Green Screen Film Club, Ham

Ham United Group are launching a monthly film screening at Ham Library new community annexe. This will be called Green Screen and will focus on environmental and innovative films.

The free launch is a screening of Plastic Shores on Wednesday 29 January at 7pm, refreshments available (free). This is a thought provoking film on what happens to plastic when thrown away. Continue reading

Minutes, April 2013

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Directors’ Meeting Room,
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 2 April 2013


Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Rukmini West, Catharine Browne, Virginia Fassnidge, Wendy Mackenzie, Andrew Dakers





Minutes of last meeting agreed.


Apologies for Absence: Michelle Aspinall-Baker, Paul Richens, Samantha Langton and Jenny Illman (Brentford Dock Management), Kath Richardson, Cindy Gardener, LBH, David Eales, London Bike Hub


Give and Take Day, Brentford Dock: Remains in abeyance.  LBH are still hoping to hold a Give and Take event for small electrical items, clothing etc. but this will be dependent on staff availability.  


Noticeboard: Currently displays information regarding the latest Love Food Hate Waste campaign. We will change these for different posters for the same campaign shortly.


BRAG NEWSLETTER: This is now in the process of being printed and distribution will be organised within the next few weeks. The cooperation and assistance from the High Street Steering Committee, in particular Julia Quilliam and Joanne Lavery, is very much appreciated.


Cotton Bag Project (“No plastic innit”): Some sources for cotton bags have been found so when we have ascertained costs and how many we will need we can go ahead with finally agreeing the message we would like printed on them.

Cindy has already found some prospective suppliers whose products do not necessarily fulfil our environmentally friendly desires! However, a great deal will depend on cost – we definitely need to know quantities before we can proceed further. We thought we might start with 250. It was suggested that if one side of the bag was left blank we could perhaps provide stencils and paints for volunteers to complete their own message – even a competition? Also, we need to establish willing shopkeepers who will distribute – we need to know who these could be – suggestions, please.  So far: any shops on Brentford High Street and Albany Parade, The Coop (formerly Costcutter) near the University, Morrisons, Brentford Dock shop. Then we must plan a canvassing campaign.  We could also consider delivering a bag with a future newsletter. FURTHER DISCUSSION AT NEXT MEETING.



BRENTFORD FESTIVAL: Will definitely be held on Sunday, 1st September, in Blondin Park, which is accessible from Boston Manor Road, Northfield Avenue and Windmill Road. Further information will be forthcoming, please also watch the TW8 website. We will take a stall, as always, and LBH Recycling team will also be present so we hope to be positioned near them. Still need ideas for theme for our stall, please! Game for children? (One suggestion: “name the worm”.)


BRENTFORD FARMERS MARKET: Plans are now being finalised for the return of the market in Market Place to be held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The trial period will commence on 12 May for 6 months and there will be a mixed and varied collection of stalls, some being available for charities and other voluntary groups.  Information about stalls from can be obtained from We have agreed to take a stall, probably share with Friends of the Earth, so we need to know dates, asap, when members are available so that we can be sure the stall is manned, possibly in shifts.


FUNDING: We have made an application for funding towards our next newsletter publication and some merchandise of cotton bags from the Community Development Foundation. Thanks to Kath, Andrew and Hugh for their extra efforts to do this.

NEXT MEETING Tuesday 7 May 2013

to start at 7pm in the Directors’ Meeting Room, Brentford Dock

What to do with Plastic Bags?

Some of Ruk’s mobiles made out of plastic bags. These look well inside where the light shines on them or can be used most effectively to scare off the birds outside.

They are made by cutting plastic bags into long strips (cutting round and round, as when peeling an orange) and then simply tying  to something that can be used to hang it by. The third photo has the strips attached to a small square of crochet made out of the same strips of plastic.

Plastic bag mobile

Plastic bag mobile

Plastic bag mobile

Plastic bag mobile

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Plastic: Where do you think it goes?

Greener Upon Thames presents the UK film preview of Plastic Shores, Monday 26th March, 7:30pm at Oliver’s Wholefood Store, 5 Station Approach, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3QB

with Roz Savage – National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Ed Scott-Clarke – Producer and Director, Plastic Shores.

An evening of film, Q&A, light refreshments and exclusive shopping in Oliver’s award-winning organic store. Come and meet the Greener team and hear about the local and national campaign to reduce disposable plastic bags.

Limited places so please RSVP to and visit Greener Upon Thames on facebook