Eco Fair/Green Weekend, Saturday 2nd October

WETHERBY METHODIST CHURCH, BANK STREET & WETHERBY TOWN HALL, MARKET SQUARE

10am to 4pm

Free entry, Displays, Eco Product sales, Presentations, Children’s Activities, Competitions, Raffle prizes, Cake stalls, Plants, refreshments and lots more. Come along and join in the fun!

What did you miss? all these craft activities at Wetherby Methodist Church;

10am – 11am Bottle Stuffing with non-recyclable plastic to make an eco-brick. And cConstruct a purse for yourself using a drink’s carton

11am – 12pm See how to make a rag rug to recycle your fabrics and put the technique into practice by making a corsage

12pm – 1pm  See how to assemble a bird box for your garden or make a bug hotel to keep the bugs snug

1pm – 2pm    Reuse fabric using the kantha technique and repair using Japanese art of boro

2pm -3pm     Sew your own ‘I’m going green heart badge’

Presentations at Wetherby Methodist Church include;

10.30am and 1.30pm ALL RIVERS GREAT AND SMALL, THE WHARFE. Mark Barrow
Come and see the River Wharfe from the world of an underwater film-maker: two short video presentations showcasing life in the river including one on critically endangered fish and the pressure the river is facing and its future.

11.30am and 2.30pm A short introduction to the Climate Emergency and what you can do about it, read more here. Adrian Balcombe
Did you know at least 75% of your family household carbon footprint can be reduced by actions you can take? For the future of your family and friends, come and find out what are the easy changes that have a big impact on reducing your carbon footprint and take home an action challenge sheet to continuing making a difference.

Calculate your environmental footprint, click here.

12.30pm and 3.30pm Tearfund Alan Bell
Video presentation on how climate change is affecting poorer nations and how Tearfund is working to turn the tide on the climate crisis.

At Wetherby Methodist Church, you missed a great variety of information from;

BetterWetherby, Boston Spa Refills, Boston Spa, Wetherby & Villages Community Green Group, Butterfly Conservation, Environmental Strategies, Reading Roots, Single Use Alternatives, SJTsArt, Tropic Natural Beauty, U3A, Wetherby Civic Society, Wetherby Lions, Woodland Creation LCC & Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Along with cake stalls, plant stalls, ecocrafts and how to make bird boxes/bug hotels.

Refreshments were available in the Church Hall throughout the day

In the Town Hall, we had representatives from;

Wetherby Town Council Climate Emergency group, Leeds City Council Sustainability showcasing an electric bike!, Wetherby in Bloom sharing tips on composting, Car 2 go (Harrogate carshare club), Originalway (as featured at Wetherby market), Wetherby Lions & Leeds Solar, along with cake and raffle stalls.

Artwork from local children and artists on the theme of Climate change was also on display at both venues.

Raffle prizes, kindly donated by local businesses and friends: Morrisons, Bike Shack, Reading Roots Bookshop, Castlegate Stationers, Wetherby Whaler, Artisan Cheese Company, Touchwood and Johnson and Sons.

£50 Voucher, from Bike Shack (green 104)          

Hamper from Johnsons fruit & veg (red 184)

2 x £5 vouchers from Reading Roots bookshop (green 116)

Selection of Eco stationery from Castlegate stationery (red 218) 

£10 Voucher from Artisan Cheese shop (white 361)

Packets of veg and flower seeds from Touchwood Hardware (white 292)

5l Ecover dishwashing liquid from Sandra Ellen (white 396)

A fleece throw  (white 373)

Double oven gloves (red 258)

Bosanna men’s sponge bag & toiletries (red 73)

4 x high ball glasses (white 326)

Eco food waste table (red 183, red 212 & white 257)

Book ‘Allotment month by month’ (red 188)                                         

Reusable veg bags (white 254)

Box of match makers chocolates (white 291)

Morrisons £10 gift voucher (red 145, white 392 & red 91)

Set of travel bottles (red 253)

So much to see and do, please come along and find out more about what you can do to help with the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies.

We are running a Eco Warrior Trail for children from Monday 27th September. Please visit Wetherby Library to collect the simple quiz from then & view the window display. Enjoy a wander round the towns shop windows to answer the 12 questions. Completed answer sheets should be handed in at the Town Hall as part of the EcoFair on Saturday 2nd October, to receive your Eco Warrior badge.

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Sunday 3rd October 2021

10am – 11am   Wetherby Methodist Church Service on an Eco theme – followed by refreshments

2pm – 3.30pm        Wetherby Guided Town Walk

Wetherby Civic Society invite you to come and join our FREE guided walk through Wetherby’s history. Hear and see how our town developed from the building of the castle in 1145, through the building of its bridge, the great fire of 1723, the town’s sale in 1824 up until the installation of the Leaping Salmon in 2000. During the walk we shall visit the Georgian Bath House and Gardens and hear how it was used. No booking required. Just meet at the bandstand on the Riverside Car Park ready to start the walk at 2.00pm. The full walk takes about 90 minutes.

Event organiser, Ingrid McLaughlin of the Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Community Green Group said, ‘The historic walk, organised by the Civic Society, illustrated how the town has coped with many challenges over the centuries. We are now faced with the immense challenge of climate change. It affects us all, so it is pleasing that we had such a good turnout for the Eco Fair. Hopefully people will have gone away with some new ideas in how we can all play our part in helping to make a positive difference.”

Fellow organiser, Sandra Ellen, said “With COP 26 just a few weeks away, we wanted to do our bit at a local level. I want to thank all those who took part in the displays and the local businesses who donated prizes for our raffle. It was gratifying that a large number of people came along and showed such interest. Now we need the politicians and world leaders to show commitment at COP 26, followed by real action.”

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