Advent Calendar

We are doing an advent calendar this year of local businesses and community organisations that offer eco-friendly services!

We are doing this to promote environmentally friendly options in Wellingborough and in the surrounding towns and villages. This will hopefully support local businesses and community organisations that are struggling at the moment due to covid.

It’s also a way for us to find out what’s on offer for Wellingborough Eco Map, a guide that we are building of local eco-friendly services, which is going to have it’s own website (coming soon!)

If you offer an eco-friendly service, send us your story and a logo and we will do our best to find a window for you! The window will be linked to our blog with an article all about what you offer. You’ll also be put on Wellingborough Eco Map too!

This will be updated with a new window opening every day until Christmas Eve, shared here and across our social media outlets; and btw, it starts tomorrow…

Black Friday or Go Green Everyday!

Introducing Wellingborough Swap Shop, it’s a free and local exchange where you can pass on things you no longer want, in exchange for something you need. You could describe it as a kind of cashless bring-and-buy sale. Participants do not need to bring anything in order to take away goods, and vice versa.

Our ‘Swap Shop’ recognises that things no longer wanted by someone, might be another person’s treasure. By reusing things we cut down on the amount of waste that goes into landfill and reduce the amount of resources that we use in manufacturing of new products. And it saves money!

What you offer is entirely up to you, as long as it’s legal, not hazardous or not a pet. Examples include: books, DVDs and CDs, kitchenware, pictures, tools, gardening items, curtains and other soft furnishings, children’s toys and baby items.

Wellingborough Eco Group has set up Wellingborough Swap Shop as a Facebook group. It is set up as a selling group so posts can be shared to other groups and Facebook Marketplace and will be managed by us as part of the One Wellingborough Plus project.

Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughswapshop

We will also be hosting Swap Shops at the Victoria Centre and at other local venues in the near future and will update you soon about these events.

Litter Pick Shelley Park and Park Farm Footpaths

This month our two hour tidy up will be litter picking a week later than normal due to lockdown. It will now take place between 10am-12 midday on Saturday 5th December. Santa hats can be worn. All welcome!

We will be litter picking Shelley Park and the paths into Park Farm Industrial Estate. This location was chosen by litter pickers Georgina and Freddie at our last litter pick, because it has been neglected for years and is in a terrible state.

Area to litter pick including Recycling Station

We are going to be meeting at our recycling station which will be set up from 9:30 in Shelley Park, just off Shelley Road, opposite Queensway Park. We will be litter picking between 10am-12 midday, and with parks, pathways and woods to pick litter from, there’s plenty of choice and lots of litter to tidy up.

Everyone (without Covid-19 symptoms) is welcome, equipment is provided, due to government restrictions, groups of litter pickers are limited to 4 people each. Here are some photos of the area:

Food for Thought Coming Soon

Today we visited Kerry, who is about to open Food for Thought, Wellingborough’s first zero waste emporium, at Nene Court retail village.

Food for Thought is where Hart Brewery used to be, it was due to open on Thursday, but it will be delayed for a few days because of the lock down.

When we turned up, Kerry was very busy preparing a floor to be painted, so we didn’t stay long. She did have time to show us how she was getting along and to tell us more about what was going to be on offer.

Kerry said: “You will be able to bring your own containers to refill them with gorgeous food, mainly non-perishables to begin with, the essentials and treats! We will also have cleaning and personal hygiene products, and everything without needless plastic packaging and nasty chemicals.”

Food for Thought aims to do more than just cut plastic pollution. They want to:

• celebrate local produce

• promote sustainable living

• develop community and a sense of belonging

Kerry also talked about why she’s opening Food for Thought:

“When I had my daughter I went from a really busy career in TV production to being a milk machine! An unfortunate bout of post natal depression meant that I became completely fixated on all the negative media around the state of the planet but a real positive that came from that time is that I decided to do something about it with Food for Thought.

“I’m passionate about people and that we can all make little changes to help ourselves and the planet but still enjoy the fabulous things in life! Food for Thought’s motto is #morejoylesswaste!”

