Events

Sussex Ornithological Society: Saving Sussex’s Swifts

Saving Sussex Swifts

We’d like to follow the example of Lewes in attracting more swifts to nest in Steyning. They really are the most fascinating birds –

For example they can live for up to 20 years, and it’s estimated that the distance they fly over their lifetime amounts to travelling to the moon and back up to seven times.

 Saving Sussex’s Swifts by Sussex Ornithological Society
Free online event:

When: Wed, 24 February 2021 19:00 – 20:00

Wherehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saving-sussexs-swifts-tickets-134256710435

This online event might inspire you more to be a Steyning Swiftie! Greening Steyning are planning to find out where nests are in Steyning when the swifts return this year and put some more nest boxes up.

Will you be the person to see the first returning swift?

Do you already have swifts nesting on your house and know of somewhere nearby where we could put a box?

Do you want to join a WhatsApp group for everything swifts?

Do get in touch!

Green Books – Charles Dowding talks & answers questions about his new book – No Dig Gardening

Charles Dowding Talk

Thursday 4th February 7.30-8.30pm online with tickets available http://bit.ly/greenbooks4Feb

Hosted by Greening Steyning who are launching a series of free, non-fiction, online, monthly talks with environmental writers to educate, engage and inspire.

Charles has become the guru of no dig gardening. He’s a really good grower, organic, has fabulous produce and we went down to Somerset to see how he does it. I’m a convert now, I want to dig as little as possible.

Monty Don, BBC Gardeners World

 About the book

No Dig Gardening is for anyone interested in the no dig method – beginners or experienced gardeners. Charles explains the simplicity of no dig, why it works so well and how much time you can save. The book is packed with easy-to-understand theory and practical advice. The lessons are beautifully illustrated with fully explained photos from Charles’ no dig gardens. 

 The wonderful Steyning Bookshop are also offering a 15% discount on this fantastic book. 

 

Green Books

Our series of events will start on Thursday 4th February and run the first Thursday of the month 7.30-8.30pm. Green Books – Conversations with environmental writers to educate, engage and inspire. A wide range of subjects to support the Greening Steyning challenge to become one of the greenest, healthiest and most sustainable communities in the UK.

Tickets are free and places booked here http://bit.ly/greenbooks4Feb

*** Note – we’ve just released more tickets, so if you tried booking, but found it Sold Out – try again!  ***

You will receive an email from Eventbrite with Zoom login details. Zoom is free to use, if you haven’t used it before you can login from a smart phone or computer.

To keep up to date with the next Green Book events and all the news from Greening Steyning sign up here for our newsletter below.

 

 

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

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Play your part in the world’s largest bird survey this January.

Join thousands of people taking part to see the drama unfold on your doorstep, simply spend an hour counting the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony from the comfort of your home in Steyning, Beeding, Bramber and around.

How it works:

1. Pick a time – You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January.

2. Record what you see – Count the birds you see in your garden ignoring any birds that are still in flight.

3. Submit your results – 
Online: You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 29 January until 19 February.
By post: If you’d rather send your results by post, you can download a submission form below. Please post your results to us before 15 February.

When: 29-31 January 

Full details:  https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

Tues 26 Jan: Creating a Local Nature Map + AGM

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Hear all about the nature mapping project and how you can get involved

 

Greening Steyning is kicking off the New Year with the launch of an ambitious new Nature Mapping Project. The thinking behind it is simple: Unless we know what wildlife and habitats we have now, how can we protect and enhance them?

The idea is to create a up-to-date nature map of the area around Steyning, Bramber and Beeding. This will identify biodiversity hot spots and provide a baseline to track how things are changing over time. The project will involve working closely with local farmers and landowners.

The project is being led by Greening Steyning’s Biodiversity Action Group and will involve training up teams of volunteers who will go out into the countryside and record what they find.

We will be joined on the night by Chris Fairbrother, from the South Downs National Park Authority, Nick Mills from Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve, and representatives from several other local partners were teaming up to create the map.

Log in on the night to learn all about the project and how you can get involved.

The talk will be followed by the Greening Steyning AGM, which we aim to keep short and sweet (15 mins max)!  We just need to share the accounts from last year and confirm some of the core Steering Group positions.

