Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Dee- lightful time on the Wirral




What do a former member of “The Scaffold”, Esther McVeigh, a Barn Owl called Eric and Eco-Congregation have in common? They all were in West Kirby on the edge of the Dee estuary, at St Bridget’s Church Fields to celebrate the second Wirral Earth Fest. Designed to raise awareness about sustainable living, protection of the environment and the health and well-being of communities, it started on Friday 12th September.. I found that West Kirby has good rail links to Preston except on a Sunday, so I only went to the Saturday event. This was in two fields by the church and school. There was music from a variety of artists, storytelling and delicious food. This ranged from vegetarian paella, Indian ‘thali’ real ale and the inevitable BBQ. I liked the apple press and the bee hive. Despite craft activities, bike powered smoothies and crazy eco-golf, the star of the show for most was Eric, a rescued Barn Owl with Wirral Barn Owl Trust. He attracted a lot of folk to the A Rocha stand since we were next to him. It meant we were able to talk to lots of people including some from St Mary’s in Upton. I had to leave at 4.00pm and unfortunately missed the church service the following morning. I also missed Esther McVeigh. Already I am planning for next year.