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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.

Powering the Night with Sunlight in Golberdon

posterM-SVote here now to help make it happen. 

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

 

June 2012 Newsletter

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
2. Garden Festival Report
3. Food and Energy Group
4. Inner Transition
5. Car Club Update
6. What is Permaculture! … An evening discussion with Rebecca
7. Transition Plymouth News
8. Plymouth University ‘Growing Futures’
9. March of the Bees
11. Scything!
12. Devon Climate Action Network
13. Feed-In Tariffs
14. Snippets:
15. Forthcoming Dates
16. And Finally …

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
July Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 10th July (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Garden Festival Report
A sometimes wet and very windy Tavistock shone through the Jubilee long weekend. There were events and gatherings all over the area. Congratulations to Tavistock Town Council and others for enabling a festival atmosphere enjoyed by many.
The Pannier market and Town Hall played host to the annual Garden Festival. Transitioner Rebecca Harris (pictured above) was among the prizewinners in the Container Garden competition for the most original planting scheme.
TT had a stand there next to some stunning agapanthus! We were able to meet new friends and engage in interesting conversations. We also concluded that our stand should be more exciting in the future. Let us know if you have any suggestions … and we’ll try them out at Tavistock Community Day on Saturday September 1st (transitiontavistock@gmail.com).

3. Food and Energy Group
Our June food and energy group meeting was blown out … a severe weather warning kept many safely at home! A few hardy souls enjoyed the hospitality of Youlditch with the wind howling round the ramparts!
Anyway … we were able to discuss further our ideas around an Energy shop for Tavistock. We’ll be progressing this further in July as well as exploring the local potential for the Green Deal.
Tavistock Garden Share scheme is now up and running. If you have a garden you would like to share or you would like to grow your own but have no space do get in touch with Jackie Eady. Email: transitiontavistock@gmail.com or call 01822-614430.

4. Inner Transition
At its second meeting the Inner Transition Group looked at our ideas of how our world might be in the future, using a visioning exercise. Having limbered up our thoughts in this way, we then considered what actions we might take, individually or as a group, on 20th June for the Festival of Transition, which is the brainchild of the Transition Network in conjunction with other national groups such as the New Economics Foundation. The idea of the Festival of Transition is simple. You imagine different ways in which a post-transition society might also be a better one, and then try them out as a real-life experiment during a 24 hour period starting at dawn on 20th June 2012. Our group came to the conclusion that if the Festival happened another year, with enough notice, it would be good to arrange some sort of initiative out in the community. This year, with short notice, we shall be making our own individual experiments and there was much discussion about what these might be.
We shall share our 20th June experiences at our next meeting. This will be at 7.30 pm on 4th July at 5 Campion Rise, Tavistock. We also expect to discuss plans for how we as a group can make contacts with individuals and community organizations and possibly begin planning some sort of outreach event for the Autumn. You are very welcome to come and join us and share any suggestions you may have relating to these plans or other ideas.

5. Car Club Update
There is an opportunity to start up a car club in the Tavistock area. If you’ve ever thought about giving up your car, or occasionally need a car for a specific trip, a car you can simply book through the internet and collect from a parking space in Tavistock might be just the answer. We need to understand whether there is a demand for this. Please could you register your interest and/or views at Tavistock Car Club on the www.e-cocars.com website.

6. What is Permaculture! … An evening discussion with Rebecca
On Tuesday 3rd July from 8pm-10pm, I will host a “What is Permaculture” talk at my home in Westbridge Cottages, Tavistock. It will be a casual discussion based talk, to clarify exactly what Permaculture encompasses, and how it relates to Transition. I will provide tea, cake, and home made wine, all by donation. All are welcome, but please book so I can make sure I make enough cake! To reserve a space on my sofa, please email me at thehouseofjam@gmail.com
Also … a reminder about Rebecca’s ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course on 13th & 14th October 2012, 9am to 5pm at 4 Canal Road, Tavistock.
For more information, please e-mail Rebecca at thehouseofjam@gmail.com or call her on 07942 344801

7. Transition Plymouth News
Unfortunately Transition Plymouth have had to move out of their temporary premises at 171 Armada Way. While they search for new premises they have let us know about the following events:

Our next Transition Plymouth Discussion will be on THURSDAY 28th JUNE, from 6:30 pm for drinks, to start at 7.00 pm, in Room 304 (third floor) of Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. The room is accessible from the lift or the stairs and we’ll have signs to guide you.

ECO-FEMINISM – Can women save the planet?
Men have been in the leadership of the world for centuries, yet the world is suffering from Climate Change, war, famine, social injustice, natural resource depletion, species extinction and more. Is environmental degradation the fault of men? Is climate injustice connected to sexism? Are women still oppressed and abused as the Earth is? After years of feminism, have women taken responsibility for the environment? Can women lead us to a better future? Come and share your views, exploring together the “Community Feminism” statement (Feminismo Comunitario) that different organisations of Latin American women created at the “People’s World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights” held in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010.
Children supervised by an adult are welcome.

PLYMOUTH VEGAN FAYRE 30th June 2012
Finally coming to you for the second year THE PLYMOUTH VEGAN FAYRE !
Come and learn about a delicious, healthy and compassionate way of life – good for people, animals and the environment.
The fayre is a family friendly event with stalls, campaigns info, tasty FREE food, delicious recipes, ethical body care products, Vegan goodies..and more!
SATURDAY 30th JUNE
11am to 4:30pm
Sherwell Church Centre
North Hill, PL4 8ER – rear entrance
FREE ENTRY – Children are welcome
The Plymouth Vegan Fayre is a non-for-profit initiative to promote and celebrate the Vegan lifestyle.
Email: plymouthveganfayre@yahoo.com

8. Plymouth University ‘Growing Futures’
This project is just in the early stages but the plan is to involve students, staff and the community, growing and eating as many edible plants as possible on site. The first place we are working on is the Physic Garden. This is located south of Portland Villas, through the blue door off St James St, next to Babbage Car Park. There are drop in sessions every Tuesday 12-30-2.00pm.
Much of the project has been inspired by Totnes Incredible Edibles and the idea is to promote transformative and sustainable values similar to those expressed by the Transition Movement. It is in part a project initiated by the Centre for Sustainable Futures and staff involved with sustainability from an academic as well as active perspective.
We would be delighted if you could come along, the site is very pleasant and peaceful. We also hope to build and maintain links with Transition Plymouth, especially the food group.

If you have an interest in developing something similar in the Tavistock area … get in touch … transitiontavistock@gmail.com.

9. March of the Bees
(We have been reassured by PUPA that the insects are released back to their own habitat after children/people have observed them)
“March of the Bees” is a project aimed at community involvement awareness and education about bees. The aim is to target young people, schools, families and community groups, to raise interest and awareness about the current decline, problems and issues facing bees and what can be done locally and at home to help. A parade will be held on Saturday July 7th where people will be encouraged to dress up as a bee and have their faces painted for the “Best Dressed Bee Competition”. All the puppets and banners will be used and paraded around Plymouth city centre with the bee band playing a beat for the marching dancing bees.
Any money raised for the bees in this event will be split between local pollinator initiatives/projects and pollinator conservation groups (Buglife and Bumblebee conservation trust).
The website is www.marchofthebees.pupa-education

10. Plymouth Food Awards
This is a great chance to celebrate and recognise some of the excellent local food producers, businesses, individuals and organisations who are supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter and helping to make Plymouth an even better place to live and work. A couple of the categories – detailed below – cover the wider area of Devon and Cornwall.

• Best Producer – for best farmer, grower or food producer based in Devon and Cornwall, supplying produce into Plymouth – Sponsored by Tamar View Fruiterers
• Best Local Food Product – for the best local food product from Devon or Cornwall, in recognition of innovation and enterprise – Sponsored by Plymouth University
The deadline is 30 June. For full details and to vote online go to www.foodplymouth.org or email your favourites to info@foodplymouth.org – telling us why they deserve to win!
We look forward to receiving your nominations, public voting on these will take place during July, each nomination will also be counted as a vote.
Awards will be presented to the winner of each category on stage at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest 2012 on 17 – 19th August.
Thank you for taking the time to support the 2012 Plymouth Food Awards and helping to make them an even bigger success this year.
Traci Lewis
Food Plymouth Coordinator
info@foodplymouth.org

11. Scything!
From Alastair Inglis al.inglis@yahoo.co.uk
I’m a scythesman from Exeter, running beginners scything courses in Devon throughout the summer. I wondered whether any of your Transition folk might be interested in learning to scythe, particularly those in the Food & Energy group, those with allotments, land-shares, or smallholdings etc…
Attached is my list of courses for this season, although I can provide a course for your group, with a minimum of 4 participants. Max group size is 6, so lots of personal attention. Courses cost £45 per person. I also have Austrian scythes and associated equipment for sale on the courses, or by arrangement.
Let me know what you think!
Cheers for now,
Alastair Inglis
Scythesman & Organic Gardener
Mob: 07796-805453

Scything Courses & Events 2012
Discover how to use this versatile tool whether you are a gardener, allotment- or smallholder, farmer, or just curious! Courses introduce you to the Austrian Scythe and aim to teach you a smooth, efficient and comfortable technique for managing long grass, tall weeds and small-scale crop harvesting. You might never look at a strimmer in the same way again!

Sat 09 June, Beginners Scythe Course – Sharpham, nr. Totnes.
Sat 30 June, Beginners Scythe Course – Helston, Cornwall.
Sat 07 July, Beginners Scythe Course – Exeter Community Agriculture field, nr. Shillingford St. George, Exeter.
Sat 14 – Sun 15 July, Beginners Scythe Course – Growers Organics, Yealmpton, nr. Plymouth.
Sat 28 – Sun 29 July, Small-Scale Haymaking with Scythes – Exeter Community Agriculture field, nr. Shillingford St. George, Exeter.
Sat 25 Aug, Grains Scything Workshop – Underwood Discovery Centre, Beeson, S. Hams.
Sun 26 Aug, Scything Demo & Beginners Taster – Westcountry Storytelling Festival, Embercombe, nr. Exeter.
Sat 08 Sept, Grains Scything Demonstration – Underwood Discovery Centre, Beeson, S. Hams.
Sat 22 Sept, End-of-Season Scythe Maintenance & Peening Workshop – Exeter Community Agriculture field, nr. Shillingford St. George, Exeter.
For further information and bookings contact: Alastair Inglis on 07796-805453, or email al.inglis@yahoo.co.uk

12. Devon Climate Action Network
To all Devon CAN members and friends,
As you know, some time ago, the DevonCAN Steering Group contacted members to explain that we felt the time had come to either hand the reins over to a fresh Steering Group, or shut DevonCAN down. Sadly volunteers to take over the running of the network have not been forthcoming. In addition, we have not received a bid to use the Co-op grant money in a way that satisfies the Co-op and ensures a new structure to oversee the use of the money. The Steering Group feels we now have to follow through and close DevonCAN down.
At a time of accelerating environmental destruction and approaching climate change crisis, it seems crazy that we are winding the network down. However, the steering group is tired and wishes to move on. A network connecting, supporting and representing local sustainable, transition and low carbon groups makes sense, but needs proper resourcing and active interest from all its members. Low Carbon Communities Network is a national network that links county groups. DevonCAN is the only county network in the UK that is run by volunteers in their spare time. Such an important role I believe cannot be done on goodwill and voluntary time. If members feel they would like to reform a network I would suggest approaching local, district and county councils or even local industry for funding and resourcing.
The DevonCAN Googlemail account will shortly be closed down and we will delete the contacts database accumulated by the Steering Group. The website will cease to exist when the current license runs out on July 1st 2012. The DevonCAN bank account is being closed. The remaining balance is going to be donated to Dartmoor Circle who put in a bid for money to organise a pan Devon networking event.
With best wishes to your group,
The Steering Group of Devon CAN
Niall MacLeod (Chair), Richard Foxwell (Treasurer), Mark Goodman and Lynn Wetenhall

13. Feed-In Tariffs
For those who are interested in Feed-in Tariffs, this is forwarded to you thanks to Jackie Young (Plymouth City Council) via Pat Bushell (Transition Plymouth).

Dear All,
From time to time we receive some very helpful updates from the Local Government Association (LGA). These may not be of interest to all of you but, if you are involved in the Feed In Tariffs or any Renewable Heat Incentive Schemes (RHI) the update may be of help to you or your clients. Although the LGA’s role is focused on local government, there is the potential for partnership working so, if you have any comments about this, please do not hesitate to let Abigail know (see email address below).
Feed-in Tariffs
A summary of the announced changes to the FITs system:
DECC have released information on how the feed-in tariffs (FITs) levels for solar electricity generation will be set for the future.
From 1 August 2012, the generation tariff will be 16p/kWh. The export tariff will rise from 3.2p/kWh to 4.5p/kWh.
A multi-installation tariff has been set at 90% of the full generation tariff. This will apply to additional installations where an organisation receives the FITs for more than 25 sites. This means that for the first 25 installations, the full FIT can be claimed, and then the 26th installation and onwards will be at the reduced rate.
There are no details yet on the organisations or types of installations that the multi-installation tariff will apply to. We hope to have more information on whether schools, social housing and council-led projects will be required to take the 10% reduction in tariff shortly. DECC officials have stated that if each individual school takes the FITs, then the multi-installation tariff will not apply.
There is scheduled to be a 3.5% reduction in the use-tariff every 3 months. If deployment is below a DECC set threshold, then the degression can be ‘skipped’ for a maximum of 9 months. If deployment is above a DECC set threshold, then the degression can be increased up to 28%.
DECC will release the deployment statistics and the tariff levels will be produced by Ofgem 2 months in advance of any change.
Three tariff bands have been identified that will operate independently from each other:
0-10kWh
10 – 50kWh
50kWh +
This means that each tariff band may have the degression applied to them at different rates.
If a property does not meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements (EPC D) then they will receive 9p/kWh.
DECC are aiming for 1 million solar installations by 2015 at the ‘consumer end of the market’. They are seeking to integrate solar into the larger policy landscape – for example around CRC and Green Deal.
If you have any concerns or comments about the latest changes to the feed-in tariffs, please contact us.
RHI
The LGA will shortly be meeting with DECC / Ofgem to discuss the RHI – if you have any comments or concerns, or if there is anything you would like the LGA to make representation on, please let me know. Please contact Abigail Burridge, Senior Policy Officer, LGA on Abigail.Burridge@local.gov.uk
Smart Metering
DECC are also seeking to meet with the LGA to discuss the smart metering roll out, and their view on the role of local authorities. Again, if you have any comments or concerns, please let me know. They are particularly looking at how LAs can promote smart metering to improve uptake and how social services could help vulnerable people. We have been raising concerns over funding and will be pushing for funding to be made available to LAs to enable them to undertake this.
Jackie Young, BSc(Hons), MIEnvSci, CEnv. Sustainable Development Co-ordinator, City Sustainability Team, Plymouth City Council, Planning Services Floor 8, Civic Centre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AA Tel : 01752 304220
… We’ll also be picking up on these issues within the TT Energy Group.

14. Snippets:

From the Tavistock Times:
An apple tree pruning course is on offer on Saturday June 30th from 10 am to 1 pm at an orchard within the Tamar Valley. Participants will learn the art of summer tree pruning. The cost is £15, which includes two years’ membership of the Tavy and Tamar Apple Group. To book contact Brian Lamb on briankay1@tiscali.co.uk, or call 01822 841309. Website: www.tavyapples.org.uk.
Don’t forget that the Tidy Tavi group meet on the first Saturday of every month outside the Wharf at 10.00 am. Next meeting Saturday 7th July.
The Tavistock Foodbank is now open for business every Friday between 10.00 am and 2 pm at the United Reformed Church in Russell Street. To make a donation of either food or money call 07941 436149 or email tavifoodbank@gmail.com.

From West Devon Connect magazine:
Just over two years ago the Community Council of Devon’s BIG Lottery funded project, Home Grown – Community Owned (HogCO) helped the Buckland Food Growers community food project get started at Buckland Abbey. The project is now thriving and helping to feed over 40 families. If you fancy learning to grow your own food within a community setting email Carol or Lois on info@hogco-devonrcc.org.uk or call 01392 248919 ext 260. Website: www.hogco-devonrcc.org.uk.

15. Forthcoming Dates
July 2012
Inner Transition Meeting Wed July 4th
Green Drinks Tues July 10th
Smallholders Weekend, Cotehele Sat/Sun July 28/29th

August 2012
Green Drinks Tues Aug 14th

September 2012
Tavistock Community Day Sat Sept. 1st
Green Drinks Tues Sept 11th

16. And Finally …
From Ann Pulsford:
OCEAN DRIFTERS A SECRET WORLD BENEATH THE WAVES
Narrated by DAVID ATTENBOROUGH Music by RICHARD GRASSBY-LEWIS
Written, Produced and Directed by RICHARD KIRBY
A new film about the remarkable world of PLANKTON
to be followed by a talk by the scientist behind the work
MONDAY 13 AUGUST at Tavistock Wharf
2.00pm ADMISSION: Adults, £6.00; Children under 16, £4.00
Tea and cakes will be available afterwards together with an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the best-selling book about plankton:
“Ocean Drifters, A Secret World Beneath The Waves”

May 2012 Newsletter

  1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month! 
  2. Peace Day Pilgrim Launch Event. 
  3. Tavistock Garden Festival 2012. 
  4. Food and Energy Group Update. 
  5. Inner Transition – Engaging Hearts and Minds. 
  6. Introduction to Permaculture! 
  7. Ted-x Exeter – from Kate Royston. 
  8. Devon Waste Plan and Food Waste Roadshows. 
  9. Network Training. 
  10. Apple Blossom in May. 
  11. Herbalist Courses. 
  12. A Reminder about Transition Plymouth Film Nights. 
  13. Wood Pellets and Briquettes. 
  14. Gardening with Arsenic – the Debate Continues. 
  15. James Lovelock. 
  16. Forthcoming Dates.
  17. STOP PRESS – Late postings.



1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!

June Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 12th June (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock. This month we have a ‘special guest’!

Freed Range deliveries go electric with the MegaVan – Come and check it out at Green Drinks

From Liz and Nick Whitwell:

We’re currently 2 weeks into our month long trial of the MegaVan and, despite a few teething problems, we’re absolutely delighted with it. Our 2007 plate MegaVan (www.mega-vehicles.com ) is able to run from Crapstone to Mill Hill and back again, delivering eggs on the way, on a single charge. The hills obviously have an impact on speed and range, but we’ve worked out a route that will hopefully be of least inconvenience to other road users, and it’s doing exactly what we hoped it would. We really hope to bring it along to the June Green Drinks so that you can have a look for yourselves and ask us any questions. We’re so impressed, we’re already thinking about a MegaCity car for the family, and hopefully we’ll soon have our own logo on the side of the van. In the meantime, give us a wave if you see us! For more info contact info@freedrange.co.uk.

2. Peace Day Pilgrim Launch Event

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to an evening of Peace, Passion and Pilgrimage. It is the launch event of Peace Day Pilgrim, a 1200 mile walk, without money, through the UK & Ireland to raise awareness for Global Truce 2012.

The event includes the following guest-speakers:

Satish Kumar (Resurgence Magazine) who walked over 8000 miles in the 1960s, from Delhi to Washington, to campaign against nuclear proliferation.

Jeremy Gilley - Founder of Peace One Day and the driving force behind the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Maxim Laithwaite – Peace Day Pilgrim who is walking 1200 miles this summer to raise awareness for Peace One Day and Global Truce 2012 on 21 September.

There will also be a chance to see one of the Peace One Day films and have a gather to catch up with friends and listen to some acoustic jazz from Mr Miller.

The event is based on a suggested donation of £5 towards Peace Day Pilgrim and will be held at the Wharf, Tavistock at 7pm on Saturday 26 May. To book a tickets please email peacedaypilgrim@gmail.com or telephone 0845 345 5077. Tickets can also be booked via the Wharf, either in person or on 01822 611166 (booking fee applies if you book over the ‘phone).

More info on Peace Day Pilgrim can be found at: www.peacedaypilgrim.com

Kind regards,

Maxim, Peace Day Pilgrim

We are running a small Transition Tavistock stall at this event so please come and say hello, especially if we haven’t met! Rebecca Garland and Ian Daniels.

3. Tavistock Garden Festival 2012

Tavistock Garden Festival 2012 will be held in and around the Pannier Market on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June (Jubilee Weekend) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Transition Tavistock have booked a stall at the event and would be interested in hearing from anyone who could come and help us man it, even if only for an hour. Please email us by Sunday 27th May if you are able to volunteer and then we can draw up a rota.

Also: there’s not much time to get your entry forms in for the Tavistock Garden Festival Container Garden Competition – Deadline 18th May!

This competition is free to enter and containers will be judged by invited guests on best use of plants, originality and overall design and desirability. The finished container can be anything in which plants can grow successfully (i.e. have free drainage etc). The filled container must be freestanding and reasonably portable in order that it can be moved to the Town Hall site without the use of machinery. There are no planting rules, plant up to your taste and imagination!

Categories

• Best use of plants

• Best colour combination

• Originality

• Overall Best in Show

Entries for this competition can be delivered to the Town Hall between 8:30am-10:30am on Sunday 3rd June 2012. All entries can be collected after 2pm on Monday 4th June 2012. Judging will take place at 11am on Sunday 3rd June 2012, the judges’ decision being final. Prize winners will be announced as soon as judging has been completed.

Prizes to be awarded

1st (in each of the 3 categories)

2nd (in each of the 3 categories)

3rd (in each of the 3 categories)

Overall “Best in Show”

You can submit your entry via email; we just need some basic info

• Your name/organisation name
• Brief description of your container garden including plants/products used

• Contact details

gardenfestival@tavistock.gov.uk

01822 613529

4. Food and Energy Group Update

The Food and Energy group met at the Eadie’s on 26th April.

Food: We discussed progress with Garden Share. Jacky and Kit now have everything ready and we’re looking forward to publicising this further at the Garden Festival. We would also like to progress a Community Garden somewhere in Tavistock. We’ll be talking to the Town Council to see if they may be able to help. We also hope to be able to support Tavistock in Bloom.

Energy: After much discussion we concluded that our attention should focus on establishing an Energy Shop in Tavistock – offering advice on energy saving and renewable energy. This would provide a good base to develop a growing Community Energy network across the area. We are setting up an Energy Shop working group to progress this. If you’d like to be involved please contact Kate at kate.royston@robbeesmole.com. Peter Smith and I had an inspiring meeting with Stephen Frankel, his wife Lizzie-Jane and others at the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network’s Energy Shop recently. This convinced us more than ever that this should be the way forward!

If you’d like to get involved with the Food and Energy group mail: transitiontavistock@googlemail.com. Next meeting date still to be confirmed.

5. Inner Transition – Engaging Hearts and Minds

It can be difficult to engage hearts and minds when discussing Transition issues. People tend to feel that nothing they personally can do will make a difference because the issues are so huge and frightening, and that it’s probably “too late” to do anything now anyway. At the first meeting of Transition Tavistock’s new ‘Hearts and Minds’ group (now renamed ‘Inner Transition’) we looked these fears squarely in the face.

We know that we need to create alternatives for when the current system collapses, and instead of feeling isolated and competing for limited resources, we need to work together and share what we have. At the moment society is set up to divide and pigeonhole people and this is a barrier that we want to try and break down. In the future, we believe, real security will come from community.

Much progress can be made by everyone taking small steps. The cost in time , money and commitment need not be great. It’s the cumulative effect that matters. Would you like to join us in trying to achieve this? The next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 23rd at 5 Campion Rise, Tavistock, and we will be discussing the ‘Festival of Transition’ idea from the National Transition website – http://transitionculture.org/. (If this sounds familiar, it was featured on page 8 of the April newsletter.)

Future topics for discussion include setting up an Arts Group, and starting a Listening Project, but if anyone has any more ideas to add, please let us know.

6. Introduction to Permaculture!

A further reminder about Rebecca Harris’ offering an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course on 13th & 14th October 2012, 9am to 5pm at 4 Canal Road, Tavistock.

For more information, please e-mail Rebecca at thehouseofjam@gmail.com or call her on 07942 344801

7. TED-x Exeter – from Kate Royston

TED Talks – ‘.Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world’ are a great source of information (http://www.ted.com/).

TED-x is a series of events held across the world.

Peter Smith, Chris Simpson and I spent an inspiring and thought provoking day at TED-x Exeter on 20th April at the Northcott Theatre. A full day of punchy lectures which are all still available here: http://www.tedxexeter.com/videos/. If you have little time we would recommend Kevin Cotter’s 2 minutes on local food.

The four sessions and speakers are listed below. Although they were all excellent I have added a few comments to some of them.

Session 1: The Big Picture

Satish Kumar: Soil, Soul and Society – A good introduction. The three fundamentals we should live by. Soil because we are nature. Soul – we must be in touch with this to fulfil our potential. Society – we must embrace diversity not division! SEE SATISH KUMAR AT THE WHARF on 26th May!

Tony Juniper: What has Nature ever done for us? – Also the title of Tony Juniper’s new book. Tony was discussing the importance of eco-system services, the importance to the economy that nature is working and the impact when the natural balance is disrupted. Very insightful! Natural History GCSE should be compulsory for all!

Peter Cox: Climate Change: Thinking outside the Low Carbon Box – It’s methane we should be worried about!

Antony Turner: Making Greenhouse Gases Visible – very interesting ways of presenting greenhouse gases pictorially!

Kevin Cotter: Food: A local view – highly recommended.

Session 2: Connection

Ted Talk – Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

Bandi Mbubi: Congo Calling – recommended viewing to understand how important it is that we treasure our mobile phones … and endeavour to buy ‘conflict free’ phones. Many thousands of people are needlessly dying for the sake of the precious metals needed to make them. Mobiles are vital to us all but a way must be found to stop them fuelling conflict.

