September 2017 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 5th September 2017

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Rukmini West, Douglas Benford, Catharine Browne, Virginia Fassnidge, Malcolm Crofts, Hugh Picton, Wendy Mackenzie, Angus Wilkinson, Sheila Churchill, Colin Churchill

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
3 Noticeboard:  We will go back to Steve Curran when he returns from leave and see what can be done to provide a new noticeboard for BRAG. PH HP
4 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds. The next one will be on Monday 18th September from 10:30 to 12:30.   All are welcome!   In addition, there will be a coffee morning on Saturday 30th September from 10:30 to 12:30, and a quiz on Thursday 28th September from 8:00 – 10:00 pm, all proceeds to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. ALL
5 Soup Lunches: Also held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 2:30, next one 28th September. Very good value, tasty homemade soup and bread – and cakes! – all for £3! ALL
7 Restart Project:  Virginia is continuing with the plans with West London Waste (WLWA), and any other interested local groups, to run a network of Restart Parties where small electrical/electronic items of equipment which are faulty or not working properly may be taken and volunteers will see if they can be fixed. We are anticipating that space at the premises of Cathja on Brentford High Street will be available.  We hope this will be happening in the not too distant future and information notices will be posted in the library and on the BRAG and TW8 websites when arranged. To find out more, look at ALL
8 Brentford Festival, Sunday 3rd September 2017: We promoted something which is top of a lot of environmentalists’ lists, the prevalence of plastic waste pollution. The recycling of plastics and reduction in usage is now a major priority.  We displayed some very good descriptive pictures and information demonstrating the disastrous results of waste plastic – especially in the oceans, rivers and seas and the effects on wildlife. There was a great deal of interest but, sadly, because the weather wasn’t too brilliant – it also rained! – there didn’t seem to be so many visitors.  However, we were glad to have been there and the message was well received. Reminder for next time: we should try to source display holders for leaflets to prevent them blowing away. ALL
9 Disability Network, Hounslow: This is the organisation we visited last year at their garden in Isleworth.  They are a charitable group who do tremendous work. The garden, in Quakers Lane next to the Green School, off London Road, is open to visitors on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 2:00 – please contact Virginia for further information, ALL
10 Annual General Meeting: It is time to start thinking about this.  We talked about a date, Tuesday, 7th, 14th or 21st  November. After consultation, we agreed on 21st.  Please let Patti know if there is anything else happening on that evening which may prevent people attending – e.g. Councillors, LBH Recycling Team representatives.  We also discussed possible speakers.  We asked Sheila Churchill if she would like to give a short talk on her recent project concerning plastic pollution; we will ask Nicola from Air Quality Brentford if she would like to tell us about the Clean Air activities locally; Paul Richens, of course, one of our founder members, will be invited to give us one of his extremely entertaining and educational presentations and, hopefully, a member of the Recycling Team from the Council would be appreciated.  Any other nominees?
11 General Recycling: Colin Churchill, a first time attendee at one of our meetings, raised a few issues with LBH’s new recycling systems, about which he plans to write to the Council.  He also raised the plastic bag situation at supermarkets and questioned what happens to the used ones which are collected, ostensibly to be recycled. We hope to find answers which will be shared. In the meantime, we should investigate alternatives to plastic bags. All please research information regarding suitable natural fibres and fabrics and sources. ALL
12 Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust: Sam recently received a small windfall which he has very generously donated to BRAG.  Patti will send him our very grateful thanks. PH

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

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