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1] Apologies were received from Angie, Santana, Caroline, Vincent, John & Steve

Present: David, Lesley, Jackie, Rachel, Deborah, Tracey, Vicky, Jean, Steph.

David welcomed everyone and noted that he had been remiss in not thanking Jackie at the recent AGM for her 3 years as Chair.                                                                      David proposed to co-opt Vicky and Tracey onto the core group. All agreed

2]Treasurers report          There is £1636.00  in the bank account.

[a] Bank Mandate for cheque signatories.

It was proposed by David Greenacre that the signatories should be himself, Lesley Clouting and Jackie Barrow.    All agreed.

[3]Fram Fix update /opening bank account. David read out an email from Vince who reported that they were keen to establish  a designated premises before opening an account. However, Lesley re-iterated that at the AGM she had agreed to take on the role of Treasurer only on the understanding that FramFix took care of their own finances and had their own bank account.

David proposed replying to Vince pointing this out, and also to mention the inadvisability of relocating without notice, as had occurred recently,  since the Greener Fram insurance only included their activities taking place in the Unitarian Meeting House, or the FAYAP Centre. David proposed they be given until the end of January to open their own bank account. Seconded by Lesley, and all in agreement.

Christmas Tree Festival: Deborah proposed £20 be donated to FOSM for the GF tree, which was approved by all except Steph who abstained as she organises the CT Festival.

4] Community Garden. Lesley & Steph attended a meeting at the College. The cost for the rebuild has now risen by 30% driven by an increase in the price of materials.  It was anticipated work would begin early January. £255 had been received from Waitrose and £350 from the Town Council. Lesley has given the District and County Councillors a nudge and will be approaching the Mills Trust. The College will be contacting potential funders. As already agreed, it may be necessary to make up any shortfall from Greener Fram funds.

5] Swap & Mend

[a] Sufficient volunteers for the 9th November event are lined up.  The UMH has been provisionally booked for December, and then if successful it was proposed to run them bi-monthly from February onwards if sufficient committed volunteers are available. David undertook to run off small flyers and distribute for the November event.

[b] It was agreed that the barn should be looked at and a working party formed to relocate the contents if required. If anything requires storage, it was agreed to donate £25 to FADS for their shed which would be dismantled and re-erected in a barn in Bruisyard. If it should no longer be required Rachel undertook to buy it back again.

It was noted the majority of the volunteer badges have disappeared.

6] Social Media

It was proposed by David and seconded by Deborah that the password for the email accounts should be given to Rachel, Lesley and David in addition to Santana to assist with responding to enquiries. All agreed. Lesley has administrator rights for both Facebook accounts.

The position regarding the social media volunteer was unclear. David agreed to clarify the situation.

LETS has been removed from social media and will be removed from the website shortly.

David requested any photos etc for the website be sent to him as jpegs and text in Word, although he is able to change pdf’s into Word if necessary.

7] Fram CCAN project [Climate Change Action Now]

David has booked the UMH for the first meeting on Tuesday 7th January and also in February with a view to holding further meetings on the 1st Tuesday of every month. The charge for the first 2 meetings will be £5ph and £20 thereafter for 2 hours 7 – 9pm. Donations will be requested from those attending towards the cost of hall hire. Will be publicised in Framfare.


8] Food Share Shed

Ceasing to publicise the food collections on social media seems to have solved the issues previously reported.

AOB:- Further enquiries from Aldeburgh -it was agreed they should continue to be invited over to Framlingham.

A suggestion was received to produce a GF brochure and distribute to all the new houses. It was thought there is already enough publicity.

David proposed core group meetings could be held bi-monthly, he would check available dates with the UMH for January & March. If  it is found a meeting is not required it could be cancelled.

If GF is to involve young people a safeguarding policy needs to be in place.

Jackie produced the latest Suma catalogue, with a view to placing an order the 3rd week in November.

Mention was made of holding a social event in January.

David thanked everyone for attending and the meeting closed at 8.05pm



9.30am Saturday 12th October



Jackie opened the meeting and thanked Lesley for all her support over the past year. Attendance was 21 people.

1] Apologies: Suzanne Bartlett

2] Election of Officers

Chair – David Greenacre                          proposer Lesley 2nd  Rachel

Vice-Chair – Jean                                      proposer Steve    2nd Lydia

Minutes Secretary  – Steph                    proposer Steve    2nd Lesley

Social Media Secretary – Santana         proposer Rachel  2nd Jackie

It was agreed for 6 core group members to be given the password for the gmail account to deal with emails.

Treasurer – Lesley                                   proposer Rachel 2nd Victoria

Only on the basis that Fram Fix and the Community Garden would have their own bank accounts and be responsible for their own finances.

Deborah was greatly thanked for the fantastic job she has done of being treasurer for the past 6 years.

Swap & Mend Co-ordinator – Rachel   proposer Santana 2nd Victoria

There was some discussion at this point which is carried forward to the Swap & Mend item later on the agenda.

Additional Core Group Members

The following volunteered: – Deborah; Steve, Jackie, Caroline, Angie

All the above nominations were approved unanimously

3] Approval of Minutes of 2018 AGM which have been available on the website. Proposer Spadge, 2nd Lesley – unanimous.

4] Matter Arising – none

5] Treasurers’s report – attached to these minutes. It was noted that £90 from the main funds is earmarked to pay for the remaining room hire for FramFix.

6] Activity Reports

Swap & Mend

There was some considerable discussion about the future of this event. Spadge had mentioned that he no longer wishes to have items stored in his barn for very much longer. It was agreed to go ahead with the 9th November event in the usual format at the UMH.

It was however suggested that the event could be such that people turned up with their items and stayed with them, similar to a car boot sale; but more space would be needed. Thomas Mills High School was suggested as a possible venue.          Angie suggested utilising DOE participants and agreed to co-ordinate this with Rachel. FramFix

Has attended Swap & Mend, collaborated with the Debenham Mend Shed and held dedicated Fram Fix Mend Shed days on the 4th Saturday of the month in the UMH.

