latest News letter
Spring Swap-it! in the Village Hall 10:00 am sharp
Saturday 17 March 2018
Please bring useful and clean items that have a bit of life left in them. Dive in and find fabulous nearly-new items to avoid buying new stuff. Either way, Chiddgreen want to make things last longer, and reduce waste. The Community Recycling Centre in Witley accepts any unsuitable items – please don’t abuse this event. We reserve the right to refuse to accept things which are unlikely to be coveted by anyone. If in doubt, you can email me.
Autumn Swap-it! in the Village Hall 10:00 am sharp
Saturday 29 September 2018
The famous Swap-it day is back!
Having a late summer clear out? Remember re-using is the most environmentally responsible thing to do!
Saturday 17 October 10am ’til noon. (Best things go in the first hour.)
Chiddgreen provides the opportunity to swap things – you can bring and collect as many items as you like – just make a small donation.
We like… Nice clothes that no longer fit, kitchen gear that you don’t have room for, garden tools you don’t use any more, surplus craft materials, and toys, books and small items of furniture.
We don’t like…anything toxic, electrical or alive! And anything that is broken or beyond repair – please take all these items to be recycled to the community recycling centre in Witley!
Large items – just send a photograph. There are really no limits: the biggest thing we have helped find a new home was a concrete garage!
Excellent news! We are hosting our next Swap it Saturday at the Village Hall on 28 March. 10 am sharp – because it is usually all over by 11:30 am.
How does it work? Read our quick guide.
What else is there? Home made cakes and some things for sale – all to help cover our costs.
Please make a donation to help Chiddgreen as well.
FREE Swap-it! event
NEW! Swap-it Gallery page for pictures of larger items.
Chiddingfold Village Hall on Saturday 3 May 10 am.
Join us with your useful but unwanted items, and collect items to be treasured or upcycled.
Plan your clear-out and join us for a rummage. Teas, cakes and (probably) plants for sale.
A big Green Thank You
to everyone who brought, took and helped to reduce waste last Saturday. Better to be a Swapper than a Shopper!
We estimated a whopping 30 cubic meters of previously loved stuff walked out of the village hall – the beginning of the next chapter of usefulness with new owners. The residue – the items left at the end of the event – fitted into two cars to be taken to the Witely recycling centre or to charity shops. Really, this is a good indicator of the high-quality of items brought along to swap: most things brought along were useful to someone!
Examples of things delighted people collected included..
- a compost tumbler – almost new.
- several bicycles – rather dusty from being in a shed too long, but soon to be part of someone’s new exercise regime.
- some lovely wicker baskets of various shapes and sizes – for use as a kindling-store, an umberella-stand, and a vegetable-rack.
- a number of small-animal carry-cases that looked brand new to me.
- a wonderful, if wobbly small table – perfect as a renovation project
- a rake, a fork and a hoe – all in good nick. These tools didn’t even reach the table before three new owners bagged them.
There were some great stories, too: one person brought some ‘antique’ straight-back chairs, and swapped them for some more modern ply-and-metal chairs. A dining-room make-over made simple! And a new use was found for those plastic-covered metal racks previously used as shelves – a discussion between swappers came up with the idea to position them in the garden to grow seedlings through to prevent birds (chickens, actually) from pecking the ground bare.
Tea and Coffee with a home-baked cake or biscuit was only £1, so lots of people stayed to watch the procession of goods arrive – and leap to their feet if they saw something for them. Everyone was smiling – it is a good feeling to give something away to someone who will really appreciate it. And even better when you find something useful that has only cost you the time to look, and a donation in the Chiddgreen tin.
Talking of money, we collected enough in donations and sales of rhubarb to cover our costs, and made a small surplus. We will use the money to fund events that don’t make a surplus, because we aim to keep our events ‘free’ and open to everyone. We also use the money to help to pay the expenses of speakers who we invite to give talks in the colder months.
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Next Event is the Village Fete on Sunday 9 June when we will be running a Smootie Stall, complete with the famous Smoothie-Bike. If you want to help on the day, please drop us a note via the Contact Us page.
Jane Devlin May 2013
Our Famous Waste-Reduction event is back!
Find out more about how the Swap-it Day works. Download the poster CHIDDGREEN SWAPIT 11MAY13 in pdf format (and email it to your friends)
If you can help, we’d be especially delighted! Please use the Contact form to let us know. Free Refreshments for helpers!
Heartfelt Thanks to everyone who demonstrated, contributed, cooked cakes, made suggestions, and enjoyed the Local Skills Day on 21 April!
Photographs of the day – if you have more to share please email them to email@example.com or let us know on the contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary – Looking forward to the next Chiddgreen event?
And if you want to share a lift to other events
like the Transition Haslemere Green Drinks and the scree
ning of Animate Earth contact us for a lift share!
Our recent spring Swap it Day was well attended, with many useful and interesting articles being exchanged. We were also able to make
a small donation to the Chiddingfold Community Fund from the Donations received.
The next Swap it Day will be 21st May 10am -12 noon at the Village Hall, Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold.
An opportunity to exchange items you no longer need or want with items someone else has brought
Bring any re-usable items such as baby equipment, toys, crockery, books, small items of furniture.
No electrical items please.