When: 7.30-8.30pm on Tuesday 26th January

Book a place here: https://bit.ly/NatureMap26Jan

Tickets are free but if you would like to make a small donation to help with the costs of the project would be most welcome.

We’ll send you a follow up email with the Zoom login details.

Tues 24 Nov: Green Drinks – Saving Energy at Home: Ask the Experts Session

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Join us for a practical Q&A session on how to make our homes more energy efficient

Our ageing housing stock is notoriously leaky and inefficient, leading to draughty bedrooms, damp bathrooms, and inflated energy bills.

The trouble is most of us know all this already.  But somehow we don’t get around to it.  We make excuses, and we put if off until next year.

This interactive online Q&A session with two experienced retrofit professionals is designed to help us get over the hump and take action. There will be practical advice on all aspects of home energy improvement.

You’ll learn about how to access the new government Green Homes Grant scheme, and hear about initiatives like the Warmer Sussex Scheme, which can provide tailored advice and hand-holding on more ambitious retrofit makeovers.

When: 7.30-8.30pm on Tuesday 24th November

Book a place here: https://bit.ly/2030RetrofitSession

We’ll send you a follow up email with Zoom login details and information on how you can submit a question in advance.

A small donation to help support the 2030 Project would be appreciated, but is not essential.

Previous events

24 Nov 2020: Saving Energy at Home – Ask the Experts Session. We were joined by Cath Geoghegan and Sarah Kemp from Warmer Sussex for an interactive session all about how we can make our homes cosier and more energy efficient.

If you missed it, you can catch up with the recording of the session and find out more here.

2040 film

27 Oct 2020: special showing of the inspirational film “2040”.  Over 90 logged on to watch it, and we had a lively Zoom chat afterwards to compare notes on what people thought of it.  The overall verdict was very positive.  We’d like everyone to see this film.

4 Oct 2020: The fourth of our new style Give Your Stuff Away Day events – suffice to say it was a bit wet!

29 Sept 2020:  Green Drinks via Zoom – an update on progress with the 2030 Project, with reports from each of the four Action Groups we have set up.

6 Sept 2020: The third of our new style Give Your Stuff Away Day events.

 

2 Aug 2020The second of our new style Give Your Stuff Away Day events.

 

28 July 2020:  Green Drinks via Zoom – a presentation and discussion of  the results of the 2030 Survey.

 

Wheel barrow full on give your stuff away day5 July 2020: A trial run for the new style Give Your Stuff Away Day events.  Instead of bringing their ‘stuff’ to the Catholic Church, residents2040 film were encouragd to leave things in a safe spot outside our homes.  It worked a treat.  At least 40-50 households put things out, and loads of bargains were snapped up – all for free.

 

 

30 June 2020: The first of a new series of Green Drinks meetings via Zoom.  Paul Hannam and Geoff Barnard will led a discussion on how we can reboot the 2030 Vision process and how people can get involved.

 

10 June 2020: We restarted the 2030 Vision process with an online 2030 Vision Survey.  This was designed to find our what people would really like our community to look and be like in 2030.  The survey closed on 10 July.  Here’s a summary of the results.  Here’s the full survey report.

 

25 Feb 2020: Preserving and enjoying the Sussex countryside.  For February’s Green Drinks we have two speakers. Nigel Bird spoke about his role as a West Sussex County Council Countryside Access Ranger, and Phil Paulo described the work of the South Downs National Park’s Truleigh Hill Project.

 

28 Jan 2020:  Climate Action Meeting.  We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and started the process of looking ahead to develop an ambitious new Zero-Carbon vision for what we want Steyning, Bramber and Beeding to look like in 2030.  Here’s a link to Geoff’s ‘Looking Back’ presentation with some of highlights of the last 10 years.  And here’s a link to Paul Hannam’s inspiring forward looking presentation ‘Our Town, Our World, Our Future’.

 

16 Dec 2019:  Parish Council Climate emergency demo  – A group of more than 40 of us gathered in the pouring rain and lend our support to Georgia Saunder’s motions for Steyning Parish Council to Declare a Climate Emergency, and formally back the campaign to make Steyning a Plastic Free Community. It worked! All the motions were passed unanimously, and a decision was taken to set up a new Climate Change Working Party.