Food Share Shed

It was reported activity has picked up. Only one person could be nominated to deal with texts from the supermarkets, currently Santana; although ideally she would like to hand this job over. There was no offer to take this on forthcoming, so Santana agreed to continue. She pointed out the hygiene certificate could only be awarded if the co-ordinator had certification. It was agreed to cease publicising the delivery of food from the supermarkets on Facebook due to a few issues.

Volunteers checked the shed regularly for cleanliness and tidiness. The Community garden had put 500cwt of produce in the shed over the season. The period poverty box was working well.

Community Garden – report attached

Suma – wholesale, wholefood co-operative company – The buying group continues to meet the minimum spend approximately every other month. Jackie is willing to continue co-ordinating this, and would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to join the group.

LETS – As this has never really taken off it was agreed to let it fade away and remove it from the website etc. 7] Plans for 2020

All agreed to hold a core group meeting in late October/early November

It was suggested more younger people need to become involved, such as the TMHS Green Group.

David plans to start a FRAMCAN, [Climate Action Network], Group when time allows. This would be suited to all ages, individuals or groups to take some action to address the bigger issues.

Unfortunately the speaker from the Low Carbon Farm failed to materialise. David thanked everyone for attending and the meeting closed at 10.45am



Lesley welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies had been received from Anita, Lydia, Caroline, Moggy, Deborah. Steph took the minutes.

 Treasurers report          There is £1637.47 in the bank account; petty cash £13.81- totalling £1651.28


 The Food Share Shed

Santana is publicising the notifications from supermarkets. Large amounts of produce from the Community Garden is being put in the shed, and there is a quick turn over. There is a good take-up Period poverty supplies. The Terracycle collection box is being used, although folk are a bit slap-dash with what they put in there. The Shed seems to have gained its own equilibrium with supplies and demand and does not need further publicity.

 Swap & Mend

There was some discussion regarding issues with S & M in not fulfilling its original purpose; which it was concluded was caused by not enough volunteers on the day to run the event properly. It was therefore proposed and agreed by all that the event on Saturday should be cancelled as several people were unable to attend. It was also agreed to not hold it on October 12th but review the future of Swap & Mend at the AGM scheduled for that day. The Swap & Mend online was working fine.

It was noted that all the other activities of Greener Fram were going well.

 The Community Garden

This season 21 beds out of 30 have been worked, and much of the resulting produce has been shared through the Food Share Shed. The garden is due to be cleared and ploughed up for a complete refurbishment this autumn.

Lesley, Steph, Lindsay Huggins will be meeting with Andrew Payne and the head groundsman at the College later this month and will report back to the AGM.

Lesley has applied for funding from a variety of sources and the Garden has been included in the Waitrose green token scheme for the month. It is anticipated costs will be covered for the revamp, but noted that Greener Fram had already agreed to make up any shortfall.

A number of entries will be taken to the Horticultural Show on Saturday.. The garden instagram account has proved most successful with many useful contacts made.

 The Mend Shed/Fram fix

2 sessions have been held so far and a number of successful ‘fixes’ made. 3 or 4 people attend, but more volunteers would be useful. It is planned to set up a separate bank account. Greener Fram has covered the cost of insurance and room hire for their first year.

 The Website – David has experienced some problems with being blocked as an administrator. He anticipates this will be resolved with the assistance of Nigel, but would welcome another helper to deal with admin duties. He would also welcome more updates from everyone.

 Recruiting Volunteers

No new ideas were forthcoming. Duke of Edinburgh young people were suggested but considered a possibility for the Community Garden rather than, for example, Swap & Mend.

 Officer Vacancies

It was agreed that organisation of Swap & Mend, if it continues, should not be the responsibility of the Chair and Treasurer, but a separate job. . It was thought a Secretary and a Vice-Chair.were not necessary,

Moggy to be asked if she would like to continue as social media secretary. David agreed to continue looking after the website.

 AOB – Spadge is still looking for a site for the electrical recycling unit and asked if anyone had contacts at Fram Farmers. Michelle offered to try to assist with this.

Jackie agreed to publicise the AGM and to Chair it. The speaker would be someone from the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm who will follow on at conclusion of business.





Caroline, Deborah [Treasurer], Jackie, {Chair], Lydia, Rachel, Santana, Spadge, Steph [Minutes]

1.  Apologies

Apologies were received from Anita, Lesley, Vicki, Vince.

2.Swap & Mend

More volunteers are needed to pick up and return – this request would be put on FB and website before the next event on Sat 8th June. Spadge, Rachel not available. Spadge noted the barn is pleasingly tidy. There will be another Swap & Mend in July but not in August.

Volunteer’s name badges keep going missing. Appeal on FB to return them?

There was some discussion regarding keen early birds, but as it was not possible to lock the entrance no practical solution was forthcoming.


A third volunteer may join Vince & John. An update from Vince had been circulated to members prior to the meeting. FramFix will be at the June Swap & Mend. Vince now has a dedicated toolbox. The possibility of space at the Con Club is being investigated.

  1. Community Garden- [Steph]

The garden is looking tidy and productive for the season prior to the reconstruction and re-launch in the autumn. A family has taken over one bed, and Caroline is on the case with clarifying the situation with the primary school beds. Lesley is investigating possible sources of further funding. If it turns out there is a shortfall it was agreed that some funding could come from Greener Fram’s account.

  1. Food Share Shed [Santana]

Santana reported that she would not be able to be so active for the next 3 – 6 months. Currently she is attending to emails, FB & Twitter and receiving supermarket texts for the Food Share Shed and getting volunteers to collect. She had not formed a rota as for weeks Tesco had no food on offer, but now its picked up again, and people within the group are helping out.

Moggy had offered to carry out secretarial duties and Santana would like to pass over some of her current responsibilities.

The Library recycling box of biscuit wrappers and teeth related items had been put in the Food Share Shed during the recent closure for the re-fit. It was suggested that another box be put in the Shed on a permanent basis, in order to support the library’s initiative, which could be used during the times the library is closed.

  1. Treasurer’s Report [Deborah]

The balance is £1,677. Future expenditure will be for insurance, web hosting and more containers, leaving approximately £1,350.

7.  AOB

There had been an enquiry from Aldeburgh wishing to set up a similar group, which will be passed to David, and it was suggested they be invited to a Swap & Mend.