Find out more about Food for Thought at: www.foodforthought.shop or email kerry@foodforthought.shop

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General Meeting Minutes

At our General Meeting last night 7 members were present. They were Simon Turner, Suzanne Jones, Anthony Loukes, Sophie Earl, Julian Sansom, Judy Sumner; and Jonathan Hornett, who was appointed as chair for this meeting. He introduced the following agenda items:

  1. Constitution
  2. Committee and Officers
  3. Bank Account
  4. Activities
  5. One Wellingborough Plus

Constitution:

Members went through to the proposed constitution discussing the following points:

  • Name of the organisation
  • Objectives and aims of the organisation
  • Powers
  • Membership
  • Equal opportunities
  • Management Committee
  • Named Officers
  • Meetings
  • Finance
  • Amendments to the constitution
  • Dissolution

All members confirmed that all points in the constitution were what they had agreed. The constitution was proposed by Judy and seconded by Simon and we voted to formally adopt the proposed constitution. There was a unanimous vote in favour and we formally adopted this as our constitution. We are now officially a constituted group!

Committee and Officers

Members discussed how the committee will work, and then we nominated and elected a committee and officers. Each committee member was officially nominated by another member and then seconded by a different member; then were voted in by the majority of members present as follows:

Suzanne Jones – Committee Member, nominated by Jonathan, seconded by Simon, voted in unanimously.

Jonathan Hornett – Secretary, nominated by Julian, seconded by Suzanne, voted in unanimously.

Simon Turner – Treasurer, nominated by Judy, seconded by Julian, voted in unanimously.

Judy Sumner – Membership Secretary, nominated by Anthony, seconded by Simon, voted in unanimously.

Sophie Earl-Martin – Media Secretary, nominated by Suzanne, seconded by Julian, voted in unanimously.

Julian Sansom – Business Secretary, nominated by Simon, seconded by Suzanne, voted in unanimously.

We now have an elected committee of 6 members!

Bank Account

We then needed to formally agree to set up a bank account and at which bank.  This had been fully researched before the meeting by Jonathan Hornett and had been previously discussed with the above nominated officers.  Jonathan Hornett has accounts at Natwest and proposed them as our bank, this was seconded by Simon. The committee and members present voted on this and unanimously decided to apply for a bank account at NatWest. It was also agreed that the officers that would have access to this bank account would be Jonathan and Simon, and that a minimum of two officers would have to approve payments.

Activities:

Our activities, including social media, were then discussed, and the following was shared at the meeting:

  • Facebook Group now has 420 members! Nextdoor Group has 42.
  • NEW Twitter and Instagram accounts and a Facebook Page set up!
  • NEW website and emails set up at wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk
  • Litter Pick, generally last Saturday of each month, next 1st Saturday of December due to lockdown. At November’s litter pick 17 of us tidied Hemmingwell, collecting 35 bags of litter, 4 wheels, a scooter, bin of greenhouse glass, a jukebox and a portable stereo!
  • Repair Café, we had one planned at Glamis Hall on Saturday 14th November, but this has been cancelled due to the lockdown. Next one planned for January…
  • Community Allotment now has a gravel on parking area. Working parties of two to be worked out.

One Wellingborough Plus:

We agreed at our last meeting to jointly manage One Wellingborough Plus’s Community Resilience Actions, and to accept funding for our new projects. These will include our community allotment, plus swap shops, a repair club (to work alongside our Repair Cafes) and a volunteer time bank.

Jonathan Hornett drew up an action plan for these activities and presented it with Judy Sumner to a One Wellingborough Plus meeting. This was shared with our meeting and discussed. The majority of the spending is at our community allotment, there has also been money allocated for leaflets and posters for the Swap Shop and Repair Café Club.

Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

Members shared their views on this meeting and were in agreement that it had been very productive. We have constituted the group, set up a committee and discussed our activities, including our involvement as part of the One Wellingborough plus project. The chair of the meeting, Jonathan, thanked everyone who attended, and agreed to write the minutes and announce that we have formally constituted.

Notes:

The Constitution can be found on our website at wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/constitution/

The Committee and Officers have a page at wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/committee/

General Meeting Agenda

Thursday 19th November

Welcome to Wellingborough Eco Group!

– Everyone says who they are and why they are here.

– Introduce Wellingborough Eco Group

– Agree a chair for this meeting
– Introduce our agenda items:

  1. Constitution
  2. Committee and Officers
  3. Bank Account
  4. Activities
  5. One Wellingborough Plus

Constitution:

To formally adopt our constitution tonight.

