Good Gym to help out with South Bank Street Re:Cycle

The good folk at Good Gym York will be helping out with the Street Re:Cycle event on 17 September. The group, which combines running with doing all sorts of good deeds for the community and individuals, will be on hand to carry items for people and other errands involved with the event.

They will be stationed at Cherry Tree Corner at the junction between Scarcroft Road and Bishopthorpe Road from 12.00 noon – 3.00pm. If you would like help on the day (between those times) call Good Gym on 07473 933335.

Get the full details of the South Bank Street Re:Cycle event here.

Good GymSome of the Good Gym team, pictured here tidying the Planet South Bank community garden at St Clements Church for our recent Open Garden event

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Sort out your stuff for the great South Bank Street Re:Cycle!

20160918_102613009_iOS (2)Mark your calendar now for the Planet South Bank Street Re: Cycle, which returns again on Sunday 17 September (11.00am-3.00pm)

Now in its fourth year of running, the annual recycling event is a brilliant way of getting rid of stuff you no longer want – and getting stuff from other people that they don’t want, but you do!

It’s also a fantastic way to meet the neighbours and other local people and spend time getting to know them better, which is the lifeblood of community.

The way it works is easy:

  1.  Start sorting out your unwanted possessions now, and keep them safe ready for the big day. If you’ve got a shed, garage, bedroom or cupboard to clear out, now’s the time to do it!
  2. Contact us at by 10 September to let us know you are taking part, and we will include you on the map of participating households. This will be made available on our website, on our Facebook page and in shops in the South Bank area of York. (You don’t need to be on the map to take part, but it helps people to find you if you are.)
  3. Tell your friends and neighbours about the event and encourage them to do the same – the more folk take part, the more fun it is.
  4. On 17 September: set out your stuff by 11.00am on your front lawn or in your front yard (please don’t put create obstructions/trip hazards on the pavement) and be ready to engage with passers by.
    NB: We are trying to find a solution for people living in terraced properties that open on to the street – if there is sufficient interest, we will look at hiring a shared space, so do tell us if you would like to do this.
  5. Remember the objective is to rehome useful stuff and prevent items going to landfill, which boosts the circular economy, keeping materials in the system rather than making/buying new.  But it’s also about being friendly and helping each other out and making new connections. Have a jar for coins: people are mostly happy to give away their unwanted items but if people offer to pay you, it’s nice to collect for a local charity.
  6. If you don’t get rid of everything,  clean up and take the things you didn’t rehome to a charity shop or recycle them. Or …
  7. If they need mending, hang on to them again for our next Repair Café on Saturday 21 October at Clements Hall (10.00am-1.00pm) – details to follow soon!

This lady was going to take these juggling balls to children in Africa.


There are all sorts of unexpected finds to be had …


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Sew easy: clothes mending workshop, 14 June 2017

Following on from our successful Repair Café, the next Planet South Bank repair-themed event will be a skills workshop teaching basic clothes mending.

In these days of “disposable fashion”, clothes all too often get thrown out or replaced when they still have plenty of wear left with a simple mend.

If you want to know how to darn a sock, mend holes in trouser pockets, patch jeans, sew on buttons, secure a hem or do simple sewing, come to our workshop at the Art Room at Clements Hall on Wednesday 14 June 7.00-9.00pm.

Please bring with your one or more items that you would like to learn how to mend and our instructors Deborah New and Hermione Crowe will help to get you started as well as giving  demonstrations and sharing their knowledge.

The workshop costs £5 and includes refreshments. Numbers are limited; if you would like to attend please email



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Visitors flock to York’s first Repair Café

Almost 100 people visited York’s first Repair Café and more than 60 items were mended at the event held by Planet South Bank at Clements Hall on Sunday 23 April.

The repair café, which had ‘stations’ fixing small appliances, electronics, furniture, textiles and clothing, jewellery and bikes, was run by 26 volunteers from the local community and offered repairs free of charge for items that could be fixed.

The three-hour event saw a steady stream of visitors, who enjoyed homemade and donated cakes while they waited for their turn to see the repairers.


Items that were brought included lamps, CD players, kettles, clocks, chairs, speakers, bikes, sweaters, blankets, necklaces and earrings. Among the more challenging items for the repair team were a headless doll, a lawnmower and a laptop, but only six items proved completely unfixable.

Response to the repair café was overwhelmingly positive, with visitors praising the hard-working repairers and friendly service.

“ Brilliant – I got three much-loved items repaired”, “without your help my pushchair would have been landfill”, “wonderful fixers and helpers” and “nothing is a lost cause” were some of the comments received in feedback, while the main complaint was that the event was not already weekly.

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“One lady retrieved two lamps that she had actually thrown in the trash, cleaned them off and brought them to us and was thrilled to bits that she got them both fixed,” said organiser Kate Lock.

“We also fixed a child’s bike that had been found in a skip. It is really satisfying to know that we’ve saved things from being chucked away and given them a new lease of life.”

Councillor Andrew Waller, City of York Council Executive Member for the Environment, attended the event, bringing along a tie signed by Jon Snow for a spot repair.

