Waste Not Somerset events

Waste Not Somerset is a new campaign to highlight community events in and around the county which encourage helpful habits to cut waste, save money and reduce our impact on the environment through waste reduction, reuse, repair, recycling and home composting.

To support the launch of this campaign, we are listing events hosted by a range of community organisations during October to December. This page will be updated as we receive news of more events so do revisit the page later on.

If you would like to host your own event, see our Waste Not Somerset page for how to get involved and support offered.

You may also like to check or post relevant events on Waste Not Somerset Facebook group.

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October 2016

Somerset Local Food Direct will be delivering food-saving leaflets and recipe cards with orders of their delicious local produce during October and November.

Saturday 1 October 2016

Open Shed
Run by: Somerset Levels and Moors Sheds
Description: A chance to see what happens in our Shed. We are a group of mainly older men from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy practical activities, centred around woodwork and sharing a workshop where we recycle, refurbish and repair furniture and other items. We also have a creative side so at our Open Shed, some members will be showing examples of their crafts and demonstrating how they work. There will be tea and coffee and a barbecue with donations to help fund our project.
Date: Saturday 1 October 2016
Time: 10:30-16:00
Location: Rear of the old Levels Basket and Craft Centre, New Road (A361), Burrowbridge TA7 0SG. Parking is limited. Please park in the main car park on the Taunton side of the premises. There is level entry from the car park.
Cost: Free
Booking: not required
More information: Visit http://slams.org.uk or email info@mail.slams.org.uk. Alternatively, call 01458 250603 (answerphone at times).

Sunday 9 October 2016

Wells Food Festival – Food for Thought marquee
Run by: Sustainable Wells Food Group
Description: Huge marquee stuffed with tasty tips and hints on how to make your budget stretch by growing your own, cooking fresh seasonal food, reduce food waste, and make delicious compost to grow healthy veg in.
Date: Sunday 9 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 16:30
Location: Wells – market place, recreation ground and other locations in the city.
Cost: Free
Booking: Not required
More information: For more about Wells Food Festival see website: wellsfoodfestival.co.uk. For information about the Food For Thought marquee and Sustainable Wells Food Group, contact Laura Sorensen on 01458 860 or by email.

Saturday 15 October

Compost Champions training
Run by: Carymoor Environmental Trust
Description: Free training to help champion home composting in your community. Champions have access to a range of resources and display materials to help bring the message to life. Turning food and garden waste into great free fertiliser cuts waste and saves money.
Date: Saturday 15 October 2016
Time: 10:00-16:00
Location: Trinity Hall, Frome
Cost: Free to those volunteering in Somerset
Booking: Booking essential. Please contact Rupert Farthing by phone on 01963 350143 or by emailing rupert.farthing@carymoor.org.uk
More information: Visit www.carymoor.org.uk/compostchampions.html or contact Rupert (see booking above).

Saturday 22 October

Windfall cider-making with The Two Thirsty Gardeners
Run by: Eat: Burnahm on Sea
Description: Bring your windfalls to the Cookery School venue on Princess Street on Friday or Saturday.  The Thirsty Gardeners’ cider press will use community spirit and many hands to produce a festival cider to take home.  Cider tastings provide extra fuel.
Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 09:00-16:00
Location: The Cookery School, Princess Street, Burnham on Sea
Cost: Free
Booking: Just turn up. With or without apples. Apples may be delivered from Friday 21 October.
More information: Visit www.burnhamonseafoodfestival.org

Monday 24 October

Monday Club waste day
Run by: Monday Club at The BAY Centre
Description: We will be looking at waste and what it can do to our world.
Date: Monday 24 October 2016
Time: 09:00 – 15:00
Location: The BAY Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham on Sea, TA8 1NN
Cost: Free
Booking: Please contact jonathan.smith1291@gmail.com
More information: Visit www.baymondayclub.org.uk

Saturday 29 October

Somerset Food Champions training
Run by: Somerset Waste Partnership
Description: This training supports the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign and covers how and why we waste food, practical food-saving steps, and local recycling information.  Somerset Food Champions get free training and resources, but volunteers must undertake to champion the cause in their community. How volunteers pass on advice is up to them, from chatting with neighbours and friends to running workshops, giving talks, or setting up displays. You do not need to be an expert in food or cooking to be a Food Champion. You just need to be keen to waste less, recycle more, save cash – and help others do the same.
Date: Saturday 29 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Staplegrove Village Hall, 214 Staplegrove Road, Taunton TA2 6AL
Cost: Free to those volunteering in Somerset
Booking: Essential – online form
More information: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk or email recycle@somersetwaste.gov.uk or phone 01823 625700 and ask for Beth Prince.

November 2016

Somerset Local Food Direct will be delivering food-saving leaflets and recipe cards with orders of their delicious local produce during November.