 

27 Nov 2019: Climate Election Debate – for the 4th general election in a row we teamed up with Steyning Grammar School to host a BBC Question Time style hustings debate focusing on climate and environment issues.  We had a packed audience of over 300, including many 6th formers to hear the debate, which was expertly chaired by Tony Whitbread, President of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.  All five candidates from Arundel and South Downs constituency took part: Alison Bennett (Lib Dem), Andrew Griffith (Conservative), Bella Sankey (Labour), Isabel Thurston (Green), and Robert Wheal (Independent).

 

You can download a video of the event from YouTube.  It comes in three parts, numbered sequentially.  Here’s a press report that came out in the Shoreham Herald. And here’s some photos from the night on Facebook.

 

9 Nov 2019: Mass Unwrap at Steyning Coop  We took direct action at Steyning’s Coop to protest about the amount of single use plastic shoppers are forced to take away with them when they shop.  Shoppers were invited to take their shopping to a table outside the store and unwrap it, leaving unwanted plastic wrapping behind.  It was a great event and the local Coop staff were right behind it.  Here’s an article in the County Times that followed.

 

29 Oct 2019:  The Extinction Rebellion story –  Mark Engineer, Anne Younger and Matt Phelps from XR Groups  in  Lewes, Shoreham and Godalming spoke at Green Drinks about Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent civil disobedience campaigning approach.  Here’s Mark’s presentation.

 

6 Oct 2019: the last ever Give Your Stuff Away Day.  Sadly we’ve had to call off future events because our recycling partners, the Recycled Goods Factory have closed down.

 

25 Sept 2019:  Plastics Campaign Update – our Autumn series of Green Drinks talks kicked off with an update on the Plastic Free Steyning, Bramber and Beeding campaign, with Andrew C0leman form Surfers Against Sewage our guest speaker.

 

 

20 Sept 2019:  Steyning Climate Strike – the biggest march in Steyning for 40 years, in support of the Global School Climate Strike movement.  For details of this inspiring event ,which brought together young and old to call for urgent climate action, see the press release, and the Facebook album.

 

14 Sept 2019: River Adur ‘clean up’ walk – Volunteers from Steyning, Bramber & Beeding joined forces to do a litter clean-up walk along the River Adur.

 

20 & 28 July 2019: Stork Walk & Talk – a special guided tour of the white stork breeding project at the Knepp Estate.

 

20 July 2019:  Steyning Primary School summer fête – Our Plastic Free Campaign team ran a stall to help encourage people to cut down on single use plastics

 

26 June 2019: A walk on the wild side – we organised a fantastic special tour of the Knepp Estate, with an introductory talk by Isabella Tree, author of the bestselling book “Wilding:  The return of nature to a British farm”.

 

22 June 2019: Friends of Upper Beeding School (FUBS) summer fête – Our Plastic Free Campaign team ran a stall to help encourage people to cut down on single use plastics

 

27 May 2019:  Steyning Summer Fair – we had a stall focusing on the Plastic Free Campaign, featuring Gabi Carr’s wonderful 

 

29 May 2019:  Martin Porter, Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, shared his experience of how climate policy is set in Brussels, and the behind the scenes lobbying and negotiations that shape decisions.

 

24 April 2019:  Green Drinks provided chance for an update on the Plastic Free and Climate Emergency campaigns.  We also had a meet 5 of the 6 candidates in the District Council election.

 

7 April 2019: The second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

6 April 2019: Steyning Farmers’ Market saw the launch of our campaign to make Steyning, Bramber and Beeding ‘plastic free’ communities.

 

27 Mar 2019: West Sussex Councillor, Kevin Boram, formerly with EDF Energy, spoke at Green Drinks about the challenges of financing and building Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power plant for decade.

 

27 Feb 2019: Kia Trainor, Director of the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), shared insights on how communities can shape how local development takes place, and discussed tactics on Neighbourhood Plans. Here’s her presentation.

 

30 Jan 2019: Belinda Gordon, from The Green Alliance, gave a fascinating talk at Green Drinks on how Brexit will affect the environment. Here’s her presentation if you missed it – the short version is that No Deal will be a disaster for the environment, and all of the soft Brexit options, while offering some potential advantages, will also create new risks.  

 

6 Jan 2019:  The first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

28 Nov 2018:  Andrew Coleman, from Surfers Against Sewage, outlined their campaign to create plastics free communities and asked whether we might be ready to take on this challenge in Steyning.  The answer was an emphatic ‘Yes’! So watch out for news. Here’s his presentation.

