August 2018 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Wednesday 8th August 2018
 

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Virginia Fassnidge, Malcolm Crofts, Rukmini West, Cllr. Guy Lambert

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Hugh Picton, Paul Richens, Douglas Benford, 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 when Hugh has met with Steve Curran. HP
4 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 2:30, next one 24th August. Tasty, healthy homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL
5 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 20th August from 10:30 to 12:30.     All are welcome!
6 Restart Project: These events are proving popular and will continue to be arranged. The next one in Brentford will probably be at the beginning of next year. In the meantime, information on the Restart Project may be found at: https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ ALL
7 Waste Not Festival: A “Waste Not” festival, promoted by Cathja and supported by other volunteer groups, was held in Brentford Town Square on Sunday 29th July. Groups and individuals who were able to “create something from waste, share how “waste” can be viewed as useful, repair and recycle, upcycle, educate, enlighten, engage” took part, along with West London Waste and representatives from Recycle 360 with one of their recycling vehicles. The Mayor came along and several Councillors. The weather was very disappointing after the heatwave we have been having so there weren’t many people but the participants felt that it had been a satisfactory event. ALL
8 Disability Network Hounslow: Disability Network Hounslow held an open day at their allotment on Saturday 14 July and had several guests for afternoon tea, with scones and homemade jam, following a jam making session! VF
9 Open House 2018: On Saturday 22 September Brentford and Isleworth Quaker Meeting House, Quakers Lane, London Road, Isleworth TW7 5AZ, is taking part in Open House London. Weather permitting, visitors will be welcome to visit The Disability Network, Hounslow, allotment. Details of times etc will appear in the Open House programme from 21 August: see https://openhouselondon.org.uk/
10 Plastic in tea bags: most of the tea bag manufacturers admit to using plastic in their tea bags, with the exception of Teapigs, Jackson’s of Piccadilly and Pukka teas, although many others are endeavouring to stop this practice in a few years’ time. In the meantime, to protect the environment from additional plastic, we should not put tea bags in compost or food waste (which is broken down in anaerobic digestion and made into fertiliser) but put into the general waste, which is incinerated.
11 Brentford Festival: This is being held, as last year, in Blondin Park on Sunday 2nd September. As you know, BRAG are taking a break from the Festival this year but most committee members, and hopefully other Braggers, will attend and give the other stallholders and organisers their support.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 4th September 2018
7pm at the Toll House, Brentford Lock.

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