Transition Dover hosts successful networking event

Transition Dover hosted a successful networking event in November, celebrating many of the great environmental and social projects going on in Dover.

 

The event marked 8 years since Transition Dover was founded, as part of the international Transition Towns network – with the purpose of ‘helping make our town greener and more sustainable’. They were joined by Deputy Mayor, Edward Biggs, to listen to a number of invited speakers from the local community.

Jenny Luddington of Kent Wildlife Trust, who spoke about the ‘Nextdoor Nature’ project, and the reintroduction of Choughs to Kent this year. Andrea Morgan talked about the Dover Big Local ‘Green Spaces’ projects, including the gardening Club and allotment. The audience also heard from Lizzie Holt, who runs the successful Dover Swap Shop – a scheme for families to donate unwanted toys and clothes which their children have outgrown, and select any new items they might need. This much-needed service is environmentally beneficial, by reducing waste and the purchasing of new items, as well as supporting families for whom money is tight.

She Sells Refills By the Seashore, run by local businesswoman Amy Howie, had a selection of eco-friendly stock on sale, as well as promoting the refill service for household cleaning and bathroom products.

Liz Hayes, Transition Dover Founder and Co-ordinator, says, “It was so heart-warming to hear about all of the good stuff going on in Dover. We can feel quite isolated, as a small voluntary group trying to make a difference – but knowing that there are many other individuals and organisations also working hard to improve the environment is really encouraging.”

One of Transition Dover’s most successful ongoing projects is the Dover Repair Café, run monthly in Biggin Hall. In her talk, Jocelyn Grey, one of its organisers, highlighted some of the many successful fixes over the past year, and those that were trickier to deal with – such as the life-size singing Elvis! The Dover Repair Café is looking for new volunteer fixers – especially those with electrical fixing skills – so if you are interested please contact them on [email protected].

Transition Dover are also holding a new programme of regular litter picks – kindly funded by a grant from Veolia – on the 1st Saturday of each month. See the Transition Dover Facebook page for more details on this and other volunteering opportunities, or contact them to join their mailing list.

 

Liz Hayes, 07469 737517 [email protected]

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