The Tale of Two Bristol Greenpeace Picnics - one a washout the other divine!

Bristol Greenpeace members were involved in two picnics in the last week of August.  Two very different events, but both were considered to be successful.

 

All was set for our August Bank Holiday Summer Social - a veggie picnic and barbeque in the leafy grounds of Vyvyan Terrace gardens.  The venue was booked, the barbeque had been delivered, those attending had planned their dishes to bring and share, the Greenpeace banners were ready to be unfurled and happy summery tunes had been chosen for the music playlist.  We should have known better than to choose a Bank Holiday weekend for an outdoor event.  Yes, you guessed it the weather forecast was predictably predicted to rain. Not just a bit of drizzle or showers but good old British relentless heavy downpour type of rain.  Hastily we rearranged the venue to the nearby downstairs ba at The Channings Hotel.  We also had to abandon the idea of a picnic and resort to buying Sunday lunch and drinks.  The bar area reserved for us was substantial, comfortable but most of all, it was dry and warm. Thanks to all who attended and it was especially good to meet friends from the Stroud group = Mark, Paul, Chris and Jenny.  Also big thanks to Fi for all her organising and reorganising as well as those who brought raffle prizes.  Overall it was deemed a worthwhile occasion to mingle, chat, eat and drink but I think we all lamented the lack of sun on our faces, the lush grass beneath our feet, the relaxing chirrup of birds and being surrounded by trees and shrubs!

 

Later in the week Carol, Fi and I set up a campaign stall at The Big Green Picnic which was held on College Green and organised by the Diocese of Bristol.  Thankfully the weather was wonderfully dry with a gentle breeze and intermittent sunshine - virtually perfect picnic weather.  A very congenial couple of hours where we engaged with picnickers and those workers who were spending their lunch break in the sun.  We had a good response to our petitions to End Ocean Plastics and Protect the Antarctic.  The organisers wanted to encourage those attending to be free of single-use plastic.  In keeping with that theme, they invited other stallholders such as City to Sea, Zero Green (zero waste shop) and Sustrans.  Overall a very gentle and worthwhile event which gave us plenty of opportunities to have some lovely green conversations.

 

Please find below photos of the two events.  Thanks Carol and Varujan Smallwood (Telling Tales Films) for the additional pics. 

An embarrassing confession: Sorry not to have included the wonderful group photo for the Bank Holiday social as my camera did not have the memory card inserted.  I thought it had a modicum of internal memory but alas it hasn't.