As we move closer to the end of year, SHARE would like to thank each and everyone for supporting us! This year was a difficult one for everyone, but with the support of our wonderful members, we were able to re-open in July and keep going throughout the second lockdown. We hope that we have helped make this year a little easier (and affordable) for carrying out DIY projects, upkeeping your gardens, making yummy food and keeping you entertained!
We will be taking a 2 week break this Christmas, with our last open day on Monday, 21st December, 10:30am – 4pm. We will then be closed over Christmas and New Year, and our first day back will be Monday January 4th, 10:30am – 4pm.
Remember, if you want to borrow between these 2 weeks, you will only need to pay for one loan! That’s 3 loans for free!
If you want to add some last minute cheer to your home, we’ve still got some decorations, crafts, trees, and tree holders in stock, so check out our Christmas section. And don’t forget that we are offering all of these Christmas items FREE for Subscriber members! Simply search ‘xmas‘ in our catalogue to see what is available on this promotion. This offer will end on the 4th January, so reserve by the 21st of December!
Want to upgrade from Standard to Subscriber? Give us a call on Mondays or Fridays between 10.30am and 4pm to upgrade!
We are excited to announce that we will be offering the option to send gift certificates to friends and family! A great zero-waste and eco-friendly way to tell them you love them this Christmas and all year round! We are offering amounts from £5 to £50. Your loved one can use this, not only on borrowing items, but also for renewing their SHARE:Frome membership!
To Send a Gift Certificate
Simply login to sharefrome.org, or if you are not a member, go to https://share.myturn.com. You do not need to be a SHARE member to send a gift certificate, but if you are a paying member, it will make it easier to make the payment, as your card should already be saved. To start, click on the small gift icon in the top right corner of the page.
This will bring you to the Gift Certificates page. Here you will be able to fill out the form, selecting how much you would like to gift, and to whom. You will only need to provide the name, email and message. The recipient does not need to be a SHARE member for you to send it, but they will need to be a member in order to use the gift certificate.
To make the payment, you can use the card that is already saved on your account if you are a member. If you are not a member or do not have a card saved, once you have filled in this form, you will be brought to a form to enter your card details.
To Redeem your Gift Certificate
Once the gift certificate is sent, your recipient will have an email with a long digit code, which they can then redeem on their SHARE:Frome account. Once logged in or signed up, simply go to My Account, then Redeem Gift Certificate and here they can enter the long digit code. The credit will then be added to the recipients account!
If you have any trouble, please call us on 07983 639611 during our opening hours, Monday and Friday 10.30am – 4pm.
With Black Friday coming up, why not make it a Green Friday instead and borrow instead of buying? To make it that little bit more enticing we are offering one FREE borrow for every member!
Like last year, we are taking part in #BuyNothingDay, an international movement against over-consumption for the good of the planet.
While the Black Friday sales may offer cheap deals on tools, tech and electric appliances, it makes sense to borrow items you’ll only use a few times. You’ll save even more money by borrowing, and the environmental impact will be much lower.
With your free borrow, you could save as much as £8 on a drill, projector or dehumidifier! Browse our catalogue to see what we offer. Get the bargain without having to find space in your home or shed!
To claim your FREE borrow:
You must be a member of SHARE – If you’re not already please sign up online and remember to bring ID with you on collection.
The free borrow is from Friday 27th to Monday 30th. For longer loans or renewals the extra time will be charged at the usual loan fee.
One free item per member (cheapest item free). Excludes consumables.
So get reserving for Friday! See our tutorial for reserving, or call us on 07983 639611 during our opening hours, Monday and Friday 10.30am – 4pm.
With Subscriber members now entitled to seasonal promotions, we are excited to announce the first one: We are offering all of our Christmas items for FREE for these members!
This includes Christmas trees, decorations, fairy lights, wreaths, real tree holders, garlands and cookie cutters! Simply search ‘xmas‘ in our catalogue to see what is available on this promotion. The period of this promotion is between the 4th December and 4th January, so reserve soon!