Scilla Elworthy: How do I deal with a Bully, without becoming a Thug?

Mike Dickson: What is Enough? – A very interesting perspective on how to become more content with what you need and how to spend your time at work and pay. Recommended!

Alistair Macintosh: Volunteering: A local view

Session 3: Living Sustainably

TED Talk – William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind – a very inspiring story of the transformation of a village

Lily Lapenna: It’s not all about Chicken and Chips – Lily works with young people to help them develop and understand personal finance and banking. She has helped set up a network of school banks. Important for all young people!

Andy Robertson: Sustainable Perspectives on Video Games

Rob Hopkins: My Town in Transition

Session 4: Sustainable Futures

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Little, Local and Often

Polly Higgins: Ecocide: the 5th Crime Against Peace – a truly remarkable campaign by a lawyer to establish the crime of ecocide and get it recognised as the 5th crime against peace.

Chris Anderson: The City 2.0

8. Devon Waste Plan and Food Waste Roadshows

A chilling message for food waste haters!

West Devon Borough Council’s Recycling and Waste team will be taking their road show out across the district this Spring and Summer to spread the message: Love Food Hate Waste.

Food waste is a major issue. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, costing us £12bn – or £50 per month for the average household. This is not helping the environment. If we stopped throwing this good food away – and most of it could be saved and eaten later – it would save the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same as taking one in five cars off the road.

To help you reduce food waste and save money we will be offering tips and ideas at our road shows around the area. You can also take the “big chill quiz” where you’ll discover how friendly you are with your freezer.

Apart from finding out how to reduce your food bill, there is also the chance to win a hamper full of food storage and kitchen gadgets, in a competition to be drawn in the autumn.We are also on hand for any of your recycling service enquiries…why not come and see us at any of these venues:

May 18 – Broadwoodkelly Outreach, Village Hall 10.30am – 12 noon.

June 1 – Exbourne Outreach, The Burrow Café, 10am – 12noon.

June 14 – Belstone Outreach, Village Hall 10am -12 noon.

July 14 – Okehampton Community Day, The Charter Hall, 10am – 1pm.

July 17 – Hatherleigh Market, 9am – 12.30pm.

July 27 – Chagford, Library 10.30am – 12.30pm.

August 9 – Okehampton Show, Showground 11am – 2pm.

August 16 – Chagford Show, Showground 11am – 2pm.

August 17 – Tavistock, Bedford Square 11am – 2pm.

September 1 – Tavistock Community Day, Bedford Square, 10am – 1pm.

The Devon Waste Plan – Preferred Strategy, Site Options & Draft Policies will be

available for you to view and comment on between the following dates:

Start date: 10/05/12 18:40

End date: 03/08/12 18:23

Please select the following link to view this event:

http://devoncc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/minerals_and_waste_development_framework/waste/waste_plan_consultation_document

9. Network Training

Learning how to “Thrive” in uncertain times could be your most important asset: Transition Network’s new training – Totnes, 16-17 June 2012

There is no shortage of bad news, but what about the untold stories of hope, positive action, and opportunity? This weekend will be packed with ways for you to create thriving, prosperous relocalised economies along with the skills for doing to enable it to happen. These two days are an inspiration and practical immersion in the culture of transition we are in. Whatever your interest, whatever your passion, this training is designed to help you through the difficult bits, and to build positive ways forward.

You will meet others who are facing similar challenges. The training will embody the Transition movement’s spirit of co-creation in a wide ranging exploration of what has been achieved and what is now possible. We will be specifically looking at how to sustain momentum in your Transition Initiative and personally, how to get more people involved, and how to translate that involvement into active engagement. We hope to see you there!

Trainers: The training will be facilitated by Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Training, and Mandy Dean, who has been a teacher and trainer for over 15 years and has worked in sustainable land use research, horticulture and vocational training and is also qualified as a medical herbalist.

Costs: We are trying out a new financing model, inspired by the “Gift Economy” and Transition Portugal. All we ask for is a payment of £40 prior to the course (as a deposit). The actual full cost of the training weekend is around £105 (depending on number of participants), but we leave it up to each participant to decide after the course, if and how much they can afford or want to contribute to this course as a way of gratitude and support of its continuity in the future.

Where & When: The venue will be Birdwood House, in the heart of Totnes, about 10 minutes walk from Totnes Railway station. Dates: Saturday, 16 June to Sunday, 17 June 2012 from 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact training@transitionnetwork.org if you have any questions.

10. Apple Blossom in May

This item is from Tess Wilmot of Dig for Devonport. All Ways Apples, funded by Awards for All, celebrates natural abundance by increasing the local harvesting of apples in the City of Plymouth. For further information please contact digfordevonport@hotmail.co.uk or phone Tess on 07531 506 481.

Look out for apple blossom this month – it is really beautiful! Many different trees are in blossom now, but if you familiarize yourself with apple blossom flowers you will soon be able to recognize an apple tree on sight. Why not photograph the blossom or if you are artistic draw or paint it to help you remember? Various apple varieties flower at different times. Experts talk about this as pollination groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Group 3 apples can be pollinated by apples in group 2, 3 or 4 as their flowering seasons overlap.

Apple Blossom Walk Saturday 19th May. Contact me if you would like to visit the wonderful ‘Mother Orchard’ at Cotehele. After a 30 minute train journey up the Tamar valley from Plymouth, we will have a gentle walk down through the village of Calstock. We will then make our way along the estuary before going up through the woods past the house and to the orchards. It will be a great opportunity to find out lots more about apples, orchards and nature.

We will look for signs of wildlife along the walk and see what wild food is in season. Wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch. We will be catching the 10.59 train from Plymouth (11.02 from Devonport). If we travel together on the train it can be much cheaper – multiples of four people get the train fare down to just £2.20 each! Excellent value. So please bring your friends and families! Please contact me for more details if you want to come.

Summer Pruning with Adam Montague: I am organizing a date for Adam to come to Plymouth to show how to prune fruit trees in summer. We will learn how to train and prune apples to grow in small spaces, using attractive techniques like espaliers and cordons. This will also include advice about other fruit trees, including the fruits with stones (plums, apricots, peaches, etc.), which should only be pruned in summer. If we do not find a venue with lots of different examples to work on, we may start at Diggin It in Stoke where there are cordon apple trees and then go by mini bus to visit other gardens with good examples.

Sunday 2nd September – Devonport Park Fun Day – All Ways Apples’ first apple pressing of the season – come and help and taste the juice from the earliest apples.

October – Apple Picking – There will be opportunities to help harvesting in the weeks leading up to this year’s All Ways Apples festival. We are also working in partnership with Sail Trade to bring apples down the river by boat. www.sailtrade.org

Plans are also underway for another of the popular All Ways Apples festivals on Wednesday 31st October at Devonport Guildhall. The apple press will be busy again with people of all ages getting involved. In the Guildhall there will be lots of creative ways of using apples – crafts, arts, stalls, food, information and more. We will need volunteer help on the day, so if you would like to be involved please let me know. Grow your own Pumpkins – as the event is on 31st October, Halloween, there will be a bit of a Halloween theme this year! There will be a prize for the best carved pumpkin and locally grown pumpkins will be especially welcome. If you enjoy growing pumpkins, bring one along to the competition.

11. Herbalist Courses

From Diana Lee

The IRCH Summer School will be held here on our smallholding again this June and some of the seminars are open to members of the public. All sessions are run by practicing herbalists who specialise in their field and are tutors for the IRCH (www.irch.org.uk).

I am also running a number of herbal day courses which includes plant ID and some hands on so you take away some remedies! If you mention “Tamwed” when booking this course I will donate 10% to the charity www.tamwed.org.uk who I work with on a herbal garden project in India.

Best wishes, Diana,

Registered Medical Herbalist (also Holsworthy Organics)

Ceridwen, Pyworthy, Devon, EX22 6SW

01409 254450 http://www.ceridwenherbs.co.uk/

12. A Reminder about Transition Plymouth Film Nights

On the first Monday of each month “Movie Mondays”

Films with an eco slant presented by Tim Francis

7.00 pm opening for 7.30 start at 171 Armada Way Plymouth

Contact Tim on 07413 541258

13. Wood Pellets and Briquettes

My name is Herbert Hooper, my son and I run a company who manufacture wood pellets/briquettes for heating and other uses.

We are based about 7 miles from Okehampton just off the Whiddon Down exit on the A30, a local company using west country suppliers of raw materials for our products.

Please feel free to enquire for more information.

Kind regards

Herbert Hooper devonbiofuels@talktalk.net

14. Gardening with Arsenic – the Debate Continues
From Pammy Riggs:

I had a conversation with someone who had recently moved to Tavistock. She was reluctant to grow vegetables because of the arsenic problem but was happy to have chickens in the garden and proposed selling the eggs. I don’t actually know how acute the problem of arsenic is, but it is a fact that hens do store various localised ingredients (this helps protect a chick and affords it some measure of immunity in the case of disease challenges) in the yolk of an egg.

I wonder whether a hen pecking around in an arsenic laden garden, eating worms etc. might also concentrate it in the fatty yolk? Does anyone know? is there any research?

15. James Lovelock on Radio 4
James Lovelock was featured on Radio 4’s The Life Scientific last week. You can still catch up with it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01h666h#synopsis

16. Forthcoming Dates

May 2012
Peace Day Pilgrim Launch Event Sat 26th

June 2012
Garden Festival Sun 3rd and Mon 4th
Green Drinks Tues June 12th
Deadline for items for June newsletter Sun June 17th

July 2012
Green Drinks Tues July 10th
Deadline for items for July newsletter Sun July 15th
Smallholders Weekend, Cotehele Sat/Sun July 28/29th

17 STOP PRESS – Late postings


A bit of energy saving trivia – When does off mean off.

A recent discussion in the New Scientist suggested that the industry should add a switch to electrical devices that ensured no power flowed through the device when switched off. It prompted another reader to point out that this was already the case. There are two internationally recognised symbols to distinguish between an on/off button and a standby button. A true on/off button uses the symbol of a circle with a vertical line in it. A standby button uses a circle with a gap at the top and a vertical line cuts through this gap. Just because there are no lights on the device, does not mean its not using any power.

I checked with a the stack of devices under our old TV. The Freeview receiver, the freesat receiver and the dvd recorder only had standby buttons. The old TV had an on/off button. The DVD recorder only went to standby and with no lights on you would expect it to not be using power. Fortunately we switch all these off at the wall switch every night. Something we should all get used to.

Shake and Fold – How to save millions of tons of paper.

Kate Royston praised the good talks given by TED at TED-x in Exeter back in April but I recommend you all subscribe to the TED website to get the latest lectures from around the world. If not you might You might miss little gems like this video teaching the audieince how to use a paper towel.
http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-05-19&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email Remember “Shake and Fold“.

April 2012 Newsletter

  1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
  2. Community Design Process for Tavistock Development Area and Community Follow Up
  3. Energy and Food Group Meeting: Thurs 26th April – 19:30. Come and join us!
  4. Community Garden Area in Tavistock … and Gardening with Arsenic!
  5. Hearts and Minds – Reminder
  6. Introduction to Permaculture!
  7. Garden Share Scheme and first garden offered for use!
  8. Stone Walling Day
  9. Portas Bid
  10. Car Club for Tavistock
  11. Equipment Loan Scheme – let’s get one off the ground!!
  12. EDF Energy’s Green Fund
  13. From The Friends of the Walled Gardens at Maristow
  14. Transition Plymouth Events at 171 Armada Way
  15. A Volunteering Opportunity
  16. Bits and Bobs
  17. Forthcoming Dates
  18. And Finally.

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
May Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 8th May (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Community Design Process for Tavistock Development Area and Community Follow Up
The Community Design Workshop process for the Callington Road and Plymouth Road developments continued through March.

A group of interested citizens met at an open meeting on Saturday 24th March at Whitchurch village hall. The aim is to support the design process and keep a watchful eye on how the design principles hold up! At the same time we feel it’s important to document the factors we consider should be taken into account and maintain an open dialogue with West Devon Borough Council. Jeremy Davies is trying to encourage this process.

On March 29th West Devon Borough Council and LDA Design held a further Design Workshop: ‘Designing the Tavistock Development – STAGE TWO’. Again well attended there was much discussion about the design work so far from LDA Design. There was a view that we have an opportunity in Tavistock to put in place an exemplary development fit for the 21st Century – a unique neighbourhood complementing the rest of the town – of which the residents and the rest of the town can be proud. This chance shouldn’t be missed.

It was agreed at the workshop that the most practical way forward would be to establish a Design Review Panel to support the process from this time forward, through the design, development and post development phases. West Devon Borough Council is now considering this proposal. A summary of the workshop is being prepared by WDBC and should be available soon.

In the meantime Jeremy has kicked off a discussion document for anyone who is interested in making any constructive comments or additions.

Jeremy: “The Government Inspector’s reservations concerning the plans for Tavistock were clear, and the Council is considering how adjustments to the housing plans may be made. The Highways Dept of DCC is determined to pursue the reinstatement of the rail link to Bere Alston, but it still may not happen. There is opportunity for influencing the plans and we must grasp this positively.

“The Council is trying to encourage community involvement through LDA Design. Responding to their presentations and suggestions though, is possible via an alternative forum. WDBC have said they will be happy to receive feed-back and ideas directly via such a route, as well as through LDA’s interpretations. This is such an attempt.

“The document is available to download at http://www.transitiontavistock.org.uk/p/tavistock-and-developments.html. This is a first stab, with priorities/thoughts/suggestions. Any further advance will depend upon response to the idea. Reaction invited.”
Jeremy

Contacts:
The Strategic Planning Team, WDBC (strategicplanning@westdevon.gov.uk)
Tel: 01822 813563.
Jeremy Davies (Jeremy.davies@talktalk.net)

3. Energy and Food Group Meeting: Thurs 26th April – 19:30. Come and join us!
Our next meeting will be hosted by Jackie and Kevin Eadie on 26th April at 19:30 (12 Glanville Road). All welcome! Following on from our last meeting we’ll be discussing in more detail our ideas for setting up a Community Energy Network across the area and what we could achieve with an Energy Shop in the centre of Tavistock.

If you can’t make it but would like to get in touch, contact Kate Royston at kate.royston@robbeesmole.com (01822-835819) or Mike Dennis on 01822-618142.

4. Community Garden Area in Tavistock … and Gardening with Arsenic!
A group interested in setting up a Community Garden somewhere in Tavistock met up on Weds 11th April to get some wheels in motion. If you’d like to get involved please let us know.

There are also many of us who have to deal with gardening with high levels of arsenic contamination. We’d like to encourage more discussion around this and share ideas and options about how to deal with it. What do you do? Are raised beds the only answer? And what about your orchard’s fruit crop? What’s the level of take up in the fruit? Does it reduce significantly over time? We’d like to investigate the feasibility of a long term research project enabling us to understand the varying levels of arsenic take up in different fruit and vegetable crops, options for remediation and subsequent impact on produce. If you have any views, ideas, experience or even suggestions for funding such a project please let us know.

Contact Kate Royston or Rebecca Harris or email transitiontavistock@gmail.com.

5. Hearts and Minds – Reminder
When the Transition Movement was started they proposed a sub group entitled Heart and Soul. The idea was to identify what motivates people to change and to explore ways that we can help others to take change on board and develop changes in behaviour to prepare for a new society which is resilient and just.

Al Head is keen to open up an opportunity for Tavistock residents to develop something similar under the heading of Inner Transition or Hearts and Minds (you have the opportunity to influence the choice of name). The group may explore the emotional side of transition, consider what do we need to do to prepare ourselves emotionally for the new society that is coming, and that we are hoping to help create? How are old patterns of feeling and thinking stopping us from thinking positively about change? How do we help those around us to embrace new ways of thinking, rather than clinging to the past ways of seeing the world?

If we can engage with those in the community who may think that transition is all about large scale projects or are frightened to face the new world ahead and provide them with positive insights into what individuals can do to change from within, then this may help form a more secure foundation for them to step out into what will be our shared tomorrow.

The first meeting of the group will be Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm at Mike Dennis’ at 49 Milton Crescent, Tavistock.

If you are interested and cannot get to the first meeting, please let Al or Mike know and they can feed back to you on the outcomes and future dates.

6. Introduction to Permaculture!
A reminder about Rebecca Harris’ offering an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course on 13th & 14th October 2012, 9am to 5pm at 4 Canal Road, Tavistock.

Permaculture is a systems approach to sustainability. It is a holistic way of thinking, in which we can consciously create productive environments that work with nature rather than against it. We can design for abundance, and enjoy better, healthier, and happier lives, through making more sustainable choices. A flyer is attached.

The course will provide an introduction to the ethics and principles of permaculture in a practical and hands on way. It will show you how to apply Permaculture to your window-sill, garden, farm and personal life, through observation, design, and getting your permaculture thinking cap on.

   Costs:

£74 with membership to the Permaculture Association of Britain included.
£50 without membership to the Permaculture Association included.

Concessions available – please contact Rebecca.

   Booking:

Please send your name, e-mail address, phone number and home address, along with your payment, to: Rebecca Harris Introduction to Permaculture Course, 28 Westbridge Cottages, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DQ. Your place will be secured upon receipt of payment.

For more information, please e-mail Rebecca at thehouseofjam@gmail.com or call her on 07942 344801

7. Garden Share Scheme and first garden offered for use!

Kit Harbottle and Jackie Eadie are making good progress in getting the Garden Share scheme up and running again. Watch this space!

If you are interested in sharing your garden … or are looking for a space to garden please get in touch. Drop an email to transitiontavistock@gmail.com or call 01822-835819.
Further details will soon be available at www.transitiontavistock.org.uk.

Garden offered for garden share use. Available straight away: A 5m by 15m sheltered but sunny garden plot on the north side of Tavistock, near the Manor estate. Some fruit trees in place, and good soil. Fenced all round with lockable shed. Owner lives offsite and would like to find 1 person or a couple to use it (no children or pets). No mains water or rubbish disposal available, and about 50m from road. If you’re interested please contact as per above

8. Stone Walling Day

The Tamar Valley AONB held a ‘Stone Walling Day’ on Saturday Apr 14th as part of the Spring Trails Festival. It was a fabulous day and the weather was reasonably kind to us. Our mission for the day was to learn the crafts of stonewalling from a master craftsman – Mansel Grant – and practice by renovating one of the many old walls at Deer Park Farm, Luckett

We got to grips with footings, selecting the right sort of stone, batters and levels … and also got very muddy! At the end of the day not only had we renovated both sides of the wall but we did all feel confident enough to go home and repair or build our own!
Highly recommended … Kate

Mansel getting us going
After

9. Portas Bid

Tavistock’s bid to be a Portas Pilot was submitted on time and we’re all keeping our fingers crossed.

The submission was supported by a promotional video of Tavistock celebrating the virtues and highlighting the opportunities. This was put together by Tavistock College supported by Jay and Adam Fleet and the participants. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kNsJApM2QA
Transition Tavistock’s letter of support can be viewed at www.transitiontavistock.org.uk. We welcome any comments.
More information on the Portas bid process in general is available at http://www.maryportas.com/news/2012/02/04/bid-to-become-a-portas-pilot/.
We’ll continue to keep you informed of developments!

10. Car Club for Tavistock

  • Ever thought of joining a car club?
  • Do you own a car?
  • Is it parked most of the time?
  • Costing you more than you think?

Tavistock is ready to join the growing number of communities – from Devon to the Highlands of Scotland – that have realised the benefits of having a car club. A car when you need it. All tax, insurance, repairs etc paid. Pay only for the hours you use the car and mileage
So if you only need a car for a few journeys a week or occasional trips why not find out if joining a car club would be the answer for you.
To find out more – www.e-cocars.com
Co-ordinator Jeremy Farr 07753325014

11. Equipment Loan Scheme – let’s get one off the ground!!

We have had an offer of equipment that could be loaned by ‘Transitioners’ including a scaffolding tower, long ladder, trailer and use of an on-site log splitter. I’m sure there must be others who have under-utilised equipment that they might be prepared to loan, and conversely that they might like to borrow.

Jevan Berrange has suggested that we should get a scheme organised, making an inventory of people who have offers of equipment and/or skills etc. to offer. A suggestion is also to consider a ‘points based’ system whereby one accumulated points for loans or services provided and gave points for equipment or services used.

If you have an experience of such a scheme, would be interested in helping set it up, or have skills or equipment to share please let us know: transitiontavistock@gmail.com.

12. EDF Energy’s Green Fund

EDF Energy’s Green Fund is now open to applications from schools and other community based and educations organisations. The Green Fund is made up with a small premium that EDF Green Tariff customers pay, EDF match these contributions and use it to help support renewable energy projects across England, Scotland and Wales. The Fund offers grants of up to £30,000 to help cover the cost of renewable energy technology that can be used to produce green energy from the sun, wind, water, wood and other renewable sources.The next deadline for applications is the 31st August 2012.
http://www.edfenergy.com/products-services/for-your-home/our-services/green-energy-fund.shtml

13. From The Friends of the Walled Gardens at Maristow

Dear Potential Friend,

We’ve had masses of interest in the work going on in the Walled Gardens and lots of offers of help, so in order to co-ordinate the activities of volunteers and to support the work of the Walled Gardens at Maristow Community Interest Company, we’ve set up a Friends group which we really hope you’ll choose to join.

    Membership

  • Annual Membership fees are £15 per individual,
  • £30 per family and
  • £50 for Corporate members.

The fees go towards covering the costs of insuring volunteers when they are working on-site, buying tools for the volunteers and also will go towards the costs of running events throughout the year that will be exclusive to the Friends. It’s really easy to join – just send an email to wgmfriends@gmail.com telling us that you’d like to join. You’ll get a reply from Jeremy Bunting, the Chair of the Friends with an invoice and you can either pay via PayPal or send him a cheque.

    Volunteer Days

We’re running volunteer days every 2nd and 4th Wednesday and Sunday of the month. If there is enough demand, we will increase the numbers of days accordingly.

    Plans

We’re all geared up ready for the big Spring planting…the Cold Frame is already full of seedlings, Thanks to grants from the Chestnut Fund and HogCo we have a few more tools and have purchased 80 apple rootstocks which we’ll be bud-grafting with the help of the gardening team at Cotehele House in the summer. We’ll run a Friends-only grafting workshop when the time comes, so you can learn how to make your very own apple tree!

We’re opening the gardens to raise money for St Lukes Hospice on the 22nd July, 12th August and 16th September which will be a wonderful way of being able to promote the gardens as well as raise money for a worthwhile local cause.

    Work in Progress

As some of you may already know, we have been doing some work with long-term unemployed young people and are now working with groups of offenders who are working with the Community Payback Team (It’s what many of you may know as ‘Community Service’). We’re having some really good results and it’s been amazing to see how many of the CP Team have really got stuck in here

Progress on the Horticultural Therapy project for injured Armed Services Personnel is slow but steady and we are working jointly with Pentillie Castle to make this happen.

I look forward to meeting you soon,

Jeremy Bunting

14. Transition Plymouth Events at 171 Armada Way

Plymouth Transition: plymouthtransition@nature-mail.com

Hi Everyone,

We’ve recently discovered that the lease on 171 Armada Way is going to run out on 24th June. Initial enquiries suggest that we may be able to continue here after this date provided the owners, to whom the lease reverts, are happy for us to stay. However, since this is by no means certain we’re working on the principal of “Use it or you’ll lose it”.

Attached you’ll find a list of varied events. Please have a look, and if there’s anything that attracts you do come along or ring for more information, otherwise let us know what you’d like to see here, or what you’d like to do here.

This shop is a good place to be, and, just to remind you, we’re open to the public on Saturdays from 12.00 to 4.00, and on Mondays from 10.30 to 2.30, so drop in for information, a chat and a drink, environmental and other leaflets, meeting with other interesting people, joining Transition Plymouth groups including Food, Education, Art and Transport, and Healthy Planet’s “Books for Free” scheme where you can take up to three books every time you come in. There’s also a children’s room, so don’t let having children with you put you off.

Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.

Events at 171 Armada Way.

 April 25th Wednesday evening,  6.30 opening for 7.00 start “Sustainable Housing”, a Transition Talk by Jeremy Guise, contact no. 07527 496036.
 April 26th Thursday evening, 6.30 opening for 7.00 start Transition Plymouth Education Group brings you: “Transition Discuss” A public discussion, meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month.
April’s title: “Petrol at £5 per litre? How will you cope with that?” Contact Clare on 01752 772395
 April 28th Saturday,  5.00 – 6.30 pm “Healthy Diet, Healthy Future – The many benefits of Veganism” A talk by Berty Justice. Entry by (free) tickets only. Contact Berty on 07889 751091 for a ticket.
May 7th Monday, and on each first Monday of the month 7.00 pm opening for 7 30 start
Movie Mondays” Films with an eco slant presented by Tim Francis
Contact Tim on 07413 541258
May 12th Saturday 10:30am – 4:30pm.
Seeds for Change, from Oxford, brings you: “Having Great Meetings and Making Good Decisions Together“, a workshop to improve working in groups.Pre-booking essential, and bring vegan lunch to share. Contact: Adriana 01752 222152

15. A Volunteering Opportunity …

Hello

We have recently appointed a new manager at our Tavistock shop as part of Refurnish Devon. He is very keen to recruit a couple of volunteers as general shop assistants – cleaning white goods (fridges etc), basic furniture repair and generally helping to make the shop look nice.

We have the position advertised on the do-it.org website but I was wondering if you could also advertise / promote the opportunity.

