NETHERLEE church painted the town green recently with its first successful environmental fair – a community event to showcase the eco-congregation’s credentials.
The Green Fayre took place on March 16, and organisations both local and national set up stall to promote the environmental theme.
Visitors were treated to rides in an electric car, courtesy of Scottish Power, while Haven Recycle collected unwanted electrical goods and Re-Use-It Barrhead promoted their recycling work within the community.
Eco congregation co-ordinator Sheena Wurthmann told The Extra: “Recycling, Fair Trade, energy saving and reducing food waste were all themes of the event and the feedback suggests that the visitors learned a lot, as well as enjoying refreshments throughout the day.
“We’ve just had confirmed that Haven Recycle collected 639kg of electrical and electronic waste under the WEEE (waste electronic and electrical equipment) regulations, and we’re so pleased that we’ve helped the community in this way.”
The event was also a chance to announce the winners of a poster competition, open to every organisation using the church buildings, and visitors were able to see all the artwork on display including the following 17 winners, as selected by judges.
The pre-school category was awarded to Mothers & Toddlers, while Sunbeams scooped the prize for 3-5 years.
The Beavers were awarded first in the 5-7 years category, followed by 2nd Rainbow group in second place and 4th Rainbows in third.
For 8-11 years, the prize went to the Sunday Club, followed by the 3rd Brownies and the 4th Brownies, and for 11-14 years, it was first place for the 1st Guides, second for the 278 Boys Brigade company, and third for the 2nd Guides.
The Ranger Guides came out on top in the 15-17 years category, followed by the Youth Fellowship, and for the adults, first prize went to the Wednesday Service group, followed by the church choir and Sunday Club Leaders in second and third places.
But cream of the crop at the first Green Fayre was Netherlee primary school, awarded a special eco school prize and joining the eco-congregation in its bid to boost the local environment.
To find out more about Netherlee’s eco-congregation status, or about upcoming activities, visit the church website.