Give and Take: Saturday 22nd September 10 – 1

Eloise Wilkinson writes:
It’s that time of year when the shorter days start to make the days feel more autumnal – hopefully we’ll get a few weeks of summer yet! What better time to have a bit of a clear out and perhaps pick up some winter clothes or a few books ready for evenings by the fire. Luckily there is no need to shop for the things and no need to throw away what you no longer need as we’re getting ready for the autumn Give and Take Day on Saturday 22nd September 10am-1pm at the Community Centre in Bungay.

If you’ve got something in decent condition that you no longer need – whether it’s an item of furniture, clothes, kitchenware, garden tools, books or toys (but NO electricals please) – bring it along and we’ll find it a new home. And you might just find a hidden gem – and its all free. There are always great encounters with people and the history of their unwanted objects can make for some interesting stories. We never know what’s going to come through the door – in the past we’ve seen surf boards, sofas* and even kitchen sinks come and go. Anything that hasn’t found a new owner by the end of the day will be collected by the local Emmaus Centre in Ditchingham.

And you don’t have to bring something in order to take something away, everything must go!

This September, as well as the usual Give and Take, Sustainable Bungay’s Community Kitchen will offer light refreshments (money raised will help cover the cost of hall hire), Jake from radical recyclers Canarchy will be running a workshop (more details soon) and there will be displays about everything from composting to rubbish sorting.

Much of what we throw away will sit in the ground for a very very long time. By becoming aware of this fact we can influence our daily actions and reduce our personal impact on the planet – and feel great about it! Whether it’s driving, eating, buying, or simply enjoying ourselves we can change our lives in so many ways. We can live more slowly, more softly, more simply or even go on a Rubbish Diet. The Rubbish Diet was started in 2008 by Karen Cannard in Bury St. Edmunds who took up a week long challenge to seriously reduce the amount of rubbish going into her family’s “Black Bin”. It really took off and Karen inspired us all at one of our Green Drinks evenings earlier in the year.

So I challenge you now to have a jolly good rummage for all that stuff you really don’t need that’s cluttering up your space and bring it along to the Community Centre in Upper Olland Street, Bungay on Saturday 22nd September 10am-1pm!

To arrange collections for large or heavy items contact Eloise 01986 788785 eloise.wilkinson@gmail.com

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