Want to upgrade from Standard to Subscriber? Give us a call on Mondays or Fridays between 10.30am and 4pm to upgrade!
Following the UK Government announcement over the weekend of a new national lockdown commencing on November 5th 2020 we are pleased to announce that our Click & Collect service will remain in operation.
We know this will come as a relief to our members who were unable to borrow during the first lockdown, when many were saying that access to our service was more important than ever.
Having introduced the Click & Collect service upon re-opening in July we are pleased that such operations are to be allowed to continue during this second national lockdown.
UPDATE 02/11/2020: With the announcement of a nationwide lockdown from Thursday 5th November we will be pausing the Drop-in service. However, our Click & Collect service will resume. Details on our Click & Collect page.
We are excited to be extending our Click and Collect service, launched post-lockdown, by adding a ‘Drop-in’ service!
We are now offering the option to drop in and borrow without the requirement to reserve in advance.
We recommend you reserve in advance to guarantee your item is available, but it is now possible to drop in and borrow on the day as well!
There is still no shop browsing but you can pop in to our booth inside the door to say hello, request items to borrow or sign up on Mondays and Fridays, between 10:30am and 4pm!
Ever wondered why some of our similar things are priced differently? There are around 15 drills in our inventory, but they all have different prices? Well, we’ve developed a sophisticated pricing system which takes in to account a number of factors, such as the original price of the item, how old it is and the condition it’s in now.
So, if you are looking for something for a quick job and don’t need high quality then go for cheaper. But if you’re after the best quality item then it’s worth paying for the higher quality item.
We also make sure to keep updating the prices with our price calculation system, and monitor the items as they are used and downgrade. So we try to make sure you get what you pay for!
You may remember last year, the national Fiver Fest came to Frome for one day to celebrate local business, but this year, it’s here for a whole weekend on the 15th to the 17th October!
Part of the national Totally Locally campaign, it is an affordable way to support local businesses, often run by families or individuals, making a real contribution to our unique town. Spending just £5 a week in local shops can have a huge impact on our high streets, boosting the local economy and increasing employment, especially in our current situation. It’s also a great opportunity to step into a shop you’ve never been before and discover what makes Frome’s independents so special.
SHARE:Frome, our community started and run business, will be taking part in Fiver Fest and offering Standard membership for only £5, saving new members £10 off our regular £15 joining fee (see our membership plans)! This will pay for a year’s membership! A great opportunity to start borrowing if you’ve only ever been curious about the funny little orange shop in town. This will only be available to claim on Friday 16th October, during our opening hours, 10.30am to 4pm. Either pop in or give us a call on 07983 639611!
Just a reminder that we will be closed on Monday 31st August, due to the bank holiday weekend. So make sure you borrow any summery things on Friday 28th or before, such as camping gear, gardening tools and decor for your summer party! We will be open again on Friday 4th September.
Our February Repair Café was a massive success, saving roughly £1,055 worth of stuff from going to landfill! Items fixed ranged from coffee machines to Doc Martens. We’re hoping to fix even more at our March repair café, so gather up your worn-out and broken stuff and come along. It’s on Sunday 15th March, 3-5pm, at the Welsh Mill Hub.
Don’t need anything fixing? There’s still plenty to do!
Just like February’s event, Aliss will be running upcycling demos. Last time we learned how to repurpose old fabric to make tote bags and draught excluders. This time we’re tackling denim jeans and creating hanging storage pockets.
We’ll also be using scrap paper to make plant pots, with soil and seeds provided. And don’t forget to quiz our fixers and learn a thing or two, like how to darn, hem and patch textiles. As always, repairs and demos are free with some refreshments available to buy, and donations are welcome.
Make sure you book repairs through our Eventbrite page so we can make sure we’ve got what we need to fix your item. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] for more info.
