Vincent Neighbourhood Soup – Boomerang Bags Foyer Oxford

Boomerang Bags Foyer Oxford photo

Bronwyn’s Boomerang Bags @ Foyer Oxford was voted to receive funding at the inaugural Vincent Neighbourhood Soup in 2017.

Bronwyn pitching Boomerang Bags Foyer Oxford at Vincent Neighbourhood Soup 2017
Bronwyn pitching Boomerang Bags Foyer Oxford

She shares her project’s progress below.

Boomerang Bags is going well.

We have made approximately 100 bags. This may seem like not many but all of the people making bags hadn’t touched a sewing machine before so it has been a big learning curve.

With the bags we were able to put up a string of bags for Light Up Leederville to help promote boomerang bags. We also have a stand in Foyer Oxford with bags for residents/staff/volunteers to take when heading to IGA to grocery shop. Foyer can have up to 95 people living within the building plus all staff throughout the day so I would average about 150 minimum people having access to the bags per day.

We have had a few obstacles to overcome, the biggest one is the reliability of our boomerang bag team. It has been very hit and miss on whether residents come to the sewing bees. The other challenge we have had is the time it takes to complete a bag. Because of this we have decided to keep the bags within Foyer currently as we would not be able to maintain upkeep if opening it to the general public.

One of the successes I did not anticipate was the conversations engaged in during the sewing bees. There have been in-depth discussions on how to create less waste, become plastic free and the importance of getting rid of plastic bags.

We actually still have a good portion of the funds for on-going needs for Boomerang bags. We have used the funds to buy an overlocker, calico for the logo for boomerang bags, a screen printer and paint and the hat stand for their display.

Transition Town Vincent is proud to have helped fund the Boomerang Bags @ Foyer Oxford project.

If you have a project or an idea to improve the City of Vincent community, Vincent Neighbourhood Soup 2018 will be on Tuesday 31st July.

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Community Composting Station

Do you want to compost your kitchen scraps but don’t have the time, equipment, skills or inclination to do it yourself?

Maybe you’d like to do your bit for the environment and remove the organics from your bin that is destined for landfill (in landfill, the organics break down to methane gas, which is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions).

The Community Compost Station has been set up to take local kitchen scraps and turn them into compost.

A sign in the foreground, dome holding bin in mid-ground and a storage shed in the background.

It is run by volunteers from Transition Town Vincent, with full support from the City of Vincent.

The Community Compost Station (located beside the Floreat Athena Football Club at Britannia Park) is open to accept your kitchen scraps in 3 easy steps:

  1. Save up your kitchen scraps (hint: keep them in a container in the fridge so they don’t get smelly).
  2. When your container is full, drop your scraps to the Compost Station (while you’re there, turn the compost tumblers to help keep the composting waste aerated – this aids the composting process)
  3. Join our Facebook Group, and we will let you know when a batch of compost is ready (so you can come and help yourself to this wonderful free garden resource).

Handful of compost

Movie nights – now at the Paddington Ale House

TTV held our first movie night at the Paddington Alehouse on Monday 13 November 2017 and, in my opinion, it was a success.

89 people registered and it looks like the 60 people who attended enjoyed the movie.

The main reasons for the venue change are:

  • Less setup effort required, which makes running these nights more sustainable for organisers,
  • Better sound, and
  • We had outgrown the seating capacity in the Foyer Oxford room.

There are also the side benefits of people being able to enjoy a meal and/or drink plus we get to support a local business.

We would like to thank Neil for hosting the movie nights, Joe for setting up the room and the City of Vincent for financial support in the purchase of the movies.

Our heartfelt thanks also go to Foyer Oxford for allowing the use of their room for previous movie nights.

Finally, thanks to you for coming along to watch the movies.  We hope it helps you with your effort to tread lighter on the earth.

Get your free ticket to the next movie night!