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ECO Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales that want to demonstrate that they care for God’s Earth. The PCC of Capel and Ockley has committed your church, St John the Baptist, to the scheme, while St Margaret’s, Ockley have set out on their journey in Sept 2018. Find out more about the scheme on


Latest Status of our ECO Churches

07/06/2019: St Margaret, Ockley attain Bronze Award

07/06/2019: St Margaret, Ockley attain Bronze Award

18/03/2019: St John the baptist Capel Beyond Bronze Award

18/03/2019: St John the baptist Capel Beyond Bronze Award









ECO News

Improved lighting for St John's - better in every way

The PCC are pleased to confirm that the internal and external lighting for the Capel church will be replaced and upgraded this Summer.  The upgrade will remove the glare experienced by the current internal flood lighting and replace the old wiring and fittings, for which replacement bulbs will soon be unavailable.  The new installation will consist of new wiring and more attractive energy efficient fittings which will reduce running costs and provide a much improved ambience for worship, meetings, concerts and weddings. The works are due to commence on 20th July and should be completed by 11th September.  During that time access to the church during the working week will be restricted.  Should the lighting installation overlap with the lifting of the Covid 19 access restrictions to the church, the PCC will evaluate whether services will be held in the Capel Church or at St Margaret’s in Ockley.  Notices will be posted nearer the time at the church, in the magazine and on the website. The PCC are excited about these much needed improvement works to our lovely church and are very grateful to the Friends of St John the Baptist Church Capel and the John Ede Fund for generously… Read MoreRead More »

Communal Christmas card scheme

Every year many of us buy loads of Christmas cards and write to all our family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours, colleagues etc to wish them a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Some enjoy the job of writing cards but, listening to the conversations, many more find it a chore. There is also quite an environmental price to be paid for all those cards: paper is produced from wood and not all trees that are used are grown with regard for our planet. Most cards come in single use plastic, at best in multi-packs but often individually wrapped. As an ECO church initiative, we would like to try out something new that will also help decorate our church: a communal Christmas card scheme. This year, instead of each of us writing cards for many of our fellow churchgoers we suggest we all write one card to the whole congregation. We will display the cards in a creative way in our churches and we can all look at the cards and see what good wishes have been sent to all of us. Please check our ECO tip for last month in the ECO Church section for guidance on how to deal… Read MoreRead More »

Greeting cards: reduce, re-use, recycle

The weather has changed and Christmas season is around the corner. When buying your greeting cards please consider cards without a plastic wrapper as offered by the National Trust and others. Alternatively buy bulk to reduce packaging. Choosing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® ) certified cards ensures the paper used has been sustainably and ethically produced. Cards without glitter and plastic decorations can be recycled easily by the recipient and buying from local artists saves carbon miles. After Christmas consider saving the cards you received and making your own cards and gift tags for next year. Otherwise remove all non-recyclable material before recycling the paper as usual. Post expires at 2:55pm on Sunday October 25th, 2020Read More »

Can’t put it in your home recycling?

Use Mole Valley’s ‘Bring Sites’ for cartons/Tetra Paks, which can’t be placed in home recycling bins. You can also bring excess small electrical items and textiles that won’t fit into your weekly recycling. Sites include the Reigate Road car park behind Dorking Halls. To find out more, visit, or call 01306 885001. Post expires at 6:54am on Saturday October 24th, 2020Read More »

The dirty dozen

Want to buy organic but find it’s too expensive? Consider buying organic for the fruits and veg below. When not grown organically,this ‘dirty dozen’ has some of the of the highest concentrations of chemicals. – Apples – Strawberries – Grapes – Celery – Peaches – Spinach – Sweet bell peppers – Nectarines – Cucumbers – Cherry tomatoes – Snap peas – Potatoes Post expires at 1:18pm on Tuesday May 12th, 2020Read More »

Step lightly

5 tips for reducing your carbon footprint: 1. *Dial it down*. Moving your thermostat down in winter and up in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. 2. *Turn it off. *Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes or more. 3. *Use cold water*. Using cold water can save up to 80 percent of the energy required to wash clothes. 4. *Buy local.* It’s been estimated that if we try to buy food locally, the country could save over £2 billion pounds in congestion and environmental costs. 5. *Recycle.* We can leave out plastics, glass, paper and even textiles and small electrics to be collected for recycling. If you have questions about what you can recycle or how to do it, contact Mole Valley Council at 01306 885001.Read More »

Precious water

Using water efficiently means that we can reduce the amount of water being taking out of our rivers and aquifers, especially as demands are rising. This helps protect our water resources and the wildlife that live there. Here are a few tips for saving water: * Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth * Only wash full loads of laundry * Drink tap water instead of bottled (use a refillable bottle!) * Scrape rather than rinse dishes before loading into the dishwasher * Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge as opposed to letting the faucet run until it’s cold * If your toilet doesn’t have dual flush, consider putting a brick in the cistern to use less water (most toilets use more than they need to!) Sutton and East Surrey Water provide free water saving packs to consumers. Visit<>, or call 0345 371 0728 for information. More tips are available at<>.Read More »

Wrapping paper

Did you know that lots of wrapping paper we use can’t go into our recycling bins? This is particularly true of paper with foil or glitter decorations. Try recyclable or biodegradable wrapping paper this Christmas. Or why not try good old fashioned brown paper from any stationery shop or post office finished off with coloured ribbon.Read More »

Winter help for hedgehogs

The Autumn and Winter months are the most important months for hedgehogs to find sufficient food to put on enough weight before hibernation. So always make sure to put out food at this time of year. (Typically hedgehogs hibernate from late December/early January until late March). Hedgehogs are active during the night so the best time to put out food is just after dusk when they are starting to search for food. Meat-flavoured (ie: not fish) dog and cat food should be left out together with a handful of dog or cat biscuits and some mealworm. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant so milk can make them very ill and should never be offered. Instead put out a dish of fresh water each night. Feeding hedgehogs should only be supplementary to their natural diet which is made up of a variety of bugs, grubs and slugs. It is therefore ideal to try and encourage more insect life in the garden by planting native plants and shrubs, creating a log pile, putting in a bug hotel and leaving an area of garden to be wild and overgrown. St Tiggywinkles are open 24/7 to provide advice and help. Tel: 01844 292292.Read More »

The gift of giving

This Christmas, why not choose a charity gift from Christian Aid to give to your loved ones. It will bring a smile to their face and to someone further afield who needs a little bit of help from a friend. A few examples: £9 buys a child a school bag with books and pens, £13 pays for fishing training and £15 donates a pair of hens. These and many more useful gifts can be found here<>. You will receive a voucher representing your chosen gift to add to someone’s stocking.Read More »

Plastic waste reduction

The best way of making our oceans plastic-free is by not letting the rubbish get there in the first place. One source of plastic is milk containers. Even though these are recyclable, evidence suggests that this only happens with a small proportion. They are not easy to avoid but one way is to order from your local milk man. Glass bottles are used on average 25 times and then recycled into new glass bottles. Perhaps a little more expensive but surely we’re worth it!Read More »

Ethical shopping

Most banks have no rules as to who they deal with and what projects they fund as long as it is legal. There are a few that have higher standards. Look up your bank in the list and see how they rank. Ethical banks put the charges where the costs are so you pay a small monthly fee but it puts the mind at rest to know that they don’t invest in weapons trading for example. This is just one of the things you can check on the following website: www.thegoodshoppingguide.comRead More »