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Our open meetings are usually held every third Wednesday of the month, except December, 7.30pm–9.30pm, at the St Nicolas Church Pastoral Centre, Great Bookham. Entry is free and open to all.

History

The Transition movement in Bookham began in early 2010, initiated by a group of local people who were already involved in promoting a greener lifestyle through the Green Mole Forum. The group’s plan is to build on local strengths, so as to develop and support projects that help to reduce the damage that modern lifestyles do to the environment.

Meetings

To achieve our aims we hold regular public awareness-raising meetings which take the form of a talk, a film, a discussion or a practical session. These meetings cover a wide range of topics with an environmental link. Subjects have included:

  • Composting
  • Cycling
  • Home-made Christmas
  • Keeping bees
  • Reducing waste
  • Saving energy in the home
  • Saving water
  • Self-building a sustainable home

Activities

  • Biodiversity Garden: St Nicolas Church have allowed us to turn the grounds around their Pastoral Centre into an attractive biodiversity garden, with insect-attracting plants, a bug hotel, herb spiral, water butt and compost bin. We’ve included the garden as part of the annual Open Gardens Day, to increase awareness of sustainable gardening.
  • Energy Group: We have access to a local energy-saving light bulb library, can loan out an energy monitor and thermal leak detector, and can arrange free home energy audits to help householders cut consumption and costs. We’ve also visited a local eco-house to see ways in which an existing building can be made more environmentally-friendly.
  • Food Group:  We’ve been buying in bulk from the Suma cooperative, to save on packaging and make organic and Fair Trade food more affordable. Our food group  manages our gardening activities. We’ve also had an evening out at a local vegetarian restaurant, the result of a meeting to promote a more planet-friendly diet.
  • Garden Share: We try to put people without gardens in touch with those wanting someone to share theirs, and the produce. Visit us on Landshare.
  • Publicity: We send out a monthly email newsletter, contribute to the Bookhams Bulletin and Look Local magazines, and have taken part in local events such as Village Day and late-night Christmas shopping.
  • Waste Group: We’ve visited the local Community Recycling Centre and Materials recovery facility, helped facilitate a declutter workshop, promoted the “Don’t Dump, Donate” message, and run practical “upcycling” sessions.