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Small Garden Festival 2017 a great success

One of the 18 small gardens open to the public

One of the 18 small gardens open on Sunday 2nd July

 

Hundreds of pounds has been raised for a south Shropshire charity and potential new regular donors found, thanks to an annual garden event.

The small garden event in Ludlow earlier this month (July 2) collected £600 for The Furniture Scheme and organisers said it helped raise the profile of the charity too – with people interested in joining the Friends scheme.

James Cooper, operations manager for the Furniture Scheme based at Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, said he was very pleased with the event.

“We had 18 people open their gardens to the public and, after expenses, raised £600 for the charity to help people in need in our community.
“There were a few people who expressed an interest in our Friends of the Furniture Scheme too, they took leaflets and the bonus will be if we’ve gained some new Friends through the event.
“This will help us in our efforts to secure the charity for the future as well.”

Organisers said more than 200 people visited on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day.

Last year 12 gardens opened to the public but this year this event was extended
with stalls, a display of local artists’ work at Rockspring and local sculptors’ work displayed in some of the gardens.

There was also a variety of stalls along the route and a party atmosphere with a jazz band and vintage cocktails.

James said the event was a good advert for the charity too.
He said: “A lot of people asked what it was The Furniture Scheme did and we were able to talk to a lot of new faces and explain our aims.

We have a small staff team and hundreds of volunteers who help us offer training and work placements to those seeking to increase their skills and experience.

We receive fantastic support. People help us in all sorts of ways through donating furniture, equipment, books; buying in our shops; volunteering and fundraising.

“In recognition of this we launched the Friends of the Furniture Scheme in December, where people are able to give us an annual donation, and we always use events like the small garden one to appeal for more people to become Friends, because more support would help us meet the increasing needs of our community.

The Furniture Scheme has been supporting people in need in South Shropshire for more than 22 years. The charity was initially formed to address growing concerns about the amount of waste going to landfill.

It recycles or repairs donated furniture and household goods before passing them on to those in need or selling them to raise much needed funds at one of their shops.

The Furniture Scheme runs the Warehouse on Weeping Cross Lane and
Renaissance on Tower Street in Ludlow.

They also work at the Charity Bookshop and CasCA in Craven Arms. For more information on becoming a Friend of the Furniture Scheme contact James
Cooper on 01584 874922 or email: james@furniturescheme.co.uk.

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Making a Mark award

We’ve been shortlisted for the Making a Mark award! We do need votes though. You can vote via this link and check out the competition.

https://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/making-a-mark-competition-shortlist/

Following the success of the Making a Mark competition last year, which celebrated the vast impact that accredited social enterprises make through their diverse activities, Social Enterprise Mark CIC have decided to repeat the competition this year.
The Making a Mark competition highlights examples of how accredited social enterprises are creating considerable social impact within their local communities and in wider society.

Donated items we accept

Dont dump it, donate it!

Below are the type of items we accept, in good order please:

Electrical
Fridges, Cookers (not gas), Vacuum Cleaners, Washing Machines, Dish Washers, Small Freezers, Irons, Toasters, Microwaves, Slow cookers, Bedroom/Sitting Room lamps, Computers, TV’s (slim only) unfortunately we are now unable to take printers.

General Household
Saucepans, Crockery, Cutlery, Waste Bins, Washing up Bowls, Baking Tins, Ironing Boards, Mirrors, Pictures, Books.

Bedding
Sheets, Duvets, Blankets, Pillow Cases, Curtains

Living Room
Settee, Arm Chairs, Coffee Tables, Bookcases, Bureaus, TV Stands

Bedroom
Beds, Chests of Drawers, Small Wardrobes, Bedside Cabinets

Kitchen
Tables, Chairs, Free Standing Cupboards (not fitted), Sideboards, Clocks

Exercise Equipment, Garden Furniture, Computers

N.B. All electrical items must be in good working order as we are not able to repair them.

Soft furnishings must comply with current fire safety regulations and the label still attached.

We also welcome donations of: books, clothing, shoes, belts, bags,  etc at all our sites including Rockspring Community Centre. Good items of clothing will be re-used by us and the charities we work with to help relieve poverty. Clothes not in a condition to be worn will be recycled to help the environment.

Please note: Collection of donated furniture is FREE, or you can drop items off at our Warehouse in Weeping Cross Lane, during opening hours only (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm  & Saturday 10am – 2pm).

Why not call us now on 01584 877788 to arrange a collection!

