SUSTAINABLE Crediton is holding a welcoming and informative evening event, incorporating its Annual General Meeting, at Crediton Arts Centre, East Street, on Wednesday, May 8, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

The event should be of real interest to people who already know the organisation, and want the latest news, as well as people who are curious about what it does.

All are invited to attend and there will be coffee, cakes, discussion and an interesting presentation by Dr Paul Cleave of Exeter University, talking about local sustainable food. 

The year 2023-2024 has been an active one for the group.

Its Community Larder has expanded its work, the Repair Café has restarted, the Sustainabubble (its hub in the Square) has offered a programme of activities including fabric upcycling and paper-printing and it has also started supporting a Swift project.

Once again, Sustainable Crediton has an active Climate Action Team within its ranks.

Alongside this, it has submitted an application to the Charity Commission to be become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) – an initiative approved at last year’s AGM. 

Terry Hadley, Acting Chair of Sustainable Crediton, says: “These difficult times, with political unrest, economic uncertainty, wars, international tension, and, above all, the climate crisis, are very unsettling.

“It is easy to feel we cannot do anything about them. Sustainable Crediton and its climate action team believe that lots of small individual changes, all within our capabilities, can make a difference.

“We can reduce waste, plant trees, help biodiversity, improve our energy usage, and  campaign actively. All are welcome at our AGM event on May 8 to share their views.”

As the organisation moves towards becoming a charity, John Craythorne, Chair of the Trustees-in-waiting says: “Being granted charitable status will give Sustainable Crediton greater credence and a higher profile locally.

“We will operate in accordance with Charity Commission requirements and in return will be recognised as existing for the public benefit.

“This should help us attract additional funding which we will use to extend the range and effectiveness of our projects.”

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