Since 2015 Appleby Hub, located in the former Methodist chapel on Chapel Street has been providing a community café serving homemade artisan wholefoods, a second-hand book shop, together with a great variety of community groups and classes all with a focus on creativity and well-being. With the onset of Covid_19 and the Hub unable to operate as a café and meeting place, a food and craft delivery service ‘Hub on Wheels’ was devised. Whilst working with The Fellside Flower Company to deliver bunches of flowers as they go around the area, the hub also supply their range of artisan breads and cakes to other businesses in the town, helping to keep the wheels of Appleby turning and a venture which Manager Sarah Jones is hoping will continue once the lockdown ceases.
It was earlier in the year, before Covid_19, that The Hub received the Green small business certification of which they are very proud. The certification process together with a site visit from the GSB team brought to attention the lack of effective insulation in the Hub loft area. Looking for local suppliers, Sarah contacted Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd, based in Dacre. ERI is the brainchild of owner Christine Armstrong and best known locally for their Thermafleece range of sheep’s wool insulation however Eri also manufacture an insulation made from recycled plastic bottles; SupaSoft Insulation. A safe to handle, safe to install, none itch insulation which Christine felt would fit in perfectly with the Hub’s Green Business credentials.
A total of 72 packs of SupaSoft, the equivalent of 57600 waste plastic bottles not going to landfill) were delivered at the beginning of June and have now been installed by local firm Nathan Richardson Joinery, turning the loft into a SupaSoft Winter wonderland.
‘I'm so grateful to Eden Renewables.’ says Sarah, ‘Just like everybody we've had a difficult financial start to the year and being toasty warm and saving on heating bills this winter will be greatly appreciated. SupaSoft is a lovely product too, so much kinder than the old-fashioned fibre glass insulation and very in keeping with our environmental values.’
Christine was originally introduced to The Hub by late friend Eddie Kay, who would use it as a meeting place to enjoy coffee with friends and says: ‘The Hub is a great example of just how a Community Interest Company can become such a central point of focus. We at ERI were pleased that we could provide a solution to another local company so in-keeping with their green credentials and helping add to the warm atmosphere for which the Hub is so well known’
Appleby Hub is owned by the Oakleatrust and run by subsidiary right2work , a CIC (Community Interest Company)
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