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19 Sep: Saving the Planet

Here is a provisional plan for this major event:


Ergue Gaberic Way

10a.m. to 5.p.m.

Opened by Bishop Tim Thornton of Truro and the Rev. Steve Wilde, the Methodist District Organizer, with our Member of Parliament, Dan Rogerson, in attendance.


EVENTS AT 10.30 A.M., 12 NOON, 2.P.M. AND 4. P.M. -





He loves to meet chldren of all ages, shapes and sizes and loves to give them rides



He loves to meet people of all ages and goes all the time into children and others in Hospital and Homes and especially loves to be patted.



Try a Poster – poem – short essay about SAVING THE PLANET
(Submit to Adam Heurch. Deadline 29th August)


Peas in a bottle

Currants in a Cake

And much more




10 a.m. Opening ceremony

10.30 a.m. The Church in the Community. An opportunity to meet with Church leaders and discuss with them the relevance of Christianity in today's world.

12 Noon Chairobics with St Hilary's and Trelana.


4 p.m. The Age of Stupid: a film guaranteed to change your outlook. Shown by the Bude Cinema Society

The exhibition will demonstrate the rich, vibrant and multi-layered community life which exists in the Bude and Stratton District with the serious underlying purpose of helping us all to face up to the challenges being presented through climate change and our worryingly profound, yet clearly unsustainable, dependence on oil supplies: a fun day with a serious purpose.

Well represented are the vulnerable members of our community, too often marginalized and forgotten.Many charitable groups will have stalls and the Alzheimers Society and the Macular Degeneration Society are both hopeful of being able to form much needed local groups; the Carers Association are hopeful of extended its reach; and residents and day care members from St Hilary's and residents from Trelana invite you to join them in one of their Chairobic sessions. A Cafe will be run by people from the Pathfields Learning Disability Centre. Rex, the well-known and much loved Pets As Therapy dog, will be present and Woody from Hoops Livery, Sutcombe, will give Pony rides for the children in aid of Riding for the Disabled. Children will be much in evidence through the Girl Guides and After Schools Club and local young people will be reminding us in a Slum Survival simulation of the needs of people in less fortunate parts of the world.

The Cornwall Council will be well represented with a number of stalls representing its varied service to the community. Make sure to visit the Library stall in particular and familiarize yourself with the latest literature regarding Climate Change, Peak Oil and Transition Towns. Conservation schemes will figure largely, stressing the continuing need for increased vigilance in our fight to reduce waste and increase re-cycling, conserve water, buy local and fairly-traded goods, become more active in growing our own food and generally do far more to reduce our carbon emissions. The Bee Society will illustrate the threat to our diminishing Bee population, crucial to the maintenance of our food supply, and there will be an interesting stall featuring sustainable communities. Outside, alongside slum survival; local market stalls will remind us of the need to encourage local traders; Pony rides will be available for children; South West Water will have its roving Caravan and Bude Fire Station will bring its Fire Engine. In the event of accidents the St John Ambulance will be in attendance.

In brief the exhibition is:

a reminder that we are all much more than thoughtless consumers, but inevitably inter-linked with a community both local and global and an integral part of an eco-system, increasingly seen to be fragile, and

a call for us all to become more thoughtful regarding the way we live; hence the slogan -



In 2008 Christians of all denominations were called to a mission entitled “Hope 2008”. Within that call was a challenge to 'transform neighbourhoods', and local Christians decided that 2009 would be a year in which they would engage meaningfully with the community in which they were placed by joining with it in facing up to the implications of the triple crisis of credit, climate and commodity in which we are all immersed.

