Transition Town Rhayader and District held another successful Green Fair this year.
Clare Evans, the mayor, gave an inspirational address when she opened the Fair. As Clare said ‘It is really heartening to see so many diverse stands and local exhibitors, which demonstrate that sustainability in its many guises has a growing relevance to many aspects of our daily lives’.
Before she went, Clare presented the prizes to winners of the art and design competition. There are some ingenious solutions to providing renewable energy in the home and for transport. They were all designed by Rhayader Church in Wales Primary School. Oliver Taylor organised the competition through the school’s Eco-Club. He also made sure, single-handed, that the children had plenty of activities to do throughout the whole of the Fair. Well done Oliver!
The Dragon’s Garden Fair trade stall had some wonderful items on sale – if you want to see more please visit their website http://www.dragons-garden.com/
Freegle had a successful day. Not only did they sign up a number of new members but manage to recycle and large amount of fancy-dress/ dressing up items, ready for next Saturday’s Carnival Parade, when all are encouraged to turn up in costume, even if you are not in the parade. Rhayader players, who were there running a clothes Swap-Shop, were grateful for additions to their wardrobe department. If you would like to join Freegle, please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LlandrindodFreegle/
Purveyors of the delicious Kelsmore Ice-cream from the Kelsmore Dairy also attended – see more about them on http://kelsmordairy.look4local.co.uk/
The WI had a busy stall, based around the sustainability theme of re-using goods and local food.
Our old friends from Resource Living, Tess and Dougal, dropped by to show off their amazing vehicle. Do have a look at their Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/REsourceLiving.
From Crooked Pool Logs, Ian, as well as showing of the products of their sustainable logging business, was talking about their new service of chimney sweeping (see http://crookedpool-logs.co.uk/ ).
A new addition to Rhayader’s resources, ‘Out of the Blue’ agreed to join us this year. They are the ultimate in re-using successfully and deal in all sorts of stuff that someone no longer wants, but others hanker after!
Sue Moss of the Little Green Farm (http://www.littlegreenfarm.org/ ) is embarking on an amazing project to bring sustainable activity (in every sense of the word as it should be self funding if not profit making) for schools. She brought us examples of their herb production (as with much of Wales, the inclement weather has ruined a number of crops).
Wild Swan, our invaluable local whole food purveyor and provider of excellent picnics and buffets also had a stall.
Thanks to Anne Linskill, our local Painter and Decorator who was demonstrating her other occupation of basketmaking all day. She displayed her vast array of beautiful and practical baskets. (http://www.etsy.com/people/willowmaid )
Other contributors including NEST, (www.nestwales.org.uk), the Energy Saving Trust in Wales there to advise on avoiding fuel poverty, Jane Griffiths from ‘Walks in Wales’ was selling books and cards, Llani Solar (http://www.llanisolar.co.uk/), RSPB Cymru (http://www.rspb.org.uk/wales/ ) and Dave Bailey with his wonderful wildlife photographs (http://www.davidbaileyphotographywales.co.uk/).
The fresh coffee, teas and homemade food went like … hot cakes?
Many thanks to the friends of TTRD, who provided wonderful cakes and helped man the various points including the raffle and refreshments. Special mention to Ronnie (Veronica Francis), Angela Auger, Shirley Morgan, Pam Sherwood, Margaret Rutley, Val Evans and the anonymous young lady who spent all day on the raffle. What would we have done with out you? Also Heather, you do realize you have just got yourself a new career in the food production? The soup was divine!
The Green Fair , run by Transition Town Rhayader and district was very well supported. The team all looked good in their new T-shirts as they welcomed the Mayor. For more information about TTRD, follow this link.
There were many stall holders there for the first time and well as some old favourites.
|Liam from Rhayader Renewables has just started out and is now licensed to fit solar PV panels and heats pumps of varying types. Here he is discussing possibilities with Counsellor Kelvyn Curry.
|Creation Gardens under new management was also represented, with some eye-catching hanging baskets that gave a bright splash of colour. Find out more about them at
As were Radnorshire Wildlife Trust with their wonderful Oil Monster, Llandrindod Freegle and Tidy Towns Wales from the voluntary sector.
More about Radnorshire Wildlife Trust can be found at http://www.rwtwales.org/
You can find all about Tidy Towns Wales on http://www.keepwalestidy.org/our-projects/tidy-towns
Llandrindod Freegle is on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LlandrindodFreegle/
|Alex Allpress was there with his beautiful local pottery. He also gave taster lessons to interested local children on his wheel.
For more about Alex and his work, do explore his website: