The LiveSimply parish in Leamington Spa are coming together this April to hold their first LiveSimply fayre which will help to educate the local community on how they can live more simply and of course, have lots of fun as well!
After making changes within their community, St Peter the Apostle Church, Leamington Spa, became the first parish in the Diocese to receive the LiveSimply Award.
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On Saturday 16 April, 10.30am-3.00pm at Dormer Place Conference Centre, they plan to hold their first LiveSimply fayre. It promises to be a fun family event with lots of children’s activities and adult talks to get involved in.
Jenny Armstrong, a parishioner at St Peter’s said:
“I’ve been volunteering with Fairtrade for a long time; I got involved with CAFOD due to the LiveSimply award around four or five years ago. We got LiveSimply award at St Peters last year.
“We usually do something for Fairtrade fortnight but this year we wanted to do something similar but plus and combine it with our LiveSimply principle. We invited green organisations as well as our Fairtrade stall and children’s activities. There will be a light lunch of soup and parishioners will make cake.
“Local companies who sell Fairtrade and organic clothes will also be at the fayre; one local company makes sustainable nappies for children and one of the parishioners has an ethical clothing sportswear business.
“St Peters school are doing ‘Leamington in a shoebox’ with recycled materials. There will also be lots of other activities to get the child involved including colouring, icing and lots of Fairtrade bananas! We don’t use it to make money but we usually make a little bit from the raffle, it all helps.”
Locally charity Action 21 will be attending; they recycle almost anything. They are doing an up-cycling workshop so people can learn to redo old garments. Another local community supported agriculture scheme, Canalside are attending to talk about their produce shares.
LiveSimply have three principles: live in solidarity with people in poverty, live simply and live sustainably with creation. If your parish can demonstrate nine ways in which they are putting into action the LiveSimply values then they can apply for the award.
The LiveSimply award it is a great opportunity to inspire and encourage your local community to act and be witness to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si during the Year of Mercy.
Learn more about becoming a LiveSimply parish