'Oil Baron' is a buying group to combat ever fluctuating prices for users of 28 sec Kerosene in Audlem and the surrounding area. This is a not for profit community project.
The price of oil has escalated dramatically over the last few years and this has had a significant effect on the cost of domestic heating oil (kerosene) and consequently less money in our pockets.
Many of us have accounts with local heating suppliers and, indeed, we should support these suppliers. The delivery of domestic heating oil, however, is a spasmodic business and is at best not always efficient as it relies heavily on weather patterns and is customer driven, often because of panic re-ordering.
The fuel oil supplier is at his most efficient when supplying fuller but fewer loads to a smaller drop area. Domestic fuel oil tanks are generally in the size range of 900 - 2500 litres.
The smallest of rural road tankers can carry 20,000 litres with bigger tankers holding up to 36,000 litres so one typical domestic property drop represents less than 10% of a tanker's load capacity. It is plainly ideal, therefore, to be able to fill the tanker to maximum capacity and do a milk run of say 20 domestic properties.
However to locate 20 properties that will require a delivery at the same time is not easy unless there are a multitude of contact addresses. So we need to build up a large membership which is on email. The process works as follows:-
In the winter months we have a top up order once per month and in the summer every two months. I will email all members when the next purchase is planned and will co-ordinate the responses culminating in a bulk order for the month concerned.
Currently we have over 130 menbers but this is insufficient because it has proven most unlikely that 20 out of 130 people requires oil at the same time, whereas if I had 200 names on the list then we stand a much better chance of being able to order a significant bulk amount from the best price local supplier who in turn would benefit from a predetermined milk run, more efficient use of his fleet and thus lower cost of operation to him, some of which we is passed onto our buying group by negotiation.
We have been able to save significant amounts over a single individual order and members have informed me that typical savings have ranged from £20.00 for a 500 litre top up to £60 for a 2000 litre top up. Currently 11 householders in Audlem have joined our group and more are welcome.
I have to declare that I have no connection with any fuel oil supplier and that my one aim in this project is to be able to save us all some money at this time of uncertainty in fuel oil pricing. You are welcome to contact me should you require any further information.
Meet on Audlem car park - The March ARS (Audlem Ramblers Society) walk is in Dovedale and is organised by Chris Roche. This is his description: We start from the Car Park at the old Railway station at Thorpe on the Tissington Trail. Free but not very large - (if it is full on Saturday there is another pay park a couple of hundred yards up the road).
W 001°45.2421' N 53°03.0141' (For those with car Sat Nav). SK 1658 5036 (for those with OS map). It is about 2.5 miles NNW of Ashbourne.
An easy 9.5 mile walk mainly on consolidated limestone paths at the side of the river and along the Tissington Trail. A few fields to cross but not very muddy, and only one short but fairly steep climb out of Dovedale. There are very few stiles.
Loos in Thorpe soon after the walk start, at Milldale and Tissington. There are no pubs but I think there is a coffee shop in Milldale.
As it is Dovedale, it could be fairly busy on Saturdays - there were quite a few people about in the week, but it is an OK walk for dogs as we only go through three fields with sheep. However there will be cyclists on the Tissington Trail so you need to watch your dogs on that stretch.
A pleasant walk, dry underfoot and as the Trail section is mostly on elevated embankment the views from there are good.
I would assess it as a very easy 2 booter. Meet up on Audlem car park at 8.30am on Saturday 8th March.
- Oscar-nominated film starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the story about
an Irishwoman whose child was snatched away by nuns at a time when giving birth out of wedlock was treated as a criminal act. Decades later, journalist Martin Sixsmith represents her only hope of finding her son.
Tickets are £5 and are available from Williams Newsagents and the Post Office or you can pay on the door.
Bowling Club - Audlem & District Bowling Club open the new season at the green in Heathfield Road at 2.00pm to 4.00pm when members will pay their subscription fees for the coming season. The weather forecast is looking good so there will be an opportunity to try some bowling too. New members and interested visitors will be very welcome. If you enjoyed the curling in the Olympics you might be pleasantly surprised at the challenge of crown green bowling.