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Transition Redhill – August Update

Sutton Community Farm gate and bannerFood group visit to Sutton Community Farm

A few members of our food group paid a visit to Sutton Community Farm a couple of weeks ago, for one of the farm’s ‘field to fork’ events. We were taken on a tour of the farm, and then treated to a fantastic cookery demonstration using vegetables we had gathered on our way round.

It was an interesting and inspiring visit, and we have written a blog post (with pictures) all about it here. If you are a food group veg bag customer, we would recommend paying the farm a visit at the next available opportunity. If you’re not a yet a customer, there’s information about becoming one at the end of the blog post.

Join the global day of action on September 21stPeople’s Climate March – 21st September

The global People’s Climate March is fast approaching. Hundred’s of thousands of people worldwide have already signed up to make it the biggest climate mobilisation in history. If you haven’t signed yet, you can do so here.

As well as marchers, the event needs volunteers for event marshalling, handing out leaflets and encouraging others to take part – there are many ways you could help. Clickhere to find out more about volunteering.

Click here for National Zero Waste week 2013Zero Waste Week – 1st – 7th September

Zero Waste Week is an opportunity to reduce landfill waste and save money. In its seventh year, the week runs 1st – 7th September 2014.

The theme is “One More Thing” – what one more thing could YOU do?

Take a look at the Zero Waste Week website for ‘Use it up’ recipes and other tips for reducing your waste.

Hundreds of bags blown from landfillMake the pledge to stop using single use bags

And on a similar theme, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) are encouraging people to sign up toBreak the Bag Habit and pledge to stop using single-use carrier bags before the Government finally introduces the 5p bag charge in October 2015.

GuitarAcoustic Music Sessions at The Garland

A quick reminder about the monthly acoustic music session that takes place at the Garland on the second Saturday of every month from 3pm-6pm. The event is a very informal session involving musicians of all standards. It combines a jamming group and a songwriting group, and new members are more than welcome.

Details from Sue Fenton on 07931 541369 or sue@fwords.co.uk, or find the Reigate and Redhill Songwriters Club on Facebook.

When: Saturday, 9 August 2014 @ 3:00pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

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

Sutton Community Farm – from field to fork

Sutton Community Farm entranceWe set off up the A217 this morning, on our way to Sutton Community Farm who were holding a “Field to Fork” event for their customers. Sutton Community Farm are one of the main suppliers to the Transition Redhill food group, otherwise known as the Redhill & Reigate Food Group (with its own website, here).

We take a regular bag of organic vegetables from the farm, and were looking forward to finding out more about where it comes from. We arrived slightly late, and found a large group of customers already gathered in the portakabin that forms the main farm building, drinking tea and chatting with the staff – Laura, Carlota and Joris.

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Transition Redhill – July Update

Gatton Country FairGatton Country Fair

We are fresh from our stall at this year’s Gatton Country Fair. It was a gorgeous afternoon, in a lovely setting. We spoke to quite a few people and gave away some flyers, and even gained a few new additions to our mailing list – welcome!

Thank you to everyone who helped out and those that came over for a chat. The concept of Transition isn’t the easiest thing to get across in a way that draws people over to a stall – particularly when there are birds of prey and ice creams competing for their attention – but we have some new ideas for next time.

Debbie FoxGrowing Redhill looks ahead

Debbie Fox, secretary of our sister organisation, Growing Redhill, writes:

“Growing Redhill is a community-led gardening group. We are run solely by volunteers. We help local people to get into gardening. We support our members with tools and space to develop their growing skills. We have over five years of experience in helping local people to ‘grow their own’. Our objectives include:

  • To use wildlife friendly methods of gardening
  • To promote the benefits of allotment gardening.

If you’d like to find out more about us, why not come to our Annual General Meeting onSunday 27 July? We’ll be re-thinking our purpose and planning the year ahead. You might find yourself helping us with the flower planters on Merstham Station or getting involved in another local project.

The event is at 5 Crossland Road, Redhill RH1 4AN (Map). This is our Treasurer’s house. It starts at 14.00. There will be a private viewing of the garden afterwards and a quiz. If you can, please RSVP, so we know that you are coming. If you’d like to join our small, informal committee, please let us know too. If you can’t attend but would like to know more, contact Debbie Fox via secretary@growingredhill.co.uk or tel: 07717 678968. For more about us see www.growingredhill.co.uk

GuitarAcoustic Music Sessions at The Garland

Transition members who like playing music (and having a pint in the Garland!) are welcome to come along to a monthly jamming and songwriting session that takes place at the pub on the second Saturday of every month from 3pm-6pm. The event is a very informal session involving musicians of all standards. It combines a jamming group and a songwriting group, and all new members are more than welcome.

Music books of published songs will be available; you are welcome to play or sing something well-known, or to play something of your own composition. The organisers hope that the event will also put songwriters in touch with each other so they can work on co-writes in the future.

