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The history of the ATC
It all started over a few too many
drinks one evening. Polly Webber and 'H' Gregg decided to set
up an information and education centre on all aspects of sustainable
They put an ad in the local paper asking for
interested people to get in touch, and where overwhelmed by the
Having decided to not
borrow any money for the venture, they went to the landlord of
Hebble end mill, which was a very underused premises, and asked him
to lend them some units for a year until they got on their feet.
He didn't quite agree, but he did offer the units for a peppercorn
rent, and asked 'can you start on Monday?!'
And there began a round of making
bags out of recycled jeans, and selling them,
building the centre up step by step, with
plenty of volunteers and enthusiasm.