Yours Sincerely

Karen Price,
Volunteer Training & Support Manager, Refurnish, Units 4 & 5, Redlake Trading Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0EZ
Tel (01752) 897311

16. Bits and Bobs
Book Tip: Rebecca Harris strongly recommends: Seaweed and Eat It: A family foraging and cooking adventure by Fiona Houston and Xa Milne
Foraging Tip: Wild Garlic Crisps
Take a wild garlic leaf, or preferably more. Brush with oil and cook in microwave for approx. 2 mins until crisp! Delicious!
Exeter Food Network
has just been launched to promote more local and sustainable food sourcing, If you’d like to join see: http://groups.google.com/group/exeter-food-network?hl=en
Cafe Scientifique There is a proposal to start a Cafe Scientifique in Tavistock – watch this space! In the meantime, Exeter Cafe Scientifique have a meeting at Exeter Phoenix on Monday 14th May at 8.30 pm when Professor Chris Rhodes will be speaking and leading a discussion on “What Happens When We Run Out Of Oil?”.

17. Forthcoming Dates

April 2012
Hearts & Minds Group Weds Apr 25th
Energy & Food Group Meeting Thur Apr 26th

May 2012
Green Drinks Tues May 8th
Deadline for items for May newsletter Sun May 13th

June 2012
Green Drinks Tues June 12th
Deadline for items for June newsletter Sun June 17th

July 2012
Green Drinks Tues July 10th

Deadline for items for July newsletter Sun July 15th
Smallholders Weekend, Cotehele Sat/Sun July 28/29th

18. And Finally…

From the Transition Culture website http://transitionculture.org/

Announcing the Festival of Transition

I am delighted to be able to announce the Festival of Transition, an initiative of New Economics Foundation, Transition Network, the Ramblers Association, Mission Models Money and UKYCC. The idea is that rather than flying to Rio, and putting nearly 4 tons of carbon dioxide into an atmosphere that really doesn’t need 4 tons of CO2 put into it, we stay at home, and do stuff that models the kind of world we want to see. It is a celebration of change, of practical responses, of community, and we hope that it will be a global event, not just in the UK. All kinds of great events are already being planned over the time of the Festival. The crowning glory will be the 24 Hours of Possibility, a real life experiment in living differently, in showing what’s possible, on the day the Earth Summit begins,. 20th June

The idea is simple. You imagine different ways in which a post-transition society might also be a better one, and then try them out as a real-life experiment during a 24 hour period starting at dawn on 20th June 2012. Activities could involve family, friends, work colleagues, fellow students, community groups or even people you’ve never met before. It could involve the whole town or it could be more personal. You can come to the website to explore a menu of suggested ideas and activities, or add your own.

Here’s some ideas to get you thinking:

● 24 hours of only eating local food 
● 24 hours of exchange without using money 
● 24 hours of dawn breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight feasts out on our street
 ● 24 hours of life lived outdoors
 ● 24 hours of dancing in the streets ● 24 hours of guerrilla food growing
 ● 24 hours of bringing disused premises back into use ● 24 hours of talking with strangers
 ● 24 hours of slow everything ● 24 hours of consensus decision making in my school
(or workplace) ● 24 hours of imagining a day in 2062 
● 24 hours of transforming a derelict site
 ● 24 hours of getting active ● 24 hours of not using a car
 ● 24 hours of inter- generational gatherings 
● 24 hours of swapping roles in my workplace
 ● 24 hours of activity in my local museum ● 24 hours of feasting and planning for the next generation
 ● 24 hours of getting the high street closed and having a carnival on the street 
● 24 hours of making things for other people
 ● 24 hours of working less and living more
 ● 24 hours of reading together ● 24 hours of new community celebrations and ceremonies
 ● 24 hours of creating a community garden ● 24 hours of installing solar panels 
● 24 hours of sharing your skills ● 24 hours of random acts of kindness and spontaneous beauty 
● 24 hours of dreaming a new world awake

So this is an invitation to start having a think about what you might like to do for it, having some conversations with the people around you, and seeing what ideas it stimulates. We think this could be a great celebration of what Transition does best, showing on the ground the kind of change that is possible when we gather together with our friends, neighbours and colleagues. It’s over to you…

STOP PRESS: This item just received:
VALUES IN TRANSITION 
A day to think about the values which underpin constructive social change

.Alastair McIntosh, Centre for Human Ecology, University of Strathclyde, 
Author of ‘Soil and Soul’, scholar and social activist, director of the GalGael Trust. 
Dave Bookless, member of Arocha UK, author of ‘Planetwise’ and moderator of the environmental issues network of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland. 
Ed Skidelsky, Dept of Philosophy, University of Exeter. 
Ed’s book ‘How Much Is Enough? Work, Money and the Good Life’ is coming out with Penguin next year

University of Exeter May 12th 2012

The Conference, which includes lunch and other refreshments, is free to members of Transition initiatives


To register contact Tim Gorringe at T.J.Gorringe@exeter.ac.uk
or at the Department of Theology, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Exeter, EX4 4RJ

March 2012 Newsletter

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
2. Community Design Process for Tavistock Development Area and Community Follow Up: March 24th (Open Meeting) and March 29th (WDBC Community Workshop
3. Energy Savers at Home event review and next steps
4. Energy and Food Group Meeting: Weds 28th March – 19:30. Come and join us!
5. Hearts and Mind
6. Introduction to Permaculture
7. Garden Share Scheme and first garden offered for use!
8. Help Wanted 5
9. Peace Day Pilgrim!
10. Earth Cafe Dates in Plymouth
11. A Request from a former Transition Tavistock member
12. Graft, Sow and Grow
13. Faster Broadband
14. Portas Bid
15. Greek Transition!
16. Why do things seem to come in threes?
17. Forthcoming Dates
18. And Finally…

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
April Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 10th April (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock. March’s Green Drinks was very lively with seventeen of us catching up or getting to know each other!

2. Community Design Process for Tavistock Development Area and Community Follow Up: March 24th (Open Meeting) and March 29th (WDBC Community Workshop)
As reported in January, a Community Design Workshop was held in Tavistock on the 10th December. A summary of the workshop can be found at http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18184&cat=3287. The workshop’s purpose was to enable members of the community to provide ideas for the design of the new development areas off Callington Road and Plymouth Road. Many of the attendees felt that we should get together and further discuss our thoughts and ideas. An option might be to clearly document the factors we consider should be taken into account. We would also like to support the design process and keep a watchful eye on how the design principles hold up!
To this effect an open meeting was held in Whitchurch Village Hall on Saturday 24th March – unfortunately we couldn’t get the newsletter out in time to tell you about this, but we will report on it next month. It turned out to be timely as West Devon Borough Council are inviting the community to join a workshop ‘Designing the Okehampton and Tavistock Developments – STAGE TWO’ on Thursday evening March 29th at Kilworthy Park, Tavistock (There is a similar event for the Okehampton developments on Tuesday March 27th). For more details contact strategicplanning@westdevon.gov.uk; The Strategic Planning Team, West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ. Tel: 01822 813563.

3. Energy Savers at Home event review and next steps
Our partnership with the Tamar Valley AONB launching ‘Energy Savers at Home’ has proved to be very successful. Our first 2 events (Feb 12th & Mar 10th) enabled us to work with 17 innovative householders willing to share their expertise and help us document the work they’ve done. We now have a valuable set of case studies we can build upon (more later). They also opened their homes to share what they’ve done, advise on lessons learnt and their future plans. We’ve also connected with local experts and service providers prepared to give their time to provide advice and share expertise. Importantly, its provided a chance for you to consider how energy conservation and generation measures might work in your own home.

There were over 70 visitors to the Tamar Valley Centre and to the Open Homes on Saturday March 10th. Once again the mini-bus tours proved to be popular and our thanks to the volunteer drivers from TASS who contributed their time in February and March.
Andy Metcalf (New Generation Energy) set the scene in the morning with a very informative presentation on key points to consider in reducing energy consumption and renewable energy generation.
The audience also enjoyed Ben Dancer’s straight forward overview of the key planning considerations for energy saving and renewable projects. Ben is a Senior Planning Officer at West Devon Borough Council. He emphasised the value of the interactive planning model on the planning portal (www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/house). Ben was kept very busy through the day discussing projects.
Visitors really appreciated the chance to spend time discussing their ideas with the exhibitors (listed below). We were very grateful for their time and look forward to working together in the future. Refreshments were available throughout the day and particular thanks to Ginsters, Tamar Valley Foods, local cake baking volunteers and Sam Bates for keeping them flowing!
The closing presentations from Stephen Frankel (Chairman – Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network) and Tim Selman (Tamar Valley AONB) were inspiring.
Stephen Frankel’s pragmatic approach is very engaging. He emphasised the added economic value that a local community energy network can bring. Tangible benefits to the community can include new jobs and skills development and importantly reduced energy costs. Why should the Big 6 energy companies gain from our energy spending when at least some of this could help fuel our local economy?
Tim Selman shared the work being developed by the AONB and others around Social Forestry. He explained that significant biodiversity loss was resulting from the lack of active management of non-commercial woodlands. These have the potential to revert to community management and support a number of social enterprises and community activities, delivering real community benefit. There will be more about this in future months.
Presentations are, or will soon be, available on www.transitiontavistock.org.uk.

Community Energy Network Development
There was much interest in establishing our own Community Energy Network and we look forward to moving this forward. We are also seeking to focus on better engagement with those in the community finding energy costs a struggle and providing support in energy reduction, exploring the local opportunities from the Green Deal and seeing if we can get one or two innovative renewable energy projects off the ground.
If you have any ideas or would like to be involved contact Kate Royston (kate.royston@robbeesmole.com) or come along to our next Working Group meeting on the 28th March (see below).

Householders Case Studies
These will provide a valuable ongoing resource for others to learn by. Please feel free to download any of the case studies which are available at www.transitiontavistock.org.uk/energy savers at home. If you’d like to speak to the householders or see if you can arrange a visit, please get in touch with them. If you’d like to share your experiences in energy saving and/or generating please get in touch or download the Home Information Sheet, complete as much as possible and return to Kate Royston. We’ll write them up into a case study ready for sharing (we’ll make sure you’re happy with the details first).

Exhibitors and other supporting organisations
Our thanks to the organisations supporting Energy Savers at Home including:
o West Devon Borough Council Planning Team, Tavistock (www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/house)
o New Generation Energy, Crelake Industrial Estate, Tavistock (www.newgenerationenergy.co.uk)
o Bellinus Renewable Energy, Broadwoodwidger (www.bellinus.co.uk)
o Celtic Solar, Launceston (www.celticsolar.co.uk)
o The Fell Partnership, Merrivale (www.thefellpartnership.co.uk)
o S.C. Cox Building Contractors and the Dartmoor Stove Company, Crelake Industrial Estate, Tavistock (www.sccox.co.uk)
o The Tamar Joinery Company, Bere Alston (www.tamarjoinerycompany.co.uk)
o Forest Fuels, Okehampton (www.forestfuels.co.uk)
o The Silvanus Trust (www.silvanus.org.uk)
o Pure vision LED lighting, Pannier Market, Tavistock (www.purevision.org.uk)
o Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network, Wadebridge (www.wren.uk.com)
o Ginsters, Callington (www.ginsters.co.uk)
o Tamar Valley Foods, Callington (www.tamarvalleyfoods.com)

We’ll keep www.transitiontavistock.org.uk updated as far as possible with contact details and useful links to other organisations and support. If you have any feedback concerning the programme, its outcomes, the material available on the website … and/or what you might like to see as next steps or future actions please get in touch.
Kate Royston, Transition Tavistock (07969 569444, kate.royston@robbeesmole.com) or
Simon Bates, Cordiale Project Officer (07792 484049, sbates@tamarvalley.org.uk)

Last but not least, our heartfelt thanks to Ilaria Rilievo for all her hard work as a volunteer during her short visit from Italy.

4. Energy and Food Group Meeting: Weds 28th March – 19:30. Come and join us!
Our next meeting will be hosted by Beau & Liz Dobson on 28th March at 19:30 (Stourtown Farm, Sampford Spiney, PL20 6LD). All welcome! Our key focus will be on reviewing our ‘Energy Savers at Home’ programme and planning our next steps; and identifying the key Food related areas we’d like to progress in 2012. Garden Share is an important element (see below). If you can’t make it but would like to get in touch, contact Kate Royston at kate.royston@robbeesmole.com (01822-835819) or Mike Dennis on 01822-618142. We can also arrange lift share if you get in touch.

5. Hearts and Minds
When the Transition Movement was started they proposed a sub group entitled Heart and Soul. The idea was to identify what motivates people to change and to explore ways that we can help others to take change on board and develop changes in behaviour to prepare for a new society which is resilient and just.
Al Head is keen to open up an opportunity for Tavistock residents to develop something similar under the heading of Inner Transition or Hearts and Minds (you have the opportunity to influence the choice of name). The group may explore the emotional side of transition, consider what do we need to do to prepare ourselves emotionally for the new society that is coming, and that we are hoping to help create? How are old patterns of feeling and thinking stopping us from thinking positvely about change? How do we help those around us to embrace new ways of thinking, rather than clinging to the past ways of seeing the world?
If we can engage with those in the community who may think that transition is all about large scale projects or are frightened to face the new world ahead and provide them with positive insights into what individuals can do to change from within, then this may help form a more secure foundation for them to step out into what will be our shared tomorrow.
The first meeting of the group will be Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm at Mike Dennis’ at 49 Milton Crescent, Tavistock.
If you are interested and cannot get to the first meeting, please let Al or Mike know and they can feed back to you on the outcomes and future dates.

