What did we do in 22?

Thank you for being with us for a dramatic and successful year, we’ve all been on a journey of discovery and fulfilment, starting new things and sharing things too. What has been the highlight for you? Here’s a little guide to what we’ve been up to…


The year started with Swap Shops, Green Drinks, a Repair Café and gardening at our Community Allotment. Swap Shops were full of food from Redeem Funds and people were getting used to our Tuesday afternoon sessions in the Community Room at Glamis Hall. These also hosted our Tuesday Tidy Ups with Wellie Wombles where litter pickers came in for cup of tea. Green Drinks had six people attend and the Community Allotment was looking very tidy after a successful first year.

We planted 45 more ‘Queen’s Trees’ whips at our Community Allotment Tree Nursery, making 200+ trees available to groups, charities, churches and schools for the Queen’s Green Canopy as part of Jubilee celebrations in Wellingborough. 17 people joined our end of month litter pick at a very windy Dale End Park and we picked 47 bags full of litter, a chair, a road works barrier and cycle handlebars.


We celebrated the first birthday of Wellie Wombles at the UGLY MUG café, and at Tuesday Tidy Ups at Glamis Hall. Our Repair Café was at Glamis Hall‘s Indoor Car Boot Sale, where we relaunched Wellingborough Swap Shop as a swap or donate project. The following Tuesday we also launched Food Sharers to save even more food from going in the bin.

In partnership with Glamis Hall we started the Wellingborough Climate Action project with an invitation to Climate Conversations and promised a year long project to look at solutions for the climate crisis. With other Wellingborough Organisations and the Co-op, New Community Resilience Forums started for local people and organisations to work on helping the community cope with the cost of living crisis.

We finished off the month with our monthly Two Hour Tidy Up, where 22 litter heroes picked 49 bags full of litter, a chair, a shopping trolley, three child car seats, a tyre and a mattress at Newcomen Road Community Garden and on the surrounding streets.


We held three Climate Conversations with the Wellingborough Climate Action Project, at Glamis Hall, the Victoria Centre and Hemmingwell Skills and Community Centre. 60 delegates gave their points of view during the events, which included presentations from Councillor Ed Gemmell, North Northamptonshire Council, Electric Corby, the Green Party and Wellingborough Eco Group. The events were a great opportunity for local residents to find out more about climate change.

We cleared our Community Allotment Ready for planting, whilst Food Sharers and Swap Shop really took off in March, our Tuesday afternoons had never been so busy. Food Sharers saved free food for you, with collections from shops and more from Redeem Funds and Glamis Hall. Our Wellingborough Swap Shop bring, swap or buy sale had lots of books and other items.

On the last Saturday of the month, 35 #LitterHeroes took part in the Great British Spring Clean Two Hour Tidy Up in Wellingborough Town Centre, run in partnership with Wellingborough Town Council who are supplied our Wellie Wombles with new kit. We picked 50 bags of litter, five shopping trolleys, traffic cones and various cardboard boxes.


April kicked off with our regular Tuesday Tidy Ups, Food Sharers, Swap Shop and Green Drinks. Swap Shop started doing clothes and this proved very popular, saving loads of items from landfill and saving people lots of money! Repair Café during the indoor car boot sale fixed lots of items including a phone charger, key rings, dog collar, dog harness, vacuum cleaner, strimmer and a laptop fixed by Jonathan, and on her debut as a repairer a hiking pole and perfume bottle were fixed by Judy!

Pop up Swap Shops at Glamis Hall’s indoor car boot and at Animals in Need where we also had a Teddy and Easter Egg Tombola! Gina started her Community Garden on Hardwick Road by building raised beds, ably assisted by a few Eco Group volunteers; and lots of trees were distributed from the Community Allotment Tree Nursery as part of our Queen’s Green Canopy project, to community organisations and local councils in and around Wellingborough, including St Marks Church, Finedon Town Council and Greatwell Homes.

