Penwith Green Fair returned to St John’s Hall on Easter Saturday, with a wider variety of stall-holders than ever before.
The usual green businesses and environmental organisations were joined by a range of other charities and community enterprises – including Oxfam, Friends of Golowan and the Redwing Gallery. On sale were a host of cakes, plants and other goods – ranging from edible insects to tie-dyed paper.
The Green Fair, which has been held in Penzance every Easter for over 30 years, brings together in one place most of the local organisations which seek to put green ideas into action.
Jonathan How is one of the event’s organisers, and shortly to become the Green Party representative for Penzance East on Penzance Town Council. He said: “The Green Fair was a real celebration of the ideas and businesses that can make a difference to people’s lives in West Cornwall”.
Tim Andrewes, Cornwall Councillor for St Ives East, agreed. “The event showed what’s going on across Penwith, and we hope it will have inspired people to get involved,” he added. “It really demonstrated how much we can do if we work together for the common good”.
Morning entertainment was provided by local duo Privy Chamber and by Western Wynde, a long established local early music group, who made a welcome return to the Green Fair playing light music from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries with the ever popular seventeenth century Henry Purcell well represented. After lunch, Penzamba brought the sunshine to the Green Fair with a selection of lively Brazilian rhythms. And the afternoon was rounded off by a special appearance from the Rafferty Dumitz band, who created a procession route round the Hall and out into the streets.
‘The Green Fair is such a lovely venue to play’, said Privy Chamber. “The audience is appreciative, the acoustics (and the stalls) are great, and the atmosphere is lively and friendly”. And Karen La Borde, Green parish councillor for Germoe and candidate for Breage, Germoe and Sirhney in the Cornwall Council election in May, summed up the day with a summary that can’t be bettered:
“Where can you try eating dried mealworms and cockroach, or mango and lime scones – whilst listening to Jazz and signing petitions to save the planet?
The Green Fair.
I met some lovely people and spent the day acquiring a better understanding of the concerns we have about the NHS in Cornwall and local issues, such as supporting Golowan.”