Virtual Green Drinks – Wellingborough Eco Group

Corona Virus update – We are going online during the viral pandemic. Join us online on Tuesday April 28th from 7:30pm at https://zoom.us/j/97284656368

Many of us are working to tidy up our neighbourhoods or for a fossil-free future for all our children. But it’s hard, often dispiriting work; renewing & making new friendships, in a relaxed setting is a great way to chill. That’s where Green Drinks comes in!

Join us on Tuesday 28th April for our second event, no agenda, just like minded people, who care about the environment, meeting for a ‘Green Drink’ and a chat.

Do join us for networking, news, chat and new friends; and be part of a growing global network where local people push for and build a sustainable future. Everyone is invited!

Join our online meeting on Tuesday 28th April from 7:30pm at https://zoom.us/j/97284656368

http://greendrinks.org/Northamptonshire/Wellingborough

Virtual Green Drinks – Wellingborough Eco Group

Wellingborough Eco Group are hosting Green Drinks evenings, and these events are open to everyone in Northamptonshire.  We are simply running new friendly group meetings every month and we are going online during the viral pandemic.  The aim is to create a space where people who care about the environment can chat.

Do join us for networking, news, chat and new friends; and be part of a growing global network where local people push for and build a sustainable future. Everyone is invited, there is no agenda, this is all about you and what we can do environmentally locally in a friendly and positive way.  Do join us!

Corona Virus update – We are going online during the viral pandemic.

Join like minded local people for VIRTUAL GREEN DRINKS on the last Tuesday of the month for networking, news, or just to chat and make new friends. Join our online meeting on Tuesday March 31st from 7:30pm at https://zoom.us/j/736617891

‘VIRTUAL’ GREEN DRINKS with Wellingborough Eco Group
http://www.greendrinks.org/Northamptonshire/Wellingborough

Minutes from General Meeting on 3rd March

The meeting was attended by 7 people.  Attendees were Suzanne, Anthony, Jane, Derek, Karen, Andrea and Jonathan.  The meeting was chaired by Jonathan.  Attendees introduced themselves and Extinction Rebellion. The group focused on the following XR activities and Wellingborough Eco Group.

1- Protest, our first priority!

Our key focuses for action were decided to be (with actions are being arranged):

  1. Borough Council of Wellingborough (no climate emergency and no action)
  2. Peter Bone and Westminster government (no action, opposed to climate action)
  3. Shell (due to the nonsense that they are claiming to sell climate neutral fuels)

Attendees discussed the XR Northampton protest at Barclaycard and the Greenpeace at Barclays Bank in Northampton.  It was noted that a tougher approach to XRN protestors had been taken by the police, but the general feeling was that it was a point well made.

Events elsewhere were discussed: Drop-In, Tech Support & Rebel Ringing – XRMK 10th March Tue 6pm Trinity Centre Fishermead, Milton Keynes. Non-Violent Direct Action Training – XRN 14th March 10am, Abington Community Centre, Northampton. Funeral March – XR Kettering Saturday 21st March

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

We talked about the following upcoming events:

– Repair Café, Saturday 14th March Clamis Hall 9-12

– Litter Pick (Great British Spring Clean), Croyland Gardens, Saturday 28th March 10-12

– Green Drinks, Tuesday 31st March 7:30pm here at the Queens Head.

– Eco Map of Wellingborough is now live! New local eco-friendly services mentioned will be added.

We also shared the  Swanspool Gardens AGM, 17 Doddington Road, Monday 9th March 7pm-9pm

We looked at our past activities and updates from other groups activities that members have taken part in:

– Become a Local Councillor, 19th February, 17 attended, WIN being set up…

– Green Drinks, Tuesday 25th February, 5 attended, lively conversations including WIN

– Litter Pick, Eastfield Park and Finedon Road Copse, Saturday 29th February, 16 pickers collected three van loads (1500kg!) including a TV, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 mattresses, a knife, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets.

– Litter Pick, Barton Womble and Friends, collected 40 sacks of litter on Sunday 1st March.

We discussed in detail whether the eco group should be independent of XRW, to allow sponsorship of our litter picks, in particular with Morrison’s for the March Litter Pick.  Attendees generally thought that it was more important to keep the association that the eco group has with XRW, to promote the work of both, rather than benefit from sponsorship that may not be justifiable in the future.

Jonathan also gave us an update on the conversation Julian is having with the management of Morrisons, on behalf of Wellingborough Eco Group, about shopping trolleys ending up in the brook, who are promising to take action on this.

– Facebook Group now has 320 members (up 18 from two weeks ago)


Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint this month included discussion about recycling and other eco services, with a small group going to organise a trip to Northamptinshire Wood Recycling CIC in Northampton.

