Minutes, April 2013

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors’ Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 2 April 2013

 

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Catharine Browne, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Andrew Dakers

No

Topics

Action

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Minutes of last meeting agreed.

2

Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens, Samantha Langton and Jenny Illman (Brentford Dock Management), Kath Richardson, Cindy Gardener, LBH, David Eales, London Bike Hub

3

Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: Remains in abeyance.  LBH are still hoping to hold a Give and Take event for small electrical items, clothing etc. but this will be dependent on staff availability.  

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Noticeboard: Currently displays information regarding the latest Love Food Hate Waste campaign. We will change these for different posters for the same campaign shortly.

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BRAG NEWSLETTER: This is now in the process of being printed and distribution will be organised within the next few weeks. The cooperation and assistance from the High Street Steering Committee, in particular Julia Quilliam and Joanne Lavery, is very much appreciated.

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Cotton Bag Project (“No plastic innit”): Some sources for cotton bags have been found so when we have ascertained costs and how many we will need we can go ahead with finally agreeing the message we would like printed on them.

Cindy has already found some prospective suppliers whose products do not necessarily fulfil our environmentally friendly desires! However, a great deal will depend on cost – we definitely need to know quantities before we can proceed further. We thought we might start with 250. It was suggested that if one side of the bag was left blank we could perhaps provide stencils and paints for volunteers to complete their own message – even a competition? Also, we need to establish willing shopkeepers who will distribute – we need to know who these could be – suggestions, please.  So far: any shops on Brentford High Street and Albany Parade, The Coop (formerly Costcutter) near the University, Morrisons, Brentford Dock shop. Then we must plan a canvassing campaign.  We could also consider delivering a bag with a future newsletter. FURTHER DISCUSSION AT NEXT MEETING.

ALL

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BRENTFORD FESTIVAL: Will definitely be held on Sunday, 1st September, in Blondin Park, which is accessible from Boston Manor Road, Northfield Avenue and Windmill Road. Further information will be forthcoming, please also watch the TW8 website. We will take a stall, as always, and LBH Recycling team will also be present so we hope to be positioned near them. Still need ideas for theme for our stall, please! Game for children? (One suggestion: “name the worm”.)

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BRENTFORD FARMERS MARKET: Plans are now being finalised for the return of the market in Market Place to be held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The trial period will commence on 12 May for 6 months and there will be a mixed and varied collection of stalls, some being available for charities and other voluntary groups.  Information about stalls from can be obtained from julia@quilliam.property.co.uk. We have agreed to take a stall, probably share with Friends of the Earth, so we need to know dates, asap, when members are available so that we can be sure the stall is manned, possibly in shifts.

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FUNDING: We have made an application for funding towards our next newsletter publication and some merchandise of cotton bags from the Community Development Foundation. Thanks to Kath, Andrew and Hugh for their extra efforts to do this.

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 7 May 2013

to start at 7pm in the Directors’ Meeting Room, Brentford Dock

Minutes, Feb 2013

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors’ Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 5 February 2013

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie,

No

Topics

Action

1

Minutes of last meeting agreed.

2

Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens, Samantha Langton and Jenny Illman (Brentford Dock Management), Dilys Matthews, Andrew Dakers, Kath Richardson, David Eales, London Bike Hub, Catharine Browne, Cindy Gardener, LBH,

3

Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: Remains in abeyance.  LBH are still hoping to hold a Give and Take event for small electrical items, clothing etc. but this will be dependent on staff availability.  

4

BRAG web site: Hugh has requested that, when an opportunity for an award or grant for which we may be eligible, the relevant forms are printed out for him and he will make the applications on our behalf.  Virginia had some information from Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service which she will process for Hugh. HP

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Noticeboard: Patti and Hugh agreed to make changes to the contents of the noticeboard to display the new posters and information regarding the latest Love Food Hate Waste campaign and to publicise the WLWA Swishing event to be held on Saturday 16th February at Hounslow Library, (Treaty Centre, Hounslow).  Drop off items: 10:30 am – 12 pm, get new items: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Please give them as much support as possible. ALL

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BRAG NEWSLETTER: Hugh has found a willing supporter who will print a small edition (5,000copies) of one duplexed A4 sheet. We should establish the cost of paper and, provided it is not too great, BRAG will fund this. ACTION SOMEONE?

We still hope to be able to produce the Spring edition in March – subject to Andrew’s availability. We must find how this is to be distributed and to whom.  (The whole of TW8 is 10,000 homes.)   ANDREW, CAN YOU ADVISE?

Some material for the newsletter has already been produced and we should prepare an article on our cotton bag, promoting a ban on plastic bags in Brentford. Wendy has found some environmentally friendly sources for cotton bags in the UK so we should ascertain costs, and how many we will want. She is collating her information and will let us have it. ACTION WENDY

Cindy has already found some prospective suppliers whose products do not necessarily fulfil our environmentally friendly desires! A great deal will depend on cost – we definitely need to know quantities before we can proceed further. HOW MANY?  500? 1,000?

Also, willing shopkeepers who will distribute – we need to know who these will be.

Suggestions so far: any shops on Brentford High Street and Albany Parade, Costcutter near the University, Morrisons, Brentford Dock shop. Other suggestions, please.  Then we must plan a canvassing campaign.  We could also consider delivering a bag with a future newsletter.

Other items for inclusion: from visitors to the recent LBH Road shows: “I recycle because . . . .” and advise about the Tidy Town Service, which will collect up to five items for the minimum fee, so a good opportunity to get together with neighbours and friends to share in the service. Not forgetting the half page for the London Bike Hub.

AD PH WM and ALL

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BRENTFORD FESTIVAL: Will definitely be held on Sunday, 1st September, in Blondin Park, which is accessible from Boston Manor Road, Northfield Avenue and Windmill Road. Further information will be forthcoming, please also watch the TW8 website. We will take a stall, as always, but LBH may not exhibit since the park is not in Hounslow.

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 5 March 2013

to start at 7pm in the Directors’ Meeting Room, Brentford Dock