Fancy helping out?
We’re looking for volunteers to help with repairs of all sorts, so get in touch and let us know how you can help repair, run a free workshop/activity, or help host the repair café. It’s just 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Our next repair cafe is only 2 weeks away on February 23rd! Time to gather up any small items that need repairing or could just use a little love to look good as new.
Not in need of a repair? Come along and enjoy some good company and an upcycling demo from Aliss. Our fantastic fixers will be on hand and can answer your questions about all kinds of repairs. Chat to them about what you’d like to learn and come away with some top tips.
Repairing all kinds of items is helpful in so many ways. It saves you the cost of buying a new one, and means you can stick with something you know and love. It’s an important part of individual action against the climate crisis – keeping items away from landfill and reducing the demand for new stuff to be produced.
And it can give you a story to tell about your items! Visible repairs on textiles (and more!) put the story front and centre by giving things a new look.
How can I help?
If you’d like to help us fix more stuff, there are a few ways to get involved. We’re always looking for skilled fixers. If you can fix electrical items, furniture, clothing, do bike maintenance or something brilliant we haven’t thought of – get in touch!
You can also volunteer to help run the event by welcoming people, tracking what we fix or taking photos of successful repairs. And of course, you can donate to help us keep events like these going.
See you there!
The next repair cafe is Sunday, 23rd February at the Welsh Mill Hub, Park Hill Drive, BA11 2LE. Get in touch beforehand if you want to check we can repair an item.
Prior to 2015 there were no Libraries of Things (LoTs) in the UK. By the end of 2019 there were 12 of us and we all met up at the inaugural ShareFest. In 2020 I am going to try to visit every one of them, ask them a few questions and promote them in this series, ‘Lots of LoTs’!
First up, in January I visited SHARE Oxford and spoke with Maurice…
When did you form? Why? -What was the inspiration behind it?
“We formed in the spring of 2018 and launched in Feb 2019.
“Alex was working with someone who mentioned the concept. She had been working on a circular collective taking things people were throwing out and trying to make use of them. It was as the project she was working on began fold that Alex was told about the idea of a Library of Things so she suggested it at a Community Action Group (CAG) meeting. It was there I expressed my interest in being involved. We started collecting things, found a space, began recruiting volunteers and launched!”
How is it going?
“It’s going OK. We’ve had a general upward trajectory with plateaus and rises. Since launching we’ve upgraded our space. After certain moments such as that upgrade as well as after gaining publicity and running events we take upward steps before it plateaus again. We’ve just had a meeting about making the next step up. Everyone involved is satisfied that the concept works and we are all committed to it. We’re happy and positive about the future. A little while ago we were still uncertain but we now feel we have shown proof of concept.”
What are your 3 most borrowed items?
“Pressure washer, pressure washer and pressure washer! Also drills, sanders and, seasonly, gazebos”
Which item have you found to be the most surprisingly popular?
“The heat gun!”
And what is the most unusual one or most unusual request you’ve received?
“The flexible drill extension!”
What are your hopes for 2020 and beyond?
“A year from now we’d like to see the continuity of our regular repair cafe, have the library open more hours and days than at present, have more volunteers to make that happen and see an increase in membership and borrows.
“So we’re aiming for slow, steady, sustainable organic growth. We all get on so well here, so part of main vision is to maintain the existing operating practice and relationships between one another.
“We also hope to have gone beyond our current ad-hoc methods of doing what it takes to make it work to being well-oiled and self sustaining.”
SHARE Oxford Library of Things can be found inside Makespace Oxford at 1 Aristotle Lane, Oxford, OX2 6TP.
This month SHARE Oxford are celebrating their first birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🥳
Coming up I’ll be featuring the other 11 existing Libraries (Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Frome, Guildford, London, Plymouth, Stirling and Totnes) and all others who launch from here on in. This series began with 12 and I predict we’ll soon have lots more LoTs!