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Staveley Festive Freegle hailed a success

Andy Vickers (SLDC), Katharine Smith (Cumbria County Council) and Louise Belcher (Kendal Freegle)

[K]endal Freegle, in conjunction with Cumbria County Council and South Lakes District Council, held another popular free ‘Give and Take’ event at Staveley Village Institute on Saturday 25th November, this time themed as a ‘Festive Freegle’.

The idea of the ‘Festive Freegle’ was for people to bring along their unwanted things, particularly Christmas items, to give away for Free (and save them from being thrown in the bin). They could then have a browse through the items brought along by others and take away whatever they could make use of for free. It was a bit like a free jumble sale.

There were lots of Christmas decorations, lights, tinsel and baubles as well items suitable for presents, such as books, games, DVDs and toys.

Amongst the other donated items were things like kitchenware, clothing, shoes and accessories.

There was also a donation point for the local Food Bank and the Staveley Big Onion Community Stall had a stall selling handmade crafts all made within 30 miles of the village.

Refreshments were available at the WI Coffee Morning in the Village Hall next door with delicious mince pies and cakes and it was a great opportunity for Freeglers to get together, have a natter and do something worthwhile.

Event organiser Katharine Smith, Waste Prevention Officer for Cumbria County Council said: “We’ve had a very successful morning, it’s great to see so many Christmas things being given a new lease of life”.

The Festive Freegle was a Staveley Waste Less Project supported by the local WI, Parish

Council, SLDC, CCC and Kendal Freegle re-use group.

Kendal Freegle Moderator Louise Belcher said: “This event was busier than ever, there must have been more than 100 people coming through the doors and nobody seemed to leave empty handed.”

Kendal Freegle now has over 4000 members from across the district and is growing quickly. You can join the group at – it’s easy to join and free to use.

Kendal Freegle is one of over 400 groups across the UK with a total membership of around 2.8 million.

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