Calne Eco Fest 2021

15th October 2021, 2:05pm | By janevaughan |

Eco Fest Calne will be a great and fun opportunity for everyone in the Calne Community Area to celebrate our local environment, wildlife and biodiversity. It has been timed to tie in with the  COP26 event in Glasgow and will take place on:

Saturday 6th November from 10.30 – 2.30pm at Calne Town Hall.

The idea is that Eco Fest will be a lively and positive event:

There will be local/sustainable goods for sale, tasty refreshments to try and information from local organisations and groups designed to advise and inspire people to take small or large actions which could save money and perhaps help save the planet too.

We would like to encourage children and young people to join the Eco Fest so they can inspire us with their ideas about building a better future.

We are asking them to make a green pledge for the environment and/or to ask their family to make one too, an idea or promise can be written on an acorn shaped pledge sheet. This can be brought along to the event to be hung on our Calne ‘Communitree’, which will be made out of recycled materials and we hope will provide a talking point at the event and possibly at future in person events too!

(There will be acorns available at the event so don’t worry, you can complete your pledge there on the day!) The first 100 pledges delivered to the event will be rewarded with a sustainable snack!

Young people will also have the opportunity to take part in free upcycling jewellery activities, which will be run by Wilts Wildlife Trust and will be a great opportunity to create and make beautiful things, perfect Christmas gifts that wont cost the earth!

Finally, there will be activities that young people can join in with the ‘grown-ups’, we would like people of all ages to join in two community discussions to talk about how we can all work together to support our environment.

  1. ‘Blue and Green’ talking about our green spaces and water ways to see how we can use them better and keep them safe.
  2. ‘Getting around’ talking about travelling to and around our town and villages and out into the countryside using healthy, active types of transport.

We hope these discussions will lead us to identifying actions that the Councils, organisations, groups and individual people from the community can join together to develop and achieve locally.

We recognise how important it is for us all to keep behaving safely in the face of health risks like Covid and the Flu’. The Town Hall will be well ventilated and will operate a one-way system; we will be monitoring the number of people in the building and will be asking people to respect each other and observe hand sanitising when appropriate and possible and we encourage the wearing of facemasks.

Everyone is welcome to join the discussions, but in order to keep us all safe we will be restricting the number of people who can take part – Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a seat at a discussion. You can do this by sending an email to jane.vaughan@wiltshire.gov.uk tell her the name of the person/people who would like a seat and which discussion they are interested in attending.

 

Planned Programme:

10:30am – 2:30pm    Eco Fair

Eco-friendly produce, gifts, info stalls, refreshments

Get some tips that could save you money and perhaps save the planet!

Add your acorn pledge to our ‘Communitree’

 

11:15 am – 11:45am   ‘Blue & Green’  

How can we use our green spaces and water ways better and keep them safe?

Community discussion in the Corn Exchange (downstairs at the Town Hall)

 

11:30am – 2pm

Upcycling jewellery workshops for young people.

 

12 o-clock

Calne River Warriors river dipping at Beach Terrace

 

 12:15pm – 12:45pm   ‘Getting Around’

How can we travel to and around our town and villages and out into the countryside more sustainably using healthy, active types of transport.

Community discussion in the Corn Exchange (downstairs at the Town Hall)

 

1:30pm Unveiling of the Marden Valley Information Board by the Town Mayor

River Celebration (Friends of the Marden Valley)

River Blessing by Rev Bob Kenway

Declaration of the Rights of the Marden Valley

 

2pm  Japanese Drummers 

 

2.15pm Unveiling of the Abberd Brook board, by the Town Mayor and the River Warriors.

This programme has been developed in collaboration between Sustainable Calne, Calne Area Board (Wiltshire Council), Calne Without Parish Council, Calne Town Council and Friends of the Marden Valley.

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