Unfortunately, because of the snow and cold, we cancelled the usual Tilehurst Rescue event.But we have decided that it is worth doing and so we have rescheduled it for the weekend of 24th and 25th March. We hope you will come and join in.
As we had planned before, we shall be having three clearup sessions. The first session will be on Saturday 24th tarting at 10 and going on til 12. We will be meeting at the entrance to Mcilroys by the roundabout on Thirlemere Avenue. The second session will be on Saturday afternoon starting at the same place and running from 2 to 4. The third session will be on Sunday 25th from 10 to 12 and we will meet at the entrance to Blundells Copse which is off Teviot Road.
We shall be looking for volunteers to come and help, please. We will have litter pickers and gloves for you to borrow and lots of bags to put the litter in. If you have volunteered in other years there will be a slight difference in that we will only be collecting rubbish that will go in the bags, ie not big stuff or hazardous waste- that should be left alone but reported to the organizers. If you want to collect items that can be recycled (for example, beer cans and plastic bottles and glass bottles) then you can collect them separately and take them home to put in your red bin or take to a glass bottle bank. So saying read the next bit of news about our February meeting which was mainly about the change to the rules about what you can now recycle.
We hope to see you at our event. Signed in volunteers are entered into a raffle; there are some great prizes!
We continued with the recycling theme but this time Oliver Burt from re3 came to tell us about the new plan for recycling in Reading and he kindly answered lots of questions. Rather than write about it all again read about it in the minutes which you can see here.
After our last meeting we were confused about the best way of reusing and recycling. In the meantime residents of Reading have been sent in the post a letter explaining the new recycling rules. The letter is certainly clear and helpful. But Oliver certainly helped us sort out any uncertainties we had with the new scheme and told us how the newrecycling process works: the new plan is loads better and very interesting. Yes - just read the minutes,
re3 also has an excellent website which gives lots of additional helpful information.
John Venning has updated his chart of the recycling sites that are in Tilehurst which shows what you can recycle at each one. He has also now added information about what you can take to the local charity shops.
The articles here were brought in for the January meeting. We will leave them here for a bit! They do provide food for thought and give tips about what you can do to produce less waste - thus avoiding the problem of recycling!
Reduce Plastic Waste
Week without Plastic
Reading Council has launched its Adopt Your Street initiative. Tilehurst Globe has already registered with the scheme. We have for some years run a similar scheme in which volunteers signed up to tidy up an area of their choosing - we used to call these our litter teams. These volunteers arel now working with the Adopt Your Street scheme. This is a wonderful chance for you to join up too. Think somewhere is too messy? Just do something about it. You can do as much or as little as you want - you will be helping to make Tilehurst a nicer place to live in.
Here is a copy of our poster with more information.
And here is even more information about the scheme. If you think you would like to adopt a street or area. Click for more information and your registration form.
When you have sent in your registration form, we will be in touch about what to do next.
In 2011 a bunch of volunteers planted loads of bulbs outside what was then Upcroft School. The school is now called Meadowpark Academy. Every year at this time of the year, the daffodils have burst through giving a blaze of light at the entrance into Tilehurst. On the other side of the road some trees were planted and with them some more daffodils. In Tilehurst Globe, we like to say that we make a difference but it seems that although we do make a difference, it is not enough for everyone.
A man was walking his dog up Norcot Road the other day, and he saw to his astonishment, that a boy was cutting down the daffodils. He had managed to cut down almost half of them. And they were left on the ground.
No-one was taking any notice of the little miscreant. However, the man with his dog saw that the boy was from Meadowpark School and rightly reported him to the school authorities.
Then, on the other side of the road, where the trees and daffodils have been planted, there appeared lots of bike tracks in the grass. Inevitably, a bunch of daffodils where trashed too.
If you read the reports about our efforts over the Rescue Weekend (see the link below), you would expect that people would be pleased with the clean and tidy McIlroys Park and Blundells Copse where we put most of our effort. It was therefore rather upsetting to find on the Monday after Rescue at the entrance into Blundells Copse that a builder had piled some waste material at the entrance into the copse.
Well whoever it was who did this, shame on you,
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GLOBE stands for Go Local on a Better Environment.
Globe groups were set up across Reading in 1994 as part of Reading Borough Council's response to the Rio summit, where world leaders met to discuss global environment issues.
The Tilehurst Globe group takes action on a wide range of local environmental issues. These include the cleanliness and safety of Tilehurst's streets and open spaces and support for allotment holders.
One such project is a guide to exploring Tilehurst's woodlands and parks. The web site for this guide is www.walkontheweb.org.uk.
We have also been working on a project to collect local people's memories and recollections of Tilehurst when they were growing up. We have produced a small booklet called Memories of Tilehurst and we have also put together a website www.tilehurstmemories.org.uk.
Reading Borough Council announced that as from April 2007 they would no longer provide the same level of support and partnership for the Reading Globe groups. They have given us a small grant, and we now continue as an independent group. We are are proud of our achievements and are committed to continuing to work with the people of Tilehurst to provide a forum for their views and undertake projects for the benefit of everyone.
We continue to 'work to develop a community vision for Tilehurst', and to 'go local on a better environment'. We want to communicate with as many local residents and businesses as possible. So if you want to information about what we do, please take a little time to fill in the questionnaire to help us plan our future.
We have received fantastic support from local businesses. Many have become sponsors (see panel on left) and have pledged to help us. We are immensely grateful to them. If you are a local business and wish to help us, don't hold back!
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