About Us

Welcome to the Greener Fram web site. Greener Fram, which takes the inspiration for its name from the small town of Framlingham in Suffolk, is a community group that has been created to raise local awareness of green issues such as climate change, global warming and to suggest practical ideas for reducing energy consumption and creating a sustainable community.

What is Greener Fram?

Greener Fram is an independent, voluntary, environmental community group promoting sustainable and resilient lifestyles in and around Framlingham. We are members of the International Transition Network which is a group helping to create sustainable, resilient and more self-sufficient communities across the world, and which are more physically and psychologically prepared for the future.

We are funded by your donations.

‘action for a positive future’

What do we do?

We run Swap and Mend events to keep items out of landfill, a Community Garden in cooperation with Framlingham College to encourage growing skills and eating local food, a free Energy Saving Course to save energy and cut household bills, a Local Exchange Trading Scheme where individuals can share their skills or possession’s and receive services. We work in cooperation with others.

All are welcome to these activities and they are all free.

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What else can we do about it? Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a good place to start. Reducing CO2 emissions means saving energy and saving energy means saving money – something that we can all relate to. Protect the environment in other ways is important too, so we want to make the most of our green spaces and perhaps even plant some trees.

But how do we reduce CO2 emissions? There are lots of ways: by saving energy in the home, using alternative forms of transport, planting trees – the list goes on. For instance, installing cavity wall and loft installation could substantially reduce your heating bill and it needn’t cost the earth.

How will GreenerFram help? We want to act as a focal point so that we can offer information and advice that will help you to make informed decisions. GreenerFram isn’t about preaching an environmental gospel (there are lots of other organisations doing that) it’s about helping you pick and choose the things that will make your life better in some way.

What we would like to do.

  • We would like to start a Community Supported Agriculture Project to give growers a guaranteed market and consumer’s good quality food from a known local source.
  • We would like to provide Local Energy for local people.
  • We would like to promote Social Art Projects to promote greener living, including music, poetry, painting, sculpture and drama. All these projects need more volunteers and some funding.  
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Why do we do it?

Through our voluntary activities we aim to lower our carbon footprint and in so doing begin to tackle climate change.

We aim to address the way we value resources and use fewer resources in better ways.

 ‘action for a positive future’

We try to think GLOBALLY and ACT LOCALLY. In so doing, we can begin the change and make Framlingham and area more resilient and sustainable in the future, whatever it may bring.

‘action for a positive future’

How are we going to achieve it? Well, we don’t pretend to have all the answers and we’re starting small, but like an acorn we aim to grow. For a start, we want to raise awareness of Green issues and promoting things that will benefit both you and the environment.  Longer term, we would like to do some research to find out exactly how much energy is being used and then use this research to suggest ways of saving energy and measuring how successful we’ve been. We would like to do lots of things there’s no definite plan yet – other than we need to have a plan!

Please use this to contact the Core Group via the website . Our Chair is Jackie Barrow.

Click on ‘the core group’ – for full names and details of Committee members


Draft Minutes – Greener Fram – Annual General Meeting

Saturday 15th October 2016

Held at Fayap Centre, Framlingham

  1. Welcome – The meeting was opened by the Chair, David Greenacre.
  2. Apologies – Apologies for absence were received from Lydia Kirk, Suzanne Bartlett, Anita Beamish, Jean Clarkson, Deborah Bea, Judy Powell, Ian Lea, Angela Hatt
  3. Minutes of the last AGM, October 2015 – These had been circulated by email and hard copies were available at the meeting. They were accepted as an accurate record of proceedings.
  4. Matters Arising –

Swap & Mend: there had been 8 events over the past year (see later agenda item)Community Garden: this is going well (see later agenda item)30/30 Food Challenge: this didn’t happen as a GF event.Walking Bus: the primary school was supportive but local parents were not interested. However Mrs Lockyer, who sits on the Town Council’s Roads sub-committee said she would like to put the idea to the Council, particularly in view of the large amount of new housing in the town.Land behind the Unitarian Meeting Hall: the hall’s trustees did not accept GF’s proposal.Lending Shed: this will not work as a GF initiative due to the unavailability of insurance. However Spadge is happy to do this in his capacity as a private individual via LETS.LETS: see later agenda item. Secretary: Suzanne has continued as secretary since the last AGM despite having resigned. Last year’s aims: we wanted to increase membership, particularly among younger people. We now have over 300 email supporters, and a handful of young people have helped out at Swap & Mend. We also wanted to develop and expand, and now have a LETS group and a small Suma Wholefood buying group.

