Minutes, February 2012

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors’ Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 7 February 2012

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Douglas Benford,  Rukmini West, Virginia Fassnidge, Hugh Picton, Andrew Dakers,  Catharine Browne, Cindy Gardener, LBH,





Minutes of last meeting agreed.  


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


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. Continuing discussion.  


BRAG web site: Revision, using WordPress, progressing very well. All urged to have a good look at the website, checking where possible.  The Community section needs some added script and links need checking.  Hugh agreed to concentrate on the Travel section, Virginia on Energy. Are there any additions to the Downloads page, with documents already inserted? Please submit updates to Kath as soon as possible. Catharine will be happy to proofread. Link to Transition Town, Brentford,  website to be added. ALL


Noticeboard: Hugh has replaced AGM stuff with some very general information.  Cindy will have a look in the office for something new, perhaps the next recycling calendar. HP PH CG


Outer London Fund for Brentford: Reminder that the Spring Market will be held in the Market Square and Market Place on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th  February. 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: We discussed further the items Sarah Ellis requested our help with. The updated details 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 sent some information and Hugh is continuing to collate the details of his contacts and will submit them shortly.
  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’s contact details were sent to Sarah. Is there anything further for us to do?
  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.

Sarah should let us know details 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 – are you able to help?)
  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 – perhaps Sarah might like to make contact herself – www.brentford.hounslow.sch.uk  (Sarah, please let us know if this is the best plan.)
  3. Use the Brag website to promote businesses that repair items to help people not to 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. ONGOING
  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.  Sara Ward also chairs the Advisory Board for the local Children’s Centres and could look at a real nappies strategy to roll out there. Has she been able to help?
  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.  THIS CAN BE AN ITEM ON OUR CURRENTLY BEING REVISED WEBSITE.
  7. Look at our (WLWA) 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.           ACTION ALL MEMBERS.
  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. ACTION IN THE SPRING.

Other suggestions:

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



BRAG NEWSLETTER: We will prepare a newsletter which we would like delivered with the High Street Newsletter. The contents could include:

  1. Publicity for Swishing/swap shop events, West London Waste Authority, BRAG, Green Drinks, Friends of the Earth etc. Transition Brentford
  2. Advertising on TW8.
  3. New Brag website.
  4. Publicise Brag meetings
  5. Recycling – charity shop at Age UK, Brentford Toy Library.
  6. Articles/information items from LBH Recycling Team – “Hot news”.
  7. Include a quiz – what recycled items reappear as.
  8. Feature on Marian Gilbert (of “Glad’s Club”), who collects used postage stamps, old/broken jewellery, spectacles etc. from which funds are raised for charities.
  9. Feature on Rukmini and her many and varied ongoing achievements.
  10. Sara Ward, Hen Corner?
  11. Paul – his gardening and gardens, work with young people.
  12. Emma Perkins (Founder of Brag).
  13. Messages: Recycling is now good compared to when Brag began in 1999.  Well done LBH! We need everyone to pass this message, and why recycling matters, helping to keep Council tax down, minimising land fill etc.
  14. Pictures should be included in most items.

Any other recommendations welcome.  We will try to get something drafted in the next few weeks.

Also, we should try to find a benefactor for the printing. Andrew will draft a request for Patti to send to Heidelberg.



Brentford High Street Steering Group is working with the London Borough of Hounslow and other partners to apply to the Lottery Sustainable Living Communities fund. Expression of interest has been submitted and the results should be known at the end of February.  


Transition Town, Brentford: there will be a screening of the film ”Crisis of Civilisation” at the Docking Station, Brentford High Street, at 7:15 on Saturday 3 March.  


Composting Workshop: one will be held at Brentford Dock in March.  Paul Richens will be leading this, with help from Lyndon Capewell, LBH Recycling team. Brag members will attend! Details to be discussed at next meeting.  

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 6 March 2012

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

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