22 August 2015

Repair Haul!

Below is what we salvaged from the Wivenhoe skip lastweek:

Mother-care pram Saved from landfill

sent to charity shop
Two plastic jerry cans Saved from landfill

sent to charity shop
Paper shredder Saved from landfill

sent to charity shop
Garden rake Saved from landfill

sent to charity shop
Bosch electric grass strimmer Saved from landfill

Powerbase electric lawnmower Saved from landfill

12 volt fridge Saved from landfill

Karacher pressure washer Saved from landfill

Awaiting spare parts
Flymo strim-master electric Saved from landfill

Awaiting spare parts
Roll of roofing felt Saved from landfill

Given to the community
Flymo hover-mower Saved from landfill

Cleaned and Refurbished

17 August 2015

Community Action in Wivenhoe

Cllr Mike Newton swings into action With Chris Blomeley from the Wivenhoe based Repair Café. 

It's 8am on a Saturday morning Mike helped to divert two van  loads of reusable and recyclable material from landfill and channelled it back into the community via the  Repair Café.  Cllr Rosalind Scott gave the project her full support and has encouraged both Mike and Chris to continue this valuable community service.

The Repair Café operates once per month from the Wivenhoe Library. The next Repair Café will be 5th Sept 10am-12noon.

One thing coming up is the European Week of Waste Reduction from 21st – 29th November.
Watch this space. 

7 August 2015

Repaie Cafe 8th August @ Wiv Library 10:00 - 12:00

Wivenhoe Repair Café

Fix repair reuse don't throw away!

Date; 8th  August 2015

Venue; Wivenhoe Library 10am - 12noon

Bring something to repair...

Clothes, jeans shirts skirts,rips tears etc.

Electrical, small appliances, kettles, hoover

Toys, fix broken wheels, lost screws.

Furniture, Small items only please.

For more info; Chris 07799 494 797


29 July 2015

The Wivenhoe Big Lunch - Sunday 27th September

We have a new annual food event - Wivenhoe's Big Lunch.  It involves getting together with your neighbours at some time during Sunday 27th September for the simple act of sharing food for community, friendship, and fun.  

It can be as simple or ornate an affair as you fancy - anything goes!  We'll be posting further ideas for themes and ideas in the run-up, and would love to hear about what you're planning. 

For now we hope you'll feel inspired to mark the date in your diaries!

16 July 2015

Charity Event Sunday September 20th

We are holding a sale of nearly new ladies clothes on Sunday September 20th, at The Scout and Guide Hall in Wivenhoe, 11am-3pm. There will be tea and cake, for that break between buying! All proceeds to go to Syrian Refugees.

Help will be needed at the sale on the day, and before, to help sort the clothes. We are aware that it clashes with a big Bennison Day, and some of you will have commitment there, but if so, it would be great if you could help with the sorting, or even make a cake!

All depends on the clothes though, so now could be the time to sort out your wardrobes, and donate items of good, saleable items of ladies clothing. Then come along and find yourself something lovely and new to wear!

To donate please contact Lucy at 827935, Hilary at 07736776034, or

e-mail lucyglover7@hotmail.com
We are happy to collect if needed.

Big thanks!
Maureen, Hilary and Lucy

3 April 2015

Souper Sunday: Soup on the Allotmnet

Join Transition Wivenhoe on Sunday, 5th April at the Community Allotment (Plot #1 @ the Wiv Allotments off Rectory Rd) for delicious home-grown leek soup, seed sowing, planting and a bit of digging from 2pm.

Easiest way to get there is to take the footpath/alleyway East at Roundabout at The Cross/Rectory Rd. We're the first Allotment you come across. Alternatively, you can pick the same path up from the South end of Field Way and head West, plot #1 is next to the gate.

2 March 2015

TTW Design the Wivenhoe to University Cycle Path. Part 2

Last time, we looked at The Department for Transport Guidance notes - they told us the first order of business, when providing for cyclists, was to look for ways to reduce traffic volume.

Our hands are probably a bit tied here - there aren't many roads in and out of Wivenhoe, and the proposed Wivenhoe/University cycle path follows pretty much the only route if you want to go North or West; anywhere that isn't the sea really. But just because we can’t do much, doesn’t mean we can’t do something.

Before and after. Reducing max speeds on Alresford Rd.
If you want to travel from North and West of Wivenhoe to Alresford, Brightlingsea or beyond, there are two likely routes: Brightlingsea Rd (in red on the map below) for through traffic or Alresford Road (coloured green) for local traffic. By introducing a new 40mph speed limit on the Alresford Road route, our small idea increases it's value as a local route making it less hostile for walking and cycling, and devalues it as a route for through traffic - encouraging through traffic to use the faster Brightlingsea Road, bypassing the Wivenhoe to University route.

The first corner on the Alresford road also happens to be notorious accident spot, there was another crash the day after I wrote the last post. Reducing speeds should also help improve safety here.

Next post we'll look at reducing traffic speeds on the new cycle path route using some techniques pioneered at the UK's Transport Research Laboratory.