 

31 Oct 2018: Mark Stevenson from Bright Spark Energy, spoke at Green Drinks about the future of small scale solar systems. Here’s a link to his interesting and upbeat presentation.

 

7 Oct 2018:  Another bumper Give Your Stuff Away Day.

 

 

26 Sept 2018: Will Apps, Head of Energy Development at the Crown Estate (the organisation that manages licence for the UK sea bed), gave a fascinating Green Drinks talk on the role of offshore wind in decarbonising the UK’s electricity supply. Here’s his presentation if you missed it.

 

29 Aug/5 Sept 2018:  Nick Mills led two guided tours of the brand new Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve.  Over 100 people came along to see this wonderful new resource, right on our doorstep. Here’s some photos of the happy event on Facebook.

 

 

13 Aug 2018:  we organised a guided tour of the high-tech ‘MRF’ recycling plant at Ford, just South of Arundel, where all our domestic recycling goes to be sorted and dealt with.

 

1 July 2018: our third Give Your Stuff Away Day of 2018. It was a right scorcher, but we still managed to shift a whole load of reusable items.  Strangely, no exercise bikes this time – almost a first!

 

29 May 2018:  Solar pioneer, Jeremy Leggett, gave a brilliant and inspirational talk at our special Steyning Festival event, arguing that ‘Yes, we can win the Carbon War’. Here’s his slide presentation, where all the background facts and sources are set out.

 

25 April 2018: Gareth Rollings, Commissioning and Infrastructure Manager at West Sussex County Council, shared latest thinking at Green Drinks on how West Sussex is working to get a grip on waste prevention and tackle the problem of plastics.

 

8 April 2018:  our second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

28 Mar 2018:  Richard Goring presented Wiston’s new ‘Whole Estate Plan’ at Green Drinks. Here’s a link to the online version.

 

28 Feb 2018: automobile engineer, David Lemon, spoke at Green Drinks about the electrification of road transport and the challenges in making the switch to electric cars.  

 

24 Feb 2018: we teamed up with West Sussex County Council’s waste prevention team for our stand at the Steyning Showcase event.

 

31 Jan 2018: Colin Nicholl from UK Power Networks shared latest thinking at Green Drinks on how our electricity network can gear up to cope with new patterns of power generation and consumption.  The overall message was – don’t panic!

 

7 Jan 2018:  Give Your Stuff Away Day – a sunny winter’s day and a great crop of stuff was given away and snapped up.

 

15 Nov 2017:  Gardening in a Changing Climate Dr Eleanor Webster of the Royal Horticultural Society gave a talk at Green Drink on how climate change is likely to affect gardeners. Here’s a link to the report the RHS has recently published on this.

 

25 Oct 2017:  Taking Action on Pesticides – Nick Mole, Policy Officer at the Pesticide Action Network, spoke at Green Drinks about their pioneering work promoting safe alternatives to hazardous pesticides.

 

1 Oct 2017: Give Your Stuff Away Day was a bit wet, but we still collected and redistributed a shedload of unwanted but still useful items.

 

3 Sept 2017: Rampion Boat Trip – a group of us hopped on board the Brighton charter boat ‘The Defiance’ for a close up view of the windfarm under construction. Here’s some pictures.  If you missed it, and would like to take the trip, visit the Brighton Boat website.

 

2 July 2017: Give Your Stuff Away Day Another sunny day. Another big turnout. Another step forward in reusing and recycling, rather than bunging stuff in landfill.

 

28 June 2017:  Electric car event – we had six electric cars (from a Tesla to a Twizy!) on show at the Star Inn, plus an electric scooter. 60+ people came along to check them out and hear from their owners what they were like to own and drive. We’ve produced a Beginners Guide to Electric Cars to help you get your head around them.  And here’s some photos of the evening.

 

29 May 21017 Steyning Country Fair – this year our stand focused on cycling, and encouraging everyone to ‘get on yer bike’. We had a pair of electric bikes to demonstrate thanks to 50 Cycles in Shoreham.

 

22 May 2017 General Election Hustings Meeting –  we had an excellent turnout for the Question Time style debate at Steyning Grammar School, with many sixth formers taking an evening off exam revision to engage with candidates.  All five parties were there: Caroline Fife (Labour), Frances Haigh (Lib Dem – representing Shweta Kapadia), Nick Herbert (Conservative), Jo Prior (Green), and John Wallace (UKIP).  Once again it was skilfully chaired by Robin Hart.

 

The panel were grilled on the full spectrum of election issues, including the NHS, social care, immigration, environment, Grammar schools, affordable housing, reducing the voting age to 16.  Here’s a list of the questions asked.  If you missed the debate, the whole event was recorded on video and can be seen on YouTube.  It comes in three sections, so check the side bar for the next episode.  There was a detailed article by local journalist Stephen Wynn-Davies capturing some of the main points in the debate that you can find on the Steyning Herald website.  And for some more photos of the evening take a look at our Facebook page.

 

26 Apr 2017 Chris Tomlinson gave a fascinating Green Drinks talk to a packed Cricket Club audience on how construction of the Rampion wind farm is going. Here’s a link to his excellent presentation.

 

19 Apr 2017 We held a highly successful hustings debate at Steyning Cricket Club for local candidates in the West Sussex County Council election.

 

2 Apr 2017:  The second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

29 Mar 2017:  Pete Greenland spoke at Green Drinks on the importance of keeping recycling clean.  We also had an update from Cameron Goodrick and Sandra Wyatt from the Lancing-based Recycled Goods Factory – our indispensable partners who take left over things stuff after Give Your Stuff Away Day..

 

22 Feb 2017:  Mike Croker gave a Green Drinks talk on Human Powered vehicles.

 

25 Jan 2017:  Planning Meeting – this Green Drinks was devoted to sharing ideas on where to go next with the Greening Campaign.  A stack of new ideas were raised – the Steering Group will be meeting up to sift through them and make some decisions.

 

8 Jan 2017: Post Xmas Clear Out – the first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year was buzzing. The special collection for Help Refugees was a big success.  John and Sarah Cole collected three car loads of stuff to support refugees in Greece, Syria and Lebanon. If you want to donate direct, here’s the link  

 

30 Nov 2016: Green Investment: can your savings help save the planet?  A special seminar exploring the risks and returns of different green investment options – with Seb Beloe (WHEB Asset Management) and Damian Tow (Brighton Energy Coop). Check out our Beginners Guide to Green Investment for more information.

 

26 Oct 2016:  Ruth Finar gave an inspiring Green Drinks talk describing how local renewables enthusiasts  rose to the challenge of building a community-owned hydro project at Osney Lock on the Thames.

 

2 Oct 2016:  The third Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

28 Sept 2016: Beki Adam, Ellie Wyatt & Jill Sutcliffe from FrackFree Sussex gave a revealing Green Drinks talk on where plans to promote fracking in Sussex have got to. This video of fracking sites in Texas provides an alarming preview of what it could look like.

 

29 June 2016:  David Boyle explained to a Green Drinks audience what Steyning might look like if we abandoned conventional wisdom and embraced ‘new economics’.

 

25 May 2016:  As our Steyning Festival special, Tim and Marion Gue gave us a brilliant guided tour of Huddlestone Farm, showing there’s more to successful dairy farming than meets the eye.

 

1 May 2016:  The second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

27 Apr 2016:  David Lemon gave an excellent but rather worrying Green Drinks talk on “Urban Air Quality: Diesel engines and the VW scandal”

 

30 Mar 2016:  Sophie Goodall gave us a fascinating and encouraging insight into the efforts within the Environment Agency to reduce it’s environmental footprint and practice what it preaches.

 

24 Feb 2016:  Mark Caul, head of packaging at Tesco, gave a fascinating talk on how they approach packaging and the many challenges involved.  Here’s a link to his presentation.

 

6 Feb 2016:  Steyning Showcase – there was plenty of interest at our stand at this bi-annual event showcasing the amazing range of community activities going on in Steyning

 

27 Jan 2016: Ed Carr and Robin Brownsell talked about the vision to turn Shoreham Cement Works into a world class, self-sustaining, eco-village.

 

10 Jan 2016:  The first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year had a special collection held for refugees, that generated a huge response from local people.