6. Introduction to Permaculture!
Rebecca Harris, a welcome newcomer to Tavistock and our Transition group, is offering an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course on 13th & 14th October 2012, 9am to 5pm at 4 Canal Road, Tavistock.
Permaculture is a systems approach to sustainability. It is a holistic way of thinking, in which we can consciously create productive environments that work with nature rather than against it. We can design for abundance, and enjoy better, healthier, and happier lives, through making more sustainable choices.
The course will provide an introduction to the ethics and principles of permaculture in a practical and hands on way. It will show you how to apply Permaculture to your window-sill, garden, farm and personal life, through observation, design, and getting your permaculture thinking cap on.
Costs:
£74 with membership to the Permaculture Association of Britain included.
£50 without membership to the Permaculture Association included.
Concessions available – please contact Rebecca.
Booking:
Please send your name, e-mail address, phone number and home address, along with your payment, to: Rebecca Harris Introduction to Permaculture Course, 28 Westbridge Cottages, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DQ. Your place will be secured upon receipt of payment.
For more information, please e-mail Rebecca at thehouseofjam@gmail.com or call her on 07942 344801

7. Garden Share Scheme and first garden offered for use!
We’re aware that there is a lot of demand locally to get the Garden Share scheme off the ground … particularly with spring quickly advancing. Garden Share brings together people who have too much garden and would like someone to come along and make productive use of the area … with those who would love to grow their own, but don’t have any garden. Kit Harbottle and Jackie Eadie have kindly agreed to help adminster the scheme and get it up and running.
Garden Sharers can decide whether they would prefer an informal relationship or something more formal.
If you are interested in sharing your garden … or are looking for a space to garden please get in touch. Drop an email to transitiontavistock@gmail.com or call 01822-835819.
Further details will soon be available at www.transitiontavistock.org.uk.

Garden offered for garden share use. Available straight away: A 5m by 15m sheltered but sunny garden plot on the north side of Tavistock, near the Manor estate. Some fruit trees in place, and good soil. Fenced all round with lockable shed. Owner lives offsite and would like to find 1 person or a couple to use it (no children or pets). No mains water or rubbish disposal available, and about 50m from road. If you’re interested please contact as per above.

8. Help Wanted
(a) Tavistock Methodist Church has a strip of land behind its hall which it would like to develop into a wild life garden. The site is mainly enclosed by old walls and is not easy to access so wildlife would be undisturbed. If anyone has any experience of setting up a project like this or can give us any advice, please contact Peter Mawer on 01822 613155 or the Church Office (01822 611049 between 10am and noon on weekdays) or email info@tmc.me.uk. We would be grateful for any help.
(b) Some of our members will be aware that the United Reformed Church in Russell Street where we have previously held events applied last year for planning permission to install photovoltaic panels on its roof. The reasons for refusal seem to have been related to the visual appearance within a conservation area and anticipated objections. The church wishes to show an example to the community and is proposing a revised scheme with fewer panels and at a lower level. However, they are keen to garner support in advance of the submission of their application and have requested that all who would wish to show their support would send an email indicating that support to tony@tsunamiwatch.co.uk. We need major buildings and prominent social bodies in the community to be setting an example and I would urge you to take 2 minutes of your time to send an email to Tony at the email address above in the hope that the local council officials may be persuaded to support examples of renewable energy within the town.
Mike Dennis.

9. Peace Day Pilgrim
Dear All,
As the chair of TaVi Network I felt it was important to let you know about one of our own Community Champions who is doing a fantastic journey this summer…
Did you know that the 21 September each year is the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE? Perhaps not. Did you also know that in 2007, the organisation that persuaded the UNITED NATIONS to adopt the resolution for this day, PEACE ONE DAY, travelled to Afghanistan? On their trip, they managed to persuade the Taleban and the Allied Forces to ceasefire for 24 hours and in that one day they orchestrated aid workers to vaccinate 1.5 MILLION CHILDREN against polio!!
In just one day!!
This year, Peace One Day are aiming to make the 21 September the GLOBAL TRUCE 2012 by recording the LARGEST EVER REDUCTION IN VIOLENCE the world has ever seen and gathering the largest number of people together in the name of peace. In order to raise awareness for this epic task, Maxim Laithwaite is WALKING 1200 MILES through the UK and Ireland. As the PEACE DAY PILGRIM, Maxim will be talking with as many people as possible to encourage them to mark Global Truce in whatever way they see fit. Inspired by SATISH KUMAR, Maxim will be walking the three months WITHOUT MONEY and RELYING ON THE KINDESS OF STRANGERS for everything from food to shelter. This means that the success of the journey relies on the SAME HUMAN SPIRIT that will make Global Truce 2012 work. It will also prove that we have what it takes to make these big changes, even if they are ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Maxim needs support for this amazing journey and there are many ways to get involved:

For more information from his website visit: http://www.peacedaypilgrim.com/
To follow on Facebook visit: http://www.facebook.com/peacedaypilgrim/
To follow on Twitter visit: http://www.twitter.com/peacedaypilgrim/
To DONATE to the cause to make the journey possible, click here and follow the PayPal link: http://www.peacedaypilgrim.com/p/donate.html
And of course don’t forget to sign up to Global Truce 2012 at:
http://peaceoneday.org/global-truce/

Thank you for your time and kind regards, Christopher Kirwin, Chair of TaVi Network

10. Earth Cafe Dates in Plymouth
The EARTH CAFE is a friendly space for environmental, animal and human rights networking, where relevant local groups can promote their activities. Food served from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Bar open 7pm to 11pm. Guest Speakers, discussions and announcements from 9pm, approx. £1 on the door. Where possible ingredients will be fairtrade and organic. And of course all food is vegan :)
The next Earth Cafes are on the following Saturdays at the Fortescue Cellar Bar on Mutley Plain, Plymouth:
- *24 March*
- *21 April*
- *19 May*
- *16 June*
There will then be a break in July & August, and Earth Cafe will return in September.

11. A Request from a former Transition Tavistock member
I was a member of Transition Tavistock until my relocation to Wales last year. It is great to hear what is going on via the newsletters and please say hi to everyone from me. I am currently working on a project for a wind turbine with the Open University and hoping to start building one very soon. I would be grateful for any assistance any of the members could offer by completing my online survey. It is completely confidential and only be used by myself and my tutor to aid my design specification.
The link to the survey is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D3RM3QW
Many Thanks, Kenny Edwards
kenny1986edwards@hotmail.com

12. Graft, Sow and Grow
The Graft Sow and Grow weekend at Cotehele (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele) was a wonderful event, and I for one was thrilled to be able to take home an apple tree I’d grafted myself. I’m hoping it will be able to survive the Devon Consols soil!
There were many other things to do and see including a seed swap and some great guest speakers on ‘no-dig’ gardening, moon gardening, poultry keeping, bee keeping and Maristowe’s walled gardens. I thoroughly enjoyed Charles Dowding’s talk and am inspired to move forward with getting my first raised bed in this year!
Kate

13. Faster Broadband
CONNECTING DEVON & SOMERSET –
FASTER BROADBAND IS ON ITS WAY
Your chance to get better connected!

Devon and Somerset County Councils together with North Somerset, Plymouth, Torbay and Bath & North East Somerset are working to bring you faster broadband and are among the first authorities to secure money from government to do this. Faster broadband not only supports our businesses to be more competitive but also helps communities access services, information and learning opportunities more quickly and cheaply.

This is our one big opportunity to shape the future of our digital services, so it’s vital everyone gets involved to help get Devon and Dartmoor get better connected and up to speed. We need to show there is strong demand for faster broadband and show what current speeds and coverage we have in the area.

To do this you need to fill in a simple survey and say what your current speed is. This helps build a picture of where the worst areas are and what the demand is for better broadband. If you cannot complete the survey online then call the Survey Hotline on 0844 4636887 to register (charged at local rate – 5p/minute). The survey is live until at least August, but please do not delay!
Joanna Rumble, Communities Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority.

14. Portas Bid
You may have heard that a local partnership is looking at entering the competition to be a Portas Pilot.
The competition has arisen following a piece of work undertaken by Mary Portas for the government on the future of the high street. The purpose of the Portas review was to identify what the government, local authorities, businesses and others can do together to promote the development of new models of prosperous and diverse high streets. The review contained a series of recommendations and can be found at http://www.maryportas.com/news/2012/02/04/bid-to-become-a-portas-pilot/.
Although the government has yet to formally respond it has identified the potential for piloting some of the ideas developed by Mary Portas and is inviting high streets to apply for funding to do this. Tavistock will only make a submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government if we believe it is credible. We are therefore also looking to see whether, whatever the outcome, we can use this process as a catalyst to improve partnership work in the management of Tavistock town centre. Tavistock Town Council, West Devon Borough Council, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce and the Tavistock BID (Business Improvement District) are working together, with support from other local groups and organisations including Transition Tavistock to identify how we can improve the management of Tavistock’s ‘High Street’ and what an application could look like.
The bid must be submitted by next Friday (30th March) and the outcome is expected during the second half of May. Competition is very fierce. It is understood that up to 500 towns may be competing for 12 pilot places! We’ll keep you informed of developments!

15. Greek Transition!
Thanks to Sue Hepworth for this!
As incomes fall and retail prices rise, Greeks have found an ingenious way to pay three times less than they usually would for potatoes.
The craze, which some are already starting to call the “Potato Revolution,” began in the northern town of Katerini two weeks ago. A group of local activists set up a website to allow people to order potatoes directly from local farmers, and then pick them up in a parking lot on the weekends. Their project was an instant hit. In the past two weeks, they’ve already sold 100 tons of potatoes, and inspired agricultural students in Thessaloniki to launch a similar program. Dozens more cities across Greece are planning to follow suit.
Since the farmers sell the potatoes for a higher price than they would be able to sell them to distributors – but for less than what supermarkets charge customers – both the farmers and their customers win.
Every little bit helps for crisis-hit Greeks. Austerity measures have led to pensions and salaries being repeatedly slashed, as well as to a steep rise in unemployment – one in five Greeks are now jobless. On top of this, the government has raised taxes in a bid to curb its debt.
To read more, go to:
http://observers.france24.com/content/20120307-potato-revolution-greeks-star
t-buying-potatoes-straight-farmers-supermarkets-produce-katerini-thessaloniki

16. Why do things seem to come in threes?
First there was a bit on the radio this morning that mentioned how pollution of beaches was getting less but that the number of balloons found washed ashore was on the increase and how they were killing marine life.
Second Kate sent me a link to a seminar in Bath about tethered wind turbines which I thought was a bad idea because some must be using helium to keep them airborne and helium is getting scarce.
Finally this article http://bit.ly/GIenj4 that links the two. Originally from the Guardian (http://bit.ly/FPxZBe) it does confirm the scarcity of this resource and the dual stupidity of using it to make your voice sound as stupid as you really are and the folly of letting it take balloons into the air as rubbish to kill wildlife. After all the balloon and the message it might carry is no longer of any use when it is out of sight. It annoyed me to have to pick the remains of one of these balloons out of a thorny hedge before curious livestock tried to eat it. It carried a label asking me to contact the charity it had been released by as part of a balloon race.
Please think next time you want to donate to a charity, celebrate a wedding or other event and please don’t use it to lift wind turbines into the ‘stratosphere’. Let’s be a bit more down to earth.
Adrian Hepworth.

17. Forthcoming Dates
March 2012
Energy & Food Group Meeting Weds Mar 28th

April 2012
Green Drinks Tues Apr 10th

May 2012
Green Drinks Tues May 8th

June 2012
Green Drinks Tues June 12th

July 2012
Green Drinks Tues July 10th
Smallholders Weekend, Cotehele Sat/Sun July 28/29th

18. And Finally…
If you go to the cinema at Tavistock Wharf in the near future and get there in time for the advertisements, look out for Recycle Devon’s “Don’t Let Devon Go To Waste” campaign – it’s a really fun advertisement with a strong message about food waste. Perhaps we should start a recipe section in this newsletter or on the website with the emphasis on using leftovers as well as all the tasty items we grow in our gardens and / or find for free. www.recycledevon.org

www.TransitionTavistock.org.uk
transitiontavistock@gmail.com
Tel: 01822-835819
c/o Tavistock Taskforce
Unit 2, Pixon Lane Trading Centre
Tavistock
Devon PL19 8DH

January 2012 Newsletter

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
2. Local food and efficient energy use
3. AGM
4. Energy Savers at Home – Open Homes events in Feb and March
5. Roots and Vines
6. The Green Deal is coming
8. Outspoken Radio!
9. ‘Which’ Energy Supplier?
10. DARE (Devon Association for Renewable Energy)
11. The ‘Green Thing’
12. Forthcoming Dates

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
February Green Drinks – come and join our Valentine’s Day Green Drinks on Tuesday 14th February (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Local food and efficient energy use
On Thursday February 9th at the Parish Rooms in Tavistock we are holding an interesting evening of presentations and discussion addressing the importance of local food production and the links between food and efficient energy use.

