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Saltford Environment Group
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About Saltford Environment Group

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Saltford Environment Group is YOUR community group championing all that's great about Saltford for a better future. Our information, advice and projects cover a wide range of issues - there's something of interest for everyone! Check us out on this website to see what we do and if you live, work or have an interest in Saltford, do join us.

The historic village of Saltford lies in the unitary authority area of Bath and North East Somerset and is situated between the cities of Bristol and Bath. Saltford is recognised by the official 'Visit Bath' tourism website (link to Visit Bath's Saltford page) as a potential visitor destination due to its local history and the quality of its natural environment.

SEG has 500+ members

SEG is an independent non profit-making unincorporated association. We are politically neutral. We were established in 2011 following the results of the Parish Plan questionnaire circulated in September 2009. Many responses to the questionnaire had expressed concerns about pressures on the environment in our village.

One of the action points in the Parish Plan was to set up a sustainability group for Saltford. 'Saltford Environment Group' was thus formed by volunteers in early 2011; the name was chosen as they felt it had more resonance with the community.

If you live or work in Saltford and care about the future of your village, join SEG's correspondence email list to be kept informed of our campaigns, news and themes. See below for (free) membership details.

Find Saltford

Click here to see a map of Saltford (on Google Maps):

  Saltford Map

Local Weather

You can find the local 5-day weather forecast on our Climate Change page:

  Saltford Weather Station


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Purpose and policy

The purpose of SEG, as set out in our constitution, is to:

  1. raise awareness of environmental issues in Saltford;
  2. encourage activities that make Saltford a more sustainable community;
  3. foster links with other similar organisations;
  4. involve as many sections of the community as possible; and
  5. liaise with local government and councils to lobby for environmental issues.

Our themes and campaigns that support our purpose can be found lower down this page.

Development Planning

Please note that SEG is not in a position to comment on all planning applications affecting Saltford, but where possible we will make representations to the Parish Council or other planning authorities on those planning applications that have the potential to have a significant environmental impact on our community.

Where we provide comment or lobbying on an issue it will be in support of the objective that Saltford should become a more sustainable and environmentally sound community.

Information about Saltford's Green Belt can be found on our Green Belt page where you can also find our policy statement incorporating core principles concerning Green Belt development in our area.

Sustainable Development - a definition*:-

"At its heart sustainable development is the simple idea of ensuring a good quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. It is about living within the carrying capacity of the environment so that how we live, work and enjoy leisure activities, does not harm or put undue pressures on the environment. It is about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have a decent education, a quality environment that they take pride in, good health and a decent job."

*Definition first published in 1999 on www.oursouthwest.com.

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Our Themes, Campaigns & Website

Themes & Campaigns

SEG is pursuing eight key themes that support our objective to help make Saltford a more sustainable community and a better place to live and work.

Click on each link to go straight to the theme/campaign page:-

    Climate Change

    Cycling

    Energy

    Fairtrade

    Gardening

    Green Belt

    Less Waste (& Saltford Wombles)

    Saltford Station Campaign

    Wildlife

We also have web pages on specific projects or issues, for example:-

    Fracking - special feature item

    Geology, Saltford's

    History of Saltford

    Railway Path Habitat Restoration Project

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Website

Our website is the main way we record and promote our activities. It is updated regularly with content and layout kept under constant review, and is proving popular with our members and third parties. Our Website Editor can be contacted via our home page contact section.

Monthly volume of website traffic (recent visit data):

  • Monthly page hits: typically >5,000/month (max 8,370 in Jan 2016)
  • Unique visitors: typically >2,000/month (max 2,645 in Oct 2016)

The views and opinions expressed on SEG's website are not necessarily the views and opinions or official position of SEG's Executive Group or membership.

All material on our website is copyright Saltford Environment Group or others where indicated. Please have the courtesy to name source if reproducing our photographs in your publication/website.

This is what people have said about SEG's website:

"The history project is brilliant"
- SEG member (2016)

"looks fantastic" (History of Saltford project)
- local teacher (2015)

"What an attractive and informative website SEG has. Splendid!"
- SEG member (2013)

"Must congratulate you on such a well set out and informative site; if only ours was similar"
- Campaign Group Chairman, Nottinghamshire (2013)

"impressed by how much it contains"
- Ecologist, Keynsham (2013)

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We carry our regular news items on our home page as an open and ongoing newsletter. News items are subsequently archived into our SEG Newsletter page where you can find past news stories - click here to see archived news stories >>

WEBSITE EDITORIAL POLICY INCLUDING SEO
Will Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), website design and other similar companies please note that thour website has all the SEO ranking (1st), social media links, & smartphone compatibility that it requires to meet its specific objectives. We are not a commercial enterprise so please do not send marketing emails or requests for placing links to other websites which will not receive a reply as it is our policy not to reply to marketing emails of this nature unless they are from a Saltford-based organisation seeking to assist SEG. As a general rule our editorial content is sourced locally in Saltford and NE Somerset or from reputable non-commercial organisations based in the UK.


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SEG's Constitution & Financial Propriety

Constitution

The latest version of our constitution (version 6 October 2013) can be down-loaded here:

   SEG constitution (pdf - opens in new window)

Our website features information about our activities, themes and campaigns as we strive to help ensure that Saltford remains a great place to live and work for this and future generations.

Financial Propriety

Under the terms of our constitution our accounts are required to be audited annually by a "competent, independent person".

SEG is grateful to Saltford resident Neil Cobbold, of Cobbold and Company, Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers, for kindly auditing our accounts on a pro bono basis.

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SEG Health and Safety Statement

Saltford Environment Group is committed to the Health and Safety of our members and volunteers. Where we operate out in the field (e.g. habitat restoration) we carry out risk assessments, which we act upon to lower risk. This includes a risk assessment of the premises in which we operate, our activities, and the roles carried out by volunteers.

