Litter pick with Councillor Lambert on 21 July

Want to help keep Brentford clean and hang out with your councillor at the same time? Then join Councillor Guy Lambert for a volunteer litter pick at 10am on Sunday, 21 July.

The event will start at St Pauls’ Recreation Ground — entrance by St. Paul’s CoE Primary School, at the bendy bit of St Paul’s/Lateward Roads.  It will cover the park and surrounding footpaths, then Albany Rd to Ealing Rd.

Litter pickers and green Hounslow Highways bags will be provided.

Directions

Rail: Brentford.
Bus: E2, 267, 237, 235

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July 2019 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 2nd July 2019
 
Attending:   Patti Horsnell, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie,  Malcolm Crofts,  Rukmini West, Mary Taft

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust, Sheila Churchill, Hugh Picton,  Catharine  Browne, Cllr. Guy Lambert
3 Restart Project: Events will continue to be arranged in other localities, information on the next one to be held in Brentford, probably after the summer, will be passed on in due course. Further details on this subject and other restart parties may be found at the following website: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ VF PH
4 Street Care Team, Litter bins: We will continue to make requests for the recyclable cans and PET bottles collected from street bins and street cleaning to be separated and recycled.  We understand the difficulties of contamination and know that currently LBH don’t attempt to recycle from street bins at all because of this problem. They’re trying to change that, in conjunction with West London Waste, but it may take some time. At present the street bin stuff is incinerated for energy: not ideal but at least nothing ends up in landfill or the sea. However, we still agree that BRAG should make every effort to find a way to recover as much metal from littered cans and reduce the amount of plastic (increasingly more bottles) which litter our streets and cause so much damage to the environment. MC PH
5 General recycling: TerraCycle, an excellent initiative, collect and recycle many forms of recyclable  waste.   Please look at the very comprehensive website:  https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/ ALL
6 Ealing Repair Café: Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Support Group are a local group run through Facebook to support local residents in living more sustainable lifestyles. They have already held a Make Do and Mend/Repair Cafe for clothing and textiles, and would like to expand to a full, regular repair cafe for all kinds of household items. Their last clothes repair and making event was in April, at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, West Ealing and future dates will be found at https://queenofthesuburbs.org/events. ALL
7 Brentford Together: Please support London Sustainability Exchange, Friends of Cathja and Salopian Garden – Cultivate London having won a collaborative Big Lottery grant, which started in April and will run for three years. Planned activities include Dr Bike sessions which are being held in Brentford Market from 10-1 on the first Sunday of every month and sewing sessions on Cathja’s Barge. ALL
8 Festival for the Environment: Last year Rin Roche (Cathja) organised an event in Brentford, Festival of Waste, and this year with similar aims and renamed Festival for the Environment. This means getting together with other local groups who share the same commitment, trying to make this world a little less carbon toxic, more environmentally aware and inclusive and improve the environment in various ways, by increasing walking and cycling, litter picking, planting, awareness raising, outdoor skills etc., and encouraging the community to improve the area.

This will be held in Market Square, Brentford High Street, from 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 17th August. BRAG have agreed to take part and will share a stall, as last year, with Friends of the Earth. Any other groups interested in taking part should contact Rin direct for further ,information:  Rin Roche, M: 07904 406507 E: rinny_r02@yahoo.co.uk

ALL
8.1 Festival for the Environment: For our contribution to this event we agreed to continue our campaign for reducing plastic litter which usually ends up in the ocean, with a possible new slogan: “From Street to Sea” (other suggestions very welcome, please!). We particularly discussed items which are overlooked as being made partially, or completely, of plastic e.g: cellophane (from cigarette packets), tea bags, confectionery wrapping, crisp packets, dental floss, cotton buds, polystyrene trays from fast food, balloons . . . . what else?  We’d like to feature photographs or drawings of examples in our posters. (Research is also being done to find chemical names of plastics which are used as ingredients of other products – for example, Propylene Glycol in hand cream.)
9 Great British Spring Clean: this initiative ran for a amonth and aimed to inspire people to join forces to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. This was well supported and successful nationally. One of our Councillors, Guy Lambert, has played a very active part in Brentford and is making it a monthly event on the third Sunday of each month from 10:00 am at varying locations. The area around Brentford police station was cleared last month and a great deal of rubbish was collected.  If there is an area near you which would improve with some action, please let us – and Guy – know. A suggested area for future work: Lion Way. ALL
10 BRAG Meeting Room: We were very kindly allowed to use the Toll House at Brentford Lock for our monthly meetings.  (Again, our profoundest thanks to Sam Thomas for the use of the facilities. We are very grateful.) So we are now searching for alternative premises for the future and we have a few possibilities to consider.  Any further suggestions/recommendations will be gratefully considered. ALL
11 Brentford Festival: This is being held, as last year, in Blondin Park on Sunday 1st September. BRAG are taking a break from the Festival again this year but, as before,  committee members and other Braggers, will attend and give the other stallholders and organisers their support. ALL
12 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock residents club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 15th July from 10:30 to 12:30. The Brentford Dock Residents Association have also started producing brunches on the first Wednesday in the month from 11:00 am, all are welcome! ALL
13 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month  1:00 to 2:30, next one Thursday 25th July. Tasty, healthy, homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 7th August 2019
7pm TBA

