If you like what we’re doing please support us … Grow Your Tenner …

Transition Tavistock is taking part in Grow Your Tenner, an annual match funding campaign run by Localgiving. If you can, any amount you donate up to £10 will be doubled until the match funding runs out … which may be later today!… 

To donate to us or find out more about Grow Your Tenner you can visit: https://localgiving.org/charity/transitiontavistock/

During this campaign Localgiving will match all online donations up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months.

With the added incentive of your monthly donation being matched, it is the best time to set up a Direct Debit for our cause. A regular donation will help us to continue providing our services across the area for the foreseeable future.

To donate to us or find out more about Grow Your Tenner you can visit: https://localgiving.org/charity/transitiontavistock/

Grow Your Tenner 2016 kicked off yesterday and the matching money will likely run out today … so if you’d like to support us we encourage you ‘Just Go Do It Now!!!!

We really appreciate your on-going support!

Unlocking the Power of Community – Energy Fair 2016

Unlocking the Power of Community is the theme for our annual energy fair on Saturday October 15th which will take place in Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock, from 10:00 until 15:00.

This is very apt as we work to complete our Community Solar Project to put community owned solar panels on a number of roofs across the area. These solar roofs enable our host sites to reduce their energy costs and be renewable generators. Any surplus is used to support fuel poverty and energy advice locally.

The local community has come together to raise £110,000 to finance part of the project and we’ll be launching a community share offer later in the year.

Our energy fair will be bringing together local leading local renewable energy suppliers, retrofit specialists and community energy and environmental groups from across Devon and Cornwall including New Generation Energy, The Fell Partnership, Mike Wye (natural building products), Sungift and ZLC Energy and The Utility Warehouse.

Please come along, find out more about what we’re doing at Local Matters, talk to our exhibitors and learn about Tamar Energy Community’s first community financed project.

Call or email us for more information. Email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444.


Help Save Our Wood – Just 12 days left!

Claire and Doug King-Smith have spent 6 years looking after a small ancient woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. Managing it for community and environmental benefit. Their work is now under threat from planners who, despite expert support from the Forestry Commission and huge community backing, have made decisions which threaten the sustainable management of our woods.

 Bishop James Jones, the chair of the Independent Panel on Forestry to the Government said:

‘Thank you for sharing with me the story of Hillyfield.
I am inspired by the initiative and the energy of the project and equally appalled by the opposition that you have encountered which demonstrates how those in authority lose sight of the very values that they should be encouraging and protecting. They should be working with you and not against you. And especially in the current climate when public resources will be increasingly hard to find, those in authority should be championing local initiatives such as yours that mobilise the release of the wealth of time, energy and voluntary labour in local communities.’

Their story has made it to the National Press with an article in the Guardian, several magazines, and many blogs. You can watch their 3-minute video here to find out more The Hillyfield Appeal – Help Small Woods Thrive.

The Hillyfield Appeal – Help Small Woods Thrive

The Hillyfield is a beautiful Dartmoor Woodland. We need £35,000. Help us to stand up for a vibrant woodland culture on Dartmoor in COURT!

View on www.crowdfunder….

Alternatively you might like to read some of the recent articles 
Here on our Press page. 

If we do not stand up to the planners at a Public Inquiry we will no longer be able to look after the land, or make a viable business from the wood we have had to fell due to disease… furthermore, due to the planning implications of the case, it will have a negative impact on the future viability of woodland regeneration projects throughout the UK.

BUT it is not too late! 

There are 2 days left for us to reach our goal so we can engage a legal team to represent us in court and stand up for sustainable woodland regeneration and a vibrant culture of wood on Dartmoor.

Here is how you can help:

1) Please chip in, and enjoy one of the rewards on the crowd-funder http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/ 

2) Spread the word like a forest fire in june. We need you to tell your friends on our behalf, to share this on social media pages and groups. Our website has videos, and images to share, and twitter is trending with #savehillyfield 

And if you would like to visit the woods yourselves, maybe JOIN US For a wonderful event we will be hosting, a thank-you celebration on the 28th of August. Enjoy music with Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball, story-telling with Martin Shaw & others, and Dartmoor Skies inspecting the planets. This will be a fundraiser and details are on our crowd-fund page here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/

We need to raise £35,000 minimum to cover the legal fees for a Public Inquiry. 

So far we have managed to raise just over 86% at £30,218 from 555 backers. We have just 2 days to raise the rest, so if you can help chip in please do!

There are also many crowd fund gifts you might enjoy including original artworks, music, wooden products, workshops and more.

A great way of helping is by spreading the word and sending the link out to your network which would be hugely appreciated. Every share makes a difference, so please look at the messages below and help spread it far and wide.

Much love and we hope you enjoy the videos!

Doug and Claire 

(Toryn and Oscar)  

and for a bit of fun…. the whole story in a song by Sam Alty Where do Bears Do it? #SaveHillyfield

Facebook Share: 

Want to Help Save this Wood? Please join me & add your support now. Visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/ & stop planners from threatening this woodland project.

