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We're looking for a manager!

This is an exciting time for us as we establish our new workshop and launch income-generating projects transforming waste materials such as single use plastic into useful products for the community. We want to appoint a manager who can take a lead in working with the Board, managing our two part-time staff, helping us develop our income generating projects and taking on new projects and staff as funds allow. We also need you to ensure our continued engagement with the communities of Nairn. This role is likely to appeal to those with experience of managing staff in a small organisation,…

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Farewell to Kirsty

Kirsty is leaving us. We said farewell on Sunday at the Christmas Gaithering. Kirsty was with us for two and a half years and saw us through very rapid growth from a small, volunteer group to the charity employing two other staff that we have become now. She did fantastic work growing the activities we run and building a great volunteer base. More recently she helped us to the point of launching our plastic repurposing enterprise at our Balmakeith workshop. She leaves us in good shape and we wish her all the best for the future.

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Want to join the Board?

We’re always looking for people to join the Board. This is a specially exciting point in our development and right now we’d love it if individuals with management and management committeee experience were to join and add their skills to those the Board already has. Although it’d be great if you were already involved with us, or had a general interest in the environment and our town’s development, we’re specially keen to recruit a new treasurer and a company secretary. So you don’t have to be a member to be considered. Take a look at this description of what’s involved…

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Tradespark woods litter pick

A fantastic turn out last Sunday for the Tradespark woods litter pick. Around 50 people took part and collected in the region of 40 bags of waste. There were lots of drinks cans and bottles as well as buckets, a pitch fork, a solitary wellie and a Prestos bag. How long has it been since there was a Prestos in Nairn? Well done everyone!

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That went well!

The orchard’s looking great just now though the blossom’s fading. Fortune smiled on us last Sunday when the rain passed and the sun came out. Around 50 or 60 people came along with their picnics to enjoy the craiq, games and even some impromptu music. Here’s to the next time…

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Nairn River Enterprise and Green Hive

Our legal name is Nairn River Enterprise. We operate as “Green Hive”. This summarises our aims – to do all we can to promote our environment, protect and improve our green spaces, focusing on action, learning and community connections. Our guiding principles are Community ledNot for personal profitAction orientatedEnvironmentally sustainable To create Pride in NairnSustainable economic developmentJobs and volunteering opportunitiesLearning and development opportunities Since our formation Green Hive has launched a number of environmental volunteering projects – more than 25 events in the 9 months to April 2018. Through our SEPA-registered community leaf mulching project, Nairn Viewfield community orchard, litter…

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Charity

We’ve just achieved charitable status. You’ll be able to find out about our governance and financial performance through OSCR, the charity regulator’s website. Whilst this strengthens our governance and reinforces our obligation to deliver benefit for the community, it also opens a door to a broader range of sources of funding for our projects.

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Don't shop, swap!

Clothes swap party! At 7pm this Thursday evening, bring the things at the back of your wardrobe that you no longer want but are in a good condition, swap them for something new and update your wardrobe for free! Any clothes, women’s, men’s and children’s, and accessories welcome. Items not swapped will be donated to local charity shops.

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Bumble Bags – Bag making workshops

  We’re now holding fortnightly workshops, learning to make the Bumble Bags we posted about back in July. The free workshops are something of an exploration, testing out the ideal style which is easiest to make, sourcing materials, learning how to use the machines and so on. All skills are welcome whether novice or expert. We’re grateful to have both already, learning the 100 year old machines we’ve got, passing on their store of expertise and all having a good time too. In the long run we’d like to help reduce the use of plastic bags in Nairn by offering…

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Programme of events at our hub space

Gradually we are making more and more use of our space at Links Studios. Hopefully our fellow tenants are getting used to us! We’ve launched a programme of events there which everyone is welcome to attend – and you can drop by when we’re open. Currently, we plan to be open on Fridays from 10 ’til 1 and then 2 until 4. Give us a call on 07453 912697 when you’re coming down. Back in July we had a coffee and cake afternoon, well attended by a chattering bunch who came up with a load of ideas for future activities…