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.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Give your Christmas Tree a second chance…

…this year Wellingborough Eco Group are collecting live trees (with roots only) for free. We will not be collecting cut trees as all trees are going to be re-planted; and next year given to charities to be re-used either by themselves or by those who can’t afford to buy their own tree.

The collection of trees is available throughout the borough of Wellingborough and in Rushden and Higham Ferrers; from 2nd January to 11th January 2020.

Get in Touch

Those wishing to have their tree collected will need to book a collection slot by sending us a message using the contact form, with an email or via facebook messenger.

Litter Picking Queensway Park

This morning Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked Queensway Park between 10 and 12. This was our third monthly two hour tidy up and as usual it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based in Glamis Hall’s car park..

Two van loads of rubbish collected by our litter pickers today. Well done to all 16 of our Litter Heroes! Thank you to Sheila, Anthony L, Beth, Adam, Andrea, Suzanne, Sophie, Anthony EM, Elizabeth, Marion, Lucy, Jane, Nyall, Emma, Jonathan and Billy.

We also planted an Oak tree in the park afterwards, for the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback! The location for the tree was chosen by Sheila, who lives nearby. She can see this tree from her house and hopes that it will thrive next to the brook that runs through the park.

For more information see our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403240613337663/?ti=cl

Litter Picking November

This Saturday morning 30th November Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking in Queensway Park. We will be setting up from 9:30 in Glamis Hall’s car park 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 this well used park in Wellingborough, and we plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month, except December. Litter pickers this month decide where the next location will be next month.

Join us to make Queensway Park tidier for the hundreds of people that walk through and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!

To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

Repair Cafe 1

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall hosted our first Repair Cafe on Saturday, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Our fabulous five fixers repaired 25 items, including vacuum cleaners, toasters, a microwave, 3 laptops, a tablet and various items of clothing.

Thank you to our repairers Andrew, Ata, Jane, Jonathan and Simon for saving local people money and saving salvageable items from going to landfill. Thanks to Judy for being there to demonstrate making cleaning products from eco sources.

Thank you to Marion and Viv for helping, plus Sophie and Anthony, Anthony L, Joanne, Karen and Emma from the group for coming. Also great to see BBC Radio Northampton too!

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

Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out! Our next Repair Cafe will be on Saturday 11th January from 9am-12 midday, at Glamis Hall during the Indoor Car Boot Sale. See you then…

Litter Picking – Wellingborough Eco Group

This Sunday morning 27th October (rescheduled from Saturday 26th due to poor weather) Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking on and round the footpath in the Park Farm Industrial Estate. We will be setting up from 9:30 on Sinclair Drive to litter pick between 10 and 12. Look out for our recycling station on Sinclair Drive and for our yellow hi-vis vests.

The footpath goes from Sywell Road to Hardwick Road via Sinclair Drive
Emma show’s how it’s done

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 this under loved part of 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.

Join us to make the green footpath corridor in Park Farm tidier for the hundreds of people that walk through and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!

To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

Repair Cafes – Wellingborough Eco Group

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall are hosting their first Repair Cafe in November, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale on the 9th, from 9am till midday.

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.

We will be set up in the lobby with desks for each fixer!

There is no charge for entry or repair but donations are gratefully received and help pay for costs. There’s no need to book, just turn up with whatever you want fixed. 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!

Easy access to public conveniences and to the hall

There will also be demonstrations on how to reuse stuff that would otherwise end up in landfill and on how to make your own cleaning products from natural sources. You can of course have a look round the second hand items on sale at the indoor car boot sale and have a great cup of tea or coffee too.

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.

To keep up to date with additional posts see our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/702917753546693/

Litter Picking The Embankment

Today Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked on the Embankment between 10 and 12. This was our first monthly two hour tidy up and we decided to litter pick this much loved part of Wellingborough.

Massive thank you to everyone who took part in our two hour tidy up today, thanks to Jane, Kate and Findlay, Liz, Andrea, Judy and Este, Frankie and Charles, James and Suzanne, Jonathan, Emma and Bill, Sophie and Anthony, Jocelyn and Darragh, Brian, Diane, Mike, Sophie and Toni; thank you all 23 of you!

Really impressive community involvement, great to see all ages and children taking part. We had a number of people come and thank us for making a real difference. Thanks also to Wellingborough Norse for lending us their litter picking equipment and for collecting the litter that we picked.

We plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month. Our litter pickers this month have proposed three locations for next month and we will decide which one to do first. An update will be posted soon…

If you are on Facebook, keep up to date with all of our activities by joining Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup