Belper Goes Green is Transition Belper's ECO Festival that aims to share simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly ways of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way that puts a smile on the face of Belper.
We have 2 stages of, mostly, acoustic entertainment, a CAMRA Beer Festival with 30 real ales, hot and cold food including plenty of delicious veggie options, toys and activities to keep the little ones happy, crafts and community art projects to get stuck in to, a health and wellbeing area to relax and find peace, energy and low carbon travel advice, craft and recycling stalls galore, a whole range of community groups, charities and campaigns, a tent just for interesting talks and thought-provoking films.
So come on down and enjoy the fun, just relax and enjoy the music or get stuck in by getting on a bike to help power up the second stage, make a Bloomin’ Junk flower, get yourself a massage or just browse the dozens of stalls.
If you would like to be involved in helping at the festival please email email@example.com
Volunteers are needed for setting up and running Belper Goes Green from Thursday 2nd June (marking out the site layout), Friday 3rd June (main set up day) Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th with tasks including programme sales, looking after the transition stall or helping out with entertainments, kid's zone, health and wellbeing area, talks and films tent or the craft projects area. We'll also need help taking it all down on Monday 6th. It is great being part of the team and helping to make the event a huge success again - there are also refreshment tokens available for volunteers as a thank you and reward. We have created a Doodle Poll where you can add your name to the volunteers and let us know when you are available. Or you can email David to let him know what you can do. When completing the form please add your email address and phone number in the comments or email them to David separately.
Click here to see a video and photos of Belper Goes Green 2013
Click here to see a video and photos of Belper Goes Green 2014
Click here to see photos of Belper Goes Green 2015
Map - just in case you need directions. Belper Rugby Club is next to Babington Hospital and opposite Strutts Community Centre on Derby Road - the main A6 trunk road. There are bus stops on the main road and Belper Bus Station is on Chapel Street around 200 metres north. Belper Station is off King Street another 200 metres away.
This year, for the first time, we'll be setting aside an area for camping. A changing room in the club house will be converted to a unisex wash/shower rooms available from 7.30 am until midnight. We'll also be getting in some portable WCs for use by campers and as additional toilet facilities during the festival opening hours. Rules - no fires, dogs must be on a lead at all times and instant BBQs must be raised off the ground. Portaloos don't come cheap so we'll be charging a very reasonable £10 for camping for the weekend. If you'd like to bring your tent and camp for the weekend please complete the online booking form or email David with your name, email address and phone number.
Stalls and attractions confirmed so far...
Entertainment looking good
The full running order is available here (PDF 228 kb)
From the traditional ballads and storytelling of Pete Castle to the funky blues of Blackfish, this year's line -up should have something for everyone. Headlining on the Saturday will be Headsticks whose latest album 'Feather and Flame' skillfully blends folk roots with punk energy. Combined with the lyrics and vocals of Andrew Tranter, they are clearly an act to watch out for.
Local artists will of course feature strongly with the songwriting and vocals of Robyn Johnson a major attraction. Acoustic acts will also include Dave and Chris, Joel Davis and Sue Mcfarlane. And of course, no Belper Goes Green line up would be complete without Peter Rollings aka Experimental Sonic Machines - straight from his underwhelming reception on Britain's Got Talent.
Friday night will also feature a strong line up this year with Moon Bullet, Water For Dogs, Red Ruff - with a slightly altered line - and The Fat Valley Brothers.
The whole weekend will build to a rousing rock 'n roll finale on Sunday spearheaded by Kitty and the Cadillacs and The Cassettes. If you were lucky enough to be at Belper Rugby Club's Christmas Benefit Party, you will know what to expect. Some new faces too this year with Itty Bitty Committee, Annette Oakes andmaking their BGG debuts.
Further acts have recently been added including Juneau, Barney Rubbelz, Motormouth, Chris Butler, Songsmiths, Matt McGuinness and Familiar Roots.
