Restarting Reuse

Written by Ali Fisher

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a mantra that has been around in the UK since the 1970s and has arguably had some of its greatest momentum over the last couple of years, especially following Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 in the autumn of 2017. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works to say the least, especially when it comes to the second ‘R’ of Reuse.

As we continue to battle through a devastating global pandemic, why should we continue to worry about environmental waste? It is estimated in the UK that we use a staggering 5 million tonnes of plastic every year, nearly half of which comes from packaging.

Estimates suggest that globally around 12 million tonnes of plastics enter our oceans every year.

WWF estimated that in 2018 just under a third (29%) of single use plastics were recycled, with almost half (48%) going to Landfill. Then there’s the other third. Estimates suggest that globally around 12 million tonnes of plastics enter our oceans every year.

The very nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, with an urgent need to stop the spread of the virus, has meant the increased use of single use items. As we face the horrifying reality that this ‘new normal’ could be around for some time, it seems a good moment to check in on how we cope with a health crisis and environmental crisis simultaneously. Ultimately, we must all do what feels comfortable for each of us in our own situations.

One of the mantras of 2020, has been the call to listen to the science – something climate scientists have been saying for some decades.

In June, 119 scientists (including epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, chemists and doctors) from 18 countries published a signed statement aiming to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe to use during the pandemic. They advise that reusable containers do NOT increase the chance of virus transmission and individuals should wash reusable containers thoroughly with hot water and detergent.

So can we restart some of our pre-lockdown reuse habits? Costa Coffee have taken a lead on breathing life back into reusable coffee cups and trying to help us kick our UK habit of using 7 million disposable coffee cups a day!! On the 5th June they announced they had adapted their serving system so that there is no contact with the lid/drinking area on either reusable cups or bottles. Starbucks followed suit and restarted reusable mugs on 7th August, with a new contactless process in place, passing reusable cups through the system inside a ceramic sit-in mug. The City To Sea team launched a campaign #contactlesscoffee with a neat 4 step guide for coffee drinkers and coffee shops alike to show how a reusable cup can be kept contact-free. Find out more at

One of the most prevalent single use items at the moment is face masks – a current necessity as they are mandated for use in all shops and hopefully will help us control the virus better. It’s not a Reuse moment that many of us will have considered before March 2020 but, given they may be with us for the foreseeable future, it’s one we should think about doing as sustainably as we can. There’s now a plethora of fun, funky or glamorous reusable material masks available on-line or locally. We bought ours from a local Guildford lady who wanted to make a difference in these difficult times and just charged to cover the material (and they’re great by the way!).

One of the most prevalent single use items at the moment is face masks – a current necessity as they are mandated for use in all shops and hopefully will help us control the virus better.

Good advice available from the World Health Organisation on how to safely wear & take care of a reusable mask.

There’s some good advice available from the World Health Organisation ( on how to safely wear and take care of a reusable mask, including washing hands before putting on and taking off, holding the mask by the straps and storing it in a clean reusable bag when out and about but not in use.

A fabric mask can protect others around you. To protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19, remember to keep at least 1 metre distance from others.

If you haven’t discovered it already, Noel’s Farm Shop at Sutton Green Garden Centre, just off the Guildford Road on the way to Woking, is a great way to get into Reuse. The shop offers shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, muesli, porridge and more, available to buy in reusable containers. It’s also a great way to support one of our local businesses.

A dedicated refillable zone, frozen ‘pick and mix’, freshly made sushi and dry-aged beef are just some of the new features customers at Waitrose & Partners Cheltenham can expect.

It doesn’t look as if Reuse has mainstreamed yet in any of our big supermarkets but some are running trials, like the Waitrose Unpacked trial in 4 stores which has been running since last year.

It doesn’t look as if Reuse has mainstreamed yet in any of our big supermarkets but some are running trials.

There is a new kid on the block offering us a different way to Reuse. Loop launched in the UK this July, having launched in New York & Paris in 2019, with an at-home delivery service. Well-known brands from Persil to Heinz Ketchup, Nivea & Coca-Cola will be available to use at home and then return the packaging for cleaning and reuse. It’s new, it’s different & I really hope it will be a raging success, helping to keep more packaging in the loop and out of the environment. Good news is we’ve tried it and it is available in this area.

