Nairn River Enterprise and Green Hive

Our goal is to create, or support, community services and projects that are green and not only benefit the people of Nairn, but are also managed and controlled by local people

We want to promote awareness of the environment, climate change and the importance of sustainable energy.

The purpose of the services we create or support is to contribute to the enhancement of the local environment; to well-being; regeneration in the town; civic pride; and to provide a local employment and skills pipeline.

We want as wide a cross section of Nairn’s population to feel welcome and supported to devise and deliver local services of tangible benefit to their community.

Our immediate objective is to use the resources we already have to make an impact in Nairn as soon as possible.

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Nairn River Enterprise Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

New members wanted to join our board.

The AGM takes place this year on Thursday 23rd November, starting at 7.30 pm in the Green Hive Hub at the Old Links School, Grant Street, Fishertown.

We will be delighted to receive applications from among our wider membership to join our board at the AGM. Board members are Directors and Trustees of the charity and steer the work of the organisation.

We are hoping in particular to receive applications from individuals with knowledge and interest in upcycling and recycling, and/or with financial management experience and experience of supporting charity or social enterprise finance systems.

Three of our current Directors were elected at the previous AGM held in October last year (Corinne Ferguson, Helena Harcourt Robinson and Simon Noble) and two more (Stephen Fuller and Alastair Simmons) were appointed during the intervening period. All of them propose to stand for re-election this year, so successful nominees will be joining a growing band of committed Green Hivers.

To become a member sign up on our website.

Apply to be elected to join our board by emailing us at nre@greenhive.co.uk telling us a little about yourself and why you’d like to stand.

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Upcoming Dates

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Treasurer wanted

We are looking for a volunteer treasurer to help Green Hive develop and maintain our financial management system. This is an exciting time to support an ambitious local community group to grow. Our volunteer treasurer will support the organisation to respond to the complexities of managing grant funding, we now have charitable status and multiple funding streams. As well as account on spending and advise our staff member and board on budgeting and fundraising. Initially we envisage a time commitment of a few days spread over a couple of months whilst developing our financial systems, reducing to quarterly input with updates to the board.
Ideally you will have financial management experience and experience of supporting charity or social enterprise finance systems. It is desirable but not essential if you share our goal of enabling environmental sustainability in Nairn through community volunteering and social enterprise.

To find out more contact Kirsty on nre@greenhive.co.uk or call 07453912697, and come along to our AGM on Thursday 23rd November to meet the team and find out about our work.

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Charity

We’ve just achieved charitable status. You’ll be able to find out about our governance and financial performance through OSCR, the charity regulator’s website. Whilst this strengthens our governance and reinforces our obligation to deliver benefit for the community, it also opens a door to a broader range of sources of funding for our projects.

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Nairn Town Community Orchard

This Autumn Green Hive are supporting the start of a community orchard in Viewfield Park. 16 fruit trees including old and local varieties of apple, plum, pear and cherry will be planted in the area between the old stables and the bowling club on the left of Viewfield Drive. Most of the trees will be supplied by Nairn Allotments’ Orchard Group who have tried and tested many varieties of fruit trees and have given us excellent advice.

The orchard will be open to the public and we invite everybody to use and enjoy the space and benefit from the trees and fruit once they are established. 

It will be a space for community events and activities where we plan to hold apple harvest days each year as well as workshops about growing and caring for fruit trees.

The orchard development has the permission and support from Highland Council. The area will be managed and maintained by local volunteers, so if you would like to be involved and to tell us what you think of our plans please email us nre@greenhive.co.uk. 

This project is financially supported by the Pebble Trust and Voluntary Action Fund and endorsed by Nairn Museum, Nairn Rotary Club and Nairn Allotment Orchard Group.

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Don’t shop, swap!

Clothes swap party!

At 7pm this Thursday evening, bring the things at the back of your wardrobe that you no longer want but are in a good condition, swap them for something new and update your wardrobe for free! Any clothes, women’s, men’s and children’s, and accessories welcome. Items not swapped will be donated to local charity shops.

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