Two stages and the full spectrum of contemporary music. And, oh yes, Folk Friendzy will return to demonstrate the art of formation dancing and the Twisted Tongues spoken word collective will pop up where you least expect them with surprising renditions. On the second stage Nick spins the platters plus Backseat Harmonies, Sunflower Thieves, Leo Swarvett, poets, Nick Glyn Davies, Tony Stark and more.
Headsticks, Blackfish and Robyn Johnson
Talks and films programmes
Saturday: Talks Tent
11:15 - 12.00 John Beardmore: Thoughts on Renewable
John has worked with the Derbyshire Alternative
Technology Association and various Transition and church
T4 Sustainability, the company that John co-founded
thirteen years ago, undertakes projects ranging from
carbon accounting to the installation of renewable energy
Today John is going to give a brief introduction to
renewable energy systems, then answer any questions as
technical or strange as you like, about renewables and
sustainable energy systems.
12:15 - 1:00 Tony Roelich - Campaigning to Improve Cycle
Tony is from the Derby Cycling Group who have
had successes around some of the outstanding issues in
providing better cycling facilities in Derby and the
surrounding area. The talk will describe the national
Space4Cycling campaign and explain what the audience
can do to assist. The audience will be encouraged to
provide their views on what needs to be done to allow
cycling usage to grow as a form of everyday transport.
2.00 - 4.00 The Human Library:
Join us at the Human Library where the books are the people
and reading is a conversation. Pop in to borrow a human “book” to learn about another life. Examples of books you
might find in the Human Library include: Muslim Woman,
Trans Man,Trans Mum, Wheelchair User, Eastern European
Immigrant, Roma, Refugee, Goth, Ex-offender and many
Just pop - in, no need to book ahead, but we recommend
getting in quick as books are subject to availability.
4.00 - 4.45 Ed Sills - Belper Nailed: An Alternative Newspaper for Belper.
Ed Sills is a writer and a Belper resident. He is the editor of
Belper Nailed, Belper’s alternative on-line newspaper.
Belper Nailed has now been running for over 6 months.
This talk will reflect on why Belper Nailed was needed,
some of the issues in running a successful community
start-up, future plans for Belper Nailed and how people
can get involved. Ed will be joined by other members of
Belper Nailed for a Q and A session at the end of the talk.
Sunday: Film Programme
11.00 The Transition Town Movement.
In Transition 1.0 - Transition Towns (50 minutes) This
film from the Transition Town movement records how
communities around the world are responding to climate
change with creativity, imagination and humour.
12.00 Another Look at Litter.
The Red Balloon - (35min) A red balloon follows a small
boy through the streets of Paris.
12.40 The Plastic Bag - (17 min) Struggling with its
immortality a discarded plastic bag tries to discover its
purpose in the world. This is quite simply the best film ever
made about a plastic bag.
12.57 The Lamp - (3 mins) Two girls make an exciting
discovery amongst the debris of a demolished warehouse.
2.00 Buildings and the Environment.
The Magic of Manning Pit - (15 mins) A documentary
about the love of a community for a beauty spot threatened
2.20 How Buildings Learn: Unreal Estate (35 mins) In
1997 Stewart Brand made a series of documentaries on
what happens to buildings after they have been built. This
episode looks at the effect of planning regulations on the
built environment and suggests an alternative approach to
planning based upon actual needs and use.
3.00 Cycling and Cyclists.
Brussels Express - (20 minutes) A documentary
based around bicycle messengers battling with
cars in Europe’s most congested city.
3.25 Havana Bikes - (6 mins) New bikes and parts
are difficult to buy in Cuba. This film tells the
story of the handful of mechanics who keep
Havana’s bicycles on the road.
3.35 Boikzmoind: A Fixed Gear Bicycle (30mins) A film about riding fixies in Bristol. Why ride a bike
with no gears and no brakes in a city full of hills?
4.10 36 Bicycles - (7 minutes) It is hard to stop your bike
being stolen when you live in New York. The commentator
reflects on the 36 bikes that have been stolen from him
through his 27 years of cycling in the Big Apple.
4.20 Tall Bike Tour Pt 1, Vision and Dreams - (11 mins)
The philosophy behind the tall bike movement.
