Household Sustainability workshop at Hadlow College

Please note: This workshop has now been postponed until the Autumn.

FREE workshop Wed 27 May exploring  how to save the planet & your money

RRC Workshop Household sustainabilityTo book a place go to

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Successful Tonbridge Seed Swap

Many thanks to everyone who came along to swap or acquire seeds for growing this season. Our group had a very enjoyable morning in the sunshine meeting new growers and growing enthusiasts as well as catching up with familiar faces.

Many thanks also go to Steve of Tonbridge Farmers Market for all your support of Seedy Sunday at the Market, which we have now done for 3 years running, and to Bob Taylor for taking on some of our remaining seed selection to make available at the weekly Shipbourne Farmers Market.

See you all again at Tonbridge Farmers Market in March 2016!
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Seedy Sunday at Tonbridge Farmers Market – 8 March

HadLOW CARBON Community is organising our 3rd Seed Swap at Tonbridge Farmers’ Market on Sunday 8th March, open 9:30am – 1:30 pm.
People are encouraged to bring their own saved seeds to swap, but if don’t have any…
Come along anyway and donate 50p per packet and grow something different this year.

There’ll be a great selection of different and unusual varieties to tempt you into giving ‘Grow your own’ a go, especially if you have been inspired by the ‘Great Allotment Challenge’ currently showing on BBC2.

Seed Swap poster 2015 version 2Looking forward to seeing you there and finding out what you’re planning on growing this year!

do's and don'ts - seed swap

For more information visit some of the following website links:


For more information on the EU regulations concerning the saving of heirloom seeds, see these links:


Info on bringing back seeds from abroard can be found here:

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Collective switching scheme to save money on energy bills

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is working with Energy Deal on a collective switching campaign. Grouping together offers a straightforward solution for residents to find out whether they can get a better deal and benefit by saving money on their home energy bills.
The more people who register, the more interested the suppliers are in gaining them as customers and so the better the deal they offer.
The scheme is open to all households using gas and electricity who pay monthly, quarterly or via a pre-payment meter. It’s free to register for the scheme, and residents are not obliged to switch energy supplier. Registration will require details of annual energy consumption, current tariff/supplier, (shown on fuel bill/annual energy statement), and method of payment.

Registration closes on 2 February
On 3 February 2015 energy suppliers are invited to compete with their best offer at an energy auction, (administered by iChoosr). Residents registered with Energy Deal will then be sent a personalised offer showing the winning tariff, which they can then decide whether they want to accept.

Since the Energy Deal scheme was launched in 2013, 3,315 households have registered, and 592 have switched supplier. In the first round, the annual average saving was £93, and the second round saw average savings of £190. The October auction saw a unique market leading tariff offered specifically for collective switching with an average saving of £221.
Registration for Energy Deal runs from 2 December 2014 to 2 February 2015. For more information, or to register online, please see Residents without internet access can call Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council on 01732 876395 to register to be part of the scheme.

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Hadlow Calendar 2015 – On sale now

calendar sale sign_Page_1The Hadlow Community Calendar for 2015 featuring photographs of Hadlow taken by local photographers are on sale at these local shops – Premier Supermarket, J&G Fruiterers, Victoria’s Hair Salon and Broadview Garden Centre for £ 5.50 each (same price as last year). Or see us at the Village Christmas Fayre this Saturday 6 December in Church Street from 4-6pm.

The front page features a view from Church Street across to St Mary’s Church and Hadlow Tower beyond.
Photograph by Ray Taylor.

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Community Apple Juicing – Update

HadLOW CARBON Community are planning
Community Apple Juicing this Autumn.

Do you have apples in your garden that get wasted?

Donate your surplus apples for a good local cause.
HadLOW CARBON Community will turn them into professionally pressed juice and donate proceeds from the sale of the juice at the St Mary’s Church Hadlow Xmas Fair to Nourish, the foodbank charity of Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells.

For more info and to register your interest by 15 September
call Nicola on 07760131341 or email

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Community Apple Juicing

HadLOW CARBON Community are planning
Community Apple Juicing this Autumn.

Do you have apples in your garden that get wasted?
Would you be interested in turning them into a bottle (or two) of apple juice instead?
We are planning to coordinate the collection of apples to have them professionally juiced locally. To find out more and register your interest please email
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