Spadge circulated a photo of a large container for small electricals collection which had been offered, but he had run out of ideas as to where it could be located. Santana would put out an appeal for a possible site.

Santana reported that period poverty supplies in the Food Share Shed was now on the project map. There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.05pm.

GREENER FRAM OPEN MEETING    7pm Tuesday 29th January 2019




The meeting was opened by Vice- Chair Lesley Clouting. 15 in attendance including Core Group members , Lesley Clouting, John Marten, Santana HardCorr, Deborah Gane, Spadge Hopkins, Caroline Hopkins, Lydia Kindred, David Greenacre,

  1. Apologies – Apologies were received from Jackie Barrow, Anita Beamish, Vicki Holland-Howes, Amy Gallivan, Michelle Cole.

Lesley welcomed students who were participating in the Young Enterprise competition at Thomas Mills High School. Their business was comprised of designing, producing and selling greetings cards using 100% recycled materials and they intend to donate 10% of their profits to Greener Fram. This was much appreciated by Greener Fram and it was agreed that the monthly Swap & Mend would provide an outlet for them whenever they wished.

  1. Food Share Shed [Santana]

Recently the volunteer rota for supermarket collections has not been at full strength. An app is to be launched soon which will make it easier to check available supplies online and arrange pick-ups.

Overall the shed is working well with supplies being taken regularly, but it was suggested a larger and more explanatory notice of a more permanent nature be affixed to the door . Also to be publicised on the website and again in Framfare.

Period Poverty? It was noted this is being addressed  via the Food Share Shed

  1. Community Garden [Lesley/Steph]

Jackie, Lesley, Vicki and Steph attended a meeting at the College, at which head groundsman Clive presented his re-design of the Garden, a copy of which is attached to these minutes. Copies of the plan were distributed. It was noted the timescale would be the site being cleared starting October with a view to the garden being ready for a re-launch spring 2020. Meanwhile some summer crops could be grown. David proposed to accept the plans, seconded by Deborah, with all in favour.

It was agreed that the £920 remaining in the CG account be spent on the garden as required.

It was noted the College staff have sorted out the fruit trees, pruning re-staking etc.

  1. Swap & Mend

It was agreed to try to continue these monthly, although there appeared to be a double-booking situation for May.

More volunteers would be good. There was still a problem with people leaving trash.

It was agreed to continue taking clothes, books and mags, although any remaining would need to be recycled on the day and not returned to the barn.

Spadge requested more storage boxes and proposed to spend up to £100, this was seconded by David with all in favour.

7.Mendshed /FramFix[Vince/John]

A meeting was held recently with 8 attending. A web page and Facebook is now up and running. It was suggested the MendShed remain under the umbrella of Greener Fram for the time being. It has been affiliated with the UK Mens Shed Association. Currently, as part of Swap & Mend Fram Fix can only undertake small repairs. It is envisaged more repairs will be undertaken at the FAYAP Centre starting later in February, providing insurance cover is in place. Vince will be clarifying this with Greener Fram’s insurers,

It was noted that attention needs to be given to ensuring the insurer’s requirements are met at all Greener Fram events with regard to H & S/ Checklist of premises.

  1. AOB

Hard copies of the revised constitution were distributed, which had been available to view on the website for a month. There were a few added amendments following discussion, Lesley proposed the revised constitution be adopted, seconded by John Marten with all in favour.

Deborah reported the balance in the account stood at £1,608 and 7p.

Item for next agenda:- David suggested more awareness raising of what Greener Fram was all about is needed and undertook to take on this task himself in due course.

There being no further business, Lesley thanked everyone for coming and the meeting closed at 8.25pm.


10AM Saturday 13th October 2018 UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE


The meeting was opened by Lesley Clouting. 20 in attendance.

1. Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Jackie Barrow, Jean Clarkson and Suzanne Bartlett.

2   Election of Officers                                                Proposer                                Seconder

Chair                                Jackie Barrow                     CarolineHopkins                     Santana Hard-Corr

Vice – Chair                       Lesley Clouting

Deborah Bea                          Rachel Marten

Treasurer                         Deborah Bea

Lydia Kindred                         Caroline Hopkins

Social Media Secretary Santana Hard-Corr Rachel Marten Deborah Bea
Minutes Secretary By rotation Lesley Clouting Caroline Hopkins

The above nominations were carried unanimously.

  • Minutes of AGM October 2017

These had been circulated by email and hard copies were available at the meeting. They were accepted as an accurate record.  Proposed by David Greenacre   Seconded by Lydia Kindred.

4. Chair’s Report

The Chairs Report, a copy of which is attached to these minutes, was read out by Lesley Clouting.

5   Treasurer’s Report

Copies of the accounts were available at the meeting. a copy of which is attached to these minutes. .It was noted that Greener Fram’s finances are in a very healthy state and that suggestions on what to spend the funds on would be welcome.

6   Social Media Secretary’s Report

All going well, with bigger items being re-homed via Facebook very successfully. The website picks up items from the Facebook page but the feedback form has not being working for some months, a problem which will be addressed with Nigel’s help.

7.   Election of core group members, to include a Community Garden Rep.

In addition to the Officers already elected; the following were nominated:

Spadge Hopkins, Caroline Hopkins, Anita Beamish, David Greenacre, Lydia Kindred, John Marten, Rachel Marten, Amy Gallivan. The community garden rep – Vicky Holland-Howes.

The above nominations were carried unanimously

  1. Amendments to the current constitution

It was noted that the current constitution needed tweaking to accommodate some changes, and that an Extraordinary Meeting, publicised with 3 weeks notice and open to the public should be held to approve the tweaks.

(Correction after meeting having checked the present constitution – publicised with 2 weeks notice)

9.   Any Other Business

There was a lively discussion and the following topics were highlighted for further discussion at core group meetings: Attracting and looking after more volunteers, including training/social sessions. GF badges with the volunteer’s name on. A Volunteer Co-ordinator to organise rota and make sure volunteers are welcomed and valued.

Someone at the gate to filter out incoming rubbish. Banner – Please Donate Responsibly.

Working with and supporting the Thomas Mills High School Social Enterprise making recycled items. With surplus funds being donated to Greener Fram.

