Welcome to Transition BH Hub – linking Transition Town groups in the BH postcode area.

For 8 years, Transition BH Hub has provided an invaluable service to a variety of projects supporting the vision of a positive, low-carbon future for Bournemouth and Poole.

We help small groups of people getting together to set up community-based projects by providing basic administration services and help with promotion. These projects probably would not have existed without our support. They include community gardens, a food coop, repair café, school gardening projects, a scheme to use and distribute surplus fruit, an electric bike project and more.

Transition BH Hub is a coalition of Transition Town groups in the BH postcode area. We have a steering group, a mailing list of over 400 people, a Facebook group and a website.

Local Transition websites:

For further info contact hello@transitionbh.org

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Poole Community Apple Pressing Day 2016

Transition Poole staged their 4th Apple pressing event on Poole High Street on Saturday 8th October, and had an appreciative response from members of the public passing by.


This year, we estimate that we collected approximately 600 lb of apples, surplus to their owners needs, and generously donated to us to turn into juice or to make available for people to take away and eat or cook. We pressed a huge amount and still have plenty to go towards a pressing at one of our local schools.
It was lovely to see so many people and the ‘core’ Abundance team would like to thank everyone for their very welcome participation and sterling efforts, especially those at preparation table, and to Andrew for the setting up and fixing of the equipment.  The great thing about Abundance is that everyone finds their own way to be involved and join in and can take part in any of the activities, and share our enthusiasm for what we are doing.


So a big thank you to everyone and to our kind donors of fruit.  Together we are helping to keep our food truly local and sustainable.
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Poole Apple Pressing Day, Saturday 8th October 2016

This popular event in Poole High Street will involve chopping, scratting, pressing and tasting delicious fresh apple juice. Come along to join in or just watch. More apples and helpers welcome. Please do get in touch via bh.abundance@yahoo.com or transitionbh@gmail.com


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Tesla Powerwall comes to Southbourne

Soo Chapman and her son Richard kindly welcomed a small group to visit their home in Southbourne this week to view the many carbon-saving improvements they’ve made to this large Edwardian house since 2009 – including their brand new Tesla Powerwall.

SooPowerwall(5)Anyone with an interest in climate change and energy use will be familiar with entrepreneur Elon Musk and his groundbreaking mega-scale Gigafactory and Tesla Motors companies, aiming to reduce global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption. The Powerwall is the latest innovation, developed to deal with the problem that solar panels only produce power when the sun shines.

The Tesla Powerwall is a domestic-scale lithium ion battery that stores the energy generated by the sun so that it can be used at night or when cloudy.

When the Powerwalls became available in the UK earlier this year, Soo’s son Richard did the research and ordered one (7kWh). It was installed in August at a cost of around £5000.


The key technologies used in Soo’s all-electric house are:

  • Twenty pv solar panels (12 facing east, 8 facing west, 4.7kW)
  • Air source heat pump – for heating
  • Solar iBoost – uses excess energy from the solar panels to turn on the immersion heater for free hot water
  • A solar thermal panel for hot water
  • Excellent insulation – All rooms have lowered ceilings and thick insulation.
  • Extremely energy efficient lighting (room lit with 12 LED bulbs equivalent to one old-fashioned 100W bulb)
  • Tesla Powerwall
  • Electric car charging point
  • SolarEdge panel to monitor and optimise the pv performance
  • Gravity-fed rainwater harvesting tank (currently in construction phase) for flushing toilets
  • Forest garden design with fruit trees and low-maintenance veg.

Their electricity supplier is Ecotricity which is 100% from renewable sources and profits are channelled back into building more solar farms and wind turbines.

It will be interesting to see how the Powerwall performs in the long term.

The pix below show: Soo and Richard with the solar panels (pv and solar thermal) just showing over the fruit trees, the SolarEdge panel, the visitors, the car charging point about to be used, and the air-source heat pump.








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2016 AGM minutes – better late than never

Apologies for the delay, here are the notes from the AGM held in July:

21 July 2016 at Box 44, Bournemouth

Transition BH Hub continues to be 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, insurance, bank account, and publicity channels. Because we have been working in this area for 8 years we have built up good relations with many people in a range of public, private and third sector/community organizations.