3- Lobbying, social media, admin and AOB:

The group discussed The Song Thrush online Daily newspaper that we publish, that updates from local and national XR social media sources  – the latest issue can be found at https://paper.li/XRWboro/1580740758#/

Attendees talked about XRW General Meeting clashes with Wellingborough Green Drinks, also held on Tuesday nights.  The group agreed a simple solution to this; our general meetings will now take place on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, with Green Drinks taking place on the last Tuesday of the month.  This was also thought to make it easier for members to remember all of our dates.

– Facebook page, 166 up from 164 likes, (186 followers)

– Twitter @XRWboro, 419 up from 366 followers (up 53!)

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

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

– The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th March at 7:30pm at the Queens Head

Minutes from General Meeting on 18th February

The meeting was attended by 6 people.  Attendees were Karen, Jonathan, Inese, Julian, Judy and someone new called Sean.  The meeting was chaired by Jonathan.  Apologies were received from, Anthony, Derek, Heather, Marion and Suzanne.  Attendees introduced themselves and Extinction Rebellion. The group focused on the following XR activities and Wellingborough Eco Group.

1- Protest, our first priority!

Our key focuses for action were decided to be (actions are being arranged):

  1. Borough Council of Wellingborough (no climate emergency and no action)
  2. Peter Bone and Westminster government (no action, opposed to climate action)
  3. Shell (due to the nonsense that they are claiming to sell climate neutral fuels)

Karen gave us a detailed report from the Funeral March at BBC Northampton/Barclays Bank (Saturday 25th January)stating there were 12 in the Red Brigade, 6 Samba Band drummers and lots of protestors. Took an hour and a half to march from BBC Northampton to Barclays Bank, during which only one heckler was heard. At Barclays Bank a ‘die in’ took place, 10 minutes in a spokesperson read out the reasons for the protest and then the Red Brigade came in and looked over the dead protestors. Karen thought the event went very well and was well organised.

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

We talked about the following upcoming events:

– ‘Become a Local Councillor’ tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) Glamis Hall 7pm

– ‘Green Drinks’ next Tuesday (25th) 7:30pm here at the Queens Head.

– Litter Pick, Eastfield Park and Finedon Road Copse on Saturday 29th Feb 10-12

We also looked at our past activities:

– Repair Café Saturday 8th February – Glamis Hall hosted our third Repair Café where our fab four fixers repaired 15 items, including a sewing machine, CD player, 4 tablets, a car key fob, a basket a food mixer, drill screwdriver, 2 laptops, a bicycle and 2 record players!

We discussed sponsorship of our litter picks, in particular with Morrison’s for the March Litter Pick.  Julian also gave us an update on the conversation he is having with this supermarket’s management on behalf of Wellingborough Eco Group, about shopping trolleys ending up in the brook, who are promising to take action on this.

Wellingborough Eco Map is now live on our blog! Some services added already, all to investigate local eco-friendly services.

– Facebook Group now has 302 members (up 16 from two weeks ago)


Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint this month included discussion about the Ethical Consumer magazine that Karen has recently subscribed to.  Karen recommends subscribing to the paper copy and she can share this with friends when she has finished reading it!

3- Lobbying, social media, admin and AOB:

New – Green Drinks (www.greendrinks.org/Northamptonshire/Wellingborough)

– Facebook page, 164 up from 162 likes,

– Twitter @XRWboro, 366 up from 343 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 3rd March at 7:30pm at the Queens Head

Green Drinks – Wellingborough Eco Group

Humanity and all life on our lovely blue-green planet is under severe threat from climate change. Recently the absolute urgency of this has been brought home to us by the scientific community, the actions by Greta Thunberg and the young people of the world, and by Extinction Rebellion. They challenge us to act too.

Members of Wellingborugh Eco Group are already working at our local events, to help improve our borough’s environment, to reduce, reuse and recycle items that would otherwise end up in landfill, and to help local people reduce their carbon footprints; and some of us work with other local groups tidying up our communities too.

Many of us are also working as members of XR, Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth –  or of none – to work for a fossil-free future for all our children – not only the humans ones. But it is hard, often dispiriting work, and renewing and making new frienships, in a relaxed setting is a great way to chill.

That’s where Green Drinks comes in!

Wellingborough Eco Group are hosting Green Drinks evenings, and these events are open to everyone.  We are simply running new friendly group meetings every month, over a drink in an old Wellingborough pub.  The aim is to create a space where people who care about the environment can chat.

Do join us for networking, news, chat and new friends; and be part of a growing global network where local people push for and build a sustainable future. Everyone is invited, there is no agenda, this is all about you and what we can do environmentally locally in a friendly and positive way.  Do join us!

