Green Drinks – this Friday 7:30pm

Don’t forget, we’re back at the Queen’s Head, Rye, for Green Drinks this Friday (15 Feb) from 7:30pm! Come along and have a beer and a chat, meet new people and find out what’s going on in Rye and surrounding villages to promote the environment and local economy!

Green Drinks
Green Drinks

Recycle Swap Shop results – January 2013

We were a bit worried about how it was going to go yesterday, because of the snow, but we went ahead anyway, and cleared a path to the door at St Mary’s Centre, ready for the visitors:
DSC_5531 Recycle Swap Shop

We needn’t have worried though – the crowds soon turned up!
DSC_5532 Recycle Swap Shop

As before we had a table out the front with some free stuff to entice people in, but we had our new banner on it this time!
DSC_5530 Recycle Swap Shop

We had 220 people attend in total – down on the 300 we had in October 2013, but considering the snow and how quiet the High Street was, we think that was pretty good. What’s more impressive is that despite having slightly fewer people, we actually shifted more stuff than last time! Here’s the approximate numbers for comparison:

Jan 2013 Oct 2012
People attended 220 300
People who took something 100 150
Total number of items taken 400 330
Total weight taken 192kg 164kg
Total weight to charity shops 90kg 75kg
Total weight recycled 51kg 35kg
Total weight left over as waste 22kg 25kg

So well done to everyone who brought and took things, and for making donations – we had a total of just over £57, which is just about enough to cover the costs of running a future recycle swap shop. And thanks to all the helpers from St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye! Also, thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for helping with the funding on the first two events – this means we now have a little bit of cash saved up to keep funding recycle swap shops into the future.

Don’t forget we have two more recycle swap shops lined up already:

  • Sat 9 March at Tilling Green Centre, Rye
  • Sat 4 May at St Mary’s Centre, Lion St, Rye

Look forward to seeing you there!

Transition Rye 2013 Plans… and Seeking Your Project Nominations!

2013 Plans

Take a look at Transition Rye 2013 Plans for an overview of our goals for the year ahead. Which brings us neatly to…

New Projects for 2013 – Your Ideas Please!

We’ve made a conscious decision to focus on live projects in 2013, rather than a lot of conceptual stuff about Transition. We have two already – Green Drinks and Swap Shop – which we’ll continue into 2013. The question for you is, what else should we do? We’ve decided that we will back a small number of additional projects to start up in 2013, and we’re inviting you to submit nominations. Here’s how to do it:

Send an email to by Friday 15 February, with the following:

– Name and brief description (max 3 lines) of project.

– What is the benefit of the project – and specifically, why does this contribute to making Rye a more resilient low-carbon community?

– What would you propose to do on this project in 2013? (say 2-3 paragraphs)

– What resources are needed (people, money, anything else), and what resources can you provide or obtain?

We are looking for project nominations with sufficient resources already found to get them started, and including a plan to obtain the additional resources required. Projects which can become self-funding will be particularly attractive. Please don’t submit a project simply because you think it’s a good idea, but for an anonymous “somebody else” to do!

If you find this challenging, but you have a project idea, please get in touch and we can discuss how you might go about this. We can arrange for your idea to be shared around the Distribution list if you want to seek support. The Steering Group has a wide range of contacts and knowhow which could help you access the resources you need. There’s also lots of good material on which may help you choose projects and start to plan. But we will need to “help you to help yourself” rather than taking over your idea and resourcing it for you.

We will have a Steering Group meeting at the end of February and announce the chosen projects shortly afterwards.

Recycle Swap Shop 19 Jan 2013

Did you miss the last Recycle Swap Shop? 300 other people didn’t! If you did, you can see some photos and read about it here.

Well, the next one is coming up, on Sat 19 Jan at St Mary’s Centre on Lion Street (the old FE centre).

Doors open at 09:30, if you have stuff to bring, it needs to arrive before 11am. You can can to browse and take stuff any time from 09:30-12:30. Remember, you DO NOT need to bring stuff, we’re very happy for people to come and just take stuff away – in fact we need people to do this, or there’s too much left over at the end…
DSC_4982 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012

What is a ‘recycle swap shop’?

Many of us have things in our homes which we no longer want or use, but we feel are too good to throw away.  These things sit around, sometimes for years, waiting for us to find the right person to give them to, and eventually they may end up being thrown in the bin.

Recycle Swap Shop is an event run by St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye to provide an alternative for local people who would prefer to recycle such unwanted items to others in the community, rather than throw them away.

  • You can bring your items to the hall and leave them there for others to take away.
  • At the same time, you can look around and see if there is anything you’d like to take away yourself!
  • You are welcome to only bring stuff, or to only take stuff, or to just come along and browse and have some free refreshments and a chat. This is a social event too, where everyone wins!
  • Anything left over will be disposed of through Rye Freegle, charity shops or recycling, as appropriate.
  • Takers get things they want for free!
  • We all end up with a chance to meet other local families for a Saturday morning chat, and we put less rubbish in land-fill, saving both the environment and tax-payers money.

A few points to note:

  • Please bring items before 11am, so there’s time for people to take them.
  • All items MUST be 100% free and must be from domestic (not commercial) sources.
  • Please try to bring things as early as possible and certainly before 10:15am
  • If you have bulky items, like bikes or furniture, then please don’t bring these to the swap shop.  Instead, a notice board will be provided for you to leave a description of your item along with a contact email address or phone number.
  • Don’t bring anything illegal!
  • Don’t bring anything dangerous (no sharp knives, weapons, etc)
  • No pets or livestock.
  • No rubbish.  Please don’t bring anything that really is no good to anyone.  The Swap Shop is run a small group of local people who volunteer their time to organise these events and we don’t want to end up with a whole room full of rubbish to take to the dump!
  • No mains electrical items.

Many thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for financial and practical support!

First Green Drinks of 2013: Tue 15 Jan

Christmas and New Year may now be distant memories, so if you find yourself in need of a drink and a bit of socialising, then come down and join us at the Queen’s Head, 7:30pm on Tue 15 Jan 2013. There’s usually at least 10 of us down there, sometimes chatting about ‘green’ stuff, but there’s no agenda or rules, so the evening can be whatever you like!

See you there!

Green Drinks – back at the Queen’s Head!

As you may have heard, Jonathan and Ian from The Standard have taken on the lease at the Queens Head. Last night was the re-opening, with live music, food and a great atmosphere! So you’ll be pleased to hear that Green Drinks will be returning to the Queen’s Head as of Dec 2012, and will remain as our venue until further notice. The upcoming dates are:

  • Mon 17 Dec 2012, 7:30pm
  • Tue 15 Jan 2013, 7:30pm
  • Fri 15 Feb 2013, 7:30pm
  • Fri 15 Mar 2013, 7:30pm
  • Mon 15 Apr 2013, 7:30pm
  • Wed 15 May 2013, 7:30pm
  • Sat 15 Jun 2013, 7:30pm
  • Mon 15 Jul 2013, 7:30pm
  • Thu 15 Aug 2013, 7:30pm
  • Sun 15 Sep 2013, 7:30pm
  • Tue 15 Oct 2013, 7:30pm
  • Fri 15 Nov 2013, 7:30pm
  • Sun 15 Dec 2013, 7:30pm

Look forward to seeing you there for a beer or two and a chance to make new friends with people interested in ‘green’ issues!

The Rye Greenway and other cycle routes

Last night several Transition Rye members were at the AGM of the Rother Environmental Group. Nick Hanna gave us an update on the work he’s been doing on creating safe cycling routes in and around Rye – there’s lots of progress, and he’s hopeful that we can get support and funding arranged during 2013, with construction in 2014. This is a project which Transition Rye supports fully, and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure it is delivered.

Here’s a map of the Rye Greenway route proposal (click picture for a larger version):

And here’s a map of the plans for routes north of Rye:

You can download the full proposals at these two links:

New location for Green Drinks on Mon 26 Nov 2012!

As you may have heard, the Queen’s Head in Rye has temporarily closed. We wish Marcus and the other staff there all the best in whatever they go on to do next, and we will certainly miss them!

But life, and Green Drinks, must go on, so the the remaining next date in 2012 we will be meeting at The Standard, which is located on The Mint in Rye. The dates and times are:

  • Mon 26 Nov 7:30pm onwards (at The Standard)
  • Mon 17 Dec 7:30pm onwards (back at the Queen’s Head)

In 2013 we will have a new plan, on the 15th of each month, so that the day of the week varies, which will be good for people who can’t do a specific day.

Download the Transition Rye flyer!

We had a great time at the screening of In Transition 2.0 last night, and one of the suggestions was to make the flyer available for people to download so they can print it or email it to people themselves.

So, we now have a new Downloads page where you can get the flyer in two versions. You can access this page from the button just below the picture at the top of the screen as well.