Sunday 1 October saw The Market Hall, Abergavenny, full of stalls and events that were going on all day – a drum-led procession through town to open the event, talks in the upstairs rooms, guided walks, choirs. Judith was on the Fairtrade stall and Margot helped on the Eco-church stall. Ecumenical friends were to be seen on stalls and in the visitors coming after their own church services.
Abergavenny ecumenical Eco-churches Group had a stall with an A Rocha video, photos of individual churches’ activities and a recycling quiz and challenge for children. It was good to see how in different ways so many people are encouraging others to help promote planet-friendly actions and to care for and enjoy our local green spaces. Conveniently placed next to our stall, a local Syrian refugee family had a stall selling delicious food – and they are in the market every Tuesday, so if you come to Abergavenny it is worth sampling.
One very impressive activity was the Quakers’ 15 minute silent vigil for the climate justice on stage, which anyone could join. Silence can be as strong a demonstration as noisy chants.