  1. Annual Financial Statement- Copies of the accounts and auditor’s statement were circulated before the meeting and hard copies were available. Our main income is through donations at Swap & Mend. These cover expenses on insurance, hall hire, website and new initiatives.
  2. Reports – Chair’s Report – David Greenacre. Hard copies were available at the meeting. In summary, GF began in 2008 with the aim of raising awareness and taking action on climate change. Our focus has expanded to include global resource depletion. GF is now part of the Transition Network. We have also won 3 Greenest County Awards. We have consolidated Swap & Mends as a (mainly) monthly event with 100-150 visitors each time. A LETS group has been set up. We supported Screen Free Week through the primary school. A sub-group continues to run the Community Garden and we have updated our website, with over 11,000 visitors in the past year. Community Garden Report – Jem Seeley. The garden has now been running for 5 growing seasons. Having begun with around 30 volunteers, there are now around 20 committed gardeners. They meet every 3rd Sunday morning, with Framlingham College providing refreshments. It is a good social event, as well as a productive one. Swap & Mend Report – Spadge Hopkins. Spadge suggested a change of name to Freecycle as this is more clearly understood by the public. Other core group members are against the idea. Some discussion ensued, including the need to have a transition period. ‘Swap & Mend Freecycle’ was suggested. The core group will decide on this at a later date. We will continue to have this as a monthly event, usually the second Saturday, but allowing for flexibility. LETS Report – Jackie Barrow . The scheme was set up in February 2016 and now has 20-30 members offering an interesting range of goods and services. The website is gradually evolving and members are able to record transactions and update their accounts. The first 2 trades have happened in the past month. Suma – Jackie Barrow . The Suma wholefood buying group was set up earlier this year. Although currently only 3 or 4 members shop this way, we manage to get together a good-sized order every couple of months.
  3. Resignations – David Greenacre resigned as Chair and also from the core group,
  4. Election of officers

Chair: Jackie Barrow – proposed by Spadge, seconded by David, carried unanimously

Minutes Secretary: Lydia Kirk – proposed by David, seconded by Spadge, carried unanimously

Email and Social Media: Santana – proposed by Caroline, seconded by David, carried unanimously

Social Arts Secretary: it was decided to support outside events, rather than have our own.

Promotions & Advertising: Jackie will take on printing and some distribution of Swap and Mend leaflets. Rachel to assist with distribution.

Treasurer: Deborah is willing to continue in this role. Proposed by Spadge, seconded by Caroline, carried unanimously.

Community Garden Rep: Jem Seeley to continue. Proposed by Matthew, seconded by Caroline, carried unanimously

Swap & Mend Co-ordinator: Spadge will continue with this.

Website: Nigel Bell, Ian Lea and David Greenacre to continue

Annual Charity Christmas Tree: Caroline

Schools Rep: Caroline

  1. Core Group – In addition to the Chair, Treasurer and Minutes Secretary, at least a further 5 members are required to form the core group. Elected were: Caroline, Spadge, Jem, Santana, John, Rachel
  2. Any Other Business

Revision of constitution: David read out the amended version, which was agreed by the meeting.

Spending Limits: it was agreed that the treasurer could spend up to £50 without prior approval or the need for 2 signatures on a cheque. However subsequently it was discovered that the bank always requires 2 signatures. Core group to clarify the objective here.

Outside speakers: it was agreed that we would aim to get outside speakers, particularly on energy efficiency, to public meetings.

Mini-food bank: Spadge raised the idea of a mini-food bank in town, where people can take and give at will.

Social event: Vince and Santana proposed a music night/social.

Promoting safe cycle routes: this is a town council initiative which is under discussion. ‘Quiet Lanes’ have been mooted by the town council but are not popular.

Furniture Project: the local store is now closed as there was little demand due to Freecycle and Facebook groups filling the need.

Primary School Wildlife Area: Caroline has a grant of £150 for bird feeders etc. Spadge will make some. Discussion of a green wall, with possible help from Santana (via Ecophysical) and Vince.

Future Swap & Mends: 26th November, 14th January 2017.