After becoming a Live Simply Parish last year, parishioners at St Peter’s, Leamington Spa decided that they wanted to share their ideas on how to live simply with their local community. On Saturday 16 April, Parishioners invited the community to attend their first live Simply Fayre and it was a great success, enjoyed by all.
I got to speak to Jenny Armstrong who helped organise the fayre and she shared her experiences of the day, she said:
“A range of local charities and businesses showed how they can help us improve the environment by recycling – clothes, household goods, bikes and grow our own or buy organic vegetables from the local community enterprise.
“Others were selling organic, ethical clothes and showing modern cotton nappies. A local artist showed how she makes willow baskets and another young artist had a very popular workshop with children making paper birds.
“We were able to flag up concerns with Palm Oil via a display and a member of our Justice and Peace group talked to people about Green energy.
“St Peter’s school wowed us with an array of junk modelling shoe boxes depicting ‘Leamington in a shoebox’. We had models of churches, the Pump room, Jephson gardens, the golf course, football fields, and lots of shops.
“The children’s imaginations were wonderfully expressed. Trinity school also gave us some good ideas for upcycling and encouraged attendees to do a chocolate tasting competition.
“The café did a roaring trade with various homemade soups and lots of parishioners very tasty cakes, they were selling like… hot cakes!
“Local shops supported our raffle and gave prizes for the competition. As a result of all this we were made over £356, and a large chunk of this will be sent to Traidcraft Exchange for their work.
“We now have some more ideas for our next event and offers of interest. The parishioners, friends and local community at St Peter’s Leamington Spa had a simply super time.”
Thank you to Jenny and everyone at St Peter’s Leamington Spa for holding a lovely day to help people learn more about living greener.
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