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Today at the Community Allotment.

Today was a busy day, with lots done and lots of visitors:

– A selection of veg, salad and flower plants dropped off by Sian (thank you!)
– Another two Welly Trees re-homed, Lisa and her husband took a Cherry and a Rowan.
– Black Cockerel re-homed, now has 10 wives!
– 30 Oak trees planted in a circle, hopefully to create a Wellie Acorns natural space (may take a while…) 20 to plant.
– More weeding done, not much left to do, then to level and install path, raised beds and our two greenhouses greenhouses.
– Also, grass cut on my neighbouring plot 😎👌

Next working party Saturday and every Saturday in May from 1pm. Other opportunities to get involved too, including tomorrow morning from 7am 💚🌱

General Meeting – 4th May 2021

Thank you to the 13 people who joined us for a General Meeting to talk about our activities and associations. Simon, Jonathan, Freddie, Georgina, Judy, Anthony, Becky, Lizz, Tricia, John, Julian, Suzanne and Sophie started off by looking at our Zoom events, and discussed whether in person events would be better; using the Victoria Centre for some of our events and continuing our partnership with Glamis Hall for others.

We looked at hosting a ‘Wellingborough Eco Festival’, possibly at the Victoria Centre, and decided to set up a sub-committee of members to work on it. This will incorporate our Repair Club, Swap Shop, Wellie Wombles and Wellie Acorns groups, plus be open to other organisations to promote their eco-friendly activities.

Watch this month’s meeting on YouTube, the next hopefully will be face to face.

We decided when our litter picking ‘Two Hour Tidy Ups’ will re-start These will start again on Saturday 29th May as part of The Great British Spring Clean, at the usual times from 10am until midday. Freddie Harris talked about the amazing things that Wellie Wombles have been up to, plus we elected Freddie as our Litter Picking Secretary so he can act on behalf of the group in his correspondence with local companies and services, plus lead on our litter picking activities.

We looked at our partnerships with Glamis Hall, Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Library and more new initiatives, with lots of opportunities for more projects coming up, members decided that we need to focus on our current activities and the eco festival. We decided that the next meeting should be a social one in a pub, so we will restart our Green Drinks events in two weeks and that further General Meetings should be in person. We also looked at our membership, the idea of a timebank and our funds. All in all, a lively and positive meeting that gives us a solid platform to build on.

General Meeting

We are inviting registered members of Wellingborough Eco Group and members of our social media groups to a General Meeting on Tuesday 4th May at 7:30pm, we have lots to discuss and we want you to decide what we do next!

We will be looking at our Zoom events, and looking at whether in person events would be better. We will be looking using the Victoria Centre for some of our events and continuing our partnership with Glamis Hall for others. We could host a Wellingborough Eco Festival, if enough members wish to support it. We will look at what activities to do for kids with our new with group, Wellie Acorns.

We will also get a Community Allotment update, decide when our litter picking ‘Two Hour Tidy Ups’ re-start and we will be looking at what the amazing things that Wellie Wombles have been up to, plus we hope to elect Freddie Harris as our Litter Picking Secretary on our committee so he can act on behalf of the group in his correspondence with local companies and services, plus lead on our litter picking activities.

To be able to vote Freddie in, please do register as a member at https://wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/join-us/ (it’s free and it helps us)

Do join us on Zoom for our General Meeting on Tuesday 4th May at 7:30pm via this link https://zoom.us/j/98819061176

Community Allotment Working Party

Great to have so many people join in at the Community Allotment today! To keep to the ‘rule of six’ we had two working parties, a weeding team and a building team 🐝🐝

As you can see, the weeding team dug up loads of weeds, bricks and glass, and the building team put up two sheds!

Thank you to Jamie and Donna, Skye, John and Tricia, Niall and Neys for joining me for a fun and productive afternoon 🙂👍

For more updates on how our Community Allotment is progressing, do join us on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/communityallotment/

Working Parties Start Up Again After Lockdown

Lovely afternoon at the Community Allotment today, really busy with lovely people! Thank you to Simon Turner and Jamie Brady (Welcome to Wombledon) for your help building our gazebo, roof to do when less windy…

Thank you Michael Young and your son from Allotment Shack for donating and bringing up a selection of onions, garlic and shallots to be planted at the Community Allotment .

Thank you Claire Louise’s and Carl for visiting and giving some of our Welly Trees a home and thank you Kate McKeown for coming and picking up a couple of raspberry bushes.

Plus thank you Marion Turner-Hawes and Karon Turner-Hawes for dropping off Wellingborough Swap Shop items from this morning’s Saturday Swap Shop, and for looking to join in with us in the near future.

Also, on Tuesday we held our first working party which was fun. Thank you Judy Sumner and the kids for your help with the raspberry bushes and of course the Easter Egg Hunt!

Great to see you all, of course everyone is welcome to join in, we will be back again for early mornings next week 😎

A Busy Eco Week Coming Up

There are loads of Wellingborough Eco Group activities happening this week! We have five dates for activities coming up, hopefully you can join us?

Community Allotment – Working Parties

And there’s loads more to do at our Community Allotment, the good news is that we can restart our working parties from 29th March 🙂🤞 So if anyone is up for it, we propose that we simply have to do Monday 29th, say 10am until lunchtime(ish) then an Easter egg hunt!

Yes children are invited and Billy will be with Jonathan, but please note the ‘Rule of Six’ so we may not all be working together.

We also could do some building on Saturday afternoon (3rd April) from 1 onwards. There’s two sheds, a fence (posts are done) and a gazebo to do! Any help would be greatly appreciated 😉👍

Find out more on the Community Allotment webpage or on our Community Allotment Facebook group.

Tuesday Tidy Ups with Wellie Wombles

If you would like to do some litter picking during lockdown, you can individually or with members of your bubble; and loads of Wellie Wombles have been! You can join in with this on our Wellie Wombles Facebook Group

To help you, on each and every Tuesday afternoon, we have teamed up with the Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Norse to loan litter pickers, hi-vis, gloves and to give away bags.

It’s a call and collect service that you will need to register for. Find out more about Tuesday Tidy Ups and Wellie Wombles on our webpages.

Repair Club Live – our Fourth Fix

Repair Club Live gives you another way to get your items fixed or to learn new skills. We hold Zoom sessions fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. A repairer will aim to fix something live, talking you through what needs doing.

On Tuesday (30th March) Simon will be looking at repairing a member’s iron and a local councillor’s hand held window cleaner. Who knows how he will get on, but hopefully we will have fun and a fix or two in an hour!

Find out more on the Repair Club webpage or on our Repair Club Facebook group.

Saturday Swap Shop – Easter Special!

This time we are asking ‘do you have anything to swap or are you looking to give an Easter Egg away?’

Live on Zoom, our fourth ‘Saturday Swap Shop’ has Easter as its theme! We will be hosted by the Victoria Centre, where we will invite you to swap with us and others. Join us on Saturday 3rd April, between 10:30 and 12:00 midday; it’s going to be fun, there might be chocolate and it’s free!

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 on our Saturday Swap Shop webpage and we will email you back with the Zoom link

Do Join in with any of our activities if you can, if you would like further details or have any questions please send us a message using the form below (selecting the subject you are enquiring about would be helpful)

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 🙂