28 Feb 2014

Stroud events with a Green flavour

Gloucestershire Green Fair
Sat 1st March, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester, GL1 2HN

The day will be a showcase of local businesses, producers, suppliers, charities and community groups sharing ideas and expertise on green living. There will be kids activities including arts and crafts by Global Arts, story telling by Ropert Mckenzie and animals from St. James City Farm along with cookery demos focusing on allotment grown produce from Natural Cookery School, shabby chic furniture refinishing by Reclaim and advice on bike repairs from Gloucestershire Bike Project throughout the day, admission is free. Vision 21’s Get Up and Grow More project officer Erin Baker will be on hand to offer top tips on growing your own ranging from a full-on allotment to growing in containers.

 Seed Swap SVP Eco Shop Saturday 1st March, 10-30am - 1pm, Start your gardening year with the Stroud Valleys Project Seed Swap! Bring along any seeds that you have saved from your garden, or any packets of seeds that you have spare, and swap them for some different varieties. Free event, donations appreciated For more information please contact Clare or Tamsin on 01453 753358

Fukushima Day, Tuesday March 11th, 2014 
It really can’t be as bad weather as last year can it!!  We really hope for a good turnout. Please tell your friends about it and bring along everyone you can.  We will be right opposite the Nuclear waste site at Berkeley and just upstream from Oldbury. So we think the press and TV cameras will be interested in the spectacle.
Here are the plans: 3.30 pm  We meet at the Standing Stones and picnic tables at Lydney Harbour. (See later for directions). We shall collect up messages, poems, drawings, etc, that people want to send to the people of Fukushima. Best if these are done before we get there – just in case it is raining – though there will be an opportunity to write messages using the picnic tables to lean on if need be. They will all be collected in a ‘radioactive waste bin’ – (good visuals for the TV cameras). These messages will be translated into Japanese for us and sent to the Mayor of Fukushima. 3.45 pm We will read out a personal message from Jonathon Porritt (unfortunately unable to be with us) and hear short speeches from Molly Scott Cato, Green candidate MEP for the South West and Steve Parry-Hearne, Labour candidate for the Forest of Dean. 4.00 pm We will take the short walk to the harbour wall where we will throw flowers into the river to a background of Japanese music.
In case you don’t know Lydney Harbour or the harbour area, Head for Lydney Station, cross the level crossing and just keep going until the main road ends just before it turns into a narrow lane by the sign to Lydney Golf Club. You can park your car in the main road alongside the small concrete blocks by the closed down factory. Take the first bridge over the canal and straight ahead of you there is a short slope up to the standing stones. There is wheelchair access (though it might be a bit muddy).
So. You need to:
a. Write a message to the people of Fukushima if you wish.
b. Bring a flower with you.
c. Work out transport for you and others. We hope that people with cars will be able to offer lifts to others from their area. 
Please email me or telephone if you are able to offer a lift – saying how many spare seats you have and where you are coming from, or if you need a lift, saying where you live. I’ll try and put you all in touch with each other.
There is no direct bus service to Lydney Harbour so it is best if you can get a lift. If you are arriving at Lydney Bus Station or Lydney train station let us know the time of your arrival and we will arrange for someone to pick you up.
Please join us and help to make this an important and memorable day for the people living in the shadow of Oldbury and Berkeley.
Please email barbara@standagainstoldbury.org or ring 01291 689327 to ask for lifts or to offer them.
Best wishes,
Barbara, for STAND against Oldbury

For your information: there will be a Rally in London on the following Saturday organized by London CND. March and Rally: Remember Fukushima: no to Nuclear Power 12:30pm, 15th March, Marching from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament On 15th March we will mark the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima disaster with a march and rally from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament. Meet at 12:30pm at Hyde Park Corner near the exits to Hyde Park from Hyde Park Corner tube. March starts 1:00pm, will go past the Japanese Embassy and the offices of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, finishing outside Parliament. Join us for the whole march or find us from 3:00-4:30pm at a rally with speakers and music on Old Palace Yard opposite the Houses of Parliament.

For further info contact London Region CND on 020 7607 2302.


Storytelling for a Greener World with Jonathon Porritt and Alida Gersie: 11 April, 7.30pm; Stroud Subscription  Rooms. How can environmental organisations use storytelling to engage visitors, students, members, staff and the community with nature? And enable pro-environmental change?

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