And at the end of the month Wellingborough Swap Shop collected lots of clothes, toys, books and crockery from Rushden Transport Museum as part of Nick Knowles Big House Clearout; and 23 litter heroes took part in our Two Hour Tidy for the Waendal Walk in Castlefields park and along the Embankment, picking up 29 bags full of litter, a shopping trolley, an incinerator and an upholstered box.


Wellingborough Climate Action Project started their workshops with four Energy Savers sessions, all focused on saving energy, understanding how we use it efficiently and thinking about renewable energy generation. The first on the 19th was Energy Basics, we discussed the basics about saving energy at home or at work and highlighted any quick wins. This was all about sharing ideas with those that joined us. There was also an Energy Use workshop at the end of the month.

Wellingborough Swap Shop was at Glamis Hall‘s Outdoor Car Boot Sale in the Community Room and all items were available for swaps or a small donation to the group. Our Repair Café was in the reception of Glamis Hall, but was very quiet. We held an Indoor Second Hand Market at Wilby Working Men’s Club and had a Plant Sale at Wellingborough Swap Shop at the end of the month.

Our Two Hour Tidy Up was in Croyland Gardens, where 16 litter picking heroes swept, lifted and picked 21 bags of litter, plus a scooter, piece of carpet and a full bag of compost! Wellingborough Library held a Jubilee Scarecrow festival, and both Wellingborough Eco Group and Wellie Wombles entered scarecrows.


At our Community Allotment, had a lot of stuff to get in, with plants left over from Wellingborough Swap Shop and more donated. Summer had started and there was no time to waste, but the flowers and weeds had taken over, so there was plenty to do! And we still had trees to go in for the Queens Green Canopy at out Tree Nursery too.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project’s Energy Savers Workshops continued with an Energy Saving Workshop and concluded the series with a Renewable Energy and Heating Workshop; in the second half of that workshop, we looked at Renewable Heating in greater detail, with a presentation from Darleen McCullough of Energywise Wales.

We had the Repair Café and Wellingborough Swap Shop on Saturday 11th June, in the Community Room and had a couple of other stalls with us outside. Our Repair Café looked at 3 printers, a lamp, a toaster, a hoover and a clock; and the Saturday Swap Shop had loads of stuff too, so much so we had books, DVDs and toys outside! Tuesday Swap Shops and Food Sharers continued with even more food and drink available, plus lots of great pre-loved items to swap or for a small donation.

15 litter picking heroes that took part in our Two Hour Tidy Up at the Bassett’s Close at the Armed Forces Family Fun Day. We picked 16 bags of litter, a plank of wood and a broken scooter. Thank you also to Dave from North Northants Council collected the bags. We also had a games stall at Fun Day and a great day was had by all.


We held a Wellingborough Swap Shop’s Big Summer Clear Out where we invited people to bring 1 bag, bring £2, bring yourself and fill their bag with clothes, books, DVDs, bric-a-brac and toys. Larger items was priced but nothing was more than £5. Weekly Swap Shops, Food Sharers and Tuesday Tidy Ups continued every Tuesday afternoon. We also held a games stall at Glamis Hall’s Family Festival.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project’s Sustainable Workshops started with a series of sessions looking at all aspects of sustainability. The first was an Assessing Our Impact Workshop and later in the month a Transition Workshop. At this workshop we looked at what does a sustainable life and work look and feel like and how can we get there (you can watch any of the workshops by clicking the links) The month concluded with a Sustainable Buildings Workshop.

This month’s special Love Parks Week group litter pick took place in Hemmingwell Park. 20 litter picking heroes that took part in our Two Hour Tidy Up and picked 56 bags of litter, a chair, some carpet and a shopping trolley, with the Hemmingwell Community & Skills Centre making us all cups of tea and coffee.


In August we were very excited to announce ECO HUB, the new home for Wellingborough Eco Group! Opening from 1st September 2022 and available 7 days a week at Glamis Hall in the Community Room for lots of events and activities. Heather Saunders, Chair of Trustees at Glamis Hall and Jonathan Hornett, Secretary of Wellingborough Eco Group, signed the lease this week for this exciting new facility.

