In The Pipeline


You are invited to Change4Chalfont’s

Vegetarian Bring and Share



At The Breadhouse, Chalfont St Peter

Friday 11th November  7.30pm

Glass of wine included

Tickets by donation:

please email

or call 07795 393235


Healthy Food – Half the Carbon!


Come and join Change4Chalfont for drinks next Monday 20 June

Meeting in The Space, Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter.

The topic for discussion will be:

Does a Growing Economy make us a Healthier Nation?

Cathy Davidoff, Masters sustainability student at Brunel University, asks whether a growing economy make us a healthier nation. Traditionally, people have thought that a larger economy means we have more money to spend on both personal and environmental health. This is very topical as we are hearing discussions about this related to the EU referendum, but is it true? Does economic growth lead to better health?

Cathy will talk about Gross Domestic Product, the measure we use for growth and indeed the measure we use to show success as a nation. She asks where it came from, how it links to personal and environmental health and whether it does a good job. The answers are surprising.

We look forward to see you there!


Change4Chalfont’s Green Drinks on Monday 16 May at 7.45

In The Space, Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill Chalfont St Peter.

How green is your house?

We have all seen lists of ‘10 top tips’ for reducing your carbon footprint, but sometimes it is hard to see what an individual can do to make a real difference.

We will discuss all sorts of approaches to greening our homes and our lives in  ways that really have an impact:

  • Thinking about energy suppliers
  • Bank accounts and investments
  • Where to buy clothes and what to buy
  • How to clean our water supply and reduce use
  • Green gardening
  • Gadgets gadgets gadgets
  • …and lots more……


Join us for an evening all about bikes and cycling safely this summer!

On Monday 18 April 7:45pm, The Space, Gold Hill Baptist Church, Chalfont St Peter, our very own Bike Doctor, Roland Collicott, will talk about:

  • Safe riding for you and your family
    • What to wear;  how to position yourself in the road: ensure that drivers take you into account.  Riding in country lanes / city roads. Is it OK to pass on the left?
  • Bike maintenance (just a few basics):
    • Checking brakes, mending punctures.  What spares to bring?
  • Planning an enjoyable bike ride in the Chilterns:
    • Where?  When?

With plenty of opportunity to ask questions, this is an unmissable opportunity to get ‘bike ready’.


Free Film Night

7.45 pm March 14th  Gold Hill Baptist Church



Green Drinks are on Monday 8 February at 7.45pm.

We are meeting in The Space, Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter.

Our speaker is Suzanna Hinton, who will discuss the role of nuclear power in providing for our energy needs.

Suzanna graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in geography and a specialisation in sustainable future-fuels before going on to do a masters of science in climate change at Brunel. Suzanna has worked for a renewable energy consultancy, focusing on UK onshore wind and global solar as a developmental opportunity. In 2014, she began working with the former head of Greenpeace, Stephen Tindale, on energy and climate change policy, first as a policy writer at the Centre for European Reform, a Westminster think tank, and now as the Policy Officer with the Weinberg foundation, a pro-nuclear charity.

In addition Suzanna works as a consultant for various additional climate and energy political projects, and continues to be a writer for Stephen Tindale’s educational website Climate Answers. She is a defender of pragmatic environmentalism and an advocate of the need for an “all of the above” strategy when addressing sustainable energy.


New Year’s Drink

We didn’t make it for a Christmas drink this year – so we’re getting together for a New Year’s drink instead, on  11 January at 8pm, in the back room of the Village Hall pub.

We will be talking about our plans for 2016, and as well as that, just chilling and chatting. Please join us!

With all best wishes for the New Year,



10th January 2016.  Winter Ride in the Chilterns

 click here for details


Climate Change March

On Sunday 29 November there is a climate march in London –  the day before the  United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) kicks off in Paris, where representatives of the world’s governments will try to hammer out an agreement to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions and stabilise the level at which our global climate is changing.

You may have heard the startling news that we have just passed a one degree increase in global temperatures; scientists have warned that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, a 2 degree increase above pre-industrial levels is the most that the world can cope with – anything more will bring about fundamental and potentially catastrophic changes to our global climate – on the basis of current trends, we are currently cruising towards.

Change4Chalfont is planning on supporting this march which starts on Park Lane at midday and marches towards Millbank. If you are interested in coming, please reply to this email and we will let you know of our plans/put you in touch with other people planning to go.

For more information about the march, have a look at Campaign Against Climate Change’s website – here.


