ERASMUS+ Youth Leader Mobility Scheme by Deborah Benham

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Newbold believes in a life sustaining society where we can thrive personally, co-exist in harmony, feel interconnected with the living system of the planet and therefore protect and conserve this for future generations. We believe in empowerment and positive leadership. Newbold believes that to build a more positive society we must empower leaders to face the challenges of today.

Reports from a wide range of Youth charities show that young people face unprecedented challenges in the modern world. Finding meaningful employment is increasingly difficult, and with record levels of unemployment and decreasing job security, many feel a sense of anxiety about the future. Collectively, young people will be the most affected by alarming global trends like climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions based on culture, religion, or class. At the same time, it is our young people who have the most potential and often the most drive to contribute to a sustainable future.

We aim to harness and empower that potential through recently awarded ERASMUS+ funding. Newbold have been awarded 50,000 Euros by the ERASMUS+ Youth Leader Mobility scheme to run two fantastic 8 day trainings for Youth Leaders in August and September.

In the training participants will learn how to empower young people to identify and use their unique strengths and qualities, in service to themselves and their communities. This will enable them to develop more rewarding careers and take an active and positive role in their local communities.

deb_poppyBy Deborah Benhan

A PhD Marine biologist and animal behavior expert, Deborah is an environmental educator and sustainability designer working to support the emergence of regenerative culture and the recovery of healthy ecosystems through innovative design, stakeholder engagement, multidisciplinary education and deep nature connection.

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‘The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future’ by Allan Gray

‘The Heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future’
Wendell Philips

This week we were privileged to have the company of Harley & Cally as our guests at Newbold. Co-founding members of Newbold.

 

IMG_5540_nHarley and Cally spoke about being drawn to Newbold and the determination to create a life at the Victorian House. On 17th November 1980 they officially formed their own community and charitable trust (still renting the house from the landlords) The trust succesfully operated workshops regularly which lead to the Newbold Trust community purchasing the property for £85,000 in May 1983.

The House began to run its economy according to a system of donations, which proved highly successful and offered a persuasive alternative to accepted business practices. Buoyed up by the generosity of its guests, Newbold was paid off within ten years and has been self-managed since under the guardianship of a group of Trustees, plus the management and operations skills of a resident team of core members.

IMG_5531Harley and Cally shared stories through the evening with current volunteers and staff members sharing photographs and experiences of life in community. They told stories of the garden, stories of music, stories of laughter, stories of challenges and stories of change. I felt warmed by their open and loving nature; I felt honoured to be part of the Newbold Story.

Harley and Cally are a couple with strong values IMG_5520who had the drive to create a community that is still vibrant and upholding the same values 36 years later. The determination, love and resilience of Harley and Cally  and the people that joined them are what made everything at Newbold possible and created a future for which the present and future Newbold residents will be forever grateful.

 

XjnMopamBy Allan S Gray

Allan, local to the area of Moray and a graduate of the University of Highlands and Islands, Allan has a key interest in environmental protection, adventure and for the community of Moray.

Top 10 tips for a more Sustainable Xmas

During the season of celebration we need to show extra care for the environment. Christmas doesn’t have to be a burden on the planet. A little effort and imagination we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season. Forget about the shops, the adverts and the corporate claims on Christmas – let’s do it in a personal way! Here are some tips we use during our Christmas retreats at Newbold Trust to make xmas more sustainable. (for more information about our christmas retreats click here – www.newboldtrust.org/christmas-holidays/ )

1.Buy Less, Buy Smarter                                                                                                                   Tiny things can make big changes. When you buy something you should ask you a couple of simple question which comes from permaculture ethic: Does it take care of peoples needs? Does it take care with the planet? Is this fair? To find out more http://permacultureprinciples.com/ethics/ These simple questions will help you to buy smarter and fairer for people and the planet.

2. Connect with Nature
P1020206Connecting with nature means more than simply getting a little fresh air. Rather, it entails reconsidering our individuality, and recalibrating our wider human and ecological relationships. A fuller connection with nature is an essential part of a good life, allowing us to temper envy and see ourselves from a proper perspective.