 

29 Nov 2015:  Steyning on the March:  about 15 of us made it to London to join the largest ever climate march.

 

25 Nov 2015:  Green Drinks Paris Special, a briefing on the background to the Climate Summit by Richard Burge (Wilton Park)

 

28 Oct 2015: David Barling and Kevin Carter gave a fascinating insight into the challenges of dealing with waste in West Sussex as part of October’s Green Drinks

 

4 Oct 2015:  The final Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year – and probably the busiest ever

 

30 Sept 2015:  Simon Zec spoke at Green Drinks about his new role as Steyning’s Tree Warden

 

15 Sept 2015:  field trip to the amazing new high-tech waste treatment plant at Brookhurst Wood where our black bag rubbish is sorted and reprocessed.

 

26 Aug 2015:  Robin Hobson spoke at Green Drinks about the great work being done at East Clayton Farm to create living accommodation for profoundly disabled young people, and put ‘care farming’ into practice.

 

5 July 2015: the third Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

10 June 2015: a fascinating ‘field trip’ to Huddlestone Farm to learn all about how a modern dairy farm operates, and see the various green features they’ve installed on the farm.

 

27 May 2015:  Green Film Night – we showed ‘Cowspiracy’ a hard-hitting documentary film examining the damage caused by the global livestock industry.

 

29 April 2015: Green Drinks talk: Heather Godfrey unwrapped the complexities and alarming truth on plastic waste. See the bottom of the recycling page for a killer list of web links on the topic.

 

21 April 2015:  A very successful “Question Time” style hustings debate focusing on climate and environment issues. A packed hall at Steyning Grammar School heard our local Parliamentary Candidates being grilled by 6th formers and other local residents.  Photos available on Facebook, and a video recording on YouTube.

 

19 April 2015: the second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

25 March 2015: fascinating Green Drinks talk from seed specialist Stephen Eales on ‘the birds and the bees’

 

25 February 2015: an inspiring Green Drinks talk by Sophie Goodall on her experience visiting WaterAid’s life-changing water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Uganda.

 

28 January 2015:  Annual Planning Meeting at the Cricket Club.

 

4 January 2015: the first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

26 November 2014:  Rachel Carruthers from West Sussex County Council shared the inside story on their very successful Waste Prevention Advisor Scheme at Green Drinks

 

29 October 2014: Toby Askew gave a great talk at Green Drinks on how on how biofuels are being harvested sustainably on the Wiston Estate.

 

5 Oct 2014:  The final Give Your Stuff Away Day of 2014 saved another pile of useful ‘stuff’ from landfill.

 

24 September 2014: a thought provoking film from Biofuelswatch on the potential downsides of biomass energy was shown at Green Drinks

 

6 July 2014:  The Summer Sort Out – the third Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

4 June 2014: Steyning Festival Green Film Night – a showing of the award winning documentary, “Trashed”, focusing on the global waste problem, narrated by Jeremy Irons.  We have a copy of the DVD if you missed it.  Email us if you’d like to borrow it.

 

31 May 2014:  Steyning Festival Eco Walk – a guided tour of two wonderful eco homes, the Rublees allotments, and the Adur micro-brewery, plus a delicious cream tea.  What’s to not like about that!

 

4 May 2014:  The second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year was another successful swapathon

 

30 April 2014:  Roy Powel from local renewables firm GrEnergy spoke at Green Drinks on the new Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which offers subsidies to home owners that install heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar hot water systems.

 

27 Apr 2014: Our first ever Eco Open House day in Steyning, and a great success.  We had 424 visits in total.  If you missed it, you can learn all about it and download case studies on all the houses from the Eco Open House website.

 

26 Mar 2014: Sam Friggens gave a Green Drinks talk on wave and tidal power.

 

26 Feb 2014: Peter King from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust spoke about what we can do to manage water resources better, including  flooding, and previewed the upcoming Water Fair event on 1 March.

 

8 Feb 2014:  Steyning Showcase – our stand at this big bi-annual community event got loads of visitors.  Highlights were the Steyning Power Ranger Scheme, and an LED lighting display.

 

22 January 2014:  Green Drinks talk at the Cricket Club, introducing the concept of a community orchard in Steyning and outlining Greening Campaign plans for 2014.

