What’s going on in Transition Dorking

From time to time we get newsletters from other transition groups in the area.

Here’s the latest from Transition Dorking:

Dear Friends of Transition Dorking,

At Transition Dorking we focus on the positive –we’re shortening food supply lines and creating alternatives to a “carbon-centric” way of life.  Our initiatives are embraced by people from all points on the political spectrum (well, almost all). We make a point of not spending our energy in fighting against things but in working to build a resilient future.  This month’s newsletter is filled with updates about our initiatives.  But there’s a lot going on in Mole Valley right now that requires the attention of engaged citizens and we’d like to bring some of it to your attention.

Mole Valley District Council has asked us to participate in a session on what should become of Pippbrook House and the surrounding land.  If you have any ideas about this or if you would like to join us please let us know at transitiondorking@gmail.com.

The deadline for commenting on the Dorking Town Centre Area Action Plan is 2 March.  The document can be viewed online athttp://molevalley.limehouse.co.uk/portal/dtcaap/dtaap2012/dtaap_draft_plan
and Dorking SOS has more information http://www.dorkingsos.org.uk/home.shtml.

You may also be interested in Save Our Youth Centre.

Kind regards,
from the Transition Dorking Team

Dates for your diary this month…
Monday 5 March– Transition Drinks – 8PM
Red Bar and Lounge, 45 Dene Street, Dorking RH4 2DW (map)

Thursday 8 March- Dorking Knit Up
Viva, 55 West Street, RH4 1BS from 10am-12pm
Bring your hand-stitching and meet some new people. All levels of ability welcome.

Monday 12 March – Compost Works
8 The Drive, Fetcham – 8PM
Compost Works is having its annual planning meeting and looking for volunteers.  For more information contact Hugh Baker (info@compostworks.org.uk ) 01372 376642

Wednesday 14 March – 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 at transitiondorking@gmail.com or phone 07724 432441 or just come on by.

Every Friday and Saturday  – Food Float
On Dorking High Street in front of Barclay’s from 9am-2pm Food Float is now open Fridays as well as Saturday!  Check out our wildly popular new cheese –Sussex Charmer from Harrison’s Farm in Rudgwick.  For more information see below and www.foodfloat.org.

Dorking Community Orchard
We’re running two workshops –Pruning Mature Fruit Trees – on 25 March at Yew Tree Orchard andPlanting and Pruning New Fruit Treesat Dorking Community Orchard on 15 April.  Please click through or call us on 07546-217-793 for details.

Now you can donate to the orchard online at localgiving.com/dorkingcommunityorchard.  We’re excited to have been invited to join this venture by Community Foundation for Surrey and even more excited that any donations made to the orchard during the month of March will be met by matched funding.  In other words if you give £10 to the orchard in March, Local Giving will match that amount.  Go tolocalgiving.com for more details.

Energy News
Surrey Green Homes Open Days 24-25 March 2012
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, a network of homeowners across Surrey will open their doors to the public to share their knowledge and experience about making their own homes more energy efficient and ecologically sustainable. Homeowners will be able to report on how these changes have affected their fuel bills, and the comfort of their homes.  Viewing a Surrey Green Home is free but booking is strictly required. Please visit http://www.actionsurrey.org/surreygreenhomes to book your ticket.

Free cavity wall and loft insulation in Surrey
Surrey Healthy Homes, a multiple agency partnership coordinated by our friends at Action Surrey, has created a package of measures for homeowners struggling to keep warm in cold weather. The Keep Warm Package that is free to qualifying homeowners includes free cavity wall insulation, free loft insulation, a loft clearance service (including a £100 subsidy for the most in need), free home energy survey, taxi vouchers, emergency heaters and boiler repairs, emergency food supplies.   Find out more here:https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/261419/Surrey-Healthy-Homes-Cold-Weather-Guide-to-Services-in-Surrey.pdf

Food Float
We are thinking of starting a Food Float/Secretts Farm veg box scheme for weekly delivery on a Thursday afternoon/evening to within 2 miles of Dorking town centre. For more information and to register your interest, please email info@foodfloat.org. Look for us on Box Hill and at Little Dudley House in the weeks to come.  We’ve been approached by the National Trust and the restaurant to set up our stall. More details soon.

Garden Share
Garden Share has achieved its first “matching” of a gardener with a garden owner.   So far, six garden owners and four potential gardeners have registered with the scheme.  Of the four gardeners, one has been introduced successfully to a garden owner, two have joined Pixham Potager and one is still waiting to be matched.  We are keen to recruit more gardeners.  At present there are gardens available in the following areas: Mickleham, Ashcombe Road and Nower Road, Dorking, Leatherhead and Mid Holmwood.  If you know of anyone who is interested in finding out more about how the scheme works, or better still, would like to join, Jenny Whiting and Phil Partridge would be delighted to hear from you.  Contact Jenny atja.whiting@ntlworld.com or call her at 07714-271-377.

Pixham Potager
The community garden’s next fundraising night is on March 31st. Chili with cornbread muffins and rice and lemon and lime cheesecake at Pixham Community Centre (formerly the primary school). Tickets (and more details)  £12 from Steve Edgar at steve.edgar@btinternet.com.
Please contact Alaster Calder if you are interested in getting involved at the potager at alacal2@btinternet.com or by phone 07968 833376.

Save the date – Events coming up
Sunday 1 April – Visit to Fulven’s Farm –more details soon!
Monday 2 April – Transition Drinks
Wednesday 11 April – Energy Group Meeting
Thursday 12 April – Dorking Knit Up
Pop Up 3 provisionally booked for May 19th. Details in the April newsletter.

Contact Details
Web:  www.transitiondorking.org.uk
E:  transitiondorking@googlemail.com
Mobile: 07724 432 441
Post: Transition Dorking c/o Mystery Mountain, 58 Dene Street, RH4 2DP

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