Change4Chalfont invites you to our screening of 

‘Chasing Ice’

Monday 9th November at 7.45.  Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill East SL9 9DG. Free admission, refreshments served.

Realising that the most powerful issue of our times is the interaction between humans and nature, in this beautiful award-winning movie, James Balog uses multi-year time-lapse photography in the Arctic to gather undeniable evidence of the effects of climate change on our planet. 

The combination of the film’s majestic settings and its engaging subject is compelling. 

We hope to see you there!



Free Film Night, Monday 12th October

at Gold Hill Baptist Church, 7.45pm

Do you sometimes wonder what to believe? 

Do you worry that ‘experts’ are being paid to express a certain view, rather than basing what they say on rigorously reviewed evidence?

‘Merchants of Doubt’ is a documentary about those employed by corporations and lobbyists to influence government action.

This practice was first used by the tobacco industry.

Is it now being taken to new heights by industries who have a potentially apocalyptic impact on the environment?

merchants of doubt

The  Green Drinks meeting is on Monday 14th September at 7.45 pm

at Gold Hill Baptist Church

This will feature a talk by Dr Roland Collicott, who will outline the life story of the aluminium can.

We all use aluminium all the time – cans of beans, cans of coke – we consume the contents and recycle the container.
But how does aluminium get from mining to recycling? Where does it come from? What are the processes and how much energy is used, to turn the raw material into the end product that is on every kitchen shelf?
So, come and find out about an aluminium can’s back story!


Change4Chalfont’s  Green Drinks is on Monday 13 July 2015 at 8pm

Our speaker is Sue Shave, Director of Chiltern Open Air Museum, who will talk about

The Green Museum – Sustainability at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Sue will explain what sustainability means in the context of a museum of historic buildings – recycling buildings, rubbish, sustainable materials and traditional skills and ways of living.

Sue Shave has had a career of over 25 years in independent museums around the country including York, Devon and Birmingham and has been Director of COAM for nearly 11 years. 

Please join us in The Space, Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill Common

on Monday 13 July at 8pm

We look forward to seeing you there!


Womens’ Bike Ride

Come and join the inaugural Change4Chalfont Cycling Sisters

11am Saturday 4 July

outside the Chiltern Bike Barn, Market Place

Following the success of our recent Family Bike Ride, we were inundated with requests for more cycle rides, and particularly from women – clearly women would like to get out on their bikes, WITHOUT donning lycra and WITHOUT having to do miles and miles…..

So ladies, come and join us on 4 July for a circular bike ride beginning and ending in the centre of Chalfont St Peter. It will be approximately 8 miles and should take between an hour and an hour-and-a-half.

Please wear a helmet and bright clothing. Minimum age for this event is 14 years

If you can, please email us to say you plan to come, so we can get a rough ideas of numbers –

We’d love to see you there.


Meeting on Monday June 15th at Gold Hill Baptist Church at 7.45pm.

The Topic is ‘Where Does Your Rubbish Go?


A precis of Julie Pickard’s talk :-

Ever wonder what happens to the waste after it disappears in the recycling lorry? In June 2015, Julie Pickard (pictured below), Sustainability Officer at Bucks County Council came to talk to Change4Chalfont and explained all.

First, as much as possible gets recycled. Just over half of waste was recycled last year (2013/14) with this year’s target being 60%. If we make the target it keeps our landfill tax the same.

Food waste goes to Oxfordshire, garden waste to Laverstoke Park in Hampshire, paper and landfill stay in Bucks and the mixed recycling goes all the way to North Wales. The mixed recycling gets turned into other products. The food waste, landfill and mixed recycling all generate energy from waste. The green waste gets composted and the compost sold on, or used to feed the organic garden at Laverstoke Park, where they also farm buffalo!

More info on recycling can be found at the council website:,-recycling-and-treatment/

Please contact if you would like to volunteer and help the village increase its recycling rates or you would be interested in a visit to one of the recycling facilities.

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to rinse my recyclables?  The recycling companies don’t require completely clean recyclables, but rinsing food containers a bit does reduce smell when you open the bin. Please use grey water to rinse recyclables and clean your bins.

Can I recycle children’s plastic toys in the mixed recycling?  Yes, if they are just made of plastic. Those made with several different materials can’t be recycled.

Can I recycle aluminium foil in the mixed recycling? Yes.

Why can’t I put paper in the mixed recycling?  A separate paper only collection is worth much more on the recycling market. Bucks County Council makes more money.Julie


Meeting on Monday 11th May at The Village Hall pub, Goldhill, starting at 7.45pm.

