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Belper Goes Green 2015 ECO Festival
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This Years Attractions

Experimental Sonic Machine
Chris and Dave
- blues grooves from Duffield
Folk Frienzy Dance Group are a dance group for young people that perform traditional dance in their unique way and style, ensuring that traditions continue for new and old audiences
Songsmiths - Neil and Julie Smith began performing as a duo in 1996 and from then until 2002 their sets consisted of covers until Neil began writing songs himself which were gradually added to the set list until it consisted of all original material
Blackfish formed in October 2013 and were one of the outstanding acts on last year's festival scene. Performing a funky and driving blues set, the trio are on occasions enhanced by brass and horns creating a fuller soul feel . A dynamic fusion of blues and funk.
Turn it Up - Fleet Arts youngsters
Joel Davis
Bad Fishermen - are a 3 \ 4 piece folk punk band playing from traditional Irish \ English folk tunes to The Clash, The Pogues and a handful of originals.
Sue McFarlane - our very own sweet voiced songstress
Robyn Johnson is one of the most talented young artists to have emerged from the Derbyshire Folk Scene in recent years. A songwriter and performer of genuine maturity, the last two years have seen her going from strength to strength with crafted songs and stunning live performances
Karl and the Marx Brothers is an English indie folk group from Derby. In 2013 they released their debut album "Angry Folk" on Furthest From The Sea recordings.
Pete Castle is one of the most established performers on the local and national folk scene. An accomplished musician, Pete's storytelling ability has also endeared him to live audiences. An artist who needs little introduction on the folk and festival circuit
Danni and the Cassettes - a fun, lively covers band from Wirksworth

This year we organised a series of half hour talks - a short presentation followed by a chance to ask questions or discuss issues.

  • The launch of the 'Cup of Tea' Challenge with Tony Webster and Andrew Martin Sugars
  • The Derwent Valley Cycleway - The talk will explain the aims of the project to provide a cycleway to link Derby with Matlock following the River Derwent as closely as possible. The talk includes how the cycleway connects existing tourist and other facilities, how it links with the existing National Cycle Network and how it can complement the local train network. The approximate route and the current status of the project will be explained. The audience will learn how they can help with the project
  • Gardener's Question Time - why aren't your parsnips germinating? This and other nagging questions may well be answered by Kathy Fairweather and the Belper Gardening Club. Come along and ask the expert.
  • Love Food, hate waste - David Brown from Derbyshire County Council will talk about how we can waste less
  • Ambergate Hydro - Ian Jackson with the latest update on the Ambergate hydro community energy project
  • Renewable Energy technologies - Q and A with John Beardmore from T4 Sustainability
  • Sustainable transport for Belper with John Shoesmith of Transition Belper's Travel and Transport Group
  • Campaigning for Improved Provision for Cycling – Derby Cycling Group. Recent successes and some of the outstanding issues in providing better cycling facilities in Derby and the surrounding area.
  • Reducing Belper's carbon emissions - Tony Cooper introduces the Transition Belper Energy Group
  • Transition - what is it all about? Q and A session with a panel of Transition Belper Trustees. Come and find out all about the Transition movement.

This year we are organised a series of shorter workshops as well as the ongoing activites described further below. These include:

How to repair a bicycle tyre puncture
Round Wood Stool Making with Northern Green Gathering
Sock Monsters - make a sock monster with the Twee Stuff team
Morning mindfulness and inter-connectedness meditation to set you up for the day
Lishi Tai Chi with Northern Green Gathering
Rocket stove making
with Northern Green Gathering
Jackie Morgan - making a paper bag scrapbook.
Jo Kirk making paper hats from copies of the Observer. Great for keeping the sun off your head.
Circus skills with Northern Green Gathering
Busking hand forged rings demonstrations with Richrad Bett

Health and wellbeing workshops:

Yoga: A Balanced Practice with Richard from Thai Yoga Place
Qigong & Mindfulness Meditation with Cheryl from Thai Yoga Place
Martial Arts for Everyone with Chaz from Ronin Budo Martial Arts
The Basics of Healing with Tony from Carma Wellbeing
Hand Reflexology with Rose from Rowan Tree Therapies

