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Monday Sewcial Cone Exchange Visit

On Friday 28th June, a jolly band of ten made their way to the Cone Exchange at Starbeck, to pick up some “treasure” and find out about the amazing work that this offshoot of Betty’s carries out. 

We were greeted by Chris Powell, known to many as “Captain Rummage,” who explained what was where. Whatever your crafty interest, there was something to tempt you, including wool, threads, zips, magazines, fabric, buttons, old ties, ribbons, card, paper and numerous other bits and pieces. Each room benefits a different charity, whether it be through the selling of donated items such as those mentioned above or through the exchange system – see below for an explanation. 

After we’d made our various purchases, Chris gave us a talk about the history of the Cone Exchange and some new initiatives. Using plastic waste, he has created a series of animal and insect related characters who live in the “Land of Fill” and whose job it is to improve the environment. A book featuring the characters that Chris has written, will certainly capture children’s imagination and raise awareness about single use plastic. 

It was inspirational to learn more about the work of this unique organisation and its far-reaching benefits. In their own words, “The Cone Exchange supports our community in a variety of different ways – whether it’s by selling waste materials to raise funds for charities, providing work placements for people with additional learning needs, or raising awareness for recycling within our local community.”  

How BGURC can help

At the heart of the Cone Exchange, is the concept of “exchange”. Please see the separate page in the magazine for a reminder of what rubbish you can donate and which charities benefit. In exchange, we can collect items that are waste from industry, such as empty ribbon cones from Betty’s, to use in crafts for Messy Church, Junior Church, Pilots and The Monday Sewcial etc. 

Please do your bit by putting the items in the green box at the  

back of church. 

Thankyou, Jill Harrison

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