By Joe Burns, Commission Member
This is the title of an event that has been
organised by the Northern Dioceses’
Environment Group (NDEG). The NDEG first
met in 2017 to bring together people who
are concerned about the environment and
who are also active in their own dioceses. It
was inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si
encyclical and created an opportunity to
bring together people who care about
creation, climate change and poverty. The
objectives of the NDEG are:


Last year they held their first in-person day
event after the pandemic in Leeds – with the
support of the Commission.

This year the event will be held on Saturdayt
18 May in Preston at St.Wilfrid’s parish

NDEG is inviting parishes and individuals from
across the North of England to come along to
this day . One of the keynote speakers will be
Francis Stewart who is part of the Theology
team at CAFOD. He will be exploring how
issues about the way we obtain our food
relate to our faith. There will also be speakers
who will explain what is happening in
Lancashire to create a more sustainable food
system as well as a speaker exploring how
food insecurity affects those experiencing


logo for groupThere will be a Fairtrade stall and a plant andseed swap stall. If you have any excess seedlings or seeds then you can bring somealong and swap them for something else! There will also be a stall about howmicroplastics are affecting our food.

Everyone coming is invited to bring some
food to share with others at lunchtime
(nothing that requires cooking or heating up)
– something that people on t’other side of
the Pennines apparently refer to as a ‘Jacob’s

St Wilfred’s Parish Centre is a 5 min walk
from Preston train station. There is also
ample parking in the shopping complex
opposite the train station (the shopping
centre complex is called St George’s and is
accessed from Lune Street). Avenham Car
Park (PR1 3XA) is cheaper (£5.50 compared
to £8) – and still only a 5 min walk to St
Wilfred’s Parish Centre.

There are direct trains to Preston from
several West Yorkshire stations. The
Commission will reimburse train travel
expenses for anyone who wants to attend
this event. Make sure you take a photo of
your tickets (if they are paper) and email for an expense
claim form. For more information and to
book a place please click the button below:

Register Here