The Food Share Shed registered as a food premises and Waitrose now provides food. It was suggested that fresh/frozen food could also be collected and made into a soup/lunch once a month.

Recent problems with people chucking food about from the shed in the Library car park, which now seems to have abated. Also excess chilled/frozen food could be stored if a suitable location could be found. The Suffolk Waste Partnership has funds for the purchase of fridge/freezers.

A representative from the Co-op was present at the showing of ‘Wasted’ in Woodbridge recently. He agreed to look into why the Fram Co-op will not participate in the Food Share Shed.

Website – any contributions should be sent to David Greenacre on his email or via Facebook.

There is some bramble clearance needed from the ground behind the UMH. It was suggested GF members could clear this in exchange for a free booking.

The Swap & Mend Storage barn is full to overflowing, a work party is requested to sort through it all in the Spring. Fram Fix/ Mens Shed is still looking for suitable premises.

There being no further business the Vice-Chair thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 11am.

Minutes of Core Group Meeting 16th July 2018

  1. Apologies: Jean, Lydia
  2. Present: Jackie, Caroline, Deborah, Spadge, John, Anita, Santana, Rachel, Persephone Booth (Mills Charity)
  3. Mend Shed
  • Working title ‘Fram Fix’
  • Looking for premises as close to Fram as possible. Possibly at Red House Farm. A free/cheap shipping container or shed could be a workshop
  • Working with Chloe Winlow of SCDC for resources
  • Eventually to be separate from Greener Fram, funded by membership fees. In the meantime, GF will fund, and £25 was agreed to affiliate to UK Men’s Shed organisation
  • Agreed that Men’s Shed members will have a space at September Swap & Mend in which to do mending and advertise the group. Rachel can lend a gazebo
  • Deborah is doing the admin/co-ordination for the group
  1. Food Shed
  • This is going very well, despite a slight decrease in donations from Tesco
  • Santana is fighting red tape to get registered as a food premises so that we can take food from the Co-Op
  • Santana is preparing a rota for the Tesco pick-ups
  • There has been no reported mis-use or complaints from the library since the broken bottle incident several weeks ago.
  • It would be a good idea to contact market stall-holders (eg bakery and greengrocery items) to see if they would be willing to donate surplus produce to the food shed. Santana agreed to approach them when she has time
  1. Period Poverty

Persephone spoke to the meeting about this issue and there was some debate about how to go about distributing sanitary products. The Mills Charity is able to access funding, but it would be helpful to have an idea of how much is needed, and the best way to do it. It was decided that:

  • Santana would write to FAYAP  on behalf of Greener Fram to formally request that free sanitary products be placed in the ladies WC at FAYAP. This can then be used by girls at Thomas Mills and any women using the building, eg a mother and toddler group. A storage cupboard will be needed, but we are confident we can find one for free.
  • Santana will also write to The Mills Charity with an initial request for funding.
  • If we can obtain enough free sanitary products, some can go in the food shed
  1. Swap and Mend
  • It was a shame we had to cancel the July event due to lack of volunteers. However, Santana has 3 new names to add to our volunteer list. The Unitarian also did not charge us for the cancellation.
  • It was agreed to give Spadge £40 to buy some more stacking boxes
  1. Public Liability Insurance

This is due to be renewed soon, and our current insurers (Zurich) have given us a quote of £279.75 . Jackie has researched other options, which all come in around £300, so we will stick with Zurich.

John raised the possibility of a discounted 3 year deal. [After the meeting, Jackie got a quote on this basis from Zurich, which results in a slightly cheaper premium of £265.50]

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Deborah reported that, after allowing for paying the insurance premium, we have a balance of £1,244

  1. Community Garden

We still have only a small handful of volunteers and no co-ordinator. Given the recent hot dry weather, we don’t know what crops have survived. It was suggested that Vicki Holland-Howes, one of the volunteers, might like to be the garden rep.

  1. LETS

Still no activity on this project, but it was decided to press on regardless and parhaps hold another information session as part of the October AGM

Jackie will sort out printing some A4 posters to display around town.

  1. AGM

The meeting decided to hold this on 13th October, initially at FAYAP. After some discussion it was agreed not to have a speaker but to use the opportunity to showcase our various projects, and, if space, other green initiatives such as the Real Nappy Network. As a result, the venue will hopefully be the Unitarian Meeting Room to reach our usual Swap and Mend customers and passing trade. We could also invite the Mills Charity, town councillors and others.

Jackie will check with Angela Hatt which dates are available.

Prior to the AGM, we need to check whether current committee members are willing to stand again. Deborah said that she would. Jackie may not, but in any event is planning to be away from mid-Sept to mid-Nov, so we will need at least a vice-Chair/substitute.

DRAFT MINUTES  of the Annual General Meeting, 10am Saturday 28h October 2017

FAYAP Centre, Framlingham

  1. Welcome

The meeting was opened by the Chair, Jackie Barrow.

  1. Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Suzanne Bartlett and Judy Powell

  1. Election of Officers

                                                                                               Proposer                  Seconder

Chair                          Jackie Barrow                                   Anita Beamish          David Greenacre

Treasurer                  Deborah Bea                                    Jackie Barrow           Caroline Hopkins

Social Media Secretary     Santana Hard-Corr                          Deborah Bea                        Spadge Hopkins

Minutes Secretary  Jean Clarkson*                                Caroline Hopkins     Spadge Hopkins

* Jean is happy to take hard-copies of the minutes at the meetings, and Anita offered to type these up and email them out.

 Core group members

Spadge Hopkins, Caroline Hopkins, Lydia Kirk, Jem Seeley, Anita Beamish, Tracie Russell

The above nominations were carried unanimously.

  1. Minutes of the last AGM, October 2016

These had been circulated by email and hard copies were available at the meeting. They were accepted as an accurate record of proceedings.

  1. Matters Arising N/A
  2. Chair’s Report

JB reported that Swap & Mends have been our main events over the year, with the events continuing to build and more people attending and saving even more items from landfill.

The film night screening of Tomorrow was reasonably well attended and would be worth repeating if another relevant film is released. The introductory excess food sharing has gone well and LETS had increasing numbers of members.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Copies of the accounts were available at the meeting. Our main income is through donations at Swap & Mend. These cover expenses on insurance, hall hire and our website and we have a carry forward balance of £1,300. The insurance figure is high because of the unusual nature of our Swap & Mend events, although a cheaper alternative could be sought before renewal next August.

  1. Other Reports

Community Garden Report – Jem Seeley

The garden has now been running since October 2010 and some of the infrastructure such as rabbit fencing and wood chips paths are showing their age and are likely to need replacing this season. The Community Garden has its own bank account and funds to pay for this.

They are always looking for new volunteers to help out, and they meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 10-12, with Framlingham College providing refreshments. It is a good social event, and lots of produce has been grown this year.

Swap & Mend Report – Spadge Hopkins

There has been less mending this year but the swapping continues to build. We need to try and intercept people dropping rubbish that is simply not suitable for swapping. Also, we will ask people to affix stickers to donated electrical goods stating whether they are working or not, and if broken stating what the fault is. Our volunteers do not have time to check all electrical goods and this should help people taking to have a more realistic idea whether the item is working or repairable. It may also help reduce people donating goods that are not suitable. Our Swap & Mend’s have inspired a similar project called Give & Take in Ipswich, supported by cabinet member, Carol Poulter.

LETS Report – Jackie Barrow

There have been some more LETs exchanges this year and there are several members on the system who we need to encourage to be more active. Perhaps sending out regular email reminders and examples of available skills/resources would help with this.

Suma – Jackie Barrow

The Suma wholefood buying group was set up earlier this year. Although currently only 3 or 4 members shop this way, we manage to get together a good-sized order every couple of months and more members are welcome.

It was suggested that GF could purchase bulk orders of washing detergent and cleaning products to decant and sell to individuals at Swap & Mends. This would also help achieve minimum order quantities and also provide a local source of eco-cleaning products.

  1. Plans for the coming year

Swap & Mends

Future dates are set as Saturday 11th November and Saturday 9th December 2017.

Fare Share

The Fare Share food scheme was well received at the last Swap & Mend event and JB will liaise with John Marten and the library to try and progress the scheme, with the aim being a more permanent fixture in the Library’s car park.


Steph Bennell reported that she has started a recycling scheme at Fram Library for plastic outer packaging of sweet biscuits. The scheme turns them into useful products and also generates money for Water Aid.

Angela Hatt had suggested that Greener Fram feature regularly in Fram Fare to keep local residents informed of what we are doing. Steph Bennell does try to cover our news from the website when she can. JB agreed to liaise with Santana and aims to let Steph have news regularly.

David Drummond normally kindly funds a Christmas tree for GF at the Church Festival, which Caroline Hopkins decorates with the school’s eco-council. DD was not at the meeting but GF agreed to fund the tree if David doesn’t this year.

There being no further business, the Chair thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.


Greener Fram Core Group Meeting – 10th July 2017, 7.30pm, FAYAP

  1. Apologies – John, Lydia, Anita, Caroline. Present – Jackie, Deborah, Rachel, Santana, Spadge
  2. Minutes of last meeting (27th March 2017) were approved. Spadge will chase Chris Hudson re electrical recycling container to be sited somewhere in Fram.
  3. Treasurer’s report – we have £1282, after allowing sums for insurance and website hosting. We are averaging well over £100 in donations each swap/mend.
  4. Insurance – Jackie has been in touch with Zurich for renewal of our public liability insurance. Awaiting confirmation of new premium.
  5. Free food – fareshares. Santana has been in touch with Fareshares (Tesco and Waitrose in Saxmundham). We agreed to try and get our first consignment in time for 24th Sept (the day after swap/mend). The Unitarian church has kindly offered to hire us the hall for free on our first 2 occasions, thereafter £10/session. We will see how the first one goes before deciding on frequency, but Rachel, Spadge and Jackie are all willing to take turns collecting from Saxmundham and manning a stall.
  6. Mend shed – this is still a good idea, but needs someone with the time to take it forward, now that John has a new job.
  7. Swap/Mend clearout – Spadge and Santana are meeting the morning after this meeting and will possibly have a mini-sort out. Still a good idea to get a skip/do a dump run. Rachel is happy to take lots of textiles/clothing for rag-rugging group. The library will take DVDs and CDs for selling. Various items usually get taken to charity shops or thrown away after each event. Cats Protection will take soft toys and blankets/towels.
  8. Future Swap/Mend dates: September 23rd (with foodshare Sun 24th); November 11th, December 9th.
  9. AGM – 28th October, FAYAP (9.30am for 10am start)
  10. Fram Yard Sale Crawl: British Legion used to run this, charge £5 to be on the map, maps sell for 50p. Suggested that Framlingham Fresh Aspirations (young enterprise scheme) might be interested in co-ordinating an event. Rachel to approach Jenny Stockman. Spadge would be happy to sell on stored swap/mend goods.
  11. Speaker at AGM -Jackie to ask East Green (who are willing to speak for free!). If not available, ask David Greenacre for ideas.
  12. Deborah suggested we could donate items left over from Swap/Mend to charities to sell at Christmas markets.
  13. Spadge suggested we co-opt more members to core group meetings.


Core Group Meeting

7.30pm 27th March 2017

FAYAP Centre


  1. Present         Jackie Barrow, Spadge Hopkins, Rachel Marten, John Marten, Lydia Kirk,
  2. Caroline Hopkins, Santana Hard-Corr, Anita Beamish, Deborah Bea

Apologies     None

  • Minutes of 30th January 2017 approved and there were no matters arising.
  1. Film Night ‘Tomorrow’ 7pm 24th April. Will use the interval in the middle for refreshments, discussion and Post –It notes on wall of ways the film has inspired you. Bunting, banners and Greener Fram badges to help welcome people to the event.
  2. Donations boxes around the hall.
  3. Refreshments: Tea, coffee, cakes, popcorn. DB will bring our drinks supply & help man refreshments.

ACTION POINTS    All to try and publicise via posters, Facebook, flyers, SH-C to organise popcorn

  • Mending Shed

We will try running these straight after monthly Swap & Mends for a couple of hours. First one 6th May. Anyone free to help with this is welcome.

