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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter July 2012

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter

July 2012

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

2. Food and Energy Group and Garden Share Scheme. 1

3. Community Energy Partnership for West Devon and South Hams. 1

4. Inner Transition - from Sarah Berry. 2

5. Community Day. 2

6. Co-operative Society Awards. 2

7. Inspiring Words - from Martyn Goss of the Diocese of Exeter 2

8. South West Fair Trade Day 2012. 3

9. Devon Food Conference 2012. 3

10. News from CPRE. 4

11. Climate Change in the Pacific. 4

12. Forthcoming Dates. 5

13. And Finally ... 6

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

2. Food and Energy Group and Garden Share Scheme
The Food & Energy Group met on Tuesday 24th July. It was our first opportunity to meet outdoors. We were hosted by Rebecca Harris and had a chance to try her delicious nettle cordial. We had some discussion about the potential for starting a Tavistock Food Hub. We’re going to look into this further. There is so much local produce which could be made more accessible to the local community we want to explore how this could be best achieved. If anyone has any ideas please get in touch with Rebecca H. (

Tavistock Renewable Energy Network (TREN)

We’ve also agreed to press ahead and seek support to develop a Community Energy Network across Tavistock and its parishes – the Tavistock Renewable Energy Network. We’ll also work with local stakeholders to establish The Energy Shop in the centre of Tavistock.

If you’d like to be involved please get in touch with either Peter Smith or Kate Royston, or

We’ll be meeting twice a month going forward – as part of Green Drinks and also on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Garden Share scheme

The Tavistock Garden Share Scheme is designed to bring together people with too much garden for them to manage with people who would like [more] garden space to grow their own. If you have space or would like space please get in touch with Kate Royston (

3. Community Energy Partnership for West Devon and South Hams
Transition Tavistock are working with Devon County Council, West Devon & South Hams Borough Councils, Dartmoor National Park Association and Community Groups across West Devon, South Hams and DNP to form a Community Energy Partnership. A key aim is to reach a common understanding of our energy needs and financial implications for the coming years; estimate the opportunities for energy saving and renewables across the area and how these can be realised; working with the Local Authorities to enable progress going forward and remove barriers; and importantly share our expertise in getting things done across the area.

If you have any questions or have any thoughts please get in touch with either Peter Smith ( or Kate Royston.

4. Inner Transition - from Sarah Berry
The fourth meeting of the Inner Transition Group was held on Wednesday 4 July, and the next will be at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22 August at 41 West Street, Tavistock (telephone 01822 614378). All are welcome.

The first half of the meeting, like earlier meetings, was mainly about us as individuals in relation to climate change and dwindling resources - how we perceive the changes, how we think they will affect us, how we imagine the future - a useful grounding for what is to come and a way of strengthening personal conviction. In looking at this we practised our listening skills. It is felt that allowing people to express themselves freely, without too much input from the listener, is a good way of helping people come to terms with the realities of the changing world. It was suggested that it is easier to dwell on the negative aspects of current and future changes and therefore members of the Group said they would do some thinking about the more positive aspects and bring their ideas to the next meeting.

The second half of the evening was concerned with the Group's mission - no mission statement exists yet. We started planning some sort of event to reach out into the community. This might take the form of a workshop. Enquiries are to be made about a workshop leader. It was suggested that opinion formers from local churches could be asked whether they would like us to run a workshop for them, and members of the Group plan to come to the next meeting with suggestions for other local community groups that might be approached.

5. Community Day
On Saturday 1st September there will be a Transition Tavistock stall at the Community Day on Bedford Square. The event runs from 10 am until 4 pm and we are in need of volunteers, even if you can only offer an hour or so. There will be cover available if it rains! Please contact Kate Royston on 01822-835819; Mob: 07969-569-444; e-mail:

6. Co-operative Society Awards
On Thursday 5th July several Transition Tavistock members attended the Co-Operative Society event "Something Amazing in Tavistock" at the Bedford Hotel. This was an event to pay tribute to all the wonderful voluntary organisations in Tavistock and present them with "Community Vote" awards. Every time a local Co-op member shops at the Co-op they have the chance to vote for a local community organisation to receive an award from the Community Fund, which is made up of donated Co-op member dividends. Tributes were paid to the vibrancy and positive outlook of the voluntary scene in Tavistock, and the high quality of the submissions - so to celebrate this, all the nominated organisations (including us) received an award!. Out of the 30 nominated groups, the three with the most votes were (1) Tavistock Area Support Services (2) Tavistock Memory Cafe and (3) Triangle Drop In Centre, who received £400, £350 and £250 respectively. Everyone else received £50 worth of food vouchers - so what are we going to do with ours? We would like to put them towards some kind of social event for Transition e.g. a Cheese and Wine evening. Anyone got any other ideas? Please let us know if you do!

7. Inspiring Words - from Martyn Goss of the Diocese of Exeter
Happy Summer to you – as the North Atlantic Jet Stream continues to play havoc with air pressure and leaving us with an over-abundance of rain - after the driest winter for decades!

A recent headline ‘Greed or Green?’ perhaps sums up the tension of where our society is in terms of our human relationship with the planet.

I would suggest the issue at the heart of our ecological crisis is whether we can sustain the aspirations for infinite economic growth whilst living on a finite planet. The resources currently demanded for ‘western’ lifestyles are either in rapid decline or their extraction is raising unknown and irreversible damage. For example, the technologies now inflicted to extract oil from Tar Sands or gas from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) bring uncertainties for future generations. The reason for progressing these developments is to keep the current economic show on the road, with all its wanton inequalities and waste, conflicts and contamination.

