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Saturday ‘Seeds’ Swap Shop

Live on Zoom, our third Wellingborough Eco Group ‘Saturday Swap Shop’ took place on 20th March and it was all about gardening! We were hosted by the Victoria Centre, where we invited you to swap with us and others.

We had a selection of seeds that had been dropped off to swap, these were introduced by hosts Marion Turner-Hawes and Jonathan Hornett. 56 packets of seeds were swapped by between the eight people who joined in, for collection on Tuesday between 1:30​ and 5:30pm at the Victoria Centre.

Watch Saturday ‘Seeds’ Swap Shop!

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

Saturday Swap Shops are managed by Wellingborough Eco Group as part of the One Wellingborough Plus project and hosted by the Victoria Centre. To take part next time, register using the contact form on our Saturday Swap Shop page and we will email you back with the Zoom link.

Advice on litter picking

From Public Health Northamptonshire

While we understand that litter picking is an important community activity and appreciate the volunteer effort, we want to make sure you are aware of the current guidelines and that any community activity is Covid secure to minimise risk of infection.

The Government has announced from 8 – 29th March 2021 people will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they
are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. From 29 March, outdoor gatherings either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed.

Any litter picking must be compliant with social distancing and COVID rules. You should not encourage people to volunteer outside of their local area or arrange for large groups to meet.

People must maintain a 2 metre distancing outdoors unless from the same household, with use of hand sanitisers and face coverings. Furthermore, litter picking may involve littered face masks and gloves, and any items which may have been in contact with the virus, and so precautions must be taken to wear gloves and not pick up any litter by hand, using only litter
picking equipment.

Local authorities and the police will continue to provide support and advice, enabling groups to operate safely. Where people do not follow the rules, the appropriate enforcement action
will be taken.

Further information on the guidance can be found here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-
response-spring-2021-summary#step-1—8-and-29-march

We of course do have this guidance in place for our Womble activities and our Tuesday Tidy Ups. This can be found both on the about section of the Wellie Wombles group on Facebook at https://facebook.com/groups/welliewombles and on our website at https://wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/litter-picking/tuesday-tidy-ups

Repair Club Live!

Get your printer fixed on Zoom!

Servicing Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and the surrounding area, Repair Club matches people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things.

Repair Club comes to you live for the third time and this time we’re fixing printers! Wellingborough Eco Group ‘Repair Cafe’ fixer Andrew is looking at three printers and doing his best to make them work again…

Perhaps your printer may have similar issues; we’re here to help, plus there’s the invitation to get something of yours fixed live next time… Please fill in registration form below to request the Zoom link.

Please tick which group(s) you belong to

Press submit to join us for fun and a fix in an hour!

Alleyway Clearances Needed

WELLIE WOMBLES – WELLINGBOROUGH ECO GROUP

Marion and Chris litter picked the alleyways around Colwell Road on Tuesday, filling 12 bags! Not bad for a few ours on a Tuesday Tidy Up afternoon! Well done both!

If litter pickers are up for a challenge, there are loads more alleyways to clear up before they are gated off. These are located near to the Victoria Centre, so easy to walk to on our Tuesday Tidy Ups.

Have a look at the map, which shows where they are being installed. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Work starts installing the gates on Monday. Thanks all 🙂

Saturday Swap Shop

Do you have anything you want to swap or are you looking to give something away?

Live on Zoom, our second ‘Saturday Swap Shop’ will be hosted by the Victoria Centre. We will have a selection of items to swap and we invite you to swap with us and others on Saturday 6th March, between 10:30 and 12:00 midday. It’s going to be fun and it’s free!

Wellingborough Swap Shop is a free and local exchange where members of the public can pass on things they no longer want, in exchange for something they 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.

Saturday Swap Shop is at the Victoria Centre, but due to lockdown, this is a Zoom only event. We will be using our Facebook Group and our forum to share pictures, start posting today or you can simply just hold up you item(s) during the event.