Box 44
Gwyn gave us a brief introduction to the Box 44 co-working space. Bright, light, well-appointed rooms available at reasonable cost for individuals and groups working regularly or a one-off basis. See http://www.box44.co.uk/

Transition Bournemouth
Meets 3rd Wed monthly at Boscombe Chine Gardens (Ed Shed) in summer. Winter venue is to be arranged. Pete and Jennie Allen are key supporters. Projects:

Slades Farm Community Garden – Theresa writes: “Year 4 and as a garden is progressing according to plan. As a project to promote sustainability I think that we’re preaching to a converted audience. Still few locals engaged as volunteers although everyone appreciates what we’re doing. Council still very supportive, and we help them tick boxes for green flag judging and RHS judging and are their go-to project for community gardening. We are no longer the only Bournemouth project growing food – Michael French and Alan Kenny have a few initiatives under way, there’s a patch being cultivated in the middle of West Howe, and Boscombe Market will shortly feature more local producers as does the new Food Assembly.

  • Toolshed – this project funded by SUSTAIN included setting up the toolshed, tools, water capture, seating, signage and engagement with West Howe. It is almost completed – we just need to put the sign up.
  • Veg Fence – new fence up around our 4 main veg beds. Still have funding remaining to plant espalier trees round it.
  • Seating – we have funding to procure/make some more seating and to use the residue for fruit trees.
  • Prairie Garden – some more planting to do and we need to sow some yellow rattle to reduce the vigour of some of the grasses.
  • Attendance – haven’t done the stats but my gut feel says this is dropping off
  • Admin – no support available for this so I’m a bit of a bottleneck. This is also a risk.
  • Slades Fest – was a success. We all really enjoyed it and raised about £100 – twice as much as our previous most successful event. It was a really good team effort.
  • Next Steps – We will have a design meeting in late autumn to review our plans against our capacity. I think that without additional admin support it would be prudent to get the project into a state where minimum intervention is required and any future projects are short and simple.”

Weekly green play sessions for pre-school children and childminders continues. Possible involvement with new Growing Citizens initiative which Gwyn is working with.

Count on Me – This new positive project led by Angela Fendley was launched at Winton Carnival in June. It is designed “to bring the people of Bournemouth together in a collective way of counting carbon to show that we care, and that we can make a difference.” https://countonme.today/

Bournemouth Fair Trade – Transition support for this continues. Kim is rep.

Energy Monitor Loan scheme – Monitors are loaned out in libraries. It is a self-sustaining project that requires little input.

Repair Café – This is led by Kim along with Sarah Speakman-Jones of the Bournemouth Council Waste and Recycling Department. There have been 3 sessions so far this year combined with Give and Take Days. Two more planned for Oct and Dec. More fixers would be useful so it would rely less on the six currently volunteering (sewing, electronics, bikes).

Transition Town Christchurch
No longer meeting. Website still live: www.transitiontownchristchurch.org/

Transition Town Poole
Abundance – Cherry writes: “The third Annual Poole High Street Apple Pressing day was held on 17th October 2015, moving this year to a new venue outside Wesley’s café, the Poole Methodists’ church’s café that fronts the High Street. This was quite a big site, allowing us to use the steps for storage and display and to occupy the central pathway of the High Street. The public got involved and many gallons of juice were once again pressed, offered for sampling or bottled for people to take away. Apples came from a number of sources, some old contacts, some new, and surplus fruit for eating was also offered.
The press was loaned out on five other occasions, including once to Lytchett School, with the Speigel fruit mill being used on three of those occasions too. The ‘core’ Abundance group pressed enough juice to be able to pasteurise some bottles for future use. Income from all activities was twice the amount of expenditure. Capital purchases are becoming less likely as we have most equipment we need.
The next Apple Pressing Day needs to be booked again outside Wesleys’ Café, and is anticipated to be Saturday October 8th 2016. We have received enquiries from Poole Town Community Garden and Alderney West Community garden, both supported by Poole Housing Partnership, about borrowing the press this year and shall be pursuing those. The press, mill, pasteuriser and anciliary equipment will be available for hire again in 2016.”
Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard – The fruit trees continue to grow! And the hedgerow we planted 3 years ago has developed into a fabulous 90 m wildlife habitat. Poole Men’s Sheds made us 7 birdboxes which we installed in the woods. Sadly 6 of them were smashed by vandals in May. However, this did give us the opportunity to develop our dialogue with the schools! We also lost a couple of fruit trees – snapped off at the base.
Better news was when we were awarded £500 from the Skipton Building Society for a raised bed area for herbs and lavender. Finding someone with the time, energy and skills to project manage the actual construction is an issue but it will happen eventually.

