Take a look below at our exhibitors and contributors......
Wincanton Repair Café
Everyone has something they have put back in a cupboard with the idea of repairing one day. Those things sit there often for years until eventually they may even get thrown out. Here is your chance to have it repaired and use it again - or pass it on for others to use. One man's junk is another man's treasure - particularly if it's just been repaired! Come and receive help to repair your clothes, leather goods, general & mechanical repairs, electrics (not kettles - sorry), electronics including computers and radios, - and you can even learn to crochet! This is a free service but donations are welcome. Bring your 'needing love & attention' belongings and watch them being transformed for you to love once again.....
The Growing Space
The Growing Space is the charity that organises inspiring, meaningful gardening activities for both adults and children within their grounds opposite The Balsam Centre in Wincanton, Somerset. Their horticulture workers organise mood–boosting activities that enable beneficial contact with nature in the ornamental and productive gardens surrounding the Balsam Centre. They ensure that gardening activities meet the needs of everyone involved, whilst also matching the NHS 'five steps to wellbeing' which are 'connect, be active, take notice, learn & give'. The Growing Space will be open for you to visit and Nick Truman will be on hand to share skills and encourage people to get involved in growing, as well as making bee houses for solitary bee's to take home...........
Bunker Bushcraft Workshops
Bunker Bushcraft will be delivering four free exciting workshops in The Orchard for kids and parents. Experience fire-lighting, craft and charcoal making with Neil Anderson, Wincanton's bushcraft expert. Bushcraft is all about having the necessary skills and knowledge to look after yourself in the wild. Join us for a unique experience in a safe and friendly environment. We can’t show you how to catch a grizzly bear, but we can show you pretty much everything else to do with bushcraft, survival techniques and living off the land. If you love the great outdoors and want to learn more about living with mother nature's resources, come along and get involved....
Eco Centre South West
The Eco Centre’s mission is to 'empower people to live and work more sustainably'. Their aim is to inform, inspire and enable people, their communities, and the organisations they work for to take action on climate change and protect the environment. They are currently running an outreach project to work with community groups where they help people in those groups save money and cut their carbon footprint, and work with them to develop community wide actions that promote sustainability and carbon reduction/climate adaptation activities.
South East Somerset Beekeepers Association
South East Somerset Beekeepers association covering Castle Cary, Wincanton, Bruton, Zeals and surrounding villages are a relatively small but very friendly group who always welcome new members. They have a core of very experienced beekeepers who are always happy to help and advise new beekeepers and members of the public. They have recently established a new divisional apiary where they aim to provide practical beekeeping training for new members as well as provide an opportunity for more experienced beekeepers to swap ideas and try new techniques. South East Somerset Beekeepers Association will be in attendance promoting involvement in beekeeping and providing valuable advice on how to look after our primary pollinators.
Allsorts Clothes Bank
Allsorts Clothes Bank will be in attendance offering a range of quality, preloved children's clothing, helping families with the cost of living, whilst also saving the environment by keeping clothes in use and out of landfill. This is completely free and is a regular event at the Balsam Centre.... all welcome…
Green & Healthy Future Frome
A Green & Healthy Future for Frome wants to achieve a health and climate win-win. How? By exploring ways we can help local people to live lives which are good for their health and the planet.
This community-led initiative is based on the fact that these issues are firmly linked – if we improve one, we’ll also improve the other, enabling everyone to share in a better future. Green Healthy Future Frome will be doing a talk to share their amazing initiatives, and their practical, community led toolkits with Wincanton.
COMMUNITY ACTION TO TRANSFORM THE CALE HABITAT
A community group committed to returning the River Cale (Wincanton's lively and local river) to a self-sustaining ecosystem that is rich in bio-diversity and to be enjoyed by all. CATCH was recently recognised for their motivation and diligent monitoring of the River Cale. Their robust dataset and observations have now caught the attention of both the water company and the environmental regulator and we’re looking forward to working hard with both to keep on transforming the Cale habitat for the better! Catch will be sharing information about what they do and how to look after our, all important waterways.
Bootmakers, our local creative and pizza agency will be hosting an amazing workshop, upcycling, in which they will help children and adults to create outfits from old clothes. Light-hearted fun with these creative geniuses, face painters and perhaps a fashion show at the end of the session to help promote recycling and reuse of our valuable resources.
Lynne Franks OBE Workshop
Social Purpose Entrepreneur Lynne Franks, author of The SEED Handbook, the feminine way to create business, and founder of Wincanton’s SEED Hub, will present a workshop for women on how to create their own SEED Community Action Pod, where they can collaboratively initiate and run heart-led community activities and sustainable businesses to grow their lives and those in need.
Carymore Environmental Trust
Carymoor bring green issues to life all year round using their remarkable site which combines a capped landfill site with a beautiful nature reserve, sensory and wildflower gardens, a replica shanty town, Celtic roundhouse, forest school area and a sustainably built education centre. Carymore will have an information stand to promote the aims of their charity and tell others about what they have done in terms of habitat restoration and sustainable building on their former landfill turned nature reserve and how volunteers can get involved. They will also be promoting their courses including willow crafts, pottery, rural skills and family and school events
Zac Greening S.O.S. Workshop
Zac is a local artist who works in a wide range of media from discarded plastic bottles to organic matter. Often these materials are fused together to reinforce the aesthetic or narrative that he’s looking to express. Common themes found in his work often abstractly express or make a comment on issues such as sustainability, environmental degradation, or consumption. Zac will be showing his latest community art and activism installation entitled ‘Message in a bottle - S.O.S. [Save our seas]’.
FOLDE Dorset Bookshop
FOLDE Dorset is an independent shop focused on nature writing that opened in 2021 on Shaftesbury’s iconic Gold Hill. Run with strong sustainability principles, it was inspired by its owners' shared love of the countryside and recognition of the restorative value of being in nature. Named as Bookshop Heroes Class of '21 by the Bookseller Magazine just eight months after opening, this small shop has fast become a go-to for those seeking writing around the natural world and how we interact with it.
ELEMENTS POP UP CINEMA
ELEMENTS POP UP CINEMA
Elements Pop Up Cinema will be showing a host of films on rotation to inspire educate and encourage people to do more for the environment. Prepare to be blown away by the array of short films that are on offer.