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ACE Meeting Notes From 15 February

Meeting Title: ACE Monmouth Open Meeting
Meeting date and time: 15th February, 7pm
Venue Details: Bridges Community Centre

Present: Cherry Taylor, Rebecca Cunningham, Charles Emes, Chris Seabury, Imogen Jones (Scout), Liberty Ashton

Apologies: Hayden Cullen-Jones, Paul Trotter, Sue Parkinson, Clare Catto
Agenda and Notes

1. Welcome and apologies for absence

2. Introductions

3. Agree minutes of last meeting

4. Energy Surgery Project Update

Chris Seabury has been continuing to work closely with South East West Energy (SEWE) and Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to formulate an outreach program to offer energy saving advice and support to the local Monmouth community. This will consist of two key approaches; a monthly presentation to community groups, the first of which is U3A on 16th May 2023. The second is the creation of an information flyer to be distributed at Warm Spaces, The Repair Cafe, Community Fridges, and other locations / events. Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) has offered to help circulate this flyer to its relevant groups. ACTION: Chris to draft flyer and slide deck content for the ACE marketing team to help slot into its branded templates.

5. Air Quality Monitoring Project Update

Chris went on to update the group on the air quality monitoring initiative. He is working with Martin Sweeny and others to collect evidence from those who have done this sort of thing before, including Reading University to establish how and where best to undertake the monitoring. MCC has said it may be able to get discounts on bulk buying of the necessary equipment.

NOTE: Chris will be unavailable from March, and both the Energy Surgeries and Air Quality Monitoring initiative will need additional volunteer support to keep momentum going in his absence. Please get in touch here ( if this project interests you and you would like to get involved.

6. New Ideas

The meeting was opened up for members to discuss their own areas of interest. Using the current project list as a starter, new members expressed their interest in certain areas, but also suggested new ideas. These included:

The expansion of the Schools Group to include Monmouth Comprehensive (MCS) and Haberdashers senior schools.

Developing a series of ACE Monmouth Climate Cafes for younger members of our society to talk informally about their feelings toward the climate crisis.

ACTION: Rebecca to introduce the new members to those running projects that interest them. Cherry to approach MCC’s Nature Isn’t Neat and Bee Friendly Monmouth to discuss the pesticide free town project. Chris to share MCC schools Action Pack from a few years ago.

NOTE: These ideas were proposed by new members under the age of 25. If you or the young people in your life want to join forces to support these projects, please let Rebecca know and she can hook people up accordingly (

7. Date of Next Meeting:

Thursday 16th March, 7pm, Zoom.

Topic: ACE Monmouth Open Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 16, 2023 07:00 PM London

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