Update on Community Action in Lewes: Freegle Give & Take Event

Liz from Lewes and Seahaven Freegle has updated us on the outcome of the Give and Take event she organised. She has earned points for Ouse Valley and Ringmer in the Zero Heroes Community Competition. If you want your community to earn a bigger share of £40,000 why not sign up, reduce and reuse waste, and organise community events based reusing or reducing waste.

Here is Liz’s report about her event:


“If you don’t already know, Freegle keeps things out of landfill, with 395 groups nationally and over 1.5 million members. It’s online dating for stuff.

Last month, we held an event called a Give and Take at the Westgate Chapel in Lewes on 26th October. You never know what to expect at a Give and Take, but about 40 people came along, and it was lovely for us to meet some freeglers in the flesh. We know the names so well online, it was great to put faces to them.

Freegle members and others enjoyed yummy home made cakes and coffee and chatting to each other. We were able to demonstrate how easy it is to use Freegle, and we signed up a few new people on the day.

People brought things along that they didn’t want – all sorts of things, we had a baby bath, a dinner service, an x-box, CDs, photo frames, books, mugs, a clothes dryer, a crème brulee torch and a pineapple corer! Other people came along and took them away. Anything that wasn’t taken on the day was put on our Freegle website and then re-homed.

Give and Take. It really is that simple!

We have been lucky enough to get a grant from Lewes Town Council that will allow us to host another Give & Take event later this month. The event is at the All Saints Centre on Friar’s Walk on 30/11 from 6pm.

Following the Give and Take event, at 7.30pm, we will be showing a documentary comedy film about waste called “The Clean Bin Movie”, with time afterwards for questions and answers. Why not come and meet us, see what’s on offer, watch the film and find out how to slim your bin? Entry is free and refreshments will be on sale.”

It is wonderful hearing about all the different forms of participation and engagement that are happening across the district. If you, like Liz, are trying to make a difference in your area Demsoc want to hear from you and help you be part of a positive democratic discussion in the district.

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