the Sustainable Swansea recycling drop-in in partnership with the City and County Recycling dept was a great success! Lots of local residents came into the Centre for advice on recycling and to drop off clothes for the textiles bank.

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Following this there will be an Energy Efficiency drop-in here on Tuesday 17th November 2015 10am – 2pm. Come and find out how to reduce your energy bills. Free refreshments and nibbles, plus a mystery prize giveaway!

Day Eight: Welcome Home!

Day 8: Saturday 8th August

They made it home and the sun was shining. Thank you to Gower Cycling Festival for allowing us to join in your launch. Fancy doing some cycling of your own over the next week visit http://www.gowercyclingfestival.org

A big group of supporters welcomed our team home with cake, medals and more cake!

 

 

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Almost there! What a lovely sunny day.

And then it was over and after some speeches, we all ate lots of cake and drank lots of tea!

 

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Day Seven: Did you know that a long distance cyclist uses 3000 calories a day?

Day 7: Friday August 7th

A message from Brian (Please note the views expressed are Brian’s and not necessarily those of the Environment Centre!)

As the new rider its my turn to write the blog (apparently!). After an early and chilly start on the train from Swansea, there was plenty of time for a leisurely coffee before my fellow riders arrived and engaged in an animated debate about the route to the Seven Bridge – apparently its been like this every day so far! But full marks to Nick the navigator; we were very soon cycling in glorious sunshine over the old Severn Bridge with spectacular views down the estuary – and a succession of iconic group photo opportunities. Next stop Caldicot and the amazingly well organized Alan was there before us with with a picnic lunch of gargantuan proportions ( a long distance cyclist uses up 3000 calories every day – allegedly!) . Then with barely a moment to catch up on the cricket we were off again…. But fortunately the winds were kind to us as we rolled gently across the Gwent Levels – and with only minor navigational worries, we approached the Newport Transporter Bridge – a marvel of engineering from 1908 although with closing hours to match…Stopping only for yet another cup of tea – and a brief conversation with a woman whose own charitable efforts were taking her on a 3000 mile journey around Wales – we were soon speeding off on the final leg to Cardiff…Weary legs on my part at this point, but a final stretch on the evening sunshine along the Taff trail was an ideal end to the ride….Nowhere to  park the bikes at the Whitchurch Travelodge, so after a fine Italian meal we’re now all cwtching up with our bikes before a very early start tomorrow for the final push to Swansea…But at least Alan has promised to bring us bacon sarnies for breakfast!

 

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To the bridge….

 

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Signs for home!

 

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The old Severn bridge was an amazing experience!

 

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Scott excited for the Newport transporter bridge

 

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Hold tight for the crossing

 

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Our last supper together – lots of excitement for the day ahead.

Day Five: 72.8 miles in a day!

Day 5: Wednesday 5th August

A message from Helen  (Please note the views expressed are Helen’s and not necessarily those of the Environment Centre!)

It should’ve been 59. A late route change and a couple of wrong turns ended up in a rather long ride.

We had our first rain experience & it wasn’t on the Severn bridge!

We had 2 ferry rides… 1 was bright pink (ferry rides not included in the total mileage!) We passed Charles Dickens birthplace in the morning, & then debated the route outside Edward Heath’s home.

Lovely scenery on the Sustrans routes, with more wildlife spots – Llamas, buzzard, pheasant, rabbits, horses & lots of road kill!

After nearly 73 miles of cycling we arrived at our b&b, a fawlty towers experience! The withered arm railway line runs past our bedroom & we can’t wait to be back on the bikes in the morning!

 

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Morning tyre check before we head off!

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Waiting for the first ferry of the day across Portsmouth harbour.

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A lovely stop for tea and scones in the morning, after the first 10 miles.

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A slow puncture for Patrick in Salisbury

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1st day in the UK and the wet weather gear is on!

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The pink ferry taking us across the River Hamble

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Nick and John picking blackberries on route!

 

Day Four: On route to Le Havre

Day 4: Tuesday 4th August

A message from Rachel  (Please note the views expressed are Rachel’s and not necessarily those of the Environment Centre!)

An early start began with Helen and Rachel over sleeping, but not quite as long as Nick and Scott! Thankfully we all managed to make it in time for breakfast and a 7.30 start in a massive attempt to make it to the ferry! The cycle out of Rouen was windy and hilly. Rachel found a perfect drafting spot behind John and  became his shadow for the day. She did offer to return the favour, but 6 foot 9 John thought it might not have the same effect!

Aside from the wind and hills, we saw wildlife – a fox, heron & egret. John gave Rachel a lesson in agriculture – both now experts in sugar beet!

