Minutes, December 2011

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
7pm on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Attending: Patti Horsnell,  Douglas Benford, Hugh Picton, Rukmini West, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Browne.





Minutes of last meeting agreed.


Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens,  Samantha Langton, Jenny Illman, (Brentford Dock Management), Cindy Gardener, LBH


Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: In abeyance for the present.  However, West London Waste is considering the possibility of organising such an event, with perhaps a “swishing” event, too. See item re Request from Sarah Ellis, WLWA  


BRAG web site: Following discussions with Kath, the revising of this has been postponed until after the holidays.  Web software, WordPress, and the possibility of using one of the social networks  eg. Facebook  will be considered. PH KR CB AD


Noticeboard: Patti and Hugh will replace AGM stuff. HP PH


Outer London Fund for Brentford: Reminder that the French Market will be held in the Market Square and Market Place on the weekend of 9th  & 10th December. Live music and entertainment will play a prominent part at these all day and evening events. Please encourage as many people as you can to attend! ALL


West London Waste Authority: As requested at the AGM, Sarah Ellissent us details of how we can help her organisation: Suggestions discussed are shown in red.

  1. Help us identify as many groups that meet in the community as possible. We can give presentations and workshops to parents groups, young adults, gardeners, flower clubs, scouts etc but we need to know they exist and where they meet. It’s also usually far easier to have a named contact.  Virginia has details of contacts and websites of organisations who participated in the Brentford Festival and will try to get a list together.  Hugh also has a number of contacts and he will collate details for you.
  2. Identify places where events can be held, whether this is cookery demos, give and take, bring days etc, any buildings are good including churches, pubs, community centres etc. (Sara Ward?)
  3. Stand up and be counted – put yourself forward as a real person to accompany us to talks, say you’re a food waste champion and become an example to others.

Let us know details of arrangements and we will arrange for one of us to attend

  1. Suggest to groups with land that they could host a textile bank, some companies will pay a group to host a bank for them. We will check with one of our members who is part of a church group who may be able to accommodation.            (Sara Ward, Bless)
  2. Do you know of any courses around fashion and textiles, we want to promote these and tap it to their creativity to be part of events or challenges. Ruk thinks there is someone at Brentford School for Girls.      Phoebe (Part time employee at Brentford Library) might point us in the right direction.
  3. Use the Brag website to promote businesses that repair items to help people not throw as much away. Harrow FOE have a good example. When our website has been updated and is up and running this is certainly something we can do.
  4. Help us find real nappy users who are willing to stand up and say they use them, they don’t have to use them 100% of the time.  Many mums in Brentford Dock – Hugh will publicise.
  5. If you know any health professionals that will be willing to tell people there is an alternative to disposable nappies let us know – we can contact them or you can pass on our details. We don’t want to say they’re the only choice, we just want a chance to allow the exploration of washable instead of disposable. Suggest Doctors surgeries, baby clinics.  Hugh also recommended that B A Williams, (a very cooperative) chemist in Albany Parade, could be approached with a view to promotions to his customers.
  6. Share your tips to waste less with us and I’ll put them on the WLWA website http://www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/in-your-area/your-top-tips/   We agreed we would send our tips individually to you for your website.  Brag members will be reminded at frequent intervals to do so.
  7. Look at our website and give us feedback about the content, I know we’re missing a lot of information we could potentially put on it but tell me what you want to see or help me fill the gaps.
  8. Help organise a swishing event in Hounslow, I can talk you through how – essentially we need a venue and people to be there on the day to sort what is given before people can start taking items away. I could do a meeting with you on that if you wanted. We thought a good location could be the Docking Station on Brentford High Street.  We may have to pay a fee, but it won’t be very large. Otherwise, Hugh could perhaps make arrangements for the Residents Club Room at Brentford Dock, although it probably wouldn’t attract any passing trade, not like the High Street.

Other suggestions:

MORPH: Organisation who recondition old white goods for resale to poorly off people.  Hugh will get details of a contact.



NEXT MEETING Tuesday 3 January 2012

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

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