Did you know, 3 Valley Vegans has been running for six and a half years now? In this time, we have delivered countless workshops, stalls, talks, films, our own music concert and our own festival. We have spoken to hundreds of people in the upper Calder valley and beyond, with visitors to our website from as far away as China, India and Australia. (Quick fact: our most viewed recipe is for Dorset apple cake.) Furthermore, there are over 200 posts on our blog, and we have a volunteers award from The University of Manchester.
Over these years, we have seen the vegan landscape shift. Supermarkets are reporting staggering increases in sales of plant-based alternatives. There are more people eating vegan food and following a vegan lifestyle than ever before, some inspired by the time to reflect during lockdown for COVID-19. At the same time, the impact of climate change only increases, while both systemic and localised animal welfare issues continue to cause concern.
The core group of members who arrange, plan, organise and review the online and face-to-face presence of 3 Valley Vegans has recently shrunk and we have decided it is time to take a break. We would like to use the next few months to recharge and reflect on what the aims and activities of the group should be, most appropriate to the needs of the community as it now stands. We are planning to come back around Veganuary 2021, hopefully we will be allowed to conduct one of our ever-popular cookery demos (without the worry of social distancing).
Until the new year, we will continue to run our Facebook page and Facebook group; in fact, we strongly encourage you to share your news and events or local businesses to our Facebook group. We will keep our Twitter account running, and our eating out guide and shopping guide. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer in the new year, you can tell us at any time! Until then, keep doing what you’re doing, talk to each other, and maybe we can all help to realise the recent forecast that 12 million Brits will be meat-free by 2021.