– To refer to the proposed constitution and agree the following points:

  • Name of the organisation
  • Aims of the organisation (sometimes known as ‘objectives’)
  • Powers
  • Membership
  • Equal opportunities
  • Management Committee
  • Named Officers
  • Meetings
  • Finance
  • Amendments to the constitution
  • Dissolution

Committee and Officers

To nominate and elect a committee and officers. Each committee member needs to be officially nominated by another member and seconded, then voted in by the majority of members present at this meeting. Please refer to ‘Officer Nominations’ on our blog and to this section of our constitution.

The officers nominated to roles are:

Jonathan Hornett – Secretary, who shall be responsible for the taking of minutes and the distribution of all papers

Simon Turner – Treasurer, who shall be responsible for maintaining accounts

Judy Sumner – Membership Secretary, who will be responsible for administering the membership

Sophie Earl-Martin – Media Secretary, who will manage our social media groups and other media outlets

Julian Sansom – Business Secretary, who will liaise with local companies and organisations.

Bank Account

We need to formally agree to setting up a bank account and at which bank.  This has been fully researched by Jonathan Hornett and discussed with the above nominated officers.  Most banks are not opening bank accounts due to Covid-19 that are suitable for us, unless you already have an account with them.  Jonathan Hornett does have accounts at Natwest and has proposed them as our bank.

Activities:

– Facebook Group now has 420 members! Nextdoor Group has 42.

– NEW Twitter and Instagram accounts and a Facebook Page set up!

– NEW website and emails set up at wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk

– Litter Pick, generally last Saturday of each month, next 1st Saturday of December due to lockdown. At November’s litter pick 17 of us tidied Hemmingwell, collecting 35 bags of litter, 4 wheels, a scooter, bin of greenhouse glass, a jukebox and a portable stereo!

– Repair Café, we had one planned at Glamis Hall on Saturday 14th November, but this has been cancelled due to the lockdown. Next one planned for January…

– Community Allotment now has a gravel on parking area. Working parties of two to be worked out.

One Wellingborough Plus:

We agreed at our last meeting to jointly manage One Wellingborough Plus’s Community Resilience Actions, and to accept funding for our new projects. These will include our community allotment, plus swap shops, a repair club (to work alongside our Repair Cafes) and a volunteer time bank.

Jonathan Hornett drew up an action plan for these activities and presented it with Judy Sumner to a One Wellingborough Plus meeting. The majority of the spending is at our community allotment, there has also been money allocated for leaflets and posters for the Swap Shop and Repair Café Club.

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

– Everyone to talk about what they feel they have achieved from this meeting.

– Thank you all, together we will achieve a cleaner and more environmentally friendly future for Wellingborough and beyond!

Officer Nominations

We unofficially have five members who have been nominated to form the committee and to become officers of our group. They will be formally proposed and appointed at our General Meeting on Thursday evening. Members will have the opportunity to nominate them or other members, and to propose, second and vote officers in.

The committee will be expected to work on behalf of all members and will represent their views. Registered members will own and control the group, and as stakeholders are personally responsible for its activities including any liabilities. The committee will manage the group’s day to day operations, as appointed by the members.

The committee will consist of registered members who will be officers with a named responsibility and committee members without specific responsibility. The committee will communicate via email or other electronic services. Registered members will receive updates from the committee via email if they opt in to receive them, everyone will get updates via social media posts.

The structure of the committee will be flat and collaborative with each role supported by one or two other officers. There will be no formal Chairperson or leader, the meetings will be chaired on a rotating basis.

The officers nominated to roles are:

Jonathan Hornett – Secretary, who shall be responsible for the taking of minutes and the distribution of all papers

Simon Turner – Treasurer, who shall be responsible for maintaining accounts

Judy Sumner – Membership Secretary, who will be responsible for administering the membership

Sophie Earl-Martin – Media Secretary, who will manage our social media groups and other media outlets

Julian Sansom – Business Secretary, who will liaise with local companies and organisations.

In the event of an officer standing down during the year a replacement will be elected by the next General Meeting of members. Officers and committee members can be nominated two weeks before a General Meeting via email with the invite to the meeting and appointed at General Meetings.

General Meeting to Formally Adopt Our New Constitution

To formally adopt our new constitution, and to elect our committee members and officers, we will be having a meeting on Thursday 19th November at 7:30pm. All members are invited to attend.

Please join our Zoom Meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89959901252?pwd=ZnVOZjJsT0NNU2Z1YXNYZzdPQ2FOUT09

Meeting ID: 899 5990 1252
Passcode: 585528

If you have any questions or feedback about our constitution, officers or group activities, please let us know with a comment or email to wellingboroughecogroup@outlook.com

See you on Thursday evening!