Twitter Share:

Please RT: I support @thehillyfield appeal. Help Save this woodland! Watch https://youtu.be/WQwlCeN2CrQ  http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield #savehillyfield  

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Local Matters

Announcing Local Matters – our new community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock.

Fifteen of us met on the 10th May in our new community space to plan and prepare ready to open by the end of June 2016
As well as being HQ for Transition Tavistock and Tamar Energy Community we’ll be offering displays information and advice on
- Energy
- Tasty Tavy and Roots to Transition … and local growing
- Totally Locally Tavistock … and wider area
- Climate Matters
- Town information
- Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project … and bat detectors
- Guest spots
- Space to chat and share ideas …

The community space will offer:
~ A relaxed atmosphere to browse and discuss local challenges, opportunities and ideas
~ Space for our meetings and for occasional events

Local Matters will be open from 11:00 to 15:00 Monday to Saturday (at other times on request).
If you’d like to get involved, have skills to offer, would enjoy volunteering for a couple of hours a week please let us know. Email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969-569-444.

You can find us in Elbow Lane, Tavistock on the ground floor at the back of the building behind Tavistock Enterprise Hub (TEH). Elbow Lane is between Clinton cards and Continental Fruits in Brook Street.

Here’s a map:



£20,000 RCEF grant secured to help capture solar energy for our community

Tamar Energy Community (TEC), our local energy cooperative owned and run by the community, is thrilled to have secured a £20,000 RCEF grant. This will enable us to pay for the detailed feasibility work for our ‘Community Solar Roofs Project’.

RCEF is a £15 million programme, delivered by WRAP and jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. For more information on RCEF, visit www.wrap.org.uk/renewables

Our ‘Community Solar Roofs Project’ is TECs first community scale project to generate energy locally, funded and owned by the community. The project will install solar panels on a number of roofs across the area from Callington to Buckland Monachorum, including four local schools and colleges and three community facilities. If successful, the project will have a capacity of just under half a megawatt hour of power – sufficient for over 130 homes (equivalent).

The project will benefit our community in several ways, providing:

  • local people with an investment opportunity with a fair rate of return
  • reduced cost electricity to the organisations who have the solar panels installed on their roofs
  • a community benefit fund to support local projects
  • part time employment for a TEC administrator
  • support for learning about local energy generation as part of the school curriculum
  • a reduction in the amount of energy that needs to be imported from outside the community, and a contribution to our local and national electricity generation needs
  • work for local businesses who will do the installations and ongoing maintenance.

Transition Tavistock’s study on the local energy economy (Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint) estimated that £40m per annum is spent across Tavistock and its southern linked parishes on heat and power. With much of this being spent with national and international companies, the more we can generate locally, (as well as reducing how much we use), the more money we keep within our local economy (http://www.transitiontavistock.org.uk/working-groups/tavistock-and-district-local-economic-blueprint/).

TEC’s professional partners to deliver the detailed feasibility work are Communities for Renewables (www.cfrcic.co.uk/) led by Jake Burnyeat and Rosie Gillam and Plymouth Energy Community (www.plymouthenergycommunity.com/) led by Jon Selman. Our TEC team is led by the two Kates (Royston and Dibble).

Kate Royston, TEC’s coordinator said “A lot of people have invested a lot of time to help make this project happen, and we’re excited to see it getting off the ground. We’d like to thank Devon County Council and RegenSW for their help from the Devon Accelerator Fund which helped pay for our initial work in the autumn and, importantly, to WRAP and the RCEF fund which will help pay for the next steps. We hope that as many people as possible, locally, are able to benefit from this community project.”

We’ll keep everyone informed of progress through the project, particularly via facebook (Tamar Energy Community) and twitter (@TamarTec). Please like and follow us! 

For further information please contact Kate Royton (kate.royston@transitiontavistock.org.uk; 07969-569-444).

Celebration of local food and growing

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Sat. 5th  March 2016: 2pm to 4.30pm
at Tavistock College

Interested in local food and growing? Want to know more?
Come and share your experiences and learn from others

Family friendly event. Please bring the children!
Refreshments. Free – donations welcomed!

A fast moving, fun packed and informative event to celebrate our local food, growing and cooking. Please come along. More details here

So much to celebrate … and time to get growing!


Climate Matters – Sat 30th Jan 2016

Does climate change matter to the Tavistock area? We think so! …

And so did others locally who came and joined us in the Guide Hall, Tavistock today, Saturday 30th Jan. 2016 between 11:00 and 13:00.

We had an open meeting to share ideas and link up local actions on climate change.

We discussed what’s already going on and what else we might do.
There was a lot of interest in learning, influencing, practical action and connecting with others.

We’ll publish a summary shortly, and some suggestions for meeting up again.

Thanks to everyone who came along and participated, to the folks who arranged it and helped make it happen … and to the Tavistock Times for their support.

Saturday 30th January, 11am to 1pm, 

Guide Hall, Tavistock, PL19 8AT (corner of Canal Road and Bedford Car Park)
Download a poster here.

If you have any questions, ideas, would like to get involved please email info@transitiontavistock.org.uk.