 

5 January 2014: Post Xmas Stuff Shuffle – our first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year.

 

27 November 2013: “Power Rangers are go!” – the launch our new scheme to help you to measure and get on top of your electricity use.  We are lending out high tech energy meters and our five ‘Power Rangers’ were at Green Drinks to to share lessons they’ve learned from the first pilot households.

 

30 October 2013: “Taking Control of Our Energy Supplies” – Green Drinks talks from Kayla Ente of Brighton and Hove Energy Services Company (BHESCo) and Damian Tow and Will Cottrell of Brighton Energy Coop.

 

Apple pressing - in action (1024x729)6 October 2013:  Busiest Give Your Stuff Away Day yet.  Apple pressing was a huge success and produced some delicious results. We’ll definitely do this again!

 

25 Sept 2013:  Don’t bin it, Up-cycle it – great Green Drinks talk by Cameron and Paddy from our GYSAD partners  the Recycled Goods Factory

 

21 July 2013: Daylands Farm Visit – an inspiring tour of the farm led by local farmer by Derek Crush, followed by an unbelievable cream tea.

 

7 July 2013  The second Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year – it’s getting bigger and better every time.

 

29 May 2013 “Get Composting Evening” at Steyning Cricket Club – good turnout despite it being a tad damp, and much interest in composting tips and trade secrets.  See our composting page to find out what you missed.

 

27 May 2013 Greening Campaign stall at Steyning Country Fair – fearsome dalek on display advertising the composting evening, plus examples of novel uses of unwanted brown-top wheelie bins.   Also lots of info and freebies on the Eat Well, Waste Less theme.

 

24 April 2013 inspiring Green Drinks talk at the Football Club from Malachi Chadwick of the national 10:10 campaign on lessons learned from running a big international campaign.

 

13 April 2013 talk at Steyning Bookshop by, Roger Hunt, author of the “Old House Eco Handbook” on how to make old homes more energy efficient.

 

7 April 2013  The first Give Your Stuff Away Day of the year

 

27 March 2013 Malcolm Quigley, from Virgin Atlantic, gave a talk on how the airline industry is working to cut its carbon emissions.

 

27 Feb 2013   David Herson spoke about “Waste Prevention in West Sussex”

 

30 January 2013  Planning meeting at Steyning Cricket Club to help decide what to focus on with the Greening Campaign in 2013.

 

5 December 2012:  10:10 Stall at the Late Night Shopping Evening in Steyning.

 

28 Nov 2012:   Inspiring Green Drinks talk on “Managing our land sustainably in an era of climate change”, with local land owners Rick Goring and Sebastian Anstruther.

 

31 Oct 2012:   Ollie Pendered from Barcombe Energy Group shared experience at Green Drinks on how they galvanised action on energy efficiency measures.

 

26 Sept 2012:  Cat Fletcher, one of the key people behind Freegle, spoke about how it came about and how it works in practice.

 

29 August 2012:  Natasha Baum from G&S Energy, gave a talk on using thermal imaging cameras to spot where your house is leaking energy.

 

25 July 2012:  Rebecca Wallbridge from Southampton Univ. spoke about the study she’s doing looking at the extent to which having local community green groups (like ours) changes actual behaviour.

 

27 June 2012:  Chifai Tang from Southern Water gave a talk on water conservation

 

23 June 2012:  we had a stall at Upper Beeding Summer Fete

 

June 2012:  Water Awareness Month – the highlight was the double-decker “Water Bus” which we decorated with pictures and green graffiti on Jubilee Day

 

25 April 2012:  Green Drinks talk by film maker and environmentalist,  Nicola Peel, entitled “How one person can make a difference”  Find out more about Nicola and her work here.

 

27 March 2012:  Green Drinks talk by Tony Whitbread, Chief Exec of Sussex Wildlife Trust, on “An ecosystem assessment of Steyning”.

 

29 February 2012:  Talks on wind power options at the Green Drinks evening by Thaddeus Dell from Southern Renewables, and Chris Tomlinson, project manager for the Rampion offshore scheme.

 

25 February 2012: Greening Campaign stall at the Steyning Showcase event.

 

25 January 2012: Planning meeting at Steyning Cricket club to get ideas on where the Greening Campaign should focus efforts in 2012.

 

7 December 2011: Steyning Xmas Fair – we had a Greening Campaign stall – on the shop local theme – plus a ‘use it or lose it’ team at the bus stop, encouraging people to use the buses.

