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Free Fruit Day

Free Fruit DayBring a bag to receive a random act of kindness of the fruity kind on Saturday 10 October. From 10am to 3pm (or until the fruit runs out), members of Growing Redhill and Transition Redhill will be on Reigate High Street. The stall will be near The Market Stores and Caffè Nero. They will re-distribute local fruit, with a take home message to “grow your own”.

The bounty for the stall will all be from local fruit and nut trees, with zero associated ‘air miles’. As well as boxes of fruit gathered before the event, local people are invited to bring unwanted fruit to the stall during the morning. The last event shared 400kg fruit – enough for 800 apple pies!

Contact us beforehand if you would like to get involved in apple picking or manning the stall – and take some fruit home too.

Debbie Fox
Growing Redhill
Tel: 07717 678968


Transition Redhill – June News

We have a superb film for you this month…

Black Ice poster

Black Ice – the story of the Arctic 30

When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming.

Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute.

A similar protest the previous year at the same oil platform had seen the Greenpeace activists walk away untouched. This time, the events that unfolded sent shockwaves across the world.

With the eyes of the world upon them, Russia charged the crew, from 18 different countries, with piracy and hooliganism. It was the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century.

Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mould as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the Arctic was never broken.

This highly acclaimed documentary film tells their story.

Further information is available on the film’s website.

Admission free. All welcome.

When: Tuesday, 16 June 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

Transition Redhill – April News

Film posterGrowthBusters – Film Screening

This month’s Transition Drinks event includes a screening of the acclaimed documentary film GrowthBusters.

Water shortages, hunger, peak oil, species extinction, and even increasing depression are all symptoms of a deeper problem – addiction to unending growth in a world that has limits. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth goes way beyond prescribing Band-Aids to slow the bleeding. This film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting rationally to the evidence current levels of population and consumption are unsustainable.

Our growth-centric system is broken. It’s not providing the happiness or the prosperity we seek. But that’s good news; it means a shift to a sustainable model will be good for us. We’ll be happier and more prosperous!

There is more information about the film on our website.

Admission free. All welcome.

When: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

NVS logoVegetable Growing – Techniques, Ideas & Advice

The National Vegetable Society (Surrey District Association) are hosting a talk by Barry Newman (former chairman of the National Vegetable Society) entitled ‘Vegetable Growing – Techniques, Ideas and Advice’.

There will also be a seed swap, so please bring along any seeds you want to swap.

The event is free to members of the National Vegetable Society, and £3.00 to non-members.

A flyer can be downloaded here.

When: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill, RH1 1BP (Map)

Intertwined branchesWalk for Climate

“Britain started the Industrial Revolution, and now it must lead the world towards the Zero-Carbon Revolution…” So begins an email we received recently from Walk for Climate, inviting Transition Towns, businesses, schools and colleges, faith groups, walking groups and other community organisations to set out from all corners of Britain on a walk to demonstrate their commitment to a zero-carbon economy and culture. Events are expected to take place throughout the summer and planning is currently at a very early stage. To find out more, please visit the Walk for Climate website.

Ketts OakTrees of Special Interest

The Woodland Trust are calling on the government to set up a national register to give protection to Trees of Special Interest. Currently there are planning policies which guide Local Planning Authorities to protect aged and veteran trees during development. However, unless a tree is already protected by a Tree Preservation Order, any owner is able to manage a tree to suit their circumstances. In rural areas, nationally important trees are also vulnerable to damage and loss through agricultural and forestry activity. A national register would help owners recognise the value and importance of special trees on their land. Please visit this pagefor more information and to add your name to the call for a register.

Crowdfunding for the Fruit Factory

There are still a couple of days left to support Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Fruit Factory fundraising campaign, which is aiming to turn tonnes of otherwise wasted fruit into locally produced chutneys, jams and preserves. Visit their website for more information.

Dates for your Diary

  • Saturday 11 April – Acoustic Music Session at The Garland. Monthly acoustic music session at The Garland, Redhill from 3pm-6pm. A very informal session involving musicians of all standards. All welcome. See this page for details.
  • Wednesday 29 April – East Surrey WI Science Group open meeting on “Food Production under Humane Livestock Conditions”. Whte Hart Barn, High Street, Godstone RH9 8DT. Cost £2.50 on the door, including tea/coffee. Doors open at 7pm. (Further details  from Mary 01883 744389.)
  • Saturday 2 May – Sutton Community Farm Buddy Volunteering training session. 9.30am to 3.30pm at the farm. Please see this page for more information.

Transition Redhill Personal Carbon Footprint Monitoring Project

Transition Redhill is launching a personal carbon footprint monitoring scheme which TR members, colleagues and friends are invited to join.

Your footprint is a measure of how much carbon dioxide CO2 in tons per year is emitted as a direct result of those activities that are both under your direct control and that can be simply and accurately measured. We include these activities:

  • home heating,
  • home electricity use,
  • non-business road and air travel.

To take part you need to record your gas and electricity meter readings at the start and end of the year, record or estimate your annual car fuel consumption, and record any non-business flights. Further details on how to do this are given in the project rules.

Download the rules here.

The aim of the project is of course to help you to reduce your personal impact on the climate. Measuring the impact makes it much easier to focus your efforts on the most effective practicable steps to take.

The scheme came into effect on January 1st 2012 but you may join at any time. If you want to join contact the administrator Derek Smith at


Future of Reigate Farmers’ Market in doubt

This week the Surrey Mirror reports that the future of Reigate Farmers’ Market is in doubt, as there are only two stalls left – Reigate Beekeepers in the High Street and McCarthy’s bread stall in Tunnel Road.

According to Hughmark International, the company that runs the market: “The people of Reigate do not support the market. It’s as simple as that.”

According to the remaining stallholders, the council could do more to help – advertising for example.

Although the bread stall is struggling, the beekeepers are still doing well. Possibly because: “You’re more likely to buy honey and beeswax once a month rather than bread and cheese, which I suppose people are used to getting from the shops.”

Read the Surrey Mirror report here.

In contrast, the Dorking Food Float has just celebrated its second anniversary and is still going strong.

What’s the difference?

  • The Food Float operates on Saturdays; the Reigate market on Fridays.
  • The Food Float is there every week; the Reigate market just once a month.
  • The Food Float is run by volunteers on a not for profit basis; Hughmark International charge for the Reigate stalls.
  • The Food Float has an attractive website and a Facebook page; the Reigate market has a rudimentary page on the organiser’s website.

Maybe the business model needs a rethink, but surely Reigate can support a thriving farmers’s market?

Please let us know what you think by posting a comment below.

Hello world!

Welcome to the Transition Redhill website.

Transition Redhill was formerly known as Sustainable Redhill (and our old website is still available here). We will be continuing with many of the initiatives started by Sustainable Redhill over the last 5 years, as well as setting up new projects of our own.

There’s not much to see here yet, as we have only just moved in, but we will be posting regular updates on our activities and links to other sources of information on sustainable living.

So please check back regularly to see what we are up to. Better still, come along to one of our monthly meetings (details here) and see how you can get involved.