By TTH Steering Group member Sharon Pavey
Need a wardrobe clearout? Fancy some new summer frocks! Recycle your unwanted garments. Get some new gladrags for FREE!
We’re running a clothing swap as part of our monthly Sustainable Saturday event on Saturday 1st June 2013. This will be at the Mackarness Hall on the High Street from 9am until 12 midday. Entry is free and there will be adults and children’s clothes, accessories, shoes, hats, bags and more.
How it works:
It’s pretty simple really – you can take one item home in exchange for each item you bring in. Should you have nothing to swap – you can buy items for low prices on the day. We only accept items that are CLEAN and in GOOD CONDITION.
Don’t forget there is lots more to the Sustainable Saturday event as well as the clothes swap stall. Waste Not Want Not have a stall where you can drop off any unwanted household items and take away anything you fancy. We also have lots of beautiful handmade craft stalls (fabric items, recycled products, jewellery, glassware & more), free Fairtrade tea & coffee all morning and delicious homemade cakes to buy.
Sustainable Saturday is a community event – we invite local charities and organisations to have stalls for free each month. Stall fees are low to support local artisans and businesses and any profits we do make are put back into the community. Current Transition Town Honiton projects which are funded from Sustainable Saturday include the herb garden on New Street. Projects in planning are a Community Orchard and planters at the train station. We’re also in talks with the library and the Thelma Hulbert art gallery about ways we can help them grow plants on their premises.
We always need more volunteers for our events – please let us know if you can spare an hour to help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave & Kate keeping the clothes swap stall running shipshape!
REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE
Article by Transition Town Honiton Steering Group member Sharon Pavey
One of our aims here at Transition Town Honiton is to be more fully aware of the reasons for and the effects of the economic crisis in our local community. We agreed to work as a group to stimulate and initiate actions to increase our communities resilience to those changes. I’m very pleased therefore to announce that the Plough & Share Credit Union is opening a service point in Honiton on Monday June 3rd 2013. I am one of the initial group of volunteers that underwent two days of training last week and I am very excited about just what this means for our town.
First of all though I need to let you know where our new branch is based so you can come and chat to the friendly volunteers about what services this new ‘people’s bank’ offers you. It will be open every Monday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm at the TRIP shop on New Street.
Having a credit union here in Honiton means different things to different people. It means we have the option to use an alternative to the High Street banks. Our Plough & Share Credit Union is Devon wide and is a co-operative owned by it’s members. The mission of the Plough & Share Credit Union is to work towards the financial inclusion of all (refreshing words in these days of economic chaos!).
You can save with the credit union and you can take out loans at affordable rates – avoiding high charges on credit cards, loan sharks and dodgy payday loan websites that charge up to 4000% ! People who might not normally be able to get a bank account will be able to open a savings account with the credit union and people who might struggle to get a loan may be more likely to find a solution with their credit union (no promises though but the volunteers can help you with your application).
I’m looking forward to setting up savings accounts for the children that they can manage themselves and setting up my own savings account to save for a holiday or special event. We do need more volunteers too – and each volunteer might only do one shift (2 hours) every month so it’s not a lot to commit to. Get in touch if you’re interested in helping email@example.com and please do pop along one Monday afternoon if you’re out and about in town – to say hello and give us some moral support.