Forthcoming events

Tue 13 Nov 2018, I●SEE Seminar, University of Bath

Damian D Brennan, Head of H3AT, UK Atomic Energy Authority / Culham Centre. Head of H3AT, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Centre  –  ‘H3AT and Fusion Technology at UKAEA: New facilities for Fusion Research and Beyond’

Lifts are available from the Stroud area. Please e-mail info[at]GlosCAN[dot]org.



Wed 14 Nov, 08:30 – 11:00, Hartpury College, GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership Annual Review 2018

08:30 – 11:00, Hartpury University, Gloucester, GL19 3BE

Free event. Economic development in the county.


Wed 14 Nov, 7 p.m.-9.30 p.m., GlosCAN Annual General Meeting, Cheltenham

GlosCAN’s Annual General Meeting will take place in Cheltenham at Bethesda Methodist Church GL50 2AP -see map – about 15 mins walk from Cheltenham station.
In addition to the business to be conducted at the meeting, we have a guest speaker, Dr Peter Boait, who will give a talk: The UK climate change strategy – Where is it going? Can it work?  Peter is a professional engineer and research fellow at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University, Leicester, and also a Director of Gloucestershire Community Energy Cooperative. He is a GlosCAN Supporter.

Please come and join us – all are welcome!

Refreshments – tea/coffee/biscuits.


i. Registration (7:00 to 7:15pm)

ii. Welcome and ‘housekeeping’ information

iii. Introductions (including all candidates for new Steering Group to introduce themselves, existing and new)

iv. Chair’s review of past year (very brief)

v. Matters arising from Chair/Treasurer report (circulated with Agenda)

vi. Election of Steering Group

vii. Election of Officers: Chair, Secretary and Treasurer

viii. Date of next Steering Group meeting

ix. Any other formal business (requests for any other formal business must have been communicated to the Secretary at least seven days before the AGM).

x. Close of formal AGM.

– Invited speaker: Peter Boait on ‘The UK climate change strategy: Where is it going? Can it work?’

– Existing GlosCAN activities/plans

– Open discussion on ideas and opportunities for future actions and campaigns

– Request for donations

– Networking time


Thu 15 Nov, 7.30 p.m., Gloucester. Film: ‘A Convenient Truth’

Gloucester Labour Party, 35 St Michael’s Square, Gloucester GL1 1HX

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Gloucester Labour are pleased to host Gloucester filmmaker Jack Guest’s extraordinary documentary ‘A Convenient Truth 2018’ this November.

Intended as a sequel of sorts to Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, this is a film about the world getting better. It proposes that society already has answers to climate change and features positive solutions already implemented in Sweden, the leading EU country for renewable resources which once aimed to break its dependency on oil by 2020.

Jack travels by boat to Sweden, to speak with leading politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs and also meets with families committed to reducing their impact on the environment. The film focuses on two renewable housing areas in Sweden, powered by sun, wind and water, demonstrating a wholly positive and realistic prospect of sustainable living. The film makers also look at biogas, which is created from human waste to fuel cars, buses and even family cooking. In Sweden, existing human sewage treatment plants are being used to create biogas from methane; proving to be a truly sustainable fuel and one of the best in the world for climate change and the environment.

Jack Guest said: “In no uncertain terms we face a huge problem on planet earth and A Convenient Truth 2018 looks at turning that problem into an opportunity. Like Al Gore, I agree that by acting now we can prevent disastrous climate change from taking place, and can create more wealth, health, prosperity and happiness by doing so. My film gives a positive message that the solutions for a stable climate do exist and they can enrich rather than restrict our daily lives.”

Following this exclusive screening, there will be a Q&A with Fran Boait and Jack Guest about political and practical approaches to climate change and the environment.

Refreshments available, fully accessible building. Open to ALL LABOUR MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS


19:15 – Doors

19:30 – Screening – ‘A Convenient Truth’

20:30 – Q&A and Discussion – How should we shape climate policy? What can we do closer to home? A discussion with Jack Guest and PPC Fran Boait.




Fri 16 Nov, 4.30 p.m., Weekly Climate Emergency Vigil, Wallbridge/Rowcroft, Stroud

Friday 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm and every Friday.



Download a Vigil Leaflet (pdf)



Sat 17 Nov – Extinction Rebellion
Rebellion Day 17th November 2018

Fight for Life

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got.

A day of mass public civil disobedience in London. Details here.

Go to Extinction Rebellion website – Rebellion.Earth



Sat 17 Nov, 11:15 – 12:30, Stroud,
Families for the Planet

meet outside the Sub Rooms, for a procession through town, ending back at the Sub Rooms.

Decorate umbrellas (and or yourselves) with wildlife and nature symbols – share what you celebrate and want to protect about our earth – and don’t forget your wooden spoons and saucepans to make some noise! Dress smartly or dress up!

Meet outside the Subrooms from 11:15 where we will join with participants of the International Men’s Day and set off around 11:30. We will process through town and stop for some singing along the way, finishing up at the Sub Rooms again at around 12:30.

Please also join us if you can from 10:00 in Lindens on Lower Street for singing practice.

This event is in support of the Extinction Rebellion civil disobedience actions in London, in Stroud and across the UK. However this event is separate and child-friendly (grown ups also very welcome of course!).
You can find the event (and umbrella decorating inspiration) on Facebook:
Hope to see you there!



Fri 23 Nov, 4.30 p.m., Weekly Climate Emergency Vigil, Wallbridge/Rowcroft, Stroud

Friday 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm and every Friday.



Download a Vigil Leaflet (pdf)



Tue 27 Nov, Stroud – 4th  Transition Stroud Community Energy Action Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Energy Action Group will be on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm.

Included in an action packed agenda will be opportunity for feedback and discussion of the draft Gloucestershire Energy Strategy with Simon Roberts from the Centre for Sustainable Energy who is leading the drafting process.  The draft strategy will be sent out in advance so we will work on the basis that it’s read and have a 30 min feedback session with Simon.

Also on the agenda will be discussion about moving forward with the grant bid to the ‘Next Generation Community Energy’ programme.

Apologies to those who indicated that they can’t make it on the 27th.

Best wishes,

Fred Barker

Convenor, Transition Stroud Community Energy Action Group

07803 905 430


Tue 27 Nov 2018, I●SEE Seminar, University of Bath

Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute  –  ‘People and energy – a relationship in transition’

Lifts are available from the Stroud area. Please e-mail info[at]GlosCAN[dot]org.


Thu 29 Nov 2018, Arkell Centre, Nailsworth – Nailsworth Climate Action Town 7.15 for 7.30 start – meeting with Alan Whitehead MP – shadow climate change minister

Alan Whitehead is Labour’s energy and climate change shadow minister.
The meeting will discuss: how current Labour Party policies can be turned into a holistic plan to urgently transition us to a low carbon sustainable Britain; and how national policy could help local communities play their part in this transition.
Please e-mail NCAT’s secretary if you intend to go.



Fri 30 Nov, 4.30 p.m., Weekly Climate Emergency Vigil, Wallbridge/Rowcroft, Stroud

Friday 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm and every Friday.



Download a Vigil Leaflet (pdf)



Sat 1 December,  London, Campaign against Climate Change (website)
Protest: Together for Climate Justice

Details on Facebook
E-mail for details: