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  • Forward Planning

    During the winter last year, my grandchildren developed a fear of the dark when they came to stay. So I asked Eastbourne Freeglers to help me out. A lovely night light was offered and an address and time sorted out. Right, I thought, let’s get ready. Wrapping up well I got my mobility scooter out and popped the lead on my spaniel. Off we went. She loved to trot along beside me, ears flying and tail wagging.

    I had decided on the route, which was one I used to take when I was on foot – now I cannot walk further than across the road to a neighbour. What a mistake that was. I should have gone down Seaside. I am in Roselands near Eastbourne’s tip and used St Philips Road down to the Fire Station, right into Whitley Road, left into Firle Road, which bends itself into Ashford Road. Heading for town, intending to break off before Cavendish Place to get to a road between Ashford Road and Seaside.

    Long story, short. I found that there are not enough dropped pavements or driveways to help my route. I ended up going in the right direction (left hand side of the road) getting to the corner and having a drop of over 3” having to turn left and keep going until I could find another dropped pavement! A couple of times this meant almost going around the block! (I could not go on the road because of my dog)

    So, for a journey that should have taken say, 30 minutes, it took 2 hours there and back. And the pick up? No, I didn’t manage it because of a weird way of numbering the houses. You know, if you follow the houses number by number, when you get to 10 you expect 12 or 11 you expect 13 next. Well I got to the house I thought I needed to find, to discover it was flats. I had had to cross the road and go over many bumps so my standing for long was down to about 3 minutes. No one answered. So I had to go back. I took the better route along Seaside. My poor spaniel was very tired and had to ride with me at times.

    I got home very, very tired. My husband gave me a cup of tea whilst I explained. We got into the car (he had not long been home from work) and went to where I thought I should have been to discover, had I gone on a bit further, a crescent of houses were numbered from 1 to 18 (I think) but this time with ‘a’ so 10 became 10a! I had missed the house completely! Boy would I love to live there!!! Would I ever get mail? Lovely night light though. A big help.

    Sorry about the long story. But the moral is, make sure you know where you are going! Be fair to those coming to see you, give them guidance and warnings needed. And then, plan how you are going to get there more carefully if your own mobility has changed! If it had been a top floor flat for instance!!!

    Erika

    Erika Eastbourne Freegle

  • Dear Freegle-towers,

    Just to say that there are few things in life which give a pretty straight-forward warm fuzzy feeling. Normally, it is chased to little avail when helping proves much more complicated and muddled than you may have originally anticipated.

    However, responding to a request for ‘nautical house stuff’ with an offer of drift wood and a little wooden boat pretty much does it. It is so pleasing to think that the wood, which was in the way on a garage shelf waiting for the day when I finally began some craft with it, has now found a happy home. Without the wood pile, taking our bikes in and out of the garage each day is now less awkward.

    Thinking of the cute little boat, which just didn’t fit anywhere in our flat, now having ‘pride of place’ in someone elses home is similarly pleasing.

    So thanks Freegle!

    Carly, Edinburgh Freegle

  • Now the kitchen’s gone

    With the help of our excellent plumber we have been able to develop the plan for layouts and drainage (a fundamental part of any build – top tip!) and it means we can start to Freegle all the units that were left by the previous owners which while old were perfectly serviceable.

    If you haven’t heard of Freegle – www.ilovefreegle.org – it is a great community of people run by the ‘Human Womble’ Cat, who like Bright Green Homes feel that we throw too many things away just because it is more convenient, so we are trying to work with her to help freecycle.

    (from their website: Freegle is a network of local groups where you can give stuff away when you want to get rid of it – but don’t want to throw it away because it still has some useful life left in it).

    So in the first week we have freegled; a washing machine, a tumble dryer, a dishwasher, a cooker, a hob, a cooker hood, radiators, mirrored cupboard doors, curtains, lampshades, light fittings, a bath and taps, a sink, bits of carpet and underlay, carpet gripper, window blinds, kitchen carcasses, sets of drawers, a desktop, old water storage tanks… phew… i think that’s the lot… I’m sure Cat when she reads this will remind me of others.

    now the kitchen’s gone

    All in all I think this has been hugely successful, saved at least one skips worth of waste which would usually end up being either dumped or recycled by companies for a profit. This way ordinary local people can benefit from things that others may not want anymore but are far from the end of their useful life. Makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.

    With permission from: http://www.brightgreenhomes.co.uk/wp/archives/1731 Blog

  • Thanks to Freegle

    Early last year we discovered we were expecting our second child, unfortunately 3 months into the pregnancy I was made redundant and my partner had his hours reduced at work, with money so short we wondered how we could possibly cope with a new baby, I had given all of my 3 year old son’s baby things away on Freegle previously so I decided to place a ‘Wanted’ add, the replies were amazing.

