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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

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 third R: Recycle

In Mole Valley, we can recycle paper, plastics, glass and metals in green bins. Batteries, textiles and small electronics can also be left out with the bins. Visit for complete guidelines on what you can recycle, or call 01306 885001. Post expires at 6:17pm on Wednesday May 13th, 2020Read More »

The second R: Reuse

If you have a perfectly good item that you can no longer use or simply don’t want, don’t throw it away. Instead see if you can: – Sell the item online or through local publications, or get together with friends and get a pitch at a car boot sale. – Give it to a friend who needs it. – Donate it to a charity shop where it can be sold to raise money for a good cause. – Buy second-hand where you can. Post expires at 6:17pm on Wednesday May 13th, 2020Read More »

The first R: Reduce

Reducing waste is is the best way to minimise our impact on the environment. – Avoid buying items you don’t need. – See if you can repair damaged items, instead of throwing them away. – Avoid items with excessive packaging. – Don’t buy single-use bottles of water. Instead, bring a reusable bottle; visit to find places where you can refill your bottle for free, or download the ‘Refill’ app for when you’re on the go. – Hang washing outside to dry rather than using a tumble dryer. Post expires at 6:17pm on Wednesday May 13th, 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 »

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