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Going Green at the Blue Idol

Over a hundred people attended a Sustainability Fair at the Blue Idol earlier this month, following a sell out Shipley Festival concert, with Andrew Bernardi, the evening before. The fair brought together over a dozen local organisations who are working towards saving our planet. Each organisation had a stand explaining their work and inviting everyone to “do their bit” towards sustainability. Wooden toys, organic food, reusable cups and containers, in fact, all manner of sustainable goods could be bought.

There were workshops and talks given during the afternoon, as well as activities for children, including a wildlife worksheet for children to use to explore the Blue Idol garden. Although it rained during the day, the organisers had pitched tents to keep the stalls dry, and there was even a tent for families to picnic in. Teas, coffees and cake were served in the Meeting House throughout the afternoon.

Carrie from Sussex Green Living said that she thought while they were often preaching to the converted it was good to reinforce and support each other today: “You realise you are not on your own”.

“It’s been great for networking,” said Helen from Horsham Repair Café, “I’ve made several new contacts”.

A member of West Sussex County Council commented: “Even though you think you know a lot about reuse and recycling there’s always something new to learn. I didn’t realise there was so much going on in the county”.

Sally & Eva Wrenwood, the main organisers of the afternoon, said how pleased they were with the event. They emphasised how important it is for us all to take responsibility and play our part. The concert organiser, Chrissie McGinn, explained: “We all need to sustain ourselves too, and the music on Friday evening helped to sustain and nourish the soul.”

The week-end was organised as part of the Horsham Year of Culture. The Blue Idol Quakers have organised a series of events reflecting different Quaker values each month. So far, they have looked at simplicity, equality and sustainability, and have future events about truth and integrity, peace, and hospitality. For further info about these and other events at the Blue Idol, please visit www.blueidol.org

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