Book Now for Happy Monday January 18

eastern medHappy Mondays with the Community Kitchen is always a celebration of the best local and seasonal ingredients: the room will be decorated and the welcome warm. But it will also offer opportunities for volunteers to build their kitchen confidence, learn about local suppliers and discover new recipes and ideas.

Our aim is to highlight what’s growing in and around Bungay in gardens and on farms, show how local, seasonal eating is not only healthy, enjoyable, good for the local economy and environmentally sound but also exciting and surprising. If you’d like to get involved, perhaps supplying ingredients from your garden to the kitchen, cooking, suggesting recipes or helping meet and greet please do contact us.

Happy New Year! We start 2016 with a trip to the Eastern Mediterranean. Those who watched Rick Stein’s “From Venice to Istanbul” (or have the cookery book) will know what a fabulous range of dishes are to be found there. We will be serving dishes from Greece and Croatia with as much local produce as we can find at this time of year.

Here’s The Deal Tonight’s meal will be the last at £5 as from February we will, by necessity, have to increase the price to £6. This is the first increase in the cost of a Happy Monday meal but it is still a bargain. So, for one night only, we will be offering the meal for £5, OR the meal and a Community Kitchen Cookbook for just £10. Additional copies of the book may be had for £6

Please come along and support us.

The cooks, room setup and clearing up and cleaning folks are all volunteers who pay for their meals. If you could spend a few minutes helping to clear and/or wash up at the end, that would be much appreciated.

When: January 18, 7pm
Where: Bungay Community Centre, Upper Olland Street
Cost: £5 for 2 course

Climate March November 2015

On Saturday November 28th, Sustainable Bungay, aided by two bees and some children, paraded through Bungay in order to raise awareness of climate change and the Paris climate talks.

Bungay Town Reeve and marchers

We started outside the Library and were sent off by Terry Reeve, the Town Reeve, pictured above in full regalia. From here we walked up St Mary’s Street.

by the car park

marching up St Marys St

The Butter Cross was next where we re-grouped and chatted with passing general public and handing out Sustainable Bungay newsletters.

Butter Cross

assembled at the Butter Cross

Welcome back Nick

marchers at Butter Cross

From here we then went down Earsham Street, round into Broad Street and back to the Library. Refreshments were then obtained from the Buttercross Tearooms.

The Happy Monday Cookbook

book cover

Happy Mondays at the Community Kitchen have given into the demands of their diners and produced a seasonal cookbook with great emphasis on buying locally, cooking from scratch and celebrating the abundance of available vegetables.

We were lucky to receive some funding from Lloyds Bank Community Fund which enabled us to produce The Happy Mondays Cookbook. It has taken a while to put together but we are delighted with the results.

Two of the cooks Christine Smith and Gemma Parker have taken a step back from the kitchen for the past year to write the book. The cookbook captures the essence of the meals from past years as well as revealing some of the many delicious recipes for you to cook at home. The book is different from other cookbooks and has a relaxed feel with easy to follow and make recipes along with lots of pictures

We are really pleased its out in time for Christmas and a number of people have already said they will be giving it as a Christmas present.

The Community Kitchen will be celebrating its fifth anniversary next year. It is run by volunteers from Sustainable Bungay. The Happy Monday Meal is on the third Monday of each month at Bungay Community Centre.

The cookbook is priced at £7.50 and is available to purchase from Bungay Library and Earsham Street Café in Bungay as well as online from the Hodemedod Website.

A Manifesto for Change


Do you share the values of caring for people and planet, not just chasing money? We can build a ‘global family’ that does this, with local groups linked regionally and globally for mutual support. Explore what this might mean for you. Is this the next step for the Transition Movement? Read the attached
‘Manifesto for Change’ and give your views.

Gary will be talking at Green Drinks on Thursday September 3rd, 7:30 in the Green Dragon.

Dr Gary Alexander is the author of “eGaia, Growing a peaceful, sustainable Earth through communications”, was a Trustee of the Transition Network, and is helping to set up an English National Hub for the Transition Network.

Car Free Day | 22nd September

What would Bungay look like with fewer cars on the roads? On September 22nd every year communities across Europe take back their streets for a day. This year Bungay is joining in and we’re asking everyone to leave their cars at home for the day. There are some great events planned and local traders are offering special discounts and services – see below.

Like almost every other town, city and village in the UK, Bungay was not designed to accommodate cars – instead the town evolved around the needs of pedestrians, who shared the roads and paths with draught animals and those on horseback. Over the last 100 years the car has come to dominate the roads; walkers have been pushed onto pavements and cyclists squeezed between the two.

Motor vehicles have brought huge benefits, but there are obvious disadvantages. Aside from segregated and potentially dangerous roads, we suffer air and noise pollution, damage to historic buildings, the loss of open spaces to road building, and health problems linked to a lack of exercise. As the arguments about Bungay’s new one-way system rumble on there’s one simple action we could take to reduce pressure on the town: leave our cars at home.

Car Free Day, which emerged from separate campaigns in big cities like New York, Berlin and Amsterdam, can trace its roots back to the 1950s. The current annual event is 15 years old and aims to encourage people, for just one day, to reduce their car use. In a rural area like ours where public transport is often limited, cutting back on car use can seem difficult, but Department for Transport research shows that a fifth of all journeys are less than a mile and two thirds are less than five miles. We’re asking people to think about those trips on the 22nd – is walking an option, could you hop on your bike, a bus or even car-share?

In many towns and cities Car Free Days have eventually led to huge changes in the way transport is organised – in Germany and the Netherlands many towns now have car free centres and improved public transport, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. Here in Bungay our immediate aims are more modest, but we have persuaded Anglian Bus to run 2 services between Beccles and Diss where currently there is no Sunday service. If this one day trial proves a success we hope Anglian Bus will consider making a permanent timetable change. So if you’re not a cyclist or a walker why not take a trip to one of the other beautiful towns in our valley – or invite your friends to Bungay.

Car Free Day Events
(All activities start at the Buttercross.)

9am: Town Mayor Judy Cloake and Town Reeve Richard Cundy will see the Godric Cycling Club off on their regular club run (which is for faster riders). The Club are always keen to see new faces, so do feel free to join them.

10am: As part of Sustainable Bungay’s on-going series of walks around the town there will be a Wellbeing Walk across the Outney Common. Join Tony and others for a gentle walk and conversation.

10:30: Margaret Sheppard will lead a group through the lanes for coffee in Beccles. A more leisurely cycle ride than the Godric Cycling club run!

1:30pm: Josiah Meldrum will lead a group along the back roads to join the Bungay Community Beekeepers for their open day at Aldeby. Those who’ve cycled to Beccles with the 10:30am group are welcome to join at Aldeby.

2:30: Guided walk around Bungay led by local historian Chris Reeve for The Waveney and Blyth Arts. Booking essential: phone Chris Reeve on 01986 893155 or email Waveney and Blyth Arts members £3/£4 non-members (children under 12 free); Tea and cakes at St Mary’s church afterwards (optional) £2.50.

Car Free Day Specials

Buttercross Cafe – a free drink for anyone using the cafe on Sunday 22nd

Earsham Street Cafe – 10% discount for Car Free Day

Tutti Frutti – Tim will be opening his green grocers shop on Sunday morning.

Anglian Bus – laying on a special Sunday bus service between Beccles and Diss. For information about the special Beccles to Diss bus service see the Anglian Bus website: or click here to view it: Car Free Day Bus Timetable

For more information about any of these activities please email