Saturday 12 November 2016

Repair Café
Run by: Green Wedmore
Description: Come and learn how to repair, or find another use for anything not performing it’s designed function.  Clothing, mechanical items, bicycles…
Date: Saturday 12 November 2016
Time: 10:30-13:00
Location: Wedmore Village Hall, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4EQ
Cost: Free
Booking: Just turn up with whatever you want to repair/upcycle
More information: Please email Saddlecrazy@gmail.com

Somerset Food Champions training
Run by: Somerset Waste Partnership
Description: This training supports the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign and covers how and why we waste food, practical food-saving steps, and local recycling information.  Somerset Food Champions get free training and resources, but volunteers must undertake to champion the cause in their community. How volunteers pass on advice is up to them, from chatting with neighbours and friends to running workshops, giving talks, or setting up displays. You do not need to be an expert in food or cooking to be a Food Champion. You just need to be keen to waste less, recycle more, save cash – and help others do the same.
Date: Saturday 12 November 2016
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Committee Room, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT
Cost: Free to those volunteering in Somerset
Booking: Essential – online form
More information: www.somersetwaste.gov.uk or email recycle@somersetwaste.gov.uk or phone 01823 625700 and ask for Beth Prince.

Tuesday 15 November

Frome Repair Café
Run by: Share – a library of things
Description: Bring along your broken items and our volunteer fixers will help you get them back in good shape if they can. Its free and there’s no need to book.
We’ll have people on hand to help with:
★ Clothing – torn jeans, moth holed jumpers and more
★ Bikes – bring them in for a pre-winter maintenance check
★ Small electrical items – toasters, kettles, lamps, clocks, etc
★ Small pieces of furniture – wobbly chair legs, broken picture frames
★ Other stuff – toys, crockery, in fact anything you like – our fixers will do their best!
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2016
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Edventure, The Welshmill Hub, Park Hill Drive, Frome BA11 2LE
Cost: Free
Booking: just turn up, no need to book.
More information: Share website, Eventbrite page, Facebook event.

Monday 28 November

Toy and book swap – drop off only
Run by: Transition Athelney (Facebook page)
Description: Christmas is coming! Do you have unwanted toys or books? Are you looking for gifts that don’t cost a fortune? Come and take part in Transition Athelney’s Toy & Book Swap – no cash needed! How does it work? This is one of three drop-off locations to receive Stamps that you can then spend at the Swap on Saturday 3 December.
Date: Monday 28 November 2016 (see also toys or book swap event on Saturday 3 December below)
Time: 17:30 – 19:00 during Brownies group.
Location: North Curry Village Hall, Greenway, North Curry, Somerset TA3 6NQ
Cost: Free
More information: See Facebook event or poster for details

Tuesday 29 November

Toy and book swap – drop off only
Run by: Transition Athelney (Facebook page)
Description: Christmas is coming! Do you have unwanted toys or books? Are you looking for gifts that don’t cost a fortune? Come and take part in Transition Athelney’s Toy & Book Swap – no cash needed! How does it work? This is one of three drop-off locations to receive Stamps that you can then spend at the Swap on Saturday 3 December.
Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016 (see also toys or book swap event on Saturday 3 December below)
Time: 17:30 – 19:00 during Beavers group.
Location: Stoke St Gregory Williams Hall, Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, TA3 6EU
Cost: Free
More information: See Facebook event or poster for details


December 2016

Saturday 3 December

Toy and book swap (includes drop off during first hour)
Run by: Transition Athelney (Facebook page)
Description: Christmas is coming! Do you have unwanted toys or books? Are you looking for gifts that don’t cost a fortune? Come and take part in Transition Athelney’s Toy & Book Swap – no cash needed! How does it work? Bring your toys and books to one of three drop-off locations and receive Stamps that you can then spend at the Swap! If you don’t have anything to swap, that’s OK – you could make a small cash donation instead. Anything that isn’t taken will be donated to a good cause.

The three drop-off points are:
North Curry Village Hall, Monday 28th November, 5.30-7pm (during Brownies),
Stoke St Gregory Williams Hall, Tuesday 29th November, 5.30-7pm (during Beavers) or
between 9-10am at the event itself at North Curry Village Hall Meeting Room, Saturday 3rd December, 9am-12noon.
Drop-off also available in Curload by arrangement only.

The North Curry Produce Market is happening at the same time so come along and check out the vendors’ stalls and get all Christmassy with us!

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016 (see also drop off events for toys or books to swap above)
Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (see also drop off events for toys or books to swap above)
Location: The Meeting Room, North Curry Village Hall, Greenway, North Curry, Somerset TA3 6NQ
Cost: Free
More information: See Facebook event or poster for details

Love Food Hate Waste stall at Jingle and Mingle 2016
Run by: Somerset Food Champions & SWP, supporting Homes In Sedgemoor‘s Jingle and Mingle tenants event
Description: Somerset Food Champions will be sharing handy hints and tips to make the most of your festive food, including tasty ideas to use up any leftovers and cutting waste. There will also be games and activities as food for thought for all ages. This is one of many stalls and organisations supporting Homes In Sedgemoor’s Jingle and Mingle 2016 event for their tenants.
Date: Saturday 3 December 2016
Time: 12:00 – 15:30
Location: YMCA, The George Williams Centre, Friarn Avenue, Bridgwater TA6 3RF
Cost: Free
Booking: This event is for Homes in Sedgemoor tenants
More information: Jingle and Mingle 2016 poster