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St Andrew's, Rugby is a Gold Eco Church
03/10/19

St Andrew’s Church in Rugby has been awarded the Eco Church Gold Award. St Andrew's is one of only five churches across the country that has achieved this award.

In December 2018 St Andrew's launched the first of their Sustainable Saturday events where local businesses and groups come to the church to sell plastic-free, eco-friendly and charitable goods. These are a regular, monthly event at St Andrew’s and include free activities for families (e.g. storytelling) as well as different talks and demonstrations. The café is open from 10am, and from midday it serves a vegan lunch.

St Andrew’s also has a crowd-funding campaign to transform its grounds into a place for Peace, Performance and Play. Recently Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council have pledged to support the project. They aim to; reduce and replenish the current plants, make more space for community events and develop a flagship bee-friendly garden. They plan to do this whilst improving sight boundaries, with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour in the centre of town. They will co-curate the space with users and install a water fountain, charging points and a story telling chair. Another aim of this project is to protect and enhance the current memorial garden by developing a community-driven arts commission with new seating, offering a safe refuge for reflection. By pledging a minimum of £150 people can have a loved one's name included and remembered in the memorial .

The former Vicar of St Andrew's, the Revd Imogen Nay said:

"The Award is the result of hard work not only of our congregation members and staff but also the local community. We have been amazed at the way the community has supported us in our eco ventures, from the making of eco bricks, to support for our St Andrew's Garden Project and to attending our Sustainable Saturday Fayres. We have been exploring new ways to worship and this has taken us outside with the development of Muddy Church. The momentum and enthusiasm behind a genuine love and care for creation is strong in Rugby; for us this is only the beginning of the journey and we look forward to working in partnership with many more people and organisations to transform our local communities and make them healthier environments for all to live in."

Bishop Christopher will present the award to St Andrew's during the Choral Eucharist Service on the 22nd December.

For more information on the transformation of St Andrew’s grounds please visit: https://www.spacehive.com/standrewsrugby 

Eco Church is a scheme run by A Rocha, a Christian environmental charity. To find out more about the scheme visit http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/