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Bradford Earth Care News
Number 14: 6 July 2011


Dear John,

1. Green Apostles (Deanery Green Coordinators)
2. Upcoming events in the Bradford Diocese or nearby.
Other items:
3. Methodists commit to carbon reduction pledge
4. School Assemblies to be led by Churches Together in Allerton and
Fairweather Green 'Green Group' on Recycling and Renewable Energy
5. Important Wildflowers in Austwick Church Cemetery
6. Bishop's Walk up Pen y Ghent
7. Lichens at Hurst Green Church
8. Lambing Service at Keasden in May
9. Live Simply Awards
10. FAB - Farsley Alternative Bags

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1. GREEN APOSTLES (DEANERY GREEN COORDINATORS)

Each Deanery now has a "Green Apostle" - i.e. a Deanery Green
Coordinator. One of the roles of that person is to help and
encourage Parish Green/Environment Representatives. The "Apostles"
were appointed in 2010

Some Deaneries have held meetings where the Green Parish
Representatives can meet and encourage each other.

It is possible for individual parishes to have more than one green
representative.. indeed it is better because pairs or triplets of
people can support each other and get more going.

If you feel that looking after the environment is an
important issue please get in touch with your Deanery "Green Apostle"
(It doesn't matter whether you are "high up" in your local church
committees or just "fringe")
Similarly, if you know anyone else who might be interested, please
let them know.

Jean Bailey, Airedale Deanery jean_richard@btinternet.com
Rosie Tudge, Calverly Deanery rosietudge@btinternet.com
Marilyn Banister, Otley Deanery marilyn@ecoworld.co.uk
Margaret Barker, Bowland Deanery - mbarker@austwick.org
Andy Ive, Ewecross Deanery andy.ive@btinternet.com
Gerald Partridge, South Craven - gerald.partridge@bradford.anglican.org
Revd Jonathan Nicholas, Bowling and Horton Deanery
jonathan.nicholas@bradford.anglican.org
Skipton Deanery -- Green Apostle needed

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2. HERE ARE UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE DIOCESE OR NEARBY:

Fri 8 July - Farsley Alternative Bag Fund Raising Meal
7.00pm - St John's Church Hall, Farsley
£15 Tickets from Rosie Tudge 0113 2570059
----IT IS NECESSARY TO BOOK----

(Farsley Alternative Bag, the FAB in other words),
Aims of the FAB:- cut the plastic and shop locally.
(More Details and fantastic menu at end)

15 July - BEAT (Bradford Environmental Action Trust)
http://www.beat.org.uk/ are organising a
Buildings Energy Audit meeting to give help with ways of
auditing energy usage and reducing it. It is at
Addingham Memorial hall on Friday 15 July at 1:30pm to
4:30 pm. No charge for this. Led by BEAT's building
consultant.

15 July - Hebden Bridge - 7pm. A public talk by Alistair McIntosh
(see below)

15-17 July Hebden Bridge, W. Yorks. - Schumacher North Networked
College For Sustainability Spiritual Activism- A
Weekend Residential Course with Alastair McIntosh -
Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden
Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 7DD - (Residential
accommodation at Hebden Bridge Hostel, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG)
http://bit.ly/md3MQb

16 July Clapham, N. Yorks Open Day at Growing with Grace Quaker
inspired Organic greenhouses. 11am 1pm 3pm Guided walk
rounds. (But call in at the greenhouses any day except
Sundays to the shop and see the greenhouses then and
buy some vegetables- in fact it may be open some Sundays
this summer) - It's on the A65, half way between
Lancaster/Kendal and Skipton. Plus find out about an
opportunity to buy shares in this community project.
Closing date for shares is end of July. Minimum amount =
£100 http://www.growingwithgrace.org.uk/

24 Jul Ingleton, N Yorks St Mary's Church Ingleton -
Presentation of EcoCongregation Award by Bishop Nick of
Bradford. 10.30am.- The church carried out many
activities as a result of their green audit. They have
plans to make the church better insulated. The
proposed modifications to the church will be from
reclaimed material where possible. They have a botany
project ongoing in the churchyard.

Sat 30 July - Hurst Green Church (near Clitheroe) -
BUGS AND BIRDS -talk and BUG HUNT led by by Phil Dykes
(Nature Reserve Officer),

1 Sept - 2nd Sun in Oct World This year's Creation Time focuses on
'Our daily bread - Food in God's Creation'. There are
lots of resources that could be used for Harvest
Festivals etc. See:- http://www.ctbi.org.uk/542

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3. METHODISTS COMMIT TO CARBON REDUCTION PLEDGE

The Methodist Church has "Conference" each year when decisions about
the church are made. It is taking place this week at Southport.
Two days ago on Monday 4th July,
The Methodist Conference agreed that failure to acknowledge the
urgent need for radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions was "morally
irresponsible" in a statement adopted by the Church today.
http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/news/latest-news/methodists-commit-to-carbon-reduction-pledge