    From the swinging crib from Natalie, the clothes from Ruth, to the pram and numerous other things from the ever so generous Bea I can’t express how grateful we are.

    Our Baby, Amelia is 4 months old now and we’ve already re-freegled the things she has grown out of.

    There are lots of things new parents worry about, but thanks to Freegle, and the kindness of strangers, providing for our baby is no longer one of them.

    (I have attached a picture of Amelia, enjoying her first Christmas wearing a very kindly donated party dress!)

    Sarah Leeson, Leeds Freegle

  • A Champion Spark

    I recently posted a Champion spark plug.

    The chap who came to collect it was thrilled as he has a classic Triumph motorbike that only works well with this make a type of plug…now impossible to obtain!

    He was thrilled and it was lovely to know that something so insignificant to me (my unwanted and unloved item) was making him so happy.

    Liz , Henley on Thames Freegle

  • Chest freezer

    My very large, but very old, chest freezer finally decided to stop freezing.

    What to do? Too big to go in a car; Council wanted paying to take it away (insult to injury as I had lost so much food, when it defrosted whilst I was on holiday); no point freegling it – who would want a broken freezer.

    Decided it was worth a try though and, the following day, a lovely young couple arrived, complete with trailer, and away it went.

    What did they do with it? Used it to keep the pig and hen food on their small holding as this was a perfect rat-proof store.

    So – just because it is rubbish to you, don’t forget, someone out there just might be able to make use of it.

    Try Freegle before the Tip.

    Yvonne, Hull Freegle

  • RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch

    An R.S.P.C.A. Success Story

    A very big ‘Thank You’ for your Croydon Freegle & Merton Freegle donations; we (and the animals) really do appreciate it.

    We’re now 3 weeks in and we’ve collected from 15 separate Freeglers!

    Our new RSPCA shop (opens June 2012) at 267 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6RD (old ‘Munch’ bakery) and all these donations will help to make that a success.

    We couldn’t imagine life without Freegle now!!

    Visit our Facebook page to ‘like’ us and perhaps your friends will too….which means even more recycling & donations!!

    Like’ us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RSPCA-Croydon-Crystal-Palace-Branch

    Kind Regards

    Simon Hampton | Branch Chairman

    RSPCA Croydon, Crystal Palace & District Branch

    Simon CROYDON & MERTON FREEGLE

  • On the panel

    I was amazed at how popular three dismantled fence panels were (unsurprisingly, there had been no takers when they were still intact). I felt miserable every time I saw them out my window and I didn’t even much want to go in the garden whilst they were there.

    It took only a few minutes to take each fence panel apart and the only mess was from the ivy that I pulled off it. The wood was not in great condition, I was extremely dubious that anything constructive could actually be done with it. It was brittle but it wasn’t rotten. Yet every scrap of the wood has now gone to make allotment fencing.

    If you have an old fence panel cluttering up your garden you could make someone very happy.

    I really love Freegle – this kind of thing is exactly what it is great for.

    Susan , Wellingborough Freegle

  • Thank You note.

    I recently offered a 14” TV/DVD unit to the group, had loads of requests for it, one that caught my eye was from someone who is a refuge project worker at Havant Women’s Aid.

    Her reply to me read :

    We have a family who have recently moved into the refuge with four teenage children. This would be ideal as the kids could have it in their bedroom so they have some time separate from the other residents and their younger siblings. We are able to collect whenever is convenient for you. Thanks for considering us.

    Usual contact followed, she came to collect it…we chatted etc…I wished her well…off she went.

    Tonight I had an envelope through the door, my name on the front, opened it, pulled out a key ring with a hand drawn racing car fob, and a hand written note in very young writing.

    It said :

    Dear Bill, we thank you very much for the TV you gave us. It has made our life at the refuge much better and given us a reason to like our room, so thank you very, very much.

    Drawn on the other side of the paper was a huge THANK YOU all multi coloured…

    I was really touched by this as you can imagine…I showed it to my other half, Kris, she was quite touched too….

    My point is, if I hadn’t had the opportunity to offer it in the first place, this would not have happened.

    Bill Fiddes, Havant Freegle

  • Canned Candles

    I found this candelabra in my friends trailer waiting to be taken to the skip.

    Adapted with tin cans.

    Can’t wait for it to flower!!!

    It will certainly ‘light’ up my garden!!!

    Janice, Preston Freegle