The month started with Swap Shop, Food Sharers, Tuesday Tidy Ups and Green Drinks as usual, 7 people enjoyed a drink at The Queen’s Head on the first Tuesday of the month. Swap Shop and Food Sharers again was getting popular, with more food to share every week, including sandwiches and fridge food from Co-op Redhill. Shap shop had an abundance of toys, which kept the local kids happy. We also had a stall at the Town Council’s Summer Art Festival at ‘The Beach’ in Wellingborough Town Centre.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project’s summer series of Sustainability Workshops continued with with a workshop on Food and Waste. Jonathan lead an interactive workshop, ably assisted by Marion, plus Kerry from Food For Thought and Mary from Redeem Funds, who both presented their own sections. A further Moving to Sustainable Transport Workshop considered our transport options, with most modes and we compared their impacts.

Working Parties continued at the Community Allotment every Wednesday afternoon, but the weeds were winning and our Queen’s Trees were needing plenty of watering. Our end of month litter pick was a Bank Holiday Special, so we decided to tidy up the Town Centre and hold our second stall of the month on the market, this time with a community focus. 13 people who turned out for our monthly Two Hour Tidy Up and lots of little bits of litter picked, 15 bags filled!


To mark ECO HUB‘s opening day on the 1st September, we had a Celebration Café with free tea, coffee, cakes and pop, to start our ECO HUB with a pop! We then held an Energy Savers Workshop for people to come to and find out how saving energy saves you money. September also marks our third birthday, plenty to celebrate then! Join in, get involved, go ECO HUB!

New projects were added, Eco-Crafters on Wednesdays 1-3pm, Happy Cafes on Thursdays 12-2pm and Eco Club for Kids on Fridays 12-3pm. Repair Cafés were re-started and Swap Shops, Food Sharers and Tuesday Tidy Ups continued in their normal slot of 2-6pm. At the end of the month it was the Great Big Green Week, and we opened everyday with a different project on each!

This included a Climate Café and a Two Hour Tidy Up at ECO HUB, litter picking Queensway Park, where 15 litter pickers picked 25 bags of litter, a bike, some metal poles and various plastic things. The Climate Café was very popular, particularly with thirsty Wellie Wombles! We also made the teas at Wellingborough’s ‘Concert in the Park’ in Castlefields, serving up 95 cups of tea and coffee, plus snacks and lots of lovely homemade cakes.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project‘s Sustainability Workshops continued with a look at Nature and Pollution, where we discussed bio-diversity, talked about our impact on nature; and we then looked at air, water, land and plastic pollution, and at reducing waste in rivers and seas. To finish off with we worked on more sustainable living solutions.


We relaunched Repair Café on Saturday the 8th October 2022, at ECO HUB. We have set up a booking system, so people wanting items to be fixed are given a time slot to avoid waiting too long. Book your time slot now on our Repair Café page! Teas and cakes are also served to everyone who is attending.

The Co-op held their Sustainability Live event at ECO HUB on Thursday 6th October 12-2, for local people so they can find out about what the Co-op is doing to help tackle climate change and how they can play their part. Wellingborough Eco Group became a Co-op Local Community Fund cause, to find out more about our project and to choose us as your cause, click here https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/73956

We had a Swap Shop, Food Sharers and information stall at the Victoria Centre for One World Week event, because this time the theme was sustainability, and held our monthly Two Hour Tidy up there, where our 24 litter picking heroes this morning who filled 30 bags of litter, plus two trollies, carpet, a paint tub and a kids car seat at our monthly Two Hour Tidy Up today. Free coats for kids from LIVE Team were added to Swap Shops, whilst Tuesday Tidy Ups, Food Sharers, Eco-Crafters, Happy Cafes and Eco- Club for Kids sessions continued at ECO HUB.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project finished off the Sustainability Workshops with what we need to adapt and at ways to adapt. This was the final workshop of the series of eleven, so it started off with a review and finished off with a question-and-answer session. You can watch all of the Workshops and more at wcap.org.uk/video


November started as usual with Tuesday Tidy Ups, Swap Shop, Food Sharers and Green Drinks. Greatwell Homes joined us at the first Happy Café of the month with their Warm Homes Team to give residents help and advice on how to keep warm this winter. Other Happy Cafes included Replay Board Games and Energy Savers sessions. Eco-Crafters and Eco Club for Kids were having fun, plus we had a few working parties up at the Community Allotment.