Details from Sue Fenton on 07931 541369 or sue@fwords.co.uk, or find the Reigate and Redhill Songwriters Club on Facebook.

When: Saturday, 12 July 2014 @ 3:00pm – 6:00 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PP (Map)

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

Transition Redhill – June Update

Reading in the gardenTransition Redhill Book Share

If you’re interested in Transition ideas – and presumably you are if you’re reading this – then why not join our local book sharing circle?

It’s dead simple: we’re building up a list of books on Transition-related themes that members are prepared to lend to each other. You can browse the list, add books of your own, and contact people direct to arrange to borrow theirs.

The books cover a wide range of genres and topics from food and energy to practical gardening guides and more.

You can see the current list of books here.

Contact info@transitionredhill.org to find out more and start sharing.

NewspapersTransition Free Press: outlets and money boxes

Do you know of a shop, café, community centre or work place which could display copies of the Transition Free Press newspaper? Copies are already available at Merstham Station, and we are actively looking for more distribution points for the paper.

And we’re also looking for someone to make some honesty boxes for buyers to deposit their £1. Could this be you? Please contact info@transitionredhill.org if you can help.

Gatton Park logoGatton Country Fair – can you lend a hand?

We will be running a stall at the Gatton Country Fair this year, so please stop by for a chat.

If you could spare a bit of time on the day, we would be glad of more volunteers to help man the stall for a little while. Please contact info@transitionredhill.org if you would like to help.

When: Sunday, 6 July 2014 @ Noon – 5:00 pm
Where: Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0TD

Redhill cycle commutersRedhill Cycle Commuters Group

If you cycle to work, or are thinking about giving it a go, a new Facebook group could give you vital support!

The aim of the group is to help people share your experiences, discuss barriers and issues, access free resources and advice, and find out about local events to help keep you and your bike happy and healthy.

TravelSmart Surrey logoFunding for sustainable travel projects

Local organisations can apply for funding for projects that promote sustainable travel and/or improve access to jobs and employment skills. Projects have to benefit people within the Redhill West (basically west of the A23) and Merstham council wards.

The funding comes from the Travel Smart Surrey scheme and includes small grants (up to £3,000) or larger ones (up to £10,000). All the details including eligibility criteria and application deadlines are on the Travel Smart Surrey website.

Co-wheels logoFree electric vehicle charging points

Homeowners and commercial organisations are eligible for government grants to cover the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging points.

You don’t even have to own an electric vehicle to qualify, but you do have to use an electric vehicle through work or a car club (but that’s something many Transitioners would recommend anyway!). The Co-wheels car club has hooked up with an approved Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Supplier to supply and install free electric vehicle charging stations to both domestic and commercial energy users.

Read more about Co-wheels.

Co-wheels members can find out more about the charging point offer by contactinginfo@co-wheels.org.uk and quote your name and Co-wheels membership number.

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

May News

Solar ArrayEnergy Group update

The Energy Group moved forward with its plan for a local Energy Services Company (ESCo) last month. A couple of group members visited Pure Leapfrog’s offices for discussions about forming a company and initiating our first project. (Pure Leapfrog is a business led charity that is the leading social investment provider within the community energy sector.) The meeting was very productive, and we left with lots of advice, and a number of useful contacts to help us get formally established.

We will be holding a further public meeting about the ESCo soon, and will publish the details here when we have them. In the meantime, we would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to become actively involved in the project. Please drop us a mail at info@transitionredhill.org

Food Group LogoFood Group meeting

After an active month the food group has seen an increase in numbers and also lot of general interest.  If you would like to meet up with the group they will be meeting in the Hatch pub on Thursday 8 May to discuss what next and to meet some of the new participants

When: Thursday, 8 May 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Hatch, Hatchlands Road, Redhill, RH1 6AT (Map)

NewspapersTransition Free Press distribution

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we are now distributors of the Transition Free Press newspaper.

The new edition is now here, with stories about floods and fracking, waste and walking, as well as features on neighbourhood reskilling, alternative finance, community energy projects…

We will have plenty of copies available at our next Transition Drinks (see below), and we are building a network of distribution points in the local area. Merstham Station is the first of these, and copies should be available to pick up there very soon.

The cover price is £1.

Come on in (Surrey Green Homes)Surrey Green Homes – booking now open!

Throughout Surrey on 17 & 18 May, inspirational eco home owners are opening their doors to members of the public, to show how they have made their homes cheaper to heat and more comfortable to live in.

This is a fantastic, free opportunity to see energy saving technologies in action.

Plus every visitor who visits an eco home can enter a prize draw to win a Free Green Deal Assessment worth £100.

To find an eco home in the Redhill area go to www.surreygreenhomes.com. Bookings must be made in advance.

There is an opportunity to volunteer if you wish to assist as a host on the day. Free training in energy efficiency is provided. For more information please email Sara Winnington at info@actionsurrey.org or call 0800 783 2503.

