Transition Dorking Newsletter Issue 28, November 2011

Message from the team
Dates for your diary this month…
Garden Share
Energy News
Volunteers Needed
Save the date – Events coming up
Contact Details

A message from your team:

Dear Friends of Transition Dorking,

On last year’s Apple Day celebration we ran around looking for apples from our own trees and those of our neighbours, set up a press on the High Street, and gave away 95 samples of fresh juice.  A lot of people said they would bring their own apples next year.

They did.

On 22 October of this year Nick and Dave pressed an estimated half-tonne of apples and we gave away 700 samples (yes, that’s right—seven hundred).  People took home 68 litres of juice from their own apples.  The pulped apples went to people who wanted it for compost and to the proprietors of The Giggly Pig to feed their pigs.

It was great to speak to so many of you about the orchard, our Garden Share scheme, energy matters and Transition in general.  It’s clear we all want a sustainable, positive future and we’re all thinking about ways we can make that happen.  Check out the opportunities below and we hope to see you at something in November.

We’re also happy to announce the publication of The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins—the founder of the Transition Network.  Have a look.

Kind regards,
from the Transition Dorking Team

Dates for your diary this month…

Monday 7 November – Transition Drinks – 8PM
Red Bar and Lounge, 45 Dene Street, Dorking RH4 2DW (map)
Our usual, informal monthly gathering to discuss all things Transition-related.

Thursday 10 November – Dorking Knit Up 
Viva, 55 West Street, RH4 1BS from 10am-12pm
Bring your knitting and meet some new people.

Thursday 10 November – Energy Group Meeting
MVDC Pippbrook Offices 7pm
The Energy Group is working on projects involving home energy audits, presenting to schools, and going solar. If you are interested in attending let us know or phone 07724 432441 or just come on by.

Saturday 12 November – Pop-Up2-The Vegetarian Restaurantfeaturing local food with proceeds to go to a local community garden project.
Tickets to the restaurant are SOLD OUT but please see below for volunteer opportunities on the night.

Sunday 27 November – Planting Day 
Dorking Community Orchard – 10 – 2.
We’ll be planting 15 new trees on the eastern end of the site.  Join us in digging, planting, and creating deer and rabbit proof structures for the trees.  Dress warmly and bring work gloves.  Visit Dorking Community Orchard for directions.

Sunday 27 November – Film Screening – Inside Job
Dorking Halls – 3:00
Do you want to know what happened in the banking world in 2008 that is having re­percussions in your life NOW? We are showing ‘Inside Job’ an award-winning film that goes behind the scenes through a series of interviews with key players. The screening will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet a representative from the new Surrey Credit Union offering ideas about local financial opportunities. Tickets are available at the Dorking Halls box office, Mystery Mountain in Dene Street and Transition Drinks at Red, Dene Street on Monday November 7th. Prices are £7.20 or £5.80 concessions.

Every Saturday – Food Float 
On Dorking High Street in front of Barclay’s from 9am-2pm
Food Float sells local food every Saturday from 9-2 on the Dorking High Street in front of Barclay’s Bank.  Local eggs, fresh vegetables, cheese, bread, jams, and cakes are always available.  For more information see:

Garden Share
A new Transition Dorking initiative, Garden Share, links people who are looking for a place to grow fruit and vegetables with people who have land but who don’t have the time or the inclination to grow food.
We had a successful launch in October.  Many thanks to the 15 people who came and who signed up for the programme.  If you missed it, however, no worries!  Just contact us at or 07724 432441 for more information.

