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LETS holiday in Somerset Sept 2018

We went on a self-catering holiday in a new area for LETS,  Model Farm, on the edge of  Bridgwater, Somerset during September. Model Farm is an imposing Victorian front addition to a 17th century farmhouse.

 Most people who went are LETS members, plus some friends and relations. As usual we were a mixture of people who had been before and a few new ones.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, but we visited various places in various combinations, and enjoyed the new Hot Tub and patio area with 4 acres of glorious gardens which are open to the public once a year through the National Garden Scheme.

For our 2019 holiday we are going to Norfolk in September. All rooms have been taken but get in touch in case of a cancellation.

Core Group meeting

The next Core Group meeting will be at 7.30 pm on August 15th 2019.

We hope all the Core Group will be able to attend, and any other members interested in how LETS operates

We have regular meetings to hear news and make exciting plans, as well as keeping everything running smoothly.

All members are more than welcome to come along, or get more involved and join the Group.
Please give Jane a ring  if you would like to come, or chat to one of us

If meetings are not your scene, please either ring me (Jane) on 01491 833 683 or email jhutchins at to contribute ideas for social events, ask questions or make suggestions about LETS.

Recycling visit to Ardley Energy Recovery Facilty

An intrepid group of LETS members visited Ardley Energy Recovery facility just before Christmas, which  will divert at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste away from landfill and generate enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes.

The demand for this visit was surprising, we hope a second visit will be arranged  to accommodate everyone.

LETS at the repair cafes

LETS members flew the flag at recent repair cafes at Cholsey and Wallingford to chat about how LETS works, explain what trades are, and other mysteries of this wonderful scheme.

Thanks to our repairing hosts for tea, cakes,and the chance to meet potential LETS members.

Barbecue by the river

Taking advantage of the prolonged dry weather, one of our members organised a picnic/barbecue on her very own secret river frontage in the centre of Wallingford. Swimming and boats were available, as well as a selection of delicious food brought by members and guests. Some had a swim in the river after lunch! It was a lovely calm spot in the heatwave

2017 Isle of Wight Holiday reunion


Most of those who joined our intrepid trip over the sea or had been on previous holidays met at Caroline’s to share stories, enjoy a delicious supper, look at photos and decide how and where we’d like to go next time.

Caroline and Anna look apprehensive

Many thanks to Caroline for hosting this enjoyable evening.

For 2018, see the news item and newsletter. You may be able to join us in Norfolk in2019!


LETS get Trading!

We hope those of you who have not yet dipped your toe in the trading water, will soon give it a go. After all, that is why you joined, isn’t it? To help people start and keep trading, we hold social events from time to time as we have found everyone is more likely to trade with someone they have met. Anyone can organize one. It can be as simple as “come to my house for a cheese and wine evening”, or a bit more adventurous, as the boating trip was. If you have an idea for a social event, but are not sure about it, do please get in touch with a core group member for a chat.

No more subscriptions!


After much deliberation about subscriptions, the Core Group has come up with a brilliant idea – we won’t be collecting any more annual subscriptions from existing members for the foreseeable future! No more chasing subscriptions for me! Yippee! We have some money in the bank for any emergencies and don’t need any more for the time being. New members will pay a joining fee but that is all.