The Pig Pledge logoThe Pig Pledge

The Pig Pledge campaign has been created to put power back into the hands of citizens. It is a call to collective action whose purpose is to raise awareness about the impact of animal factories and to make people aware that they can vote for real farming over factory farming every time they buy a pork product. You can sign the pledge here.

The campaign officially launches in October this year, however they are currently looking to recruit volunteers who can spare a little time before then to reach out to local farms, farmers markets and butchers that rear or sell sustainable, ethically reared pork products, engage with the public and, as October draws closer, help out with or arrange a screening of the Pig Business documentary (originally shown on Channel 4) to promote the campaign. If you would like to help, please email matt@farmsnotfactories.org

Gatwick mapGatwick Airport expansion – have your say

You may be aware that the owners of Gatwick Airport are currently running a consultation to gauge the attitude of local residents to the proposal to build a second runway at the airport.

The Woodland Trust have created a campaign page that makes it easy for you to respond to the consultation if you agree that the destruction of up to three areas of ancient woodland are grounds to oppose the building of another runway.

Of course, from a Transition point of view, the building of a new runway (at Gatwick or anywhere else) makes no sense due to the incompatibility of continued aviation growth and our urgent need to combat climate change. The Woodland Trust’s campaign page allows space to enter a response of your own should you wish to make that or any other points.

The Woodland Trust campaign page is here.

An invitation

Our friends in Transition Dorking have just issued us with a tempting invitation via our Facebook page:

“Transition Dorking cordially invites Transition Redhill folk to join us for our monthly drinks which just so happens to fall on Bank Holiday Monday May 5th. Come to Red Bar and Lounge in Dene Street (lovely ambience, nice food and great company!!!) Let’s put the world to rights and share a pint.”

Sounds fun. Don’t forget that we have monthly drinks too of course…

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

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 atinfo@transitionredhill.org, 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 contactanita.powell@sustrans.org.uk.

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)

Seedy Tuesday

Seeds

On Tuesday 18 March, we’ll be adding a seed swap to our usual Transition drinks at The Garland. This is an event where you can exchange vegetable and flower seeds.

Please bring unwanted packets, or seeds collected from your garden or allotment. Take away new varieties. You might grow wildflowers for bees, or try a new vegetable you haven’t grown before. If you don’t have seeds to swap, don’t worry, a small donation will be welcomed instead.

Swapped seeds can have a number of advantages over commercial seeds from the garden centre:

  • they are likely to be well-suited to your local growing conditions
  • they often come with first-hand advice on how to grow them
  • seed swapping helps protect plant biodiversity

Debbie Fox from Growing Redhill will be on hand to advise on growing your seeds. She is also looking for volunteers to transform some planters at East Surrey Hospital.

So get growing this spring!

When: Tuesday 18 March 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Garland, 5 Brighton Road, Redhill RH1 6PP (Map)

Image based on Mustard seeds by Veganbaking.net / CC BY 2.0

March – Coffee, cake and carpentry?

Repair Cafe logoCoffee, cake … and carpentry

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a woollen jumper with moth holes? Bin it? No way!

You can repair it at the Repair Café.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In a Repair Café, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process.

We would like to start up a Repair Café in Redhill, and we need the specialists who can help do the repairing. If you have the skills and would enjoy spending a couple of hours a few times a year helping people to repair rather than replace, please get in touch. Email us at info@transitionredhill.org, or perhaps pop along to The Garland on the 18th for a chat (see below).

Redhill & Reigate Food Group logoEarlswood Schools Easter Craft and Farmers Market – 29 March

Friends of Earlswood will be holding their very successful Easter Craft & Farmers Market on Saturday, 29 March, between 12 and 2pm at the Infants School (map).

Our food group will have a stall there, so please come on down for a chat about our local food buying activities and how you can get involved.

There will be refreshments for all and activities for the children. For more information (including how to book a table of your own) please see this page.

Surrey Green Homes logoSurrey Green Homes Weekend – 17 & 18 May

Action Surrey are looking for homeowners to take part in the Surrey Green Homes weekend on 17 & 18 May. They are looking for inspiring homeowners across Surrey who are willing to open their doors to the public, and to share their knowledge and experience about making their own homes more energy efficient and ecologically sustainable.

To find out more and register, please see this article on our website.

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

Surrey Green Homes Weekend – 17 & 18 May 2014

Surrey Green HomesOur friends at Action Surrey are looking for homeowners to take part in the Surrey Green Homes weekend on 17 & 18 May. They are looking for inspiring homeowners across Surrey who are willing to open their doors to the public, to share their knowledge and experience about making their own homes more energy efficient and ecologically sustainable. Continue reading

February – Bring Me Sunshine

Solar ArrayEnergy group lifts off

The Transition Redhill Energy Group officially came into being at our launch meeting at the Garland last Tuesday. There were interesting discussions, ranging over a number of topics, and we have selected our first venture: an Energy Sevices Company (an ESCo, for short). Continue reading