Jubilee tides, takes and cakes!
The Jubilee weekend provided the perfect excuse for people to get together, whether in celebration of 70 years of the Queen’s reign, or to focus on issues affecting us at a local and global level (or for a bit of both!). Read on to see what CAG Devon groups got up to on Jubilee weekend.
In the run up to the jubilee weekend, Plastic Free North Devon had a great campaign #celebratethequeen #keepitgreen – with lots of top tips on running events but keeping the environmental impact low, something our CAG Devon groups are experts at.
In Dawlish it was fantastic to see so many families, locals and visitors alike, at the Turn the Tide Eco-Festival, organised by Dawlish against Plastic with support from Dawlish Town Council. The Lawns were full of local organisations taking action on the climate emergency at a local level. There was music, talks, plant sales, Hunt the Nurdles games, and cake, of course! The Devon Waste Education team ran games and bird feeder making sessions, and the Recycle Devon van made its first outing in three years, encouraging folk to make a Refill Pledge and use a refillable bottle. More than 100 people made the pledge on the day, including lots of children who were great at encouraging their parents and grandparents to do the same.
Down the road in Bishopsteignton, the new wellbeing garden was launched at the community allotment. This newly created tranquil area includes picnic benches made from recycled plastic bottles. There was plenty of cake, as there always is at a Sustainable Bishop event.
Meanwhile in Mid Devon, a Right Royal Feast was served up at ReRooted’s surplus food cafe, with a mouth-watering three course menu available on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
And over in Uffculme, a Jubilee Give and Take proved to a be a massive hit. Over 20 stalls, full of pre-loved treasure being given away. Great live music made it a sociable event, and the WI surpassed themselves with a fantastic spread of cakes – always the essential ingredient to a successful event. Uffculme Green Team estimate that 900 items found new homes, including hoovers, chairs, books and more. They are also delighted that the event “drew in new faces and not the just the usual suspects. It was light on organising time and had a really good feel to it. Definitely one to repeat!”.
All in all, plenty to celebrate over the weekend.