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How is your Dorking BID supporting BIG Green Week, 8 - 16 June? We are so glad you asked!

We know that it can sometimes feel overwhelming when you hear 'climate', 'sustainability', or 'net zero'. However if you want to make a positive impact in your community, it can often start with simple actions: shopping locally, helping on a litter pick to keep our town tidy, and reducing single-use plastics.

What the BID is doing for Big Green Week

Sustainable Trail

In celebration of The Great Big Green Week (8 - 16 June), we are excited to announce the launch of a Sustainable Trail in Dorking, offering participants the chance to win a shop local voucher. As a valued member of our business community, we would love to showcase your efforts towards sustainability and promote your initiatives.

If your business is already engaged in sustainable practices, we invite you to share them with us so that we can highlight them to the community. Here are some examples of what you can promote:

Simply let us know which aspect of sustainability you would like to promote, and we will design a poster for your window to showcase your commitment to a greener future.

Thank you for your dedication to sustainability, and we look forward to collaborating with you on this initiative.

Email us to get involved or DM us at @HelloDorking.

For our businesses, remember, it is all in the journey - not only the destination. Let us know if you are interested in learning more or need support. Your BID team is here to help!

10 ways to encourage customers to reuse, repurpose and recycle your products

  1. Offer a buy-back or trade-in program for used products, where customers can receive credit or discounts on new products in exchange for their used items.
  2. Provide education and resources on how customers can repurpose, reuse or recycle products at the end of their life cycle.
  3. Partner with local repair and remanufacturing businesses to offer repair and refurbishment services for products they sell on eBay.
  4. Create a product line that is modular and can be easily upgraded or repaired with interchangeable parts.
  5. Create a product line that is designed to last longer and made of durable materials that can be repaired and repurposed.
  6. Offer repair and maintenance services for products to prolong their life and reduce the need for replacement.
  7. Incorporate circular economy business models, such as product-as-a-service or leasing, to help extend the life of products and reduce waste.
  8. Implement a take-back program for end-of-life products to ensure they are recycled or repurposed in an environmentally friendly manner.
  9. Encourage customers to recycle and repurpose the products they sell, and promoting circular economy business models.
  10. Regularly reviewing and updating your marketing and communication strategies to ensure they are aligned with the circular economy principles and promoting product life extension.

10 ways to eliminate single-use plastic and other non-natural materials

  1. Source products that are made from natural materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, or jute.
  2. Use biodegradable or compostable packaging materials, such as paper or plant-based materials.
  3. Offer customers incentives to bring their own reusable bags or containers when picking up their orders.
  4. Implement a recycling program for plastic packaging materials used in shipping.
  5. Incorporate sustainable materials into the production process, such as recycled or repurposed materials
  6. Create a product line that is designed to last longer and made of durable materials that can be repaired and repurposed
  7. Research and investing in new, innovative, sustainable materials and production methods.
  8. Offer a take-back program for end-of-life products to ensure they are recycled or repurposed in an environmentally friendly manner.
  9. Encourage customers to reduce plastic consumption through education and promotion.
  10. Continuously review and update the materials and methods used in the production of products to make sure they are aligned with sustainable and environmental standards.

Here are more resources for all

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Small Business Britain Planet

Small 99 Carbon Calculator

SME Climate Hub

Big Litter Pick 7 June 2024

We are pleased to feature and share the grand opening of The White Horse, who is launching with a fabulous Housewarming party: a weeks' worth of festivities to celebrate the White Horse Dorking.

From 26 Feb – 3 March, join the us as we all celebrate the arrival of The White Horse! From gin-tastic tastings from Silent Pool, wine tipples from Denbies, dog photography and treats, live music, cycling races and much much more, check out this downloadable flyer for all of the celebrations.

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What's more: anyone who dines with the White Horse during their first week will receive a complimentary glass of welcome fizz and be in with a chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win an overnight stay! Tables are quickly getting booked up so don’t delay…

Taking centre stage in our bustling high street and in the heart of our beautiful Surrey Hills Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The White Horse is a characteristic 13th Century inn that has held a special place in the local community for many years. A stone’s throw from the artisanal West Street, award winning museum and heritage centre, this popular pub with rooms is perfectly located to explore the highly acclaimed Denbies Wine Estate, breathtaking Box Hill and the unique independent businesses and antique shops that Dorking has to offer.

The White Horse has undergone an extensive refurbishment to lovingly renovate the bar, dining area and 56 beautiful bedrooms as it becomes part of the award-winning Heartwood Inns.

With three train stations within walking distance and only an hour from London and the coast, there is ample parking around town within walking distance from the pub, where The White Horse guarantees that real home from home experience. 

Why not come and see for yourself? Dorking looks forward to welcoming you soon.

