Aim of the event. To involve the people of Beaminster in the campaign to create a greener and more resilient town; and to offer practical ideas on how we can all reduce living costs, cut waste, reduce our carbon footprint, encourage wildlife, enjoy local food, plant trees and make our homes more energy-efficient. People from other villages will be welcome.
- 9am to 12 noon Display on The Square, Beaminster, centred on the Prout Bridge Bus and adjoining tent and gazebo, with children’s activities. This will attract public attention, and encourage people to visit the Green Roadshow
- 10:30am to 2:30pm Green Roadshow in Beaminster Public Hall, with stands, displays, activities and information laid on by many organisations. There will be children’s activities and free refreshments.
Displays. The displays on the Square or in the Public Hall will include :
- Beaminster Eco-Church Group, with Tradecraft products for sale
- Green Living Project – Sustainable Dorset
- Trees and shrubs (including sale) – Beaminster Area ECO Group
- Wildlife in your garden – Dorset Wildlife Trust
- Bees – a hive display
- Food – with sales and advice on growing vegetables - Vital Roots, Netherbury
- Sustainable You – Beaminster School
- Plastic Free Beamínster – Beamínster Town Council
- Community Orchard – Beaminster Town Council
- Eco-School activity – St Mary’s Academy (to be confirmed)
- Open Greener Homes – Dorset Climate Action Network
- Retrofit of energy-inefficient homes – a company invited by the Town Council
- Electric bicycles – Rose and Paul Rychnovsky
- A display of litter from the Town Litter Pick of 11 September
Children’s activities. Painting &d other creative activity on Tthe Square & in the Public Hall
Free Refreshments – organised by Beaminster Women’s Institute : refreshments to be free of charge, but with invitation for donations.
Publicity – the event is being publicised through
- Posters in many parts of the town
- Promotional leaflets delivered to every household in the parish
- Banners mounted before the event in The Square and on the Public Halls
- Articles in local media
- Invitations to children through all local schools and the youth club.
Costs – Beaminster Town Council is covering the cost of using the Public Hall; printing of posters and leaflets and banners; and transport of display panels. £100 from the Area ECO Group to pay for catering materials, plus equipment for children’s activities.
Voluntary help – this event, organised at relatively short notice, has attracted the help of very many volunteers, including those who are organising displays and children’s activities, distributing leaflets and organising equipment. Included are young people from Young Farmers Club, Army Cadets and Scouts, plus catering by a team from the Women’s Institute. This is a first remarkable example of the strength of the Beaminster ECO Network.