Stalls and other attractions confirmed to date...
Activities - get involved...
Bloomin' Plastic, Bloomin' Junk - Emma will be leading workshops to make flowers from junk to add to the hundreds already made at school and other workshops taking place in the run up to Belper Goes Green. Why don't you make a flower or two and bring them along? The flowers will be added to a spiral pattern creating a walkway to the centre circle
Have a go at stone balancing with Carole Beavis in the Health and Wellbeing area - how high can you go?
Recycled collage - we'll have a net hung up over a painting created by a Belper School Year 12 student. The idea is to weave bits of scrap into the net to match the colours of the painting to create our scrap collage.
Repair workshop - Richard Bett will be helping you repair your broken items using Milliput. This stuff will stick anything together and can be sanded, sawn or painted. If you've broken something bring it along and we'll see if we can make a repair.
Circus skills - the Creative Intentions cafe guys and gals will be leading circus skills fun and games in the kid's zone
DerwentWISE and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be offering taster session in pole lathe turning and dry stone walling
Peak and Dukeries Greenwood Workers are setting up their Bodgers Camp for greenwood crafts, pole lathe turning, rural crafts Besom making, rake making etc as well as a light display at night in a tepee
Creative Art Development - Rita Kappia will be delivering her unique artist lead Happy Doll making workshops a creative recycling activity for adults and children, make your own unique Happy Doll using recycled materials (no sewing involved) just lots of fun.
Weaveknitit - Weaveknitit’s Woolly Roadshow: Come along and learn how to spin, weave and crochet in a fun way. Use basic crochet and spinning skills to disguise yourself with a beard, dreads, wig or make yourself a moustache! Use basic spinning, crochet and weaving skills to have fun.
Food and drink...
Spice it up BBQ - Caribbean bbq cooking Caribbean food on large charcoal bbq,s menu items: jerk chicken, stuffed sea bass, stuffed cous cous peppers, curry mutton , rice & peas, corn on cob, salad, coleslaw, baked sweet potato , plantain
Crepesel - Ilkeston outdoor caterers offering crepes including gluten-free pancakes
Numinums Organic Veggie Cafe - Numinums is an ethical, organic, veggie and vegan mobile café. They use organic, fair-trade, and locally sourced ingredients where possible, and use recyclable and compostable packaging. They make tasty Falafels, with home-made houmous, locally grown salad, and fresh Spelt flour flatbreads
Speedough Pizza- Churrromania - hand made pizza from the wood-fired oven
Mrs Whitedog's Cafe - Mrs. Whitedog's Café is a small mobile tea-room, providing hot and cold drinks, and the very finest home-made cakes and vegetarian food to the festival going community, along with a relaxed ambience, and genial hospitality, at affordable prices.
Bespoke Brownies - Decadent Bespoke Brownies, Cakes and Tray-bakes
Sound Bites - Sound Bites is an independent ethical wholefood shop and
not-for-profit workers co-op, specialising in a wide range of vegetarian, vegan foods and free from foods – many of which are Fairtrade and/or organic
The Nice Lolly Company - Handmade and 100% plant based ice lollies using only whole fruits and natural ingredients
Veggies Catering Campaign - Veggies Catering Campaign is a not-for-profit social enterprise, supporting campaigns for animals, people, planet and peace since 1984. We are volunteer led and 100% vegan, selling a range of hot and cold snacks, including our multi award-winning Veggies Burgers! We are campaign caterers, encouraging people to help make a more compassionate world through their dietary choices.
Smith Hall Organics - Organic pulled pork cobs plus home made pork pies and organic sausages
Creative Intentions - Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Wraps, Homemade soup and scrumptious salads. Chill out space and free Circus skills workshops
Fresh Basil - the famous paella pan returns
Matlock Meadows Ice Cream - real dairy ice cream hand made on our family farm using milk from our own dairy cows
This Means RAW - Delicious RAW food cuisine. Handmade Organic bespoke cakes, treats, savoury snacks and salads! All gluten and cane sugar free!