The topic is ‘Powering the World’ , a talk by Cathy Davidoff

How do we power the world? Does our power give us progress or pollution?

How will we power the world in the future?

Cathy is taking an MSc in Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability at Brunel University. She is a member of the Change4Chalfont steering  committee and helped to organise a campaign in Chalfont St Peter last year to help residents save energy at home


Please join us for Green Drinks On Monday 13 April at 8pm

We meet as usual in the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter

Lots of brilliant things to discuss including re-invigorating our energy group –

so come if you would like to be part of that –

or just to see what we’re up to!


Welcome to Change4Chalfont’s Green Drinks

Our next meeting is on Monday 9th March at 8pm at the Village Hall pub.

Come and get an update on our plans for this year – a nut grove, a village cycle ride and much more ….

We look forward to seeing you there.


Christmas Social – Thursday Dec 11th

Please come and join us at The Village Hall pub at 7.45pm for relaxing drinks and a catch up. There will be a chance to hear about our plans for next year and find out more about the virtual orchard……Also – we would love to hear your ideas for ways we can reduce our CO2 footprint. Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it.

Best wishes for a happy festive season, from all at Change4Chalfont


Our ‘Virtual Orchard’

You will have heard of the two orchards planted by the community in Cheena Meadow and the Jubilee Orchard near the Community Centre. Now, planting is already underway of Chalfont St Peter’s third orchard. This time, it’s one with a difference. This is a ‘Virtual Orchard’.

Take some fruit trees (very kindly donated by Van Hage Garden Centre, Chorleywood) and offer them to the local community to plant in back gardens. Plot the location of each planted tree on a map – and bingo – very real fruit trees in a Virtual Orchard.

We still have some trees left, so if you would like to take part in this project, and have fruit for ever in your back garden, please contact us at or via our Facebook page.



Film Night: November 17th, 19:45 to 22:00 at Gold Hill Baptist Church. –  SAMSARA

Filmed over a period of almost five years in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Using ravishing visual images the film encourages us to think about humanity’s place in an interconnected world.



Next meeting – 8pm Thursday 5 June

Our next meeting is at The Space at Goldhill Baptist Church on Thursday 5 June. Change4Chalfont is delighted to welcome our speaker, Rafael Delimata, from Bow Tie Construction in High Wycombe. Rafael will talk about Passivhaus technology and other sustainable building techniques.

Passivhaus buildings are designed and built to use very little energy for heating and cooling, by reducing heat loss and harvesting heat from so called passive heat sources like the sun, human occupants and household appliances.

We hope to see you there!


Change4Chalfont at CSP Feast Day – June 28th

At this year’s Feast Day (28 June) we are planning on having our smoothie – making bike again. Those of you who visited our stall last year, will recall that you cycle to generate the electricity to work a blender which makes your smoothie….this was really popular last year and we hope you will visit the C4C stall this time around!

We are also planning to sell Elderflower Cordial, and this is where you come in! Elderflowers are beginning to bloom right now and if you take a walk or want to amuse your kids over half-term, please pick some elderflowers to make cordial – and consider donating a bottle (or half-a-bottle) to Change4Chalfont. There are loads of different recipes – but this looks quite good.

With best wishes, C4C


Come to the Cosy Homes Show

On Monday 31st March at 8pm

At Gold Hill Baptist Church

Local charity, Change4Chalfont, is organising the Cosy Homes Show for those who want to save money on their energy bills.

It will be a hands-on affair with energy saving gadgets to play with, including energy monitors, a range of insulation materials and everything from (LED) bulbs to (chimney) balloons. Dale Hoyland, of the National Energy Foundation, will be there with his expertise to give impartial advice on home improvements and Becky James from Green Deal will be there to show how to finance them. You can talk to local DIY experts, play the house improvement game or take the radiator foil challenge. Foil is the cheapest home improvement and makes the money back in one winter, but can you really fit it in a just a few minutes?

The Cosy Homes Show is free, with donations for refreshments. So, if you would like all the “how-to” for saving energy and keeping your home warm and cosy, please join us.


Meeting Thursday 6th March at the ‘Village Hall’ pub, Gold Hill Common.

Next week is Climate Week ( and as part of that, our meeting will be a book swop. So join us for a drink and bring your old books – any genre/subject – to swop for something new and interesting!

If you haven’t got any old books – great – come along to browse and take

We look forward to seeing you there.