  • The pumpkins grew well but our Pumpkin Soup Day in November was rained off.
  • Bug hotel constructed.
  • We were awarded Wildlife Friendly Garden status by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
  • Living willow archway started.
  • Blackcurrants and cherries planted.
  • More pollinator-friendly plants (borage, lungwort, etc.) added to top hedge.

Relations with Poole Council continue to be good. They have installed brand new gates this month and will give us a noticeboard. At some stage in the not too distant future the whole 1 hectare site, including the woods and the orchard, is to be re-designated as public open space (it’s currently educational land). The Council will want to reassess its use but officers have consistently said that this will be in close consultation with the Friends of Turner’s Nursery.
I think we can safely say we have saved the site from developers and/or astroturf for the time being.
In terms of people – there’s a regular band of adults and children on our first Saturday workdays. General support from the residents round about.

Poole Fair Trade campaign – Our flagship employer, the RNLI, has been very supportive and pledges to do 3 events per year. The application for FT status is at the FT Foundation and the result should arrive any day. Amy Gallacher at Poole Council holds the admin for this project, which is a great boon. A funding bid for money to organise a series of cooking courses (run by Vicky Ashley) for PHP residents is currently being put together by Gwyn and Clare Sutton.

Transition Food Coop – Continues to operate well. Fewer members this year but larger volume of orders. Families order ethical, good-quality food and ecological household goods in bulk from Essential Coop, Bristol about every 4 weeks. Admin by Gwyn.

Fizz Bikes – An exciting new transport project led by Felicity Rice. Aiming to get 10% of commuters in Bournemouth and Poole out of their cars and onto electric bicycles. This will create a critical mass of cycle users giving greater priority in traffic infrastructure and enabling all cycling to flourish, thereby improving the environment.
A six-month pilot project has been set up at the RNLI with four electric bikes (kindly donated Southampton-based company FreeGo, who Gwyn happened to meet just at the right time) given to four members of staff to use for their commute. Their use will be monitored and data collected using BetterPoints app.
A leasing scheme will be set up as a social enterprise and more bikes made available.

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. This year a wider selection of pubs have been visited, including Ashley Cross, Southbourne and Parkstone. Kim coordinates and publicises. Big Green Quizzes are popular.

Steering group
Current members: Kim Boughey, Theresa McManus, Mike Hodges, Gary Finch, Gwyn Jones, Cherry White, Harriet Stewart-Jones, Andy Hadley, Felicity Rice.

We’ll ask Pete and Jennie whether they would like to join.

The Treasurer reported that we have £8002.95 in the bank account. Almost all is earmarked for local groups and projects, leaving just £392.05 for core funds. We need about £265 annually for Public Liability Insurance plus about £100 for the repair café insurance (Harriet to check amount with Michael). Harriet to apply to Green Goals and Lush for help with general funds.

Other stuff
We coordinate closely with the Sustainable Food Cities Partnership, Poole Environment Partnership, and Sustain.
We talked about ideas for a Apple Day involving RSA members (Gwyn and Cherry to take forward). Also discussed volunteers and how to encourage people to lead on projects without adding to the workload of existing members. In general Transition BH Hub provides a really useful service, allowing new projects to emerge, but it has to be acknowledged that after the initial novelty value wears off it’s often difficult to sustain initiatives without paid staff.

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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 felicityrice@hotmail.com

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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