Volunteer Waste Champions

Worcestershire County Council are trying to recruit volunteer waste champions to work for Worcestershire County Council.

Emma Stuart ,Waste Prevention Project Manager at Worcestershire County Council says:

Do you enjoy talking to people and sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm? Are you a passionate composter or have some great recipes for using left over food?

If so would you like to become a Worcestershire County Council Waste Champion?

With Worcestershire residents throwing away a massive 260,000 tonnes of waste each year, there is an increasing need to reduce the amount of waste being produced.  And this is where you come in…..

The County Council would like to work with communities to encourage them to compost more, waste less food or even understand better what can and cannot be recycled.

If you can spare some time and would like to encourage others to reduce their waste please get in touch. You can advise on all aspects of waste including reuse, repair and recycling.  Or just one part; so if you are a keen gardener, you can become a Compost Champion.

The County Council also supports the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign so if food is your passion, what about learning how to run cookery demonstrations and classes to show people how to reduce their food waste and, more importantly, save money!

You do not have to have any specific experience as we will give you full training, all we ask for is enthusiasm and commitment!

For further information please visit www.letswasteless.com and click on the “Waste Champions” button.

 

Electric Bike Loan Scheme

bikeLoanCycling is one of those great win/win/wins you get some exercise, feel healthier and more in touch with your environment and it is by far the most energy efficient form of transport. Energy efficiency in transport is all about the power to weight ratio so it seems crazy that we design cars that weigh over a ton to move a person weighing 80 kilos.

OK there is a problem, Malvern is too hilly I hear you say and anyway I am too old to cycle. Not if you have an electric bike, when the sensor detects it is getting harder work for you the motor helps you pedal. The same with head winds. This means you are able climb hills easier and faster, none of that walking up hills, standing on pedals or puffing and panting

I live in Colwall Green and am 73 years old it takes me on average 15 mins to get to the middle of Malvern 4 miles away in a car and 20 minutes on an electric bike. I arrive feeling fresher but not sweaty. With paniers I can carry some shopping and of course park anywhere. There is something very satisfying about cycling, for me it is the combination of choosing my pace, sedate or thrilling, experiencing my surroundings and a warm glow of self-satisfaction knowing this is good for me and the planet.

It was this good for the planet Carbon Footprint saving associated with electric bikes compared with cars, particularly for the shorter journeys, that got us to start our Electric Bike Loan Scheme 6 years ago. Now you see many more in Malvern. We wanted local residents to experience the tremendous benefits of a good electric bike. With the motor assisting you as pedalling gets harder. Our idea was to give local residents the chance to have a real trial over a 2 week period, so they could try some of their regular trips to see if it works for them. We have 4 mid-range bikes for a free 2 week loan. I also have 2 folding bikes of my own that can be tried when visiting me, one is a converted Brompton an amazing machine if you need a small folder. I use this when ferrying the car club cars about.

There are two main systems of providing the power by either a motor in the wheel hub or a motor driving the crank/pedals. The later tends to be smoother and have better range and hill climbing ability with a smaller motor. There are also different power outputs of motors and batteries. We can help you figure out what is likely to be best for you depending on your use pattern, location, budget and fitness.

Our scheme has also been very helpful to people recovering from illnesses, operations and injuries. It has also helped people who have lost their licence to stay mobile and get to work. Many people have not cycled for years and are amazed at how well they can get back into it. Several parents have taken up electric bikes so they can ride with their children to school a great way of keeping them fit and helping children to see that car travel doesn’t have to be the default way to be mobile.

Using an electric bike in combination with our Car Club (Car Share 12 vehicles and 70 households in the Malvern area) can work very well. This way you have access to a car when you need it for those longer journeys or big shopping trips all at a fraction of the cost of running your own car (or second car).

Good bikes are expensive so sometimes people prefer to hire from us on a long term basis and we also sell our bikes after 3 years for less than half price. Malvern Cycles now stock and sell Electric Bikes and we can help you decide on the best electric bike for you. We strongly advise avoiding cheap ones on the internet as they often suffer from poor performance, reliability, early battery failure and no spares or service backup.  The exception might be if you are going to be a very occasional user but then we would suggest buying from a dealer who will give you service and near enough so you can return the bike easily.

For more infomation on electric bike loan go to greenwheels.org.uk,  for the car club malvernhills-carclubs.org.uk or  contact Robin Coates 01684 540284 email robin@robincoates.com

This post is by Robin Coates and is based on an article by Robin in Malvern Hillistic. 

Malvern Clothing Exchange

The Malvern Clothing Exchange currently open every Thursday morning , at the Octagon Centre, Brook Farm Drive, Malvern, WR14 3SQ. Upstairs in the gallery- between 10.30 and 12.30pm for exchanges of  Babies’ and young people’s clothing [ Ages 0-16 years]. The Octagon’s Coffee Club operates at the same time, open to all Malvern  residents.

Click here for a map of where the Octagon Centre is 

The Clothing Exchange welcomes parents/grandparents and children. Exchanges are usually three items per child but you can take more  and can come back again & again!  Many parents bring lovely clothes to donate.  Some are new donations from shops. There is no charge if you exchange items . If you have no clothes to exchange you may still take items  for your kids and leave a small donation to our running costs.

Saving the earth and saving you money for other things!

For more information see theoctagoncentre.org.uk

Malvern Cube Market

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Malvern’s market is back, every Saturday.

This once popular Malvern market will be here every Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm, bringing you all your favourite produce including fruit & veg, locally produced meat and sausages, fresh bread and a variety of other artisanal stalls selling locally crafted goods.

Don’t worry about the weather, it’s all under cover! Ample free parking and on-site café.

Keep your community unique and shop local!

If you are interested in running a stall please contact the Cube on the details below.

Malvern Cube, Albert Road North Malvern, WR14 2YF
email: malverncube@me.com
Phone: 01684 575363
Facebook: /TheMalvernCube
Twitter: @MalvernCubeMKT @malverncube
web: www.malverncube.com