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 to 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 activities such as Green Walks, talks and films and our AGM.
Finally, our members are active in helping improve biodiversity through the Parish Council’s Help Nature Thrive campaign.
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.
- Wed 17 May – The work of the Colwich In Bloom Group
- Wed 21 June – Chase Young Farmers will be talking about new sustainable farming practices.
- Wed 19 July – How to best to repair clothes.
- Sorry, no coffee morning in August.
- Wed 20 Sept – How to safely recycle your IT equipment locally
- Wed 18 Oct – Need a Domestic Energy Assessment?
- Wed 15 Nov – Locally made soap supporting animal charities
- Wed 20 Dec – Xmas themed event
Green Drinks and Walks
Regular Evening Social Events and occasional nature-themed walks
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.
Under Covid restrictions we were unable to meet indoors so we started socially-distanced Green Walks walks outside and these proved so popular that we have kept developing these.
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 who will guide us through through their work for No Mow May.
6th June – A presentation on the Parish Council’s Space for Nature campaign and how you can get involved in giving nature a helping hand.
27th June – A special guided evening walk at Mottey Meadows near Wheaton Aston led by the Ranger.
4th July – All About Barn Owls presentation by the Staffordshire Barn Owl Conservation Group.
20th August – A Bee Safari led by local expert Ron.
5th Sept – Gardening for Wildlife – Shugborough National Trust gardener Lizzie.
Please NB There will be no Green Drinks evenings in Oct and Nov but we have alternative activities instead:
11th Oct – the SinCH AGM (for details please see here).
Sunday 12th Nov – A Green Walk through the ancient trees of Brocton Coppice led by a local entomologist.
Tues 5th Dec – A Festive Social (back at the Sports & Social Club as usual).
To see more info about the previous events please see here.
Help Nature Thrive
In March 2022 the Parish Council has asked SinCH to advise them on Sustainability in general and to help make their Green Infrastructure Plan happen.
This work has now developed into a local Help Nature Thrive campaign. For more details on this and how you can get involved please click here.
SinCH’s Open Evening and AGM – Wed 11 October 2023
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 2023 AGM will take place on 11 October – for more details please see here.