TTW Repair Café – Now Booking for October!

Book now for our next Repair Café session on Saturday 29th October– 10am-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Road, Worthing, BN11 5DR.

As usual our amazing team of volunteers will be on hand to share their skills and help you to repair your clothes, toys, bicycles, laptops, small household electrical/electronic items, small items of furniture and knife/scissor sharpening. Refreshments of hot and cold drinks and cakes will be available at a small cost.

So keep the date in your diary and reserve your slot now via:
https://www.ttworthing.org/repair-cafe/#repair-booking-form

Any questions, please do email us at:
[email protected]

Top Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill

Sarah Kemp, who led our Retrofit event earlier this year, has shared a couple of recommendations with our buddies at Transition Town Shoreham and we’d love to, in turn, share them with you:

The Heating Hub has a brilliant website that everyone should go to before this winter with advice on how to lower your energy bill if you use a condensing combi boiler:
https://www.theheatinghub.co.uk/mission

Go to the Ripple Energy website to find out more on how green energy ownership is the easy way to protect yourself from rising energy prices. Investing in one of their wind farms can lead to reduced energy bills and can work out to be more cost effective than putting PVs on your roof. Investment can start from as little as £25!
https://rippleenergy.com/

TTW would also like to recommend the following sites & schemes to help with energy costs:

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has put together an excellent blog with some great practical advice to help you prepare for the winter ahead amid the biggest price rise in energy bills in decades:
https://www.cse.org.uk/news/view/2716

The Warmer Homes scheme which has just secured £32 million for retrofitting energy saving measures in Sussex and Hampshire. Under the scheme if a household’s annual income is less than £30,000 and they live in a home with a low energy rating, they could be eligible for insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and more. The scheme is open to all eligible residents across West Sussex. Find out more: www.warmerhomes.org.uk

Don’t Forget To Breathe

If you need an opportunity and a place to breathe (who doesn’t!), getting involved with nature is one of the best ways to do it, and it can be even better in the company of friendly people. There are two ways to volunteer with TTW project Breathing Spaces:

Help us look after the small community flower farm and woodland garden at the Maybridge Keystone Centre, Raleigh Way, Worthing. There’s still plenty of autumn jobs to do and we will be gardening right up til the beginning of December. You will learn what’s seasonal, how to grow in a nature-led and sustainable way, and you can help us prepare bunches of gorgeous blooms for our wonderful subscribers. The flowers are still abundant and volunteers usually get a few to take home. We are there on Thursday mornings, 10.30am-12.30pm, but if Thursdays are not a good a day for you, it is possible that you could help us on other days. For example, Shared Lives garden on Tuesdays when we are not there, and some of our volunteers go to water or do jobs on other days. Let us know what works for you.

For some wilder ‘gardening’, join us at Dankton Lane Barnyard, Sompting, usually on the first Sunday of every month, 11am-1pm, between March and December. It’s a site for wildlife and wildflowers where (with kind permission of Sompting Estate) we are improving the pond and keeping the most dominant vegetation at bay so that there is more biodiversity (we’re a bit like grazing animals in a re-wilding project!). So, for example, we pull out some of the brambles, hogweed and thistles whilst leaving plenty for the wild creatures, including the bees in the log hive installed there as part of the Bees And Seas project. It’s a peaceful, hidden gem on the Downs, and you can walk or cycle there from Worthing or Lancing (no parking on site). Again, there is a possibility to volunteer there on other days if you have got to know the site and the work.

Keep breathing deep through the autumn and winter. Contact Claire or Lisa:
[email protected]

Green Dreams Festival

Sunday 25th September, Field Place Manor House, Barns and Grounds – just off The Boulevard, Worthing BN13 1NP – 10.30am-4pm

After a year of planning and organising, we have finally arrived at a point when all the stall layouts are done (for both wet and dry scenarios, but we do so hope it will be dry as it’s so much nicer) and the workshop, talk and entertainment programme is complete (we hope!). Please see copy of rough draft – which will give you some idea of what to expect on the day.

