We can’t run on passion alone …

Transition Tavistock acts as an umbrella for a number of organisations and initiatives all working for a sustainable future. We support Totally Locally, Roots to Transition, Tasty Tavy and Tamar Valley LETS.

We have volunteers involved in Climate Matters and the Local Economic Blueprint; and are active in Local Matters community space.

Tamar Energy Community (TEC) is our biggest spin off, and although we work closely together, TEC is a separate entity working on energy matters and responsible for Local Matters.

The organisations and groups are able to operate because TT provides a common pool of resources. However, to do this, TT requires a small amount of cash, to complement what we can reuse and borrow.

If we can reduce the time our volunteers have to fund raise, it increases the time we are able to dedicate to doing the things that matter in a sustainable community.

We don’t have annual subscriptions so donations, big or small, are always welcome.

On the 17th October from 10am, the Local Giving website has funds to double your donations (up to £10). So it’s the ideal time to support current and future initiatives.

Please show your support and consider this opportunity to double your contribution.

Thank you. Transition Tavistock.

Transition Tavistock – Moving Forward

 

We’re holding a special event on Saturday 18th November 2017 in Local Matters … bringing the community together to celebrate our achievements and understand how you’d like to see us move forward.

We’ll also be holding our AGM as well.

If you’d like to help with the event and/or get more involved in the day to day running of the organisation please let us know (info@transitiontavistock.or.uk).

Invitation to a Displaced Persons event, Wednesday 27th September, 18:00 to 21:30

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About refugees, and a collaboration with Open Hearts, Open Boarders, from Poorna Gunasekera.

MegaReach is collaborating with Open Heart Open Borders to host an event focussed on Displaced Persons at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University. It will include a discussion featuring panellists who have appeared on BBC Exodus programme and TEDx talks.

There will also be a photographic exhibition in the foyer together with stalls from community organisations. We also hope to have free food stalls featuring dishes from around the world.

​The event will be on the evening of Wednesday 27th September 2017, at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.

MegaReach: https://www.facebook.com/MegaReach.org/
Poorna’s contact email is <megareach.org@gmail.com>​

Powering the Night with Sunlight in Golberdon

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South Hill parish is just 17 minutes from Tavistock.

The Parish Hall in Golberdon village is the heart of all activities and needs money spent on it to keep it going. We aim to “Power the Night with Sunlight” … store the energy generated from the solar panels installed on the hall roof 2 years ago so it can be used when the sun isn’t shining. This will help with running costs and ensure the hall is sustainable for the future.

We have successfully been shortlisted for a M&S Energy grant and now need VOTES, LOTS of VOTES to win the funding. We’re asking all our neighbours and friends and their friends to vote starting on  Sept 4th through to Oct 20th 2017.

We hope with all our efforts and your votes we can make a real difference in our community.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR VOTING. We Need Friends.
Vote on-line visit www.south-hill.co.uk or http://www.mandsenergyfund.com/

Home solar sketch

 

Improving Forestry Productivity

The forestry sector can now apply for a new round of Countryside Productivity Scheme which aims to improve productivity of farm and forestry businesses by making targeted investments to encourage best practice and innovation.  The Forestry  Commission sent out a national e-alert about this scheme and also about a reduction in the minimum area required to apply for woodland creation under the Woodland Carbon Fund or Woodland Creation Planning Grant.

Countryside Productivity Scheme (CPS) will offer large grants between £35,000 and £1million for up to 40% of the cost of investments in certain capital items. The full list and all guidance can be found on Gov.uk. However examples include:

  • Timber processors and harvesters which can fell, de-limb, cut to length and sort in one operation,
  • Wood chippers which are crane fed and capable of producing high quality wood chip from virgin fibre for biomass heating systems,
  • Construction of covered areas designed specifically for processing, storage and seasoning of timber and processed firewood. Stores specifically designed for woodchip may also be eligible.
  • The handbook contains full information and some useful examples. This round of CPS closes on 3 April 2018. RPA colleagues running the scheme will be joining us at the Confor Show at Longleat on 7 & 8 September which will be a great chance to meet them and ask your questions.

Countryside Productivity Scheme is focussed on encouraging businesses to make investments in specific larger capital items which have been identified as making the biggest impact on productivity in the forestry sector. LEADER grants also support forestry productivity and they can support smaller investments, with grants usually starting at £2500. They are often more flexible based on local need so may be able to support larger projects which fall outside the scope of CPS.

LEADER grants are available across most of the South West. They are offered by Local Action Groups (see map extract left) and so far grants have already been approved for forestry businesses to buy items such as firewood processors, forestry tractors, timber forwarding trailers, log splitters and mobile sawmills. Eligible projects include kit for woodland harvesting, small-scale extraction and processing, as well as adding value, creating alternative products and developing new forest technologies. Projects need to be able to show there will be an improvement in productivity and ideally sustainable employment. You can find out more and find the contacts for your local area on the Gov.uk website. LEADER funding is available until 2019 but we would recommend contacting them soon if you have a potential project so that they know whether they have sufficient forestry projects coming forward, even if you need some time to work up your application.

If you have read the guidance and are still unsure about whether your project is eligible, or who to contact, please get in touch with Kate Tobin
Local Partnership Advisor
Forestry Commission

kate.tobin@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tamar Valley LETS

 

LETS (Local Exchange Trading Schemes) is a way of exchanging goods & services with other people in the community without the need for money.  LETS help regenerate communities and rebuild the local economy. There are many LETS Schemes running successfully throughout the world.
The kick-off meeting for the newly-formed Tamar Valley LETS was held in Kingdon House in Tavistock on 17 May.  Robin Williams (local coordinator) and Rob Follett (Falmouth LETS) gave a presentation to introduce the concept to the audience.  Since that meeting Rob Follett has created the website for Tamar Valley LETS.

The link is:  http://tamarvalleylets.uk/.

The main purpose of this site is to enable members to keep track of credits (“Tams”) they earn when trading goods and services.

On the homepage of this website a link to an application form can be found.  People wishing to join LETS should download this form, complete it, and post it to Robin Williams.  They will then be given higher-level access to the site to enable them to begin trading.

Basic Income and the Challenges of the South West

Tuesday 20th June: 6.00 to 7.30pm

Rethinking Work and Income is the title of this free evening workshop at Plymouth School of Creative Arts.

“Come and join us in Plymouth to discuss the RSA’s (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) work on Basic Income and how this relates to challenges in the South-West.”

Here the link to all the information and how to sign up: https://www.thersa.org/events/fellowship-events/2017/6/rsa-sw-rethinking-work-and-income-20-june

Thanks to Ed Whitelaw for providing this information via Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.

 

Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) provides residents with a free home visit

Tamar Energy Community and West Devon Borough Council are getting behind a new pilot project to help local residents save energy and money in their homes.

The Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) provides residents with a free home visit from a trained energy adviser who provides advice and support to make the home as energy efficient as possible.

More information here