  • Free food cupboard.

We will introduce this scheme at our next Swap & Mend. Initially it will just run as a food table on those Saturdays. If successful we can look to extending it as a permanent feature in a cupboard. Engagement with the public so they understand the scheme and food is not taken that won’t be eaten.

ACTION POINTS    JM to approach Matt Smith re possibility of longer hall hire on those days with payment via LETS- possibly offering some gardening.

RM to approach Co-Op, Waitrose & bakery re excess/unsold food to collect the day before the event.

SH to approach market stallholders re unsaleable goods.

  • Pop Up Shop

Decided not to run with this at the moment but could always consider again in the future if Mending Sheds at the Unitarian prove very popular.

  • Treasurer’s Report

We currently hold £1,219 in our bank with web hosting and insurance soon due.

  • Electricity/green power event/visit to Bruisyard Hall and Village HallACTION POINT JM to check availability of both on Tuesday 13th June or Thursday 15th June and report back.
    1. We hope to advertise this at the Film Night.
  • Resolved to deregister the web domain.
  • Any other business

Spadge has looked into electrical recycling bins but there are onerous ongoing obligations and the disposal costs are too high. Spadge has contacted Cllr Hudson re the possibility of Fram getting an electrical recycling bin. GF could help fund the initial bin if SCDC were responsible for emptying. Spadge will report back any progress on this.

The Unitarian is running events over weekend of 13/14th May to celebrate their tercententary. DB will try to attend one on behalf of Greener Fram.

Swap & Mend Online is doing well with lots of items being rehomed in between our monthly events.

Meeting closed 8.30pm.


Core Group Meeting – 7.30pm 30th January 2017, FAYAP Centre


  1. Present: Jackie Barrow, Spadge Hopkins, Rachel Marten, John Marten, Lydia Kirk,

Caroline Hopkins, Santana Hard-Corr, Tim Thorpe

Apologies Deborah Bea, Tracie Russell, Anita Beamish

  1. Minutes of 10th November 2016 approved.

Matters arising.

Jackie has contacted the Co-op regarding their excessive packaging and has had a reply saying that the East of England do have any say over products’ packaging. The group suggested that Jackie writes back asking them to help fund a Greener Fram event to help better educate people on recycling to help reduce the effect of their excessive packaging- what goes in which bin etc. Could also use event to promote reducing food wastage and difference between best before and use by dates etc.

Jackie has contacted East Green who are happy to come to our electricity event free of charge. Spadge suggested holding it on the Market Hill on a Saturday in the FAYAP caravan. Jackie to contact Town Clerk regarding this. Possibly hold it a week after Swap & Mend to let our ‘customers’ know and so they can prepare their electricity bills to compare. Possibly also have a table in the coop foyer before the event to advertise it and seek new core group members.

Suggestion to also combine the 30-30 local food challenge with ideas on how to feed your family for less and meal plan to reduce food bills and wastage.

  1. Electricity/green power event/visit to Bruisyard Hall and Village Hall

John will contact the owners and report back by our next meeting.

  1. Free food cupboard.

Discussed several locations- near Town Council offices, outside United Free, in Santana’s garden, outside Unitarian. Concerns that if located centrally then people might use the food e.g. tins to vandalise things and Greener Fram may suffer the negative publicity on it. Santana suggested putting well phrased signs with the cupboard to try and deter misuse of cupboard, and Rachel suggested lining the back of the cupboard with a mirror to help deter this. Concerns if food bank is located outside of town centre people may not drop as many items off for it. Santana will contact people who already have a similar stall outside their house to see of any likely pitfalls and suggestions. When we have located a home for the bank John will start on the weatherproof cupboard.

  1. Men’s/Women’s Sheds

These are run nationally and there may be a need for similar projects around Fram where we could run workshops for groups to get together and make things, eg bird boxes, or mend things e.g. clothes repair workshops. Will put sign up at next Swap & Mend and gauge interest of attendees and helpers before seeing if we can move the idea forward. Could possibly be held at Spadge’s if a small group.

  1. Film Night ‘Tomorrow’

This film is issued by the Transition group and shows how communities are becoming more resilient and planning for the future. It costs £100 to screen the film which we should be able to cover with donations. Could invite town council and ask them for funding to help cover costs. Agreed to hold it at the FAYAP centre and pay room hire fees. Could open up invite to other transition groups. Audience of circa 50 would be ideal, although could probably hold up to 80 people. Monday evenings are best for the FAYAP. Jackie will try to get hold of DVD and then we will book night. John also brought in other DVDs which we could try if this film night is successful.

  1. Forget-Me-Not Club

This club is struggling for funding. Whilst it does a good job, the core group didn’t think it was something we could help with as is not linked to our aims and objectives. Instead practical advice for funding and ideas were given for John to pass on.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

We currently hold £1,209.43 in our bank account plus petty cash making a total of £1,229.53.

  1. Swap Mend- Name & Future Dates

Whist the most popular new name suggestion was “Fram Free Exchange”, Spadge pointed out this effectively means the same as the current event name, apart from it misses out any mention of mending and would involve extra cost of new banners etc as well as losing some of the event’s ‘brand recognition’ we have currently built. After discussion it was agreed to keep the name as Swap & Mend.

Swap & Mend Online The new Facebook page has over 150 members and several large items are being re-homed. The group is continuing to grow and it was decided it would be best to link the LETS group to this group, rather than the Greener Fram Facebook page which is run differently as a business and more for advertising events. Santana has restarted the Greener Fram Facebook page and is using it to advertise our events and other items of news.

Swap & Mend Dates 13th May (possibility hall is busy this weekend- if so, go for 6th), 10th June, 8th July. ACTION: JB to book the Unitarian Hall.

  1. Any other Business

Spadge suggested GF look into funding an electrical recycling bank in the town now that the Furniture Project has ceased and there isn’t anywhere to recycle such items locally. He will look into costs of emptying it and possible locations. Core group very keen on the idea as it would make it easier for people to recycle items that might otherwise go to landfill. It seems an appropriate way of spending our funds donated at Swap & Mend recycling events. Discussed providing other recycling banks such as batteries and hard plastics which lead to the idea of a new community recycling centre being mooted, especially with Fram’s increasing population. Spadge will raise this with the Town Council.