Free Film Night – Monday 27th January 7.45pm at Gold Hill

‘Just Do It’

‘Just Do It’ is an absorbing documentary about climate activism. The film charts the adventures of a group of daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws and shows how direct action  can give people a huge sense of community and well-being.

We hope to see you there – and please forward this email to your friends and contacts.


Free Film Night – Monday 25 November with Jeremy Irons in

Trashed – No Place for Waste

at Gold Hill Baptist Church at 7.45pm

Starring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, Trashed is a multi-award winning documentary which received its premier at a Special Screening during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It has won many international awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival. An influential film at the highest levels, Trashed has been screened before the European Parliament, in the UK Houses of Parliament and in New York for the Mayor’s office.

Jeremy Irons travelled widely Vietnam, France, Iceland, Beirut, San Francisco, Yorkshire, and the world’s oceans todiscover the extent and effects of the global waste problem and to report not only on those problems but also the potential solutions associated with wasteful consumerism.

We look forward to seeing you at the screening in ‘The Space’, Gold Hill Baptist Church, on Monday 25 November at 7.45pm



Summer Drinks

Hi, everyone,

We are getting together for a summer drink at the Village Hall Pub on 15 July at 8pm. It would be good to see you there!

Best wishes, Change4Chalfont


 Meeting -Monday 3rd June- Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter

Are you interested in new initiatives in the Green Economy?

Do you like to know exactly where your food comes from and do you prefer to source what you eat locally?

Come and meet Steve Sidhu, the founder of Ten Mile Menu, who we are delighted to have as our speaker on Monday 3 June.


Ten Mile Menu is the brain child of Steve and his wife Corinna who live in the village of Speen, a few miles North of Wycombe. Steve launched Ten Mile Menu in January 2013, as an online supermarket delivering high-quality local produce from the Chiltern Hills, in the Chiltern Hills. The aim of Ten Mile Menu is to offer a new route to market for local producers.

The business is very much a product of the Green Economy, helping the environment by operating at minimal food miles, and providing a boost to the Bucks economy by keeping spending local.

Steve left his career in recruitment to set up Ten Mile Menu last Autumn. In his previous role he ran a business that he’d co-founded in 2009, headquartered in London, reporting to former BBC Dragon, James Caan.

We hope to see you there!


8pm Monday 29 April 2013 at the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter

Feast Day Planning

This year at Feast Day (29 June), we are hoping to have a stall and also to organise recycling for the whole event – no small task! Our next meeting will mark the start of the planning for this. Please come if you have offered to help with or run our stall, or if you would like to be involved in any way.

After our very successful recycling initiative last year, we hope to help the Feast Day committee once again to ‘Keep Gold Hill Green’. Our success is completely dependent on the help we get, so please please let us know if you can help with recycling on the day and/or the following morning after the concert.

Last year, somewhat to our surprise, it was quite a fun thing to do – the public really engaged with it and lots of people came up to say how glad they were that we had taken the initiative to keep the Common clear of rubbish and to keep as much as possible out of landfill. From an environmental point of view, landfill produces lots of methane, a damaging greenhouse gas which greatly contributes to the atmosphere warming up – so if you want to do something really positive for the environment, put in an hour or two at Feast Day.

Seed swop

We will also be holding a seed swop. If you have half packets of seeds left over from planting or if you have saved some seed from last year’s crops, come and swop what you’ve got for something new!

Action groups

We would all be interested to hear what the new action groups have been up to recently – please come along to let us know!

Finally – we are Tweeting!

Please follow us on Twitter here

We are also to be found on Facebook here


Change4Chalfont’s meeting: Tuesday 26 March 2013

This meeting is, as usual, at the Village Hall Pub on Gold Hill Common, in the back room. Please note that this month we are meeting on a Tuesday. We are delighted that our speaker is Samantha Free who will be giving

‘An Introduction to Permaculture’.

Sam became tired of her Medical Physics ivory tower and came down to focus more attention on sustainability in practice. She took the MSc in Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies run by CAT (the Centre for Alternative Technology) and became a co-founder of Amersham in Transition.

She is currently director of operations for Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative and enjoying poking around in boiler rooms in community buildings across the Chilterns. She has a longstanding interest in permaculture and finds it applicable across many aspects of life.


Free Film Night: Friday 25th January at 8pm

Change4Chalfont presents:

‘Flow: How did a handful of corporations steal our water?’

in the Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter

There is a battle going on for a precious resource – water. Across the globe citizens are struggling against transnational corporations which are seizing the dwindling fresh water supplies. This astonishingly wide-ranging film is an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests.