The church launched a page about reducing the carbon footprint in
small medium and large churches
http://www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=opentoworld.content&cmid=3474
The Methodist church has a useful book(let) ?Hope in God?s Future?
about climate change which was was produced in 2009 (It costs £5-00
or you can download it free) - You can use it for discussion groups.
http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/southport-2011/2011-07-04/1630-pm/36-hope-in-god's-future-proposed-statement-of-the-conference
and you can read the report at
http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/media/44055/36..pdf

I am glad that lower down the statement it includes (amongst many
other sections) the section:-

4.8 The need for action in relation to other environmental issues
In addressing the issue of climate change, we must also recognize that it is only one of
many environmental issues requiring attention by our Churches: related issues include
concern for:
* threats to biodiversity;
* deforestation;
* water shortages;
* depletion of non-renewable resources; and
* the impact of rapid rises in human population.
Climate change is but one manifestation of the impact of a global industrialised economy.
Action in response to climate change will ameliorate the impact of some of these
environmental challenges, but it is also required in these other areas.

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4. SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES ON RECYCLING AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TO BE LED BY
CHURCHES TOGETHER GREEN GROUP IN ALLERTON AND FAIRWEATHER GREEN

Tomorrow (Thursday 7 July) will be the first of five school
assemblies to be led by Churches Together Green Group in Allerton and
Fairweather Green. the
topic will be Recycling and Renewable Energy. They will visit Crossly
Hall Junior School.
Details from Jean Bailey jean_richard@btinternet.com

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5. IMPORTANT WILDFLOWERS IN AUSTWICK CHURCH CEMETERY :-

http://rainforest-save.blogspot.com/2011/07/austwick-church-cemetery-haven-for.html
I took photos of many of the flowers here last week.
Over 98 of England's flower rich grassland has been lost, but at
Austwick they are fortunate to have over 15 "Hay Meadow/Old grassland
indicator species" at the burial ground (This is a very high score)

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6. BISHOP'S WALK UP PEN Y GHENT (as recorded by me!)

www.christian-ecology.org.uk/pyg.htm

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7. LICHENS 'CHURCH GOES WILD' AFTERNOON AT HURST GREEN CHURCH - SIX YEAR OLDS UPWARDS

'Church' and 'wild' are not usually two words you would see together-
but St John's, Hurst Green near Clitheroe, held the first of a series
of events on Saturday 4 June, called 'Church Goes Wild'.

These events will contribute to their 3rd Eco Congregation Award.

The first event focused on the miniature world of lichens and the
afternoon was led by Cumbria naturalist, Dr Allan Pentecost. He
explained how churchyards could be very rich habitats for lichens,
due to the variety of stone and the undisturbed environment.
One participant (and friends) was celebrating a 6th birthday..
Read more at
www.christian-ecology.org.uk/lichens-at-hurst-green.htm

and come to the BUG HUNT on Sat 30 July - Hurst Green Church (near
Clitheroe) - BUGS AND BIRDS -talk and BUG HUNT led by by Phil Dykes
(Nature Reserve Officer)

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8. LAMBING SERVICE AT KEASDEN

I sent in a photo of the lambing service at Keasden about 6 weeks ago
and it appeared in the Methodist Recorder last week!

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9. LIVE SIMPLY AWARDS

To those of you who are Catholic, and to all of you who have Catholic
Friends, do tell them about the Live Simply Award: this is a national
prize for Catholic Parishes putting their faith into action ... From
"greening" church buildings to Fair Trade, there are many ways to win
an award.

Last week I saw one of the books (A4 brochures) that introduce people
to the award and audit and they are very colourful.

There are good links and resources on www.livesimplyaward.org.uk

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10. MORE ON FAB:

8th July - Farsley Alternative Bag Fund Raising Meal
7.00pm - St John's Church Hall, Farsley
£15 Tickets from Rosie Tudge 0113 2570059
----IT IS NECESSARY TO BOOK----

(Farsley Alternative Bag, the FAB in other words),
Aims of the FAB:- cut the plastic and shop locally.

Rosie Tudge writes:- We are a group in Farsley made up of
Churches Together, local schools and 1st Farsley Guides.

We have had an amazing response from local shops. We are pushing the
FAB with two aims in mind: cut the plastic and shop locally. We have liaised
with Supreme Creations who do a Fairtrade cotton bag. A local printers in
Pudsey will print the names of all the traders on the reverse side of the
bag. If you fancy a good meal come to our fundraising dinner made up of
home-grown produce and locally bought meat.

Menu:- Melon Medley - Salad with Bacon bits -
Coddled Eggs - Home Baked Bread with dips

Roast Turkey - Vegetarian Pie
all with veg & roast potatoes
Fish Pie - Paella made on the spot

Mini Pavlova - Hot Fruit Sponge
Apricot Torte - Cheese Board

Coffee, Teas (Earl Grey or Breakfast) & Chocolates

Tap Water available free - bring your own drinks if you want more
Raffle.

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Do you know of any more events?

Looking forward to hearing from you

Please support your Green Apostle.

Best wishes

Judith Allinson

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