Thursday, June 4, 2009

BGW roll of honour!

Well, that's another Big Green Weekend completed, and what a belter it was!

The weather was absolutely glorious and Hebden Bridge was thronging with people (and other strange creatures) all out for a good time in the sun.

Come and see us again in 2010, for an even bigger event!

The whole weekend was made possible by a massive community effort so much gratitude (in no particular order) goes to the following local heroes: John Walker of Calderdale Markets who organised the Green Market at Bridge Gate together with the unflappable Pete, Christine McCafferty, our local MP, who opened the event for the second year in a row, John Beacroft-Mitchell, Hebden Royd's new mayor who also helped open the event and used the occasion to highlight the town's longterm commitment to sustainability, all of the Green Market Traders, Dave Boardman who provided space at The Trades Club to put on certain events such as music nights, storytelling and film-showings, Andrew Kim who arranged the fantastic street acts including Veronica from his company, Thingumajig Theatre, Bell & Bullock and Faceless street art, Kate Dakers and the Box4Fitness team of Emma, Liz, Toni, Vicky, Lesley, Sam, Lilly and Sooze who looked after the street theatre, Marc Collett, who arranged for Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band to provide us with music for the opening, Billy Painter who helped get us web coverage and the Painters Chronicle team who helped hand out flyers over the weekend, the Buskers who came and played for us, Abby Lowe from the Alternative Technology Centre who provided space and inspiration for many exhibitions, talks and workshops over the course of BGW 08 and 09 and has been there, in the thick of things, since the very beginning, Eddy Beesley for organising films at the Trades Club, Bear, the Ians, Lizzie, Sally, Natja and many others from Hebden Bridge Transition Town who, amongst other things, created the amazing Secret Garden Party and organised the showing of the Age of Stupid at the Hebden Bridge Picture House, Jonny Courtney of the Picture House for graciously agreeing to show it, Justin Pringle of The Hole In t'Wall who provided entertainment such as music nights as well as a BBQ during the day, all the people who visited the Green Market, Helen Parnel from Spirals who provided workshops for “green” clothing, food, house-hold items as well as taking part in the fashion show to present some of their clothing and contributing financially towards the cost of staging the weekend, Hannah Jones from The Cats Pyjamas, Beate Kubitz from Makepiece, Tansy Dyer, the independent clothes designer and maker, Mari Piper from Mama-licious, all of whom were involved with the Big Green Fashion Show, all of the models, Jane Hurn for being the steady hand at the end of the runway (in many ways), Peter Findlay who peformed an Interactive Storytelling event for children and families at The Trades Club, the tireless Janet Oosthuysen who arranged a number of different childrens activities such as getting a facepainter and a balloon modeller in St.Georges Square as well as spending the hottest hours of each day of the weekend making things with kids there and getting them all well and truly involved in the BGW, Fran Orford for his cartioons, Skylight Circus Arts who put on a workshop teaching circus skills for various age groups, another total trooper in Marcus Bull from the Hope Baptist Church which hosted a number of different activities such as the fashion show, Earth Connect and a Celtic Worship service, as well as lugging around a PA, photocopying, stapling etc, Helene Fletcher who organised the Green Art Exhibition at the Arts Festival Shop, the artists who exhibited, Nick Totton whose vision and dedication led to the Organic Gardens Trail, Steve Morgan whose amazing photography was exhibited at the ATC, Karen Marshall from The Banyan Tree, which held a number of organic health and beauty workshops over the course of BGW09, John Speake from the Methodist Church for letting us use the hall, Susan Quick who helped organise a theatre workshop to commemerate the life of Augusto Boal, Filo Ianni who ran the Drumming Circle at Central Street, Pamela Parkinson who gave a “What is a green building?” talk at the ATC, Martin Robinson from Valley Fibres who held spinning workshops and exhibition at the ATC, Tony Buglass who chaired The Big Green Debate along with the candidates, Craig Whittaker, Hilary Myers, Steph Booth and Kate Sweeny, Valley Organics, Little Valley Brewery, the Fox & Goose, Nancy from Organic House who served a fantastic breakfast, Holly Hesson who handled the initial press and PR, H Gregg who made many banners at very short notice and for little money and Chris Ratcliffe who has been a tireless champion of the Big Green Weekend since the very beginning.

I would like also extend my grateful thanks to my colleagues here at British Recycled Products, Alice Hull, Stephen Morris and Ian O'Leary, for the immense dedication, creativity and hard work they put in to make sure the event was the success it became.

Many thanks to my old friend, the sun, for coming out and spreading warmth and sparkles across all three days. It was great to see you!

Finally, I would like to thanks every single person who came and enjoyed the Big Green Weekend. I hope to see you again next year.

Jason Elliott

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