Please do share with us your thoughts on how we can Reuse more in a safe way so that we can look after both people and planet during these difficult times. Leave your comments below.

Ali Fisher lives in Burpham. She supports businesses and brands to help build a more sustainable future.


Community Update September 2020

Sutherland Memorial Hall

The Sutherland Memorial Park Amenities Club is not proceeding with the renewal of the lease and is giving up the tenancy.

In future Guildford Borough Council will be managing the Hall and all bookings will have to be made via GBC. We have no further details at present.

The Peter Rabbit Nursery will restart in September and will be the only user until at least January 2021, as current regulations mean that the Hall would have to be deep cleaned between each different user. The Bowls Club will continue as a separate organisation.

At the time of writing (early August) the play area and outdoor gym are open.

The Wey Navigation

In last month’s issue, there was an article on the Navigation which highlighted some of the concerns we have about the state of the river.

We believe that high flow rates are scouring the banks and causing tree roots to be undermined, and the root plates to fail. This is causing trees to topple into the river – clearly seen in the photograph.

GBC, the National Trust and the Environment Agency are each responsible for various aspects of managing the river and the navigation.

The BCA and Burpham Neighbour-hood Forum have been researching the reasons for this erosion and are preparing a paper to present to all relevant authorities in an attempt to get them to take action to stop any further deterioration of the bank.

Still wanted…

Many people came forward to volunteer for the Burpham Community Support Scheme at the start of lockdown and they did a wonderful job.

If you are one of them and you’ve enjoyed helping your community then why not join the BCA committee? We’re all volunteers and we would welcome anyone who could contribute their time and expertise to help us. If you would like to find out more then please contact our Chairman on

To get in touch with the BCA: Contact the secretary on phone 01483 567791 or visit the website at

What does the Burpham Community Association do?

If you are new to Burpham you may not be aware of what the BCA does. The Constitution states its raison d’être:

“To foster a sense of community within Burpham and promote its collective interests”.

These are some of the things we do to try and uphold that statement.

Liaise with our MP, local borough and county councillors, the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum and residents on a variety of local issues. These include:

  • Planning issues that are likely to affect the whole community such as major building projects– the BCA does not normally
  • get involved with individual planning applications.
  • The road and traffic issues that cause so many difficulties for residents.
  • Flooding and drainage problems.

Dealing with these issues means writing letters of objection to contentious planning applications; this has included organising and collating surveys of residents. Preparing responses to GBC/SCC consultations is another task.
We also organise public meetings for members with speakers on a variety of topics, and host summer and winter social events. Because of Covid-19, these events will be on hold for the foreseeable future
Committee members attend briefing meetings as necessary and we liaise closely with our neighbours.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, the BCA has worked with the Burpham Church to ensure that any resident who needs support can get it.

If you need help, call 07880 586455 or email

We could not do much without your subscriptions. They go towards:

  • Professional and legal costs for advice and representation when major planning issues cause concern – 2000 homes on Gosden Hill for example.
  • Subscriptions to the Guildford Residents’ Association, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Open Spaces Society who provide support and advice on a variety of issues.
  • Hire of venues for public meetings and a small token of appreciation to visiting speakers.
  • Reasonable expenses incurred by committee members.
  • Funding our Burpham Pages updates.

Help by joining the Burpham Community Association today!

Subscriptions are £8 per household or £4 per single occupancy and run from January to December. Join now or renew your membership for 2020.

You can pay by:

Direct Debit – visit our website at which has a link to this system – an email to giving your details would be helpful.

Account name: Burpham Community Association
Sort Code: 40-22-26
Account Number: 41049194
To help the Treasurer please identify yourself using initials, surname and the first line of your address.

Please contact Liz Turner, our Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. Her email address is

NB  We never share your data or use it for any purpose other than informing you of BCA activities. 

BCA on Facebook & Twitter!
Join the conversation! Open to members and non-members, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with everything that’s happening in our community.

Guildford Community Lottery
A way for everyone to support local causes and be in with a chance to win prizes of up to £25,000. 50% of all tickets sold from our page go to the BCA!

Tickets only cost £1 per week, buy now at

Keep going and finish well

In a video about Special Forces it said their selectors didn’t choose the muscle-bound, super-fit or great leaders but those who could keep going when it was really difficult!

As rules about lockdown are changing all the time, the novelty of a different lifestyle has gone and reality of the financial or practical difficulties start to really bite, our real challenge still lies ahead: the challenge to keep going with hope.

