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Cone Exchange Summer Holidays

Hi Everyone
Final opening day – Thursday 27th July 10am-8pm.
Re-open                 – Tuesday 12th September at 10am
Somehow we are already 3/4 of the way through July and the schools are breaking up. Here at the Cone Exchange, we’ve been so busy keeping the shop stocked with all of your amazing donations, recruiting 14 new fantastic volunteers and spending time with you, our lovely customers it feels like it was only Easter a couple of weeks ago!

However it’s time for us to take a break to recharge the batteries and do some work behind the scenes. But the good news is, you have one more week to top up your stash! We are open on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th as normal and we hope to see you then.

We will be running our stick and fix workshops at the Tockwith Show on Sunday 6th August and also at the Burley Festival on Tuesday 22nd August. Please do pop along for a fantastic day out and to say “Hi”.

We wish everyone a very happy, crafty and productive summer and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 12th September.
Best wishes from Chris, Sarah, Carolyn and the gang!

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Who We Work With… Resurrected Bites

At the Cone Exchange, we work with a number of different charities and groups in our local communities. We’ve been working in partnership with some of these charities for years, and some much more recently, thanks Covid-19. This ‘Who We Work With’ mini-series is to help you learn a little bit about who we help and what they do, even if that just means spreading the word a little bit further.

This week we’re focusing on Resurrected Bites, a food redistribution charity who work in the Harrogate and Leeds areas.

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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.


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


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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Hello and welcome to the Cone Exchange blog. This is the place we share your stories and pictures of just what can be created with rubbish.

Celebrating trees

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We were thrilled to be part of the first Woodland Festival held at on the 28th May in our Trees for Life Wood at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Over 2,200 people attended the family festival to celebrate the fledgling woodland in the South Field and the Cone Exchange hosted a craft workshop for the under 5s to decorate butterflies from recycled cardboard and make spiders from off-cuts of wet suit material.

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Alien invasion

Nadene Chloe Alien

A last minute plea from her young daughter brought our colleague Nadene Wilkinson, Corporate Sales Manager at Bettys by Post,  dashing across to the Cone Exchange for some craft supplies to make an alien costume for nursery the following day. Using materials from our Creative Play room Nadene transformed Chloe into a very sparkly creature from space!

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Twinkle, twinkle

Karen Evans Stars over Bethlehem

Karen Evans shared this picture of Ripley Church ready for Christmas 2015. CDs that had been given away with newspapers or magazines can’t be sold by charity shops, so frequently end up in landfill. The Cone Exchange takes these CDs and finds new uses for them such as clocks or bird scarers for allotments. CDs were also turned into twinkling stars and formed part of this ‘Stars of Bethlehem’ installation.


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