Climate Project Wins Funds

A Wellingborough charity and community activists have successfully accessed funds to help local residents, community groups and local business work together to begin to tackle the many challenges we face as a result of climate change.

Glamis Hall for All have been awarded just over £20,000 by North Northants Council (NNC) from its Recovery and Innovation Grant.  This will be used to deliver a range of community events, practical actions and training sessions to support people, community groups and local business to better understand climate and environmental challenges and to create local solutions to help cut carbon emissions and support people and communities transition to more sustainable ways of living and working.

Inspired by the presentations and speeches at COP26 last Nov 2021, Glamis Hall’s Chair of Trustees Heather Saunders, said ‘We are deeply concerned about the lack of action regarding climate change locally and want to work with others across Wellingborough to kick start local action and learning, helping us work out how we can respond in positive ways to the enormous challenges we face’.

Glamis Hall for All, a Wellingborough based charity, is no stranger to taking on big challenges, having been born out of community action to save the day centre from closure in 2014. Since then, the community run centre has gone from strength to strength, supporting many families and older residents as well as playing a prominent role in helping many thousands of struggling local residents during the most difficult COVID days.

‘We pride ourselves in working alongside many community groups to make a difference in all parts of people’s lives, says Heather. ‘One such partnership has been with Wellingborough Eco Group and Wellie Wombles, where we regularly support their weekly litter picks, host the Wellingborough Repair Cafe and Swap Shop and help struggling families access excess food that would otherwise end up in landfill.’

As an organisation already transforming the way they operate, Glamis Hall for All is determined to help local people and business learn how to do the same.  ‘When we started, we wanted to be as ‘green’ as possible’, says Heather. ‘We now have solar power generated from panels on our roof which, as well as reducing our energy bills, also powers our 6 electric/hybrid cars (funded by a National Lottery Power to Change grant) that bring centre users to and from our day centre. We are delighted with the results and want to do more for our charity and to help others locally. Glamis Hall and its partners, Wellingborough Eco Group, jumped at the chance to apply for funds to offer a range of learning and activities to help us begin this important work, and with new gas heating boilers due to be ‘phased out’ by 2030 and petrol/diesel cars soon becoming a thing of the past, the need to tackle these challenges could not be more urgent’, says Heather.

Marion Turner-Hawes will be coordinating this project.

The range of activities planned through the project include; holding a number of climate conversations and workshops about issues such as how to heat our homes, how to travel in a low carbon way, better understanding of climate issues by attending Carbon Literacy training, and learning how to ‘map’ our own carbon footprint.  Residents and businesses will be able to hear from specialists on topics such as local renewable energy generation, how to feed ourselves more sustainably, and how to change our homes and businesses to ‘adapt’ to the many of the ‘baked in’ consequences of existing climate impacts, such as increased flooding events. Many people locally have already suffered as a result of this..

There will be lots of opportunities for practical action and this can be done individually, by organisation, or even by street or block.  We also plan to explore how those from BAME communities and residents living on the lowest incomes can upgrade their homes with new energy options, and save money, making sure we can all transition to more affordable to rewarding lives.

‘This project is an exciting opportunity and just a start for the town, says Heather, ‘and we hope to work with the local Council and many partners and people to move it forward successfully. Any residents, community groups, organisations and businesses interested in this work are invited to get in touch’.

People wishing to take part should contact the Project Manager, Marion Turner-Hawes, on or call 07584 350 308

Litter Picking Dale End

Thank you to the 17 litter heroes who took part in our Two Hour Tidy Up at a very windy Dale End Park this morning. Together we picked 47 bags full of litter, a chair, a road works barrier and cycle handlebars from around the field and surrounding roads.

Thank you to Rachel and Tim, Freddie and Georgina, Peter and Trina, Caroline, Glen and Hazel, Bob and Gill, Sian, Kate, Jess, Sue, Judy and Jonathan. Thank you also to Adrian and Sue, leaders of St Marks Scouts, Queenway, for opening up the Scouts HQ to make us all a cup of tea!

We set up with our Recycling Station at 9:30 near the Scout Hut at the Croyland Road entrance to the park, for litter picking between 10 and 12. This was the first time we have litter picked this area.

Members of Wellie Wombles and Wellingborough Eco Group spent most of the time around the overgrown areas around the field picking up litter that has been there for years. The hope is now that we have cleared the majority of it individual Wellie Wombles and Scouts can keep it tidy.

Next month’s Two Hour Tidy Up will be on Saturday 26th February from 10-12 at a location to be decided in need to TLC, if you have any suggestions please do let us know via

Litter Picking Dale End Park

This Month’s Two Hour Tidy Up takes place on this Saturday (29th January) at Dale End. We will be setting up our Recycling Station from 9:30 near the Scout Hut at the Croyland Road entrance to the park, for litter picking between 10 and 12. We will be litter picking the park and the nearby streets.

This location has been chosen by one of our Wellie Wombles. As a group we have not tidied up this area before, and unfortunately there’s a lot to do. We have decided to do this park at this time of year, because much of the litter is in the overgrown areas around the main field.

To help us and keep us safe at this and future litter picks, Wellingborough Eco Group have purchased some litter pickers, hi-vis vests and safety equipment including road signs. Wellingborough Norse are also lending us some equipment, so everything is provided but please bring your own gloves if you can.

Social distancing is a must, hand sanitiser will be available, please do not come if you have covid-19 symptoms, but apart from that, ALL WELCOME!

Here are lots of pictures of the park to get you in the mood: