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.

Recycle Swap Shop shifts quarter of a tonne of stuff!

This morning, St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye ran the first ever Recycle Swap Shop in Rye! As a result, at least a quarter of a tonne of stuff went to a good home, and didn’t end up in landfill or just cluttering up someone’s house. We had 300 people attend, which was more than we had ever hoped for! We’d like to thank Neighbourhood Enablers for their financial and practical support, making this inaugural event possible.
DSC_4982 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012
If you’ve never been to a Recycle Swap Shop before, here’s how it works… People turn up during the first half of the morning with stuff they no longer need, and leave it for other people to take. Throughout the whole morning, people can browse the items there to see if there’s anything they would like to take away – at no cost! It’s not required that people bring something to ‘swap’ (despite the name) – in fact we need people who bring nothing but take stuff away, otherwise we have too much left over at the end. For people who had larger items (e.g. furniture), we asked that they didn’t bring them along, but instead left a note on the noticeboard for people to contact them about collecting the item, or join the local Freegle group if that didn’t work for them.
DSC_4984 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012We put the pick of the stuff on a table out the front, staffed by cheery volunteers to pull the punters in…
DSC_4977 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012…and they were certainly busy with people asking about how the event worked!
DSC_4981 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012

DSC_4975 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012It wasn’t just swapping, there was plenty of time for a drink and a chat as well!
DSC_4972 Rye Recycle Swap Shop Oct 2012Most of the leftovers went directly to charity shops in Rye, and the rest was recycled at the tip – we estimate that only less than a tenth of the items that were brought in to the event went into general waste. We hope to minimise this in future by asking people to only bring items that are sufficiently clean/usable/attractive to be taken away by others.

Although the event was free, we did give people the chance to donate towards the running costs – thank you if you dropped some coins in the pot, we got most of what we need to cover a future event!

If you missed out, don’t worry, we’re doing it all again on the morning of Saturday 19 Jan 2013! Put it in your diary now!

If you’d like us to keep you informed about future events, either email and ask to be put on the mailing list, or like our Facebook page.

Recycle Swap Shop

When?    20 Oct 2012   from 9:30-12:30

Where?   St Mary’s Centre, Lion Street, Rye

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.


Note – St Mary’s Centre is what used to be the FE Centre on Lion Street.

Rye Green Drinks dates for 2012

If you missed the last two Green Drinks evenings, do not despair – there’s one a month for the rest of the year! They’ve been great events so far, with 10-15 people turning up to have a beer or two and chat about the latest topics in Rye, with a vague focus on things affecting the environment, local economy, etc. Mostly just catching up, making new friends and having a fun evening though!

Here’s the dates, all at the Queen’s Head pub near the Landgate in Rye.

  • Mon 24 Sep 7:30pm onwards
  • Mon 22 Oct 7:30pm onwards
  • Mon 26 Nov 7:30pm onwards
  • Mon 17 Dec 7:30pm onwards

Look forward to seeing you there!

Next Green Drinks – 7:30pm 20th Aug!

The Green Drinks last week was a great success, with lots of people coming to the pub specifically for it, and several others who were there by chance joining in too! We didn’t sit in a circle having serious discussions, people just mingled and drank beer, and chatted about whatever came up – some of it ‘green’ issues, but not all of it by any means. Several new things came out of the evening – one of our number’s booked to go on the Transition Network conference, we think we have a venue for a ‘swap shop’ in the autumn, and there’s at least one person booking onto a permaculture course in Kent too.

So, we’re going to make this a monthly event – come and join us again for an informal evening of beer and chatting about issues affecting Rye’s environment and economy.

Venue: The Queens Head pub, just down the hill from the Landgate in Rye.

Date/time: 7:30pm Mon 20th August

See you there!