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Come visit 46 High Street, Gillingham.

In store you\'ll find the swap-shop, exhibitions and a place to sit and chat. We host many free events, from bike maintenance and film nights, to coffee mornings and children\'s crafts.

On our website you\'ll find our events schedule, newsletter, plus our contact info.

Tipping Point under new management

April 1, 2010

After nine months of being used as a information point on the issue of climate change and as a hub in the campaign against Eons plans to expand coal fired power production in the UK, the Tipping Point shop is closed it’s doors for the last time yesterday. The shop is now under new management with a new remit as a community centre. As part of their corporate responsibility program, BP is funding the new project which aims to provide free tea, coffee and biscuits to local residents to offset poor community relations caused by the companies operations in other parts of the world.

Company spokesperson Joanna King explained, “We understand that our investment in environmentally destructive schemes, such as the Canadian tar sands, tends to generate a lot of bad feelings aimed at our brand. While we are not prepared to pass up such profitable opportunities, we are happy to buy biscuits for people in Medway in order to offset accusations of callous disregard to the well being of people elsewhere.”

The Tipping Point shop has been cleared of political content as part of the new sponsorship deal but the tea and coffee remains fair trade.

Eon moving forward again with their Kingsnorth plans

March 3, 2010

On Monday, E.ON submitted environmental scoping reports outlining their plans for a high pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline for its proposed replacement of the existing Kingsnorth coal-fired power station. The final proposals are expected to be submitted to Medway Council as part of a full pipeline planning application towards the end of this year.

Eon admit that the proposed pipeline is intended for a much larger scheme than just a new Kingsnorth – it would have sufficient capacity for an entire ‘Thames Cluster’ transporting 24 million tonnes of CO2 each year which is the equivalent to four new power stations the size of Kingsnorth!

If consent is given, the Eon pipeline will go over the Hoo Peninsula and then across the seabed taking it to North Sea where they claim it can be stored away and help mitigate against catastrophic climate change.  Even assuming the idea is economically viable (and that the gas doesn’t escape too too quickly from ‘storage’), it is likely that much of the gas will be used to help energy companies extract even more oil and gas from north sea, which obviously means greater emissions.


February 6, 2010

On Saturday the 13th, the Tipping Point Climate Infoshop on Gillingham High Street, is hosting an unusual all day ’swaparama’. With the tag line ‘what’s mine is yours’, the idea is a simple extension of our normal swapshop. People are encourage to bring stuff they no longer want and swap it for things that they do.

Have you got lots of unwanted x-mas pressies that need a new home? Fed up of wearing the same old clothes?

Come along and swap unwanted clothes, books, games, videos and anything else you think someone might want, for something you need.

The event will start at 12am with open table-top swapping through till 5pm. There will also be people on hand to give advice about composting and recycling.

We want to encourage people to buy less stuff because over consumption is putting our planet and people in danger.

Buying less and sharing more not only saves money and our environment, but also helps you get to know others in your community better. Which is why we are also hosting a speed dating style dinner party. Everyones welcome, just bring some food or drink to share and be ready to take part in a few games we have in store! After the meal the party atmosphere will continue with reverse strip poker, short films, incidental open mic and more.

The aim of the event is to connect the social impacts of resource consumption and climate change – as well as to promote the existence of initiatives such as the swapshop and freegle which help to keep usable items out of landfill.

Nearly 70% of rubbish sent to landfill sites could be recycled or composted. With landfill tax approaching £40 per tonne, local authorities are spending tens of millions of pounds dealing with waste each year. This represents the largest single item within peoples council tax.

In the Medway area, the recycling rate currently stands at around 35%. Medway Council, which is supporting the event, aims to increase the recycling rate to at least 45% by 2015 and 55% by 2020.

Join the fun on Saturday 13th Feb – 12-5pm
‘Speed dating’ style dinner party 5 -7pm
films and open mic after

@Tipping Point, 46 High Street, Library end, opp Peacocks.

Into 2010, the year ahead

January 17, 2010

Happy new year. The shop has been open again since the start of January and as the freezing conditions have started to lift we’ve started to see more people braving the high street and coming into the shop for a hot drink or to browse the swapshop etc.

There’s a challenging year ahead if we stand a chance of staving off catastrophic tipping points into runaway global warming.  So come in and see what you can do.

Early in February we’ll be hosting a ‘what’s mine is yours’ swapshop party. If you’d like to help make it happen or have any ideas then come have a chat.

As for the future of Tipping Point into 2010, well our funding has now run out and unless we secure further funding we will be closing by early March. If you think the project should continue then get involved now as nothing is decided and your input is everything.

Tipping Point Video

November 30, 2009

Here’s a short video news piece made by a local journalism student.

This weeks events at Tipping Point

November 29, 2009

Welcome to another exciting week of events at Tipping Point!

Highlights this week include: New opening hours and Medway goes to the Wave on Saturday

We are experimenting with our opening hours this week. From Monday the new times will be as follows:

* Monday 10am – 12am & 3pm-6pm
* Tuesday 3pm – 6pm
* Wednesday (9am for parents coffee morning*) & 12 – 2pm
* Thursday – CLOSED*
* Friday 10am – 12 & 3pm till 6pm Saturday
* Saturday – closed as all going to the wave in London
* Sunday – CLOSED

Tuesday 1 December
Save Money and Energy Workshop    7-8.30 pm
Share hints and tips on staying warm while saving money this winter

Wednesday 2 December
Eco-parents coffee morning 9 -10:30am
We’ll be looking at the topic of renewable energy, and how to make changes in the home that really make a difference

What to do for Copenhagen Locally Meeting 7.30 – 9.30
We’ll be making banners for the wave and discussing what we can do locally during the Copenhagen Climate Talks to highlight the issues.

Thursday 3 December
Film Night  7-9pm.

Featuring: ‘Taking Liberties” and other short films.
TAKING LIBERTIES is a shocking but hilarious polemic documentary that charts the destruction of all your Basic Liberties under 10 Years of New Labour. Released to coincide with Tony Blair’s departure, the film and the book follow the stories of normal people who’s lives have been turned upside down by injustice – from being arrested for holding a placard outside parliament to being tortured in Guantanamo Bay.

Saturday 5 December

Tipping Point will be closed today but we are inviting you and your friends to join us on the ‘wave’ in London. On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will march through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.

Part of a global series of public actions, The Wave will call on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming exceeding the danger threshold of 2 degrees C.
For more details see:

To save on money (group saver tickets)and to meet others in the area going to the same event we’re going to meet outside Gillingham train station at 10.10 am, Chatham Station 10.15 and Rochester at 10.20, we’ll be getting on the last carage of the train or phone 070 50659349 to meet us in London.  Look for the Medway banner.

Hope to see you soon,

Tipping Point crew

Contact Details

We are located at 46 Hight Street, Gillingham, ME7 1AZ (across fro Peacocks)
email: tippingpointmedway AT
phone: 07906461584 (house phone) or 07040900805 (press)

To stay informed about events etc, you can join our mailing list and/or twitter. If you are into it you might also join our facebook.

Free Bulb Bribe

November 28, 2009

This week we are giving away free energy saving light bulbs in a cynical ploy to get people to fill out a short questionnaire. It’ll take just two minutes of your time and make us happy and you don’t have to take the bulb bribe really. If you need more than one bulb then we’ll letr secret, the Somerfield next door is doing 5 bulbs for just 20 pence!

Energy saving lightbulbs, also known as compact florescent lamps (CFL), use just 20% as much energy as an equivalent filament bulb and last many times longer. Using these bulbs instead of those transitional bulbs will not only save energy but also save you money. However, lighting accounts for only about 15% of the energy used in the home so getting everyone to switch to low energy light bulbs is not going to cut emissions anywhere as much as required. Pop into the shop to find out how to can make over simple cost effective changes which will cut emissions and save you money.

Keep warm, cut bills and CO2

November 25, 2009

More than 13,000 residents of Chatham and Gillingham live in “fuel poor” households, spending over 10% of their income on heating bills. With energy prices on the rise again and increasing local unemployment, it is a situation that looks set to get worse. Already 17.6% of households in Gillingham are classified as ‘fuel poor’ , one of the worst constituencies in the South East.

People in this situation are often eligible for grants or save-while-you-pay schemes that will drastically cut fuel bills through greater insulation and efficiency. However few people seem to know about the opportunities or get round to applying so the grants go unclaimed.

Tipping Point will work with local people to research grants and schemes available in the area and provide opportunities for people to work together, not only to apply for these grants but to share best practise on keeping warm on a budget this winter while cutting energy use and emissions. We’re also putting together displays and information in the store about cost effective energy saving hints and tips.


Avoid the rain and drop into Tipping Point this week

November 23, 2009

Welcome to another exciting week of events at Tipping Point!

Highlights this week include: Copenhagen Talk on Wedneday and Endangered Animal Mask Making on Saturday

As usual Tipping Point is open from 12-2pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  11-3pm Saturday and events only on Tuesday and Sunday.

Wednesday 25th November
Eco-parents coffee morning 9 -10:30am

We’ll be looking at how we can take the ‘healthy ethical food’ campaign to the hight street

‘How do we make the Copenhagen Climate Talks count?’ 7 for 7.30-9.30pm
A evening of discussion and planning around the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen this December and the ‘wave’ climate march on December 5th.  An interactive evening of discussion with speakers from the World Development Movement, Campaign against Climate Change, the Camp for Climate Action and Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway.

Thursday 26th November
Film Night 7-9pm.

Featuring: Films about the way Shell has effected communities across the globe

Saturday 28 November
Endangered Animal Mask Making for children 11-1pm
– following on from our highly successful endangered animal sock puppet making we’re moving to masks
– this event is free, for children of all ages and materials will be provided, if you can think of anything special
you’d like to use please bring it along.

Campaign letter writing 1-3pm

Hope to see you soon,

Tipping Point crew


November 21, 2009

Everyone is get excited about the international climate talks being held in Copenhagen in December. Find out why these talks are important and how we can make them count… at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November at 46 High Street, Gillingham.

We’ll have four speakers from the Camp for Climate Action, Campaign Against Climate Change, the World Development Movement and Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway in a round table ‘talking-cafe’ discussion.

The questions we aim to address in this interactive format will be;

  1. What would a fair deal look like.
  2. What can we do locally.
  3. What next after copenhagen.
  4. What are the barriers to change and how can we overcome them.

The meeting will also promote the massive demonstrations planned on the 5th December and organise discounted group travel to London for those wishing to attend. If you like to travel to London and back as a part of a group of local people for the demo on the 5th but can’t make the meeting on the 25th, please let us know so we can include you in the discounted train fare deal.