Eco Festival kicks off at Kidlington Methodist Church

On Saturday 25th September half-a-dozen electric cars, three electric bikes and an electric van (owned by Cherwell Collective) filled the car park of Kidlington Methodist Church.  This was an event run jointly by KMC and Wesley Memorial church and the first of the many activities on the programme for the Kidlington Eco-Festival in the run up to COP26 (http://www.kidlington-pc.gov.uk/Eco_Festival_40882.aspx ).  There was a great deal of interest in the electric cars with people chatting to the owners and examining engines, batteries and charging leads.  The more intrepid could try out the electric bikes, wobbling around the car park without having to pedal was a strange experience.

Kidlington Abundance joined us to do apple pressing which is always a popular activity and fun for the children to do while learning about reducing food waste.  Andy Pedley and fellow Oxfordshire beekeepers set up a display with honey and other bee related products to buy, including beeswax wraps – much more environmentally friendly than cling film!  Visitors were also able to browse and buy secondhand books – many of which might otherwise have gone to landfill if not collected and collated by Graham Kirby.  For those who wanted to rest and reflect on the afternoon’s message, refreshments were served with delicious cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee.

We were blessed with lovely weather and the event was a great success.  Our thanks go to all those who brought their cars and bikes and to Emily who not only brought the Cherwell Collective electric van, but also enabled the Abundance team to bring their kit to church in an environmentally friendly way by being their ‘wheels’.

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