March 2020 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the
Meeting Room, Brentford Dock      
on Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Attending:   Hugh Picton, Patti Horsnell,  Wendy Mackenzie,  Virginia Fassnidge,  Catharine  Browne, Douglas Benford,  Malcolm Crofts

No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting, February 2020,  agreed.  
2 Apologies for Absence: Paul Richens, Andrew Dakers, Kath Richardson, Sam Thomas, Cllr. Guy Lambert, Rukmini West  
3 Brentford Together: (London Sustainability Exchange, Friends of Cathja and Salopian Garden – Cultivate London).  STARTING THIS FRIDAY, 6th March: Cathja’s Community Hub at St.Paul’s Church hall behind Morrison’s, Brentford. We need you the community to come and eat, drink, join in activities and be merry 😁👍!  Open to everyone on the  first Friday of each month from  5-8pm,  food with Joanna – fitness and first aid with Tania – board games with Alice – maybe some open mic – sewing with Mary – Fiona entertaining any kids.  Do you have a skill to offer? Want to help out? Come and see us and please share with others who may be interested, isolated, lonely. See you there?

Dr Bike sessions will restart in the near future at Brentford Market from 10-1 on the first Sunday of every month. Other craft sessions continue on Cathja’s Barge.

4 Great British Spring Clean: Councillor Guy Lambert will recommence  this activity in the spring on the third Sunday of each month from 10:00 am at varying locations to litter pick. Watch this space! If there is an area you think could be improved with some action, please let us – and Guy – know. ALL
5 Future Actions: We discussed what BRAG might focus on during the coming year. We would like to hear constructive recommendations/suggestions from anyone.  We must certainly continue to promote and encourage recycling etc. and support Hounslow’s contribution to the Action Plan re. Climate emergency.  Projects will be posted on the website.

We did discuss a few ideas – Hounslow Council has launched a public consultation on its draft Climate Emergency Action Plan following approval from the Council’s Cabinet on 21st January.    Friends of the Earth are already participating and we agreed we will join in where we can.

Further information:

6 Litter bins: This subject should not be overlooked. A great deal of cash can be raised from recycling cans when separated from general rubbish. Plastic bottles should also be separated so that they can be disposed of safely and turned into something else (e.g. fuel).  The improvement and design of special litter bins should be nationally encouraged.  We will continue to pursue. ALL
6 Creative People and Places: Written Word, Spoken Lyric – a new creative writing project starting soon in Brentford. The Brentford Local Advisory Group are about to launch a new creative writing project.  The details are still being worked on, but if you are from or have a story about Brentford and are interested in finding out more, please get in touch! The project will start on 17 March and run for 10 weeks.  
7 Cathja: As you will no doubt have heard, Cathja have had to leave their temporary premises in St John’s Road where they had continued with their successful charity shop.  New premises are being sought.  
8 Marie Curie Coffee Mornings: These continue to be held every month in the Brentford Dock residents club room to raise funds for Marie Curie. The next one will be on Monday 16th March  from 10:30 to 12:30. The Brentford Dock Residents Association have also started producing brunches on the first Wednesday in the month from 11:00 am. All are welcome! ALL
9 Soup Lunches: These are held at Brentford Dock club room on the 4th Thursday of every month  1:00 to 2:30, next one Thursday 23rd March. Tasty, healthy, homemade soup, bread and cake! ALL


NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, April 7th 2020
7pm Meeting Room, Brentford Dock

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