On the 19 th of June the Museum of London is starting a project in Brentford that will see local volunteers looking at and reorganising archaeological finds discovered on Brentford High Street in the 1970s. These objects are normally stored at the Museum’s Archaeological Archive (officially the largest in the world!) so this is a one off opportunity to access them in their original context.
If you’re wondering why a friend has suddenly turned up with some nifty new outfits, it might be because she attended BRAG’s first-ever swishing, or clothes swap, event at Docking Station on Brentford High Street on Saturday.
Even before the doors opened at noon, people were lined up outside with donations of good, clean women’s clothing to exchange. In total, 215 items were collected, including jackets, trousers, woollies, designer dresses, eveningwear, accessories, and even a fascinator, which its new owner says will go to two weddings this summer.
The “taking” part of the give-and-take event started at 2pm, and in the next two hours about 30 people replenished their wardrobes with clothes that others had grown tired of, grown out of, or had simply decided they didn’t need any more.
Docking Station’s cafe did a brisk business, providing sustenance for people who wanted to rest and chat after their retail therapy.
A number of people asked when the next swishing event would take place, with some saying they would like to see swishing in other parts of the borough. So watch this space.
Many thanks to West London Waste, who were partners in the event and provided invaluable support in the form of staff and other resources. We hope they enjoyed the event as much as we BRAGgers did.
And if the idea of hosting your own swishing event appeals, please contact West London Waste or BRAG for further details.
2005 saw an attempt to launch a regular Farmers’ market in Brentford, situated next to the rail station in the GP clinic car park.
Eventually it was cancelled due to insufficient take up but BRAG joined in.
Also we see the delivery of recycling containers to Morrisons before we had doorstep collections of plastic. Although the containers look superbly clean in these photos, they were quickly surrounded by plastics debris as the containers filled up rapidly and people just dumped their rubbish.
BRAG took the recycling message to the Brentford Carnival in August 2001. After the parade we talked about recycling at our stall on St. Paul’s fields and tried to inspire people to recycle more. We won first prize for our costumes as our favourite recyclable items.
Thanks to the Council for the use of the use of the lorry and the excellent driver, Derek.