Pie-eyed Kitchen - We are a small business producing handmade Vegan and Vegetarian Pies we call them 'Vork Pies' you can eat them cold with a dollop of chutney or warm with mash and a boat of onion gravy. We also have a range of scotch egg type snacks
The Fruit & Herb Company - "This company knows its chutney’s. Based just down the road in West Hallam it’s hard to find a better chutney, pickle and jam man this this one." Nailed.Belper
Campaigns, community groups and charities...
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect all wildlife across the whole county. We manage 42 nature reserves, including moorland, wetlands, woodlands and wildflower meadows. We work with schools, local communities, local authorities, landowners and others to promote and protect the natural environment. We are a Registered Charity, supported by 14,000 members.
Amber Valley Green Party - We have information about the national Green Party - its policies and campaigning issues. We can also tell you about what is happening in the Green Party locally in Amber Valley area and how you can join us to make a difference to your local environment.
Derby Cycling Group - Derby Cycling Group has been campaigning for cycling provision in the Derby area since 1979. Much has been achieved but much remains to be done. Visit the stall to discuss your priorities for cycling provision. The Derwent Valley Cycleway Group will also be displaying their plans for a cycleway linking Derby and Matlock following the course of the River Derwent.
Belper Amnesty International - Leaflets, letters and petitions for the public to sign. Books, bric a brac etc for sale to raise funds. Poster display to show AI's work. We may bring our "cage" to illustrate imprisonment.Human Rights info.
Oxfam - charity stall selling second hand clothes, accessories, camping, jewellery, toys, bric-a-brac etc.
Bookcrossing - (also BC, BCing or BXing) is defined as "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. Here we have a whole stall full of free books
Belper Labour Party
Greenpeace - Information about world-wide environmental campaigns and concerns
Belper Gardening Club - local group selling annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants and recycled wood planters, to raise funds. Activities include making paper plant pots and children's card and paper crafts.
B-Hive - the planned new ECO hub and shop for Belper making a tentative start with dried goods and eco refills
Nailed - Write a Story for Nailed Belper! Try your hand at community journalism, storytelling/creative writing, photo-journalism or video reporting and be published online on Nailed!
DerwentWISE - Try your hand at dry stone walling and pole lathing for adults or bee & butterfly arts and crafts for children. Learn more about the landscape with DerwentWISE, Daces and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
Rural Action Derbyshire - a campaign to increase suicide awareness
Global Justice Derby - the fight for a fairer world that serves the needs of all of its people, North and South
Belper Neighbourhood Plan - come and have your say on the future of Belper
Friends of Belper Parks Ltd - FoBP Ltd was set up to maintain, protect and improve the wildlife and historical features of Belper Parks and associated sites within Duffield Frith. We are raising funds for our latest project to increase the bee population of Belper Parks which has been in decline in the last few years.
Belper Community Development Co-op - local group looking to develop projects in Belper including community garden schemes
RSPB - The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Wild Things - Wild Things Ecological Education Collective provides high quality, tailored, learning experiences in the natural environment for 5 to 18 year olds. Established as a social co-operative in Nottinghamshire since 1997, we work each year with around 1,000 children and young people from groups such as schools, play schemes, youth groups and life skills groups.
Lina's Cat Rescue - We are a not-for-profit rescue group based in the East Midlands, UK. We rescue and rehome over 300 cats a year and this year is looking to be our biggest yet as we approach official 'charity' status.
Derby City Council Fostering Campaign - Derby City Fostering Team are in need of foster carers for Derby children. Our friendly team are available for you to chat to.
Future for Families / Swiss Aid for Bosnia - Future for Families supports children from individual families in Bosnia still suffering from the effects of the holocaust in 1995. Some of these are sponsored by individuals in Belper and local musisinas have also helped with fund raising. Jenny Stone-Wigg MBE who heads the charity will be at the festival to meet people interested in what we do. We will be selling a mixture of Bosnian Craft items and some music accessories. See Jenny Stone-Wigg's facebook page for more information
Belper North Mill Trust - Come and join in a variety of craft activities that will help you to explore and understand more about Belper's heritage and in particular the unique history of the Strutt's North Mill.
