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Share and Repair Gathering  Stirling 3 March 

Friday 3 March          'Made in Stirling' 
44 King Street  Stirling    FK8 1AY

The Share and Repair Network is excited to announce we’ll be holding our first ever ‘Share and Repair Gathering’ on March 3rd 2023.

The Share and Repair Gathering will be our first ever in person gathering of the Share and Repair Network, and will be hosted at the ‘vibrant, curated marketplace revitalising Stirling’s town centre’, Made in Stirling.

Open to all Share and Repair Network members, the Share and Repair Gathering will be an opportunity for members to network with others interested in or already involved in share and repair activities across Scotland.

More information and Booking (£30.00 - Share and Repair network members free)

There will also be a photography exhibition                     “ – repair is essential”from 2 - 5 March.


January 2023

Circular Economy for Scotland? - legislation this year

A brief review of the current status of the Scottish Government's Circular Economy bill was provided by environmental campaigner and consultant Dr Richard Dixon in The Scotsman of 15 December 2022.

Scotland's Circular Economy Bill is attracting widespread public support so SNP and Green government should be ambitious.

The public are demanding more action on waste, including targets for our consumption of key materials, in the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill.

It was first promised in 2019 but was then put on hold because of the pandemic. It is now firmly back on the agenda, with the results of a public consultation published recently and a draft Bill expected in the Scottish Parliament next year.

Read the full article

A more detailed examination of the need for a Circular Economy Bill is provided by a policy paper published by Circular Communities Scotland in May 2022.

Ireland passed a Circular Economy Act in July 2022.


June 2022

Clachworks newsletter - opportunities presented by new premises

Clachworks' latest newsletter excitedly announces the successful leasing  of a heritage workshop building on the Caledonian Canal in Clachnaharry, which they hope to occupy by the end of the summer. 

Once we’re officially in, the real work will begin as we plan to transform the site into a safe, accessible and creative space for the community. Our vision is to create a socially inclusive space for making and remaking, with a tool library, makerspace, community garden and cafe. 


Read the newsletter

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January 2022

Clachworks - exciting new group set up in Inverness

Clachworks believes in the circular economy which aims to reuse materials rather than throwing them away.

The circular economy is a model which seeks to eliminate waste by finding ways to reuse materials indefinitely. This can be done by sharing, reusing, repairing, remaking, refurbishing, recycling items and their materials for as long as possible.

Clachworks' founder Lauren Pyott writes

My name is Lauren Pyott and I’m the founder of Clachworks: a new social enterprise working towards creating an open space for making and remaking in Inverness. in these blogs I’ll be discussing some of my motivations for starting the social enterprise and about some of the projects we have lined up. I’ll also be talking about why I think the environmental movement has to have social justice at its heart..  .   .   .

I moved back to Inverness three years ago and whilst I was delighted to live in such a beautiful part of the world again, I was also saddened to see how hard life can be here for many. Unemployment is high in Inverness and it tragically has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Last year, I decided to set up a social enterprise Clachworks to try and tackle some of these issues from within the community.

Clachworks will be a socially inclusive space for making & remaking in Inverness. We believe that the tools, skills & resources needed to create & repair things shouldn’t cost the earth & should be accessible to all. We have plans to open a tool library, open-access workshop space, community garden & café, facilitating a transition towards the circular economy.

By sharing resources amongst the community, Clachworks aims to lower personal costs for individuals; reduce the overall consumption and waste of goods; and foster skills development and community solidarity. Ultimately, we want to create a space for people to make things, skills and friendships. This will hopefully be based in a heritage workshop that was originally used to construct the Caledonian Canal over two hundred years ago, and by doing so we seek to honour the legacy of the trades and tradespeople that once made Inverness flourish.

Clachworks received a UHI award for Best Social Impact Business in 2021.

More about Clachworks




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10:00 Allangrange gardening workshop - Fruit tree pruning
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10:00 Culbokie Community Market

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