Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In the pipeline for the Big Green Weekend

We had a very productive initial Big Green Weekend planning meeting on Monday 15th of September.

A whole range of ideas were discussed over coffee and cake, from inviting influential authors to having a band of handmade ukulele players in St Georges Square. To view the minutes, click here.

As a result of this meeting, and events since then, the situation has developed on various fronts.

  • The Picture House manager has expressed a willingness to work together with the BGW to both show appropriate movies and to enable a fashion show of vintage, re-made, handmade, and otherwise ethical clothing to be held. They are also interested in the idea of a competition for amateur film-makers to produce a short film with some kind of "green theme."

  • Lynn Breeze has invited author and celebrated feminist Elaine Morgan to come and give a talk. We are delighted to say Elaine has accepted.

  • Kate Sweeny's idea for a debate on "green issues" with the parliamentary candidates from all the main parties is going ahead and will be chaired by the Rev Tony Buglass, probably in the Hebden Bridge Methodist Church on the Saturday morning.

  • Janet Oosthuysen will head up a "children's subgroup" to engage with schools and groups like Woodcraft Folk , as well as using other media, to make sure that local children get the most out (and put the most in) to the event.

  • Nick Totton will be organising an organic open gardens trail.

  • Photographer Steve Morgan will be exhibiting some of the dramatic images he captured whilst on assignment with Greenpeace.

  • To enable better access for all, the Green Market will be held on a road (or maybe two) instead of the uneven surface at the marina.

  • The market traders who come will be restricted to only those based within a radius of 35 miles of Hebden Bridge. The fees for traders will be around half of what they were at the 2008 event. Interested traders should email info@biggreenweekend.org.uk in the first instance.

  • The Trades Club have made their premises available throughout the weekend. The idea of benefit gigs for climate change activist groups has been provisionally agreed.

  • It looks as though the Hole in t'Wall will be teaming up with the Little Valley Brewery for a weekend-long "Organic Beer Festival". They will also be hosting various events at the pub.

  • The Hebden Bridge Junior Band, comprising thirty local 9 to 19 year olds, have offered their services and hopefully will perform at the opening ceremony.

  • We are delighted to say that independent consultant and project manager Holly Hesson has joined the co-ordinating team, initially to seek funding for aspects of the Big Green Weekend, developing into a media relations role as the event gets closer.

Our next Big Green Weekend planning meeting will be held on Monday November 17th at 11am in the Hole in t'Wall. All are welcome!

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