Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Do your bit for our environment

Our Environment Day
This will be on Saturday 18 July from 10am to 1pm.
A total of 62 entries for the Breckland and Old Buckenham ‘Bag for Life’ project were submitted by pupils at the High School and have been shortlisted to seven designs. Judging for the winning entry will take place in the Village Hall at this event on Saturday 18 July between 10am and 1pm. All those attending will have the opportunity to cast their vote. Prizes will be awarded by Breckland District Council.
You can come and go as you wish or stop for the judging.
Each finalist designer will keep the bag printed with their entry which incorporates their name. Supporting agencies, which include the village shop, will also be shown on the winning bag.
Later this year each household in the village will receive a winning bag, while the village shop will also have supplies.
The event will certainly be worth a visit. There will be no entry charge and coffees, etc, will be available. Many free samples of recycled products will be on offer such as pencils made from old CD cases. Displays in the hall will include Norfolk County Council, Breckland District Council, the Energy Saving Trust (details of grants available, etc), Fairtrade, May Gurney (an opportunity to purchase discounted compost produced from green waste collected by Norfolk County Council) and the ‘Love Food - Hate Waste’ campaign. In addition Environmental Spike will be there to entertain the children.
There will be a collection centre for new and used postcards for Radio Norfolk (who may have a representative present) which raises cash for the Norfolk Association of Deaf Children through recycling the cards. Please sort out any postcards and bring them along. Also accepted on the day will be your used batteries to ensure that they are disposed of safely. The event is part of the national Small Change - Big Difference Week.
VERG will be supporting the reuse message with stalls of household and other items and books - all at bargain prices. The proceeds will, as always, go towards community projects in the village. There will be a small raffle to cover the cost of hiring the hall, one prize being a £20 voucher to spend at the “Best in Breckland” village shop (which just happens to be in our village). Donations of other raffle prizes, value not exceeding £10, are invited.
You will not find a similar event anywhere else. It is thought that Old Buckenham, in conjunction with Breckland District Council, is the first with such an initiative to support the need to promote the environment and recycling. Please make sure you at least pop in, you might well be surprised by what you learn.

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