I have shared before that I choose to run marathons to challenge myself. I have run two in the last month: one along the North Devon coastline and the other in circuits around a school field in Guildford! The second should have not been so hard, but when I got to around 22 miles I started to really struggle. However, I have learnt to take my eyes off the current struggle and focus on finishing the race. This way I have ‘hope to finish’ rather than losing hope in my current difficulties.

I guess we all need to find way to cope and keep going: it may look different for each one of us and may not come naturally to us. We need to decide before we get to our challenges to keep going whatever happens! What do you do or to whom do you go, to keep going and finish well in times of challenge?

As a Christian I know that God is always with me and loves me, so I look to Him. I know I will become stronger when I go through a difficult time with God and come out the other side. There are some verses in the Bible which use running as an analogy to encourage us to keep going and not lose heart because God has been there Himself already!

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition…, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

Rev James Levasier


Church office: 01483 825533


Autumn Musings from Mandira…

Lettuce cups with Keema Mattar recipe

I’m not sure if I’m sad or happy that Summer is on it’s way out and we are slowly beginning to see the back of 2020. Despite  the sunshine of the last few days, there is a distinct autumnal nip in the air which makes me crave
home comforts in every sense.

In the garden and local farms shops too there is so much seasonal produce available – it would be a shame not to make the most of it. At Mandira’s Kitchen, we like to batch cook and I find it handy to have some cooked dishes in the freezer ready for those evenings when I just want something quick and easy.

Alternatively, Keema Mattar can put into scooped out tomatoes or peppers or on pizza bases topped with cheese and baked for a fabulous meal.

Here I’m using our Keema Mattar curry (minced lamb) which is fabulous to use with fresh lettuce. Alternatively, you can put it into scooped out tomatoes or peppers or on pizza bases topped with cheese and bake for a fantastic meal.


  • 1 green butterhead lettuce, washed and dried (any left over leaves can be stored in a container in a refrigerator for up to 5 days)
  • 1 pack of Keema Mattar (re-heated using on pack instructions)
  • 1 pack of Peas Patties (re-heated using on pack instructions) then chopped into small pieces
  • A few spoons of Tamarind Chutney
  • A handful of fresh mint leave
  • 200ml thick natural yogurt
  • 3 dessert spoons of diced cucumber
  • Salt and black pepper

Keema Mattar, Peas Patties and Tamarind Chutney are all available from Mandira’s Kitchen and many of the local farm shops.


Mix the yogurt, some freshly chopped mint and cucumber together and season. Place a spoonful of Keema Mattar in a salad leaf and top with chopped hot Peas Patties and a teaspoon of raita. Drizzle with Tamarind
Chutney and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Burpham resident Mandira is the founder and inspiration behind Mandira’s Kitchen an award winning Indian food producer based in the Surrey Hills. A confirmed foodaholic, she was so frustrated with the lack of authentic Indian food that she embarked on a second career and set up her all women kitchen out of a converted cowshed at the Silent Pool. Other than their Freezer Meals, the team at MK also offer hands on cookery lessons, spice tours and bespoke catering in between sampling the gin and wine from their neighbours!

If you enjoy Mandira’s recipe please do let us know at Burpham Pages by leaving some feedback online. Click on ‘Leave a reply’ at the foot
of this article.

Mandira’s Kitchen ‘Spice Kit’ competition – the winners!

Last issue we ran a competition for two readers to win a Mandira’s Kitchen ‘Spice Kit’. Each one of these lovely little ‘spice kits’ contains 6 exclusive spice blends used in Mandira’s recipes.

The answer to the simple question of ‘Near to which local attraction is Mandira’s Kitchen located?:’ was of course ‘Silent Pool’.

Our two lucky winners who will be receiving a spice kit were Kate Twine & Jan Spencer.

We hope you enjoy creating some lovely spicy meals with your exclusive spice blends. If you need inspiration check out Mandira’s YouTube channel:

Burpham Gardening Club News

Written by John Boon

September & October 2020

Please note that the Autumn Show has been cancelled although Club meetings will restart in October.

We intend to restart our monthly talks on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when Nigel Choat will be taking us on a trip along the ‘Wey side and woodlands’. Subscriptions which we were unable to collect in April will now be collected in September at the reduced rate of £2.00 per household to allow for the missed meetings during the Lockdown. The Trading Hut remains closed, if there is anything that you require please call 01483 874123.

