April's Householder Community Event

Q. What do you call it when you have over twenty Bristol Green Doors householders in a room?
A. Fullandbuzzy.

At least that’s how it felt last week when we held a Householder Community Event at HOURS on Colston Yard (below left). 

The aim of the event was to celebrate and thank our householder community. This was done with a mix of knowledge sharing, updates and networking and reflection together on what we have achieved and what positive differences we can make with our retrofitting and green building efforts. All of this was interspersed with some excellent food from the Beatroot Cafe (below right).


The evening was split into three parts. Firstly Nigel gave all householders a tour of his home, built by Greenheart, which has the HOURS community space in the basement. Lots of people wanted to see the building, which feels like it is on a cliff edge and hear Nigel and Sophie’s story of the build. Handy as it is to hold events at Hamilton House, where the office is based, it felt great to be somewhere even more connected with our events and green building.

I enjoy presenting updates to BGD householders as they are such a decent and engaged group (below left). On the second part of the evening, it was important to outline not only the aims of the year but also how the householder community could get more involved and so increase our impact at minimal cost. The follow up from people since the event suggests it was understood and well received.


Every time we have events of this kind it is clear that people enjoy not only meeting other householders (in some cases renewing old friendships) but also that people really value hearing each other’s retrofit stories. The final part of the evening featured four householders making their own presentations of their homes which is a bit like an open homes event but not in one’s own home.  Whilst little could match the oohs and aahhs when James (above right) explained his partner had delivered their second baby whilst BGD was happening in their home last September, the other accounts from Angela, Dan, and Sam were all worth listening to.

Thanks to you all for your inputs and support and to volunteer Anna Johnson for helping bring it all together.

For more on Nigel and sphie's house see http://www.bristolgreendoors.org/case-study/30142

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