June 2019 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 5th June 2019
 

Attending:   Hugh Picton,  Patti Horsnell, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Catharine  Browne,  Malcolm Crofts,  Rukmini West, Cllr. Guy Lambert, Denise Davies, Ealing Transition Continue reading

Ham Green Screen presents ‘Racing Extinction’

The UN’s recent report about global biodiversity revealed that 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Come to the upcoming screening of “Racing Extinction” on 9 June to find out more about this pressing issue and what can be done about it.

About the film:

We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction. In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet.

Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight — a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see.

Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award Winning Filmmakers of The Cove.

Click to watch the trailer.

Run-time is 90 minutes, after which everyone is welcome to stay for a discussion about the topics raised in the films. As always, entry is free. Donations are welcome to help cover costs. Tea and coffee provided. 

When:
9 June 2019. Doors open at 6.45pm, film starts at 7.00pm.
Where:
Ham Library Annexe (community space), Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7HR.
Cost:
Free entry, but suggested donations of £3 are welcome to cover costs.
How to get here:
To get here take bus 371 from Kingston or Richmond to Ashburnham Rd.
Or 65 to Ham Common and walk Ham Street towards Ham Library (approx. 5-10 min.)

April 2019 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
 

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

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Catharine  Browne, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust, Sheila Churchill, Cllr. Guy Lambert
3 Noticeboard:  The plan to install a noticeboard in the selected site has been agreed and the result may be seen soon. HP
4 Restart Project: These events have proved popular and successful and will continue to be arranged.  The next one in Brentford will be later in the spring. Venue and information will be passed on in due course. Further details on this subject and other restart parties may be found at: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ VF PH
5 Street Care Team, Litter bins:  Guy responded to our recent discussion (about the possibility of a pilot programme to segregate recyclable cans and PET bottles from street bins and maybe street cleaning.  If it were cost neutral, perhaps, at least there would be a reduction in plastic going out to sea, CO2 and pollution.) reminding us that currently LBH don’t attempt to recycle from street bins at all because they have always been too contaminated. They’re trying to change that in conjunction with West London Waste but it may take a while. All the street bin stuff is currently incinerated for energy: not ideal but at least nothing ends up in landfill or the sea. However, we still agree that BRAG should make every effort to find a way to recover as much metal from littered cans and reduce the amount of plastic (increasingly more bottles) which litter our streets and cause so much damage to the environment. MC PH
6 General recycling: TerraCycle, an excellent initiative, collect and recycle many forms of recyclable  waste.   Please look at the very comprehensive, inspiring website:  https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/ ALL
7 Ealing Repair Café: Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Support Group are a local group run through Facebook to support Ealing residents in living more sustainable lifestyles. They have already held a Make Do and Mend/Repair Cafe for clothing and textiles, and would like to expand to a full, regular repair cafe for all kinds of household items. Their next clothes repair and making events is on Monday 29 April, 7.30 pm at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, West Ealing. ALL
8 Green Goblet: This is a UK environmentally friendly company that is committed to see disposable cups being replaced with reusable goblets. http://www.green-goblet.com ALL
9 Brentford Together: London Sustainability Exchange, Friends of Cathja and Salopian Garden – Cultivate London have won a collaborative Big Lottery grant, starting in April and running for three years. Planned activities include Dr Bike sessions in Brentford Market 10-1 on the first Sunday of the month and sewing sessions on Cathja’s Barge. Please support. ALL
10 Festival of Waste: Last year Rin (Cathja) organised this event in Brentford and would like to do it again, getting together with other local groups trying to make this world a little less carbon toxic and more environmentally aware and inclusive and improving the environment in various ways, by increasing walking or cycling, litter picking, planting, awareness raising, outdoor skills etc. getting the community together to improve the area. This will be held in Public (Market) Square from 11:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 17th or Saturday 24th August (n.b. Bank Holiday weekend). BRAG have agreed to take part and will share a stall, as last year, with Friends of the Earth. Any other groups interested in taking part should contact Rin direct for further information:  Rin Roche, M: 07904 406507 E: rinny_r02@yahoo.co.uk
11 Great British Spring Clean: this initiative runs from 22nd  March to 23rd April and aims to inspire people to join forces to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. Please check the LBH website for full details of what is happening near you: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/news/article/722/the_great_british_spring_clean_in_hounslow_-_join_us_for_the_country_s_biggest_ever_clean-up
12 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 15th April from 10:30 to 12:30. The Brentford Dock Residents Association have also started producing brunches on the first Wednesday in the month from 11:00 am. Next one will be Wednesday 1st May, all are welcome! ALL
13 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month  1:00 to 2:30, next one Thursday 25th April. Tasty, healthy, homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, 7th May 2019
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

Small Change, Big Difference campaign to feature at Food for Thought Festival in Chiswick

Small Change, Big Difference will be at the London Borough of Hounslow’s Food for Thought Festival on Turnham Green, 388 Chiswick High Road, London W4, on 30th March from 11am to 4pm.