Things to do in the garden in September.

  • Enjoy your garden whilst it is still at its best but as the evenings are drawing in we should be on the lookout for a frost by the end of this month in the weather forecast.
  • On sunny days continue to collect the seed of Annuals, except F1 Hybrids, for sowing next Spring.
  • Cuttings can still be taken from tender perennials such as Fuchsia and Pelargonium.
  • Evergreen hedges should be given a final trim for the year.
  • Daffodils and Narcissi should be planted this month for a good Spring display. Remember that the bigger the bulb the larger the flower.
  • Keep Camellias and Rhododendrons well watered to ensure that there is good bud formation for flowering next Spring.

Enjoy your garden whilst it is still at its best but as the evenings are drawing in we should be on the lookout for a frost.

  • A late sowing of Turnip and Spinach can still be made.
  • Plant out over wintering Onion sets and Spring Cabbage.
  • Harvest Main Crop Potatoes and Sweetcorn, continue to pick Runner Beans and Courgettes.
  • Cut out fruited canes of Raspberry and Loganberry.

Things to do in the garden in October.

  • At the first sign of frost all tender plants should be brought inside and kept in a frost free place.
  • Cut back and divide Herbaceous Perennials, once Dahlias have had their leaves blackened by frost they should be lifted, dried off and stored in a frost free place.
  • Spring Bedding plants can now be planted out.
  • Climbing and tall Rose bushes can now be pruned to minimise damage from wind rock.
  • Tulip bulbs should be ordered or purchased for planting in November.
  • Towards the end of the month Sweet Peas can be sown under glass.
  • Now is the time to plant up pots of Hyacinth and ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissi for a Christmas display, keeping the bulbs in a cool dark place until they begin to sprout. To flower together Hyacinth bulbs all need to be the same colour.
  • Garlic cloves can be planted this month just below the surface of the soil 15cm apart with the tip of the clove upright.

Now is the time to plant up pots of Hyacinth and ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissi for a Christmas display.

  • Rhubarb crowns can be lifted and divided.
  • Now is a good time to plant hedges and trees.
  • The lawn should be scarified and then a Autumn dressing applied just before rain is forecast, this is an ideal time to lay turf and to reseed the lawn.
  • The watering of Houseplants should be reduced as the days shorten.

To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123

Jacobs Well

Moira McQuaide Hall’s history of Burpham (and Jacobs Well)

Dating back to the 15th century Jacobs Well has grown to be a thriving modern community that still displays some of the clues to its history. But is it actually a village and where is the well?

Where is the well?

Extensive searching has been carried out but there is still no definitive answer, though one website suggests it is in the grounds by the Catholic church of St Edward the Confessor on the edge of Sutton Place. But there are other wells in the vicinity, including near Burpham Court House, and by the crossroads of Clay Lane and Blanchards Hill. The name Jacobs Well only appeared on maps from the early 1800s, but until the early 20th Century it was part of Burpham Manor, which was a tything of Worplesdon Parish.

Jacobs Well OS map 1871

Parts of the village are very ancient. The OS map of 1871 shows that Jacobs Well was a farming community, with little else but the five farms: Hurst, Watts, Queen Anne, Queenhythe and Jacobswell. The only other big house shown was Burpham Lodge, built in the 18th Century, which was renamed The White House in about 1930.

Parts of the village are very ancient. The OS map of 1871 shows that Jacobs Well was a farming community, with little else but five farms.

On the eastern edge of the community was Burpham Court Farm, with cottages that date back to the 17th Century. On the western edge was Hurst Farms, straddling the Woking Road, dating back to the 16th Century, now two separate houses called Willow Grange and Burpham Court House. Queen Anne Farm was built as a timber-framed medieval house, probably in the 15th Century. Jacobswell Farm was originally an open hall medieval house built about 1500. Queenhythe Farm, or Queen Hive Farm, appears to be late 17th Century. Watts Farm was built around the late 16th Century.

Burpham Court House, Jacobs Well

Around the village are Whitmoor and Stringers Commons, Sutton Place, the River Wey/Wey Navigation, and Slyfield, as well as other farmland. Over the years the community has grown and the 19th Century records show there were cottages along Clay Lane. Then on the OS map of 1914 there are houses along Jacobs Well Road. This has expanded into about ten smaller roads (some named after local dignatories), and now there are well over 1,000 houses.

