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Repair Cafe 4

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall hosted our fourth Repair Cafe yesterday, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale, and despite concerns over the viral pandemic, we had a steady flow of people bringing items in to be repaired.

Our fab five fixers repaired 10 items, including a chainsaw, a CD player, two tablets, an earring, a basket a food mixer, a lawn mower and a record player.

Thank you to our repairers Simon, Dave, Andy, Chris and Jonathan for saving local people money and saving salvageable items from going to landfill. Thank you to Heather, Gary and the whole team at Glamis Hall for hosting our Repair Cafe.

Here is a small selection of the photos that we took:

There will be no Repair Cafe or Indoor Car Boot Sale in April due to Easter. Our next Repair Cafe will be on Saturday 9th May, where we will have more fixers, including Jane with her sewing machine, there to save you money and items from ending up in landfill!

Repair Cafe – Wellingborough Eco Group

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall are hosting their fourth Repair Cafe on Saturday 14th March from 9am till 12, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. Repair Cafes are completely non-commercial. There are no promises and no guarantees, but if something can be saved the repairers will give it their best efforts. Repairers are always keen to teach you how to do the repair – or at least have you watch while they do it.

There is no charge for entry or repair but donations are gratefully received and help pay for costs. You can basically bring anything you can carry that will not make a mess in the venue. Here are some suggestions:

A bicycle, clothing in need of repair, small electrical or electronic appliances, lamps, toys, mobile phones, laptops, printers, items that need gluing, a clean/repair etc.

Whatever it is, it might not even be broken – just dirty, and you don’t know how to clean it without damaging it – or you can’t work out how to use it without the manual – bring it along. You can even bring several things – though to be fair, you will have to join the queue several times!

There will also be demonstrations on how to reuse stuff that would otherwise end up in landfill.

We are also seeking more repairers, so if you want to share your skills (whatever they are) to save stuff being thrown away, join us. We would love you to get involved! Message us via messenger if you are interested.

Litter Picking Eastfield Park and Finedon Road Copse

On Saturday morning, Wellingborough Eco Group and Castle Fields Streetwatch litter picked Eastfield Park and Finedon Road Copse between 10 and 12. This was our fifth monthly two hour tidy up and, as usual, it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based at the entrance to Eastfield Park on Cross Road.

Thank you to our 16 litter pickers Sharen, Eileen, Emma and Billy, Jonathan, Suzanne and James, Glenn, Julie and Ruby, Nial, Marion, Carol, Jenny and Steve. Thank you also Wellingborough Norse for lending us the equipment and Dave for promptly collecting what we picked up.

As you will see in the following photos, we cleared up a huge amount of rubbish. The three van loads (1500kg!) collected by our volunteers, included a TV, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 mattresses, a knife, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets. Well done all!

Our next Two Hour Tidy Up will be in Croyland Gardens as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. We will be setting up from 9:30 to be litter picking between 10-12 on Saturday 28th March – see you there!

Green Drinks Tonight!

Tonight’s the night!

Many of us are working to tidy up our neighbourhoods or for a fossil-free future for all our children. But it’s hard, often dispiriting work; renewing & making new friendships, in a relaxed setting is a great way to chill. That’s where Green Drinks comes in!

Join us tonight, Tuesday 25th February, for our first event, no agenda, just like minded people, who care about the environment, meeting for a ‘Green Drink’ and a chat.

Do join us for networking, news, chat and new friends; and be part of a growing global network where local people push for and build a sustainable future. Everyone is invited!

See you in the Queens Head, Broad Green, Wellingborough from 7:30!

Find out more at https://wellingboroughecogroup.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/green-drinks-wellingborough-eco-group/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/483086675715830/

Litter Picking – Eastfield Park and Finedon Road Copse

This month our two hour tidy up will be litter picking Eastfield Park, and joining the Castlefields Streetwatch group, clearing up Finedon Road Copse on Saturday 29th February. It takes place between 10am-12 midday. Our recycling station will be set up from 9:30 at the entrance to Eastfield Park off of Cross Road (you are here on map) All welcome!

Eastfield Park is a square, with a footpath going around four football pitches. Finedon Road copse is about five minutes walk from the Cross Road entrance to the park. There is no parking available at Finedon Road Copse, drivers can use on street parking on Finedon Road near the park and in neighboring streets. For walker and cyclists, the park is close to the town centre (approx 10-20 mins walk) There are also bus services stopping on the roads around the park.

Wellingborough Norse have again let us borrow their litter picking equipment, and will be collecting what we have litter picked at the end of our two hours. Here is a selection of photographs from both areas and showing the small walk between the two areas:

Green Drinks – Wellingborough Eco Group

Join us for Green Drinks!

Humanity and all life on our lovely blue-green planet is under severe threat from climate change. Recently the absolute urgency of this has been brought home to us by the scientific community, the actions by Greta Thunberg and the young people of the world, and by Extinction Rebellion. They challenge us to act too.

Members of Wellingborugh Eco Group are already working at our local events, 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; and some of us work with other local groups tidying up our communities too.

