May 2016 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the
Toll House, Brentford Lock, Brentford Dock on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Catharine Browne, Chelsea Edwards


No Topics Action
1 Minutes of last meeting agreed.
2 Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens,  Kath Richardson, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Andrew Dakers, Louisa Perkins, LBH, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust
3 Noticeboard: Hugh contacted Rachel Victor-Sampson and following his conversation Patti forwarded the relevant string of emails.  We await further news; in the meantime, we will endeavour to find a suitable person from the High Street Steering Committee or Brentford Chamber of Commerce to follow up proposals for a community noticeboard in the Market Square. PH HP AD
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 18th May from 10:30 to 12:30.  Please attend all who are available – a very pleasant way to spend some time and for a very good cause. They are also holding a High Tea on Friday 26th June from 3:15 to 5:30.  This will include sandwiches, cake, scones and more for a very modest price of £5:50 which will be donated to Marie Curie.  It is hoped that as many BRAG members as possible will attend – it should be fun! ALL
5 RECYCLING COMPOSITE PACKAGING: Trials are progressing. Louisa will keep us informed as and when there is any news. LP
6 BRENTFORD FESTIVAL 2015: Sunday, 6th September. As last year, this will be held in Blondin Park.  Please note your diaries! ALL
7 GRANT MONITORING: As nothing further has been heard, it would appear that our report was received and is satisfactory. HP PH
8 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS UNIT at LBH: Dr Ellie Francis-Brophy, Principal Investment Officer, invited BRAG to participate in a compost giveaway day event to be held at the Church Road Community Allotment, Hanworth, on Saturday 30th May from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It was agreed that due to the distance and short notice we would not take part but would pass on the information and encourage as many members as possible to attend.


NEXT MEETING Tuesday 2 June 2015

to start at 7pm in the Toll House, Brentford Lock

Screening of ‘Plastic Planet’ in Ham on 24 March

Green Screen will host a screening of ‘Plastic Planet’ on 24 March at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space.

The film, by Austrian film director and writer Werner Boote, presents Boote’s personal view of plastic and how it has found its way into every facet of our daily lives. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.

Doors open at 7pm, and film starts at 7.15pm at the Ham Library community space, Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7JG.

Entrance is free, but there is a suggest donation of £ 3 to cover costs. Light refreshments will be on offer.

To get to the library, take bus 371 from Kingston or Richmond to Ashburnham Rd.
Or take the 65 bus to Ham Common and walk down Ham Street towards Ham Library, a journey of about 5-10 minutes.


Let’s swish again … at Hounslow Library

Bored of what’s hanging in your closet? Then gather up those garments lurking at the back of your wardrobe and bring them to Hounslow Library on Saturday, 12 March, for the Hounslow Library Swish (clothing exchange).
Bring up to 10 items of clothing you no longer want to swap. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.
Drop-off is from 11am to 12 noon, when you’ll receive a token for each item of clothing you bring.
The Swish opens at 12.30pm, and then it’s time to shop. Browse the rails and use your tokens to take away a fabulous new outfit (one garment per token).
To find out more about swishing, visit the Get Swishing website.

Those details again:
Venue: Hounslow Library
Date:   Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time:  Clothing drop-off: 11am-12pm
Swish: 12.30pm-2pm
Admission: Free

Clean for the Queen

Clean for the Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

When the Queen came to the throne, litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. Continue reading

LSx to host action planning day 20 February

The London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) invites Brentfordians and other interested parties to an action planning day at the new LSx/Friends of Cathja pop-up community space on Brentford High Street on 20 February from 2pm to 4pm.

LSx has been talking to people in Brentford about their aspirations and what kind of activities they want to see in the community, and it now wants to put these ideas into action. Continue reading