Minutes from our Meetings

The minutes from the General Meeting on Tuesday 7th January 2020 are now available for everyone to see on our blog at https://xrwellingborough.wordpress.com/2020/01/09/general-meeting-minutes-from-7th-january-2020/

Minutes from our General Meeting on Tuesday 10th December 2019

The meeting was attended by 5. Attendees were Judy, Anthony, Jane, Rob and Jonathan

Since the last meeting:

Wellingborough Hustings at Glamis Hall

– Judy and Jonathan reported from Wellingborough Hustings at Glamis Hall on Thursday 5th December; we helped to organise the event and Jonathan was the host. The Northants Telegraph reported ‘Despite the absence of the Conservative candidate, there was plenty of meat on the bone to the hustings as the female candidates gave their views on the issues most concerning Wellingborough people.’ 50 people turned up to the event and we also recorded the event which has been watched by 10,000! We set up a Facebook page and a website for this event. The group decided that it was a successful event and it was good to have our XR group associated with this, to raise our profile.

– Our General Election coverage on our website, Twitter, Facebook page and Wellingborough Eco Group, has been well received.  All candidates except Peter Bone again, answered our questions and submitted a Climate Statement.

Wellingborough Eco Group’s November two hour tidy up of Queensway Park

– Litter picking Queensway Park 30th November where two van loads of rubbish collected by Wellingborough Eco Group. Well done to all 16 of our Litter Heroes! Thank you to Sheila, Anthony L, Beth, Adam, Andrea, Suzanne, Sophie, Anthony EM, Elizabeth, Marion, Lucy, Jane, Nyall, Emma, Jonathan and Billy.

– Tree Planting – Our first tree was planted for the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback, on the 30th November, in Queensway Park. We chose to plant an oak, because it sustains thousands of habitats for insects, birds and small mammals. The location for the tree was chosen by Sheila, who lives nearby. She can see this tree from her house and hopes that it will thrive next to the brook that runs through the park. This is a small start, more trees need to be planted, if you want a tree(s) near you, let us know.

Tree planting at Queensway Park

Future actions and events:

– Next litter pick on Saturday 25th January in Croyland Park

– Next Repair Café on Saturday 11th January in Glamis Hall

– A Christmas Tree recycling scheme was agreed by the group.  We are planning to offer residents in the borough free collection of trees with roots, and to grow them locally to donate next year.  This will be launched soon on our Wellingborough Eco Group facebook page.

– Eco Guide/Eco Map of Wellingborough – The group discussed making a map and guide of  recycling and other eco-friendly initiatives.  We agreed to set up a website and to create a Google map. We need all members to investigate local eco-friendly services.

– Carbon Cutters (or Busters, name to be decided) – We discussed looking at hosting advice/mutual support sessions on a monthly basis, possibly at the library, starting in the new year.

Next Repair Cafe is on Saturday 11th January at Glamis Hall

– Sustainable woodland/tree management was discussed; Rob advised the group about his work, and we are planning to co-host an information session with him and other local XR groups.

– A mutual support session for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint was held, where we discussed ways of approaching this with friends. We also talked about Shell’s recent claim that they were advertising zero carbon fuels to their customers.

Media and admin:

Wellingborough Eco Group on Facebook now has 216 members (up 18 from three weeks ago)

XR Wellingborough Facebook page, 146 up from 135 likes, 158/146 follows

– Twitter @XRWboro, 292/227 followers

Due to Christmas, the next meeting will take place on Tuesday (7th January) at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Head on Broad Green, everyone is welcome.

Merry Christmas all, and have a happy eco-friendly new year!

Minutes from our General Meeting on Tuesday 19th November 2019

The meeting was attended by 8.Attendees were Anthony L, Judy, Emma, Jonathan, Marion, Suzanne, Anthony EM, and Sophie, plus two others for a short while at the start of the meeting who were in the pub socialising.
 
1- Protest, our first priority!
What have we done and what are our next actions?

Since the last meeting:

Extinction Rebellion Wellingborough at Northants Vegan Fair

– Judy and Jonathan reported from our stall at Northants Vegan Fair, Animals in Need, that we had lots of interest from people from across the county and from as far away as Ware in Hertfordshire.  Our Facebook page and Wellingborough Eco Group both gained likes and new members as a result.

Wellingborough Parliamentary Candidates

Future

– Our General Election response and coverage was discussed including hosting a hustings. We decided to organise a hustings at Glamis Hall on Thursday 5th December, but not to brand it as XR or Wellingborough Eco Group, to open it up to all. We will of course make sure that the climate crisis is covered!

– BCW Climate Change Working Group Climate Plan feedback and response discussion was postponed till after the General Election.

2- Wellingborough Eco Group, your ideas are welcome, here is what we are doing:

Since the last meeting:

– Facebook Group now has 198 members (up 19)

– Facebook Group – All agreed to new rules Sophie has written and to make her admin.

