All Under One Roof – good job, it was pouring!

Sustainable Bungay were out in force on a very rainy Saturday at the All Under One Roof environmental information event organised by Emmanuel Church. Kris, Josiah, Lesley, Elinor, Nick and Eloise had been working hard to get SBs new information board ready on time, and it certainly drew attention on the day. One woman said, “I knew about Sustainable Bungay, but I didn’t know you did EVERYTHING!” You can see the display board and find out about that ‘everything’ downstairs at Bungay Library all this week. Here’s Lesley and Kris giving us a name.

Of course it’s not just Sustainable Bungay doing ‘everything’. Other organisations all under the same roof on Saturday included organic co-operative Greengrow from Ilketshall St Andrew selling vegetables straight from their smallholding (great first peppers and parsley by the way Becky), Kind Water and Suffolk’s Greener homes DIY Scheme (we put in an order for some free hemp roof insulation and a water butt). Daphne Vivian Neal and Jean Aldous were there representing fuel cell energy and its potential for combatting climate change, and allthingsgreener, an eco-shop based in Harleston, were selling everything from recycled notepads to fairtrade sustainable latex household gloves (we bought a pair of these, very good for work in the garden).

The Emmanuel Church itself has 220 solar panels on two roofs now generating electricity from the sun – this is the biggest community solar array countywide so far. This provides the church with all its own energy needs and makes around £3,000 per year from the government’s feed-in tariff scheme. The money will go towards improving the energy efficiency of its buildings and raising awareness of environmental concerns both in the town and its hinterland.

On the lead-up to the Bungay Beehive Day next Sunday and thanks to Elinor, Josiah and Mark doing a rather frantic writing-editing-publishing marathon at the beginning of last week we now have a smashing new Bungay Community Bees leaflet. And following last Saturday’s EADT article on Bungay Community Bees, we were featured again this week in The Beccles and Bungay journal -… Here’s Charlotte with the article and Elinor in the article and holding a poster.

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