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Jane Taylor

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Recently Pat Conaty sent this message: “Some very sad news. Do you remember Jane Taylor the former ITN journalist who co-founded Positive News? She died recently of sepsis”.

I first met Jane at an Energy21 awards event in London many years ago. We discussed Positive News then and on several occasions afterwards. Neither of us was happy with the type of advertisements carried in Positive News and she managed to persuade the editor to add the newspaper style supplement because she needed something more suitable to hand out to MPs. A charming and able woman.

When I sent the news of her death to Jackie Carpenter, saying I’d like to write about her, as I believe several networkers will have known her, Jackie wrote:

“Here is a story you might like to include. Back in the 90’s, Hermann Scheer, a German MP was making amazing progress with promoting renewable energy in Germany. He came to England quite a bit because he thought it was very important to persuade the UK to do likewise, to become a world leader in renewable energy. He soon got to know Jane Taylor, who used to write glowing things about him in Positive News. I met him at the launch of Eurosolar UK and later I ran the UK branch of Eurosolar for a while. Hermann also met Professor Susan Roaf, who was the first person in the UK to have a solar roof. One day he was with we three ladies. “You are my mistresses!” he said, and Jane replied, “No Hermann, that’s not the correct English word for what you mean.” Hermann laughed and went on, “I want you three to organise a lecture about renewable energy to a large audience in London!” The following year I was president of the Women’s Engineering Society and I fixed up for the lecture to be held in the Institution of Electrical Engineers. I introduced Susan who gave the talk, and Jane was the reporter, writing all about it in Positive News.

Pat Conaty ended, “This is a huge loss to co-op economy colleagues in Wales. Jane had been working with us actively in recent years on the Peoples Bank for Wales project. Indeed she played the lead role on our report that convinced the new First Minister, Mark Drakeford to back our grassroots vision in late 2018.”

 

 

 

 

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News from Jackie Carpenter and the Trelay Farm Community

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On a summer evening:  a few people from the thriving community at Trelay, co-founded by Jackie. There are members of all ages, including the latest arrival born in April.

 

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In the middle of May Roger, Jackie, Paul and Julie visited Maddy Harland, the editor of ‘Permaculture’ magazine and her husband Tim, who have a forest garden in Hampshire. During the course they admired their garden and wonderful wildflower meadow.

Danny intends to create one in the GAP area at Trelay . They look forward to developing more than one forest garden at Trelay (eventually), planting an under-layer of soft fruit and perennial vegetables in the orchard and a wildflower meadow at the bottom of Marks Meadow.

A well-deserved holiday in Norway

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 The building of Trelay’s Guest Accommodation is under way

trelay-digging-trenchesGround source heat pumps are being installed: five large trenches were dug for the pipe coils (known as slinkies) which absorb enough heat from the ground to heat at least seven of our houses.

The water passes through two heat pumps, a large pump, which is sited between Hendra and Chylosen (16kW ), and a smaller one sited behind Edhanneith (6kW).

These provide both hot water and heating and are run from the electricity supplied from the solar panels when available. The heating is still electric but we estimate will need only about a quarter of the amount that conventional electrical heating would use.

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