2 phrases i picked up on over the last few days, Material Obesity and Stuffocation.
Basically being snowed under with too much `stuff` or the constant need to buy and surround ourselves with `Things`.
As I grow older I notice how society has changed, how more unconnected we are in a more connected world and how we have exchanged `things` and `stuff` for people.
Maybe its got me thinking because today is Black Friday and the internet is full of promotions to buy and keep buying more `Stuff and Things` as to reach that point of Material Obesity or maybe it because what we are doing ourselves with the TeX shop this time of year and The Time of Gifts. Our Time of Gifts are exactly that, Gifts and we give away for free. Yesterday it was coats and 17 have gone so far this week, today it is bedding and curtains and a lot has gone off the shelves in just a few hours. We ask for nothing in exchange but we often find that we get repaid over and over again through smiles of gratitude, a small donation of fabric to help in our textile workshops or even a pack of biscuits and this is far more than we expect.
I guess what i am getting at is waste and the situation society is in regarding waste. Capitalism will often drive the direction that increases waste through promotion and sales where we find we try to enable people to cut waste and constant consumption through gifting, swapping and sharing more in our communities. Our Time of Gifts being a good example and how we go about things through encouraging people to do different, free goods on the high street and we hope a happier community for it. If it sets up a happy day for someone, if it enables someone to have curtains instead of blankets in the windows then surely its a good thing and something we should all be doing, helping others a little less fortunate and especially this time of year.
I know i am often bogged down and over come with Stuffocation and to be able to de clutter at times is good for me; it like lifting that heavy, wet overcoat from your shoulders and the relief that comes with it and if i can help others in doing so, helping them by helping me, then its not a bad thing at all.
So today, you can keep your Black Friday and Material Obesity. I`m offloading, sharing and giving away the extras and I hope in doing so I can help others just that little bit.
We had some fantastic news in the last week and from Carling who are supporting `Made Local` and we have been lucky enough to be awarded a fund to get us mobile. The #madelocalfund will enable us to get out into the community and deliver workshops and events in new areas and help bring more people together through textiles.
Semble who are working with Carling on the Made Local Fund have been absolutely brilliant in this and since the award have guided us through the next processes and will be coming to join us in workshops to celebrate the award!
We simply cant thanks both Carling and Semble enough for this award as it will really make a massive difference to what we are all about. It creates more opportunities for those in the community; it will help bring volunteers in and increase hours for staff. Our TeX project will also be able to make pickups and deliveries of the waste textiles that would normally be sent to landfill as now we can use this in more and more workshops.
We are in the stages of planning our celebration event with Carling Team that will be held in January in a pub somewhere local and we will update as soon as we know so you may have the chance of coming along and joining in.
If you would like to find out more about the Carling Made Local fund then the link is here
A big thank you for all that attended the event on Saturday and i feel it was quite exciting for the future and the Tour Visit. As we were Co Hosts and our main part was to bring people together for the event, we think it went very well and the feedback was brilliant. We are now going to record and share with you the feedback and the outcomes fro mthe day + those that couldnt make it and their inclusion that was given before the event.
If you would like to be on the email list of updates and next actions then please email Debbie Henderson BTC who will be very happy to add you to the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are keen for the community here to benefit in brilliant ways from the Tour Visit and we hope to be involved further with development and delivery on the entertainment. We will also be adding our ideas to the `thinktank`and would hope some of the ideas get accepted on the day but from what i saw on Saturday there will be some very good competition for what goes on. As far as we are concerned ` as long as the community here are included and take part then we are happy` Its going to be fun to see what goes on and actually what 30,000 people look like in our town center !
Again, Thanks for coming, i hope you all enjoyed the food as much as the girls enjoyed cooking it and we hope to see many of you again at the next shaping event that we would hope happens in January.
Via Bodmin Town Council who wrote;
Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time in September 2020. The Grand Depart of next year’s race will see riders travel 170 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin. On Saturday 16 November, members of the Town Council’s Promotions Committee and Cultivate Cornwall jointly hosted an engagement event to discuss the opportunities this presents.
We would like to thank all the organisations who attended for their enthusiasm and wonderful ideas. We know that some organisations were unable to attend but are still very keen to be involved. This was a very successful event and thank you to Cultivate Cornwall who provided a fabulous lunch for everyone courtesy of ‘Try Thai’ street food.
We plan to hold another Shaping event in the New Year when we will have more detailed information from ToB organisers.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend we took time out from our very busy lives and made the bases of a film aimed at promoting Circular Economy in Cornwall.
We were quite surprised at the end result and in what we will use as part of an application into our search for funding to help us make a full docu-film on the subject in Cornwall.
Anyhow, here are the results from that weekend. Its Raw, its edgy and some might not like it but the truth is... its us, its what we do and its worth a view as you just might like it..c
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