By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 04/10/2012 - 06:32

We have now finished our move to our new warehouse on Colchester Business Park on the north side of Colchester. We apologise to those who face a slightly longer journey to our new address but for many people and for bulk deliveries, especially those coming from distance, our new location just minutes from the A12 will be very convenient.

Please note that Brunel Way can be accessed from either end of Severalls Lane. From Ipswich Road end turn 2nd right by the bollards into Wyncolls Road then after a few hundred yards turn left into Brunel Way where Gunfleet Business Park is on the left. Or from the western end Mill Lane roundabout, turn left into Newcoman Way then right into Brunel Way where Gunfleet Business Park is on thr right.  

Although Colchester Business Park is a great location it is prone to severe traffic congestion late afternoons and it can often take an hour for vehicles to get onto Ipswich Road. We would urge all visitors to get to us by mid afternoon latest to avoid being caught up in the jam.

New jam busting/daylight saving opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 08:30 - 16:30. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Bike Sales - Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

We are still waiting (10th Oct) for our broadband to be moved from our old address so apologies for the delay in responding to phone calls and emails.

New phone = 01206 841 268

All at Re~Cycle


By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 13/09/2012 - 19:19

We would just like to let everyone know that the move to our new, bigger, premises is going well and we are almost done! Thanks so much to everyone for their patience and understanding while we're relocating to our new Colchester headquarters.

From Tuesday 18th September we will be located at:

Unit 2 Gunfleet Business Park
Brunel Way (off Wyncolls Road)

Tuesday to Friday 09:00 - 16:30. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Closed Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

We can now receive bike donations at our new address. With all hands on deck we are doing our best to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible although emails aren't getting answered as quickly as we would like so please bear with us.

Thanks for your patience - Everyone at Re~Cycle

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 07/09/2012 - 09:22

We are well into our move to our new (much) bigger warehouse in Colchester:

Unit 2 Gunfleet Business Park
Brunel Way (off Wyncolls Road)

We hope to be fully relocated by Tuesday 25th September. Our shop for bike sales is now closed but will reopen shortly at our new address.

It would be a big help if all future donations of bikes could be dropped off at the new address but please ring first to check there is someone there.

It will take us a little time to settle in so please bear with us as there may be a delay before emails and phone messages can be replied to.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Mon, 20/08/2012 - 21:40

On Friday, 31st August Action Bikes are putting on a pedal powered cinema to raise money for Re~Cycle.

Details + tickets

Showing the original Italian Job - The greatest British crime caper comedy of all time, 1969's The Italian Job towers mightily above its latter-day imitators. Classic film staring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill and many more. The immortal line "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" was voted best film one liner in a 2003 poll.

When - Doors open at 7pm, Film show starts at 7:30pm

Where - St. Philip & St. James Church, Kneller Road, Whitton, TW2 7BY

There will be food and a licenced Bar available on site, please bring along your own chair / blanket to sit on. In the event of bad weather the film will be shown inside the Church.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Sat, 18/08/2012 - 13:46

Many thanks to the Wonderful staff and volunteers at Action Bikes, who have sent their first 40-foot container to Ghana.  412 bikes as well as parts and tools which will make a massive difference to people's lives. Photos.

Action Bikes are kindly collecting bikes and parts for us at their five shops in Central and South West London.  This is a big help, as there are LOADS of bikes in sheds, and the logistics of getting them to us is the tricky bit.

You can find your closest store here (also other bike reuse projects in London and around the UK) or on our donate a bike page here.

We also for cash donations also, towards to cost of running the charity.

If you're doing a sponsored bike ride, please do it for Re~Cycle!

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 05/07/2012 - 15:30

At Re~Cycle we have traditionally not called upon our friends and contacts to support our work but we are facing a growth in demand: our African partner projects are calling out for more bicycles and at the same time we have seen a massive growth in the number of people in who want to donate their bicycles to us..we're in demand!

Please help us meet this demand and double the number of bicycles we send to 10,800 a year.

How you can help

On average it costs us £10 to source, grade, store and pack each bicycle, along with much needed spare parts.

  • £20 will help us send 2 bicycles and parts
  • £100 will help us send 10 bicycles and parts
  • £500 will help us train community members how to repair bicycles – leaving a legacy for the community

Each bike helps up to six people: take for example the rural family with a new bike helping to get produce to market, helping the whole family.

How to donate? 

Please donate on our Virgin page or find more options on the web site's donate page.

