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Thursday, 09 September 2021 07:05

HARVEST FESTIVAL 11 and 12 September 2021

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This year we will be using material from Fairtrade for our harvest celebration and taking part in the “Great Big Green Week”.  This will conclude our third quarter focus on Fairtrade.

Many of those benefitting from better living conditions, due to working with Fairtrade, are also directly affected by global warning.  During this year’s harvest we are asked by Fairtrade to highlight the climate change crisis and encourage everyone to play their part in reducing carbon emissions.  At our Outreach Group meeting in July, we discussed how our domestic waste is recycled.  Many items which producers say can be recycled, cannot be placed in our domestic recycling bin.  The policy determining which materials most of us can recycle is made by Hampshire County Council and Veolia under Project Integra.

As a harvest project we would like to collect as many signatories as possible to send a petition to Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council and on the board of Project Integra.  The petition is to ask Hampshire County Council to allow a wider range of recyclable domestic waste through the fortnightly recycling collection system.  The main barriers to recycling more materials is the lack of centres for sorting recycled material; there are currently only two in Hampshire. This lack of facilities can give rise to illegal exports of so-called recycled materials to other countries. 

Would you be able to volunteer to collect these signatures around the town on Saturday, 11 September so as many signatures as possible can be collected on the petition?  This will also be available for you to sign at our Harvest Festival service on 12 September.  If you would like to take part in collecting signatures, please contact me.  If you are unable to attend but would like to sign, please let me know.  We hope to share our petition with other churches and communities within Romsey to widen the reach. If you would like a sheet to share, again, please let me know.

On Sunday, 12 September at our Harvest service we will be collecting dry, tinned and fresh produce which will be taken after the service to the RCS Community Pantry which is based at Unit 7 Dukes Mill in Romsey.  They are very happy to receive our harvest donations.

Please read the News section of the worship sheet for updates on their most popular items.

The principle of the Pantry is to give those in need the opportunity to have a ‘helping hand’, by getting food for a small membership fee per visit.  The Pantry provides a wide range of fresh, frozen and ambient food, giving households reassurance, support to manage and budget and reducing food entering land fill.  Their opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-12 noon; twilight hours on Wednesdays 4pm-6pm. 

Following our Harvest service on 12 September, weather permitting, we propose to hold a Harvest Fairtrade picnic in the Memorial Park. If the weather is inclement, we will use the hall. 

There is no need to sign up to attend, just arrive in the park for 12 noon with your Fairtrade Picnic.  How many Fairtrade items can you include in your picnic hamper? Come and share your picnic recipes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Bevan

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