Free admission. Wine, coffee, tea, savouries and home-made cake are served.

Change4Chalfont is a group of local residents who aim to work with our community by helping to reduce our impact on climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels.

Please note that we will no longer be running a programme of regular film nights so this will be the last one for a while.


Next Meeting – Monday December 10th at 8pm.

Please join us for a Christmas drink at 8pm on 10 December 2012 to celebrate another year of Change4Chalfont. As usual we will be meeting in the back room of the Village Hall pub. We look forward to seeing you!


Monday November 19th

Our next meeting will take place, as usual, in the Village Hall pub at 8pm. Please note that this month, we will meet at the front of the dining room


Free Film Night and talk: Friday 9th November at 8pm

‘Mother: Caring for 7 Billion’

in the Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter

‘Mother: Caring for 7 Billion’ is a loving, thoughtful, visually striking film addressing one of our biggest questions, both personal and planetary – what to do about population growth. It argues compellingly that a fair and just solution is only likely be found in a complete refocusing of our priorities and societies. ‘Mother’ is a must-see film on why population growth matters and what is hindering action to reduce it.

The film will be preceded by a short talk from a local expert on global population, Len Mann. Len joins us from the charity ‘Population Matters’. After a distinguished career in engineering and science, Len speaks regularly on various subjects including cosmology and population growth.

Free admission. Wine, coffee, tea, savouries and home-made cake are served.


Final details for planting our next community orchard!

Our next community orchard will be planted, come rain or shine, on 10 November 2012 from 10am. This will be a mixed fruit orchard, including apples, pears and plums. Since we are planting it in the Queen’s Jubilee year, it is being planted as part of the Woodlands Trust Jubilee Woods project  – details of which you can see here.

Here are the final details for the planting of our next community orchard.

Very appropriately, it will be planted on the Jubilee Gardens, just off Gravel Hill as you turn in towards the Community Centre.

This is a fabulous community event and all are welcome to come and help plant. If you are interested in being part of it, please email us on or call Erica on 01753 883747.

Jobs include digging, planting, covering  the protective frames, and making cakes/preparing drinks for volunteers.

You can even sponsor a tree  – each sponsored tree will bear a plaque with the name of the sponsor and a description of the fruit. Sponsorship costs £50 a tree which goes towards the cost of the tree, manure and fertilizer and the protective frame.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!!


Meeting – Monday October 22nd

Our next meeting will take place, as usual, in the Village Hall pub at 8pm. Please note that this month, we will meet at the front of the dining room.


We are delighted that this month’s talk will be given by local resident, Cathy Davidoff PhD. Cathy will talk on

“The Psychology of Change: Fostering Sustainable Behaviour”

Cathy studied social and political science at Cambridge and then took a doctorate in clinical psychology at University College London. She then worked as clinical psychologist for three years, specialising in working with children and families before having kids and putting all her learning into practice! Cathy joined a justice group in London in 1999 and supported the campaign to drop third world debt. She has been interested in global justice issues ever since.

This talk will be highly relevant to people concerned about climate change and looking for ways to encourage sustainable behaviours within a community.

We hope to see you there!



Next Meeting – Monday September 24th

Our next meeting is on Monday 24 September – next Monday. Apologies for the short notice but we’ve had some computer problems. We will meet, as ever, in the back room of the Village Hall Pub on Gold Hill Common. We look forward to seeing everyone after a long summer break!

This month, rather than having a speaker (our speaker programme will continue next month) we will be getting together for a drink and to talk about what Change4Chalfont is planning over the coming few months, so please come along with ideas, passions and plans to discuss.

A date for your diary: 10 November

One thing that is already in the diary is that our second Community Orchard planting will take place on 10 November 2012. We are planning to plant a mixed fruit orchard in the Jubilee Gardens in Chalfont St Peter (between the A413 and the Community Centre). Our orchard will feature in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Royal Record’, and details of the orchard planting also appear on the Woodland Trust’s website and will be on their online map and record. See

When the last orchard was planted in November 2010 on Cheena Meadow, it was a fabulous day with people from all sections of the local community working together. This is your chance to be a part of that work and sense of achievement and community!

More details will follow shortly, so watch this space.


Next Free Film Night – Friday Sept. 14th at 8pm.

Parish Church Hall, Church Lane.


Summer Drinks Meeting and Book Reading , 16th July at 8pm.

