July 2018 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Attending: Patti Horsnell, Virginia Fassnidge, Malcolm Crofts, Rukmini West, Douglas Benford

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Hugh Picton, Paul Richens, Wendy Mackenzie, Catharine  Browne, Andrew Dakers, Sheila Churchill, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust
3 Noticeboard:  Issues regarding planning permission to install an additional noticeboard in the selected site.  Update to follow after Hugh’s next meeting with Steve Curran. HP
4 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 16th July from 10:30 to 12:30.   All are welcome!

Marie Curie Supper Club: Following the success of the first one held in January, another Supper was held on at Friday 29th June in the Brentford Dock Residents Club Room.  This time they provided a delicious home cooked meal with an Italian theme.  Congratulations and thanks to the volunteers who provided such a lovely evening and no doubt raised valuable funds for the Marie Curie cause.

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 26th July. Tasty, healthy homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL
6 Restart Project:   The second event was held on Sunday 1st July at Cathja on the High Street.  Residents and BRAG and FoE members were invited to bring small items of electrical/electronic equipment which were faulty or not working properly and our knowledgeable volunteers would see if they could fix them.

It was pretty busy most of the time. Ten people brought eleven items plus there were two items from the charity shop Cathja’s Kitchen Table where the party was held. Items included lamps, vacuum cleaners, laptop, headphones, CD player/radios, water heater.

4 items were fixed on the spot; 5 items needed new parts etc, advice given; 1 item advised to get specialist service/part replacement; 3 items fault was not able to be repaired (2 still usable as clock radios although broken CD transport unrepairable).  A more detailed report is on the BRAG website.
Many thanks to Jo and Sami who were kept very busy throughout. People enjoyed watching and discussing the repairs, and very much appreciated the advice on procuring and fitting new parts.   Information on the Restart Project may be found at: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/

7 Waste Not Festival: A “Waste Not” festival, promoted by Cathja and supported by other volunteer groups, will be held in Brentford Town Square at the Market on Sunday 29th July.   The idea is to bring together groups and individuals who can “create something from waste, share how “waste” can be viewed as useful, repair and recycle, upcycle, educate, enlighten, engage”. BRAG has agreed to participate so we would appreciate as much support (i.e. attendance!) as possible! It promises to be an entertaining and educational event! ALL
8 Southall Lane Recycling Centre: Malcolm and Patti visited the Open Day and the centre on 23rd June.  A report is now on the website. MC PH
9 Disability Network Hounslow: Disability Network Hounslow will be holding an open day at their allotment on Saturday 14 July from 2 – 5.  They are planning a jam-making session this weekend so hope to have scones and jam to offer the visitors that day.

BRAG members (and family/friends) are all very welcome to come to see what work has been done at the allotment in the grounds of the Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House, Quakers Lane, London Road, Isleworth TW7 5AZ.

10 August Meeting: N.B.The meeting scheduled for August will be held on WEDNESDAY 8TH and not Tuesday 7th. ALL

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 8th August 2018
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

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