Moving Forward: Approaching Life with Confidence with Tony from Carma Wellbeing

Film Programme

Earthlings - Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
Redesigning an Urban House - Geoff Lawton
Greening the Desert - Geoff Lawton
The Nature of Things, The Real Avatar - David Suzuki
Beneath The Waterline - Jack Perks
Furry Vengeance (for the children)
Films of Belper11:00
Sell Off
In Transition 2
Wall-E (for the children)

Food and Drink
CAMRA Beer Festival
Hillside Permaculture
Fresh Basil
Matlock Meadows
Sound Bites
The Derbyshire Winery Limited
Smith Hall Organics
Humble Homity and bespoke brownies
Creative Intentions
This Means Raw

Drop Inn - lead several 'Bash the Trash' sessions utilising their own refurbished or hand-made instruments as well as a mind boggling range of things to bang being dreamed up by Lynne's upcycling team
Derbyshire Toy Library- a big area to keep the little ones occupied and happy
Rita Kappia - an art workshop making Happiness dolls
Abigail's Designs - Become a Green Warrior by having your face painted or make a mosaic coaster
Wildworks - forest skills including bug hunts.

Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy
T4 Sustainability
DKMY Architects
Hybid Heating Systems
Co-operative Energy
V3 Power

Crafts, creativity and upcycling
Malcolm David Smith
Anne Wassell Art
Yew Can't Cedar Wood Fir the Trees
Lorraine Hackett - home-made cards and gifts using recycled components
Pookledo - handmade jewellery using recycled components
Kalmia Crafts- hand crafted cards and gifts
Clayed at Home  - individually crafted pottery and ceramics
Cherry Cabin Floristry - memory books and soft storage from recycled material.
Ruth Gray Images - An artist whose deepest passion is her love for the forgotten towns. You will notice that many of her compositions are based around street or declining high street scenes and this provides the backdrop to many of her themes.
Webbyhead - Pretty Handmade barrow, selling handmade flower garlands, animal drawings, ponchos and pixie jumpers, vintage style earings, rings and pendants and childrens friendship bands.
Betty Bee Books - delightful children's books featuring the Bee family plus activities and book signing Lisa and Kaitlyn's Barefoot Book Snug - carefully crafted children's books, CDs and gifts that spark imagination, exploration and creativity
Crafty Sensations - candles, salts and soaps
Twee Stuff - handmade jewellery and sock monsters using recycled elements
Phil's Scrap - wonderful garden wood burners fashioned from washing machine drums - great recycling
Natural Favours - cut flowers, seeds & natural confetti

Travel and transport
Juicy Bikes - another opportunity to ride around the field on an electric bike to see how easy it is
Derby Cycling Group - Campaigning for cycle provision in and around Derby since 1979
Bike Back - Derby's bike recycling project will have refurbished bikes for sale and will also offer free bike MOTs including a written report from their 20 point maintenance and safety checklist (Saturday only)

Campaigns and charity
Book Crossing
Belper Amnesty International
Black Fish
The Environmental Quality Mark
Derbyshire ECO Centre
Lina's Cat Rescue
Derbyshire Districts Citizens Advice Bureau
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Belper Gardening Club
Mid Derbyshire Green Party
Belper Red Cross
Home Schooled Children
Sea Shepherd
Derby Animal Rights Group
Belper Labour Party

Health and well-being
Derma Enhance
Crystals by Clair
Thai Yoga Place
Mobile Reflexology
Green Emporium
Carma Wellbeing
Lyndsay Palmieri 

Some special projects:

  • We asked Belper shops and the public to bring a smile by making and displaying scarecrows for the last two weeks of May. Then we'll get all the scarecrows together at the Rugby Club and ask those attending to vote for their favourite scarecrow... The winner was the hugely popular Paddington Bear made by the Toy Library

Photo Gallery

Firstly a series of photos by Ashley Franklin that may be used in next year's Belper Calendar on in his forthcoming book

Experimental Sonic Machines - amazing
Trying out the electric bike
Natural Favours confetti etc
Fighting for the oceans...
Fighting for those wrongly imprisoned..
Fighting for fitness and fun...
Green scarecrow
Malcolm David Smith's beautiful chairs
Inside the kid's zone yurt
BGG 11
BGG 12
Bashing the trash
Sonic helmets
flying the flag
BGG 14
BGG 15
Gas cylinder bells
Folk Friendzy
Saturday crowds
BGG 16
BGG 18
Great crowd
spinning discs in the wind
Mmmmmm, nice


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