Getting here

Dorking is under an hour from London and the coast with easy access from Gatwick and the M25. It is served by three rail stations: Dorking Station and Dorking Deepdene Station are a 10 minute walk to town from the east and Dorking West is about a 15 minute walk to town. For more rail information, please visit the National Rail website.

Bus Timetable

For information on bus timetables, please visit the Surrey County Council website.

Driving

Exit from Junction 9 of the M25, and then continue on to the A24 towards Dorking, turn right at the junction of the A24/A25 into town.

Alternatively, exit from Junction 10 of the M25 and then continue on the A25 towards Dorking, going straight over the A24/A25 junction into town.

From Guildford, use the A25 and from Gatwick use the A217 and A25.

Hero Image Credit: The White Horse Dorking

White Horse Dorking

Get Certified Mental Health and First Aid Training

Are you interested in receiving accredited Mental Health and/or First Aid Training or offering this service to your team? The Dorking BID is providing free mental health and first aid training to its Members. Please express your interest in this free training opportunity by emailing your BID team at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk.

Courses are accredited and you will receive certification which lasts three years. We will look to offer these courses in the evenings based upon interest from our members and our instructor's availability.  

First Aid for Mental Health

Level 1 – One evening
Level 2 – Two evenings

First Aid

Basic Life Support and AED – One evening
Emergency First Aid at Work – Two evenings

We have updated this page to include dates for our courses. Please let us know when you email what days you can attend.

Thurs 9th May

Mon 20th May

Thurs 23rd May

Tues 4th June

Wed 5th June

Tues 11th June

Thurs 13th June

Please scroll down to learn more about each course.

Learn more about each course

You will receive certified training from the brilliant Debs Taylor

Debs has over 30 years of experience as a first aider in the workplace and as a trainer delivering a wide range of various subjects. She has a master’s degree in health sciences and started her career working in cardiac rehabilitation for the NHS.

In her role as the Deputy Managing Director of a trust, Debs is a highly experienced Health and Wellbeing Professional with extensive knowledge across all areas of the industry. She is used to working up to Board level, providing solutions to various complex operational issues within the restraints of limited resources. She is equally at ease coaching/mentoring both senior, business managers and junior team members.

Debs is passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Following recovery from lifesaving spinal surgery in 2019, Debs retrained and now enjoys teaching all regulated first aid and mental health qualifications. She brings with her gentle humour and experience to ensure the training she delivers in both insightful and enjoyable.

Debs has been a being a Samaritans Volunteer for more than 20 years with one term as the Deputy Director for Volunteer Care. During her time with Samaritans, she continues to find it a privilege to visit schools, GP surgeries, as well as responding to telephone, email and face to face contacts.

Her other interests include spending time with her family and young children enjoying time outdoors exploring and having fun.

Debs is proud to live in Dorking and enjoys being an active member of the local community. She can often be seen in town with her assistance dog, Elsa, who loves to pop into the shops she knows will offer her some treats and lots of attention!

First Aid Training

What's a guild talk?

We are hosting Dorking BID Guild talks in the hope that we will bring together our wonderful Dorking BID artisans and merchants who oversee the practice of their craft or trade together and share their knowledge with each other. The earliest types of guilds formed as organisations of tradespeople belonging to a professional association. We would like to continue this tradition and share knowledge, friendship and events to highlight all the wonderful goodness Dorking has to offer. Each of our speakers has been selected to align to an issue or event the Dorking BID or high street is facing: community policing, Surrey Day, and BIG GREEN WEEK.

We meet at Ralph James Estate Agents on West Street (44 West St, Dorking RH4 1BU) - all BID Members are welcome! Register your interest with info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk.

Each meeting begins with a welcome, talk with our speakers, Q&A, networking opportunity, and refreshments. We can't wait to welcome you.

Join us for our Dorking BID Guild series:

Wednesday 3 April 6pm

Lisa Townsend, Surrey

Police Crime Commissioner

Meet Lisa

Wednesday 3 July 6pm

Ewan Keen, Surrey Police

Wednesday 1 May 6pm

Mark Carter

BBC Surrey and Sussex

Meet Mark

Mark Carter

Wednesday 7 August 6pm

Wednesday 5 June 6pm

Wendy Saunders and Paul Street

Circular Dorking

Meet Wendy and Paul

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Wednesday 4 September 6pm

Claire Ross, Kuoni / Dertour

Would you like to be a guest speaker?

Each of our fantastic guest speakers is offering Surrey something spectacular or is aligned to an event or issue we are addressing. Perhaps you're launching a new product to market, or you have a unique perspective, offering or innovative service you're providing to the Surrey community that will help our Dorking business community. We want to hear from you! Contact us at info@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk. We would love to have you join us.

Check out our reach:

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Be a Dorking Bug Hunt Brand Ambassador

Hello, thank you for sharing our messaging for our free Hello Dorking Bug Hunt Trail! 

