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