Meeting closed 9pm.

Core Group Meeting

7.30pm 10th November 2016

FAYAP Centre


  1. Present   Jackie Barrow, Spadge Hopkins, Deborah Bea, Rachel Marten, John Marten, Lydia Kirk

Apologies           Caroline Hopkins

    1. Treasurer’s Report We currently hold £1,025.59 including this month’s hall hire. Thanks to Gavin Harold for his extra effort with our accounts and for creating a balance sheet and profit and loss report. Agreed that Deborah would buy him some wine from GF. Deborah has contacted the bank about changing the cheque signatories. Jackie and Spadge to be added, Suzanne and David to be removed.
  • Future Activities

Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP). The aim of this project is to envision your town in the future, in a post-oil age. One way of predicting this, is to look back 50+ years to when the town was not oil dependent, and see how differently things ran then. Perhaps this could be developed by talking to older residents in the town and then producing large info boards on our findings. Questions were asked on how we would engage the public with the plan, and whether people would listen or care. Suggestions that we should be cautious- if our ideas or visions for the future are too extreme we may scare members of the public off or simply be ignored.

Speakers Possibly have evening events for the public with key speakers on different topics each month. This lead to the idea of having a more informal ‘Electricity Saving Meeting’ where people could bring their electricity bills and discuss and compare usage, providers, tariffs etc. They could also share energy saving tips. Hopefully the idea of saving money would encourage people to attend. Jackie to approach East Green Energy and see if they would be interested in attending.

Nosey Sundays The idea being we take it in turns to go around people’s homes and gardens and see which eco-devices they use and what measures they are taking to be that bit ‘greener’. John will ask Bruisyard Hall if we could go on a tour of their woodchip boiler and woodland next year, and possibly to Bruisyard Village Hall too with its anti-flood preventions. Spadge suggested that other than this and Jackie’s, there may not be many homes to visit, but we could turn it into an info-sharing session where people bring photos in of what they are doing in and discuss.

Plastic Challenge- a little like the 30-30 food challenge, although it is to try and reduce your dependency on plastics or buy your weekly shopping with no plastics. Spadge also suggested we should approach the Co-Op about reducing their excessive packaging.

Other Ideas

Film Nights– Perhaps showing 2 short films an evening. It was suggested a heavy film such as ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ could then be followed by a more uplifting, inspirational film to leave people feeling more positively. Possibly also show a film on the 1953 flooding.

An Electricity Free Morning Deborah says her Fellowship has done something similar to this. It could be aimed at children to show them how much we rely on electricity. Could use candles for lighting and think up more traditional electricity-free activities.

  • Swap & Mend 
  1. Name: Spadge thinks the name ‘Swap & Mend’ is misleading because some people think they have to bring something to swap to be allowed to enter. Lydia is not keen on using the name ‘Freecycle’ because that is more about simply taking an item off someone, and she feels our Saturday events encompass much more than simply Feecycling. Lydia made some suggestions for new names including:
  • Fram Freebies                      – Fram Fixing & Freebies    – Regenerate
  • Give, Take, Fix                      – Give & Take                        – Fram Free Exchange
  • Give It, Take It, Fix It – Tit for Tat                             – Fix & Re-Home
  • Fram Free Trade
  • Lydia pointed out that she is cautious over using a name with ‘free’ in it as we have our hall hire costs, insurance etc to pay and if people think everything is free they may not feel obliged to bring either unwanted items or donate money, and they may feel that they are doing us a favour simply by taking items.

It was agreed to put alternative names to other core group members and then to the public via our mailing list and Swap & Mend, and possibly Facebook, and see which option is more popular. The core group could then discuss again in the New Year and make the final decision.

Lydia suggested having a Facebook page for Swap & Mend (or whatever the event’s new name will be!) Here people could give items away in between Swap & Mend events in a smaller and more closed environment than the Framlingham Freecycle page on Facebook. By making it closed, we could exchange goods more safely and with preference to others who also swap, rather than on Freecycle where there are some people who simply want to take items. It could possibly run under the LETS scheme where people ‘buy’ things using their credit. The page could advertise bigger goods and help to address the gap left by the closure of The Furniture Project. We could also advertise and arrange collection/delivery for people who do not have access to the internet/Facebook or who are worried about giving out their home address to strangers. Lydia is happy to run it, Spadge is happy to do some collections and Rachel is happy to be an admin. By running the GF Facebook page people storing items in between Swap & Mend’s could re-home bulkier or larger bits to save storing and taking items to the Unitarian again, and maximise the amount of unwanted stuff we are rehoming. It could also advertise upcoming GF events and news.

Spadge will print off some colour Swap & Mend posters and flyers for Jackie. Jackie has kindly agreed to pay for colour photocopies of our flyers. Spadge suggests she tries this for a month and see how it goes.

Dates Agreed to try and stick to the 2nd Saturday of each month where possible. Next Swap dates: 26th November, 14th January, 11th February, 11th March and 8th April.

Any other Business

Jackie, Deborah & Rachel cannot make the next Swap & Mend. Tracey has agreed to cover the refreshments for Deborah and we will encourage her to join our core group.

Salvaging Jumble Sale Goods

Lydia suggested we contact local fetes, jumble sales, Christmas Fairs etc and say we are happy to take unsold goods that they cannot use purposefully elsewhere (such as charity shops) to help keep more goods out of landfill. She has 2 boot loads of salvaged goods after Parham’s recent jumble sale to bring to our next Swap & Mend. Jackie to ask Santana to have this mentioned in the next edition of Fram Fare, when advertising our future Swap & Mend dates. This should be advertised on our website too. GF members could offer to take extra goods at local sales if practical. LK happy to store in caravan. This is something positive GF can do to reduce waste relatively easily and extend our Swap & Mends.