Wellingborough Eco Group’s Repair Cafe team thumbs up after a successful event

– Repair Cafe at Glamis Hall took place on Saturday 9th November and was a great success. We fixed 25 items and had lots of interest and positive responses including from the trustees at Glamis Hall who said “We thought it went really well and we were pleased to see some more new faces. Looking forward to the next one.”

Future actions and events:

– Repair Cafe – Next one to take place at Glamis Hall during the Indoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday 11th January 9-12.  All five repairers from this month are confirmed as coming again, new repairers welcome.

Queensway Park, Wellingborough, the location for this month’s litter pick

– Litter Pickers – Our monthly two hour tidy up will take place between 10am and 12 midday at Queensway Park on Saturday 30th November. Recycling Station to be based in Glamis Hall’s Car Park, all welcome.

– Tree Planting -30th November after Litter Pick, locations in Queensway Park have been look at, to confirm.

– Eco Map of Wellingborough, all to investigate local eco-friendly services and group to use blog and Google maps to make this..

– Litter Pickers – Future location agreed, Croyland Park for January 25th

Mutual support offered for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint

3- Lobbying, social media and admin:

– Facebook page, 138 up from 135 likes, 150/146 follows

– Twitter now set up @XRWboro, 252/227 followers

– Blog set up https://xrwellingborough.wordpress.com – Anthony and Jonathan to manage

– Blog now has a previous minutes page (this page) so that everyone can see what we do.

– Blog now has a General Election page, plus individual candidate profile pages. Response from Suzanna Austin, Lib Dem candidate, received and published.

– Meetings day discussed, group open to changing the day of our meetings as Tuesdays clash with council meetings, this change was deferred to the new year.

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

– Everyone to talked about what they feel they had achieved from this meeting.

– The next meeting will take place a week earlier than normal, to organise the hustings, on next Tuesday (26th November) at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Head on Broad Green, everyone is welcome.


Minutes from our General Meeting on the 5th November 2019

The meeting was attended by 8.  Attendees were Ata, Marion, Sophie and Anthony E.M, Jane, Heather, Suzanne and Jonathan. 

1- Protest, our first priority!

Since the last meeting:

– Visit to Wakerley Wood, Rob showed Jane and Jonathan around, focusing on part of the wood that up until recently he was leasing to manage and coppice. The Forestry Commission revoked his lease, and now the site has been left to its own devices. Rob would like our support to help him take the Forestry Commission to court so that he can get his plot back. The meeting decided that they need further information from Rob on this. Rob also shared that the Forestry Commission has a plan to chop down diseased and dangerous trees, but show us that they are cutting healthy trees down. The meeting again wanted a written statement on this to consider.

Trees recently felled laying in Wakerley Wood

– Jonathan addressed Higham Ferrers Town Council at their full meeting in October. He talked about our demands and Wellingborough Eco Group.

Planned actions:

– Stall at Northants Vegan Fair at Animals in Need on Sunday 10th November – Jane, Jonathan, Sophie and Anthony committed to going; Judy has also confirmed that she is going.

At Animals in Need in September at their Open Day.

– Protest to be arranged for next BCW Climate Change working group meeting.

– General Election, we discussed our response and coverage including hosting a hustings. Marion (who is the Green Party Candidate) talked in detail about the need to get the climate crisis on the political agenda locally. The group decided that in principle asking candidates to commit to Extinction Rellion’s three demands, and for Wellingborough Eco Group to host a hustings at Glamis Hall. To ask the eco group to decide via Facebook and our other streams.

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

Since the last meeting:

– Facebook Group now has 179 members (up 20)
– Litter picking on Sunday 27th October – 15 people that took part in our two hour tidy up. We litter picked the footpath and green corridor between Hardwick Road and Sywell Road, collecting a huge amount of rubbish! Thanks to Louisa, Marcus, Dave, Andi, Suzanne, James, Judy, Emma, Jonathan, Billy, Niall, Lucy, Sophie, Anthony and Brian

The huge pile of rubbish collected at Park farm with some of the litter Pickers

Future actions and events:

– Reuse Cafe – Glamis Hall Indoor Car Boot Sales on Saturday 9th November 9-12 – Ata added his name to the list of repairers, joining Jane, Simon, Andrew, Jonathan, Bob and Judy who is demonstrating how to make eco-friendly cleaners. Jonathan also said that he was going on BBC Radio Northampton to talk about the repair Café on Wednesday lunchtime.

Our Repair Cafe will take place in the reception at Glamis Hall

– Litter Pickers – Queensway Park on Saturday 30th November

– Tree Planting -30th November after Litter Pick, location being sought.

– Litter Pickers – Future locations to be agreed, Croyland Park suggested

– Eco Hub, future involvement discussed with Glamis Hall to host it there.