Come along and enjoy
– Food and education stalls
– Talks and cooking demonstrations from a local chef on food sustainability and recipe ideas
– Free giveaways, including tote bags and tip cards.  Continue reading

March 2019 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 5th March 2019

Attending:   Hugh Picton,  Patti Horsnell, Catharine  Browne, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Malcolm Crofts,  Rukmini West

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Douglas Benford, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust, Sheila Churchill, Cllr. Guy Lambert
3 Noticeboard:  The plan to install a noticeboard in the selected site has been agreed and the result may be seen soon. HP
4 Restart Project: These events have proved popular and successful and will continue to be arranged.  The next one in Brentford will not now be until later in the spring. We have negotiated an alternative venue and information will be passed on in due course. Further details on this subject and other restart parties may be found at: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ VF PH
5 Street Care Team, Litter bins:  There is no more news on this (reminder: Guy let us know a little while ago, that LBH have recently established that aluminium cans are worth about 1.7p if they are sold to recyclers and, of course, aluminium extraction is highly energy intensive so this is an important eco goal as well. There are  so many initiatives ongoing with the recycling and waste team and with Hounslow Highways that he’s not sure we can realistically prioritise this at present unless we get retailers or other volunteers to play. Retailers will most likely want the 1.7p if they participate, but that doesn’t really matter if it saves the cans from incineration.  LBH are working on options to start general recycling from street bins again and this would be a better option if we can get it going. Guy will keep us up to date with developments.  In the meantime, spreading the word about the value of recycling cans will be valuable.) We will continue to follow. PH GL
6 General recycling: TerraCycle collect and recycle many forms of waste. Please look at the very comprehensive, inspiring website: https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/ ALL
7 London Borough of Hounslow, Food Waste Prevention Campaign: BRAG were contacted by LBH who are currently carrying a EU Campaign focusing on food waste prevention in the Borough. They been selected as one of 8 London Boroughs to take part in the TRiFOCAL (Transforming City Food habits for Life) campaign. Funded by LIFE of the European Commission the initiative is being led by Resource London – the partnership between WRAP and LWARB – together with Groundwork London. The €3.2 million initiative will pilot in London, as a test bed for other European cities. The three key aims are to encourage sustainable eating, reduce food waste and increase food recycling. For more information on the campaign and for the Council’s part please see the following links:

http://trifocal.eu.com/

https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20002/recycling_and_rubbish/ 1940/small_change_big_difference

http://smallchangebigdifference.london/hounslow-small-change/

There will be some roadshows, Brentford’s  at Morrison’s on 7th and 12th March from 11am – 4pm.

The main event: Saturday 30th March from 11am – 4pm called ‘food for thought’ on Turnham Green (Chiswick High Road).  They are looking to have between 15 to 20 stalls including food retailers, companies such as Oddbox, Riverford, Olio and education stalls (including a council stall offering caddies, food caddy liners and tote bags as well as a having a smoothie bike). Our aim is to have a professional chef doing a demonstration of commonly wasted food and making a dish from this and some talks from people on the above key aims. BRAG will not take a stall at this event but we do hope as many braggers as possible will attend and support this very worthy initiative.

8 East London Textiles: This organisation asked BRAG if we could tell them how to tender for Hounslow Council’s clothing bank contract.  We passed on the address of Hounslow Council.
9 Ealing Repair Café: Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Support Group are a local group run through Facebook to support Ealing residents in living more sustainable lifestyles. They have already held a Make Do and Mend/Repair Cafe for clothing and textiles, and would like to expand to a full, regular repair cafe for all kinds of household items. Their next clothes repair and making events are on Thursday 14 March and Monday 29 April, 7.30 pm at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, West Ealing. ALL
10 Plastic Free Communities: Surfers Against Sewage has information on how to get councils to remove single-use plastics from their premises:

https://www.sas.org.uk/objective-1-local-governance/

ALL
11 Green Goblet: This is a UK environmentally friendly company that is committed to see disposable cups being replaced with reusable goblets. http://www.green-goblet.com ALL
12 Brentford Together: London Sustainability Exchange, Friends of Cathja and Salopian Garden – Cultivate London have won a collaborative Big Lottery grant, starting in April and running for three years. Planned activities include Dr Bike sessions in Brentford Market 10-1 on the first Sunday of the month and sewing sessions on Cathja’s Barge. ALL
13 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 18th March from 10:30 to 12:30.   The Brentford Dock Residents Association have also started producing brunches on the first Wednesday in the month from 11:00 am. Next one will be Wednesday 3rd April, all are welcome! ALL
14 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month  1:00 to 2:30, next one Thursday 28th March. Tasty, healthy, homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.