Plugged in at Bradford on Avon to green idea

Wiltshire Times: Shay Parsons, front, with the electric van and Amy Starr, Sylvia Tate, Kevin Sharpe, Maureen Wood and Rowena Quantrill Shay Parsons, front, with the electric van and Amy Starr, Sylvia Tate, Kevin Sharpe, Maureen Wood and Rowena Quantrill

People interested in creating a greener lifestyle headed to Bradford on Avon’s Eco Trade Fair, to hear how they could save money and reduce their bills.

More than 175 people visited the 20 stalls set up in St Margaret’s Hall on Saturday and listened to advice on renewable energy and saving money on heating, using insulation and draft-proofing sash windows.

People were able to sign up for surveys, including roofing services, and there were leaflets and booklets to take away.

The fair was set up by the Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon group as an opportunity to learn about some of the practical ways people can tackle the dual problems of climate change and fuel poverty.

Rowena Quantrill, one of the organisers, said: “The fair did the job and we have had very good feedback from the stall holders. ”

Two electric cars were on display, as well as an electric motorbike, showing people the benefits and how much mileage there can be with one charge.

An electric van, the same used for Christmas deliveries in the town, provided a free shopping delivery service, and there was also a display of environment-friendly products available in the town and an activities table for children.

MP Duncan Hames also attended the fair and met the stall holders, while mayor John Potter drew the raffle, with prizes including environment-friendly products, eco kettles and vouchers.

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