We meet on the last Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in December) at the Queens Head, Broad Green, Wellingborough NN8 4LH (see map).  We start in the lounge area, on the left as you come in the main entrance, from 7:30pm till late…

Our 2020 meeting dates, all Tuesdays, are :

25th February (our first meeting!)
31st March
28th April
​26th May
30th June
28th July
25th August
29th September
27th October
24th November

8th December (note 2nd Tuesday)

To join us, just turn up and do bring along friends or colleagues who might be interested!  If you would like to get a regular reminders of all of our events and lots of good, often local, eco-friendly news, please have a look at our Green Drinks page at greendrinks.org/Northamptonshire/Wellingborough and join Wellingborough Eco Group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

We look forward to meeting you at our next Green Drinks event

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

Repair Cafe – Big Fix 2020 – Wellingborough Eco Group

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall are hosting their third Repair Cafe on Saturday morning (8th February) from 9 till 12, as part of the Big Fix 2020, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. Repair Cafes are completely non-commercial. There are no promises and no guarantees, but if something can be saved the repairers will give it their best efforts. Repairers are always keen to teach you how to do the repair – or at least have you watch while they do it.

There is no charge for entry or repair but donations are gratefully received and help pay for costs. You can basically bring anything you can carry that will not make a mess in the venue. Here are some suggestions:

A bicycle, clothing in need of repair, small electrical or electronic appliances, lamps, toys, mobile phones, laptops, printers, items that need gluing, a clean/repair etc.

Whatever it is, it might not even be broken – just dirty, and you don’t know how to clean it without damaging it – or you can’t work out how to use it without the manual – bring it along. You can even bring several things – though to be fair, you will have to join the queue several times!

There will also be demonstrations on how to reuse stuff that would otherwise end up in landfill.

We are also seeking more repairers, so if you want to share your skills (whatever they are) to save stuff being thrown away, join us. We would love you to get involved! Message us via messenger if you are interested.

Save The Three Oaks Tree

The 3 oaks tree is planned to be removed when the Chowns Mill road works start from Monday 10th February. It is approx 400 years old and has been a landmark between Higham Ferrers and Irthingborough before heavy traffic. 

It isn’t in the way of the new road, it is being cut down in case it is damaged by the lowering of a road ( that was raised a few years ago) to the original level. No investigation has been made into the root plate.

The Three Oaks Tree

The road works are needed but can we at least try to work with the oak in situ?

The highways agency have agreed the design – and removal of the tree- without appreciating the history of the landmark tree. It is known as 3 oaks because it splits into 3 main branches or trunks about a meter from the ground.

It was used as a marker and was in the old hedgerow. Several people have stories about how their parents showed them the tree.

Highways England have now acknowledged campaigners concerns about the 3 Oaks tree and are doing exploratory work to see where the roots of the tree are before making a decision on whether to remove it.

Tree saving campaigners out this weekend

This is a huge step forward from the beginning of the journey where the tree was being cut down.

Campaigners have done an incredible job gaining support for the ancient Three Oaks tree of Higham Ferrers. There are now 6,000 signatures on the petition and dozens of people turned out for cake, tea and tree hugs this weekend.

Please keep sharing as campaigners are aiming for 10,000 signatures to demonstrate that we want to keep notable and veteran trees . Save this tree – Follow @OaksSave on Twitter for the latest updates and sign the petition today!

Litter Picking Croyland Park

On Saturday morning, Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked Croyland Park between 10 and 12. This was our fourth monthly two hour tidy up and, as usual, it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based in the car park on Kingsway.

Thank you to our 22 litter pickers Liz, Sarah P, Emma, Billy, Jonathan, Moira, Bridget, Saloma, Suzanne, Claire, Aaron, Sarah C, Charlotte, Lucy, Nial, Inese, Julian, Catrina, Darragh, Jocelyn, Brian and Marion. Thank you Wellingborough Norse for lending us the equipment and for promptly collecting what we picked up.

As you will see in the following photos, we cleared up a huge amount of rubbish. The two van loads collected by our volunteers, included a motor bike, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 bicycles, a microwave, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets. Well done all!

We also planted an Sycamore tree in the park afterwards. The location for the tree was chosen by Claire, who started the Welly Trees campaign and lives nearby.

Funeral March Northampton

Extinction Rebellion activists from Wellingborough, joined those from Northampton and surrounding areas for a funeral march that started at BBC Radio Northampton at 11am today, to mourn the death of our futures, should governments and corporations not take action on the climate crisis. Joined by the Rebel Red Brigade and Northampton Samba Rebels, activists were seen marching through the town, before hosting a protest at the Barclays branch in the town centre.

Barclays are Europe’s biggest investor in fossil fuels, and the sixth biggest in the world; so we felt it necessary to pay them a visit. Extinction Rebellion Northampton hosted a “die in” inside their Northampton branch, in protest against their investment in fossil fuels. Our planet is dying and it’s these types of corporations who are signing our death certificates and for the deaths of those to come.