 

16 November 2011: Party at Steyning Cricket Club – a great evening celebrating the 1st anniversary of the Greening Campaign. We raised over £500 to go towards next year’s activities.

 

October 2011: Insulation month – a campaign to encourage homeowners to top up their insulation to save energy and money.  There was an information stand in Steyning High Street and Hyde Square, Upper Beeding, every weekend. You can still book a free insulation survey by calling HCL on 01273 390420.

 

24 July 2011: First “Give Your Stuff Away Day” event – the sun shone and it was a great success!

 

25 June 2011: Bramber and Upper Beeding Fete – 10:10 stall

 

30 May 2011: Steyning Country Fayre – we had stand telling people about the Greening Campaign. We also collected over 300 signatures from people who were very concerned (indeed outraged) by plans to withdraw subsidies for local bus services.

 

25 May 2011: Solar Energy Meeting at Steyning Cricket Club where around 80 people came along to learn about solar options

 

30 March 2011: Showing of the film “The Turning Point” at Steyning Cricket Club.

 

26 January 2011: Greening Campaign – Phase 2 Planning Meeting. An open meeting to canvas views from local residents, societies and other groups, on what the priorities should be for the next phase of the Greening Campaign.

 

8 December 2010: Steyning Christmas Fayre. The Greening Campaign had a stall promoting the ‘shop local’ theme – all the things that you didn’t know you could get in Steyning.

 

23 October 2010: The BIG Launch of the Greening Campaign at the Steyning Centre. The sun shone, around 500 came along, there were stalls with energy saving tips, green demos, and some wonderful singing from budding eco-warriors from age 2 upwards – all illustrating the 9 Green Challenges that will form the heart of the campaign. Outside there was be an Art Bus – full of pictures by children from Beeding Primary School, and a free Bike Clinic courtesy of Pro Cycles. A big thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

23 October 2010: WEA lecture by Dr Barbara Pilley-Shaw on “Climate Change and its Effects” – Where are we at?

 

24 August 2010: Environment Matters at Wiston House – a discussion and tour showing how the Wilton Park conference centre is adapting their business to be more environmentally friendly. There was an introduction by Roger Willamson, and a tour of their various ‘eco features’ – a biomass boiler, composting and recycling.

 

July 2010: Green Transport month in Steyning. We had a stand outside the Co-op each Saturday morning, displays in Steyning Library and in the window of Cameo Hairdresser. Local artist, Elisabeth Harden, drew two wonderful cartoons of Steyning ‘before’ and ‘after’ Green Transport efforts. This formed the basis of a ‘spot the difference’ competition at St Andrew’s Primary School.

 

28th June 2010: Bramber and Upper Beeding fete

 

10th June 2010: An “Eco walk” through Steyning, taking in several eco houses, the Rublees allotments, and a local micro-brewery, and finishing with a meal at a pub. Part of the Steyning Festival.

 

31st May 2010: Steyning Country Fayre – we had stand in the High Street that attracted loads of interest, with lots of people signing up to our email list.

 

27 April 2010: Public Meeting to plan the Greening Campaign

 

21 April 2010: “Question Time” Debate for local Parliamentary Candidates – 190 people came to the a public debate on climate change and related green issues. Local parliamentary hopefuls Derek Deedman (Lib Dem), Nick Herbert (Con), Tim Lunnon (Labour) and Stuart Bower (UKIP) were grilled by members of the audience in a ‘Question Time’ style debate, chaired by Richard Burge (Chief Executive of Wilton Park). Held at Steyning Grammar School, it was a lively and constructive debate, with 6th Form students posing some of the trickiest questions – and showing that they care about politics, as well as the environment.

 

27 February 2010: Steyning Showcase – where 10:10 had a display and met with a large number of local community groups and members of the public.

 

12 January 2010: A planning meeting was held on to agree Objectives and Ground Rules for the Campaign, and to put together an initial list of Proposed Activities and Events.

 

2 December 2009: To launch the campaign, the film “The Age of Stupid” was shown at the Steyning Centre. The idea of mounting a 10:10 campaign in Steyning received a strong endorsement from the 80-plus people who came. Click here to see their feedback on the film – overall it scored a very respectable 7.6 out of 10. If you missed the film, it’s available on DVD.