General Meeting to Formally Adopt Our New Constitution

We hope that you have had a chance to have a look at our new constitution, to formally adopt it, we will be having a meeting on Thursday 19th November at 7:30pm

Please join our Zoom Meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89959901252?pwd=ZnVOZjJsT0NNU2Z1YXNYZzdPQ2FOUT09

Meeting ID: 899 5990 1252

Passcode: 585528

If you have any questions or feedback about our constitution or group activities, please let me know with a comment or email to wellingboroughecogroup@outlook.com

See you on Thursday evening!

Draft Constitution

As you know, we are now an independent group that has lots of activities planned. For this to be facilitated, we need an organised structure and a team of members to manage the group on behalf of all members. We also need official paperwork to be able to open a bank account and to receive donations and grants. To these ends, a handful of members have been working on a constitution for the group.

The constitution is a change to the group, because it makes the group official and accountable, but without legal status. The constitution sets out how the group is run and what it wants to do. It states the groups objectives, activities and powers; and how membership works, including equal opportunities. It also states how the group holds meetings and how it will be managed.

Key changes are that we will be now asking you to register as a member, and that we will be having a committee with set officers. Whilst there is no requirement to register as a member, registering as a member supports the group officially and it’s free. Registered members will receive a membership number and will collectively control the group, as they will have voting rights at General Meetings and can stand for the committee.

Members of our social media groups who do not register, will continue to be unregistered members of our group. Social media members will have the same access to all of our meetings as registered members, but are less accountable, so will not have the same rights as registered members. The group will continue to be open to everyone; members, social media members and anyone else can participate in our activities and support us.

Please do read the draft constitution for the group, which is available via this link. If you have any comments or suggested amendments, please comment below or email wellingboroughecogroup@outlook.com

Thank you for your continued support,

Jonathan, Judy, Simon, Sophie and Julian

General Meeting Agenda

Thursday 5th November

Welcome to Wellingborough Eco Group!

– Everyone says who they are and why they are here.

– Introduce Wellingborough Eco Group – Wellingborough Eco Group has been set up to help improve our borough’s environment, to reduce, reuse and recycle items that would otherwise end up in landfill, and to help local people reduce their carbon footprints. Wellingborough Eco Group is all about you and what we can all do environmentally locally in a friendly and positive way. This group is open to everyone and aims to work with local councillors, businesses and community organisations. We host various activities including Repair Cafes, Green Drinks and our monthly Two Hour Tidy Ups.

– Introduce our agenda items:

  1. Constitution
  2. Activities
  3. One Wellingborough Plus

Constitution:

To decide on tonight, including nominating officers –To refer to the guidance on our website that sets out a list of the following points to discuss:

  1. Name of the organisation
  2. Aims of the organisation (sometimes known as ‘objectives’)
  3. Powers
  4. Membership
  5. Equal opportunities
  6. Management Committee
  7. Named Officers
  8. Meetings
  9. Finance
  10. Dissolution
  11. Amendments to the constitution

An example of a recently constituted local group similar to ours can be seen at http://saveourstreettrees.org/sost-constitution/

Activities:

– Facebook Group now has over 400 members! Nextdoor Group has almost 40 too.

– Litter Pick, generally last Saturday of each month, next 1st Saturday of December due to lockdown. At November’s litter pick 17 of us tidied Hemmingwell, collecting 35 bags of litter, 4 wheels, a scooter, bin of greenhouse glass, a jukebox and a portable stereo!

– Repair Café, we had one planned at Glamis Hall on Saturday 14th November, but this has been cancelled due to the lockdown. Next one planned for January…

– Community Allotment, 3 of us, Jonathan, Judy and Simon, spent two hours looking at options and uses of the site. Simon has now drawn up a 3D plan based on what we have decided (see picture). Working parties of two to be worked out, starting from Sunday.

One Wellingborough Plus:

We agreed at our last meeting to jointly manage One Wellingborough Plus’s Community Resilience Actions, and to accept funding for our new projects. These will include our community allotment, swap shops, a repair club (to work alongside our Repair Cafes) and a volunteer time bank. Jonathan has agreed to draw up an action plan for these activities, tonight we need to consider the impact of the lockdown and what is possible in the current situation.

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

– Everyone to talk about what they feel they have achieved from this meeting.

– Thank you all, together we will achieve a cleaner and more environmentally friendly future for Wellingborough and beyond!