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PATCH SEASONS

The Planet & Sustainability

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new cultural programme, Patch Seasons, starting this October. Each Season is guided by a core theme and accompanied by a six-month programme of talks, workshops, and activities designed to build our understanding of the challenges and opportunities surrounding it.

For our first Season we are focusing on ‘The Planet & Sustainability’, and will be exploring the ways in which we can live, work, do, make, eat, and buy more intentionally in our quest to protect Planet Earth.

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Public Programme

Join us for a growing roster of public events taking place at Patch's home in Grays Yard and throughout the city.

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Art Installation
Gaia

AT CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL

Art Installation: Gaia
12th - 30th October

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist, Luke Jerram. A vast ethereal globe, it will be suspended in the nave of the Cathedral and is designed to encourage viewers to consider the way in which we interact with our planet. It's free to visit during the day and is accompanied by a public events programme, including yoga, kids' activities and concerts.
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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Creative Meetup
Art & The Environment

AT PATCH

Creative Conversations: Art & The Environment
Thursday, 13th October, 19:00-22:00. Drinks in Patch Market after.

Hosted by Ignite Chelmsford, the city's cultural and creative body, we hear from three creatives whose work cuts across the world of culture and climate change — providing space and time for us reflect on and discuss one of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Panel Discussion
Creating Sustainable Change

AT PATCH

Panel Discussion: Creating Sustainable Change
Wednesday, 2nd November, 19:00-20:15. Drinks in Patch Market after.

Join us to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who will be discussing their experiences in creating and supporting businesses with a positive impact on the planet. Chaired by Patch's founder, Freddie, the speakers will include Jon Wright from Innocent Drinks, Camilla Dolan from Eka Ventures & Murvah Iqbal from Hived.
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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Panel Discussion
Small Business Sustainability Stories

AT PATCH

Panel Discussion: Small Business Sustainability Stories
Wednesday, 23rd November, 19:00-20:15. Drinks in Patch Market after.

SMEs face specific challenges when balancing planet and profit. Join us for an open discussion with an all women panel of Essex-based entrepreneurs sharing their journeys and tactics.
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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Patch Presents
The Sustainable Christmas Market

AT PATCH

The Sustainable Christmas Market
Sunday 20 November, 11:00-17:00
Entry is free & families are welcome

Join us for Patch’s first Sustainable Christmas Market. We’ll play host to some of the city's best makers selling their wares, from locally-brewed drinks to organic beauty products and Christmas wreaths. Expect mulled wine, mince pies, festive spirit and a twinkling backdrop of Christmas lights, switched on earlier that morning.

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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Panel Discussion
Regenerative Farming & Food

AT PATCH

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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
Panel Discussion: 'Regenerative Food & Farming'
January 2023 (Date TBC)
Drinks in Patch Market after

Food shapes us, our cities and our planet. Yet food production remains a mystery to many of us. Join our panel of farmers, foragers and restauranteur to explore, celebrate and challenge our relationship to food, and help us think more intentionally about where our food comes from and how we consume it.
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Family Activity
Kids & Creativity

AT PATCH

Family Activity: Kids' DIY Workshops
February Half-Term 2023 (Dates TBC)

Play, experiment and reimagine. At Patch, we're hosting half-term activities that support creativity, world-building and enjoyment of nature and the natural world.

Have you got an idea for a children's half term event you'd like to see at Patch? We'd love to hear from you.
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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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Panel Discussion
Exploring The 15-Minute City

AT PATCH

Panel Discussion: Towards a Sustainable City
March 2023 (Date TBC)
Drinks in Patch Market after

With cities key to climate action, could the ideas behind the 15-minute city help us live more sustainably? We’ll be having an open discussion with a panel of architects and urbanists aiming to make our cities more sustainable, human-centric and enjoyable to inhabit.
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Projector, speaker system, superfast wifi, curtain for privacy, whiteboard available, and complimentary tea and coffee
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The Library

Our ‘Planet & Sustainability’ Library is a curated set of articles and resources to support your discovery of living and working more sustainably.

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The Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Read on united nations website
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Finding hope amid climate chaos

Renewables, decarbonisation, activism, cooperation … The challenge is immense, but the situation is far from hopeless.
Read on the guardian
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COP27

The latest developments from the United Nation's 27th global climate conference, taking place in Egypt's city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Read in cop27
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How harnessing the power of SMEs and mid-sized companies can shape the future of sustainability

WEF outlines what can happen when SMEs approach sustainability as a vector of innovation, impact and growth rather than a simple compliance issue.
Read in the world economic forum
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Sustainability: The 22 next big things

Meet the Sustainability winners of Fast Company’s inaugural Next Big Things in Tech awards, who are creating the batteries to power a renewable future.
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Climate change: is it inherently racist?

Climate change divides along racial lines. Could tackling it help address longstanding injustices?
READ iN BBC FUTURE
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The B Corporation movement

Discover the world of B Corporation, a non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet.
Read ON B CORPORATION
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Welcome to the 15-minute city

A new vision of urban living is emerging. One where everything is within a walk or cycle ride away.
Read in the financial times
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Natural England Action Plan: 2022-2023

Natural England, the body responsible for enforcing laws that protect wildlife and the natural environment, shares its action plan for the coming year.
Read on gov.uk

Events & community

At Patch we host a growing programme of events that celebrate the people, organisations and businesses that make Chelmsford distinctive and special. From regular talks and workshops to larger scale cultural programmes Patch is the place to come to meet new people and explore new ideas. 

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