Patrick did an excellent job guiding us into Le Havre, and Scott spotted a hidden cycle track which saved us cycling over a very large double roundabout. Thanks to Patrick, Scott, and of course Alan, we made it into Le Havre with 30 minutes to spare, after a hard 59.2 mile cycle. We finished the day with Nick’s quiz on the boat – lots of laughs and great fun!

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Yoga stretches lead by Helen before the start of the ride

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Rachel definitely chose the best person to draft for the day!

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We’d love allotments like these back home to grow all our own veg!

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On route to Le Havre

Day Three: The Road to Rouen

Day 3: Monday 3rd August

Message from Nick:

(Please note the views expressed are Nick’s and not necessarily those of the Environment Centre!):

A day of contrasts. Starting with beautiful rural France in the morning. Followed the Eure River and spotted some lovely villas for sale. Ideas and conversation started about buying a villa and setting up a bike holiday company with environmental credentials as we cycled leisurely through pretty villages.

The afternoon was somewhat different as we cycled along some busy roads and large roundabouts to Rouen. After ending up on a motorway, we arrived safely in Rouen and enjoyed an evening of good food, & a walk along the river.

 

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Another day begins.

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Still smiling – just!

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Keep right, that’s the way…. Still sunny too.

Day Two: And They’re off!

Day 2: Sunday 2nd August

Message from John

(Please note the views expressed are John’s and not necessarily those of the Environment Centre!):

Whilst David Cameron winges to the presidents and priministers about the membership deal the UK gets some of his citizens are aiming to promote an ‘ententen cordiale’ with our French cousins. Patrick, on holiday from the Nigel Farage school of motoring, decided that the French should follow the UK Highway Code for roundabouts. Nick and Helen splintered off from the main delegation, to investigate the common agricultural policy by cycling through a corn field and then expecting their ministerial driver, Alan, to come and rescue them! Meanwhile there’s always one whose decided to find fault with the French plumbing. Not content with a flying toilet seat, John, just like George Osborne, went down to complain to the Euro bureaucrats on the front desk, producing the offending lime green number. Under deterred the manager summed up the situation straight away and marched him straight into room 101.

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And they’re off!

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Showing off they’re tshirts.

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Our EC20 Cyclists have set off for Paris

Helen Davies, Nick Guy, Rachel Elliot, Alan Kreppel, Scott Fisher, John Sayce were all at the Centre this morning to pack their bikes and bags into a van ready for them to be transported to Paris.

 

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John, Nick, Scott and Alan with the van loaded up.

Channel crossing delays allowing they will all be in Paris for 6pm tomorrow . It will take them a little longer to cycle back – we are expecting them in Blackpill at 2pm on Saturday August 8th!

This intrepid team will be joined by Patrick Tribe, as van driver and by Brian Pawson,, as an extra cyclist from Bristol.

 

Please show your support for them by sponsoring them at:

http://environmentcentre.org.uk/support-us/donate

Rachel has agreed to send us regular updates – so you will be able to watch their progress here on our Blog.

Swansea Vegfest a hit!

On 6th June 2015 the Environment Centre hosted the second ever Swansea Vegfest and my oh my what a turn out! The organisers estimate over 600 people came through the doors within 4 hours, a big “well done” to the Vegfest committee and volunteers who made it happen, i think we were all slightly overwhelmed by the fantastic response and enthusiasm from the Vegfest-goers.

 

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Vegfest committee and volunteers

There were lots of vegetarian and vegan goodies on sale, as well as information on how to live a cruelty-free lifestyle and talks in the Centre’s garden. Stalls included:   Fancy That Bakery -100% Vegan, Heavenly Organics Skin Care, Naturally Kind, Health & Herbs Swansea, Pop Cycle, Mr Nice Pie, Friends of Swansea Horses – FOSH, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Govinda’s Vegetarian Cafe Swansea, Simply V, Bohemian Chic Minerals, and South Wales Hunt Saboteurs.

If you missed out why not join the Vegfest facebook group https://www.facebook.com/swan.vegfest to find out what they’re up to next.

 

Following the veggie theme, Environment Centre has a couple of fantastic Raw Food workshops coming up:

Sat 20th June 2015 – 11am – 3pm Raw Food Introduction https://www.facebook.com/events/1591071807817186/

Sat 27th June 2015 – 11am – 3pm Raw Food Intermediate https://www.facebook.com/events/1635473130008254/

Book on one course for £20 / £16 (conc) or on both courses for £35 / £30 (conc). If you would like to book on one or both workshops, e-mail bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk