With UK industry in decline, unemployment on the rise, household incomes at their lowest level for years and properties being repossessed at a rate of one every 14 minutes, there’s little wonder the nation is getting thrifty!
It was recently estimated that the average UK home has nearly £600 worth of unused items. Collectively, we all own millions of £’s worth of equipment, tools, sports gear, musical instruments, home and garden items, as well as clothes and accessories, books, CD’s and gadgets – all sitting idle! WRAP recently revealed that 1.7 billion items of clothing haven’t been worn for over a year! All this stuff sitting idle or, worse, some of it eventually getting sent to landfill!
With the UK economy unlikely to get any easier for some time, sharing, hiring, swapping and borrowing is now on trend. Transition movements are on the increase and the resurrection of the good old fashioned concept of sharing with your neighbours is beginning to return to our lives. The latest phrase for this type of trading is “collaborative consumption” or the “sharing economy” and websites like www.theborrowers.co.uk are ideally positioned to support this renewed activity.
On Saturday 6th October The Borrowers bring to the village the first ever Combwich Shwop – a new type of marketplace where you can bring along up to 10 of your unwanted items and swap them for something more useful, without any money changing hands. There are strict rules about a Shwop but it’s set to be a fun event for all the family.
Any remaining items will be donated to Little Otters and the charity CLIC. Admission is £2 which includes a cup of tea, coffee or juice and Lyn and Robert will be on hand selling their delicious home-made cakes. For more details, see the “What’s On” page and click on the calendar event.
Hope to see you there.
Take a look at OPRA’s newsletter for September.
Just a quick reminder that members of the project team will be on site again this Friday 28th September at 18.00 to answer any questions on any aspects of the wildlife habitat creation scheme.
The format of the meeting this week is slightly different, we plan (weather permitting) to take any attendees to the trial bank to explain the kind of wildlife the reserve will encourage and also the sightings made on site to date.
For those who are unable to walk to the bank or would prefer not to, the site office will stay open during this time and someone will be present to answer questions.
If you wish to wish to walk to the bank please wear sturdy footwear.
Wessex Archaeology will be giving a talk at Stockland Bristol sports hall on Monday 1 October at 19.30. Please ‘spread the word’ and encourage people to come along to find out about the archaeological finds in the area.
……………watch this space for details of the next OPRA Sunday Walk in October, the dazzling Firework Display on Sunday 4th November and not least of all the first of the regular winter OPRA Talks on Tuesday 20th November.
The representations on EDF’s proposals for Combwich made by the Otterhampton Parish Council (OPC) and others to the Planning Inspectorate (formerly the IPC) have finally come to an end. OPC have submitted a huge amount of written evidence and attended many meetings and hearings. We now have to await the outcome.
The Planning Inspectorate will make their recommendations to the Secretary of State at the end of December and the Secretary of State is expected to announce his decision on the 28th March 2013.
The parish council would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this difficult and lengthy process.
The work on the new wetland habitat scheme at Steart has been delayed a little by the very poor weather this summer. However the work is surging ahead and it is predicted that the breech in the River Parrett flood defences to create the habitat will be made in July 2013.
In order that you are able to keep up to date with the project drop-in sessions are held on the last Friday of every month at 6.00pm at Stert Drove compound. All are welcome.
This month’s Prize Fund Draw is a whopping £194 !!
Full winners details here………..August 2012 100 Club Winners
Post Olympic blues can be dispelled by witnessing the amazing talent here in our own community. During Somerset Art Weeks 15th – 30th September two of our fine artists will be displaying their works between 11 am and 6pm daily.
Tom Jacobs is a water colour painter inspired by the moody atmospheric West Country landscapes. Visit Tom in his cottage studio at 8 Church Hill, Combwich TA5 2QR. Watch him work and ask him to demonstrate his techniques. A variety of his work will be on display including paintings, drawings, prints, cards, signed booklets and calendars.
- Telephone: 01278 652450
- Web: http://www.btinternet.com/~tom.jacobs/
- Email: email@example.com
Alison Jacobs lives and works on part of the Somerset coast line that is currently undergoing change not seen for generations. Her work in oils and photography reflects this transition as she explores the impact and possibilities of transformation. Meet Alison and see her work in her shed studio by the sea Brufords, Steart, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2PX