Whilst seeking to minimise risks wherever possible, we will provide volunteers with any information, training or equipment they need to remain safe whilst carrying out their volunteering tasks.

Volunteers are expected to remember their duty of care towards the people around them, and not act in a way that might endanger those around them. Where tools are used for a project this should be with great caution taking into account the safety of other volunteers and members of the public.

Work by SEG members and other individuals on our projects in, around or away from Saltford is done so at their own risk and all volunteers assisting with SEG projects are expected to take every care and attention to avoid loss, damage or injury.

Children may participate in SEG projects but must be supervised by an adult; SEG cannot be held responsible for children assisting with a project.

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Donate to support the work of Saltford Environment Group

SEG is run and managed by volunteers but we have overheads and various out-of-pocket expenses that need to be covered. Membership is free because we want SEG to be as inclusive as possible.

However if you are able to make a small donation each year, say 5 - 10 per household, that would be fantastic and help keep SEG working for Saltford.

To donate by internet banking please make your donation payable to this account:

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Please include your surname and the word 'donation' as your payment reference (e.g. Smith-donation).

Alternatively cash donations can be made (anonymously if you prefer) in envelopes marked "SEG SUPPORT DONATION" and given or delivered to SEG Committee members who will pass these on to our Treasurer.

We regret we cannot thank individuals who make online donations but be assured that all support is gratefully received whether through cash, purchasing campaign merchandise, or encouraging us through your membership, positive feedback, your time and other means of support.

Thank you!

Support from local business

We welcome support from local businesses to help cover our costs and keep membership free for our members. If your local business would like to support SEG (e.g. a logo + link on our home page is very inexpensive), please contact our Chairman (see home page for contact details).

We wish to make it clear that SEG is an independent organisation and support from local businesses identified on our website or in our publications does not imply that SEG endorses or is under the influence of any particular business.

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Volunteer with SEG

imageDo you care about Saltford and its future as a thriving, more sustainable community? Want to help make a positive difference?

You don't need to join a formal committee to help SEG and get involved with our projects. We welcome people of all ages and levels of experience to help us make a difference in Saltford.

The first step is to join us on our email membership list (see below) so that you can be kept informed of our campaigns, news and themes.

If you would like to get involved, you can contact us from the home page.

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Membership & How to join SEG

SEG has two levels of membership:

  1. Ordinary members who join our email membership list, and
  2. Executive Committee members (incl. Officers - Chair, Secretary & Treasurer). It is the Executive Committee that represents SEG in public communications (or persons chosen by them for that purpose).

If you live, work or have a particular interest in Saltford and wish to join our email membership list please send an email to us. Please include your name, address and contact telephone number in your email application. Our contact details are on the home page.

By joining SEG you are by implication in agreement with our overall purpose, to seek a more sustainable future for Saltford, and you agree to abide by our constitution's simple code of conduct, i.e. you will not bring SEG into disrepute by your conduct or use any position in SEG or SEG's resources for improper purposes.

Membership of SEG's email membership list is free of charge, informal and is open to all individuals, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity who live in the area of Saltford or have a stake in Saltford (regular visitors, past residents, employed here, etc.). Members receive occasional invitations to meetings and events or are advised of important environmental news or campaigns that SEG is involved with. Our popular website carries our latest news.

We try not to bombard members with lots of emails, so do visit our website regularly to see what's happening in your village and how SEG is working on your behalf.

If you know of a resident of Saltford who would like to become a member but does not have access to email, please contact us on that person's behalf and we will see what arrangements can be put in place so that they can be kept informed. You may wish to co-join on their behalf, for example, and pass on news etc that we send out.

Please note. If you have stopped receiving our occasional emails this might be because your email address has changed or our records are incorrect. Please do contact us if this is the case. You may wish to add our email address(es) to your email system address book so that our emails are not treated as junk mail by your software.

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SEG Executive Committee & our Advisers

To see what we look like (!) click on this link: Meet the team

Officers

Phil Harding - Chairman & Editor (Website & Newsletters)
Debbie Cini - Secretary & Deputy Editor (Website & Newsletters)
Andrew Stainer - Treasurer

Executive Committee Members

Adrian Betts
Tina Curtis
Frances Eggbeer - Social Secretary
Paul Goddard
Richard James
Madeleine Town
Chris Warren - Vice Chairman & Saltford Station campaign leader

Advisers

We also have advisers in Saltford with specialist expertise/experience who support the Executive Committee on some of our themes and projects including:

Bronwen Campbell - Bee & Insect Welfare
Will Duckworth - Wildlife Surveyor & Wildlife Conservation Adviser
Trevor Rumbold - Energy and engineering
Gill Self - Fairtrade and Gardening
Dick Stabbins - Geology
Rob Taylor - Transport (esp. railway industry) and local history
Claire Waters (Social Betty PR) - Public Relations


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Page Links:-

About SEG

Find Saltford

Our Themes, Campaigns & Website

SEG's Constitution & Financial Propriety

SEG Health and Safety Statement

How to Donate (or support SEG)

Volunteer with SEG

Membership & How to join SEG

Executive Committee & our Advisers

Meet the Team leading SEG

SEG Executive Committee - Officers

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Phil Harding, Chairman
(& Website Editor)

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Debbie Cini, Secretary
(& Website Deputy Editor)

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Andrew Stainer, Treasurer

SEG Executive Committee - Members

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Adrian Betts

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Tina Curtis

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Frances Eggbeer, Social Secretary

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Paul Goddard

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Richard James

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Madeleine Town

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Chris Warren, Vice Chairman
(& Saltford Station campaign leader)


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