December Newsletter

Welcome to our end of year newsletter, and what a year it’s been!

At this reflective time of year, you might like to have a read through all the positive actions we have achieved since XR Chippenham started in May..

  • We joined thousands for the Autumn Uprising in London. Two members staying for 2 weeks, and one for 1 week. With others spending days (and sleepless nights) supporting the movement
  • Set up an excellent lobbying group doing fabulous work lobbying Chippenham Town Council, Wilts Council and local MPs
  • Held 2 public outreach events on the bridge in Chippenham
  • Put on several well-attended talks and training (Non-Violent Direct Action)events
  • Went to protest in Bristol during the 5 cities uprising in the summer
  • Handed out flyers at the Chippenham Folk Festival
  • Chalked the streets for the soap box derby
  • Put up 2 banners over the M4 to highlight the need to act over air pollution and CO2 emissions
  • Opened a Facebook page, email newsletter, a website and Twitter account
  • Held numerous socials and regenerative activities
  • Held our first people’s assembly
  • Went on walks and picked litter
  • Established working groups for lobbying, actions, arts, regenerative culture, talks & training, and media & messaging
  • Set up a lively Basecamp group
  • Made connections with other groups
  • Held creative workshops to make some very popular bees , plus flags and banners
  • Talked our socks off, argued, laughed, hugged, got things right, got things wrong
  • Attended climate strikes in Bath
  • Cut down rapeseed on Chippenham roundabout

It’s amazing when you look back on what we’ve done together – so many thanks are deserved to all who have got involved!

We have the events below already planned in the new year, then we have the exciting task of deciding where to focus our energy for the year ahead. 



Upcoming events…

XR Chippenham Socials

Our socials / meetings continue on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 7-9pm in Grounded (upstairs).

All dates are advertised on our Facebook page and on our website

If you are new to XR and wish to find out a little more, please do come along – there will be a warm welcome.   


Wellbeing Walk – 5th Jan

Join us for a relaxed wander and a chat and see how the river changes with the seasons.

If you have them, it would be useful to bring: XR patches, hi-vis vests, litter pickers, gloves, a bag for rubbish and a bag for recycling (we do some cleaning up as we go).

Feel free to bring friends and family.

Meet at 10.30 on the bridge at the bottom of the high street. There’s an option to go for lunch at Grounded afterwards for those who wish.


Outreach Event  –  11th Jan

Following the success of our outreach and awareness raising events in October and November where we met lots of people on the bridge in the centre of Chippenham, we’re planning to do another on 11th January . 

If you haven’t yet signed up but would like to help the team, please contact xrchippenham@gmail.com.


Talk – Climate Change: Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it) – 13th Jan

In this public talk, members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science, discuss the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

Everyone is welcome, although due to space constraints, please ensure you reserve your place via Eventbrite.

Entry is free, but donations towards speaker travel expenses will be gratefully received.

The venue is The Barn at the Old Road Tavern. This can be accessed from either the Old Road or New Road side of the pub.


XR Chippenham attends Chippenham Area Board – 3rd Feb

On 3 February members and any other interested people are asked to attend the Chippenham Area Board meeting at Sheldon School from 7pm.

At this meeting members of the group will be giving a brief presentation.

More information to follow on the Facebook page..


Avon Needs Trees Talk (with Nikki Jones) – 10th Feb

A Talk by Nikki Jones from Avon Needs Trees.

Avon Needs Trees is a registered charity based in Bristol that is buying land in the Bristol-Avon Catchment Area for reforesting.

Planting trees will sequester carbon from the air, enhance bio-diversity and give us natural flood management, as well as water and air quality improvement, and more public amenity space.

Everyone is welcome.

Entry is free, but donations towards speaker travel expenses will be gratefully received.

The venue is The Barn at the Old Road Tavern. This can be accessed from either the Old Road or New Road side of the pub. 


Demand for action from Wiltshire County Council – 25th Feb

The aim is to mobilise all Wiltshire XR members, as well as other local groups who are aware of the Climate & Ecological emergency, to join XR in an action at Trowbridge County Hall around 8:30am on Tuesday 25-Feb-2020. This is to mark the one-year anniversary of WCC declaring a climate emergency but to date, taking virtually NO ACTION at all;  WCC are continuing with Business as Usual.

During the last Cabinet meeting, WCC confirm their strategy to oversee a spend of £200m on new roads and to facilitate planning for 40,000 new houses, to be built over Wiltshire woodland and countryside. And yet they plan to spend £0 … i.e. not a single penny … on insulating or upgrading existing housing stock. There is no regard for County CO2 emissions, or ecological destruction in this strategy.

The rough outline is to assemble from 8:30am at Trowbridge train station, walk with banners, bands and colour to Trowbridge county Hall prior to the 10:30am Full Council meeting, then make our presence known outside county hall, inside the public atrium and in the council chamber. It is crucial to get the numbers to show that the people of Wiltshire understand the magnitude of the Climate & Ecological emergency, even when WCC don’t, and demand Action from our local government function. 

So, three things to do please:

1.       Save the date in your diary and plan how you will get to Trowbridge for around 8:30am on Tuesday 25-Feb-2020.

2.       Call on all of the members of all the non-XR local groups which you are a member of to go too – it’s important and powerful to stand out and ‘be counted’

3.       Consider how to best use your talents to personally demand that WCC councillors stop talking and take Action

What Greta Thunberg said in her powerful words at COP25of national Government (“without pressure from the people, our leaders can get away with basically not doing anything”) is also true, right now, within our County and Town governments, and time is running out.

There is an organisers meeting on 25-Jan-2019. If you would like to feed into the planning, please contact xrchippenham@gmail.com.


Art Group


The Art Group will return to the barn at The Old Road Tavern in the new year to create new projects.

Details later.


And finally…. we wish you a happy and restful festive season.

image.png

We would love to see you in 2020.

Rebel for life,
XR Chippenham