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Bag Workshop
From the 22nd May

Fabric & Paper
Bag Making

Every Friday
2pm – 4pm
Ventnor Community Cafe

3 Albert St, Ventnor,
Isle Of Wight PO38 1DS

Come along and make yourself a Morsbag – a shopping bag made out of recycled fabric (like the ones in the photo above) to help rid Ventnor of plastic carrier bags. Sheila will show you how to make them, you only have to sew straight lines on the sewing machine – they are very easy to make. (more…)


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Typical allotmentsWith the present economic climate and a huge amount of interest in growing your own vegetables (sales of vegetable seeds were up by 60% last year) and fruit, where to grow them has become an increasing problem for many people who have small or non-existent gardens.  There are a few options available to get yourself some growing space including allotments, Adopt-A-Garden and Landshare.

Photo: Angus Mackie

To find out more – (more…)

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Laundry Gloop

Make 4 Litres of

Laundry Gloop

for about


• Cheap

• Easy to make

• Effective

The majority of household cleaning products contain a huge list of toxic chemicals, laundry products are often the worst in health terms as they are in constant contact with your skin. I have been making and using Laundry Gloop for years as I am allergic to all forms of fragrance, it is considerably cheaper than fragrance free detergent and just as effective.

I know Laundry Gloop does not sound very inspiring but this is a tried and tested alternative to laundry liquid or washing powder – to find out more (more…)

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A Ventnor MorsbagSaturday 29th November Ventnor will be part of a worldwide handout of Morsbags.

The Ventnor handout has been organised by Sheila, she has been working very hard for weeks sewing over 200 Morsbags to give away to Ventnor shoppers,  with some help from a couple of other machinists.  Morsbags are shopping bags made out of donated recycled fabric to help stop the use of plastic carrier bags.

These bags are free!

To find out where to get one . . . (more…)

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log fireA quick reminder about this event:

‘Woodwarming – it’s Wonderfuel’ exhibition on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November 10am – 4pm at Newport Football Club, St George’s Way, Newport, Isle of Wight

Getting hot under the collar about energy?
Many people are now switching to an economical, climate-friendly, local fuel: wood. Wood has kept people warm throughout human history – and it is still here today. Now we can burn it efficiently, easily and cleanly using modern boilers and stoves, so you can afford to be warm and still do your bit to tackle climate change. Woodfuel heating systems can also help to meet increasingly stringent building regulations.
Photo: Scotrail


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Light bulb“Bring along your old incandescent light bulb and get a low energy one for free” is the message from Southampton Environment Centre and the Footprint Trust.

Anyone attending one of the three Future Energy days will be able to trade in their old lamps for new ones – and thus save at least £5 a year on their energy bill.

Also if you’re confused about all the different information regarding fuel efficiency and renewable energy then a visit to the Future Energy events during October half term week may be of assistance. (27th to 31st October). The aim is to offer some help to householders facing high energy bills. Businesses will also have an opportunity to find out ‘Energy Options, Profits & Savings’ from Business Link on Friday 31 October at the Riverside Centre at 1.30pm, as part of the wider event.

Photo: IamSAM

For more information and Energy Options – Profits & Savings – the free event for Wight Businesses (more…)

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The Skerries - tidal current turbinesIsle of Wight Section of Solent Network

Forthcoming Meeting

Marine Current Turbines

by Martin Wright, MD, Marine Current Turbines Limited

Thursday 30th October 2008 at 7.30pm

Where: Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD

To find out more . . . (more…)

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