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We hold meetings once a quarter at the St Nicolas Church Pastoral Centre, Great Bookham. See the Diary page on our website for details of our events. Entry is free unless stated otherwise and open to all.HistoryThe Transition movement in Bookham began in early 2010, initiated by a group of local people who were already involved in promoting a greener lifestyle through the Green Mole Forum. The group’s plan is to build on local strengths, so as to develop and support projects that help to reduce the damage that modern lifestyles do to the environment.MeetingsTo achieve our aims we hold regular public awareness-raising meetings which take the form of a talk, a film, a discussion or a practical session. These meetings cover a wide range of topics with an environmental link. Subjects have included:CompostingCyclingHome-made ChristmasKeeping beesReducing wasteSaving energy in the homeSaving waterSelf-building a sustainable homeActivitiesBiodiversity Garden: St Nicolas Church have allowed us to turn the grounds around their Pastoral Centre into an attractive biodiversity garden, with insect-attracting plants, a bug hotel, herb spiral, water butt and compost bin. We’ve included the garden as part of the annual Open Gardens Day, to increase awareness of sustainable gardening.Food Group:  We’ve been buying in bulk from the Suma cooperative, to save on packaging and make organic and Fair Trade food more affordable. Our food group  manages our gardening activities. We’ve also had an evening out at a local vegetarian restaurant, the result of a meeting to promote a more planet-friendly diet.Publicity: We send out a bi-monthly email newsletter, contribute to the Bookhams Bulletin magazine, and take part in local events such as Village Day and late-night Christmas shopping.Waste Group: We’ve visited the local Community Recycling Centre and Materials recovery facility, helped facilitate a declutter workshop, promoted the “Don’t Dump, Donate” message, and run practical “upcycling” sessions.