Parish Environment Group (PEG)

PEG earth

The PEG works to raise awareness in the Abbey and St Swithun’s congregations and in the wider community of environmental issues so as to help us lighten our footprint on God’s earth.

Since it was formed in 2017 the PEG has

  • Held compline services followed by a twilight walk to study bats around the Abbey.
  • Installed nesting boxes under the eaves of the church rooms to attract swifts.
  • Held an event to highlight the importance of bees.
  • Established a wildflower area at St Swithun’s.
  • Built a ‘bug hotel’ in the Abbey’s South Garth.
  • Encouraged the use of eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Applied for EcoChurch status with A Rocha UK.
  • Started a series of environment-focused talks.
  • In July 2019, gained A Rocha UK’s silver award for the Abbey and St Swithun’s. This is based on our performance in the areas of worship and teaching; how our buildings and land are managed; how we engage with our local community and are involved in global campaigns; the personal lifestyles of our congregations. Only 6 churches have a higher gold award.

PEG-related activities and news for 2019 onwards

  • Late May – Rogationtide Prayer Walk around the parish boundary (held on 26th May 2019).
  • 1st-6th October – Romsey Story-telling Festival. Chris Pritchard will be ‘telling’ the Godly Play style story of Living in a Fragile World.  This is a story about Creation and how humans have affected the planet – the creation of the earth, water, land, plants, animals, and people.
    Performances will be in the Abbey (St Lawrence’s Chapel): Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 2pm; Wednesday 2nd October at 2pm; Friday 4th October at 2pm; Saturday 5th October 10.30am and Sunday 6th October at 2pm. There is no performance on Thursday 3rd October.
  • Spring 2020 – Talk about recycling.
  • 22nd April 2020 – Earth day
  • Compline and Bat Walk (date to be announced).

Photo Gallery

PEG orchid

Above: Spotted orchids thriving at St Swithun’s.

PEG bat

Above: Romsey Abbey on the 2017 Compline and Bat Walk. Around 50 people took part.

PEG walk

Above: Churches together in Romsey – Rogation walk 2019. By one of the braids of the River Test (the Test Mill Stream).

Above: July 2019 – A bee-themed Diocesan schools service in Romsey Abbey.

Links

Winchester diocese environment page
Transition town Romsey
Packaging-free food and more in Romsey
Met Office information on climate change

 

Contact

If you are interested in the work of the group or have an issue you would like to raise with us please contact environment@romseyabbey.org.uk