Sustainable Sunday workshop, 18 October, in Ealing

Ealing Transition is holding a Sustainable Sunday workshop this coming Sunday, 18 October, at St Mary’s Church Polygon Centre (just next to the church), St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. The workshop will run from 7.30-10pm.

Workshops are offered in bread making, gluten-free baking, simple vegan food, bee keeping and chutney making. Participants will be able to try one workshop lasting approximately 1.5 hours. To avoid disappointment, please book your place by email in advance by emailing and bring £5 cash on the door.

Food waste takes centre stage at Bhangra Disco Soup in Southall on 24 October

Southall Transition, working with The Rubbish Diet, will hold a Bhangra Disco Soup event on 24 October in Southall to raise awareness of food waste.  Disco Soup is international grassroots movement that started in Germany and where people prepare vegetables that would otherwise be wasted in a party-like atmosphere. But because the event will take place in Southall, it will have a bhangra spin.

The aim of Bhangra Disco Soup is to raise awareness of the problem of food waste and the need to think about what food we throw away. It also aims to bring together the community so that good food being thrown away by local retailers might be direct to local charitable groups that could use it. At the same time, it aims to be a fun event that brings the community together on an important issue.

This event will take place from 4pm to 8pm at

St John’s Community Hall,
Havelock Rd
Southall, UB2 4DH
Entry is free.
More information at

Join us on Tuesday at the BRAG AGM

Please join us at the 16th Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) Annual General Meeting. It will be held this Tuesday, 10 November 2015, at 7.00pm at the Brickfield Community Centre, Brickfield Close, Brentford, TW8 8JN, which is the base for Hounslow Community FoodBox, Brentford (just behind Majestic Wine, 2-10 London Road).

The AGM will consist of a review of BRAG’s activities in the past year, including our work at community events, followed by a number of presentations and a question-and-answer session. We will round off the evening with refreshments, where you’ll have a chance to chat with members and guests in an informal setting. Continue reading

Levy on single-use plastic bags comes into effect

From Monday, 5 October, shoppers in England will be charged 5 pence for single-use plastic bags, as part of a government effort to reduce litter and protect wildlife. The charge will be applied in large shops and supermarkets with 250 or more employees. The government reportedly expects the charge to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets by up to 80% and up to 50% in high street shops. It also expects to save £60 million in litter clean-up costs.

So don’t forget to bring your BRAG bag (and other reusable bags, of course) when you’re out shopping! You’ll save money while helping safeguard the environment.

BRAG members Hugh and Douglas show off our bags

BRAG members Hugh and Douglas show off our bags

Celebrate the 5th annual Abundance Fruit Day with Abundance London

Join Abundance London on 4 October at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Chiswick for Abundance Fruit Day, the group’s annual celebration (its 5th) of apples, pears, quince and other fruit collected from the streets and gardens of West London. Abundance says the 2015 harvest is apparently the best in 30 years.

Come along and buy some fruit and enjoy fresh apple juice – made on the group’s huge apple press – as well as artisan jams and preserves, and kids’ fruity crafts, courtesy of St Michael’s and All Angels.

You can stock up on fruit bushes and vines, and buy local honey from Mel the Bee. Also on offer will be top-quality Cultivate London herbs and plants, traditional games with a twist, like apple bobbing, longest apple peel competition, smoothie pedal bike and William Tell slack-lining (tightrope with apple on head).

This year Abundance is introducing Sipsmiths tipples (it has been supplying its local distillery with delicious natural infusions such as mulberries), and Chiswick’s Cabin restaurant is preparing a special local lunch. Hot drinks will also be available.

Students at the Hogarth School have been picking fruit for a month and they will showcase their cakes, crumbles and toffee apples.

See you there!

5th Abundance Fruit Day
Date: Sunday, 4 October
Time: 12.30-4pm
Place: St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Bath Road, Chiswick W4 1TT
(Around the corner from the Turnham Green Underground Station)

Restart party in Uxbridge on 19 September

The Rubbish Diet Team will be in Uxbridge tomorrow, Saturday, 19 September, to host Hillingdon’s first-ever restart party.

Come join the team in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Chequers Square, Uxbridge, UB8 1LN from 11am-2pm and learn to fix your broken electronics, bikes or clothes. Mend your broken ceramics, toys and much more at the Sugru table.

Got skills and knowledge? Could you come help others learn to repair?

Or just come and celebrate repair and meet others who like making do and mending.

The event is part of the Festival of Repair taking place in West London this month.

And don’t miss this week’s makedoandmedhour conversation on twitter, where Jen Gale from Make Do and Mend will be asking people to share their favourite place to repair.

September 2015 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Toll House, Brentford Lock
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 1 September 2015
Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Wendy Mackenzie, Virginia Fassnidge, Andrew Dakers, Louisa Perkins, LBH

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens, Catharine Browne, Kath Richardson, Chelsea Edwards, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust
3 Noticeboard: Patti received a ‘phone call from Andy Chaffey, Area Manager, Morrisons, to let us know that the person he needs to speak to was on holiday but as soon as he returns, Andy will speak to him and let us know the outcome. PH
4 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held successfully every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds. The next one will be on Monday 21st September from 10:30 to 12:30.  These continue to be well attended but, all who are available, it’s a very pleasant way to spend a Monday morning – and for a very good cause. ALL

EU agrees strict targets for reduction of plastic-bag use

The 28 EU member states will be required to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags by 80% by 2025 under new rules agreed by the European Union this week. Countries can decide themselves how to achieve the goal, through measures such as charges for plastic bags or outright bans.

There is already a 5p charge for single-use bags in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and England will follow suit in October, with the money collected to be used for environmental and charitable causes.