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Belper Goes Green (1st Eco festival)
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Highlights of Belper Goes Green 2013


Belper Goes Green – our first ever ECO festival held on the weekend of 1st and 2nd June 2013 was a huge success. The weather was kind and somewhere between 1,500 and 3,500 people (guestimates vary!) enjoyed tasty local beer, food and entertainment, visited the stalls, joined the workshops, tried the electric bikes, swapped clothes and books, were inspired by creative upcycling ideas and gave their opinions on transport, energy, food, the future and what to do with the Meadows Edge area.
There were smiles everywhere as visitors relaxed in the lovely sunny setting and early summer ambience. Here’s what we ended up with:

  • Beer Festival in the clubhouse with 25 real ales, many of them from local brewers.
  • Entertainment from QHQ, a four part harmony choir, Wirksworth favourites, Fathom with their gentle acoustic covers, an acoustic set from Belper rockers, Riptide  followed by Beeker and the Temperance Society Blues band. On Sunday we were treated to the Belper youth talent showcase; another opportunity for young talented Belper musicians to shine.
  • Generous sponsors, Glow-worm showcased boilers, heat pumps, hybrid systems and solar thermal,
  • Marches Energy Agency's Fantastic Home showed how to save energy in your home,
  • Transition Belper's stall with details of all our activities and projects
  • Derbyshire ECO Centre brought details of all their forthcoming courses and activities as well as their wonderful hand-powered Scalextrics set for us all to play with,
  • Fresh Basil including their famous paella pan,
  • Sage Green Cuisine’s vegetarian and vegan deli ,
  • Gluten and wheat free cakes and desserts from Cooper Cakes,
  • Fresh organic vegetables from Green Health plus their bicycle powered smoothie maker and cooking on an open fire,
  • Sound Bites from Derby with their local organic fair trade food ,
  • Cooking with leftovers - Sunday afternoon demonstrations with Fresh Basil and Greg Broadbent of Godfrey's Cafe Bistro in Duffield,
  • Young businesswoman, Emmy Nazaruk, brought us 'The Cakery',
Crowds on Saturday   Annette Steele Natural Health   Kitty Bea crafts  
India volunteering fundraising  
Fresh Basil demonstrating
  Ian on Transition Belper  
Wirksworth Eco Centre   Civic Forum model of Belper   Crowds mellowing to Music  
Mayor making a Milk Smoothy   Fantastic Home Bike   'Trash or Treasure' stall  
Juicy Electric Bikes
  Graig on the Greenpeace Stall   Clothes swap  in the geodesic dome  
David supervising   Ruth from Sound Bites   Carole Beavis doing Willow Sculpture  
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