We had a stall at Nenescape, Sywell Aerodrome sharing what we do with delegates attending the conference. Lots of other organisations here too with the 80+ people from business, local government and community history and nature focused organisations. We had a Repair Café, Baby Wellingborough Swap Shop at ECO HUB and Glamis Hall Indoor Boot Sale and a a one off Vegan Food Sharers at Northants Vegan Food and Cruelty Free Fair at Animals in Need. Northants Veggies and Vegans also held their first Vegan Winter Warmer at ECO HUB.

At our Two Hour Tidy Up, 30 litter picking heroes that joined in Castlefields Park and around the surrounding streets to fill 36 bags with litter, plus retrieved a piece of tarpaulin, a scooter, a shopping trolley, three gas bottles and a baby walker! 30 people also joined in on the 30th to plant trees from our Community Allotment Tree Nursery in Castlefields Park, donated to Wellingborough Town Council, to create a copse of Rowan trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy and one Oak for King Charles.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project held two more Climate Conversations with the first on Friday 25th November 2022 at the Victoria Centre and at Glamis Hall on the 1st December. Both had presentations from WCAP, plus speakers from Wellingborough Town Council at Victoria Centre. Wellingborough Eco Group also did a presentation at both.


December is Advent Calendar month, and we embrace this to tell you all about the the good things for the community and environment that are happening in and around Wellingborough. This year’s calendar focused in part on the new Warm Spaces that are popping up all around the town. Click on the link to see all of them.

Glamis Hall and Wellingborough Eco Group are hosting Winter Warm Spaces, these started in the ECO HUB on the 1st December and take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, during December, January, February and March. We will also offer various themed Winter Warmers at weekends and Glamis Hall will offer a Winter Warm Space in their VIP Café on the second and fourth Saturday’s of the month.

ECO HUB has been really busy too, with Swap Shops and Food Sharers on Tuesdays and more. On Christmas Eve we held a special Food Sharers to recue food from local supermarkets in partnership with Redeem Funds. We opened again on Christmas Wednesday for an Unwanted Christmas Present Swap Shop too. Tonight Northants Veggies and Vegans are holding a New Year’s Eve Vegan Winter Warmer, and everyone is invited.

Wellingborough Climate Action Project‘s Climate Conversations continued at Glamis Hall on the 1st December. WCAP and Wellingborough Eco Group were this time joined by North Northants Council at Glamis Hall for a great conversation about the climate crisis and what we need to do about it.

A very busy year for Wellingborough Eco Group, thank you all for your support, hope to see you again soon, happy New Year everyone!

Unwanted Christmas Present Swap Shop

Forget the Boxing Day Sales, exchange with us! Everyone will probably have had at least one oddball present yesterday, that they weren’t expecting (or wanting) if this was you, perhaps there is something that you want at Wellingborough Swap Shop?

There are lot’s of toys, teddies, books, DVDs, clothes and household items, all for swaps or donations. The LIVE Team’s Free Coats for Kids rail is out too! Everything in the Swap Shop is available for swaps or donations, any donations will go towards keeping the ECO HUB open.


Food Sharers has loads of fresh food, including bread, veggies, salads and frozen stuff, all available for a £3 donation to Redeem Funds per bag taken. We collected loads on Christmas Eve and most of it is still in date!

And because it’s Christmas, we have Christmas crackers from the Co-op, festive music and gift packs of various goat milk soaps from Food Loop for free! Join us on Wednesday, 2-6pm at ECO HUB Glamis Hall for festive food, swaps and treats for all! See you there…

Happy Christmas

This month we have featured lots of great community and eco-friendly services available in and around Wellingborough on our Advent Calendar. It has been a real treat being able to talk to so many amazing people, and it’s been a pleasure sharing their groups, charities and businesses with you. For those that may have missed some of our Advent Calendar windows, here are all of them:

