Green Fortnight

Bridport Green Fortnight Friday 24th March - Saturday 8th April 2017

Bridport will be 'going green' for a fortnight this spring, when the
Town holds its first ever “Green
Fortnight”. Its aims are to celebrate Bridport’s local shops and products and inspire local people
towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Click here for the list of events, or the links below for details.

Transition Town Bridport is heading the fortnight and we are working with the members of Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and other local groups with 'green' credentials, businesses and individuals in the Town to promote a greener and more sustainable local economy.
Bridport Town Council will show their support for the Fortnight by turning the Town Clock face green for the duration of the event.

Bridport is lucky to have high streets with two greengrocers, three butchers and two bakers and unique local businesses. One of our key messages will be that we want people to ‘Buy Local First’. This helps keep money and jobs in the local area and reduces the mileage that goods have to travel from production to shoppers. We are obviously not the only organisation that has promoted this message - our aim is by working together with others the message can have a greater influence and impact than working alone. If you belong to other organisations within the town who would like to play a part in Green Fortnight please get in touch.

Highlights of the week are:

Friday 24 March, 7.30 pm, Town Hall:

Launch of Green fortnight with Molly Scott Cato and others.

Friday 31 March 7.00pm, Bridport Town Hall. £4 tickets from TIC, Buckydoo square.

Screening of ' Tomorrow' (Demain) and debate.

See flyer for further information. As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future. You can watch a trailer here.
Please ring 07555 537360 if you require the lift from the TIC entrance ( leave a message if no answer)
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Friday 31 March 10.30am, Bridport library:

Storytelling for children about nature and the environment, aimed at children under 5 and their parents and carers - but all children are welcome. The library will also be having a display of environmental and nature books

Saturday 1 April 10.00am Buckydoo Square:

Green Morning,

  • Street theatre perfomance of a new play "What Climate Change?" by Cartoon Action Theatre, written especially for this occasion by Lucy at about 11.15 ad 12.15;
  • servings of delicious Community Soup,
  • information stalls by Transition Town Bridport, Friends of the Earth, and others.
  • A stall about Caring Bridport, a community-led research led by Communities Living Sustainably (CLS). "Caring Bridport Research sets out to quantify the current value of aspects of Bridport’s health and social care provision, and to weigh up the benefits to the town if parts of our health and care system were to become more localised. This research is part of a process to understand residents’ unmet needs and to identify community driven opportunities for meeting them." Follow this link for more information
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Tuesday 4 April 8.00pm

Green Quiz at the Ropemakers, plus raffle with fabulous prizes. These include: an invitation for six people for a visit of the House of Lords, with Baroness Jenny Jones of the Green Party; two tickets to the River Cottage spring festival; two Malabar bowls, vouchers from Leakers, Aroma, Soulshine; and other prizes. For full list of prizes click here.
Just turn up, in teams or on your own.

Friday 7 April 10.30am, Bridport library:

Storytelling for children about nature and the environment, aimed at children under 5 and their parents and carers - but all children are welcome. The library will also be having a display of environmental and nature books

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Friday 7 April 7.30pm, Town Hall £5 tickets from TIC, Buckydoo square .

Screening of 'Chasing Ice' and discussion with Q&A with a select panel.

The Award-winning documentary on Climate Change: In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog saheaded to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.
With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras
across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

A panel will lead the discussion after the film:

  • Raja Jarrah - Climate change consultant

  • Scott Morrison - Co-ordinator West Dorset FOE

  • Caroline Walker - Director Transition Town Bridport

  • Kelvin Clayton - Green Party Councillor, Bridport Town Council

Please ring 07555 537360 if you require the lift from the TIC entrance ( leave a message if no answer)

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Saturday 8 April 10am-1pm Town Hall

Climate Action Academy.

A set of workshops led by Chit, Raja and others on climate change, its implications and how we can tackle it. The Climate Action Academy will help equip you to protect the planet and our children's future. It will:

  • Bring you up to date about climate change, and equip you to challenge climate change deniers and the media which gives them space;
  • Inform you about current climate campaigns;
  • Discuss successful campaigns with people who have been involved, and share your ideas,experiences and successes with others
  • Help you start taking effective action.
To register for a FREE place on the course please email or sign up at one of the Green Fortnight events.

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Saturday 8 April 6.30pm WI hall, Bridport. Doors and bar open 6.00

How Can Bridport Feed Itself?

Follow the money to see how we spend £630,000 a week on food, also featuring launch of Southern Roots Community Supported Agriculture with special guests.

For more details and to book your ticket follow this link. The press release is here

The evening will be a celebration of our local food producers and see the launch of the How Can Bridport Feed Itself? report. Building on previous local food initiatives and several years of campaigning and awareness raising under the banner of Food Future Bridport, this new research puts some headline figures on the current value of Bridport's local food economy and the potential to make it even more local, thus further supporting the town's independent retailers and producers.
Given the implications of the UK leaving the EU, and continuing threats to our food system from climate change, this question has never been more urgent.

The event will start with a shared community meal and feature a series of short talks, followed bymusic and local cider and juice.

Ed Hamer from the Land Workers Alliance will talk about the significance of the local food movement in light of Brexit. He will share his experiences as a co-founder and grower at the successful Chagfood CSA on the edge of Dartmoor, focusing on the contribution that CSAs can make to supporting the livelihoods of small farmers and connecting customers to the people and land that produce their food.

Southern Roots Organics are launching the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Dorset. In their first season they will supply 25 households with local vegetables all grown in their market garden. Come along to find out more about the scheme and out how to join as a member. There will also be a Seed Plugs session: a platform for community food initiatives and local food businesses who are helping to feed Bridport to "plug" their ideas and to share and seek support for what they are doing.

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9 April Community Orchard

Working party - see here for details.

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