This Saturday sees the return of the pop up sustainable living hub in Thornton Heath.

Seed of Play which is sponsored by Solo Wood Recycling will be delivering a free immersive woodwork experience workshop for children aged two pus and parents in the Kids’ Zone at The Salvation Army.

This will be a continuous drop-in session throughout the hub, but spaces will be limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis if needed.

Also at the hub will be the following usual line-up of amazing stuff and local organisations from 1-4pm.

 Dr Bike by Channa will be providing free help repairing your cycles. The sessions feature experienced mechanics who will check brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more ensuring your bike is road worthy.

Minor repairs are free of charge. For those wanting to get in to cycling there will be some second hand bikes for sale.

For more information about the Dr Bike service contact 07904 021944.

There will be a Halloween costume swap where you can bring  your spare or outgrown costume before 2pm and collect a voucher.

At 2-3pm there will be a costume swap where you can browse the rails and exchange your voucher for a new costume.

Don’t worry if you are not able to make your own costume or have nothing to bring – you can get a voucher/costume for a suggested donation of £5 which will help fund further hubs and environmental work of Sustainable Thornton Heath.

 There will also be the usual free clothes swap. Feel free to bring one item of clothing in a good, clean condition and in return you can take up to a bag of clothes away completely free.

Croydon Community Energy will be on hand to offer advice on how to reduce your home energy bills at this crucial time as well as about their amazing work boosting renewable energy.

Croydon vegetarians and vegans will be able to share information and tips on how eating more of a plant-based diet can save you money, as well as being good for your health. There might also be some vegan cheese tasting!

Other activities include:

•Eco books, eco games, art activities and the Bin Challenge in our Kids’ Zone by Marian and team.

• Food growing and greening information and advice by Helen, including how growing some of your own food can save you money.

• Use ethical consumer magazine rankings to find out whether your current financial services providers (e.g. your bank, insurance) are helping or harming people and planet, as well as which providers are ranked best.

• Croydon-based eCO2 Solutions selling refills of bodycare and cleaning products, and other eco products – don’t forget to bring your containers. eCO2 Solutions will also have its usual Terracycle waste drop-off points for certain hard-to-recycle items.

• Local social enterprise Clear Community Web will be available to provide help and advice with laptops, devices and mobile phones, as well as hosting its regular unwanted device drop-off point (e.g. laptops, phones, printers etc).

• Drinks and delicious sweet and savoury vegan snacks & tasters very kindly made by Croydon vegetarians and vegans and served by MENCAP volunteers and buddies. Don’t forget to bring your refillable cup for a hefty discount!.

Sadly there will be no help with learning how to mend your clothes and no repairs of electrical and electronic items  due to a lack of skilled volunteers this month.

If you have time and perhaps skills you might be willing to share then please e-mail us at as we need more help in a variety of areas.