– Solar Co-op – Marion introduced the Big Solar Co-op, Sharenergy’s project to establish a truly viable, large-scale, post-subsidy grassroots community solar model. Marion asked the meeting if they would be interested in inviting Sharenergy to talk us about this, the group agreed, Marion to invite them.

Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint

3- Lobbying, social media and admin:

– Agreed to write to local councillors who are on the climate change action committee with our response to their progress on the climate crisis so far.

– Facebook page, 135 up from 132 likes, 146/142 follows

– Twitter now set up @XRWboro, 227/179 followers

– Blog set up https://xrwellingborough.wordpress.com – Anthony L and Jonathan are posting on this. Jonathan to share all articles via social media.

– To use the blog to share how people can get involved even if we can’t come to meetings.  Members agree to share the minutes on the blog on a password free page.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Head on Broad Green, everyone is welcome.


Minutes from our General Meeting on the 22nd October 2019

The meeting was attended by 11, and we had a handful of apologies. Attendees were Richard, Attah, Anthony L, Sophie and Anthony E.M, Jane, Heather, Judy, Suzanne, Emma and Jonathan.  We had a very productive meeting, we discussed our protests and activities during the International rebellion and planned future activities. We looked at our eco group, discussing our facebook group and planned future activities, including litter picking and the repair cafe.  We also looked at our social media, communication, money and our new blog.

We decided to focus our group on three areas for actions:

1- Activists (first priority)
2- Eco Group (Wellingborough Eco Group)
3- Lobbying, social media and admin
 
1- Protest, our first priority!

Thousands of activists attended the International Rebellion in London

Since the last meeting:

– Love Rebellion – Wellingborough members attended, including Anthony l who reported on his three visits to London, and Jane, Emma and Jonathan who talked about last Friday’s actions.  Members felt that, with the exception of the underground protest, all actions went well and were well received by the public.  It was also reported that other local members, including Andrew, Karen and Derek also took part in the International Rebellion.

– Love Rebellion – Stalls 12-2 in Wellingborough October 12th 5 activists (Jonathan, Andrew, Paul, Karen and Derek) had really positive feedback, with a number of people joining the Eco Group as a result; and in Higham 19th 2 activists (Jane and Jonathan) again had lots of interest.

– Full Borough Council Meeting Tuesday 15th 7pm, XRW attended, and felt the response to climate change was at best inadequate. Details and a response from us to be announced.

Planned actions:

– Animals in Need Vegan Fair stall on 10th November

– Protest at climate change working group outside BCW when date announced (November)

– Response to Climate Crisis plans from BCW to be worked on and submitted, areas discussed to be included in our recommendations were – Redude emissions from transport by offering free buses rather than free parking, more electric car charging points and a tramline/light railway service to follow old Nene Valley track, connecting Wellingborough to Northampton, Peterborough, Rushden Lakes and East Northants towns. Also a community energy project to include schools, businesses and the council that would install solar panels and share the electricity generated.

Our updated banner with the XR Song Thrush for the Wellingborough Eco Group

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

– Facebook Group now has 161 members

– Facebook Group banner discussed and meeting decided to replace XR Symbol for three reasons – to avoid confusion with the XR page, because of XR design restrictions of the usage of the symbol, and because Wellingborough Eco Group is open to everyone, not just supporters of XR.  UPDATE – This has now been done, see attached photo, by Zara and Jonathan. The song thrush has been chosen as it is XR artwork and because is a great symbol for the group. It represents something beautiful that’s being lost because we are destroying the environment. It’s a bird that everyone knows and popular garden visitor that has a beautiful and loud song. Just like the climate crisis, urgent action is needed, because numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland, making it a ‘Red List’ species. We hope that you approve?

– Facebook Group – Meeting decided to allow sales posts, but admins to control them.

– Blog Page – Set up and content to help people become more eco-friendly added.
– Leaflets and posters put out in/around Park Farm Footpath re litter picking on Saturday

– Working party went to Indoor Car Boot Sale on Saturday October 12th to decide on area to hold Repair Café. Pictures taken, shared with the meeting.

Future actions and events:

– Next litter pick on Saturday 26th October to take place at Park Farm (footpath) and November 30th in Queensway Park.

– Reuse Cafe – Glamis Hall to host at their Indoor Car Boot Sales. First Cafe to take place on Saturday 9th November 9-12.  Looking for repairers!

Repair Cafe logo/banner

– Tree planting – 30th November, subject to approval from BCW or alternative site found.

– Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint was discussed.

3- Lobbying, social media and communications:

– Agreed to write to local councillors who are on the climate change action committee..
– Facebook page, 132 up from 119 likes, 142/129 follows

– Twitter now set up @XRWboro, 179/62 followers and Instagram to be set up by Sophie.

– Blog set up https://xrwellingborough.wordpress.com – Anthony and Jonathan are now admins of this, both have posted stories.

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:
– Everyone to talk about what they feel they have achieved from this meeting.

– The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th November at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Head on Broad Green, everyone is welcome.