Paul Sousek from Cottage Farm, Jacobstow was a finalist in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011 for Farmer of the Year and has recently appeared on BBC’s Countryfile. Paul will be sharing his family’s journey over the last few years in their development of Cottage Farm.


Paul Sousek & Adam Henson (BBC’s Countryfile)


Home at Cottage Farm

Cottage Farm (www.CottageFarmOrganics.co.uk) is a sustainable organic carbon neutral farm powered by renewable energy producing organic beef and lamb. London and local deliveries are by carbon neutral transport.

If you’re a local producer, smallholder or growing out of your own garden or allotment please come along and bring pictures, posters and/or examples of your produce! We’ll also be joined by Rosie and Paul from Wonnacott Farm and Laura and Jim from Tregillis Farm who’ll be sharing their experiences.

The door will be open from 19:00 for refreshments and a chance to chat and meet local producers.

The evening will also include TT’s AGM (see below). These formal proceedings are expected to be very short!

A flyer is attached and we look forward to seeing you. For more information see www.transitiontavistock.org.uk or contact Kate Royston (07969-569444; kate.royston@robbeesmole.com) or Chris Simpson on 01822 614917.

3. AGM
A further reminder of the Transition Tavistock AGM: this will take place on Thursday 9th February 2012 at 7.30 pm at the Parish Rooms. Only paid-up members will be allowed to vote at the AGM – membership costs just £1 (although larger donations are of course welcome) and you can join on the evening. If anyone would like to stand for the committee please let our co-ordinator Chris Simpson know on 01822 614917. We will be looking for at least two new committee members, and would be particularly glad to hear from anyone who has experience with websites and/ or social media.

AGENDA for the THIRD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of
TRANSITION TAVISTOCK to be held at
7.00 pm on 9th February 2012 at Tavistock Parish Rooms

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of AGM of 11.2.11
3. Matters Arising
4. Annual Report
5. Accounts
6. Election of Committee Members
7. Any Other Business
8. Date of next AGM

4. Energy Savers at Home – Open Homes events in Feb and March
Thinking of reducing your bills by conserving energy or generating it from a renewable source?
As mentioned last month, Transition Tavistock & the Tamar Valley AONB are organising two days (Sun Feb 12th and Sat Mar 10th) when the public can visit homeowners to see what they have done, talk to an impartial owner about the costs and benefits, and consider how energy conservation and generation measures might work in their own homes.
Sunday February 12th will cover homes in Tavistock and its villages. The day will start at 10:00. An introduction to the homes available to visit will be held at New Generation Energy’s showroom at Crelake Industrial Estate in Tavistock for those who’d like to start with a general overview. A programme of available homes will also be available in advance by 4th Feb at www.transitiontavistock.org.uk to help with your planning. You can visit homes individually or join one of the tours we’ll be arranging (you may need to book a place). Some homes may be available through the day 10:00 until 16:00 to drop in and others may be limited to morning or afternoon.
New Generation Energy’s showroom will be open throughout the day for advice and to answer any technical questions you may have. We are also hoping to arrange to have refreshments available.

Saturday March 10th will be centred at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, and at private homes throughout the valley. The day will begin at 10am with some short inspirational talks about how you can install energy conservation and renewable energy generation into your home. Advice from recommended local suppliers and installers will be available throughout, and the day will conclude with a talk about community renewables from somebody that has already done it – Stephen Frankel from Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (http://www.wren.uk.com/)!

If you’d like to have a programme emailed to you, would like to sign up for one of the tours, or you’d like to open your home … please contact Kate (kate.royston@robbeesmole.com, 07969-569444) or Simon (sbates@tamarvalley.org.uk, 07792-484049).

Cordiale is a European project managed by the Tamar Valley AONB
(see http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/projects/cordiale/)

5. Roots and Vines
A new shop specialising in locally sourced produce is opening in Tavistock on 1st February! It’s called ‘Roots and Vines’ and is situated at 12 West Street (the corner shop that used to be ‘Tilly Whims’). This is an exciting development that deserves our support. Find them at http://www.rootsandvines.co.uk/ and also on Facebook; contact numbers are 01822 616818 and 07760 994451.

6. The Green Deal is coming …
The government are expected to launch the Green Deal in the Autumn of this year. A consultation process is currently ongoing to work out the scheme’s ‘finer details’.

Terena Plowright from The Greening Campaign (www.greening-campaign.co.uk) has this to say about the importance of the Green Deal:
The Green Deal could be one of the most influential policies to come from government in the past 30 years. It could change our economy, offering jobs to the building sector and energy efficiency innovators, reduced fuel bills to the general public and business, it could lift millions of people out of fuel poverty, it could dramatically reduce our CO2 output, and it could make our homes more comfortable reducing pressure on the National Health Service. Finally, it could also provide incentives for other measures around sustainable living and behaviour.

WHAT IS THE GREEN DEAL?
The Green Deal focuses on all the existing property that people live and work in across the UK. Our properties are amongst the worst in the western world at managing energy efficiently.

The Green Deal is designed to ‘put consumers back in control’, upgrade all property in the UK and reduce carbon emissions whilst creating a large new market to drive business and economic growth. Without costing the consumer a penny!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
People cannot act on energy reduction because they cannot afford the upfront costs – this scheme removes the obligation on the property owner to pay for the work upfront because the payments are made via the savings that take place.

Quick facts
o No upfront cost to the consumer
o Once the work is done your bills will reduce and the repayment is added to your electricity bill.
o The energy bills are guaranteed to reduce from the first year.
o There is no credit check.
o All work is warranted – both labour and product.
o A qualified assessor will tell you the best measures for your home to reduce your bills
o There is help in the form of an ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) to help those in hard to treat houses and those in fuel poverty.
o It is not a personal debt; it is tied to your building not you!
o It is for a maximum of 25 years

The Green Deal could provide a significant opportunity for community groups to come together, working with local assessors and providers. Transition Tavistock and others are looking into this. We’ll provide an update next month as well as explaining the Green Deal process.
If you’re interested in joining a Green Deal working group please get in touch (Kate (kate.royston@robbeesmole.com, 07969-569444).

7. Community Design Workshop
The summary of the Community Design Workshop held in Tavistock on the 10th December is now available at http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18184&cat=3287 for anyone interested. The purpose of the workshop was to enable members of the community to provide ideas for the design of the new development areas off Callington Road and Plymouth Road.

The meeting was well attended and at the end there was a general feeling that as a community we should follow this up. Clearly documenting the factors we consider should be taken into account in the design of the developments may be a positive contribution together with supporting the process and keeping a watchful eye on how the design principles hold up!

An open meeting is being planned to discuss this, and will be announced shortly. If you would be interested in attending please let us know (transitiontavistock@googlemail.com, tel: 01822-835819) and we’ll make sure you receive the meeting details.

8. Outspoken Radio!
Hello, I’m Wendy Ball and I do an internet radio show on www.eatmusicradio.com. The show is called The Outspoken Show, and is broadcast live online every Friday evening from 5-6pm. There is also an archive of previous shows on the website. The aim of the show is to Inform and Inspire on local (and sometimes global) social and environmental issues. Most weeks, we have a guest to interview, and if anyone would like to be a guest and get their topic heard, please get in touch wennawoman@yahoo.co.uk

Many thanks,
Wendy

(The programme of Friday 13th January featured an item on the Plymouth Food Charter.)

9. ‘Which’ Energy Supplier?
We have often promoted Good Energy as the best supplier of sustainable electricity. Personally we wouldn’t consider the Big ‘6’ producers such as EDF (Electricite de France). EDF are a foreign company with nuclear power as part of their folio.

Now ‘Which’ in their ‘Which Energy Supplier in 2012’ report have just published their Best and Worst energy suppliers for 2012. Good Energy tops the list at No1 with Ecotricity at No3. Good news for sustainably sourced energy supplies.

http://www.which.co.uk/switch/energy-suppliers/best-and-worst-energy-suppliers

You’ll notice that EDF comes in at 13th only just beating Npower as the worst on test!

Adrian & Sue Hepworth

10. DARE (Devon Association for Renewable Energy)
Dear All,
The end of 2011 saw major changes for the technical services department of Energy Action Devon. As part of a major restructuring at EAD, the decision was made to close their Technical Services department altogether, making those employees redundant, including the original DARE staff. This team are determined to ensure the continued provision of independent technical energy services and consequently have resolved to resurrect DARE to continue providing the excellent service that we are so proud of. Many of you will be familiar with DARE which has been offering impartial and independent advice and assessment services for energy related projects for over a decade prior to the EAD merger.

We are very excited about the opportunities for DARE and our committed, experienced and professional staff team.

DARE provides free telephone and email advice on renewable energy. It also provides Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency scoping studies on a commercial basis for domestic, industrial, agricultural, public and community buildings.

Other larger scale assessment services are offered including community scale renewable energy projects.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can be of any help.

Many Thanks
Kirsty Tooke
Development Manager
DARE 12 A/B The Square North Tawton EX20 2EP
Tel: 01837 89200
Email: kirsty@devondare.org

DARE will be exhibiting at the Energy Savers at Home event at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls on Sat. Mar 10th.

11. The ‘Green Thing’
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the county of Yorkshire. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank water from a fountain or a tap when we were thirsty instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country. We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didn’t expect that to be bucked by flying it thousands of air miles around the world. We actually cooked food that didn’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrap and we could even wash our own vegetables and chop our own salad.
But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the tram or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Thanks to Sarah Berry for this contribution!

12. Forthcoming Dates
February 2012
Local Food and Efficient Energy Use: Presentations & discussion
Including Transition Tavistock AGM. Thurs Feb 9th

Energy Savers at Home: Open House energy event
In Tavistock & Area Sun Feb 12th

Green Drinks Tues Feb 14th

March 2012
Energy Savers at Home: Open House energy event & exhibition
Tamar Valley & Tavistock Sat Mar 10th

Green Drinks Tues Mar 13th

www.TransitionTavistock.org.uk
transitiontavistock@googlemail.com
Tel: 01822-835819
c/o Tavistock Taskforce
Unit 2, Pixon Lane Trading Centre
Tavistock
Devon PL19 8DH

Transition Tavistock November 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s

 latest newsletter

November 2011


 

1.  Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!

December Green Drinks – come and join our festive Green Drinks on Tuesday 13th December (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock. The Food and Energy group will also be gathering there!

2.  TT’s Committee makes its own Transition

There are changes afoot at the Committee.  Sarah Berry, who was instrumental in founding Transition Tavistock and then working hard on the Constitution and many other tasks involved in the development of the group, not to mention her staunch ongoing support and encouragement of Committee members, has stepped down from her post as Secretary.  A big thanks to you, Sarah, for all the hard work you have put in – and it’s good to know that we’ll still be seeing you around at Transition events.

We are lucky enough to have been joined by two new Secretaries who have been eagerly co-opted onto the Committee.  Nicola Dugay has taken on the key ‘traditional’ role of Secretary while Rebecca Garland has stepped up as co-ordinator of Facebook, Twitter and the Newsletter.  It is really great to have some fresh ideas and perspectives brought to bear in the Committee meetings!  All we need now is someone who is a whiz with websites and we will be moving into a whole new era of communication – so do get in touch for an informal conversation if that someone might be you!

3.  Christmas Tree Workshop and Festival

This year’s Christmas Tree Festival organised by the Friends of St Eustachius will be opening during the Dickensian Evening on 25th November from 18:00 and will then be open each day from 26th November to 4th December from 10:30 to 16:30. Admission £1. Come and look at our Transition ‘Wondrously Recycled’ tree as well as the other 55 trees on display! Our Transition Tree is pedal powered. Come and help top up the batteries! And you will also be invited to vote for your favourite tree…

Opening Ceremony        2.30pm on Friday November 25th

Dismantling        Monday December 5th from 9.00am – 12.00 noon.

Workshop Nov 13th

The Christmas Tree Workshop took place at the Friends Meeting House on Sunday November 13th.  A great deal of ingenuity and creativity saw a motley collection of sometimes unpromising looking materials transformed into beautiful decorations!




Examples of what we used …

Milk and juice bottle tops (organic, of course!) and recycled card and gift wrap.

Christmas stars: Hand knitted from Wonnacott Organic Wool , grown near Tavistock and spun at Launceston.
Small recycled boxes covered with gift wrap and string

Angels – made from old yogurt containers, covered with recycled glittery material

Greenery from people’s gardens, including a small Christmas tree

4.  Food and Energy Group

The 1st November meeting hosted by Mike was fun, informative and very positive and we agreed to move forward on a number of initiatives as soon as possible including looking into options to support the Tavistock food bank, launching the Open ‘Renewables’ Trail in January and publishing our Community Stories more widely (more details below).