For our summer drinks meeting we will meet, as usual,  in the back room of the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter, and you’d be very welcome to join us.

We are very excited to have as our speaker that evening the journalist and author, Patrick Chalmers, who will read from his recently published book, Fraudcast News.

Patrick Chalmers was born in Fife, Scotland in 1966. He studied engineering at Bath University and journalism at London’s City University before working as a freelance reporter in Brussels. In 1994, he joined Reuters, and over the next 11 years, took postings and assignments around the world. Fraudcast News is Patrick’s first book.

Fraudcast News is an insider’s account of our media’s complicity with power, an enormously topical subject.

In Fraudcast News, Patrick relates how getting into and out of conventional journalism opened his eyes to the realities of his chosen career.

On the way he found how mainstream media, including his former employer, were far from being the public watchdogs of power they like to pretend. Quite the opposite – the bulk of their work blinds people to their powerlessness in the face of modern politics, at every layer of government, from local to global.

Yet this is a hopeful story, including a plan for how people can make their own media and lay claim to their political voices.

We hope to see you there.


Next Film Night Friday 13th July

Climate of Change

Lyrically narrated by Tilda Swinton with poetry by Simon Armitage ‘Climate of Change’ is an inspiring and optimistic film. It introduces regular people from around the world who are taking action in the fight to save our environment. From a group of 13-year-olds in India rallying against the use of plastics to an inspirational man in Africa who teaches villagers to harness solar power, this film shows how everyone can make a difference.

Entrance is free. Wine, coffee, tea, savouries, and home-made cake are served.

We’d love to see you there. Come alone or bring a friend!

8pm Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter


Meeting – 18 June at 8pm in the Village Hall Pub

Please join us for a drink in the back room of the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter, next Monday.

This month’s talk will be given by Stephanie Summerell and Erica Neustadt and is entitled ‘Underground, Over ground’. Stephanie and Erica will be outlining Change4Chalfont’s Feast day recycling initiative and how it demonstrates Change4Chalfont’s ethos of working with the local community, improving our environment and helping to reduce our local carbon footprint. We will also be discussing plans for Change4Chalfont’s stall.

We would love to see you there!

Plants for our Feast Day stall

Have you got germinated more seedlings than you need? If so, please consider donating your excess to Change4Chalfont . Over the past few years, we have been selling plant seedlings very reasonably and we have noticed that people have begun actively to seek us out at Feast day as they are keen to grow their own vegetables and know that they can stock up from us. We would be enormously grateful for any seedlings that you can spare. Let us know and we’ll come and pick up ( or call 07789 810196).

.And finally…..

The latest edition of Permaculture Magazine is now available at CSP library.


Meeting – 8pm on 21 May at the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter

This month’s talk will be presented by Carmen Barker Lemay PhD, and her subject will be :

What is the Future of Chalfont St Peter?

Last Tuesday, Change4Chalfont was invited to present to the Chalfont St Peter Neighbourhood Plan Committee. Under the recent Localism Act, new rights and powers for local communities were introduced so that planning policies for the development and use of land may be established at local level. A first step in this process for Chalfont St Peter is to write a community – led Neighbourhood Plan.

Change4Chalfont is committed to making sure that our local community remains great place in which to live, especially by looking at how we can remain resilient to various events such as energy shocks and weather storms that many experts believe will be coming our way over the next few decades. Change4Chalfont believes that the Neighbourhood Plan is critical to any plan to cope with such effects of climate change and diminishing resources, as it will determine development and land use for the foreseeable future.

Carmen will report on the presentation made to the Neighbourhood Plan Committee so that everyone can see how we have contributed to this process, and will also discuss the Committee’s response.

We hope to see you there!


Free Film Night, Friday 11th May

8pm in the Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter

In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. The film gathers stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.


Monday 23rd April at 8pm

At The Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter

Our speaker this month is James Robey who will be discussing “Sustainability – so what’s the big issue?

James will be reflecting on some of the global mega-trends that are driving the sustainability agenda and considering their implications for both business and society.

James studied Sustainable Business at the University of Cambridge and is Head of Corporate Sustainability at Capgemini – an IT and Consulting company with 120,000 employee across 40 countries. James has been leading the sustainability agenda for Capgemini in the UK for the last five years, introducing a wide ranging of programmes covering the environment, community and employees. Since the beginning of 2011, James has also been responsible for driving the Sustainability agenda for Capgemini globally.