“It’s been a really great buzz. Opportunities like this are a really good way to try and get us away from the disposable, throwaway society,” he said.

“I think people are more aware of the problems caused by landfill and sending stuff away, so the more that we can get used to bringing things in to repair, getting more life out of them, then the more money we’ll save in the long run.

“It’s been a really good trial and from what I’ve seen today there’s certainly been a lot of demand for it.”

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Planet Southbank received funding to run the repair cafe and other waste-themed events from York Community Recycling Fund and Kate Lock hopes that Sunday’s successful pilot will inspire other groups to put on similar events in other parts of York.

“We’ve shown it’s doable, and viable and there’s a clear need for it and interest in it. I think we will do another one – the proceeds from the café can seed the next event. I can also see the potential for building up the repair crew we’ve established and sending them out to venues in other parts of the city, if groups and venues are willing to host.

“We are certainly happy to share our learning. We joined the international Repair Café Foundation and there’s a lot of help out there to do these things. It’s already very big in The Netherlands, where it started, and it seems to be growing all over the world, including in the UK.”

Kate and the Planet Southbank team were supported by members of Glass Half Full, another voluntary group, as well as local businesses, tradespeople, makers, menders, hobbyists and professionals.

“There’s been fantastic support across the board, from donations of cakes from local cafes and shops to skilled tradesmen giving their time voluntarily.

“One of the best things has been the range of people that have been involved or come along, and the fantastic conversations and connections we’ve made.

“That’s what community spirit is all about and I think we discovered there’s a lot of it around today.”

If you would like to volunteer for a future York Repair Café, email:


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One Planet York: A liveable city

News of One Planet York’s annual gathering, Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Copied from their information:

This year’s theme is One Planet York: A liveable city and our keynote speaker, Oberbürgermeister(Mayor) Markus Lewe from York’s twin city of Münster, Germany is confirmed.  In 2004, Münster was voted the most liveable city in the world.

We are proud to be part of June’s York Festival of Ideas – the largest free festival in the UK.  Venue is the spectacular Ron Cooke Hub, University of York.   FREE early booking is advised (booking link on invite).

The invite includes an outline programme PLUS a call out to OPY partner organisations and businesses to be part in the associated One Planet York Expo’ – a unique opportunity to showcase your organisation’s commitments, actions and plans towards a more sustainable, resilient and collaborative ‘One Planet’ future.

If you’re working to deliver a vibrant local economy, stronger communities or a more sustainable way of life we’d love to hear from you. Last year 29 local organisations and businesses showcased their work and feedback was excellent.   You’ll find the Expo’ coordinator contact details in the invite.

One Planet York is currently seeking event sponsors.  Contact Paul McCabe using the contact details below.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Paul McCabe | One Planet York

01904 554527 |

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Recruits sign up for Repair Cafe

We’ve had a great response to our call for volunteers for our first Repair Café on 23  April at Clements Hall in York.

We’ve had offers of help from bike repairers, handymen, jewellery menders and people who work with textiles, as well as a couple of volunteers that do electronics, so it’s looking as if we’ll be able to tackle most things. However, if you’ve got suitable skills – it would still be good to have another general repairer – please get in contact.

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What we’d also really like is people to bake cakes and cookies for the café (this will help bring in revenue if we want to do another Repair Café) and help out in the kitchen, clearing up or doing other duties. So whether your preference is for tray bakes or tea-making, all support is appreciated.

Planet South Bank has signed up to the Repair Café network to deliver this and future events. The movement began in the Netherlands but it’s popular all over the world now, and places in the UK have started doing them, too. Check out the Malvern Hills Repair Cafe to see how successful they’ve been – could we achieve this in York? (It’s got a great video about it, too.)

Kate Lock from Planet South Bank (and Glass Half Full) will be talking about the York Repair Cafe at the One Planet York Mingle on Wednesday 12 April at The Winning Post on Bishopthorpe Road. Come along and find out more – not just about our event but lots of other waste-themed activities happening across the city.

Please share our flyer for the repair cafe event and get in contact via if you’d like to be involved.

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Like mending stuff? Join the Repair Cafe team! And save the date! Sunday 23 April 2017

Volunteers needed to help fix items for our first repair café, on Sunday 23 April at Clements Hall, York.

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Can you help mend furniture, household items, electronic goods, textiles, bikes, toys, jewellery, accessories or electrical gadgets?

We are looking for handy helpers to join our team of experienced fixers for a repair café. Repair cafes are already big in the Netherlands and now community groups like Planet South Bank are starting them in the UK.

How do they work? People bring their broken stuff and volunteers mend them. It prevents waste, brings trusty items back into use, you pick up tips – and we all get to know each other, drink tea and eat cake!

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If you can help out – or if you have stuff that needs fixing – email by 17 April, message us on our Facebook page or leave your details with Martin or Dan at Pextons on Bishopthorpe Road.

Don’t forget to say what skills/experience you have, whether you have tools, or what it is you need mending.

Items must be legal, safe and suitable for all ages, no electricals or livestock – and be nice! If you don’t get rid of all it, remember to donate suitable items to local charity shops or recycle afterwards.

Funded by York Community Recycling Fund.




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