  1. Winter Warm Space at ECO HUB
  2. Christmas Tree Festival at High Street Church
  3. Christmas Market, Wellingborough Town Council
  4. Christmas Tabletop Sale at Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre
  5. Kwanzaa Greetings, Made with Many
  6. Christmas Festival at Glamis Hall
  7. Warm Wednesdays at St Mark’s Church
  8. Repair Café at ECO HUB
  9. Daily Bread Co-operative and Christmas Craft Fair
  10. Christmas Party at Victoria Centre
  11. Redeem Funds Christmas Winter Warmer
  12. Wellingborough Library
  13. Wellingborough Swap Shop at ECO HUB
  14. Our Special 24 Advent Days
  15. Bee Buffet, North Northamptonshire Council
  16. Teamwork Trust
  17. Toy Amnesty, We’re All In. Northants
  18. Co-op Christmas Winter Warmer
  19. L.I.V.E. Team
  20. Wellie Wombles
  21. Food for Thought
  22. Christmas Appeal, Animals in Need
  23. Iris-May Butterfly Kisses
  24. Full Circle, North Northamptonshire Sustainable Food Network

Many of the above and more are on Wellingborough Eco Map where you can discover more ‘eco-friendly’ services available locally. Local services are also on the Wellingborough Organisations website. Please do support them or use their services, and share our blog posts and videos to promote them. Our videos are also available on our YouTube channel, look out for all of this year’s videos on the Advent Calendar 2022 playlist:

Watch all of this year’s Advent Calendar videos!

We would like to thank you all for everything you have done for us and for our community this year. We wish everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas.

Full Circle

Today’s final Advent Calendar window of this year opens for North Northamptonshire Sustainable Food Network and their the ‘Full Circle’ project. The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund, and is providing farmers, producers, suppliers and food retailers with a trio of online platforms to help them chart their journey to sustainability.

The project is also providing a matchmaking service that is linking hospitality businesses with producers and suppliers who have food produce that would otherwise go to waste. Here Sophie from the network tells us all about their three apps; Zellar, Food Loop and Too Good to Go:

Did you know that over a third of all food produced globally goes to waste, and in the UK, we throw away around 9.5 million tonnes every year? When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide.

North Northamptonshire Food Network’s vision is to empower, promote and strengthen North Northamptonshire’s status as a ‘Sustainable Food Place’ – somewhere everyone can enjoy healthy, local, affordable food and where our communities can actively play a part in shaping their own food network.

The Network is committed to developing a sustainable food environment, one in which everyone can flourish. They are are striving to:

Eradicate food poverty and food inequality

Eradicate food poverty and food inequality

Increase the profile and importance of healthy eating

Increase the profile and importance of healthy eating

Support local farmers and producers

Support local farmers and producers

Educate young people about growing and cooking

Educate young people about growing and cooking

Encourage the buy local theme

Encourage the ‘buy local’

The Network’s Full Circle Apps saving food from landfill are:

  • Zellar – a sustainability audit app that that will enable food and drink organisations to create an online profile and document their sustainability journey. Find out more about Zellar here https://zellar.com
  • Food Loop – which matches businesses who may be seeking to receive or use food supplies with other businesses that have unwanted produce. Find out more about Food Loop here https://foodloop.app
  • Too Good to Go – which matches vulnerable people and food banks with local excess food. Find out more about Too Good to Go here: https://toogoodtogo.co.uk

The network have also produced a map to help you locate foodbanks, food larders, community cafes, community gardens, shops, hospitality outlets, food & drink manufacturers and growers within North Northamptonshire

Please note, the teardrop icons are a variety of different colours, each representing a different type of business. To find out more about an individual organisation either click on the teardrop on the map or click on the relevant organisation’s name on the left hand side menu.

