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Unfortunately we have had to revise our openign times for a short period due to staff illness. Until further notice we will be open on Tuesdays from 10am – 4pm and Thursdays 10am -4pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

A Blue Peter Badge for the Cone Exchange

We were thrilled to be invited to appear on Blue Peter alongside a group of crafty children from Hookstone Chase Primary School. Our very own Chris Powell was interviewed by presenters Radzi and Lindsey and explained about the Cone Exchange and how we reuse items that are destined for landfill. Chris was thrilled to be presented with his very own Green Blue Peter badge which will take pride of place with his MBE!

We were on CBBC on Thursday 21st June at 5.30pm and its available on BBC I-Player now if you want to check it out.

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A year at the Cone Exchange

The Cone Exchange has enjoyed another successful year. At the heart of the Cone Exchange is a commitment to give waste a new lease of life and to see ability, not disability, in people.

Over the course of the year we’ve recycled our own business waste along with that of 12 other businesses, raised over £15,000 for local good causes, and hosted 800 hours of work placements for adults with additional learning needs.

More information on the Cone Exchange’s impact during the year gone by can be found in our 2017 Annual Review.

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All in a good cause

Our main work experience partner at the Cone Exchange, Henshaws, were recently in receipt of a Good Cause Award from our family business. They had applied for a little help with purchasing some new garden furniture for the community allotment that they had just taken over the maintenance of and were thrilled to be able to purchase the items from Horticap, one of the social enterprises we have worked with closely for a number of years. It’s a fantastic feeling when our partners can all work together for the benefit of the community.

Lee Gray, Work Experience Co-Ordinator at Henshaws tells us:

Thanks to Bettys & Taylors we were able to have Horticap build us a composter and some raised garden beds for the allotment. The allotment is owned by MIND and managed by The Home Group. We were able to bring together 6 local charities and businesses that are working together to make the community better for everyone. Thank you Horticap, you guys are amazing.”

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Love is in the air, part four: Mother of the Bride

One of our most regular customers wanted her daughter to have something extra special to carry down the aisle that she could keep to pass on to future generations. Using a variety of materials and embellishments from her own stash topped up with some extras from the Cone Exchange she created this beautiful horseshoe with her daughter’s name and the wedding date on the back. A truly beautiful and unique wedding gift.

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Last call for Christmas

With only 12 sleeps to go till Christmas it’s almost time for the Cone Exchange to close for the school holidays. There is just one week for you to stock up on junk modelling materials for the kids or gift boxes for wrapping up your goodies. You may even have time for some last minute Christmas crafting like one of our crafty customers, Emma, who created this lovely festive wreath over the weekend.

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The Cone Exchange will be closed from Thursday 15th December until Tuesday 3rd  January 2017.

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Christmas cheer

Christmas came early for Year 9 pupils at King James School, Knaresborough as they created their entry into the Christmas tree festival at St John’s church This year’s tree came with an unusual mesasage – recycling! Made with Cone Exchange materials the Christmas tree was to raise awareness of recycling at a time of year when so much packaging, wrapping paper and food is wasted.

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Butterfly fun

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Pauline Thompson, a waitress at Bettys Northallerton, shared this picture. She tells us ‘Here is my granddaughter Hettie and her friend making butterflies with Captain Rummage at the Great Yorkshire Show. It was great to see the Cone Exchange there as Chris  gave Helmsley School 30 chutney buckets earlier in the year for the reception class to do a sponsored water carry to raise money for Oxfam, Water Aid and York Flood Relief. They raised £400 and are still using the buckets in school.’

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