Welcome to Transition Horsham!
Transition Horsham is a community group of local Horsham area residents who are concerned about the effects that climate change and other environmental and economic problems will have on our lives in the near and medium future. We support the ideas and practical solutions of the Transition Towns movement set up by Rob Hopkins in 2006 in Totnes, Devon, where people like us wanted to do something positive to build in flexibility and resilience to their community, so that we not only survive future changes, but thrive.
So Transition Horsham is all about building community networks, sharing and learning new skills. It is about cutting our carbon emissions through establishing new community based ways of producing energy and heating our houses efficiently, reducing our individual carbon footprint, recycling and reducing waste. It is about growing healthy local produce, encouraging local biodiversity through seed swaps, mending clothes and knitting, baking bread and making preserves, learning more through reading groups and film nights, having fun and travelling lightly.
We have a number of projects on the go, so look through the website, join us on Facebook, check out the events page, sign up to get notifications, and if you think there is something you could help with or want to start, then don't hesitate, come to an event and let us know. We look forward to getting to know you.
To find out more about the Transition idea, you can start here.
Seventh Seedy Saturday Success
On Saturday the 20th February Transition Horsham held its 7th annual seed swap event known as Seedy Saturday. It began at 10.00am in the Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, and in addition to the seed swap tables there was lovely back garden honey for sale. The very local Wimblehurst chocolates, in a special addition to their East Street shop, had a wonderful display of chocolate goodies. Next to them was the Flax Farm with delicious flapjacks and oils. We also had Fincalink, the online provider of small estate Spanish olive oil, well worth getting to know.
Seedy Saturday has always been keen to promote the green spaces of Horsham and we had representatives from Warnham Nature Reserve and Chesworth Farm, plus flyers for this year’s popular Riverside Walk around Horsham on Saturday 16th July. Talking of diary dates, Jeanette Mercer was there publicising her Kinder Living event on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July which aims to provide ideas and products for a more ecologically friendly lifestyle. Carrie Court from Green Living also had a stall with lovely upcycled garments, and jewellery, you should have seen her waistcoat made from old ties!
We were pleased to have back with us Dr Steve Millam from Brinsbury College explaining about his courses and delighted to chat to past students. The event was, however, focussed on seed swapping and gardening, so all the local horticultural societies were represented, as well as Horsham in Bloom. Seeds to swap were not as prolific as in previous years, perhaps due to the rather odd weather in 2015, but Transition Horsham is thinking of putting on a Seed Saving Workshop in the autumn to encourage Horsham gardeners to collect their seed for swapping next year. Watch this space for dates.
Horsham Seedy Saturday has always been a very friendly and enjoyable community event and this year was no exception, helped along by homemade bread and soup, lashings of delicious homemade cakes and a very desirable raffle.
Horsham In Bloom are organising a Volunteers' Evening with a focus Experiences and activities of other Volunteer Groups in Horsham.
7.30-9.30pm, Friday 22nd April at North Heath Hall. Special guest Jim Buttress.
Al Gore's Climate Reality
Presentation by Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living
This March, Carrie was invited to be trained by Al Gore, former US Vice President, leading climate change scientists and climate change communicators in Manila, Philippines, on a three day training programme. There were 700 other passionate environmental communicators from 33 different countries on this programme and there are over 10,000 Climate Reality Leaders now trained worldwide.
At this presentation Carrie will share Al Gore’s presentation and the truths about what climate change is doing to our world and how we can stop it by shifting to clean, renewable energy. The aim of the presentation is to break down the complex terms of science and policy into the language of everyday life so people everywhere can understand how climate change directly affects them and join the millions worldwide working for solutions.
As well as the grim facts about the negative effects humans are having on the planet which sustains us, Carrie quickly likes to say “the presentation also includes lots of statistics, evidence and reasons to be cheerful”.
Learn more here.
Tuesday 26th April 8.00 pm at Friends Meeting House Worthing Road, RH12 1SL (opposite Sainsburys).
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This service normally operates on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 12 noon.
Horsham Riverside Walk
You are invited to join Horsham’s Annual Riverside Walk on Saturday 16th July 2016, starting at 10.00am. More details here
We work closely withHorsham Organic Gardeners Society
Other key links
Permaculture fruit tree pruning specializing in mature trees. 07908 710 670
Horse manure, well rotted, 50p a sack, bring your own sacks. Phone 01403 732514