Minutes from General Meeting on 4th February

The meeting was attended by 5 people.  Attendees were Moira, Jonathan, Inese, Julian and Suzanne.  The meeting was chaired by Jonathan.  Apologies were received from, Anthony, Derek, Karen, Marion and Judy.  Attendees introduced themselves and Extinction Rebellion. The group focused on the following areas:

1- Protesting (first priority) 
2- Wellingborough Eco Group
3- Lobbying, social media and admin

1- Protest, our first priority!

At our protest meeting last Tuesday, our key focuses for action were decided to be a Shell Protest and a march starting at the Borough Council of Wellingborough and finishing at Peter Bone’s office.  The march will take place on a Friday when Peter Bone has one of his surgeries.

Funeral March Northampton

Next ‘Protest Meeting’ Tuesday 11th February 11am.

Next protest – Climate Strike 14th February

Report from Funeral March at BBC Northampton/Barclays Bank (Saturday 25th January) will be presented at our next general meeting as attendees sent their apologies this time.

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

To do:

– Repair Café Saturday 8th February 9-12 Glamis Hall.  We have 6 fixers and a demonstrator confirmed; helpers always welcome!

Repair Cafe this Saturday!

– Next ‘Two Hour Tidy Up’ litter pick will take place on Saturday 29th Feb 10-12 location suggested was Finedon Road copse, but this may not be appropriate. New location could be Glamis Meadow and Wood.  To investigate and talk with local group.

– March ‘Two Hour Tidy Up’ to do a litter pick as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, at Croyland Gardens, hopefully with the Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo.

– Eco Map of Wellingborough, local eco-friendly services to be added to a map on our new blog…

– Green Drinks, to set up a Wellingborough Eco Group ‘Green Drinks’ evening and see who comes!

– Future Events: Advice and Mutual Support on a monthly basis, ‘Talking Library’, leave your car at home day, air quality measuring, and a Climate Emergency Plan Event

Discussion:

– Morrison’s trolleys – Julian to contact the supermarket to see what plans they have to stop their trolleys going missing and ending up in the brook.

– Fly tipping/littering issue – To contact Norse and BCW to see what action is being taken

– Community Service, does this still exist and can we see if this can be litter picking or other tidying

– Community groups like Scouts, Guides, U3A, Lions, to contact to see if they want to get involved with litter picks or other projects…

– Planting trees – to contact BCW again to get permission for tree planting, possibly at Croyland Park.

– Idling cars sitting at the train station or outside schools, to see what can be done to get people to switch off the engines.

Motor Bike from Croyland Park

– School Eco Group – Inese and Karen to visit NSG to talk about environmental issues and how we can work together in the future.  If successful, to replicate this in other schools in Wellingborough.

Past activities:

– Litter pick in Croyland Park 25th January, 22 litter pickers collected two van loads, included a motor bike, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 bicycles, a microwave, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets.

– Tree Planting, we planted a sycamore in Croyland Park after the litter pick.

– Facebook Group now has 286 members (up 30 from two weeks ago)


3- Lobbying, social media, admin and AOB:

Local Elections in May, to further discuss standing to be a councillor for town & unitary

New – Wellingborough Eco Group Blog has been agreed to be launched by the group.  It has the same layout as XRW blog and will work with XRW blog.  This will clear the XRW blog to highlight campaigning for XR and provide the eco group a separate blog feed on WEG blog. See https://wellingboroughecogroup.wordpress.com

New – ‘The Song Thrush’ online daily newspaper was also approved by the group, this daily publication will be sharing social media content from the Northamptonshire XR groups, with content also from national and international feeds. The Song Thrush will automatically publish a new issue every afternoon and will tweet the headline story @XRWboro on Twitter.  See https://paper.li/XRWboro/1580740758#/

– Facebook page, 162 up from 150 likes,

– Twitter @XRWboro, 343 up from 312 followers

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

– Everyone to talked about what they felt they have achieved from this meeting.

– The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th February at 7:30pm at the Queens Head

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