Belper Early Years Fun - We are a constituted, not for profit organisation, set up by volunteers to fight the closure of Belper Children's Centre and with the aim to continue to provide as many of the services as possible in the face of budget cuts.
Save Babington Hospital - Save our community hospital. Defend our NHS
Amber Valley Against Fracking - join the campaign to stop dangerous and harmful fracking in Amber Valley
Derbyshire Toy Libraries - assisted by the Guides we will providing our pop up play area with chance to play with some fabulous toys and resources - plus fun crafts and fundraising stall selling off our preloved and donated toys
Painting and art auctions - we'll have the easels, paper and paint at the ready for our younger visitors to produce creative masterpieces. And then we'll hold an auction for charity at the end of each day
Zoe's Party Animals - a fantastic hands on animal experience that includes animals encounters, handling and education of the care and the upkeep of our animals
Bugs 'n' Bones - an interactive, educational service to children and adults alike introducing children to the world of unusual and exotic animals. We teach them about where they come from, what they eat and also how to care for them. By teaching children about the care required we hope it will help prevent poor husbandry for now and in the future. Saturday only.
Energy and transport ...
Juicy Bikes - Ride this way Juicy Bike are a Peak district based company selling e-bikes that look good, ride brilliantly and get you places (mainly up hills). Our electric bikes are styled with a hint of retro in a great range of nature inspired colours designed to stand out from the crowd without having to shout. We're proud to provide electric bikes at a great price, backed up by service, quality and excellent customer reviews. Our modular design and battery options enable you to perfectly match the bike to your needs, your journeys and your budget.
T4 Sustainability Ltd - Advising on energy, carbon and cost reduction, and anything to do with the engineering aspects of sustainability
V3 Power Co-op - V3 Power was set up in 2006 and is based in Nottingham, UK. We are in the interesting position of being both an engineering company installing, maintaining and servicing small renewable energy systems a well as an education provider running courses in schools, universities and for members of the public. V3 are also providing the solar power for the main stage and the bike power for the second stage
Co-operative Energy - Our dual fuel tariffs don't just offer great value for money we’re also one of the only energy providers who put principles before profit. That means only making decisions with you in mind, always offering fair prices, and doing our bit to combat climate change too.
Health and wellbeing...
Ultimate Healing - I provide various types of massages and holistic treatments. I also sell mystical items and home made organic & natural skin care products.
North Star Crystals - Natural crystals & gemstones for healing, meditation & development. Orgonite accumulators, wands, pendulums and crystal spheres
Derma Enhance - DemaEnhance Skin Salve is a Vegan, wholly natural, cruelty free and ethically produced and distributed moisturising cream. It contains some organic ingredients. It also contains a significant amount of Cranberry extract which is very healing for the skin. Skin Salve sooths and heals mild to severe dry skin completely and helps with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and acne.
Weleda - Weleda Wellbeing Advisor Annette Negus - 100% natural and certified skin care
Forever Living - Highest quality Aloe Vera lotions, drinking gels and vitamins.All ethically sourced with no herbicides or pesticides and GM free.
Thai Yoga Place - Thai Yoga Massage - 20 minute tasters for £10
ECO Shops, Crafts and recycling...
Twee Stuff - We craft a variety of items like sock monsters, jewellery items, cushions, revamped walking sticks and gift items using up recycled stuff that other folk have finished with
Rosalind Pounder Artist - I make small nest like vessels and handmade books from foraged and found materials.
Garden Gallery - animal artist creating both felted and painted work and specialising in pet portraits (felted or painted).
Guy Badham Photography - Derbyshire-based wildlife and nature photographer for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Visit Peak District. I am selling a wide range of mounted photographs of Derbyshire Landscape and Wildlife plus Lancasters over Ladybower.
