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News from MDCE — By Eric Davis

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In the previous ‘Messenger’, I wrote that the Spring Festival had been cancelled.

Festival dates are now ‘Health & Wellbeing’ on Wednesday 13 October and ‘Go Green’ on Friday 29 October – with Drayton Arts’ Festival commencing the following day.

Full details in the next Issue of ‘The Messenger’. We anticipate 30 exhibitors at both events; open to the public 10.00 am-2.00 pm, tying in with cafe times. Entry is free of charge to both visitors and exhibitors. Exhibitors expected at ‘Go Green’ in October include: the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England; Shropshire Wildlife Trust; Fordhall Farm; Shropshire’s Composting Co-ordinator; Veolia with Shropshire Waste Management; Market Drayton Weather, Climate & Environment Group; Rotary in Market Drayton and Shropshire’s Rural Communities Charity’s Fuel Buying Scheme. The new date immediately precedes the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow between 1-12 November.

In conjunction with the ‘Go Green’ Festival, MDCE proposes to launch a local campaign to promote Shropshire Climate Action Partnership’s (SCAP) Zero Carbon Shropshire Plan (SCSP) to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. ZCSP identifies a series of recommended actions suitable for everyone – from individuals and households to businesses and local government. Supported by Shropshire Council, we hope that Market Drayton’s newly elected Town Councillors will embrace the concept by supporting MDCE’s initiative.

A thank you to respondents providing ‘environmental’ feedback from a survey conducted by MDCE last year. Action has been put on hold until the ‘Go Green’ Festival. The reason for this is that the subsequent scenario could be substantially affected as a result of applying ZCSP recommended actions.

Future themed surveys to identify the post-Covid era’s realistic ‘wish list’ for Market Drayton and District residents will then be conducted via hard copy and on-line editions of ‘The Drayton Messenger’.

MDCE is a member of the Voluntary Community Sector Assembly (VCSA), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Shropshire Providers’ Consortium (SPC), Shropshire Climate Action Partnership (SCAP) and endeavours to work in harmony with the Town and Shropshire Councils, Drayton Medical Practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) and other local organisations having complementary objectives.

MARKET DRAYTON
COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE CIO —

(Registered Charity Number 1178317)

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