Events coming up – summary

Welcome to Transition BH – linking Transition groups in the BH postcode area. There are active local groups in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Why not come along and check out what’s happening?
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For further info contact or look at the Events calendar

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Fizz Bikes are here

One of the local projects Transition BH Hub is supporting this month is an exciting new transport initiative called FIZZ BIKES. It aims to get 10% of commuters in Bournemouth and Poole out of their cars and onto bikes (electric or pedal). This would generate a significant critical mass of cyclists, leading to a huge incentive for better cycle infrastructure as well as improvements in health and air quality.

A six-month pilot project has started. Four electric (pedal assist) bikes have been given to four lucky members of staff at a large organization in Poole. Their use of the bikes will be monitored by the “BetterPoints” mobile phone-based app, giving all the data anyone needs to evaluate the project.

Next a leasing platform will be set up in the form of a social enterprise, scaling up the number of bikes available. For more information contact Felicity Rice at

Incidentally, I had a go on one of the bikes – an amazing experience! It takes all – well most of – the hard work out of cycling! Wheeeeeee!
Fizz tests one of the pedal-assist bikes donated by FreeGo

Gwyn discusses the range of bikes with FreeGo reps while Fizz outlines the scheme to the Mayor.

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Transition to a Green Economy

On July 16th Transition BH took the opportunity to present at Bournemouth University’s 2015 Festival of Learning.

Entitled “The Transition to a Green Economy – How can we achieve it in practice?”, the event brought together speakers from Transition Towns Bournemouth and Poole to engage an audience on how we can continue to make our towns more sustainable and enjoyable places to live.


To begin, a video created especially for the event featuring Transition Network founder Rob Hopkins was shown. Embedded below, this outlines the rationale behind the Transition Network and how it has grown from being a reaction to the challenges facing the modern world into becoming a global movement which is rebuilding local economies in sustainable ways.

GwynThere was then some lively discussion between audience members and the Transition BH panel as to how we can continue to move the area towards a greener economy. Everything from less wasteful food distribution to online co-ordination of efforts and even ambitious projects like community energy and local currency was on the table.

The Transition BH panel then had an opportunity to present some of their existing and upcoming projects, underlining how much is already being done in the BH area. Attendees had the opportunity to take away flyers and information on many of these endeavours; going by how many chose to we certainly made a good impression!

Transition BH is an “umbrella” group which facilitates communication and collaboration between Transition Town groups around the Poole Bay area.

The PowerPoint slides used in this presentation contain details on contacting us about any of the projects discussed at this event, click here to download the slide deck.

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Transition BH Hub AGM 2015

Transition BH Hub held its AGM on Thursday 18th June at Kino Lounge, Bournemouth. Brief notes on what occurred are posted here:

Transition BH Hub is an enabling organization, supporting Transition projects throughout the Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch area (BH postcode). We can help people wanting to set up projects with a Transition ethos by providing access to networks, Public Liability Insurance, bank account, and publicity channels. Because we have been working in this area for 7 years we have built up good relations with many people in a range of public,  private, and third sector/community organizations.

Transition Bournemouth

Meets 3rd Wed monthly at Kino Lounge in the winter and Boscombe Chine Gardens (Ed Shed) in summer. A screening of the film “Voices of Transition” was held During Climate Week. New leaflet designed and printed.

Slades Farm Community Garden – developing well. Major projects this year have been the construction and filling of the pond and the installation of the tool storage shed. Fun Day was held in July. Green Play (a 2 hour session for childminders and their children) is really successful. Good relationship with the university, with regular volunteering sessions for students. Stats for 2014: 55 sessions, 149 active volunteers, 1049 volunteer hours

Bournemouth Fair Trade – FT status recently renewed.

Energy Monitor Loan scheme – should be up and running in the next couple of months.

Repair Café – First session was a great success with 16 people turning up with various skills on offer. The café runs in partnership with the Bournemouth Council Waste and Recycling Department.

Transition Town Christchurch

Ping! responsibility for this weekly ping pong club has now been taken by a local club. The Transition Town Christchurch website is kept up to date.

Transition Town Poole

• Abundance – Grant funding from JP Morgan meant we could buy an electric scratter and pasteuriser. About 400lb of apples were pressed at the annual Apple Pressing Day in Poole High Street despite a poor harvest. The 2015 Apple Pressing Event is booked for 10th October and will be outside Wesleys Café in The Spire methodist church on the High Street. The press was also taken to three schools, involving 180 children in pressing fruit juice.

Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard – Continues to thrive. Funding from the Borough of Poole enabled us to buy a petrol mower which means we no longer need to rely on the Council contractors. Thirty-two fruit trees have been planted and the native species hedgerows are doing well. This year we have planted pumpkins for our popular neighbourhood pumpkin soup day in November. Regular family-friendly work days are held on the first Saturday of each month.

• Poole Fair Trade campaign – We’re nearly there, with all criteria met to put in the application to receive Fair Trade Town status. The RNLI has agreed to be our flagship employer and a big Fair Trade dinner is planned for the autumn. FT stalls have been set up throughout the year at schools and community events. An interactive website is being constructed with the help of students from Poole Grammar School.

• Food Coop – Continues to operate well. Works on trust with 14 families ordering ethical, good-quality food and ecological household goods in bulk from Essential Coop about every 6 weeks. Total about £4000 a year. Cost neutral.

Green Drinks

Although it’s not strictly a Transition project, Green Drinks is closely allied with the organisation and many Transitioners meet up there for a drink and a chat. The Green Drinkers meet monthly at Chaplins/Cellar Bar, Boscombe; the Goat and Tricycle, Bournemouth; and the Angel, Poole on the second Thursday of each month. Kim coordinates and publicises. Big Green Quizzes are popular.

Other events

25th June – stall at first Sustainable Poole Day

27th June – Winton Carnival Green Parade

12th July – stall at Slades Fun Day

16th July – B’mouth Uni Festival of Learning event with Rob Hopkin’s 30 minute video.

Steering Group

Elliot has stepped down. Fizz joined. Current members: Kim Boughey, Theresa McManus, Mike Hodges, Gary Finch, Gwyn Jones, Cherry White, Harriet Stewart-Jones, Andy Hadley, Felicity Rice.


The Treasurer reported that we have £2351.58 in the bank account. Most of that is earmarked for local groups etc. but £656.87 is not ringfenced. We need £265 annually for Public Liability Insurance.

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Poole Apple Press Day Sat 11th Oct 2014


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Transition BH Hub News July 2014


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Community Apple Pressing, Poole High Street

Good fun was had by all at Transition Town Poole’s first Community Apple Pressing Event in Poole High Street outside No 34 cafe. The juice was delicious – as promised – and over 200 pounds of local apples were chopped, crushed and juiced by young and old. Lots of passing shoppers stopped to look, and join in, and taste the juice – even though it was a bit browner and cloudier than they were used to! Well done to Fizz and Cherry for organising and thanks to No 34 Cafe for use of their facilities.

This was an Abundance project event. Abundance aims to make links between people with surplus fruit and people who need fruit so there’s less wastage at harvest time. If you know someone with fruit going spare or someone who can use it and/or you have time to help out with picking or transporting please get in touch with Cherry via or 01202 573081.

AppleDayWashingFirst the apples were washed, then quartered and bad bits removed.

AppleDayScrattingThe young skateboarders enjoyed scratting the apples – crushing into a pulp.

AppleDayJuiceThe juice flows from the press.

AppleDayGeneralLots of passers-by stopped to see what was happening and sample the juice.

AppleDayFizzFizz chopping early in the day, before it all got messy!

AppleDayChoppingGreat to see children joining in with it all.

AppleDay3James turns the press while Andy catches the juice.


Andrew feeds the pulp into the press. The leftovers (pomace) went to feed the pigs at Kate’s dad’s farm.AppleDay4No 34 cafe were welcoming and provided tea and snacks.

AppleDayAll in all – a successful event.


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Slades Farm Community Garden Open Day 29 Sept 2013

Slades Farm Community Garden – a project of Transition Bournemouth (part of the Transition BH Hub) – held their Edible Garden Open Day on Saturday 29th Sept. Theresa says: “We had an amazing day. Lots of people visited and lots of youngsters helped Jay to build a fantastic bug hotel over near the compost heap. There was also lots of veggie swapping and lots of lots of tasting, especially of the yummy cakes!”
Edible Garden Day 2013 1

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Transition BH Hub AGM May 2013

Transition BH Hub – AGM Minutes. Held Thursday 16 May 2013, 7.30pm

Present: Harriet, Andy, Cherry, Michael, Gwyn, Theresa, Elliot, Jamie
Apologies: Gary, Kim
Guest: Sam (representing Green Unity Fairs)

Minutes from previous AGM are available on the archive on the TBH website.

