Chiddingfold Culture Club (and AGM 2014)

More than 30 people joined Chiddgreen in St Mary’s Church Room for the AGM and an inspiring talk by Eva Bakkeslett. We learned about sourdough, kefir and making our own yogurt. Eva is so knowledgeable and tells a great story about her experiences. She is the only woman I know who has taken her yogurt to bed with her: it was a cold night in Prague, and the culture needed to be kept warm – body temperature in fact. So she improvised, with very satisfactory results!

We all had a go at kneading the dough, and enjoyed a sample of freshly baked bread with butter and honey. The smells and smiles were wonderful.

More information on Eva’s site

Eva was thanked by Jane Devlin, and presented with flowers and a ‘Making Chiddingfold Greener’ hessian bag.

The AGM reports are available at

Community Wood-fuel Launched

The first ‘Logs for Labour scheme was a great success on Saturday 15 February, despite stormy weather.

The idea, supported by Transition Haslemere and Chiddgreen, is aimed at bringing local woodlands into sustainable management, and providing a source of affordable and renewable fuel.

25 volunteers joined Jane and Bruce Devlin in their woods near Grayswood to help move and process fallen trees into suitable logs for wood-burners. All those who wanted logs loaded up their cars, and there were still logs galore left at the end. Surplus logs are available to members to collect for a donation.

Membership costs £40 for 2014, and a donation of £10 is suggested for a ‘boot-full’ of logs. Money is spent on necessary chain-saw work to make the woods safe for volunteers, basic equipment like saws and loppers used at events, and to cover the cost of refreshments.

The next events are planned on Saturday 8 March, and Saturday 22 March. More information on the Transition Haslemere or Chiddgreen websites.

If you have some woodland and you can offer logs in exchange for help, the organisers would love to hear from you.


A joint ‘Logs for Labour’ Scheme supported by Chiddgreen and Transition Haslemere

Loads of Wood - The Original Renewable Fuel
Loads of Wood – The Original Renewable Fuel

Cooking with Cultures (followed by AGM)

Join us on Wednesday 26 February 8pm in St Mary’s Church Room

Eva Bakkeslett presents a talk and tasting

 Cooking with Living Cultures

Before we had refrigeration, using cultures to preserve and prolong the shelf-life of food were widespread. Using cultures costs nothing, and the results are delicious!

Join us for an evening of taste exploration featuring Sourdough bread, kefir and  live yogurt.

Wednesday 26 February 8pm in St Mary’s Church Room

We will have plenty to taste and to share. At the end, there will be an opportunity to take some of the cultures home to have a go yourself. Please bring a clean jar or two with a tight-fitting lid. A tea-towel to wrap bread in might also be useful – if there is any left to take home!

All Chiddgreen events are FREE!

Please let us know if you are coming – use the contact form or email info@

2014 AGM is scheduled at the end of the talk. 2013 Minutes   and 2014 Agenda (Docs open in Google Docs in a new window)

If you enjoy the ‘taster session’ maybe you’d like to spend a day at the Fintry Trust just up the road with Eva – Please contact her directly about spaces on 5 April 2014