Still Freegling On... From the independent FreeSpOut team; sending news from the world of Freegle to Group Owners, moderators and friends of Freegle.
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CONTENTS: News from the Groups Freegle Café, Help for Mods; Facebook users Freegle Chat
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Well done Stevenage & Letchworth Freegle! After winning the Stevenage So Green award in 2010, Stevenage Freegle were nominated by Herts County for a Green Award. There are three awards Bronze, Silver and Gold. Freegle have won one, but won't know which until the award is presented at the House of Commons on the 14th November. Part of the letter reads: The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country's major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice. Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. We are really excited at having won this award, it makes all the hard work we all put into our groups really worthwhile. Sheila & Hazel Stevenage & Letchworth Freegle
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110 of our groups are now on Facebook and 88 are on Twitter as well as Yahoo.
Currently we have 312 groups* from Cornwall to Orkney, and a total membership of 1,224,443 *including our newest one of Rickmansworth (18th August)
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From the groups...
News from the Structure Group
A bank account is to be opened in Freegle‟s name and an Auditor will shortly be appointed. At the moment a role description is being drawn up. There will be more discussion on affiliation before the AGM, which will be held at a time to be announced, sometime between September and November. Particular points for discussion until then include the areas covered by groups and the way individual groups under the Freegle umbrella Organisation are operating. The Start Working Group is now dealing with these. Documents relating to any role will be reviewed each time a re-appointment is made. The Group‟s Task List can be viewed at http://freegle.it/StructureTasks If any of the above topics interest you, or if you have proposals about the structure of Freegle to suggest, please do join our group. The Coordinator is Jacky (Great Yarmouth) the Deputy Coordinator is Peter Johnson (Hunts) and the Secretary is Wendy (Woodley) Group Owners are Jacky, Peter and Wendy, The full report can be read here: http://wiki.ilovefreegle.org/Structure_Group_Report_2011-07-31 After the Riots are over... Enfield Freegle connected with Haringey Council who have a team of people organising donations for the 20 or so families left homeless after the riots to be taken to Tottenham Leisure Centre. Everyone is now in temporary accommodation waiting for new homes. They now have just about everything they need with the exception of baby and toddler clothes, nappies, buggies, portable cots, toiletries and non-perishable in date food stuffs. Liz says, “We've posted admins on Enfield to our members to keep them updated and to let them know what's still required. The Council officers I've spoken to have agreed that we will be of more help later on when people get their new homes and we will possibly organise a giant ‘Give or Take Day’ with what's left of the donations. They currently fill two rooms in the leisure centre and people are still turning up with van loads of stuff. (Obviously we won't need people to give anything)” Liz has been out and about the last few days and has managed to get posters and business cards in lots of places: “... my GP's surgery, my dentists (who are on to their second lot of cards) Edmonton Leisure Centre, Asda, (who have also agreed to let us talk to customers to tell them about Freegle, which we'll do once I've organised volunteers) and a huge conference centre in Enfield Town. She‟s also still trying to organise everything for Enfield Council‟s Residents Priority Fund grant and opening a new bank account with the Co-op. PHEW!
Start group reports These reports are now available on the Wiki. http://wiki.ilovefreegle.org/Start_Group_Report_2011-06 http://wiki.ilovefreegle.org/Start_Group_Report_2011-07
Alison, the group coordinator, would welcome a couple of people to help share the work for the group. A deputy coordinator and secretary are both wanted; the work involved is not at all onerous but is interesting! Start Working Group's remit is to discuss and recommend principles and procedures for listing new Freegle groups, and procedures to be followed for groups leaving Freegle. That might sound a bit dry, but the group has some lively and good natured discusssions. If you are interested in helping, contact Alison firstname.lastname@example.org , or if you would like to come and see what is going on, you would be warmly welcomed at http://freegle.it/Start.
