Bicester’s new Green Centre set to open today

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Staff and volunteers at a new social enterprise in Bicester are preparing to open their doors to customers today, Friday.

Bicester Green Centre for ‘Skills, Sustainability and Secondhand Stuff’, based at Unit 2 in the McKay Trading Estate in Station Approach, aims to reduce waste and harness skills by accepting items for repair by volunteers.

Initially focussing on renovating bicycles, wooden furniture and electrical appliances, the centre will also become a hub for sustainability in Bicester, hosting the Cycle for Bicester bike loan programme and a series of talks and demonstrations.

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, chairman of Cherwell District Council, will be cutting the ribbon at an official launch event today.

He said: “Staff and volunteers have been working hard over the last year to set up the project and it’s really exciting that the doors are nearly ready to open to the public.

“We hope that this will be a valuable resource for Oxfordshire, diverting waste from landfill and bringing together the local community.”

From this Friday, June 1, Bicester Green Centre will be open from 10.30am to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Anyone who enjoys fixing, repairing or renovating things is encouraged to come along to get involved.

For more information contact manager Emma Gordon on 07591 754787, or visit the centre during opening hours.