Below you will find a few simple messages and images to share on your social media channels to promote our Bug Hunt Trail. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time! 

Thank you and take care, 

Your Dorking BID Team

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This February half term go on an adventure with Hello Dorking and explore the Bug Hunt Trail. 🐛

Answer fun bug themed questions and uncover fascinating facts.

It’s easy to take part:

🐞 Find the bugs hidden around Dorking Town between 9th - 18th February

🪲 Scan the QR code to reveal the answers to bug themed questions

🦋 Answer all the questions to be entered in a draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in Dorking

Come and make a day of it, have a play in the park, stop for brunch or lunch, have a little browse in our lovely local shops and support Dorking high street.

Be sure to tag @hellodorking when you're enjoying the trail! 

#BugHunt #ExploreDorking #NatureTrail  #FreeTrail #HalfTermActivities #HalfTermFun #InteractiveTrail #TechForGood #FunThingsToDoWithKids #LoyalFreeDorking #SupportSmallBusinesses #VisitDorking #ShopDorking #VisitSurrey #SupportDorking #ShopLocalShopSmall

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This February half term, go on an adventure with Hello Dorking and explore the Bug Hunt Trail. 🐛

🐞 Find the bugs hidden around Dorking Town

🪲 Scan the QR code

🦋 Answer all the questions to be entered in a draw to win a £100 voucher to spend in Dorking.

#BugHunt #ExploreDorking #NatureTrail 

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Get Buggy with us: 9-18th February

Dorking Bug Hunt Map

Join the Dorking BID as we host a family friendly trail with 10 locations around town to help visitors and locals explore Dorking! Our trail is a fun and educational experience where all are encouraged to scan a QR code on a bug-themed object to reveal answers to buggy questions. Participants will answer questions to enter a prize draw to win a shop local voucher.

Dorking Bug Trail

We want to know what you think, BID members!

Will you take 2 minutes and share your thoughts on our 2024 Survey? 

Share your thoughts with us and shape your Dorking BID.

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Thank you for joining us at our Christmas Festival on Sunday.

As Christmas approaches, the Dorking BID has kicked off the festivities with Small Business Saturday and our Very Dorkensian Christmas Festival. We extend a warm thank you to our businesses, our BID Board, our members, our volunteers, and community partners. We appreciate the support of our Christmas grotto sponsors, Dorking Travel, the Mortgage Bureau, and Robinsons Estate Agents. This group includes: BBC Radio, sponsors, volunteers, our committee, residents, churches, schools, charities and non profits (Friends of Dorking, The Mens Shed, and Circular Dorking), Safety Advisory Group, our street clean up crew, community partners and more - all those who have joined in to support Dorking, and all spearheaded and funded by the Business Improvement District and our generous sponsors

Congratulations Dorking

Not only did our event feature in BBC Radio's Story of the Day, Dorking also made The Times photo of the day. Huge thanks to photographer Paul Quezada-Neiman, The Dorking Desk Shop, the Kings Arms Pub and Dorking Dramatic Arts Society for his collaboration in this effort with our team at the Dorking BID.

The Times Photo of the Day online by Paul Quezada-Neiman

Shining a light on Community Spirit

This year, the celebrations extended beyond twinkling lights, with live music, festive stalls, sustainable shops, children's activities, food and fare - we also celebrated our Dorking spirit with our Community Spirit Awards. This initiative is aimed at shining a spotlight on the incredible businesses, individuals and volunteers making a real and recognisable difference in our beloved town.

Here are the unsung heroes of our community:

The nominees in the category of High Street Hero truly embody the helpful spirit of High Street community engagement and support. Here is what the Judge Mark Carter said about the winner:

Bullimores

"The team at Bullimores clearly go above and beyond. They don’t just focus on their business but are at the heart of the local community."

This category of Sustainability Champion acknowledges the champions of sustainability, those leading the charge for a greener, more conscious Dorking. The category was judged by Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises. And the winner is:

Tony White

"Exemplifying sustainability through action, reducing waste, and collaborating extensively within the community, Tony White is especially notable for setting up Community Fridges."

This category of Volunteer of the Year celebrates the selfless efforts of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in Dorking. The category was judged by Clare Davies, winner of our previous Volunteer Award, and recipient of many national accolades for her own community service. The winner of the Volunteer of the Year is:

Wendy Saunders

"A tireless advocate for all things Dorking, Wendy passionately driving projects that promote business and environmental awareness."

When we support our local high street businesses, we invest in ourselves - in our town. Events like this matter - shopping locally matters for our town's future. We all shape it. Thank you for supporting Dorking High Street and our wonderful community. 

Photos of the day

Do you have experiences to share? Tag us on socials at @hellodorking to be featured.

By Luke Whatley-Bigg

Dorking Town Partnership
156 South Street
Dorking, RH4 2HF

T: 07377 0966892

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