Jolly green Santa brings the ethical spirit of Christmas to town

thisisoxfordshire: From left, Oxford Town Crier Anthony Church, Peggy Seeger, Elise Benjamin and Green Father Christmas Bob Cowley at Oxford Town Hall From left, Oxford Town Crier Anthony Church, Peggy Seeger, Elise Benjamin and Green Father Christmas Bob Cowley at Oxford Town Hall

ALL things green and ethically-sourced were celebrated at an annual Christmas fair at Oxford Town Hall.

The Oxford Green Fair 2013 took place on Saturday and featured 100 stalls, as well as a Green Father Christmas.

It was billed as an opportunity to find ethical Christmas presents, including food, clothing and crafts, and to gather information about eco-projects in the city.

Organiser Bob Cowley, who dressed as the Green Father Christmas, said: “It went very well indeed.

Everyone had a great time.

“The event has a fundraising element for the Oxfordshire Green Party, but it is also a networking event because it brings people together who have common ideas and visions and, also, it is a great place to get Christmas presents that you know are ethically-sourced and produced with the right attitude.”

Mr Cowley started dressing as the Green Father Christmas six years ago and, as well as fitting the theme of the event, it aims to remind people that Father Christmas was portrayed as wearing green clothing in England before the 20th century.

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10:55am Mon 9 Dec 13

Jowlpost says...

Its dispicable that established companies like Waitrose are devaluing Christmas to maximise their profits at the same time as volunteer groups are doing their best to make a difference. They have even now introduced dry cleaning!!! which will no doubt put the local small dry cleaning business under financial pressure.

Shame on you Waitrose .. I though we were all in it together

https://www.waitrose
-in-wallingford.com
Its dispicable that established companies like Waitrose are devaluing Christmas to maximise their profits at the same time as volunteer groups are doing their best to make a difference. They have even now introduced dry cleaning!!! which will no doubt put the local small dry cleaning business under financial pressure. Shame on you Waitrose .. I though we were all in it together https://www.waitrose -in-wallingford.com Jowlpost

12:53pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Jowlpost wrote:
Its dispicable that established companies like Waitrose are devaluing Christmas to maximise their profits at the same time as volunteer groups are doing their best to make a difference. They have even now introduced dry cleaning!!! which will no doubt put the local small dry cleaning business under financial pressure.

Shame on you Waitrose .. I though we were all in it together

https://www.waitrose

-in-wallingford.com
I suspect you are confusing political spin with retail services.

The dry cleaning service is a white-label product. People will decide themselves if they want to use a Johnson service or local independent. I will stick with the Co-op for dry cleaning.

As to your website, I've done a bit of family checking and my great-grandmother's recipe for mincemeat contains apricots. As does her Christmas cake recipe - apricot jam is used to adhibit the marzipan to the cake.
[quote][p][bold]Jowlpost[/bold] wrote: Its dispicable that established companies like Waitrose are devaluing Christmas to maximise their profits at the same time as volunteer groups are doing their best to make a difference. They have even now introduced dry cleaning!!! which will no doubt put the local small dry cleaning business under financial pressure. Shame on you Waitrose .. I though we were all in it together https://www.waitrose -in-wallingford.com[/p][/quote]I suspect you are confusing political spin with retail services. The dry cleaning service is a white-label product. People will decide themselves if they want to use a Johnson service or local independent. I will stick with the Co-op for dry cleaning. As to your website, I've done a bit of family checking and my great-grandmother's recipe for mincemeat contains apricots. As does her Christmas cake recipe - apricot jam is used to adhibit the marzipan to the cake. Andrew:Oxford

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