Wellingborough Eco Group’s Food Sharers and Redeem Funds are on this map. Sophie from the Network brought some goats milk soap in, via the Food Loop app, for us to share at ECO HUB tonight at Food Sharers with overstocked food from two local supermarkets. It starts at 6pm and ends at 8:30pm, all food taken needs a donation to Redeem Funds. Swap Shop is also on for extremely late Christmas shopping too! See you there…

The North Northamptonshire Food Network and their Full Circle project is being managed by Northamptonshire ACRE and Made in Northamptonshire. If you are involved in the food chain please get in touch and get involved. To do this simply email: enquiries@nnsustainablefoodnetwork.co.uk

Iris-May Butterfly Kisses

Today’s Advent Calendar Window opens for anyone who has lost a baby and for Iris-May Butterfly Kisses, a Wellingborough Charity, set up to help and support families going through pregnancy and infant loss. Founder Stephane Mills said:

I founded Iris-May butterfly kisses in memory of my daughter Iris-May, she gained her wings at 8 days old after being born prematurely at 25 weeks 2 days. I love being able to support other families going through pregnancy and infant loss, as it does feel like you on your own. I want them to know that there are people out there for them.

Iris-May Butterfly Kisses was set up because of the pain of not having something to dress Iris-May in and because Stephanie could relate to the pain that other families will be feeling when they lose their baby. You can read their full story here.

Iris May Butterfly Kisses aim is to relieve the suffering and emotional distress amongst parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neo-natal death; in four ways by:

  1. Supporting newly bereaved parents by the provision of memory boxes and care packages. Memory boxes are filled with items to make memories such as blankets, handmade items, candles, inkless wipes with cards, sympathy cards, and memorial items.
  2. Supplying books to young people in resources bags to help explain the loss of their sibling to other children.
  3. Providing or assisting in the provision of bereavement suites in hospital units where such facilities are not provided by the NHS.
  4. Raising funds for other charities who provide training and support to healthcare professionals, and others, to assist them in improving their help and support to such bereaved parents.

The charity was registered on 12 July 2018 and since then has provided 40 memory boxes to Rosie Maternity Unit in Cambridgeshire, and are now working with hospitals in Northamptonshire to help people locally.  They are now going further afield with their memory boxes, making them available across the UK. 

What’s in a Memory Box?

Last Christmas time they did a collection for Northampton General and Kettering General hospitals to purchase presents for patients who are staying in hospital over the Christmas period.  At Easter they donated chocolate eggs to children whose families had gone through pregnancy loss, or if they had a sibling in the neo-natal unit.

They rely on donations and the support of their fundraisers. The funds raised ensure that they can continue to offer support and comfort to families going through pregnancy and infant loss across the country. There are many ways to get involved, whether you join in at their fundraising events or even host your own fundraising event.

Please do consider giving either your time or money to this worthy cause. You can find out how on their website, or on their Facebook page. Your kindness will help them to continue supporting families during their difficult time of losing their little one.

Christmas Eve Food Sharers & Swap Shop


Saturday 24th December 6-8:30pm at ECO HUB, Glamis Hall

It will be the night before Christmas, and as the supermarkets close for the festive break, all of their unsold food needs saving. So when asked by our friends and partners at Redeem Funds, if we can open up to help them to collect and share this unsold food, we said yes…

Food Sharers

This Food Sharers is a Redeem Funds Christmas special, ALL donations will go towards their food bank appeal. Donations will be asked for for all food items just as if you were going to Cowper or Shakespeare Road. This could be mighty, this is a real Christmas treat for all!

We are collecting at 5:30 and aiming to be open for 6 if all things run smooth, with top ups through till when we close at 8:30 as Redeem helpers sort out as we go. We’ll have fresh fruit and veg, chilled items, and even frozen too, thanks to Glamis Hall lending us a chest freezer. There’s no need to panic, there should be plenty and we’ll be there for you all.

Swap Shop

This evening is almost all about festive food, but just to make it twice as nice for you lovely people coming out on Christmas Eve, and because some of us might have forgotten to get something, our full Wellingborough Swap Shop will be on for everyone too.

There are lot’s of toys, teddies, books, DVDs, clothes and household items, all for swaps or donations. The LIVE Team’s Free Coats for Kids rail is out too! The Swap Shop will be separate from the Food Sharers, any donations will go towards keeping the ECO HUB open.

