Here are some of the people who are most involved with 2G3S. To contact them email greengroupssss with eg ‘For Beth or ‘For Sophi’ in the subject line.
Beth Atkin, publicity (Facebook)
Beth lives in Stapleford having moved back to the area in 2019 after living in London. Beth’s main green area of interest is minimising waste and plastic consumption. For 2G3S, Beth manages the Facebook page.
Sophi Berridge, co-Chair
As a passionate advocate of social and climate justice I am privileged to have been involved with 2G3S for many years. I am a teacher and a trade-unionist and, together with the parishioners, am engaging with the Eco-Church project at my local church of St Andrew’s in Stapleford. I enjoy spending time on my allotment and would love to see us producing and sharing more of our food locally. Rewilding, renewable energy and cutting down on waste are other topics which excite me and I have participated in peaceful actions with Extinction Rebellion and the Green Party to raise awareness of these issues. I believe in the power of community action and would like to see us working together to implement more positive and sustainable practices in our area.
Chris Cooper, Treasurer
Having been born into an age of austerity, I am happy to find that old survival skills and philosophy can be revived to save the planet. Following a diverse career in manufacturing and technology, I am interested in an overall view of sustainable economics. Particular interests are Repair Cafes and local wild-life conservation projects.
Yasmin Emerson, Greener Sawston rep
Greener Sawston are a loose collection of people who are interested in making Sawston a greener place, founded by me and the previous minister for Sawston Free Church. Other than working with 2G3S, our efforts have been focused on path clearing, cloth bag making (under the Morsbags project) and repair cafes. But we’ve also done things like organised thermal imaging camera training and usage.
For me, my main environmental interest is active travel: my family no longer own a car, and we enjoy long-distance cycling (known as audax) and cycle touring. My other big love is music, specifically steel pans: I’ve played in most steel bands in the area, as well as occasionally with a band at Notting Hill Carnival.
Peter Fane, co-Chair
Peter Fane is District councillor for Shelford ward and a member of Great Shelford parish council. In his private life, he is a policy consultant on Brexit and rural policy, specialising in food, agriculture, and the environment.
Helen Hale, publicity (village magazines)
I have lived in Stapleford for over 30 years and have been active in village affairs over that time. I worked as a librarian for most of my working life, especially in schools, but am now retired. I have a degree in Biology and have been interested in the environment for many years. Climate change is the biggest threat to human society and we need to keep the pressure on our governments, both national and local, and businesses to ensure we radically reduce carbon output and increase biodiversity to enable humanity’s survival. In 2G3S I sometimes take the notes of meetings and also write the pieces for the local village magazines.
Claire Lord, Convenor
I’ve lived in Great Shelford since 2017, after a period of time living overseas. I used to work in healthcare but am currently at home with four young children. My main interests are learning how our family can live more sustainably and ethically, and how we can help be part of the solutions to solving some of the great problems of our time – climate change, biodiversity loss and inequity. The natural world is a place full of wonder and beauty and I wish for it to be treasured and protected, as we learn as a species to live more in balance and harmony.
Linda Whitebread, publicity (website and newsletter)
I have lived in Stapleford since the mid ’eighties. I chaired the Stapleford Environment Group (SEG), a focus group set up in 2012 as part of the Village Plan exercise and which finished its work in July 2016. 2G3S, which a few of us set in up late 2015, was in some ways a successor both to SEG and to Sustainable Shelford and we now have close links with Greener Sawston. My main angle on ‘green’ issues is the importance of getting together with others: to build community resilience in the face of the problems that lie ahead; but also for recreation, celebration and fun!