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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.

 

Energy Fair 2017 – 28th Oct – Tavistock Town Hall

Date for the diaries!

We’re looking forward to our 2017 Energy Fair which will be looking at developments in local smart networks and storage … and local efforts to combat fuel poverty …

Please let us know if you’d like to get involved, exhibit, volunteer and if you have anything you’d like to see or hear about on the day (email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444).

LETS … coming to Tavistock

Have you heard of LETS – the Local Exchange and Trading System? It’s coming to Tavistock soon, so climb aboard and improve your quality of life.

The concept has been around for decades but now exchanging and trading your goods and services has been made easy due to user-friendly software that keeps track of credit points earned by LETS members.

The points for a traded good or service normally reflect its equivalent Sterling value so, for example, an hour of tutoring would earn a member 25 points – as £25 is a typical charge for this service.
Everyone has something to offer.  You can mow someone’s lawn, dog sit, trade fruit and veg grown in your garden, lend out a specialised tool, drive another member to a local airport, etc.  The list is endless.

A meeting will be held in the “Studio” in Kingdon House, Pym St, Tavistock, PL19 0AW on Wednesday, 17th May from 14:00 to 16:00 to explain LETS in more detail.
Rob Follett of the highly successful Falmouth LETS group will be on hand to demonstrate the functionality of the LETS software.
Robin Williams, a Tavistock resident, will lead the discussion.  His immediate goal is to form a committee of volunteers to create a plan for a local group.

For more information on LETS go to: www.letslinkuk.net

If you’d like to know more about various forms of Local Money check out the Transition Network’s 2010 publication ‘Local Money. How to make it happen in your community’.

First Tavistock Seed Swap at Local Matters – April 2017

Tavistock’s first Seed Swap was a great success on Saturday 8th April. We had  just over a hundred visitors dropping into Local Matters for seeds, advice and a chat. We’d like to thank Rob and Diana from Holsworthy Organics for helping us offer a great range of seeds; and to all the local allotment holders and other local growers who bought in seeds to share. The courgette seeds seemed to be very popular and were snapped up quickly.

 If you missed it, we still have seeds to share at Local Matters (Elbow Lane, Tavistock) every day (except Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays) between 11:00 and 13:00. If you don’t have any to swap, or just too many to use yourself you can always drop them in so others can benefit.

 We’re also really keen to hear your growing tips. Come and add them to our ‘greenboard’ or email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444.

Tavistock Seed Swap – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10.00am to 13.00pm

Join us between 10.00am and 13.00pm on Saturday 8th April at Local Matters.for the first ever Tavistock Seed Swap!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any seeds to bring, come along, get some for free and bring them back to next year’s swap!

There will be lots of growers, gardening advice & plenty of chat.  poster-page-001 (2)

For more details please contact:
Kate Royston kate.royston@tamarenergycommunity.com
Rob Meredith 01409 254450
Diana Lee d.lee21@btinternet.com

Download poster

Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG
(between Clinton Cards and Continental Fruits)

Foraging Walk and Wild Food Lunch – Saturday 8th April

A 2 hour (approx.) walk  learning how to identify wild edible spring plants, that are growing in the hedgerow and riverside, and the poisonous plants you could mistake them for.

Foraging Walk and Lunch

Ending with a delicious meal at The Old Plough Inn sampling the wild food we find.

Cost: £35

Spring Walks: Meeting at 11:15am at the Bere Ferrers Train Station (15 minutes from Plymouth, coinciding with the 10:54am departure from Plymouth to Bere Ferrers train station) Saturdays 11th March, 8th April and 6th May

For more info: contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk

Download  – ‘Getting To Know Wild Plants’ by Flora Arbuthnott

Cheers,

Julian Harrison

Smart Energy Marketplace 2017

 

Tamar Energy Community is looking forward to this event. A great chance to catch up with what’s going on in the market. And you can find us in the Communities section. Let us know if you’re planning to go.

Organised by RegenSW. Find out more here:  www.smartenergymarketplace.co.uk
28 March, Sandy Park, Exeter from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

A unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy system of the future – a radical shift in the way we power our lives that is creating huge opportunities.

Smart Energy Marketplace is the biggest smart energy technology and renewable energy generation show in the south west. A jam packed event – with a unique exhibition, high level conference and informative talks attracting businesses, installers, developers, community groups and landowners to make for another lively and informative day.

The exhibition features over 100 companies including smart energy technologies, renewable energy installers and developers, construction companies, training providers, manufacturers, consultants and advisors, energy assessors, financiers and banks. Find out more about exhibiting here. The high level conference provides the latest overview of the sector. Designed for those who are already developing projects or those looking to explore complex policy areas or opportunities. Find out more about attending here.

Please phone Emily to find out more about the event on 01392 494 399 or email estokes@regensw.co.uk .

You can also book here and download a flyer here.