Next Transition Thursday on Energy
Orchard Work Parties
Food Float Launch this Saturday
Transition Bookham Event
A few words from the team… on mental frost-bite.
As Dorking lights and shadows reappear in the long awaited sunshine, we couldn’t help noticing how affected everyone has been by the last two months’ weather.
It has been over eight weeks now, and this morning the water had frozen again
in the rain butts. We are used to miserable weather in this country, but not to
freezing miserable weather, not for that long anyway. So, just in case you were
wondering if there is something wrong with you feeling tired and on slow gear, don’t
worry, we have all been the same. As the
sun gets back in the picture, energies are picking up, heads are thinking
straighter, everything looks much less daunting, except the gas and electricity
bills. Talking of which…
Next Transition Thursday Event: Energy (and how to save it)
On Thursday 18th March our event night will be dedicated to Energy saving. We are delighted to have Graeme Kane, Mole Valley Council environmental
officer, as our main speaker.
As well as talking about his work to help our council reduce its environmental impact, Graeme will also outline some existing and future
initiatives which are aimed at helping all residents in Mole Valley
live and work more sustainably. This is your chance to influence the
development of these initiatives and perhaps to become more directly involved
in implementing them. There will be an opportunityfor questions and informal
discussion with Graeme and the Transition Dorking Energy Descent Group.
If I may be bold enough, I’ll add this: this talk is a real treat. One may think: complex topic, council officer to explain, mmmm. But I have seen
Graeme talk, and I can tell you that he has a rare talent: he could make any
topic captivating and accessible. Even if he did a lecture on the growing
stages of the barnacle in north Siberia, I
would go, because I know I would have an interesting and pleasant time. We look
forward to hearing him: we know we’ll go home with a much clearer idea of what
to do, and all fired up with a calm, positive attitude. Start time: 8pm, at the
Friends Meeting House, Butter Hill, South
Two work parties/training opportunities at the Community Orchard
It’s planting time! The Orchard team is grinning in anticipation : young fruit trees will be planted this coming Sunday, 7th March, kick off at 11am . Nearly
40 planting stations have been prepared last time, and all the protection
equipment and mulch is ready to go in. This is a party not to miss. We have
requested special sunny weather for the occasion, fingers crossed. But even if
it were pouring with icy rain, it wouldn’t be surprising to see many of the
Orchard team still turn up determined to have their fun. Pruning skills will
also be taught this Sunday. More to come the following week, on 14th March from
12pm to 3pm: a 5 hour course at the Orchard to learn the basics of pruning, led
by tree expert Dr Alessandra Valsecchi and sponsored by East Surrey College. Of
course you are always more than welcome to join, regardless of your skill
levels. For more information and time schedule, you can visit our website: c
Thanks to some generous donations made to the Orchard Friends and a grant award form the Orchid Trust, Community Foundation for Surrey, the
Community Orchard is now going full spead ahead and has its independent bank
account and insurance. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the
Orchard, visit our website or email at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Consultation in Dorking today and tomorrow
Just a quick (but important) reminder about public consultation taking place until 31st March, but with a chance to talk directly to officers and
councillors involved in the preparation of the Area Action Plan, today till 4pm
and tomorrow from 10am to 3pm at the former nightingale shop on St Martin’s
walk. If you can’t make it, you can still participate online, here is the link:
The more of us share their views on the future of our town, the better, particularly to contribute to the bigger picture: these 15 coming years could well be
crucial: how we plan strategies now will influence heavily whether we come out
resilient and thriving in a decade, when the whole economic landscape has
shifted. Strong public support for sustainable choices will help the officers
working on the AAP carry them through.
Food Float: Kick off tomorrow!
One special team has got butterflies in their tummies today: our friends from the Food Float are about to launch! Tomorrow from 9 am till 2pm, a gorgeous machine, formerly known as milk float, will be attended by volunteers
and display local organic food, such as bread, honey, jam, eggs and more. After months of hard work, this great initiative is ready… to float! Many of us will be there tomorrow, for support, but most of all to buy the cakes! Come early!
If you want to see pictures of the Food Float pre-launch on Gala night, you can visit the community network Dorkinian on http://dorkinian.ning.com and click on “photos” on the top menu.
Transition Bookham first public event this Saturday
And another special team has butterflies in their tummies too, not very far! Transition Bookham got to such an energetic start that they are already doing their first public film screening this coming Saturday 13th March. They will show The Power of Community, an excellent documentary about how Cuba coped and changed when cheap oil from the Soviet Union suddenly stopped flowing in back in 1991. The screening will be followed by Q&A and a few words from TD co-founder Andy Tanner. The event will take place from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at
the Baptist Church, Lower Road, Bookham.
For more information, visit: http://www.greenmoleforum.org/page/Transition-Bookham.aspx
And last but not least, a special message to forward around:
Help wanted, no experience needed!
We need help to progress various projects currently underway with the Transition Dorking Facilitation Group.
2009 was a busy and rewarding year working on establishing Transition Dorking: meeting people, trying out ideas, sorting out public and group
meetings, looking at how best to communicate, organising our first events to
raise awareness and starting our first projects. This year the challenges are
slightly different, we are trying to both widen and deepen our appeal to the
community, this is already happening and there are some fantastic initiatives
in the pipeline for 2010, the limiting factor is now becoming the amount of
work (already substantial), that the Facilitation and Comms Groups can handle.
Skills are not that important compared to enthusiasm and many of us have learn’t, and are still learning, new skills. There is no set hierarchy and
people tend to gravitate to where their interests lie. The skills you pick up
or bring with you could also help you in developing a hobby, boosting your cv
or changing your career, it will certainly be interesting and you can get
involved as much or as little as you like.
The vibrancy and success of Transition Dorking ultimately depends upon its uptake by people in the community. If you would like to help please contact
Regular meetings and contact details
The team meets every 1st Thursday at the Friends Meeting House, Butter Hill, South Street, for an open meeting. All are welcome.
The 3rd Thursday of every month is now dedicated to special guests and events (see above), all welcome.
If you are interested in joining the Stitch up team, Orchard team or Energy team, email us and we’ll put you in touch with the volunteers running
Until the summer, the Transition Drinks will happen on an occasional basis rather than the previous regular slots. We will announce them two weeks
in advance on our website.
You can visit our website: http://transitiondorking.org.uk
You can contact us by email: email@example.com
(if any any point you wish to stop receiving opur newsletter, just email us the word “unsubscribe” at the address above).
Or by phone: 07724 432441 (if you are concerned about the cost of the call, we are happy to take your number and call you right back).
You can also visit our group on Facebook (Transition Dorking).
We thank you again for your support.
Kind regards from
the Transition Dorking Team