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May-June News and Activities

posted 22 May 2018, 06:43 by Martyn Goss

1. Attached is an outline for a Rogationtide service from Canon Brian Davis. If it is too late for 2018 you might like to store for next year for marking the beginning of the Spring planting time.

2. Church Times Green Health Awards. The Church Times has launched new award scheme in National Gardening Week to encourage churches to use their green spaces to help communities benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. This is hoped specially to promote links between nature and human health.

The awards are open to all churches and other Christian organisations in the UK and the deadline for applications is 31 July 2018. The make-up of the judging panel, and details of the Green Health Live conference will be published shortly. For more information, and an entry form, visit: www.churchtimes.co.uk/green-health-awards

3. Devon Development Education has launched its summer programme from May to July. Please see attached.

4. Cherishing Our Churchyards week takes place from 9th-17th June. This is a chance to recognise and celebrate the natural and historical richness they contain. See details attached from David Curry.

The Devon Living Churchyards project now has a new standing display which will be used initially at the Buckfast Abbey Millennium Fair on 1st June. (photo enclosed)

If you would like to borrow this for your own future event please contact David by email: david.curry@arocha.org

As part of this work a target workshop on bees and beehives in churchyards will be held on 15th September (see poster attached). Places are limited and booking essential.

5. Plymouth Green Book Club will be reading Richard Mabey’s book ‘Cabaret of Plants’ on 12th June at 6.30pm in the University’s Babbage Building (see attached)

6. Double Elephant is offering a free print animation workshop on Saturday 7th July 2018. Two sessions:10am - 12.30pm or 1.30– 4pm, at Top Studio, Exeter Phoenix Centre. Be a part of a new project helping Climate Scientists to tell their and your climate stories in innovative ways… (attached)

7. Devon’s Orchards are particularly affected by temperature change and over the past 60 years Devon’s mean temperature has increased by 20 C giving us a climate similar to that of mid-west France.

Apples and pears are flowering 4 to 6 weeks earlier than they were 20 years ago and in the south of the country pears are getting easier to grow and ripen. Likewise, warmer climate apples such as Braeburn and Gala can now be grown.

Check the planner on the Orchard Network's web site and see what jobs you could be doing in the orchard now.

https://ptes.org/campaigns/traditional-orchard-project/orchard-year-planner/

8. ReGen (formerly ReGenSW) has just published a report on the ‘Devon Community Energy Impact Report’ and it has plenty of useful data demonstrating the added value of locally owned, grassroots energy activity. This includes churches participating in community energy schemes with their finance, buildings and volunteers.

The generation of 17,431 MWh of clean, green and community-owned energy, which can power 3,423 homes a year, and has saved 6,080 tonnes of CO2 emissions, are great achievements. But the thing that has stuck with me about this report is the story behind it, the ordinary people involved in community energy who mostly volunteer their time to install renewables and to tackle fuel poverty. Th
ey are taking direct action to run successful community businesses, motivated by climate change and social injustice, rather than profit for profit’s sake. The 23 community energy organisations in this report have supported 2,717 homes to save money on energy bills and use energy more efficiently, some of them track the impacts of their work on people’s quality of life and have found that community energy makes people happier. See details:
by clicking here

9. Exeter Eco Diocese continues to develop slowly and a gathering with Bishop Nick McKinnell to progress Eco Churches in Devon will be held at St. Edward’s, Eggbuckland, Plymouth on 24th October (poster attached).

EcoChurch SouthWest will be mailing readings and reflections during the Season of Creation/Creationtide again in 2018. Details will be posted on their website here in the coming months.

10. Devon Churches Rural Forum conference on the theme of Re-imagining Rural Ministry takes place at Cullompton Community Centre on 28th July. Details are on the poster enclosed.

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