And there’s more…

Because it’s Christmas, we have Christmas crackers from the Co-op, festive music and gift packs of various goat milk soaps from Food Loop for free! Join us on Christmas Eve, 6-8:30pm at ECO HUB Glamis Hall for festive food, swaps and treats for all! See you there…

Christmas Appeal

Today our Advent Calendar window opens to support our wonderful friends at Animals In Need and their Christmas Appeal. Animals in Need are an organisation dedicated to rescuing sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals. They provide veterinary treatment where necessary, care for and rehabilitate animals until they can be released or re-homed. Animals In Need was set up in 1990, the aim of the organization is alleviate suffering in animals; and their Christmas Appeal is for gifts for the animals in their care this Christmas.

Every year they try to ensure every animal in their care at Christmas receives a gift. They are asking for a Christmas box or goodie bag containing food, treats, toys, a blanket or towel. All gifts can be dropped off at the shelter right up to Christmas Eve, 12-3 daily. They care for a wide variety of different animals & are truly grateful for all the support!


The animal Shelter is at Pine Tree Farm, London Road, Little Irchester, Northamptonshire, NN8 2EH and is open to the public between 12 midday and 3pm Tuesday to Sunday. It is run by 8 members of staff and a team of volunteers at Pine Tree Farm and out attending to both domestic and wild animals in the Northamptonshire area. They also work with Northamptonshire Police attending road traffic accidents and out of hours emergencies. Here founder of Animals in Need, Roy Marriott, tells us about the charity with a rescued pig, Ruby:

Feeding and caring for the injured animals they rescue is most important especially in cases of young orphaned birds, which need hand feeding every hour from dawn till dusk. Also young hedgehogs which haven’t reached the required weight to survive hibernation over the winter months, need to be kept warm and fed as do swans that have incurred injuries, many from fishing tackle that they have swallowed or become entangled in.

Volunteer Recruitment Day

SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY 2023 FROM 12:00-15:00

If your New Years resolution to make new friends, get more exercise & volunteer your time to a charity? This is the event for you! Animals in Need have lots of great opportunities, so why not come and meet their beautiful animals who can’t wait to meet you. Are you 16 or over, can do four or more hours, don’t mind getting your hands dirty and care for animals? If that’s you and you’re reliable they would love to see you at their Volunteer Day on Saturday 14th January 12-3.

Support Animals in Need

The shelter has a vegan cafe which will re-open on January 7th, 11:00 until 4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Pop in for some wonderful vegan food, breakfasts, toasty, shepherds pie, mac n cheese, or beyond burger with chips. There are incredible cakes from Motley bakes plus sweets and chocolate. All funds raised support the animals in there care.

They also have charity shop is at 89 Lea Red, Abington, Northampton. It is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday but closed on Sundays. Why not pop in and grab a Christmas bargain whilst raising vital funds for the animals at the shelter. But if you don’t like shopping, and even worse leave everything to the last minute, why not surprise your friends and family with an animal sponsorship, details can be found and more at http://animals-in-need.org

Food for Thought

With today’s Advent Calendar, we are opening a new window for a fabulous shop, Food for Thought! We featured them on last year’s Advent Calendar for their first birthday and on our first Advent Calendar on their opening day, and we’re really excited to show you around again this year…

Pop in for loads of last minute Christmas gifts under £20!

Food for Thought have food, cleaning, personal hygiene products and accessories for sale. Kerry, the shop’s owner, gave us a tour of her emporium, and we videoed it for you. Here is Kerry telling us all about the products available at Food for Thought, including lots of new ones:

Kerry has opened her ‘zero-waste emporium’ in Nene Court, Wellingborough, to reduce plastic pollution & celebrate locally made. Their motto is more joy with less waste!

At Food for Thought, you can buy loose and eco friendly goods, such as food stuffs, self-care and cleaning products. You simply fill, weigh and pay for what you need. So save your jars and bottles. Wash them out and refill at Food for Thought!

They will be open between Christmas and New Year. There won’t be veg or bread as they’re suppliers are closed for the whole period but there will be eggs & all their usual refill goodness, plus lots of eco-friendly gifts, hampers, snacks, drinks & if you’re looking for more of an experience to gift, consider their workshops & gift vouchers!