Pookledoo - Handmade jewellery from semi precious gemstones and reycled materials
Jackie Morgan - Hand made items from paper and fabric
Clerestory Glass - Hand made unique decorative and practical glass items from recycled windows and bottles, including plaques, bowls, ladles, tiles, jewellery. Equipment is also recycled
Ingrained - A new venture into the world of wood craft and glass using recycled arboricultural timber
Second Chance Crafts - Cards and book art using a substantial amount of recycled elements
The Unique Gift Co - Their ethos is to make beautiful gifts and home wares by recycling unwanted or foraged materials. Each piece is unique, individually hand-made so you'll never find an exact copy! Minor defects from the materials' original function add character to each piece. They aim to take something which is dead, and give it a new lease of life!
Adamson Jewellery - Exclusive statement jewellery using sterling silver, copper, brass, recycled, up-cycled and chain elements. Inspired by the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the Peak District's natural form. Created in Belper in the Amber Valley, the Heart of Derbyshire. I often use recycled and upcycled elements in my pieces to add charm and history to these unique pieces of jewellery.
Julie Bullock - Coiled,burnished smoke fired ceramics.
Natural Favours - Natural confetti, flower seeds & homegrown cut-flowers
Yew Can't Cedar Wood Fir the Trees - Handcrafted Wooden Toys all made from reclaimed timber or factory offcuts
Jewelzonline - Handmade, Silver, Contemporary Jewellery and Gifts
Belle and Olive - I specialise in hand crafted, one of a kind, quirky textile and mixed media jewellery and art. I try to recycle as much as possible and like to use wool sweaters, vintage textiles and old sewing notions in my creations…even the odd rusty nail….I like nothing more than to rummage through an old button tin to find treasures to adorn my works
Mothly Marveille - We are two artists, one a painter and one a wood carver. We spend alot of time with nature, particularly in the woods, and create small scale craft items inspired by the woodlands and their wildlife
Claire Duberry Illustrator Artist - an artist illustrator based in rural Derbyshire. I embrace all physical mediums, and often integrate this with digital programs such as Photoshop. I work in a variety of ways to suit the client’s needs, whether this is client led and integrated within a committee or community, or on an open brief basis.
CooCoo C'est Moi - Handcrafted bags and accessories in tweed
Sea Breeze - I create jewellery and decorative items inspired by my love of the seaside using found and upcycled materials. I've always loved being by the sea, at any time of year and whatever the weather. I've even been beachcombing in a mini blizzard! After scouring beaches for treasures, including sea glass, pottery, wood, shells, rope and plastic, I craft them into lovely things to wear or display.
Inuro Encaustic Arts - A range of small original scented encaustic (melted beeswax) paintings, prints, cards and small encaustic gifts including photo frames, plant markers and bookmarks.
English Rose Candles and Gifts - We are a mother and daughter team, who make environmentally friendly eco soya wax candles and melts using all renewable sources and recycled tins. Good for the environment and for people. we also make small button canvas and lavender wheat bags.
Webbyhead - Pretty Handmade barrow, selling handmade flower garlands, animal drawings, ponchos and pixie jumpers, vintage style earings, rings and pendants and childrens friendship bands.
The Herb Deli - A variety of home grown living herbs, potted or in hanging baskets, lovingly cared for right up to the point of sale. Upcycled hand made slate products, and a few fairies in the mix.
Ozymandias Rings - beautiful trinkets from the detritus of Civiliasation. A selection of rings made from old and foreign coins. 10% of all sales will go to support the people of the autonomous region of Rojava in Syria.
Genuine Gemstones - Josephine's Inspirations - I make & sell my own gemstone jewellery designs. Using reputable UK Jewellery supply companies. Ensuring the Gemstones are ethically sourced from countries all over the World. I love the gifts Mother Nature has given for us all
Vix Wix - makes eco soy wax melts
Green Emporium - offers customers who are looking for ways to be green a carefully selected range of good quality, well-designed household, leisure beauty, baby, well-being and gift products that have been developed and produced with care for the environment.
That Fair Trade Shop - Shop for a better, fairer world with "That Fair Trade Shop" in Ripley. We sell a wide range of handicrafts and fairtrade food plus envirinmentally friendly cleaning products with refillable bottles