Newbold Trust is running for Xmas two different programmes to help you to connect with nature http://newboldtrust.org/christmas-holidays/

3. Reuse/Recycle
The Uk uses more than 220,000 miles of wrapping paper during xmas! (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8964837/How-Britain-bins-227000-miles-of-Christmas-paper.html ) This is why it is so important to talk about ways to reduce waste when decorating presents. Here are some tips to help reduce waste, recycle and reuse over the christmas period.

One solution is to be creative when wrapping presents; use magazine clippings from around your house, photographs from old albums, old newspapers, last years calendar can all make very creative and attractive decoration for gifts. http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/creative-gift-wrap.html

4. Choose a live tree                                                                                                                            Although plastic Christmas trees are reusable from year to year, real trees are the more sustainable choice. Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. While artificial trees theoretically last forever, research shows that they are typically discarded when repeated use makes them less attractive. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever.

A six foot tall artificial tree produces 40kg of emissions if thrown on a landfill, compared to a real tree which only creates 3.5kg of emissions if it’s chipped or incinerated.

P1020080Live trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, sving both transportation costs and added air pollution.

 

5. Christmas cards                                                                                                                                 Buy recycled paper (not plastic) cards without lots of decorations, otherwise these cannot be recycled. Around 744 million cards are sent each Christmas and if all these were made from recycled paper, it would save the equivalent of 248,000 trees.

Alternatively send an e-card; there are lots of websites which allow you to do this for free. And remember you can reuse cards as gift tags next year!

6. Lower the impact of holiday lighting
IMG_0883Reduce the size of outdoor lighting displays. A smaller presentation of lights can still be attractive, and more appropriate in the ‘season of giving’. Saving electricity is also a way of giving, since conserving resources benefits everyone.
Use LED lights for house and Christmas tree lighting
LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights use up to 95% less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. LED holiday lights use .04 watts per bulb, 10 times less than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs. As an added bonus, if one of the LED lights burns out the rest of the strand will stay lit.

7. Eat Organic                                                                                                                                           Food is a key part of peoples Christmas period so it is important to consider choices that are not harmful to the planet. Around 30% of our individual carbon footprint is made up of our food choices, so what we eat this Christmas is the single most important way we can reduce our environmental impact.
Choosing local organic produce can help support local farmers and provide food that is nutritious and free from harmful pesticides. Buying organic food also helps support improved biodiversity (See https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn6496-organic-farming-boosts-biodiversity/)

Organic farms help keep carbon in the soil and therefor reducing the carbon footprint. ‘On average 22% more birds, 75% more plant species, 50% more pollinators such as bees’ (Journal of Applied Ecology Vol 51 2014)

8. Eat Less Meat and Fish.                                                                                                                  20kg is roughly the carbon footprint of a single Christmas dinner. This means that the country as a whole will produce around 51,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from food alone. Its therefor really important to consider how we can reduce our carbon footprint with our eating habits over the festive period.
Eating less meat and fish over the xmas period can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint with The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimating the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

9. Buy Local                                                                                                                                        Support local crafts, food producers and businesses by buying gifts from local owners. Local business can help you find the perfect decorations, gifts and food for Christmas dinner. Supporting local business builds community and resilience.

10. Make your own gifts, cards and decorations                                                              Making your own food and decorations brings people together and brings a personal tough to the Christmas period. Craft gifts can be some of the most precious and cherished gifts of all at xmas.

 

Find out how to integrate crafts into your xmas: http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/arts-and-crafts/make-cheap-christmas-gift-ideas.php

For more information about how we implement these Xmas tips into our lives why not experience it by join us this Christmas.

http://newboldtrust.org/christmas-holidays/

 

Family Christmas with the Newbold Community

As Autumn draws to a close and Winter edges nearer, the Newbold Community are looking towards another wonderful festive season. We have planned a very special programme.

Come and celebrate a beautiful, traditional Scottish Highland Christmas with open fires, organic feasts, craft workshops, and nature walks – all in the perfect setting of our 19th century home

Our small community is offering a Christmas experience that taps into the popular trend of ‘recreational retreats’ and skill-building holidays. Share as much or as little mucking-in as you like. You can help decorate our tree, learn how to build the perfect fire, or opt into our traditional arts and crafts workshops (Victorian decoration making and treat baking with the Aga). Alternatively, you can fully indulge in restful, simple old-world pursuits; mince pies by the woodstove, listening to live local musicians.

