Minutes, March 2013

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

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Catharine Browne, Wendy Mackenzie, Andrew Dakers, Cindy Gardener, LBH, David Eales, London Bike Hub





Minutes of last meeting agreed.


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


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.  


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.  Continuing. HP


Noticeboard: now displays information regarding the latest Love Food Hate Waste campaign and publicised the WLWA Swishing event which was held on Saturday 16th February at Hounslow Library. This was proved to be a tremendous success. Thanks to all concerned. ALL


BRAG NEWSLETTER: Patti and Andrew were unable to get together during the last four weeks dues to time pressures on both of them. Hugh has found a willing supporter who will print a small edition (5,000copies) of one duplexed A4 sheet. And we will find an economical source for this.  We still hope to be able to produce the Spring edition late in March early April. We can then arrange distribution.  (The whole of TW8 is 10,000 homes.)   Some material for the newsletter has already been produced but we will save promoting the cotton bag initiative until the Autumn edition, which we plan for September when we can include information about the AGM.Other items for inclusion in the newsletter: 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, currently £34 + £7 for each additional item, 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


Cotton Bag Project (“No plastic init”): 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. ALL


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 very likely be present so we hope to be positioned near them. Ideas for theme for our stall, please! Game for children?


BRENTFORD FARMERS MARKET: Plans are going ahead for a return of the market in Market Place to be held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – hopefully bigger and better than ever!  The trial period will commence on 28 April for 6 months and there will be a very mixed and varied collection of stalls, some being available for charities and other voluntary groups.  Information about stalls available from Melissa@sustainweb.org

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 2 April 2013

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

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