News and Events

Massive thanks to Ashley and Rona

A Big thanks goes out to two of our Trustees Ashley and Rona for working tirelessly to sort out the huge number of chairs we have at Chepstow.  After a fair few days hard work, the chairs are now displayed on the wall and look great.  Everyone can see them properly and it has also freed up extra space on the mezzanine for other bits and bobs.  Thanks Ashley and Rona. 42580810_1854272067987124_7859155136470319104_n

A visit from Lady Bathurst.

On a very windy 20th September we had a visit from the lovely Lady Bathurst.  After showing her around the unit and introducing her to some of the team we shared some stories about the people we have helped with our gardening project.

Lady Bathurst had a good chat with Tom about the work he does at Upcycling and took a keen interest in our ECO corner and the work we are doing to reduce plastic in the environment.

Eco Store due to open 19th March.

Come and see us, and bring your empty detergent bottles.

We have washing up liquid, Laundry liquid, Fabric Conditioner, kitchen and bathroom cleaner; all available on tap from 25l drums.  The drums will then be refilled or reused by a local chemical firm.

Before bringing your bottles down, ensure you wash them out first!

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We also have lots of other stock to help you reduce your plastic footprint, including

  • Washing up sponges and scrapers made from natural materials
  • Reusable coffee cups made from bamboo fibre
  • Recycled aluminium foil
  • Recycled toilet roll, package free
  • Bars of soap, shampoo and shaving soap.
  • Tins of natural deoderant
  • Body loofahs made from natural materials.
  • Bamboo toothbrushes and soap dishes

We will also be creating plastic free gift baskets – a great idea for your eco-conscious friends.  Pictures will be uploaded to the facebook page soon.

Plans underway for Upcycle Eco-Store

We are clearing space in our charity gallery to join the anti-plastic movement sweeping the country.  Shocked by the recent footage and statistics on plastic consumption, we felt that Upcycle, with its belief in recycling, could fill a gap in the market.

Plans include sourcing household chemicals such as washing up liquid and surface cleaner in bulk from a local supplier, which can be dispensed into customers own containers.  One washing up bottle can then be used again and again, rather than being sent to recycling.

Recycling sounds great, but news in January was that China were massively reducing the amount of plastic waste they are importing from other countries.  With little capacity for recycling plastics in the UK, China is a major destination for a large proportion of our collected recycling.  With this route gone, we MUST reduce our consumption of ‘single use’ plastics.

If you have any suggestions of non-food items we could stock in our shop to reduce plastic waste, we’d be pleased to hear from you.

Late Night Thursdays

After the sad decision to close the King’s Head we have decided to give our customers more chance to browse and buy on a Thursday by closing at 6.30pm.  This late night opening is happening in Cinderford and Chepstow from 4th January.

We hope to see lots of customers new and old making the most of this after work shopping opportunity!

 

Honesty in the Forest of Dean.

Sadly today, November 28th, we had to post a plea on Facebook for the return of our electric screwdriver and batteries, which had been stolen from the charity workshop.  We had very little belief that it would make any difference, and thought the item was gone for good.

However, within minutes of the post going we live, our facebook went crazy

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with people sending messages of where they had seen the item for sale on other posts.  People were sending us the links and just 7 minutes later we were able to contact the person advertising the item.  We called them up and asked them to return it, which they did, and within the hour we had our tools back.

We want to say a massive thankyou to all the amazing, honest people of the Forest of Dean Facebook community for their help in this.  We still can’t believe it!!!!

More Upcycling in Chepstow thanks to the Nature Save Trust.

This November Monmouthshire Upcycle were lucky enough to receive some funding from Nature Save Trust for the purchase of tools and equipment to help them on their mission to save more furniture from landfill.

The branch at Chepstow, managed by Kris, now has a huge number of volunteers, all working hard to give tired, worn out furniture a new lease of life.  Margaret has been volunteering with the charity since August and is enjoying painting items, often working with Darcy who is learning new painting techniques.  Jem, a retired carpenter is a great asset for working with antique furniture that needs fixing.  He has also given us a huge amount of advice on how to get wooden finishes looking up to scratch.

Connor, Phil and Spencer have all worked hard on making the shop look amazing and sanding down pieces for re-finishing.

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The funds from Nature Save Trust have allowed us to buy some new electric sanders, which make the work more speedy and look more professional.  We have also purchased a table saw, enabling us to take on larger, more complicated projects.

Jen is the new GEM.

We are pleased to welcome Jen to the team at Forest Upcycling Project.  Jen has taken over from Nadine as the new GEM Navigator Developer.  She will be working with people from the Forest of Dean who are struggling to get back into the labour market and need some extra help and assistance.

Jen has a background in charitable work through Fair Shares, and also has experience of advising people with mental health disorders.

Welcome to the team Jen, we are glad to have you aboard.

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Upcycle Art Gallery set to open on 6th May 2017.  Join us on Saturday Morning between 10am and 1pm for a viewing of the gallery and music from Zadzadrack.

Artists involved in the project include Doug Eaton, Mary Edwards and Anne Raymond.  There will also be items featured from Uganda which have been procured by our African employee, Stella.  Artworks available for all budgets – get yourself and original!

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Upcycle joins forces with Gloucestershire County Council in the GEM project.

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GEM is a social inclusion aimed at working with individuals on a one to one basis to help them become part of their community.  This could include helping them find training, volunteering opportunities, or employment.

Nadine Jones is the Navigator Developer for Forest Upcycling Project and will be working with participants to develop individual pathways that are right for them.  If you, or someone you know might benefit from this type of support, please contact Nadine on gem.upcycle@gmail.com

Thanks to the Chepstow Lions and the Postcode Lottery, both who have given donations to our Monmouthshire project in recent months!

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Coffee Van making good progress:

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Trustee Ashley has been working hard on the coffee van.  Machines being fitted on Tuesday 14th June.  We are all looking forward to tasting the first coffee!

New showroom now open in Chepstow!!

We have now opened our latest showroom opposite the train station in Chepstow.  The first day was a great success and we look forward to meeting more of the local people of Chepstow.

 

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The Project heads for Wales!!

We are now hard at work to get the new showroom in Chepstow ready for opening.  A couple more weeks and we should be ready to welcome our first customers in Wales.  This will provide lots of opportunities for the people of Chepstow to get involved and help.

The new showroom will be based in Unit 3, Station Yard (a stones throw away from the Railay Station and just around the corner from Tesco).

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Anyone for a cuppa?

Many of our customers in Cinderford may have noticed this trailer parked outside our unit for the past few months.  We have now secured the funding, thanks to Awards for All to convert this trailer, kindly donated by the Gloucestershire Police Commissioner into a Coffee Wagon.  This will be staffed by people from the project and hopefully create two new positions for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Forest of Dean and Monmouthshire.

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