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Wendy’s “Best Wanted yet :-)” Freegle Cafe
posted in FreegleRockCafe@yahoogroups.com
This is what had tickled Wendy‟s fancy: (sorry!) "Wanted: Hairdryer For My Chicken Yes, yes, it's me again the mad chicken lady but bear with me and I shall explain. Every now and then one of my hens requires a bath...please do not ring the RSPCA... it's perfectly OK to bathe a hen and believe it or not they love the warm soapy water. I then need to blow dry the bird with a gentle setting with a hairdryer to stop the bird getting chilled. I have a perfectly functional hairdryer that I share with my daughter but there have been one or two grumbling comments about hygiene and sharing a hairdryer with a chicken and I thought maybe one of you good people might have an old but working hairdryer gathering dust that would have a very good home as a feather styling aid for my hens. Of course happy to collect." Now all I can imagine is a Hen in curlers and a highly indignant daughter waiting her turn for the dryer! :-) Wendy If they don't get a dryer soon, they'll be spitting feathers. Graham
Yes, but we all have to scratch a living! Jane Loveday
And the bill will be terrible. Suzanne Elvidge Otherwise you'll be up before the beak Edward Hibbert
There could be more - but at this point I'll just have to chicken out. Suz Buxton
I know eggsactly what she's looking for. She'll have to watch out for resellers though they'll just want to feather their nests. Suzanne Elvidge
Perhaps she could get one from the Coop? Edward Hibbert
Got any more old groaners? Feel free to pass them on, either to us or the Freegle Rock Café, there’s a good egg!
Help for Mods
Facebook Fears? I‟m sure I‟m not the only one who is now a “Facebook Freegler” but has little idea how it works? I was grateful to Jean for getting the Stafford Group going (I can‟t say „helping‟ as I just waited to be told it was happening!) So I suspect this could be a popular feature for some time. Any additional information or query is more than welcome. Liz (Stafford)
Trouble contacting applicants via Facebook? You won't get a reply from applicants. When you first set up Facebook, you had ten approvals from Facebook immediately. Whenever a new member joins via Facebook they are allocated one of these memberships automatically, so they are instantly approved and can start posting, although they are on moderation. The application you receive is to replace the membership that was allocated, so you always have plenty ready to be used. Any emails you send to Facebook applicants just disappear into oblivion, because there is no physical applicant to receive the email. If you use the modplugin, when the new Facebook member posts, his or her name will be displayed above the “facebookuser” id for moderators to see. Sheila, Stevenage From a Stafford member: I do not text or use facebook or twitter so it would be no good anyone answering me on them. thank you
Response (from Jean, still helping us): If you were contacted via your post on Facebook or Twitter, their reply would still go to your own email account. You would respond to their email account via the application as they have to register it with us. However if still unsure once you click the link and say no you will not be contacted again for 90days. On behalf of all of us who find the “techie” stuff difficult, grateful thanks for the help of those who don‟t! © FreeSpOut August 2011
999 Emergency! Which Service please?
Well, actually Mr Yahoo, any service at all would be an improvement at times! How many of you have seen this notice recently: Unfortunately we are unable to process your request at this time. This error is usually temporary. Please try again later. If you continue to experience this error, it may be caused by one of the following:
You may want to scan your system for spyware and viruses, as they may interfere with your ability to connect to Yahoo!. For detailed information on spyware and virus protection, please visit the Yahoo! Security Center. This problem may be due to unusual network activity coming from your Internet Service Provider. We recommend that you report this problem to them. While this error is usually temporary, if it continues and the above solutions don't resolve your problem, please let us know.
Lots of us are finding these messages frequently at the moment. We need to make sure Yahoo do something about it, so do please let them know! Do you know that membership statistics for all Freegle groups are recorded every week? Top Tip!
To see your group's weekly progress, have a look at http://freegle.it/GroupCounts
Firefox Update: Those who use Firefox are being asked if they would like to update to Firefox 6. Edward has confirmed that this is absolutely fine to do for the mod plug-in, along with the update for the plug-in. You can install them in any order. If you don‟t currently use Firefox, why not try it, if only for your Freegle Group work? The plug-in makes it all so much easier! Keeping Freegle in the Public Eye Letter from Jo Graham (Kirkcaldy) printed in September‟s Good Housekeeping magazine:
It was great to see Freegle mentioned in Clearing Out Clutter (July), as I volunteer for our local group - but your readers may not realise that you can get rid of or pick up almost anything as long as it is free and legal. You could also give away toys, mobile phones, computers and even bras. Thanks Jo! Any comment on a blog or article can raise awareness: I recently „collared‟ a local political group meeting next door to the room in which I was rehearsing. When we left, several of them mouthed “Freegle” at me! I‟ve also got Freegle links with the local Green Party and local Estate Agents. Others do far more, I know. Why not write to FreeSpOut and give others some tips? (Liz) FreeSpOut Times is produced by the independent FreeSpOut team; these are their words. The team presently consists of Jacky (Great Yarmouth), Carole (Hayle & St. Ives), Liz (Stafford,) and Ray (Thanet) © FreeSpOut August 2011 GET IN TOUCH! If you any suggestions, contributions or want to be involved in producing this newsletter, contact us: Team@freespout.org.uk