Many of us are also working as members of XR, Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth –  or of none – to work for a fossil-free future for all our children – not only the humans ones. But it is hard, often dispiriting work, and renewing and making new frienships, in a relaxed setting is a great way to chill.

That’s where Green Drinks comes in!

Wellingborough Eco Group are hosting Green Drinks evenings, and these events are open to everyone.  We are simply running new friendly group meetings every month, over a drink in an old Wellingborough pub.  The aim is to create a space where people who care about the environment can chat.

Do join us for networking, news, chat and new friends; and be part of a growing global network where local people push for and build a sustainable future. Everyone is invited, there is no agenda, this is all about you and what we can do environmentally locally in a friendly and positive way.  Do join us!

We meet on the last Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in December) at the Queens Head, Broad Green, Wellingborough NN8 4LH (see map).  We start in the lounge area, on the left as you come in the main entrance, from 7:30pm till late…

Our 2020 meeting dates, all Tuesdays, are :

25th February (our first meeting!)
31st March
28th April
​26th May
30th June
28th July
25th August
29th September
27th October
24th November

8th December (note 2nd Tuesday)

To join us, just turn up and do bring along friends or colleagues who might be interested!  If you would like to get a regular reminders of all of our events and lots of good, often local, eco-friendly news, please have a look at our Green Drinks page at greendrinks.org/Northamptonshire/Wellingborough and join Wellingborough Eco Group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

We look forward to meeting you at our next Green Drinks event!

Repair Cafe 3

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall hosted our third Repair Cafe today, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Our fabulous four fixers repaired 15 items, including a sewing machine, CD player, four tablets, a car key fob, a basket a food mixer, drill screwdriver, two laptops, a bicycle and two record players.

Thank you to our repairers Jamie, Jonathan, Simon and Xan for saving local people money and saving salvageable items from going to landfill. Thank you to Heather, Gary and the whole team at Glamis Hall for hosting our Repair Cafe.

Thank you also to Judy for demonstrating how to make cleaning products from environmentally friendly sources. Judy made multi surface cleaner today, out of white wine vinegar, eco-washing up liquid, essential oils and water.

Here is a small selection of the photos that we took:

Our next Repair Cafe will be on Saturday 14th March, where we will have more fixers to save you money and items from ending up in landfill!

Repair Cafe – Big Fix 2020

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall are hosting their third Repair Cafe on Saturday morning (8th February) from 9 till 12, as part of the Big Fix 2020, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. Repair Cafes are completely non-commercial. There are no promises and no guarantees, but if something can be saved the repairers will give it their best efforts. Repairers are always keen to teach you how to do the repair – or at least have you watch while they do it.

There is no charge for entry or repair but donations are gratefully received and help pay for costs. You can basically bring anything you can carry that will not make a mess in the venue. Here are some suggestions:

A bicycle, clothing in need of repair, small electrical or electronic appliances, lamps, toys, mobile phones, laptops, printers, items that need gluing, a clean/repair etc.

Whatever it is, it might not even be broken – just dirty, and you don’t know how to clean it without damaging it – or you can’t work out how to use it without the manual – bring it along. You can even bring several things – though to be fair, you will have to join the queue several times!

There will also be demonstrations on how to reuse stuff that would otherwise end up in landfill.

We are also seeking more repairers, so if you want to share your skills (whatever they are) to save stuff being thrown away, join us. We would love you to get involved! Message us via messenger if you are interested.

Litter Picking Croyland Park

On Saturday morning, Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked Croyland Park between 10 and 12. This was our fourth monthly two hour tidy up and, as usual, it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based in the car park on Kingsway.

Thank you to our 22 litter pickers Liz, Sarah P, Emma, Billy, Jonathan, Moira, Bridget, Saloma, Suzanne, Claire, Aaron, Sarah C, Charlotte, Lucy, Nial, Inese, Julian, Catrina, Darragh, Jocelyn, Brian and Marion. Thank you Wellingborough Norse for lending us the equipment and for promptly collecting what we picked up.

As you will see in the following photos, we cleared up a huge amount of rubbish. The two van loads collected by our volunteers, included a motor bike, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 bicycles, a microwave, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets. Well done all!

 

We also planted an Sycamore tree in the park afterwards. The location for the tree was chosen by Claire, who started the Welly Trees campaign and lives nearby.

Litter Picking in January

On Saturday 25th January, Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking in Croyland Park. We will be setting up from 9:30 in the public car park on the Kingsway, to litter pick between 10 and 12. Look out for our recycling station and for our yellow hi-vis vests.

Wellingborough Norse have kindly agreed to lend us the equipment and to collect the rubbish. We will of course recycle as much as we can.

Our monthly two hour tidy up this month is to litter pick one of the most used parks in Wellingborough, and we plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month. Litter pickers this month decide where the next location will be next month.

Find our more about this and show that you are coming at https://www.facebook.com/events/2709830285779062/ To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

Join us to make Croyland Park tidier for the hundreds of people that enjoy the park, and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!