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Eco Church News

Keep revisiting this page for the latest Eco Church news and developments


Eco Church smlTues 11 May 

Members of our school community are doing a litter pick this Saturday - why not join them?

210511 school litter pick


The Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve have launched a visitor survey to find out how people enjoy our local green spaces, and to invite suggestions for ways to improve them. You can complete the survey HERE

The group are also resuming in-person volunteering which anyone can get involved in. Opportunities include clearing litter, planting new trees and improving paths. You can find out more and sign up to volunteer for a particular date HERE

If you would like to be kept in the loop about other opportunities, please email  berrylandsnr@gmail.com 


Eco Church smlThurs 8 Apr

HERE is the feedback form for 40 Ways to Spring clean your Life.   Please complete and return so we can learn lessons for next time.

Eco Church smlWed 31 Mar

broken bike

If you have a bicycle in need of repair you can get a £50 voucher towards the cost.  Check the government backed scheme HERE.


Eco Church smlTues 30 Mar
40 Ways to Spring Clean your Life

If you have taken part in our Lent Challenge, we would be really interested to hear what you thought and how it went.  Please complete this short survey and either email your completed form to admin@stmatthewskt6.org. or pop your printed form through Helen's letterbox 

Feedback form

Eco Church smlMon 29 Mar

If you are looking for a creative project, do have a look HERE at a local project run out of the library.  

You are invited to join in a borough wide project to get you thinking about the environment whilst creating some wonderful art out of recycled materials.

You are welcome to upload your art work onto their Facebook group Reading Nature
https://www.facebook.com/groups/reading nature?

or to send it to Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6AG

1) Think of a green pledge you will make and then create a leaf out of recycled materials and write your pledge on this.  They can then be added to the tree in Kingston library so they can all be seen once they re-open.

2) Make a collage out of recycled materials relating to the environment such as an endangered animal - take a photo and post online (as above).

Eco Church sml Sat 27 Mar

We had a call this week with  Councillor Hilary Gander, Surbiton Hill Ward, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport and a neighbour.  

She gave us some useful links and a paper about recycling in Kingston which works through the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) which has increased its latest recycling percentage to 48% which remains among the highest in London.  Read more HERE.

She also advised the importance of making sure that all paper and card is dry for recycling. 

The biggest gain we can all make is to use the food waste scheme. 

RBK Recycling and Rubbish Collections Guide 

RBK A-Z of Recycling - what you can recycle and lots more

Kingston Environment Forum FAQs

SLWP's What happens to your recycling


Eco Church Sun 21 Mar

At our PCC meeting last week our new Draft Environmental Policy was considered.  An amendment was requested and HERE is the draft with that amendment included.  As such it is not yet approved by the  PCC but should be at our next meeting.  

Eco Church Wed 17 Mar

Win/Win - recycle and benefit charity!! 


Margaret Thompson, member of St Paul's and Mayor of Kingston is collecting old mobile phones for secure recycling with all the proceeds raised going to one of her Mayor's charities for the year.  Please look out any spare mobile phones you may have lurking at the back of a drawer somewhere and put it through the Vicarage letter box. 

You'll be doing a good thing on many different levels - for the planet and others!

Eco Church smlSun 14 Mar
Marks & Spencer will recycle more plastics than some other venues and the plastic goes into making furniture.

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Eco Church  Mon 1 March
A Kingston branch of Friends of the Earth is about to be launched with a first Zoom meeting on 11 March 2021 at 7pm.  If you would like to attend register HERE.
Eco ChurchSun 21 Feb
St Matthew's launches Eco Church initiative

We are pleased to announce that we are launching our Eco Church initiative.  We are actively seeking to obtain our Eco Church Bronze Award from A Rocha which means that we are working across the different areas of worship and teaching, lifestyle, buildings, land, community and global engagement.  To kick off this initiative, during Lent we encourage you to take part in our '40 Ways to Spring Clean your Life'.  

If you would like to offer to help with our Eco Church initiative in any way please get in touch with Helen.