Seed Swop

Have you got any seeds or seedlings that you don’t need? Bring them with you next Monday and give them away or exchange them!

We look forward to seeing you for a drink in the back room of the Village Hall pub


Monday 19th March

At The Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter

Our speaker will be Andrew Turner of Latimer Market Garden Project.


Chalfonts Hen Keepers’ Network (CHKN)


We are about to launch the Chalfonts Hen Keepers’ Network. If you keep chickens or would like to find out more about doing so, keep an eye on this website for more information.


Free Film Night: The Crisis of Civilisation

Chalfont St Peter’s Premier of this newly released film!

Friday 9th March 8pm in the Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter

This powerful documentary investigates how the global crises of ecological disaster, financial meltdown, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. Incorporating an imaginative montage of archive footage, newsreel and animation it offers us a stunning wake-up call as well as a manifesto for constructive social change.  The film lasts 77 minutes.

Free admission. Wine, coffee, tea, savouries and home-made cake are served.

Please come along – we’d love to see you.


Monday 20th February at 8pm

At The Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter

We meet every month in the back room of the Village Hall Pub for a drink, to share views and hear a short interesting talk.  If you’ve not come before we’d love to see you!

This month’s talk is by Charles Ainger, who is a retired Chartered Engineer, visiting Professor at Cambridge University, and ex Director of Sustainable Development for MWH, a global infrastructure engineering company. Charles’s latest venture is as Chair of Low Carbon Chilterns which is spearheading an exciting new local initiative for renewable energy production.  His talk is entitled

‘Low Carbon Chilterns – how we aim to reduce CO? and energy costs, and how you can join in’.


Charles is an excellent speaker and this will be a really interesting talk about exciting local action.


Orchard planting: November 2012

We are delighted to announce that we have got the go-ahead for our second orchard planting and would like to thank Chiltern District Council for their help in arranging this. The planting will take place in November in the Jubilee Gardens in Chalfont St Peter. Our orchard will feature in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Royal Record’, (a register of all the trees planted for the Jubilee that will be given to Buckingham Palace and the British Library) as Chalfont St Peter’s Diamond Jubilee Orchard.

Details of the orchard planting also appear on the Woodland Trust’s website and will be on their online map and record. See

Monthly Ecover stall

On 1 February we launched our monthly Ecover stall at the Parish Church Hall. It generated a huge amount of interest and sales were good too!

Change4Chalfont will now have a stall on the first Wednesday morning of every month at the Parish Church Hall, selling Ecover products and soaps that contain sustainably produced palm oil. We are buying product in bulk to decant and sell at cost, hopefully making it more affordable to more people. For more details, and flyers to hand out, please see the attachment to this email.

Next Ecover stall – 7 March from 10 am!

WE NEED small hand soap dispensers! If you have any for recycling, please email Adrienne Midgley on

Best wishes and see you soon,


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Here is the calendar of events we completed last year.

We would welcome help with any of these, so please email us to volunteer. Please don’t feel constrained by these ideas – if you have something that you feel passionately about and/or think that would really ‘fly’ then please go ahead! And if you get in touch, we will try to help you too.

Change4Chalfont Calendar of events 2011

JanuaryC4C meeting 17 JanFilm night 14 JanPlastic bag free CSP campaign February C4C meeting 21 FebArt competition launch MarchC4C meeting 14 MarFilm night 4 MarJordans: Bee Day19 MarOpen houses TBCChicken launch AprilC4C meeting 11 AprFilm night 1 AprArt Exhibition 22 Apr
MayC4C meeting 23 May JuneC4C meeting 13 JuneFilm night 3 JuneFeast day 25 June JulyC4C meeting 11th Jul.Open gardens TBC Rags to riches launch August
SeptemberCSG fair 3 SeptC4C Meeting 19th Sep. OctoberFilm Night 14th Oct.C4C Meeting 17th Oct. NovemberC4C meeting 21st Nov’Should the UK go Nuclear?”Film night 25 Nov’A Farm for the Future’see below for details December Fun Night 2nd Dec.Christmas Social 12th


Christmas Social at Village Hall Pub

Change4Chalfont invites you to a Christmas Drink

At The Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter

On Monday 12 December from 8pm

We would be delighted to see you there!

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

From everyone at Change4Chalfont


Friday 25th November 8pm – Free Film Night

In the Parish Church Hall, Church Lane:

A Farm for the Future (50 mins)

With her father close to retirement, film maker Rebecca Hosking returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon to become the next generation to farm the land.  But realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on fossil fuel, particularly oil and with its price escalating, she sets out to discover just how secure supplies of cheap fossil fuel are.  Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel and discovers how to turn her old family farm into a farm for the low-energy future.