Christians, together with those of other Abramic faiths, view the amazingly rich bio-diversity of the natural world as a creation, a belief which for most Christians goes hand in hand with a full acceptance of Darwinian evolution; containing within itself a balance and a force. Furthermore, Christians believe that humans can not live as if they were above and superior to this complex system but must see themselves as not only an integral part of it but bearing a particular responsibility towards it. One of the most distinctive features of our time is a growing awareness that for all the positive contributions made by humans there has been a decidedly negative and destructive element and that only too often we have, and still do, get things disastrously wrong and through self-centredness and greed, often cloaked in religious piety, have, and still do, inflict terrible suffering upon other humans and fellow creatures sharing this planet with us and in addition a growing awareness that this baleful activity has now impinged upon the planet itself, which can now be seen as fragile as well as incredibly beautiful, through a misconceived notion that we could and should dominate and exploit its resources rather than nurture and protect them
To help them combat this negative predisposition Christians look to the author of their faith, the historic Jesus of Nazereth, an itinerant Jewish teacher and healer, whom they believe engaged meaningfully, revealingly and uniquely with the problems of living responsibly in an uncertain world by facing head-on these issues as they were manifested in his day and age and in so doing provided a new perspective and a new way to live. He spoke glowingly of the glories of the natural world, of the lilies and of the birds, and of the force within that world preserving and protecting it, and at the same time mounted a blistering attack on those who abused their authority leading to oppression, cruelty and flagrant injustice. He reserved his strongest judgements for those who debased religion making it a tool for exploitation and for those who abused children: he was a man for our time. Above all he was a man of compassion with strong concerns for the vulnerable members in the community, the poor, the sick and the victims of injustice, and, significantly, befriended those marginalized, like women, and those outcast and ignored like prostitutes and tax gatherers. During his life-time Jesus gathered around him those who shared his mission to help bring the Kingdom of God - a Kingdom of peace, justice, fairness and compassion – to a deeply torn and troubled world and invited them to a life of discipline and commitment, promising to give them the strength and inspiration to do this. Consequently, Christians take seriously the Christian Aid slogan 'there is life before death' and work for the fulfilment of the prayer they frequently pray: 'thy Kingdom come on earth'. Churches in the Bude and Stratton District have stalls at the exhibition and you are invited to visit them and familiarize yourself with the message they share in common, and also with their varied and distinctive emphases. Also,you will have opportunity after the opening ceremony to meet and talk with Church leaders.

However, Christians recognize that there are many of other faiths or none equally concerned about what is happening and wanting to work for a better way, and invite their fellow citizens to join with them in this exhibition initiative to demonstrate solidarity in this aim.

Well worth a special mention is the work of aid agencies, represented by Christian Aid and The Tear Fund, each of which is vociferous in its insistence on the disproportionate damage resulting from the raising of temperature due to emissions from the developed world on the peoples of the developing world. Also well worth a visit is the stall of Christian Ecology Link, a rapidly growing organization, supported by all Christian groups, dedicated to highlighting the centrality of ecological concerns to the Christian message and which has aligned itself at the forefront of those campaigning for a more responsible way of living which does not pollute the planet and works for a sustainable more resilient community.



The Transition Towns movement started in this country in September 2006 in Totnes and has spread rapidly throughout the length and breadth of the land. On every hand the concept of transition is taking hold driven by the need to find a better community life than the one we now have based as it is on a damaging and unsustainable, consumer-orientated life-style. There are now hundreds of towns, cities and districts designated as Transition Towns; dissatisfied with the way things were going and where people are joining with their neighbours to face up to the twin challenges of a world where fossil fuels are dwindling and the temperature is rising, with local authorities increasingly signing up to a future based upon programmes which are sustainable. To familiarize yourself with the issues involved read The Transition Handbook, by Rob Holton, recognized widely as a seminal classic and which will be available at the exhibition, and in addition make room in your diaries for the public meetings to be held in the two weeks following the exhibition.

Increasingly, within the movement, people are recognizing their moment of truth, when, as it were, the penny dropped and they “saw it” and for them life could never again be the same because this was clearly an issue gathering within itself all other issues and demanding allegiance. One of the reasons why the movement is growing so quickly is that contrary to what might be expected it is a movement which finds friendship, hope, fun and excitement in working together on achievable local schemes and discovering in a new spirit of community that facing up to unpalatable truths need not be gloomy. People are discovering that they have neighbours who are, like them, ordinary, but always with interesting stories to tell, and sometimes needing help that they can give.

A local and lively group has been formed, Transition Bude, which has started to work to raise awareness to the urgent need to reduce carbon footprints and get away from our dependence on cheap oil by rebuilding local networks and thus recovering a lost resilience. Visit the Transition Bude stall and find out what is being done to obtain easily accessible, adequately provisioned Allotment sites; permanent central sites for a Farmer's market and Local Traders; and support for local shop keepers in their fight against the uneven marketing clout of the ever-increasing influence of Super-markets (as well as bringing pressure to bear to help supermarkets become more ethical). In addition discover the Cornish Diet and learn about possibilities for changing patterns of transport and energy use.

Why not join up to the growing Transition Bude network.



Thanks to:

` Wollacotts for loaning a 42” plasma screen

` Sainsbury's for running the Fairtrade stall

` The Bude Cinema Society for the film

` Hoops Livery, Sutcombe, for Woody.

` Pets As Therapy for Rex

` The Pathfields Centre for the Cafe

` The Girl Guides and After Schools Club for general support and help

` The young people of Bude for reminding us of how many people in our world have to live.

` Team Chairobics and class members from Residential Homes for a Chairobics demonstration

` The Exhibitors who worked hard to present attractive stalls.

` The many willing hands that contributed behind the scenes.