BRAG, EFoE highlight dangers of plastic pollution at Festival of Waste

Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) joined Ealing Friends of the Earth (EFoE) at Brentford Market on 29 July to host an anti-plastic-pollution stall at the Festival of Waste organised by local mental-health charity The Cathja Project.

A plastic-bedecked octopus, created by EFoE for a previous event, caused a sensation, and we succeeded in collecting two and a half pages of signatures for Friends of the Earth’s petition asking for urgent government action to reduce manufacturers’ and retailers’ production of plastic waste. Continue reading

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Join us at the Waste Not Festival at Brentford Market on Sunday, 29 July

A “Waste Not” festival, promoted by mental-health charity Friends of Cathja and other volunteer groups, will be held in Brentford Town Square at the Market on Sunday, 29 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 and engage.  BRAG will be there, and we hope to see you there too.

2018 London Rivers Week starts 23 June

London Rivers Week will take place again this year, from 23 June to 1 July. The theme is Valuing Water, and the launch event will be held on Sunday, 24 June, at Ladywell Fields in Lewisham from 12pm to 3pm.

Alongside a series of guided walks, there’s also the opportunity to join film screenings, eel monitoring, clean-ups, river restoration, a dragonfly walk, kayaking, invasive species removal, fish surveys and much more. Continue reading

Friends of Cathja to host restart party on 1 July

Mental-health charity Friends of Cathja will host a restart party this Sunday, 1 July, at its shop on 129-130 High Street, Brentford TW8 8EW. Please bring small items of electrical/electronic equipment that are faulty, or not working properly, and our knowledgeable volunteers will see if they can fix them.  Further information about the Restart Project can be found at https://therestartproject.org/RestartParty/ .

Calling all green-fingered residents: Air Quality Brentford needs you at Brentford station

Air Quality Brentford is doing another planting project north of Brentford Station on Sunday, 25 March, at 11am (remember clocks will have gone forward one hour). The group has been given some large containers to plant in to and will be building on the bulb planting project on the slope. If you are able to help, it would be great to see you.

Sunday, 4th February: Ealing Transition presents ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

Ealing Transition will host a showing of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ next Sunday, 4th February.

A decade after ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow former US Vice President Al Gore as he travels the world training climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

The showing of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ will be followed by discussion and refreshments. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free but donations to help cover costs are welcome.

Orchard Road turns out to beautify Brentford station area

Community spirit is alive and well on Orchard Road in Brentford. On Sunday, 3 December, residents, many of them accompanied by children, turned out in force to plant 1,000 spring bulbs on the slope at the railway-station end of the road, near the King’s Arms pub. They also planted flowers in raised beds outside the railway station and on the eastbound platform. The pièce de résistance of the planting project was a small tree with lights on a timer. It will be lit for six hours every day in the Christmas period. Continue reading