Group Updates

TTC successfully applied for funding to buy table tennis equipment from the Ping! project supported by Lottery funds. Money (£480) was awarded in November. Since the table was installed in Druitt Hall over 130 people have attended the Monday sessions. The project has been a great success. Excellent for building community – young and old, all abilities. Sociable, good fun and inclusive. More funding has now been awarded for more tables. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up sessions and organising other events. It was suggested that a request for help could be circulated via Bournemouth CVS. Monthly meetings with speakers and/or films have continued.

Flagship project for TTB is the Slades Farm Community Garden. It’s doing well with working parties 4–5 times a month. Wildlife surveys have been conducted with Bournemouth Naturally. Funding for tools received. It is hoped to get hold of an arson-proof metal storage container. Monthly meetings continue. Currently held at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown. A programme of outreach is planned, with a series of film nights. Links with Will’s foraging walks have been successful. The schools education programme has been completed. Stalls were held at Moors Valley Green Festival and Castlepoint.

Monthly meetings held alternately at no. 34 café and Friends Meeting House. Stalls were held at Lush Fest and Poole Park Green Community Arts Fair. The Apple Press has been purchased (stored at Gary’s) – available to lend out to schools and community groups. Relations with BoP council are good. Main projects are Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard and Poole Tidal Energy Project (PTEP). The first trees have been planted at Turner’s. A separate constituted body is to be set up to be responsible for the licence for Turner’s. Andy reported that PTEP is set up as a community interest company. DECC funding was received and PTEP are helping the Council by advising on potential for renewables at Upton.

Treasurer’s Report
Currently £4157.88 in the bank, £2960.86 of which is ringfenced for existing projects or groups, including Wimborne.

Summer Picnic
Last year’s picnic at Ashley Cross was a success. Numbers have doubled every year! It was decided to hold this year’s picnic at Slades Farm on the first dry day of 20th/21st, 27th July.

Green Community Fairs
Sam from Green Community Fairs spoke about her plans for this year’s events. Three dates proposed:
• 12th-14th July – Green areas at the Music, Sport And Community Event on Slades Farm
• 25th July – Green area at Bournemouth Family Festival, Meyrick Park
• 30th–31st August – Green Fair at Shelley Park (during the AirShow),
Sam’s main challenges are volunteers and fundraising. She has £1500 from Green Goals and Coop grants but is finding it difficult to raise from commercial sponsors. She made a request for financial help from TBH for the solar stage at Shelley Park but no agreement was reached on this. A formal proposal to the group would be needed. The group is keen to support Sam, perhaps by lending funds to help with returnable deposits. But nothing agreed as yet.

General summer events
Theresa offered to send round a Doodle with event dates, asking for volunteers to help set up and run stalls.

Transition BH Survey
Harriet and Gwyn have been looking at compiling a survey to generate interest and engage people from the wider network. We discussed the use of incentives to encourage survey returns.

Gwyn reminded the group that the newsletter can be used to send news to the membership. Cherry suggested that we could include links to relevant articles as well. There are about 430 subscribers. Items for inclusions should be sent to Gwyn.

TBH pays for Public Liability Insurance (about £212 p.a.) which is used to provide cover for all the groups. One of the elderly ping pong participants at Christchurch sustained a broken wrist. It was thought it would be wise for the TTC group to make sure the insurance cover and notices are adequate by asking other table tennis clubs what they do.

Jamie and Cherry have been looking at the idea of TBH holding a stock of core books for display at events and to lend out. It was thought that perhaps a recommended reading list, especially if attractively produced with cover illustrations might be more practical and adaptable.

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Turner's Nursery Planting Day

After weeks of bitter cold, Saturday 9th April was a bright, sunny, relatively warm spring day.

So Friends of Turner’s Nursery in Upper Parkstone got to work on the community orchard, planting fruit trees and native hedgerow plants and tidying the area we planted in the autumn. Good connections were made. Looking forward to picnics in the summer!

April6PlantingPlanting the “Jubilee Oak”.

JonWateringJon watering the pear.

ChestnutThe almond mulched with newspaper and cardboard to keep the roots moist and weedfree. This was covered with woodchip.

JamievstakeJamie staking.

BroadforkGary using the boardfork made by John. It works really well, loosening and aerating the soil, allowing water to penetrate, without destroying soil structure. But unfortunately it broke so we now need a stronger version.

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Christchurch goes Ping!

Transition Town Christchurch's successful bid to


Ping Initiative g

ot written up in the Daily Echo. You can see the article here.

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