Who we help in Africa – the humble bicycle improving life prospects

Your donation will help us provide bicycles to a variety of people in Africa all of whom make really good use of bicycles, which would otherwise go to the tip in the UK or be left in the shed for years. Read more about the projects we support here.

Ability Bikes Co-operative, Koforidua Ghana: Myriam is physically disabled and is now employed as a bicycle mechanic, and despite having to use crutches to get about she is a very competent and well respected mechanic. Ability Bikes is a micro-enterprise project developed and owned by physically disabled people who gain skills and run their own social enterprise bicycle scheme.

We have provided this project with bikes from the UK for three years, helping to provide employment and keeping the local community on their bikes.

Thank you so much for your support,

Merlin and the Re~Cycle team

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 04/07/2012 - 09:47

Merlin (founder) met a lady called Sue Denim in London and she's put him and Re~Cycle in her latest song and video, which is great :)

They were both unlocking their bikes - Merlin often tells cyclists about what Re~Cycle does, as they:

  • know how great bikes are
  • know bikes are being thrown away
  • might like to help/donate/do a sponsored bike ride

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 19/06/2012 - 14:00

The latest container load of bikes and spares for The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana has just been picked up and taken to the port of Felixstowe. Loaded with 381 bikes, dozens of bags stuffed full of spare parts and hundreds of wheels, tyres and other large spares packed loose, the shipment is due to arrive in 3 weeks time. Many of the bikes will go to projects run by VBP in rural areas of Ghana but some of the spare parts are earmarked for the aptly named "No Rush In Life" bicycle workshop that Re-Cycle is encouraging and doing its best to support, albeit from afar.

Anyone who has visited Ghana will have seen that most of the small enterprises - shops, kiosks, street food vendors and workshops that line the roads in towns and village have religious phrases forming part of their names. Examples might include "In God We Trust Taxi Service", "God Is Merciful Dressmaking", "Walk With The Lord Cold Drinks" or "Fishers Of Men Woodworking". Prosper and Bernard, the two mechanics who set up "The No Rush In Life Bicycle Workshop" chose a name that no doubt reflects their own beliefs! Ghana is in the same time zone as the UK except that GMT is known locally as Ghana Maybe Time. Things get done but not always immediately, if not today it will happen tomorrow - no rush.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 24/05/2012 - 16:50

One of our volunteers has just got himself a job as a bike mechanic. Leon first came to Re~Cycle in March 2010 on a 6 month extended work experience scheme funded by the Future Jobs Fund. After his 26 paid weeks, Leon continued to come in several times a week as an unpaid volunteer.

He quickly became a popular and highly valued member of our team and brought great enthusiasm and a welcome injection of youthful vigour. Sadly despite the 6 months valuable work experience, Leon was still unable to find paid employment.

Leon began spending as much time as he could assisting and learning from our mechanics Matt and Richard. Through Re~Cyce he recently managed, with funding assistance from the Colchester Job Centre, to gain the Cytech Level 1 Bike Maintenance qualification and has now found employment with a local bike shop. Although only a few hours a week initially, he hopes that it will build up to full time.

All at Re~Cycle are delighted to have given Leon a hand in achieving the start of his ambition and wish him every well deserved success. Although our aim is first and foremost to help people in Africa, we also help people in the UK, to widen the benefit and impact of our work.

All down to the power of a bike!  

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 22/05/2012 - 14:46

For a LIMITED PERIOD Chelmsford Co-op to mark the celebrations for International Year of Co-operatives are co-ordinating bike collections for us in the Chelmsford area.

In the first four weeks they have collected 293 bikes for us!! A fabulous result.

Keep them coming Chelmsford!!

Please phone 01245 216914

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 22/05/2012 - 14:30

We now have 2 collection points for bike donations in Chelmsford. If you have a bike you wish to donate and live in or can take your bike to CM2 (Gt. Baddow) area please phone Tim Hatcher 07956 106398. Thanks to CHP for the loan of the storage space that we will be using.

For all other Chelmsford donation enquiries please phone Chris Wybrow 07788 253423.

If you can, please take your bike to the collection point as collections from your address will be limited.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 09/05/2012 - 10:43

Re~Cycle would like to welcome Kelley Parfitt, our new Trust Fundraiser, to the team.

Kelley has been fundraising for the past six years, all in international development, for which she has a passion.

She'll be working Wednesday to Friday, and raising lots of much needed funds - hint hint, please donate, even if she doesn't ask you!