The cakes were baked, the bunting was up and to cap it all the sun shone for the whole day ensuring that Yeovil Eco-Fair had a good turn out. The Fair though wasn’t just about bringing the community together for a fun day, it was about encouraging everyone to take better care of the planet – to show that making better lifestyle decisions and thinking about our everyday choices means we can ‘be the change’ that’s needed to help protect the environment.
So alongside the cakes and bunting, there were TED style talks from environmental professionals and lots of stalls also sharing the environmental messages of the day. Take No Wrap was one of those taking part, it is Yeovil’s first plastic free, Eco-friendly shop – their message; “Reuse – (what you already have), Refill – (what you already have) and Reduce – (don’t buy anymore than you need)!” Other stalls included Traidcraft, Costal Craft and the Somerset Waste Partnership.
Bishop Peter was among more than two hundred people who attended the Fair at Holy Trinity Church. Earlier this year Bishop Peter together with Bishop Ruth launched the #LentLivingWell Environmental Challenge to encourage us all take better care of God’s world. “Our care for the environment and for all that God has created is an obligation for us as Christians and part of our response to the gospel. What we now know about climate change and the impact we humans make on the world we live in, means that it is imperative that we take this responsibility seriously. The Earth is our home. It is beautiful beyond words. It is God’s gift to us and so we must take care of it.”
Organiser Sara Jeffrey says the day was a great success. “We were delighted that Bishop Peter came to the Eco-Fair, it was a huge encouragement. Feedback from everyone who came and those who took part was great, so much so that we are already planning another event for next year.”
Many stall holders say they took more than £100 on the day and overall £79 was made for the Church Building Fund.