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

Energy Group lifts off

Solar ArrayThe Transition Redhill Energy Group officially came into being at our launch meeting at the Garland last night. 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

Gleaning day on Saturday 1st February 10am-5pm (TBC)

GleaningGleaning Network UK is an exciting new initiative to save the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms every year.

Farmers across the country often have no choice but to leave tonnes of their crops unharvested and ploughed back into the soil. These crops cannot reach the market either because they fail to meet the strict retail cosmetic standards or because of overproduction. At the same time, 5.8 million people suffer from deep poverty in the UK and cannot afford a decent diet, and this number is on the rise. Continue reading

January – New projects for the New Year

2014New year, new you

So here we are – another year over, a new one just begun… Happy New 2014, everyone!

What shall we do this year?

Our Food Group is going strong and we are launching an Energy Group this month. Other Transition Towns have Garden Share projects, knitting and sewing groups, film clubs and even the odd community-owned brewery. If any of these ideas take your fancy, or you are mulling over some community-run projects of your own, pop along to one of our Transition Drinks evenings at the Garland to talk them over. We’re there on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and details of the January one are below. Continue reading

New Year energy boost

Solar PanelsAs announced in last month’s newsletter, we are launching the Transition Redhill Energy Group this month.

The aim of the Energy Group is to help establish more sustainable use and supply of energy in and around Redhill, to minimise our contribution to climate change and improve our local resilience in the face of diminishing supplies of cheap and accessible fossil fuels. (And reducing our reliance on the Big Six energy companies and their annual well-above-inflation price rises wouldn’t hurt either.) Continue reading

December – High energy, low mileage

Solar PanelsLocal energy boost

We are planning to light up the New Year with the launch of the new Transition Redhill Energy Group.

The aim of the Energy Group is to help establish more sustainable use and supply of energy in and around Redhill, to minimise our contribution to climate change and improve our local resilience in the face of diminishing supplies of cheap and accessible fossil fuels. (And reducing our reliance on the Big Six energy companies and their annual well-above-inflation price rises wouldn’t hurt too.) Continue reading

November News

Surrey Wildlife Trust LogoCommunity Tree Planting

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Merstham Magpie conservation group are holding a community tree planting event in Merstham to improve Brook Road Open Space. They will be planting 105 trees supplied, for free, by the Woodland Trust. Continue reading

Free Fruit Day. A big thank you and a small favour

Free Fruit Day, ReigateThe annual Free Fruit Day in Reigate on Saturday was a great success again this year. Donations of fruit came from all over the area – from gardens, allotments, pub car parks. We estimate that we gave away around 400 kilos of fruit over the course of the day. Apples that would otherwise have gone to waste have been enthusiastically baked, stewed and crumbled in kitchens across the borough. Continue reading