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.
Is small the next big?
"In this programme, Leo Johnson goes on a search to see if the ideas of E F Schumacher are working on the ground. Are they delivering on the pressing economic and social challenges confronting us?". The programme includes a short interview with Rob Hopkins.
Meeting with local MP Jeremy Quinn
On Friday 9th December 2016, the Transtion Horsham energy group gave a presentation to our local MP, Jeremy Quinn, titled Climate Change and Sustainable Energy for Horsham. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here.
Eigth Seedy Saturday Success
The lovely spring weather on Saturday 18th February brought out Horsham’s hibernating gardeners to the 8th annual seed swap at the Friends Meeting House on Worthing Road. In addition to the usual search through heaps of seeds, subsequent swapping and the telling of gardening tales, there were other stalls celebrating Horsham’s natural environment.
This year we were lucky enough to have Nicola Peel, local environmental activist and solutionist, open the event with words supporting the collection and sowing of local seed. She also had a stall selling lovely jewellery, bracelets and necklaces, all made from seeds. Sussex Green Living, established by Carrie Cort, one of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leaders, offered upcycled garments and bags. To catch one of her great workshops, check out the Sussex Green Living website.
Warnham Nature Reserve, along with Chesworth Farm, represented our open spaces with photographs, membership offers and chat. Horsham in Bloom were there in partnership with Horsham Horticultural Society, and of course Horsham Organic Gardeners partnered with the initiators of this event, Transition Horsham. Southwater Horticultural Society put on a good display of their collected seed to be swapped for a donation. This year we also had Heather Glenny, RHS trained botanic artist, selling her cards and her book of flowers from Horsham Museum Garden.
The local Flax Farm had a stall with everything flax related including their delicious flaxjacks. Brinsbury College was back offering its horticultural and agricultural courses and we had a new stall from Groundworks, offering free energy audits of homes and lots of hints and tips for saving energy, hopefully we will see the again next year.
We had a good friendly turnout, with lots of gardening talk and networking, assisted by homemade soup and bread, or tea and homemade cakes. The raffle added a final bit of excitement at the end of the event.
Transition Horsham’s next swapping event, and quite new, will be a Seedling Swap in the Friends Meeting House to coincide with Ecover refill day on Saturday 6th May 10.00am – 12.30pm. So, put this in your diary and start growing those seeds.
Seedling and Small Plant Swap
Too many seedlings? Did you grow all the seeds in that packet? Don't waste them, bring them along to our first seedling swap.
Pick up something you need for the veg plot or garden. Swap one for one. No seedlings? Don't worry, come along and pick what you want for a small donation.
Saturday 6th May 2017, 10 am - 12:30 pm, alongside Ecover refill.
Horsham Riverside Walk Improvements (HTCP)
Thank you to those who supported the Horsham Riverside Walk in the recent Aviva Community Fund competition. Although we gained just over 4,000 votes, they weren't quite sufficient. We are still determined to find the cash and carry out the work.
BioD/Ecover cleaning products
New products to purchase, or bring a bottle to refill. Other products include toilet and kitchen rolls.
First Saturday of the month, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, RH12 1SL (opposite Sainsburys).
Ideal if you wish to have a go at growing your own vegetables but don’t want to commit to taking on a full allotment. Located on the Chesworth allotment site at the end of Arun Way. Working parties take place on two Wednesdays and two Saturdays from March to October, from 2 - 5 pm. If you are interested in participating in the community allotment project, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Chesworth allotment site is secure, so you will need to contact us if you wish to join one of the work parties, so we can let you on site.
If you would like to be informed about upcoming Transition Horsham events, you can join our mailing list by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. With the exception of the community allotment working parties, or where otherwise stated, all events take place at Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL.
Further events in 2017 to be arranged on the last Tuesday of every month except August.
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