We do hope you can come along to this delightful, fun filled family event – showcasing local green groups, performers, artists, makers and producers. There will be street food and drink available onsite and a very wide range of things to do for all ages. If there is a particular workshop you’d like to take part in, you might like to arrive fairly early to get your name down for it, as these could prove to be very popular. We hope to see you there!

TTW Repair Café – Book now for September!

Book now for our next Repair Café session on Saturday 24th September– 10am-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Road, Worthing, BN11 5DR.

As usual our amazing team of volunteers will be on hand to share their skills and help you to repair your clothes, toys, bicycles, laptops, small household electrical/electronic items, small items of furniture and knife/scissor sharpening. Refreshments of hot and cold drinks and cakes will be available at a small cost.

So keep the date in your diary and reserve your slot now via:
https://www.ttworthing.org/repair-cafe/#repair-booking-form

Any questions, or if you would like to join our team of repairers, please do email us at:
[email protected]

Plastic Free Worthing Beach Clean

Join Plastic Free Worthing on Sunday 11th September to help clean up Worthing beach.

Meeting outside the Seafront Office, come by anytime between 10am-12pm to collect a sack and litterpick. All are welcome and you even get rewarded a little discount for a hot/cold drink from Fika at Level 1!

Please see their Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreeworthing for more info, or email at: [email protected]

Breathing Spaces & the Big Butterfly Count

Please note we have changed the date of the next volunteer morning at Dankton Lane Barnyard (usually 1st Sunday of the month 11am-1pm). There will not be a session on 7th August.

We will be there instead on Sunday 31st July at the earlier time of 10am – 12 noon (so we get the work done before the hottest part of the day). It’s a lovely site that should be standing tall in wildflowers this month, with areas of shade from the trees, a newly improved pond (if it’s still holding water) and a busy wild bee hive. We’ll be clearing out some of the brambles and hogweed that otherwise threaten to take over. But it’s also the Big Butterfly Count, a citizen science project to monitor the health of the UK’s butterflies. So we’re going to spend some time recording what we see and someone could add the data to the Butterfly Conservation’s interactive map. Let Claire and Lisa know if you would like to join in. You will need to bring your own drink/refreshments, gardening gloves, and dress appropriately for the conditions (lots of stingers and scratchers around) and, of course, the weather.

[email protected]

TTW as Community Cause With Zen Internet

TTW has been fortunate to have been chosen as one of three local organisations to receive support by Zen in their Community Force for Good campaign.

Please go to https://www.zen.co.uk/worthingdonation if you are thinking of changing your Broadband provider, as they give us a £50 donation for every new customer, if we are chosen as your “cause.”

Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Open Day 30th July

Great News! The Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Open Day is back this year. So come along on Saturday 30th July between 12 noon and 4pm to see how the garden has blossomed since Covid lockdown.

Find out:

All About Bees, Bug and Insect Life, Butterfly Identification for Big Butterfly Count, Hedgehog Corner, Plants for Pollinators, Pond Life.

We’re at Cortis Avenue, off Carnegie Road, Broadwater, Worthing BN14 7BG. Buses to Broadwater Church or Bohunt School. Street parking in Cortis Avenue or Carnegie Road (via South Farm Road).

Free entry. Children very welcome, including pushchairs. Unfortunately our uneven grass paths are not wheelchair accessible. We ask No Dogs except Assistance Dogs. Composting toilet facilities available.

If you can’t make 30th July, and would like to join us at another time, our usual opening times are:
Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon,
Fridays 10am to 12 noon
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 10am to 12 noon

Check out the Facebook Page or email [email protected]

Potential New Friends of Rosedene Group

Richard and Merry, who have been TTW members since we began, have a delightful, tranquil little urban wood in the heart of Broadwater.

They would very much like others to benefit from its peace and beauty, so we wondered whether anyone would be interested in forming a little Friends Group to enjoy this lovely space and help with maintenance – which is pretty minimal, as it’s a rewilded space so just needs a bit of tweaking when things get a bit rampant!

If anyone is interested in visiting to take a look before committing to anything, please do get in touch and we will supply contact details and further information: [email protected]