We believe that it is important to bring people together to connect and have fun. We also want to encourage people to reflect, learn and make changes in their own lives and the engage with our lovely green spaces.
SinCH runs two regular monthly social events – a plastic-free shopping/recycling coffee morning and an evening Green Drinks social.
We also organise occasional activities such as our Green Walks, talks and films and our AGM.
Plastic Free Shopping & Recycling coffee mornings
We run a community event at the Lamb and Flag, Little Haywood on the third Wednesday of the month between 10.30am and 12.00pm. Please come along for a chat and for drinks, etc:
- Enjoy drinks and cakes.
- Buy plastic free goods and local crafts.
- Bring your difficult to recycle items (see list of items taken here).
- Swap information about how to reuse, repair and upcycle.
- Find local plants and vegetables in season.
- Bring plants and seeds to swap.
For more information about the event please download the details here.
We have introduced a “hot spot” at each event for a quick 15 minute update on an aspect of Sustainable Living.
- Wed 18th Jan 2023– Vintage Clothing.
- Wed 15th February – Top tips for Energy Saving. (See blogpost)
- Wed 15th March – No dig gardening.
- Wed 19th April – Tackling Food Waste – Inspiration for Cooking Leftovers.
Evening Social Events
A monthly Green Drinks social evening takes place at the Sports and Social club in Great Haywood on the 1st Tuesday of the month between 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.
This is a great chance to meet people from the community for a social discussion, ask questions, share ideas and do hands on practical activities. We normally have a speaker to help us along the way. These are informal, non-political meetings that involve people of all ages so please join us.
Our 2023 Timetable
7th February – A showing of the film ‘Ancient Future’ – helping to illustrate a ‘saner’ way of life by the Ladak people of northern India.
7th March- A talk on the Joy of Flowers by Swansmoor Farm – growing flowers locally.
4th April – Launch of SinCH’s new Carbon Footprint web pages. Key messages and how to reduce your personal footprint.
9th May – A special evening Guided Walk for SinCH members through Shugborough. Hosted by Head Gardener Caroline Beacall who will guide us through through their work for No Mow May.
To see more info about the previous events please see here.
As ideas for other projects emerged a larger organising group was formed in 2020 which became our 6 person Steering Group. Since then we have changed our name to Sustainability in Colwich & the Haywoods (SinCH) to reflect the wider scope of our eco projects.
We have since set up new projects: Green Fingers, an Eco Directory and Green Walks.
In March 2022 the Parish Council has asked SinCH to advise the on Sustainability in general and to help deliver the local Green Infrastructure plan.
In April 2022 we launched our new website, which will be a platform to share information.
In 2023 we will continue to develop our work and raise our profile in the community.
SinCH’s Open Evening and AGM
SinCH is a community-based association and functions as a network of individuals who support the group’s objectives. Our ethos is one of openness, inclusive co-operation and discussion. Every year we hold an AGM to report back on what we have been doing, to discuss what we might do in the future as well as being transparent about how we raise money and what we spend it on. The event may also have a speaker on a relevant topic.
Our 2021 event, held at the Ingestre Orangery, was very enjoyable and successful evening at which we reflected on the Journey So far and action planning for 2022. At our 2022 AGM our Guest speaker PK Whalen of Sustainable Uttoxeter Project gave a talk on ‘Uttoxeter – Net Zero Carbon by 2030’.