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 Swap Shop is managed by Wellingborough Eco Group as part of the One Wellingborough Plus project. Saturday Swap Shops will be hosted by the Victoria Centre. To keep you safe on Saturday, and so that you don’t have to share your details with everyone, please register by using the contact form below. Please use Swap Shop as your subject, and we will email you back with the Zoom link:

Repair Club Live 2

GET YOUR DEVICE FIXED ON ZOOM!

Repair Club comes to you live and this time we are fixing software issues, be they on your computer, tablet or phone. Perhaps your device is going too slow or you don’t know how to use an app; we’re here to help, plus there’s the invitation to get something of yours fixed live next time…

At our last Repair Club Live Simon took a laptop apart and diagnosed the issue with the screen (it needs a new cable if one can be found and then fixed) and talked us through what he was doing. Thank you to the six people who joined us to discuss this and many other things!

Join us this time for fun and a fix in an hour on Zoom, from 7:30pm until 8:30pm on Tuesday 2nd March, via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85914901138?pwd=ZFc2RlRHa2djNnczd0FRL2Z0Q2l4UT09

Community Resilience Forum 1

24 people that took part in the first Wellingborough Community Resilience Forum that was hosted by One Wellingborough Plus and partners, which includes Wellingborough Eco Group.

It started with everyone introducing themselves and was followed by hosts Marion and Jonathan talking about the One Wellingborough Plus project. Marion then introduced the reason for the Community Resilience Forum, explaining why we all introduced each other. We then moved on to what is Community Resilience with everyone giving examples of this.

Delegates then were asked what are the Community Resilient ingredients and shared lots of ideas. The next question answered was what challenges are we facing. We then, after a short break, looked at what we can do. The forum provided lots of really useful feedback and of course networking for all. We recorded it for those who could not join in this time, with a few small edits, here it is from start to finish:

There is also a transcript of the forum available at https://onewellingboroughplus.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/community-resilience-forum-one/

NEW – Wellie Wombles Map

To give you an idea of where Wombles go and what Wombles do, we have created a map to show you! Click on the ‘red stars’ to see Womble litter picks including photos, ‘blue birds’ to see group organised litter picks and ‘green recycling symbols’ to see where you can collect bags and borrow litter pickers from:

To add your litter pick to the map, join our group on Facebook, then post what you have picked including the location, number of bags and a photo. Join in at https://www.facebook.com/groups/welliewombles

If you don’t do Facebook, please do share what you have picked including the location, number of bags and a photo by emailing us.

Repair Club Live 1

Thank you to Simon Turner tonight for taking a laptop apart and diagnosing the issue with the screen and for talking us through what he was doing. It needs a new cable if one can be found and then fixed.

Thank you to the six people who joined us to discuss this and many other things! We will be hosting another Repair Club on Zoom in a fortnight, possibly fixing clocks… Do join us!

NEW – Saturday Swap Shop

Do you have anything you want to swap or are you looking to give something away?

Live on Zoom, Wellingborough’s first ‘Saturday Swap Shop’ will be hosted by the Victoria Centre. We will have a selection of items to swap and we invite you to swap with us and others on Saturday 20th February, between 10:30 and 12:00 midday. It’s going to be fun and it’s free!

Wellingborough Swap Shop is a free and local exchange where members of the public can pass on things they no longer want, in exchange for something they 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 Saturday Swap Shop is at the Victoria Centre, but due to lockdown, this is a Zoom only event. We will be using our Facebook Group and our forum to share pictures, start posting today or you can simply just hold up you item(s) during the event.

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 Swap Shop is managed by Wellingborough Eco Group as part of the One Wellingborough Plus project. Saturday Swap Shops will be hosted by the Victoria Centre. To keep you safe on Saturday, and so that you don’t have to share your details with everyone, please register by using the contact form below. Please use Swap Shop as your subject, and we will email you back with the Zoom link: