Monthly Archives: April 2014

April – Seed swaps and sewing tips

Seed swap at the GarlandSeedy Tuesday

We held a community seed swap event at our recent Transition Drinks meeting. Despite being organised at very short notice (too late for inclusion in last month’s e-news), it was very well attended. Many seeds changed hands and much gardening advice was dispensed.

Thank you to everyone who came along. We plan to make it an annual event. Perhaps with a little more notice next time!

Reading the Transition Free PressTransition Free Press

We plan to start distributing Transition Free Press, the quarterly 24 page tabloid newspaper of the Transition Network, and will have 125 copies delivered to us in May.

We are looking for more distribution points around the Borough, so if you know of somewhere suitable and willing, please let us know.

We’re happy for many people to read the newspaper free of charge – it’s a way of spreading the word, quite literally, about Transition. However the cover price of the newspaper is £1, and ideally we’d like enough people to pay that we at least break even. We’ll need some honesty boxes for people to slip their £1 coins into, so if you have untapped carpentry skills and time, or know someone who does, please get in touch!

Repair Cafe logoRepair Cafe update

We’ve had an excellent response to our Repair Cafe proposal, highlighted in last month’s e-news. Several people have already volunteered their skills to help people repair things rather than simply replacing them when something goes wrong. We will now start working on the details and expect to hold our first Repair Cafe event later in the year. Details will appear on our website, and in the e-news, when we have them.

We are still keen to hear from anyone else who wants to get involved. Email us, or perhaps pop along to The Garland on the 15th for a chat (see below).

Boy on a bikeBikes Revived

Bikes Revived in Merstham have a wide range of expertly refurbished bikes in all sizes, makes and types, and they offer bicycle servicing and repairs at affordable prices.

They are keen to hear from you if you have an unwanted bike you would like to donate. You can rest assured that it will be expertly restored or recycled with usable parts being used for other bikes.

Please visit their website, or phone 01737 668422.

Car-sharingMaking business travel more sustainable

Sustrans, in partnership with ERDF and Surrey County Council, is offering small businesses in Redhill and Reigate up to 30 hours of fully funded advice and support to help overcome the rising costs of business travel, by looking at sustainable alternatives such as car-sharing, smarter driving, pool bikes, and reducing the need to travel through using technology to enable remote working. To find out more please

CSE logoFree community energy training course for young adults

Are you aged 18-29 and looking to get into the world of community energy. Do you know someone who is?

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has teamed up with the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UK YCC) to run a community energy peer mentoring project, aimed at increasing young adults’ skills and understanding of sustainable energy for the benefit of the community energy movement.

You can find further details here.

Five lessons learned…

And finally, you might be interested in this article on local food by Gavin McGregor (formerly VegBox Project Assistant at Sutton Community Farm, our food group‘s veg box scheme supplier).

3 pintsTransition Drinks

Our monthly Transition Drinks. All welcome.

We will be in the main bar at the Garland. Come along for a chat and see what we have been doing and what we have planned. We are always keen to hear new ideas, and if you have a project you think we could help with, please come and tell us about it.

We’ll be there from 8, probably until about 9.30 or so, so drop in any time in between.

When: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)