 

Items we recycle

Books – any condition
Shoes – any condition
Clothes/textiles – any condition
CDs
Records
Scrap metals
Wood
Ink cartridges
Computer equipment (unfortunately we are unable to take printers)
Hinges, handles, screws and fittings
We also carry out battery disposal

The items above can be dropped off at Renaissance or the Warehouse.

 

Meeting rooms for hire at Rockspring

Rockspring Community Centre meeting rooms are for hire Monday to Friday 9am – 4.45pm.

WIFI access is available in these rooms.

MAIN HALL (985cm x 842cm / 32′ x 27′) with full kitchen facilities will seat up to 50 people theatre style and is large enough to accommodate a bouncy castle for children’s parties.
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm  £11 per hour for Private Hire and £9 per hour for Community Groups. Saturday 9am – 5pm Private Hire £16 per hour, Community Groups £13 per hour.
Monday to Friday 5pm – 9pm – Private Hire £16 per hour, Community Groups £13 per hour. Saturday 5pm – 9pm Private Hire £21 per hour, Community Groups £16 per hour.

TEME (822cm x 490cm / 26′ x 16′) with sink and kettle, which will seat 15 – 20 people. Projector and screen available in this room.
Monday – Friday 9am – 4.45pm only. £10 per hour for Private Hire and £8 per hour for Community Groups.

CORVE (400cm x 425cm / 13′ x 13′) with sink and kettle, which will seat 8 – 10 people.
Monday – Friday 9am – 4.45pm only. £8 per hour for Private Hire and £7 per hour Community Groups.

 

Area collection days

M O N D A Y

(Ludlow, Cleobury Mortimer etc)

Ashford Bowdler

Ashford Carbonell

Batchcott

Bitterley

Boraston

Bromfield

Burford

Catherton

Caynham

Cleedownton

Cleeton St Mary

Cleobury Mortimer

Coreley

Doddington

Farden

Farlow

Greete

Henley

Hints

Hope Baggot

Hopton Wafers

Knowbury

Knowle

Little Hereford

Loughton

Milson

Nash

Need Savage

Need Sollars

Oreton

Overton

Silvinton

Tenbury Wells  (Burford)

Titterstone

Wheathill

Whitton

Wootton

Woofferton

PLUS LUDLOW AREA

T U E S D A Y

(Bishops Castle, Clun etc)

Acton

Anchor

Astonon Clun

Bedstone

Bicton

Bishops Castle

Brockton

Broome

Bryn

Bucknell

Carwood

Cefn Einion

Chapel Lawn

Cheyney Longville

Clun

Clunbury

Clungunford

Clunton

Colebatch

Craven Arms

Eaton

Edgton

Eyeton

Hobarris

Hopton Castle

Hopton Heath

Horderley

Kempton

Leintwardine

Little Brampton

Llanfair Waterdine

Llwyn

Lower down

Lydbury North

Lydham

Mainstone

Mardu

New Invention

Newcastle

Purlogue

Purslow

Quabba

Ridgway

Shelderton

Sibdon

Stowe

Totterton

Twitchen

Walcot

Churchstoke

T H U R S D A Y

(Church Stretton, Worthen etc)

Acton Scott

Alcaston

All Stretton

Aston Munslow

Betton

Binweston

Black Marsh

Bridges

Broadstone

Brockton

Church Stretton

Corfton

East Wall

Eaton

Gravels

Habberley

Halford

Harton

Hatton

Hope Bowdler

Hope Leigh

Linley

Little Stretton

Longville

Lower Dinchope

Marshbrook

Marton

Meadowtown

Middleton

Minton

More

Munslow

Myndtown

Norbury

Pennerley

Plowden

Ploxgreen

Rorrington

Rowley

Rushbury

Shelve

Snailbeach

Strefford

The Bog

Ticklerton

Upper Affcot

Upper Dinchope

Wagbeach

Wall under Heywood

Wesley

Whittingslow

Wistanstow

Woolston

Worthen

Wotherton

 F R I D A Y

(Ludlow, Craven Arms, Corvedale)

Abdon

Ashford Bowdler

Ashford Carbonell

Batchcott

Bouldon

Bromfield

Clee St Margaret

Culmington

Diddlebury

Great Sutton

Haytons Bent

Hopton Cangeford

Middleton

Norton

Onibury

Overton

Peaton

Seifton

Stanton Lacy

Stoke St Milborough

Upper Heath

Vernolds Common

Woofferton

PLUS LUDLOW AREA

(List updated on 18th February 2019)

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