This is the latest news from the Ayrshire Eco-Congregation network.
For archived articles prior to June 2012 please click here.
The Ayrshire network of Eco-Congregation would like to invite you to join us for a walk to Fairlie Glen and Waterfall on Tuesday 4th June. We are meeting at Fairlie station (for map see http://tinyurl.com/nmbz2jy) at 10am. Please bring suitable footwear and a waterproof! This is a gentle 5km stroll through beautiful countryside, followed by a cup of tea in Fairlie Parish Church.
Everyone is welcome!
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We would like to welcome Fullarton Parish Church, Irvine to Eco-Congregation Scotland.
They celebrated their 175th Anniversary on Sunday 27th April and the photo (borrowed from their website) is from the festivities. Congratulations!
Please help us make them feel welcome!
On Friday 15th of March a bunch of local enthusiasts gathered to swap clothes at Fairlie Parish Church to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. On clothes rails lent by the M&Co, everyone’s clothes donations were distributed for perusal in proper “Swishing” style. The evening followed with Fairtrade refreshements, comparing new acquisitions and finding out what went where.
The leftover items were gratefully received by the British Heart Foundation shop in Largs
Thank you to Ann Gregory and everyone in the Eco-Congregation group at Fairlie Parish Church for sharing this event with all of us.
Fairlie Parish Church have been active drumming up support for the IF campaign with their local M.P. members of the Adult Education, Christian Aid and Fairtrade Group in Fairlie Church. They meet on the 1st March to put pressure on the government not to slash the 0.7% aid given to people in need all over the world.
Margaret Keir, the Fairlie local organiser for Christian Aid said
Many churches and aid agencies have come together in this campaign: before the budget is announced we need to ensure that our aid giving will reach the agreed target of 0.7% of national income. We know there is enough food for everyone, if the government takes a lead in stopping big companies dodging the taxes they owe in poor countries.
Since this event the government have confirmed that 0.7% of the UK national income has been set aside for aid. This achievement has been largely a result of the pressure put on politicians from local groups such as the Christian Aid and Fairtrade group in Fairlie and others through the IF campaign. Well done!
Would you like to learn about the IF campaign and how you can get involved? Come to our Annual Gathering on the 20th April at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh.
To register for the gathering complete the Registration form and send it Oyunn Anshus on oanshuscofscotlandorguk or call us on 0131 2402277. We hope to see you there!
St Margaret’s Parish Church, Dalry has kindly agreed to host the next Ayrshire Eco-Congregation network meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 10am. You can access the agenda by clicking on the link: 130219 Agenda Ayrshire network
This will be an opportunity to see St Margaret’s shop in operation and learn how it was set an up and now runs five days a week. The shop collects a wide variety of goods from the community, such as furniture, crockery, clothes, toys and books to sell on for reuse locally – a wonderful example of waste minimisation (and fundraising)!
We will also have a time to sit down and share the latest news and views from the network and I attach a brief agenda to keep us on track – hope to see you there!
For directions see: http://stmargaretsdalry.weebly.com/find-us.html