Energy News

With some insulation and pipe-lagging, lots of people could make their homes warmer, save themselves money, and cut carbon emissions this winter, and our team of volunteer energy auditors can show them how.  Are you interested in becoming a home energy auditor?  A free training course is being run by our friends Action Surrey at their eco demonstration home in Woking on Friday 11 November from 9.30am to 5pm. Once you’re trained, you’ll get help and support with your audits (you’ll do one around every two months to start with), and you’ll always have another auditor with you.  Audits typically take 2 hours, and the write-up takes another hour. Interested?  Book your place on the training course here: and do let us know you’re going by emailing

EcoHomes Weekend– We are currently in the early stages of planning next Spring’s eco-homes weekend where houses displaying sustainable technology or building techniques will be open to visitors.  If you are interested in opening your home please contact us or 07724 432 441.

Action Surrey – Action Surrey offers advice to residents, schools and businesses on how to reduce energy and water consumption.  They also manage a network of trusted, local and experienced installers who can install insulation, replace boilers and are experts in solar and other microgeneration technology.  Look for them at Action Surreyor call 0800 783 2503.

Surrey gets composting!
To find out how to build a compost heap or to buy a bin, starting from only £14 visit theSurrey Waste Partnership website or call 0844 571 4444.

Volunteers Needed

Pop-Up2 Restaurant
We need another person to make up the waiting staff for Pop-Up2. Duties include delivering plates of food and clearing up.  No silver service, no taking orders.  Volunteers need to wear black, if possible, arrive at 6:30 and expect to be finished by 11:30.  Pop-Up2 is at St Mary’s Church, Pixham on Saturday November 12.  Please contact Steve Edgar at steve.edgar@btinternet.comif you’re interested.

A Potager in Pixham
If any TD supporters are interested in helping to restore a walled kitchen garden in Pixham, could they please contact Alaster Calder (see below).

We’ve been given the opportunity by its current private owners to bring back to life a space that once provided local food for the staff of FriendsProvident. There are three glasshouses and a polytunnel as well as sufficient land to develop it as another source of local food for the community.

The project came about as a result of the first Pop-Up restaurant and its intended that the proceeds from Pop-Up 2 will go towards the development of the garden that will in turn provide the ingredients for future Pop-Up events next year and beyond.

Our initial thoughts are to develop the project as a potager-style garden with edible flowers as well as vegetables and to grow produce decoratively as well as organically.

Our first step is to set up a small team of people willing to manage to manage the project and get it up and running. A site meeting is being organised in a few weeks’ time and we hope to start clearing the site in the first week of January.

Alaster’s contact details are:
Mob: 07968 833376.

Some Heavy Stuff…
The final reading of the Localism Bill in the House of Lords was heard on Monday 31 October, and the Localism Act will soon bring changes to provisions for councils, housing, planning and regeneration. We don’t know yet exactly how the changes will affect us, but generally speaking it means more power to communities, and opportunities for more effective and inclusive participation, representation and leadership: being well run is one of the key components of sustainable communities.
The question is how much we as a community wish to respond to the opportunity. If we are serious about building resilience we should make ourselves aware of the opportunities the Localism Bill will bring, make decisions on how we wish to respond, and follow through with actions.
If you are interested to find out more, take a look at the following links, and contact Jacqueline Johnston at

Sustainability in Schools– Would you be interested in giving presentations in schools about sustainability issues?  Our friends at Action Surrey are going to do a couple of slots, and they’ve invited Transition Dorking to go along, learn the ropes, and then do our own.  Call us at 07724-432-441 or email

Habitat Surveys and Management – Dorking Community Orchard is looking for people who could help with wildlife surveys and habitat management activities at the orchard. Contact Jacqui at

Food Float is growing!  We’re looking into opening on a second day and/or an additional location but we need people to make this happen.  If you’re interested please call Steve McDonald at 07753-467-652 or email

Save the date – Events coming up 
Monday 5 December  – Transition Drinks at Red Bar and Lounge. Celebrate Transition Dorking’s 3rd birthday!
Wednesday 7 December– Energy Group Meeting
Thursday 8 December – Dorking Knit Up

Contact Details 
Mobile: 07724 432 441
Post: Transition Dorking c/o Mystery Mountain, 58 Dene Street, RH4 2DP

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