Congleton Climate Festival Week and Green Fayre 23rd to 30th October:

Congleton Sustainability Group and Congleton Town Council are holding a Climate Festival Week of events and Green Fayre to highlight to our community how important the COP26 negotiations are to us all and what each and everyone of us can do in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint. To that end we are planning to base the Festival Week around the key themes of our soon to be launched eLearning ‘Sustainable Living in Congleton’ course, namely Energy, Water, Travel, Waste and Food.

Specifically, the Saw Mill will be holding apple pressing demonstrations during the week.

The Green Fayre will be held on Saturday 30th October between 10am and 3pm with stalls and presentation space on Congleton High Street. The High Street will be closed to traffic. The monthly Makers Market will be held at the same time in the town centre, same day maximising the potential footfall, weather permitting! There will be over 30 stalls.

COP26 stands for the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties that signed up to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. 197 nations (Parties) signed up to the UNFCCC Treaty to ‘prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system’ in 1992. The Treaty puts the onus on developed countries to lead the way. The COP is the decision-making body and meets every year (but cancelled last year).

There have been three subsequent treaties, of which The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 and the Copenhagen Accord of 2009 both failed to deliver. However the Paris Agreement of 2015 was a success with every nation pledging to constrain emissions so as to reach net zero by 2050 and the richer nations re-pledging to provide $100 billion a year to help the poorest countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.

BUT current climate pledges are not enough to meet either of the Paris goals. Current warming is +1.2°C., increasing by 0.2°C. each decade. With current policies global warming will be 2.9°C. by 2100, which spells complete disaster.

COP26 is the first COP after the deadline whereby all nations agreed to ratchet up their nationally determined contributions and communicate their long-term strategies for achieving net-zero emissions and for the $100bn a year to help poorer countries to be paid.

COP26 is therefore incredibly important for the future of the planet.


Too few of you felt confident to support Paul Adby’s show so we postponed until 1st October, so hopefully you’ll feel able to join us for Paul’s fantastic guitar skills on that Friday evening, food and drink as usual.


Future diary dates for you: the West Kingston group have been rehearsing long and hard to be ready to put on a one act play in the cafe about a woman struggling with social isolation during Covid. If that sounds a bit heavy then we’re told the play including songs and joy that reflects on the real challenges of the last 18 months. The play will be on Friday and Saturday evenings 8th and 9th of October. Food and drink will be provided 🙂
Di Cooke and her gang will be following a similar theme with a play called Covideo on November 12 and 13th, food and drink too.

Twang Tastic

Twang Tastic
Paul Adby, of U3A and Spy Shadows fame, has built up a great following for his ‘Paul Adby – Music from the Twangtastic 50’s and 60s’ Facebook Live events. Lots of his 2,000 followers listen into his and Jeannie’s weekly sessions, usually Friday or Sunday evenings at 8pm on Facebook. 
As the cafe is slowly opening up, Paul has asked us to host his Twangtastic Show live on Friday 13th August. The plan is to open around 6.30pm and provide some food and plenty of drinks so that we’re all ready to give Paul and Jeannie’s show a cafe full of audience participation that has been so missing during Covid. 
Tickets will be an easy £5 including simple buffet food for a fascinating evening enjoying something really different that has come out of the pandemic!
First come, first served.