Food Bank Spadge suggested GF runs a very informal Food Bank which would be free for all to use, at all times and with no eligibility criteria. It was suggested to approach Matt Smith about locating it on the front lawn of the Unitarian Church grounds, near their notice board so it can be accessed easily, and relatively inconspicuously, by all. Concerns that it may be vandalised, but we could simply repair and try again, knowing that we were helping people out. John and Spadge happy to build a display cabinet for food to be stored in. Suggested it is on display at next Swap & Mend’s to introduce idea to people. GF members would undertake to oversee it and chuck out spoiled goods etc.

  • Social Media Update. Santana not at the meeting but we cannot find a new GF page on Facebook at the moment. If she would rather not start/run the page, other members of the group are happy do it. The page needs to have at least 2 core group members as admin for continuity.

Meeting closed 9pm.

Draft Minutes – Greener Fram – Annual General Meeting

Saturday 15th October 2016

Held at Fayap Centre, Framlingham

  1. Welcome – The meeting was opened by the Chair, David Greenacre.
  2. Apologies – Apologies for absence were received from Lydia Kirk, Suzanne Bartlett, Anita Beamish, Jean Clarkson, Deborah Bea, Judy Powell, Ian Lea, Angela Hatt
  3. Minutes of the last AGM, October 2015 – These had been circulated by email and hard copies were available at the meeting. They were accepted as an accurate record of proceedings.
  4. Matters Arising –

Swap & Mend: there had been 8 events over the past year (see later agenda item)Community Garden: this is going well (see later agenda item)30/30 Food Challenge: this didn’t happen as a GF event.Walking Bus: the primary school was supportive but local parents were not interested. However Mrs Lockyer, who sits on the Town Council’s Roads sub-committee said she would like to put the idea to the Council, particularly in view of the large amount of new housing in the town.Land behind the Unitarian Meeting Hall: the hall’s trustees did not accept GF’s proposal.Lending Shed: this will not work as a GF initiative due to the unavailability of insurance. However Spadge is happy to do this in his capacity as a private individual via LETS.LETS: see later agenda item. Secretary: Suzanne has continued as secretary since the last AGM despite having resigned. Last year’s aims: we wanted to increase membership, particularly among younger people. We now have over 300 email supporters, and a handful of young people have helped out at Swap & Mend. We also wanted to develop and expand, and now have a LETS group and a small Suma Wholefood buying group.

  1. Annual Financial Statement- Copies of the accounts and auditor’s statement were circulated before the meeting and hard copies were available. Our main income is through donations at Swap & Mend. These cover expenses on insurance, hall hire, website and new initiatives.
  2. Reports – Chair’s Report – David Greenacre. Hard copies were available at the meeting. In summary, GF began in 2008 with the aim of raising awareness and taking action on climate change. Our focus has expanded to include global resource depletion. GF is now part of the Transition Network. We have also won 3 Greenest County Awards. We have consolidated Swap & Mends as a (mainly) monthly event with 100-150 visitors each time. A LETS group has been set up. We supported Screen Free Week through the primary school. A sub-group continues to run the Community Garden and we have updated our website, with over 11,000 visitors in the past year. Community Garden Report – Jem Seeley. The garden has now been running for 5 growing seasons. Having begun with around 30 volunteers, there are now around 20 committed gardeners. They meet every 3rd Sunday morning, with Framlingham College providing refreshments. It is a good social event, as well as a productive one. Swap & Mend Report – Spadge Hopkins. Spadge suggested a change of name to Freecycle as this is more clearly understood by the public. Other core group members are against the idea. Some discussion ensued, including the need to have a transition period. ‘Swap & Mend Freecycle’ was suggested. The core group will decide on this at a later date. We will continue to have this as a monthly event, usually the second Saturday, but allowing for flexibility. LETS Report – Jackie Barrow . The scheme was set up in February 2016 and now has 20-30 members offering an interesting range of goods and services. The website is gradually evolving and members are able to record transactions and update their accounts. The first 2 trades have happened in the past month. Suma – Jackie Barrow . The Suma wholefood buying group was set up earlier this year. Although currently only 3 or 4 members shop this way, we manage to get together a good-sized order every couple of months.
  3. Resignations – David Greenacre resigned as Chair and also from the core group,
  4. Election of officers

Chair: Jackie Barrow – proposed by Spadge, seconded by David, carried unanimously

Minutes Secretary: Lydia Kirk – proposed by David, seconded by Spadge, carried unanimously

Email and Social Media: Santana – proposed by Caroline, seconded by David, carried unanimously

Social Arts Secretary: it was decided to support outside events, rather than have our own.

Promotions & Advertising: Jackie will take on printing and some distribution of Swap and Mend leaflets. Rachel to assist with distribution.

Treasurer: Deborah is willing to continue in this role. Proposed by Spadge, seconded by Caroline, carried unanimously.

Community Garden Rep: Jem Seeley to continue. Proposed by Matthew, seconded by Caroline, carried unanimously

Swap & Mend Co-ordinator: Spadge will continue with this.

Website: Nigel Bell, Ian Lea and David Greenacre to continue

Annual Charity Christmas Tree: Caroline

Schools Rep: Caroline

  1. Core Group – In addition to the Chair, Treasurer and Minutes Secretary, at least a further 5 members are required to form the core group. Elected were: Caroline, Spadge, Jem, Santana, John, Rachel
  2. Any Other Business

Revision of constitution: David read out the amended version, which was agreed by the meeting.

Spending Limits: it was agreed that the treasurer could spend up to £50 without prior approval or the need for 2 signatures on a cheque. However subsequently it was discovered that the bank always requires 2 signatures. Core group to clarify the objective here.

Outside speakers: it was agreed that we would aim to get outside speakers, particularly on energy efficiency, to public meetings.

Mini-food bank: Spadge raised the idea of a mini-food bank in town, where people can take and give at will.

Social event: Vince and Santana proposed a music night/social.

Promoting safe cycle routes: this is a town council initiative which is under discussion. ‘Quiet Lanes’ have been mooted by the town council but are not popular.

Furniture Project: the local store is now closed as there was little demand due to Freecycle and Facebook groups filling the need.

Primary School Wildlife Area: Caroline has a grant of £150 for bird feeders etc. Spadge will make some. Discussion of a green wall, with possible help from Santana (via Ecophysical) and Vince.

Future Swap & Mends: 26th November, 14th January 2017.