An intrepid group of LETS members will visit Ardley Energy Recovery facility, 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, and a second visit will be arranged in the New Year to accommodate everyone.
We are 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.
More details of what we got up to, to follow when we have unpacked properly
LETS members flew the flag at recent repair cafes at Cholsey and Wallingford to chat about how LETS works, what trades are, and other mysteries of this wonderful scheme.
If you live in Cholsey, Wallingford, or surrounding areas, bring your items to future repair cafes for volunteer repairers try to fix, show you how, and prolong the life of household possessions and reduce waste. Bikes, electricals, textiles, computers, tool sharpening- you’ll be amazed.Two strimmers were mended , a tent, as well as many other items. The repairers will have a go at anothing, and tester willmake sure electrical items are safe.
Thanks to our repairing hosts for tea, cakes,and the chance to meet potential LETS members.
Taking advantage of the prolonged dry weather, one of our members organised a picnic/barbecue on her very own 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
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.
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 Somerset
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.
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.