Minutes of September Meeting

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors’ Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 4 September 2012


Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Kath Richardson,  Rukmini West, Stefan Wells, Cindy Gardener, LBH,

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), Catharine Browne,  Dilys Matthews, Andrew Dakers, Virginia Fassnidge.
3 Welcomed: Stefan Wells, resident of Brentford Dock, as a new member.
4 Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: Remains in abeyance  
5 BRAG web site: Acknowledgement of application for Awards for All received and circulated. PH
6 Noticeboard: We have some new posters promoting composters which will be displayed soon. We still need some new material and ideas for the noticeboard – a continuing suggestion is the excessive use of plastic bags – Rukmini had come to an inspirational standstill, so after this was thrown open for discussion, several ideas were forthcoming.  We would really like to make this a BRAG project – Brentford to be a plastic bag free area – so what we might be able to do is produce some cotton bags with a “no plastic bag” message, (with perhaps  “Brentford is Brilliant” on the reverse?). We could have an award scheme for successful participating retailers, publicise in the local press, websites etc. Cindy is looking into the bag issue, Stefan said he might contribute some graphic art work.  Further discussion next meeting ALL
7 BRAG NEWSLETTER: As agreed, we should produce the next edition in time to publicise the AGM in November.  Successful result of the award application will confirm this, however we should begin preparations. Items for inclusion should be sent to Patti asap or brought to the next meeting. PH AD
8 Brentford picnic: Sunday afternoon 2nd September.  Not too many attended but the few Brag members joined with Friends of the Earth on their Bee Walk. ALL
9 “Tiffin Clubs”: Andrew would like to promote the use non disposable containers for take-away food from restaurants and fast food establishments.  Sami’s Spice, a new establishment on the High Street, has been approached with a view to starting up such a scheme and Andrew is following.  Since Andrew is on holiday we will await further developments at future meeting. AD
10 AGM 2012: Confirmed the date of Tuesday 13 November. Invitations to be prepared to all brag members, local Councillors and any other “dignitaries”.  Recommendations, please.  Paul Richens will let us know the title of his pitch as will  Cindy Gardener, LBH. ALL
11 Saturday 29 September 1 – 10 pmWonderful Day Community event, St Paul’s Church, Brentford.  Free entry. Stalls for local organisations and craft workers 1-6pm. Live music show in the evening.At the Civic Centre, Hounslow:  Saturday 8 September; HAFTRA (Hounslow Tenants Association) Tenants Day, 08:30 to 4:30:

At the Civic Centre, HounslowCommunity Fair, Saturday 22 September; 11:00 to 4:00:

Nappy Natter Sessions, 3:00 to 5:00 every third Thursday in the month at Brentford Children’s Centre, North Road, Brentford, a chance for mums to get together to chat about everything, including nappies! Reportedly, very successful sessions.

12 Hounslow Community Network: Kath will attend to our application for membership, which is free.http://hounslownetwork.org.uk/members/ Thanks, Kath. KR


NEXT MEETING Tuesday 2 October 2012

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

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