The empty shop unit which used to house Hammond’s Newsagents next to Haslemere train station has taken on a new lease of life, thanks to a handful of town charities.
A new installation was put in place by Love Haslemere Hate Waste, a local charity aiming to make waste-free living the norm, last weekend.
The rejuvenated window displays now share information about the town’s Repair Cafe which is hosted by The Swan Inn from 10am to 1pm on the first Saturday of the month and the Library of Things, a new, soon-to-launch service available via Haslemere Library for people to borrow items rather than buy, including garden tools and DIY items.
The window displays include a variety of items such as radios and toasters which have been dismantled, clothing which has been repaired, and a toy Hansom Cab – or horse-drawn carriage – which was carefully restored by one of the Repair Cafe’s Ministry of Menders.
Alongside the Repair Cafe, the Library of Things display demonstrates items that can be borrowed, and will soon be available to everyone across Haslemere when it launches in the spring.
The window display has also seen Transition Town Haslemere, Haslemere Active Travel, Haslemere Biodiversity Project, Eco Churches and Community Orchard Project South East (COPSE) take up shop and display their initiatives too.
The displays will culminate in the inaugural Great Green Get Together.
This event brings together sustainability and green groups from all over Haslemere and surrounding areas to showcase their work, and celebrate the progress Haslemere is making in becoming a more sustainable town.
It is planned for Saturday, March 18 from 10am to 4pm at Hasleworks.