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

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 😎

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 – 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!