Thursday, 11 August 2022

Henley in Transition

FOOD for thought from Ian Petrie: “If we wait for governments, it’ll be too little, too late, if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little, but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” (Rob Hopkins, founder of the transition movement on the action needed to tackle climate change).

At our open meeting on January 7, it was agreed that we would set up a social media group to help us reach a wider cross-section of the community.

If you are interested, please email

Activities are as follows:

1. Clean Air for Henley campaign and Eco-Henley (a group of Henley residents campaigning for action on pollution). Key points:

Twenty-six days out of the 31 in December exceeded the EU limits on air pollution.

The Conservative councillors’ manifesto commitment to tackle air quality had not been fulfilled.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s budget for action on pollution is only £20,000 for the whole district.

The Oxfordshire County Council elections this spring are an opportunity to lobby candidates on air quality.

Investigate a pollution- monitoring device that flashes when the limits are exceeded.

Close the Door campaign for shops in Henley.

The idea is to save energy as well as protecting shop workers by reducing the pollution inside the shop.

Encourage shops to put up posters, saying: “Please close the door/keep out vehicle

Greening the indoor work environment.

Case studies suggest that there are dramatic improvements in cognitive function when people work in a “green” environment.

Richard Francis, founder of environmental business Sensescape, suggested a two- year research project in Henley using four different locations, such as the town hall, a care home, a school and an office.

Funding action against

The idea was put forward that instead of waiting for the district or town councils to fund projects to reduce pollution, e.g. a 20mph zone, Henley in Transition should consider raising the money and, if appropriate, pass it over to the council for action.

For more information, contact David Dickie (Clean Air for Henley) at daviddickie or Val Stoner (Eco-Henley) at valstoner@

2. Apples for Eggs.

This is a free event where anyone can swap surplus food whether it is grown, baked, pickled, preserved, brewed etc.

Jessica Hayes has been involved since the project began three years ago.

It has been running successfully at the Local Larder in Wargrave but the shop has now shut down. A new location is being sought.

Henley in Transition is keen to support this initiative.

Venues being investigated are the Henley 60-plus Club, Henley Rugby Club, Henley Hockey Club, King’s Arm Barn, the town square and the YMCA in Lawson Road.

For more information, email Jessica at

3. Repair & mend café.

Wonky chair leg, electrical equipment not working, hole in your favourite jumper? Don’t throw it away, bring it to the repair & mend café!

This project is about sharing skills — learning how to repair things — so if you have an item for repair you work with the repairer to mend it.

No fee is charged but donations are requested to cover the cost of hiring the venue (Perhaps share a venue with Apples for Eggs?)

Reading has been operating this service successfully for over a year.

For more information, email Ian Petrie at

4. Working with schools.

Patrick Fleming is now organising the Henley Schools Environmental Science Competition.

The competition is due to finish this summer and Patrick will email round for support.

Our plan would be to build on this next year and to use it as a vehicle for engaging with schools. For more information, email Patrick at flemings5@

5. Risk of flooding/sea level rise.

A Sonning Common-based campaign to place yellow ducks in prominent places likely to flood in order to draw attention to flood risks. Gerda to find out more and report back.

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