Village turns green and plans mass swap shop

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A GROUP of villagers who want to save the planet have joined together to make a difference in their area.

The Greening Catherington group was set up at the beginning of last year by a small group of residents in the village, near Horndean, to look at ways to reduce the carbon footprint.

The committee is now planning a swap shop day when people can exchange good quality items they no longer have any use for, for an item someone else no longer needs – for free.

The day will be an opportunity for anyone to pass on any unwanted items in exchange for something they need and a way of reducing the amount of items that get sent to landfill.

Sarah Williams, from the committee, said: ‘If you are not sure what to bring ask yourself this question: “Is what I am bringing to the swap shop in good enough condition that if I were someone else, I might want to take it away”? If not, then don’t bring it.’

Items to bring include gadgets, books, DVDs and CDs, new and used tools, kitchenware, lampshades, pictures, gardening items, curtains and chair covers, children’s toys and bicycles and mobile phones.

Do not take along electrical items, clothing, paint, liquid or very large items.

There will be information on sustainable living available on the day along with refreshments. For further information call (023) 9259 3154 or (023) 9259 3008.

The event is taking place on April 9 from 11am to 1pm at All Saints’ Church Hall, Catherington.