St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Great knees-up showed the love

Ceilidh 2019, by L. Outing
Ceilidh 2019, by L. Outing

On a fine February day when temperatures jumped from below zero to 14°C, it felt fitting that this year’s fundraising ceilidh wasn’t just about dancing. We also used the opportunity to mark the The Climate Coalition’s #ShowtheLove campaign (see more info below). Dancers came up with some interesting and powerful messages as well as ideas for cutting carbon–from “listen to experts” to “cosy and efficient housing should be a right for all”– which we’ll share with local MPs.

Big thanks go to all who helped us raise over £700 by enjoying the tunes of FiddlersWreck Ceilidh Band or helping on the night: the band, Lewis Outing for great photos and local businesses that donated prizes – York Gin Company, York Yoga Studio, Waitrose & Partners and Spokey Dokey Bikes. Special thanks go to the English Martyrs for  hosting and to Illingworths Insurance & Financial Services for kindly sponsoring the event again!

The best green heart contest was won by Ginnie Shaw who received a limited edition print of Anneliese Emmans Dean’s poem “Wildwatching at St Nicks” made with Stephen Hodgkins. See more photos in the gallery below.


Watch this year’s #ShowtheLove campaign film by the Climate Coalition. It is a visual reminder of what we humans can achieve together. Our home, the unique planet Earth, needs us to act on climate change and to act fast. We may feel limited in what we can do as individuals but each of us contributes to the potential success, or failure, in the task of securing humanity’s future on the planet. Whatever action you start with–be it reducing your carbon footprint, asking MPs to commit the UK to going carbon neutral, calling on the local council to declare a Climate Emergency, or planting trees–they all add up. We are here to help in whatever way we can.

25 February 2019 | Tags: #ShowtheLove, ceilidh, climate coalition, fundraising