Love Molesey’s Eco Weekend takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September across Molesey. There's a great programme of events ranging from Eco Fairs at both St Paul’s and St Mary’s churches to a Jumble Trail through local neighbourhood. All of this is in aid of raising awareness of our environment and promoting a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Words | Juliet Hill
All details are provided on the Love Molesey website but here's an overview:
Molesey Clothing Exchange, Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Do you have good quality clothes that no longer fit or that you never wear? Are you looking to switch up your wardrobe with sustainable, secondhand outfits? Come along to the Molesey Clothing Exchange at the Refresh Centre on Walton Road. With just a £2 entrance fee, shop high quality items at your leisure and grab a drink at the pay-as-you-feel café. Visit the Facebook Page for more details.
St Mary’s and St Paul’s Eco Fairs, Saturday 11am – 2.00pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm
As a part of the Eco Church initiative that the two churches have recently joined, they are each hosting an Eco Fair. Come along to learn more about sustainable living; enjoy the produce of local stall holders and enjoy vegan refreshments; and partake in the many workshops and children’s activities, such as learning to bake vegan cakes, building bird boxes and seasonal wreath-making. More info on the St Paul’s website and St Mary’s Facebook page.
East Molesey Methodist Church Book Sale, Saturday 10.00 – 4.00pm
If you’re looking for some new reading material, pop along to the Book Sale at the East Molesey Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome and buying secondhand books helps us all to become more sustainable in our shopping.
One Step Eco Essentials, Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm
Visit the home of eco-friendly products at the One Step Shop on Bridge Road and explore a range of eco essentials to assist you in achieving a more sustainable lifestyle.
Sweet Seams Repair Workshop, Saturday 10am – 12.30pm
The Sweet Seams fabric shop on Walton Road is running a sewing class, where everybody (including complete beginners) can learn to sew by making reusable shopping bags. Materials are included so just show up and explore a new, environmentally-friendly hobby. Tickets can be purchased on their website.
Climate Church Services, Sunday
On the Sunday of the Eco Weekend, St Paul’s, St Mary’s and St Peter’s will all be running various services, centred around the climate crisis and our relationship with God’s creation. St Mary’s have two services (one more traditional at 9.00am and the other for all ages at 10.30am). Both St Paul’s and St Peter’s have a service at 10.00am, to which everyone is welcome, and St Peter’s has an additional afternoon service in the vicarage garden at 4.00pm.
Forage and Cook with Ben and Kate, Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Ever wanted to be able to identify edible plants and fruit or harvest your own food instead of going the the supermarket? Return to nature by joining Ben and Kate on their foraging expedition around Molesey Heath, finishing at the Molesey Community Centre to sample some freshly-made wild food with delicious and nutritious recipes. Details about what to bring and where to meet are on the Love Molesey website.
Island Farm Community Garden, Sunday 11.00am – 12.00pm
Join the team of local gardeners to prepare for Winter, harvesting produce, cutting back wildflowers and getting the bug hotel ready for wildlife to live in over the winter months. The garden is on Island Farm Road, so pop round to help out or simply watch!
Jumble Trail, Sunday 1.00pm – 4.00pm
For the first time ever, Molesey is hosting a Jumble Trail in which residents will have the chance to sell bric-a-brac and other unused, unwanted items from their driveways. Be sure to check out the map, accessible on the Love Molesey website, and follow the trail around the neighbourhood to see what items you can find or make some money yourself!
Mole Apiary Open Afternoon, Sunday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Come and visit the Mole Apiary on Abbey Walk to view the hives and learn about how bees support our environment and community. There will also be a chance to buy some local honey, so don’t miss out!