We also discussed the success of the organic potato growing scheme, the apple pressing day at Wonnacott farm, and completed the planning for our 2011 Christmas tree!

5.  Progressing our Transition Stories and Sharing ‘Knowhow’

We’re finding exchanging good ideas and experiences is a great way for us to learn and grow more confident. Our first collection of Community Stories is now available on our website and we’ll be making them available in various places around Tavistock and villages very soon.

If you’d like to share your experiences of renewable energy, energy saving schemes, saving water and other resources, growing things and making things from ‘our own back yard’ … let us know!

You can put your story in our newsletter, on the website and in our growing storybook … or show others how you’re doing it via the developing ‘Open House’ type events …

Get in touch with Kate (kate.royston@robbeesmole.com – 01822-835819) or Mike (see below) if you have something to share or would like a copy of the Stories for your community.

6.  Tavistock Food Bank

Initial discussions have begun on developing a Food bank facility for Tavistock. Transition Tavistock will be supporting this and look forward to contributing to its development and operation (http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/News.cfm?id=40875&headline=Town%20may%20get%20a%20foodbank).

We’d particularly like to look at options for providing fresh fruit and vegetables on distribution days. If you have any ideas, suggestions or would like to get involved contact Mike Dennis (mikedennis_uk@yahoo.co.uk) 01822-618142

7.  Sharing a few thoughts on turkeys……How big is beautiful?

Christmas is around the corner, and if you are ordering a turkey, there is that big dilemma – what size do you ask for? All those things to consider….How many people? Will everyone be there on Boxing Day too? How big is the oven?!

The most popular size of turkey that people initially ask for seems to be somewhere between 12 and 15lbs (5kgs to 7kgs) but as we will explain, this also results in a lot of dilemmas for a turkey producer!!

For most types of turkey, this weight represents a good hen bird, but a good male or stag bird will be much heavier at anything from 17 or 18lbs (8kgs) upwards, depending on the breed.

So basically, looking at the whole market for Christmas turkeys there is much more demand for hen birds because they are smaller. The result of this is that in large hatcheries, the turkeys are sorted according to sex as they hatch. Then suffice it to say, that is the end for a large proportion of male turkeys.

We think this is a tremendous waste of resources and is something that we can challenge!!

Certainly on our own farm, with our own small turkey breeding flock, we celebrate every turkey that hatches and do our best to rear them all as well and as healthily as we can. We can do this because our Norfolk Black turkeys are a traditional breed, slow growing and are smaller than most of the other types of turkeys on the market. So our stag turkeys (the males) still fit into most ovens!

What about the energy needed to cook a larger bird? Well it may take a little longer, but you will either be feeding more people or you will have enough delicious meat to eat cold and hopefully to make a pie or a curry that will take very little extra cooking. So overall, cooking a larger turkey (or for that matter, anything else that is large!) will actually save energy.

To answer the question, we think that all sizes are beautiful, but do consider a larger one as you may be saving more than you think!

If you would like to order one of our organic, free-range, Norfolk Black turkeys you can see more information at www.wonnacottfarm.co.uk or please phone 01837 871238. To go along with our thoughts above we would like to offer members of Transition Tavistock a £2.50 discount on turkeys that are 8kgs or more. Just let us know you a member when you order! To save driving, you can also collect our turkeys from Tavistock if you wish.

                Rosie and Paul Yells

8.  How Bad is Spending £1?

We live, work and shop in a carbon-fuelled economy. So practically every pound we spend releases carbon into the air somewhere. So it is not only the rich countries which are primarily responsible for climate change; it is also the rich individuals who are most likely to be carbon-profligate, not intentionally, but simply through living a normal middle- or high-income life.

If you are middle-income do not despair! Looking at the examples below you can see that some purchases are a lot more carbon-intensive than others. You can choose to keep your pound away from the more planet-trashing activities such as flying and leaving the lights on, spending it instead on insulating your home, solar panels or, if you really want to feel good, on a rainforest charity.

Minus 330 kg (i.e. 1/3 ton)CO2e on a well-executed rainforest preservation project
Minus 70 kg CO2e on loft insulation
Minus 3 kg CO2e on solar panels
160 g CO2e on financial, legal or professional advice
720 g CO2e on a car
930 g CO2e on a typical supermarket trolley of food
1.7 kg CO2e on petrol for your car
4.6 kg CO2e on a flight
6 kg CO2e on the electricity bill
10 kg CO2e or more on budget flights

For comparison:-

a) A banana is 80g CO2e and a return flight to Hong Kong is 3.4 tonnes CO2e.

b) The average footprint of a person in the UK is 10 to 15 tons of CO2e, and it is necessary we reduce this to 2 tons CO2e. Half of the 10 tons is “private” i.e. 5 tons that we can control ourselves – petrol, heating, food etc, and half is “public” e.g. shops, schools, road building, and need laws to help reduce these.

CO2e is short for carbon dioxide equivalent which is the overall contribution to global warming of carbon dioxide plus all the other global warming gases emitted such as nitrous oxide and methane.

The fact that nearly every economic activity is bad for the planet has got to make you wonder whether the current accepted goal for high economic growth above all else is really the way to go. Tim Jackson’s book, Prosperity without Growth, suggests alternative systems. According to Mike Berners-Lee, “We could do with spending less time charging around earning as much as we can to buy things we don’t really need.” Instead, let’s try to enjoy what we have got and separate our self-esteems from our salaries.

Optimum Population Trust say that investing £1 in Family planning projects in developing countries could save 250kg (1/4 ton) CO2e.

9.  News From Transition Plymouth

“I thought your members would be interested in a film screening of Gasland that we are staging at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth on Monday 5 December at 7pm. I have attached a copy of the poster.”

It looks like an interesting film, all about Fracking.  You might have heard that Fracking taking place in this country has been causing small earthquakes.  Well here’s your chance to find out more.

 

Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.

TRANSITION PLYMOUTH is an open initiative that anyone can join. 

Our Planning Group meets monthly and take decisions by consensus, working towards implementing our Aims and Objectives which can be found on the website. 

Anyone receiving our emails is welcome to join the Planning Group providing you agree with these Aims and Objectives, and are prepared to commit to monthly planning meetings. 

Transition Plymouth now has a base to develop their activities – 171 Armada Way. If you’re passing call in and say hi! They also have meeting rooms available to book in exchange for a donation.

 Tel: 01752 255088 / 772395 / 07722851604

10.  Disease and climate change

This was the title of a talk at the Wharf last month by Dr Ann Pulsford. We were reminded that temperatures were rising though not equally across the globe; that some plants have fewer pores due to the increase in CO2; that glaciers are melting and that there were fears that the Gulf Stream could be stopped by melting Arctic ice. Malaria, cholera, Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus were all occurring in areas where they had not been seen before. Insects are carrying disease to warmer areas. There is an increase in Lyme disease carried by ticks which is prevalent on Dartmoor. Changes in the climate mean that mosquitoes are spreading disease in warmer areas. Diseases which were once restricted to the tropics are now found further north. Just as diseases followed Hurricane Katrina and there was an outbreak of e.coli after the Boscastle flood, we need to be on the alert to the spread of disease through contaminated water as earthquakes and storms become more common.

It seems to me that while there may be no simple solutions, concern for climate change is not just a matter of personal preference but is an issue to which our politicians both local and national need to be called to account.

Mike Dennis

11.  Open House – Help Please!

Does your house have any renewable energy features (ground source heat pump, solar water heating, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, greywater harvesting etc)? Or do you know of anyone else who has such features? If so can you let me know straight away as we are seeking to compile a current list of good practice which could form part of a renewables open house trail if those concerned are agreeable. Don’t think that someone else will tell me. I would rather be told several times than not at all. Email me at mikedennis_uk@yahoo.co.uk or ring me on 01822 618142.

Mike Dennis

12.  News From Tidy Tavy

 We have agreed that we should hold the Tidy Tavy Days on a regular basis, on the first Saturday in the month. This avoids clashing with the Farmers’ Market. So the next one will be on Sat 7 Jan, meet at 10.00 am at the Wharf.

Pamela, Jim and I felt we needed some help because of lack of time and expertise. Neil McClung (neil.mcclung@btinternet.com) will also hold a contact list and is to produce an action plan; Jeff Moody (jbmoody53@googlemail.com) will work with Jim on the website.

Thanks to them for offering and thanks to all who support Tidy Tavy.

                        Jane Miller

Editor’s Note: There was no mention of a December meeting but there are a couple of contact email addresses above if anyone wants to query this!

13.  Transition In Practice Course

From: Paola Uberti ‪<Paola.Uberti@schumachercollege.org.uk>

Dear Transition Tavistock,

You may have seen on the Transition Network that Schumacher College is hosting a two week short course called Transition in Practice from January 3 – 13, 2012.

The course is taught by pioneers and leaders of the Transition movement including Rob Hopkins, Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks, who are at the heart of the Transition Town Totnes project and the Transition Network.

This two week course looks at the Transition experiment through stories and models of change. What is the transition that is needed at this time? What supports engagement and shifts in behaviour, for individuals, organisations and communities? What stories do we know of other cultures that have made the transition to a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable way of living? And what is it about Transition that has created such a widespread engagement around changing how we live?

The course will give a deep conceptual and embodied understanding of the shifts we are living through now, and provide maps of the territory that support grounded and wise choices through these turbulent times. It will be a chance to connect with key figures involved in the vital movement our communities need in these challenging times.

Transition Network Offer!

In order to assist participation from Transitioners we offer a fees discount to active members of the Transition movement.

   Any 1 week – 10% fee reduction

   Two weeks – 20% fee reduction

 In addition we can offer a further 10% reduction to all those participants who wish to take the course as a non-residential and organise their own accommodation.

Very best wishes,

Paola

Marketing Volunteer

Schumacher College

Direct: +44 (0) 1803 860 054

Fax: +44 (0) 1803 866 899

Mailing address: The Old Postern, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EA, England www.schumachercollege.org.uk

14.  Car Club

A car sharing scheme may be on its way to Tavistock. Watch this space. Update next month!

15.  Apple Juicing Success

A group of Transitioners met up at Wonnacott Farm on the 22nd October and had a very enjoyable day pressing apples and bottling the juice.

There are some ideas for improving the process for next year, including a community apple harvesting, and holding a wider event. Watch this space!

16.  Additional ‘Snippets’

EoN power down box (for PCs and TVs): The TV version is available from the EoN shop for £3. The desktop version is more expensive (https://www.eonshop.co.uk/default.aspx)! TASS also have a number available in exchange for a donation.

National Self Build & Renovation Centre: Sue and Adrian have visited the NSBC in Swindon. This is a really good facility full of excellent exhibits and ideas and recommended, especially if you are near Swindon (http://www.buildstore.co.uk/mykindofhome/index.html).

Time banks and LETS (local currency): With the raging storm continuing over the financial market and the security of our money … highlighted also by the ‘Occupy’ protestors, perhaps we should be looking more closely into the opportunities that developing a Tavistock and Villages Time Bank or LETS scheme might offer? More next month or check out the Transition book: LOCAL MONEY: how to make it happen in your community (http://www.transitionbooks.net/local-money-how-to-make-it-happen-in-your-community-by-peter-north/)

Cars running on compressed air: According to Wikepedia they have been under development since the 1920’s. Reading this article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_air_car) it seems as though there are still limitations to overcome and Tata Industries may have stepped away from their development work.

Interesting reading

Martin Taylor recommends:

‘Renewable Energy in the Countryside: Rewards & Risks. A study for Campaign to Protect Rural England, Devon’  (http://www.cpredevon.org.uk/images/stories/library/landuse/Renewable-energy-in-the-countryside-Rewards-Risks.pdf).

‘Land use futures: making the most of land in the 21st century’. This is a report from 2010 available at: http://sd.defra.gov.uk/2010/03/future-uk-land-use-management/

Local Consultations

West Devon Borough Council has launched a number of consultations and surveys for those interested.

Call for residents to take part in shopping and leisure study (http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18183&cat=983&src=fp). A study into the shopping and leisure needs of Okehampton and Tavistock being conducted by independent consultants brought in by West Devon Borough Council.

Designers to work with communities on development vision (http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18181&cat=983&src=fp). West Devon Borough Council is inviting the people of West Devon to take part in the shaping and designing of new housing and employment developments in Okehampton and Tavistock. The sites for development were decided earlier this year as part of West Devon’s Core Strategy.

Want to get more involved in Planning for West Devon? Tell us how! (http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18172&cat=983&src=fp). A blueprint setting out how West Devon Borough Council will be involving the community in making plans about future development in the area has been published for consultation.

Survey calls for the Midas touch (http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=18165&cat=983&src=fp). BUSINESSES in West Devon now have a golden opportunity to tell the Borough Council and Devon Renaissance (DR) what makes them tick, how we can help them in future and provide a steer on attracting funding to allow this to happen (open until Friday 25th November 2011).