Holy Trinity, Cleeve wins Green Church of
the Year 2007
Holy Trinity recently entered the National Green Church
Awards sponsored by the Church Times (the worlds leading Anglican weekly
newspaper). They were successful in two categories - 'Campaigning to Cut
Carbon' and (as a consequence of its range of environmental activities) the
overall First Prize winner "Green Church of the Year". Part of the focus for
this award was the Court de Wyck walking bus scheme.
Rev Cathy Horder -
"In 2005 Holy Trinity Church won an award as the first
Ecocongregation in the Diocese of Bath & Wells. We had begun our
eco-programme in 2002 with various projects in and around the church. After
winning this award we began to look for ways in which we could work with the
community of Cleeve in creating a more sustainable lifestyle. We had an
evening in which we showed the Al Gore film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and this
was followed by a public meeting at Cleeve Village Hall to see if we could
find ways of reducing our carbon footprint in this village.
The idea of the Walking Bus was initiated by Chair of
Governors Dave Mortimer. It developed out of the School Travel Plan which he
had formulated with the help of other governors. After consultation with
North Somerset Council and appropriate training, we began the Bus after
At first we only had five children, but by the end of the
summer term it had risen to eleven. In April 2007 national walk-to-school
week took place and we decided to run the bus every day during that week.
From that the impetus to run it regularly on three days a week grew
(Tues/Wed/Thurs). There have been fluctuations in numbers, but during the
sunnier months we had over thirty children on our books. Our ambition is to
run the Bus five days a week, so we are looking for six more volunteers to
cover Mondays and Fridays!!!
As a result of all the things going on at Holy Trinity,
the Walking Bus and our petition against the expansion of Bristol Airport we
won the overall best church of the year award."
Congratulations to Holy Trinity from all at
Court de Wyck