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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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. We put the pick of the stuff on a table out the front, staffed by cheery volunteers to pull the punters in… …and they were certainly busy with people asking about how the event worked!
It wasn’t just swapping, there was plenty of time for a drink and a chat as well! Most 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.
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.
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.
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.