About this group
We were at the Belford Village show yesterday and managed to let more people know about the project and signed up more supporters on line. This banner was made by a Belford craft group.
Tony Palmer (Deputy Head) and 2 Middle School students put this video together with input from all of the community organisations involved in our project.
This rather eye-catching shop window display, promoting BEST and British Gas's Energyshare, was created by Janet Robinson and Nicci Forshaw. You can see it on Belford High Street.
September the First - Sir Alan Beith, MP visits Belford and we take the opportunity to show him our promotional Video.
BEST is working with local community organisations to install pv solar panels on their buildings' roofs. This will reduce Belford's carbon footprint, save on community buildings' energy bills and bring in money for the benefit of the community.
The project involves the following organisations:
- Belford First School
- Bell View Centre: An independent charity providing day care and services for older people
- Belford Medical Practice
- St Mary's Middle School
- United Reform Church
- Community Club
This project provides an opportunity for key community organisations to work together to make Belford a greener place to live. These organisations work with people of all ages and contribute greatly to the wellbeing of those they serve.
We hope that the experience gained from installing solar panels will enable community organisations to play a role in encouraging others to adopt energy saving and/or generating practices.
A brief history of BEST
BEST was born in September 2008 when a small working party was set up with the following aims:
1) To encourage the people of Belford and surrounding district to save energy, and the cost of energy, by example, education, and by providing information on energy saving methods and devices.
2) To provide information on energy producing methods within the knowledge of the group.
Children from Belford St Mary’s Middle School were involved in developing the logo.
In April 2009 the BEST working party obtained a £5,000 grant from the Energy Saving Trust and with this has been able to do the following:
- Purchase Eco-eye monitors and other gadgets for the use of villagers
- Establish a low energy bulb library
- Carry out thermal imaging on 8 properties in the village
- Produce an awareness raising DVD about BEST
- Buy display banners and boards
- Commission energy audits on 3 community buildings
- Give the village a grant of £500 towards the cost of low energy Christmas lights
Chronicle Environment Awards, 2009
BEST were finalists at the Centre of Life ceremony in two separate awards: the Climate Change Award and Community Group Award.