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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:

NEW – Tidy Up Tuesdays

From Tuesday 16th February, Wellingborough Eco Group and Wellie Wombles are to offer individuals or people in the same bubble the loan of litter pickers, hi-vis, gloves and to give away bags at the Victoria Centre. The equipment has been loaned and bags supplied by Wellingborough Norse and all equipment will be sanitised or washed and returned to Wellingborough Norse the following day. 

Due to current restrictions, collection is by arrangement only as the centre is currently closed to the public. When the centre is open to the public, bags will be available at any time without the need to register. If you can’t collect at the times available, Wellingborough Norse can also provide loaned equipment and bags. 

To borrow some litter picking equipment or to obtain bags, people will need to register by filling in the form on the Wellie Wombles page of this website.  Wellingborough Eco Group will email back to give details on how to call and collect bags and equipment, and to return equipment. 

Equipment and bags, or just bags, are to be collected from the ‘GIRLS’ entrance to Victoria Centre (the fire escape door from the hall) equipment is to be returned to the Victoria Centre on the same day; and bags left for Wellingborough Norse by a public bin, preferably by a public highway, for collection.  Click here for a map and directions to the Victoria Centre.

Wellingborough Eco Group will also need to know where individuals or bubbles are litter picking so that they can monitor which areas are being litter picked. Litter pickers need to post where collected litter bags have been left on the Wellie Wombles Facebook group or let Wellingborough Norse know so that they can be collected. 

Strict Covid rules of two metres distancing, hand sanitising and facemasks apply to everyone.  Guidelines will be marked outside the collection point.  No one will be allowed into the Victoria Centre, Jonathan Hornett will be contactable and at the Victoria Centre between 1:30 and 5:30 on Tuesdays, so that people can collect and return anytime in that time period. 

People who have registered will be given Jonathan’s work phone number to let him know when they arrive. He will then bring any equipment requested and bags out to a table and retreat to two metres distance so people can collect.  On returning equipment, people will call Jonathan, and leave on the table, then retreat two metres for Jonathan to take back.   Hand sanitiser, tissue and anti-bac spray will also be on this table for people to sanitise tools and hands. 

For those that want to keep their litter pickers, and to avoid a few return trips to the Victoria Centre, Wellingborough Eco Group will also sell simple pickers for £3 each (also available at B&M and Wilko for the same price). Registered people can let Wellingborough Eco Group know if they want these on their registration form.  Cash on collection. 

Find out more and register on the Wellie Wombles page at https://wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/litter-picking/wellie-wombles/ 

NEW – Wellie Wombles

We have a new group from Wellingborough Eco Group for you, started on the 8th of February on Facebook by Freddie Harris, inspired by Northants Litter Wombles. Both groups have been set up to encourage people to litter pick, and to get them to share photos with each other of what they have picked.

If you would like to do some litter picking during lockdown, you can individually or with members of your bubble. To help you, we have teamed up with the Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Norse to loan litter pickers, hi-vis, gloves and to give away bags. This starts on Tuesday afternoon 1:30-5:30.

Find out more and join our new litter picking group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/welliewombles

NEW – Repair Club Live

Get your fix on Zoom!

Repair Club comes to you live for the first time on Tuesday 16th February at 7pm. We’ll start with a short introduction, then something being fixed live, and then a question and answer session plus the invitation to get something of yours fixed, perhaps live next time.

Join us on our first night when Simon Turner tries to fix a laptop, which has a broken hinge and loose screen connection. Join us at 7 to find out how he does and ask about your own broken items… Fun and a fix in an hour!

Join in at this event page via this link to our Facebook event or by filling in the form below (please select subject as Repair Cafe/Club):

30MINS OF THEATRE FUN!

To replace our Two Hour Tidy Up this month, we have booked GLJ Theatre to have 30MINS OF THEATRE FUN! We aim to bring the magic of theatre to you via Zoom. This is our chance to come together online and just forget about everything for 30 minutes and have fun.

This FREE special community group workshop is open to everyone and takes place on Saturday 30th January at 10am. All you need to do to take part is register for the event and we will send you the Zoom link. You can do this on the contact form below our via our Facebook event.

We are asking you to register to join in, to avoid any random people spoiling it. Our workshop will be tailored for our group to enjoy as we have lots of games and exercises that everyone could enjoy. Our workshop is suitable for people aged 7-107yrs (All you need is a Zoom account).

GLJ Theatre has come together with One Wellingborough Plus, the Victoria Centre and other partners (including us) to deliver a number of FREE special community group workshops for Wellingborough organisations.

GLJ Theatre’s 30MINS OF THEATRE FUN hopes to bring the magic of theatre to as many people in Wellingborough at this difficult time  and will continue to connect people who have maybe drifted apart. So come and have a laugh with us at GLJ Theatre!

Green Drinks On Zoom

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 and making new friendships, in a relaxed setting is a great way to lift your spirits. That’s where Green Drinks comes in!

Don’t get that sinking feeling, save the world, one sip at a time!

Join us on Thursday 21st January for our online social event, there’s 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!

Join in with on Zoom at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88524441004?pwd=azIvcGpZMEowK3ptRUdOQkp4OTErZz09

Meeting ID: 885 2444 1004

Passcode: 76045

Lockdown

Our planned activities this weekend, the Repair Cafe and our Community Allotment Working Party, can no longer take place.

With better news, we now have two ex canteen sets of tables and chairs at the allotment for our gazebo, pallet crates for the front fence being collected over the next couple of days, and three tonnes of MOT being delivered on Thursday.

This had been planned for our working party, hopefully the weather allows Jonathan to crack on with some of this on Sunday.

Our Two Hour Tidy Up on Saturday 30th will also have to be cancelled. These activities will hopefully be back soon, stay safe everyone 💚

New Year Green Drinks

Don’t spend New Years Eve alone, join us on Zoom for GREEN DRINKS

So it works, if everyone could have Jools Holland on that would be great

Let’s all party for a better New Year!

Don’t spend New Years Eve alone, join us online this year!

Join in on Zoom for GREEN DRINKS

Time: Dec 31, 2020 11:00 PM London

Join us on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88222634317?pwd=NjVTeDBvRG5pODdwcEtDeVJ3UmxDQT09

Meeting ID: 882 2263 4317
Passcode: 223513


https://www.facebook.com/events/405886964066294/

Happy Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas, plus thank each and everyone of you for everything this year. This month we have featured lots of great eco-friendly services available locally on our Advent Calendar; for those that may have missed some, here is all of them:

Click on the links below to find out more:

  1. One Wellingborough Plus
  2. Shire Sounds (and local radio)
  3. Daily Bread Co-operative
  4. Wellingborough Library Plus
  5. Wellingborough Norse
  6. Ladywell Allotments (and all local allotments)
  7. Food for Thought
  8. Appletree and Avalon
  9. Wellingborough Recycling Centre
  10. Made With Many
  11. Barnardos Wellingborough
  12. Ugly Mug
  13. Superdrug Wellingborough
  14. Daylight Shop
  15. Glamis Hall Recycling
  16. Glamis Hall Sustainable For All
  17. Shop Zero
  18. Lunar Tree
  19. Animals in Need Northamptonshire
  20. Northamptonshire Wood Recycling CIC
  21. The Wombled Workshop
  22. The Chalk Paint Guy
  23. Refill Van
  24. One Wellingborough

All of the above and more will be on Wellingborough Eco Map when it goes live… But until then, please do support them or use their services, and share our blog posts and videos (also available on our YouTube channel) to promote them.