For other opening ours see below.

So if you’re looking for great food and cleaning products with zero waste, find Food for Thought at 21 Nene Court, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD

New product – Happy Mouse Vegan Cheese

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday: 10am – 3pm
Thursday: 10am – 4:30pm or 11am – 7.30pm (1st/month)
Friday: 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday: Closed

+44 (0) 7912 696097

Find out more at https://www.foodforthought.shop/

Wellie Wombles

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens to say thank you to Wellie Wombles, the litter picking group from Wellingborough Eco Group, started on Facebook by Freddie Harris in February 2021, as a Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire group of Northants Litter Wombles, who including our Wombles and group picks have picked 50,000 bags so far! Both groups have been set up to encourage people to litter pick. Here’s Freddie talking about Wellie Wombles:

Wellie Wombles are individual litter pickers who, like the TV Characters, go Wombling free tidying up after the everyday people. We do suggest that Wombles start near where you live but can litter pick whenever they want to, and pretty much wherever they want to. As a group we simply offer help, supplies and guidance, plus give litter pickers the chance to share photos with each other of what has been picked on the Wellie Wombles Facebook group.

Wellie Wombles regularly litter pick 100+ bags a month just in Wellingborough! Maybe you have seen a Wellie Womble or two tidying up your local area, or have seen one of those red bags at the side of the road? Wellie Wombles also join in the Wellingborough Eco Group ‘Two Hour Tidy Up’ every month, tidying up local parks and public spaces.

Plus Freddie is busy working behind the scenes and has had some great success stories, including engaging with local schools and young people on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, by setting up local neighbourhood hubs where people can borrow our litter pickers and hoops; and with local business, to get them to take up litter picking. He is currently engaging with supporters over the festive period to see if they would like to do some picking too.

To help you, we are at ECO HUB, Glamis Hall every Tuesday afternoon 2-6 for Tuesday Tidy Ups, plus we’ve teamed up with Wellingborough Library Monday to Saturday and with many other community partners; to loan litter pickers, hi-vis and hoops, and to give away bags. We call these partners Hubs, here is a map of where they are:

Equipment and bags are to be collected from one of the above locations, equipment is to be returned on the same day; and bags left for North Northants Council by a public highway or at Glamis Hall on Tuesdays for collection. To get bags collected, simply report them on our website. You can also purchase a variety of pickers and hoops from us at our Tuesday Tidy Ups.

Come to Tuesday Tidy Ups this afternoon at ECO HUB, Glamis Hall from 2:00 until 6:00pm to meet Freddie and other Wellie Wombles for a tidy up or just a cup of tea and a chat. Find out more about Wellie Wombles on our webpage or join the Wellie Wombles Facebook group.

L.I.V.E. Team

Today’s Advent Calendar window opens for L.I.V.E. Team and all the wonderful things that they do including their free ‘Coats for Kids’. Here is a video of Debs from the team telling us about them:

L.I.V.E. stands for Learning Independence Volunteering Employment and they are a specialist team that exists to provide bespoke support to individuals (with learning disabilities and related barriers to employment) in four key areas – Learning, Independence, Volunteering and Employment.

Their aim is to provide meaningful opportunities, raise aspirations and provide support with an empowering ethos to enable individuals to fulfil their potential and exceed expectations. They teamed up with Greatwell Places to help clean up our communities during the summer, and to tidy up neglected gardens for their residents.

Since L.I.V.E. Team in Wellingborough launched ‘Coats for Kids’ on 25 October, they have handed out and helped many families in need, gifting 68 coats from their rails.

Their volunteers are currently stock-checking and washing new coat donations, to make sure they are in the best condition to be gifted out. They have a Coat for Kids rail at Swap Shop in ECO HUB Glamis Hall (NN8 3RU) on Tuesdays, Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre (NN8 4TU) on Thursdays, and Irchester Library (NN29 7AA) six days a week.

They are still asking for donations for good condition kids coats. If you have any, please get in contact with them, and they could possibly arrange pick up or drop off. Call 07407800192 / 01604362197.