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‘I was looking for a place for my Mum and I to spend Christmas that gave us a sense of community, and luckily stumbled upon Newbold House’ Juliet K

‘Christmas at Newbold House was just what I was needing. The ancient house is full of character and has a positive relaxing energy. The bedrooms are large, great views, comfortable and homely’ Christopher H

‘Just what we were looking for, for our Christmas break!’  Zanadu


You can get more information from our website

Newbold Trust supports refugees

Sustainability is about far more than environmental policy and development; its a holistic way of thinking which integrates social empowerment and justice. A key issue in regards to social justice is the suffering of refugees migrating from Syria.

More than 750,000 refugee have arrived from Syria and other war torn nations
into mainland Europe. These refugees have left their homes with little food, clothes or shelter in the hope of finding a stable and improved quality of life.

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Newbold members attended a TSI Moray lead refugee crisis meeting and felt compelled to help make a positive impact in alleviating the struggles of refugees. Newbold Members since have volunteered alongside Moray supports refugees.

Newbold  Trust members Kirsty and myself joined local community volunteers Bas and Sallia at the sorting centre for Moray supports refugees. Newbold members and local volunteers helped sort and prioritise items for transport to refugee families most in need.

72717F36-C3E9-47A6-9A76-A3837F571C8DDF88DDD9-42B4-4E6B-9384-B611BEFB217FI was overwhelmed by the volume of donations from the Moray community. I feel that community and compassion are key in alleviating this human right struggle. If we work alongside our local communities and remain compassionate we can make a difference.


You can find out more about how you can help by visiting the Moray supports refugees Facebook page

Or visit:

Cal Aid – Humanitarian assistance for refugees

Cal Aid Facebook page.

Refugee donation drop off points

To donate click here

A Warm Welcome at Newbold by Steve McHugh

Steve McHugh preparing applesI was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks at Newbold as a short term volunteer and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. As soon as I arrived, I was made to feel totally at ease by the warm welcome everybody there gave me and that soon helped me settle in.

The funny thing that struck me when I came there was, how efficiently run everything is. From the staff work rota and timetable of weekly events, to which new guests were due to arrive or the number of people having lunch or dinner. The attention to detail meant that the whole house ran like clockwork so that I always knew what was going on or where I should be at any given time.

During my stay, I mainly worked in three departments, the kitchen, garden and homecare, where I learned something new each day. Be it trying a new recipe to cook for lunch in the morning to, say, learning a technique to train tomato plants to grow up a string suspended from a polytonal ceiling. Even though I was a novice at some things, everyone around was very helpful in ensuring I was comfortable with each task I was given so that I never felt under any pressure whilst I was doing them.

One of the best things about Newbold was that it encouraged me in such a way that I felt comfortable in trying new things that are normally outside my comfort zone. This even extended to me attending the daily Taizé singing session even though I can’t sing! To me that’s a testament to how relaxed and nurturing an environment it is, to both live and work in.

Some other highlights were the delicious daily meals (mainly incorporating homegrown fresh veg from the house’s organic garden), an impromptu baking session, where copious amounts of cakes and biscuits were made for an up-coming garden day event or a group film, complete with freshly made popcorn. Newbold was my first experience of community style living and it’s a way of life I’d wholeheartedly recommend for anyone to try. You’ll meet some great people, share some wonderful food and take away a lot of happy memories. Thanks one and all! Steve McHugh

Welcome to the Newbold Blog

spiral of the great circle of lifeOur blog reflects our role in part of what Joanna Macy has called the Great Turning – an un-named, self-organising movement of millions of individuals and organisations concerned with social and environmental justice, wellbeing and sustainability.

Our contribution is to help provide an answer to the question: “How do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to contribute to this great shift?” (Naomi Klein).

Newbold Community GartheringWe aim to share here some of the hope, inspiration, education, healing, motivation and skills provided by our life here at Newbold.

We hope you enjoy our blog, keep an eye on this page for further updates!