Penwith Green Fair returned to St John’s Hall Penzance this year, with a wide variety of stall-holders.
“It was another successful event, and we were very pleased to be able to welcome several new organisations this year as well as the seasoned stalwarts” said St Ives town councillor Tim Andrewes . “There was a constant buzz of chat and discussion in the hall throughout the day, as people found out about a range of groups, businesses, issues and ideas that were represented at the fair”.
Over 20 community groups, green businesses and environmental organisations took part in this year’s event, which was held as usual on Easter Saturday. Stall-holders offered a wealth of information and ideas on a number of topics, including health, wildlife protection, transport, food and animal welfare . Among this year’s new exhibitors were a local car-sharing scheme, a cycling campaign group – and even a project to start a community orchard.
Visitors were also eager to buy books, plants and other goods. And while they browsed, they could enjoy the music on offer from local musicians Happy Feet, Penzamba and Western Wynde.
The Country Market, with a range of hot drinks, cakes, sandwiches and salads did a brisk trade – and while they enjoyed their refreshments, customers could check out their Green knowledge by puzzling over the prize quiz. Two lucky winners answered all five questions correctly, and won useful £10 vouchers for local fruit and vegetable retailer Thorne’s.
Penzance town councillor Jonathan How, who was available to answer questions and meet the public throughout the day, said: “The Green Fair gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the ideas and businesses that can make a real difference to people’s lives in West Cornwall”.
“It is a great event to find out more about what’s going on across Penwith, and we hope it has inspired people to get involved,” continued Jonathan. “An event like this demonstrates how much more we can do if we work together for the common good”.