October 2017 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Rukmini West, Catharine Browne, Virginia Fassnidge, Malcolm Crofts, Hugh Picton, Angus Wilkinson, Sheila Churchill, Arturo Lewis

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Douglas Benford, Wendy Mackenzie, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust
3 New Member: We were very pleased to welcome Arturo Lewis to the meeting.
3 Noticeboard:  We will resume our negotiations with Steve Curran to 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, 16th October, from 10:30 to 12:30.   All are welcome!   Special events – a coffee morning on Saturday 30th September and a quiz night on Thursday 28th September – were successful fundraisers for 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 27th October. 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. Space has been allocated at the premises of Cathja on Brentford High Street so, hopefully, this will be happening in November. Information notices will be posted in the library and on the BRAG and TW8 websites when arranged. To find out more, look at https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ ALL
10 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, vfassnidge@yahoo.co.uk ALL
11 Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Tuesday 21st November at 7pm in the Brickfield Community Centre, Brickfield Close, Brentford, TW8 8JN. 

Melanie Gadd, Head of Environmental Services & Contract Management, LBH, will let us know which members of her team will attend to update us on the current recycling situation.  In the meantime, would anyone who has a question concerning Hounslow’s recycling issues, please let Patti know so that they can be sent to them in advance. We also discussed possible speakers:  Sheila Churchill has agreed to give a short talk on her recent project concerning plastic pollution and will advise the title shortly. Nicola from Air Quality Brentford has confirmed that she will be available to tell us about the Clean Air activities locally.  Hugh will ask Sam Thomas from the Canal and River Trust to inform us about canal and river activities. Are there any other suggestions or recommendations?

Arturo Lewis said he would like to attend the AGM and volunteered to tell us about waste material from one company being identified as a suitable input for another, therefore solving two problems, waste disposal and cost of raw material. A very appropriate subject for BRAG!


NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 7th November 2017
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

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