Who we are

We are local residents who are concerned about climate change and the end of the era of cheap oil.  Urgent action is needed.  By working together our communities can lower carbon emissions and become more resilient to future shocks.  By unleashing our creativity and cooperation we can build a future that is more fulfilling, gentler on the earth and happier.

We have a mailing list of interested people (300 at last count), a management committee to plan activities and projects, and a group of active volunteers who are involved in events.

About 15,000 people live in the villages of Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling along the foot of the South Downs.  We are linked together by transport, shopping and schools as well as by our shared environment.  We are lucky to have thriving communities with many active organisations.  Creating the transition to a more sustainable future is a task that needs people with many different interests.  HKD Transition works with other groups that share our concerns.


The HKD Management Committee is responsible for keeping an overall focus on HKD Transition’s purpose and aims and ensuring that our activities help advance these. The Management Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting and serves for a year at a time. The Committee meets regularly (at least 6 times per year).

At the AGM in 2014 the following were elected to the Management Committee:
• John Willis (Membership Secretary)
• Victoria Hyndman(Treasurer)
• John Willis
• Chris Thomson
• Astrid Stubbs (Newsletter Editor)
• Carolyn Barton
• Bec Hanley
• Chris Barker

Two officers are elected at the annual general meetings to carry out specific tasks: The Membership Secretary is responsible for:
• maintaining a membership list.
• keeping (but not necessarily taking) minutes of all Management Committee meetings
• collecting and circulating any relevant information within the Management Committee and within the membership of HKD Transition.

The Treasurer is responsible for:
• providing a regular report on finances to the management committee
• keeping proper accounts that show all monies received and paid out.