C4C Meeting – Monday 21st November

‘Should the UK go Nuclear?’

Monthly meeting at the Village Hall Pub: ’Should the UK go Nuclear’ with Professor Gerry Thomas

The nuclear debate continues with environmentalists on both sides of the argument. Environmentalists Mark Lynas and George Monbiot have gone public in their support of developing a nuclear capability as part of our energy programme in the interests of CO2 reduction but others emphasise the fragility of nuclear, citing the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant as a perfect demonstration of its dangers. This month we hear from Professor Gerry Thomas, Chair in Molecular Pathology at Imperial College, London and an expert in radiation impact. As coordinator of the Chernobyl Tissue Bank since its inception in 1998, and with her experience researching thyroid and breast cancer, Gerry became a regular on the BBC and Sky following the explosions at the nuclear plant in Fukushima six months ago. Her research has taken her there regularly. She arrives for our meeting on 21st fresh from Nagasaki.


Fairtrade Open House – Tuesday 18 October 2011

Margaret Dykes invites you to a


At Roughwood Fields, Roughwood Lane,  Chalfont St Giles 01494 874511

1.30pm to 5.30pm

Jewellery, crafts, foods, clothes, Christmas cards & wrap.

We hope to see you at some or all of these events!

Best wishes,



C4C meeting – Monday 17 October 2011

Change4Chalfont’s next meeting will take place on Monday 17 October at 8pm, at the Village Hall Pub, Gold Hill, Chalfont St Peter. Join us in the back room for a drink. This month’s 10-minute talk will be given by Lesley Tullitt, a Master Composter. Lesley will talk about the 2 campaigns that she is currently promoting, Home Composting and Love Food Hate Waste: Come and meet us and see what we’re all about.


Free Film Night

Friday 14th October at 8pm, Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter

A free film screening of the highly acclaimed BBC/Open University production:-

Can We Save Planet Earth?

with Sir David Attenborough (60 mins)

Previously sceptical about the possibility of climate change being caused by human activity, Sir David explores how we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe. Come and hear what Britain’s most trusted celebrity has to say now on the issue, and find out how you can take positive action to respond to what he calls “the major challenge facing the world.” We have invited representatives from the United Sustainable Energy Agency and local renewable energy company ‘Be Green’ and they will be available to give information and advice after the film.

Wine, coffee, tea, savouries and home-made cake will be served.


September Meeting on the 19th.

This will feature a 10-minute talk on the topic ‘To Fly Or Not to Fly’.

What are the environmental impacts of flying?

Is the environmental jumbo in the room?

Is there any action we can take?

Come to The Village Pub to share your views at 8pm.


Other News

Horizon programme, BBC 2 on Sep. 14th at 9pm.

Is Nuclear Power safe?

Should be an interesting programme. For more details see

24 Hours of Reality – Al Gore’s powerful follow up to An Inconvenient Truth.

15 September at 7pm

For a taster – click here –

To take part in the Global Presentation – click on the link below.,J0DL,1T5F6B,1JOJ9,1


  1. Dear all,
    Thanks for such a good turnout on the 14th October for the film night with Sir David Attenborough with his fantastic production of “Can we save planet earth?” It had been a couple of years since I last watched this, however, I found it was just as inspiring as it was when I first saw it. Sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight of why we’re making the effort (and indeed, why I work in the sector of saving carbon): it falls to each and every one of us alive today to do what we can, the easy changes that we can all make whilst still enjoyed the lifestyle to which we’re accustomed. All these relatively small changes can add up to make a significant difference, to help stop irreversible damage to our planet, and to try to leave our environmental resources for future generations to come.
    To all of you who asked me questions after my talk, or came up to my stand (United Sustainable Energy Agency) following the film; I hope you were able to leave with some information or literature to enable you to make a change to your carbon emissions, and to help save money on your fuel bills in this economic-challenging time. Remember, the Affordable Warmth Helpline is there for you on freephone 0800 107 0044, or visit the CocoonYourHome website at for advice and referrals for insulation, or solar installations from reputable installers. Both these services are supported by the District Council’s across Buckinghamshire.

    Looking forward to visiting the Change4Chalfont group again in the future!

    Dale Hoyland.
    Affordable Warmth & Community Projects Manager, USEA.

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