Is it a village?

It doesn’t conform to the old definitions of a village, which should have a church, a school, a public house and a community meeting place. The latter is a well-used Village Hall, where a range of different events take place. However, residents need to travel further afield to find their nearest church (in Bellfields), school (Worplesdon, Stoughton or Burpham), and public house (Worplesdon).

The Jacobs Well Residents Association has moved with the times, hosting a website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account, to keep everyone informed about what’s going on – a very modern approach for a community with a lot of history.


If you are willing to share your memories and/or photos to tell us more about Burpham then please contact Moira MacQuaide, either by e-mail ( or by phone or text (07963 756543). My two books (‘The History of Burpham Primary School’ and ‘Burpham – A Gateway to Guildford’) are still available from me for £10 (free delivery locally) or on Amazon.


The Brigitte Trust: “When you’re feeling alone or sad, our volunteers are there to listen.”

Responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, local charity, the Brigitte Trust, expanded its telephone support service to offer emotional support to any adult in Surrey who is vulnerable, lonely, isolated or a carer needing regular support at the end of the telephone line.

As lockdown eases, many people remain anxious, bereaved and in low mood – especially older people with existing health conditions and those recently diagnosed with life-limiting illness. As a trusted partner the Brigitte Trust had over 200 referrals from Surrey County Council and anticipate more this autumn. Could they help someone close to you?

The Brigitte Trust has not been standing still during lockdown and has a new online training course, welcoming over thirty new telephone volunteers.

A volunteer makes 2-3 calls each week to the same person – sometimes checking in but mostly spending time building a relationship and making a connection with someone vulnerable, struggling through uncertain times. The Brigitte Trust would love you to join them!

The Brigitte Trust
T 01306 881816

Foodwise adapt to the needs of the community

Foodwise is a Christian based charity which addresses food poverty and supports local communities by running cooking courses for parents and provides the ingredients to allow those parents to feed themselves and their families. They also support children and families during school holidays by running fun days with activities and a hot meal free of charge.

During lockdown we have adapted to the needs of the community and turned our attention to cooking meals which we fast freeze and then deliver to families in need. We have partnered with local schools through the Home School Link Workers and we are supporting anyone who needs food, due to change of circumstances or the fact that they cannot get to shops or are shielding.

Currently Foodwise are operating out of Emmanuel Church in Stoughton, The Refresh Café in Queen Elizabeth Park and have partnered with a further operation in Guildford and one in Woking.

Every week we deliver twice to each family and we have a whole team of amazing volunteers who come each week to help us with packing and delivering. The meals make a huge difference to the families we give them to and we have had lovely notes and messages to thank us for the work we are doing. We could not do this without the continued support from everyone who has donated, and we are extremely grateful for your support and prayers.

Foodwise have also been able to run some online cooking courses. There are some simple, wholesome budget friendly meals on our website that you can cook along to from a YouTube channel and we are partnering with a
local Mental Health charity to offer Zoom courses once a week where clients can cook along in their own homes.

Guildford City FC 2020/21 up coming season

Guildford City Football Club is looking forward to the new season, and have entered into the FA Cup and FA Vase Trophy competition.

The club currently play at the Spectrum Stadium with a capacity
of 1,375 and are currently participating in the Combined Counties League, just 4 leagues away from National League level.

New U23 Team

This season Guildford City have established an U23 team who are entered in the CCL U23. Everyone around the club is very excited about this new venture.

Attending games at the Spectrum Stadium

The club has put plans in place to keep everyone as safe as possible when attending games at the Spectrum during the Covid crisis. These plans can be viewed on the clubs website

Home games admission prices are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions. All NHS staff have free entry to all league games throughout the season. At the ground there is a large seating area and terracing plus a bar area with a range of beers and soft drinks. Stands serving hot and cold food and club merchandise will also be available.

Looking forward to the season

A new chairman is now heading up the club and updates in and around the club and our home ground are in progress. Guildford City is always looking for volunteers to help around the ground on match days, please do
get in touch if you want to get involved.

To find out more about Guildford City check out the clubs new YouTube channel, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages. Visit for the latest news, history of the club, online shop and much more.