We are now taking bookings for courses, workshops and events through until June. More details and booking on the Courses section of the website.
Learn about saving energy @home
Coming to Saturdays: 4th, 11th, 18th February 10am-1pm
With the support of Malmesbury’s Carnival Committee, we are now able to bring free advice clinics to Renew Malmesbury. We start by looking at our current theme, Winter Warmth, with how to make our homes comfortable and cosy and use less energy.
If you are keen to take practical steps to make your home more energy efficient, come meet individuals who have transformed their homes with:
- solar panels,
- air source heat pumps
- better insulation.
Get advice, tips and inspiration from those who have done it (and learn from their mistakes!). Discuss home energy and cost-saving.
Each FREE session is a mix of short talks, Q&A and discussion.
Pop in to ask your questions or make a morning of it.
Plus tea, coffee and biscuits too!
Talks at 10:30 and 12:30
With thanks to
NOW ON: RE-SEE, our sustainable art exhibition with works made from recycled materials
Local artists have created wonderful works using recycled materials and inspired by re-use, reclaimation and repurposing.
Works include wall art, sculpture and jewellery, and are available to purchase and take home or present as an amazing gift. We are displaying these creations in our lovely upstairs space.
We can’t wait to see at Renew!
Plastic Free Community
Early in 2020, Malmesbury became a Plastic Free Community. This was thanks to the concerted efforts of the Malmesbury Against Plastic (MAP) group.
As it is Plastic Free July, we are reminded of the work MAP when they produced a booklets of ideas to increase our recycling and reduce our use of plastic, especially single-use plastic. Although the booklet was researched a few years ago, most of the ideas are still relevant.
We are very pleased to make that booklet available here:
At Renew Malmesbury, we continue the good work with our board of sustainable living ideas. Please come in and take a look or add your own ideas.pic
Death Cafe, now Mondays at Renew
Every Monday, we will be hosting a Death Cafe at Renew Malmesbury. Open to all, it is a chance to talk about all aspects of this often delicate topic, including the practicalities, emotional and spiritual. There is tea, coffee and biscuits, and the atmosphere is relaxed, informal.
The sessions are led by Eliza. Here is what she told us about herself and the Death Cafe:
“I am a retired psychiatric Social Worker and group facilitator. I have worked mostly in Southern Ireland and a bit in London in the 60ties. As you can tell I am quite old born in 1935. in Stroud.
“I have had a few opportunities of being with people who are dying even able to help and felt very privileged
“I have a spiritual perspective and see it as a shame that our culture has taken a view of death as fearful and a failure in some way.
“I have attended the very thriving Death Cafe in Nailsworth and hope this one here in Malmesbury will thrive too, gently collecting people to help them accept death as normal and without fear. We plan to have people attending who are experiencing work with dying people and those working in the funeral business as well as those os us getting nearer to the day.”
Renew Malmesbury CIC on the radio
We are a volunteer-run Community-Interest Company. This means that all profits from the company must be reinvested in the company and that our objectives are to support the community in being environmentally and economically sustainable.
So why do we do it?
Before we opened the shop at Renew, Margaret, Campbell and Laura* had a chat with the lovely people at Malmesbury Community Radio about our project.
- *Margaret, Campbell and Laura are directors at Renew and founding volunteers.
Jill Buckley – course manager and leader
Jill Buckley has a degree in fine art – specialising in oil painting, She has many years experience teaching art to adults and children in Devon – often referred to as the “Queen of Printmaking in Totnes.” Jill has taught all aspects of art including drawing, water colours and acrylics.
Here at Renew Jill is eager to use her skills to bring art to the community. She will start with an introduction to drawing which will cater for all abilities
ENCOURAGING YOU TO CREATE AT RENEW : STARTING TUESDAY 18th JANUARY
Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am
Each session will cost £6 payable on the day.
Materials will be available to purchase in the shop – but you also welcome to bring your own sketchbook
The course will build skills over the weeks but will be run on a drop in basis. New participants will be welcome to join at any time.
Our course leaflets for January to March 2022 are out! They are available at various local public locations and in our shop at 24 High Street.
Fun courses in Art, Needlework, Nutrition, Herbalism all with an Eco twist are now available for booking. Course leaders include artist and printmaker, Phillip Kingsbury, accomplished textile engineer, Jennie Cracknell, and talented herbalist, Sam Entwisle.
Please click on the Course tab at the top of the page.
We are always looking for course providers and new topics. Our intention is to provide courses for all ages, abilities and budget. Please get in touch with your ideas.
Please use the contact form.