VISITORS to the Brunton Rally and Traction Engine Show on Sunday, October 21 will have a unique opportunity to visit a stall which is giving away everything free of charge.
Local Freegle groups, which were set up to give things away rather than send them to landfill, are holding a ‘bring and take’ stall to publicise local community recycling schemes.
Over the past few years, members of Seahouses and Alnwick, Cramlington and Morpeth Freegle’s have given away vacuum cleaners, cookers, TVs, beds and children’s clothes. Some of the stranger offers were a Braille machine, a model aircraft radio control outfit, a nebuliser and a plasma ball. All went to new homes.
Freegle was started in 2009 and already there are over 300 groups in the UK. All Freegle groups are run by volunteers and provide an internet site where members can list “offers of items’ or ‘wants for items’. Members receive an email message every time something is added or a longer ‘Daily Digest’ of all new messages once or twice a day. Once an offer has been made to a successful applicant it is up to that member to collect the item as soon as possible and at a time to suit the giver.
The organisers of Brunton Rally kindly offered a table in the marquee to publicise the scheme. The hundreds attending the long running family day out will be able to take away a whole range of useful items gifted by local Freegle members who have used the event as an excuse to clear out cupboards and drawers. In addition there will be several ‘Super Offers’. Interested people will be able to leave their name and phone number for the latter and the lucky winners will be picked out of a hat at the end of the day and have to collect the goods straight away.
One of the organisers said: “We all have things which we feel guilty throwing away, but don’t know anyone else who could use them. Groups like Freegle widen your circle of contacts and help the community as well as the giver. It’s amazing what people have to give away and what is wanted. The organisers of Brunton Rally have given us a great opportunity to let others find out about the scheme.”