Some of us are only too well aware that our global economic system pervasively discourages constraint in all things. We can all have that we want and when we want it, regardless of the costs to others or to the future. Perhaps the late Bishop John V. Taylor was really ahead of the times when he wrote in 1975 that humanity needs a ‘theology of enough’ (see quote below). Until we accept the need for boundaries to human acquisition we shall never be satisfied or fulfilled.

The Business As Usual (BAU) scenario promotes more greed, further insatiable demands, greater gaps between rich and poor, increasing destruction of land and growing degradation of ecosystems.

The alternative lies in being green. Of sharing the planet’s limited resources more fairly, and of caring about what the world will be like in fifty years time. We cannot go on living as if there’s no tomorrow. But we fundamentally have to challenge a society that believes it can. The scientific evidence demonstrates that the capacity of God’s Earth to support a population of 7+ billion at a level of luxury is just not possible. The prophetic imperative to speak out in the face of death prompts us always to advocate different ways of living…

8. South West Fair Trade Day 2012
A Fresh Start in Fairtrade

Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG, 5 mins walk from Exeter St David’s station, Saturday 22nd September 11am-4.15pm. Please join us for a day of inspiration, news and ideas to enthuse you in your Fairtrade campaigning.

o A chance to share successes and challenges and ensure the south west continues as a leading region for Fairtrade

o Updates on Fairtrade products and sales from Fairtrade Foundation staff

o Promoting the new School Uniform campaign

o Themes and ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

o Fairtrade Producer links

o Links between Fairtrade and Sustainability

o Vote for our regional rep on the new National Campaigners Committee. If you are interested in standing, go to for more details or contact our current rep Vivienne (

The day is open to all Fairtrade supporters and is free to attend, but you need to reserve a place so we can cater for you. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Travel expenses can be reimbursed up to £30.

To register a place or for more information please contact : Jenny Foster, South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator 0117-922-4916

9. Devon Food Conference 2012
The Devon Food Conference 2012

Feeding the World is Easy: Food Security for Devon and the Globe

The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF

Thursday 18th October 2012, 10.00am – 4.00pm


To raise awareness and promote action on local food produce and security


To develop strategic thinking and action on food issues

To stimulate diversity of thinking in farming

To reflect theologically about food and agriculture


Farmers and growers; food producers and projects; decision-makers; community leaders and activists; faith communities; transition groups

Speakers include Colin Tudge,

Ruth West and Tim Gorringe

Costs: £15.00 per participant

(including lunch and refreshments)

Booking essential

Spaces could be limited

Booking forms available from: Joan Harris, Council for Church and Society,

The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

10. News from CPRE

From Laura Jansen, CPRE's campaigns team

Local food report now out: From Field to Fork: The value of England’s local food webs shows that local food is a recipe for economic success. We found that:

- across England local food outlets serve an estimated 16.3 million customers a week

- local food sales through independent outlets are worth £2.7 billion a year to the economy

- these food outlets support over 100,000 jobs (full time and part time)

Minister welcomes our research The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Jim Paice, thinks our report is ‘excellent’ and is ‘sure it will make a huge contribution to future thinking across the political spectrum’. We’re using From Field to Fork to highlight the immense value of local food networks, and the fact that they’re under threat from the increasing dominance of superstores.

So, we're meeting key parliamentary movers and shakers to push for policy change on local food. and a number of MPs and peers have already been asking questions in both Houses of Parliament on the subject.

Take the local food challenge: Join our 30:30 local food challenge and support your local food web: for 30 days, source 30% of your food that is produced within 30 miles of where you live. And because every £1 you spend on local food generates £2.50 for the local economy, by taking our 30:30 challenge you'll be doing your bit for your local area.

Bill Bryson hands over to Sir Andrew Motion: At our recent AGM we said goodbye to Bill Bryson as he finished his five-year stint as our President (we're pleased that he's agreed to remain involved as a Vice President) and welcomed Sir Andrew as CPRE's new President.

For more on all these stories please go to the CPRE website

11. Climate Change in the Pacific
The Diocese of Exeter has active links with the Diocese in Melanesia. Here is a moving account of how women in particular are bearing the brunt of climate change in the Pacific:

Women are bearing the brunt of climate change in the Pacific, and they are bearing it right now. “We know that the poorest communities are most vulnerable to climate change, we know poverty in the Pacific is bad and getting worse and we know that women and girls account for 70% of people living in poverty and we have been hearing about Pacific communities that are sinking under sea level rises”, Ms Coleman, CEO of Anglicord, said.

Women are responsible for growing crops for food and income in Solomon Islands, which has one of the highest rates of sea level rises in the world. This is putting pressure on crops through land loss and salinity. Communities are beginning to report food shortages.

“In Solomon Islands, women already experience high levels of poverty and family violence”, Ms Coleman said. “Women and families are under terrible pressure right across the Pacific and we can’t just shrug our shoulders while their burden gets heavier and heavier.”

“We have a lot of work to do on this issue. Women in the Pacific have the lowest participation rate in parliaments in the world and until women are properly represented on these bodies, women’s interests in the region will never be addressed. If women’s livelihoods are threatened by climate change they are in an even worse position to be involved in making decisions about their communities”.

The Anglican Church solar programme in Solomon Islands assists young women to sell solar lamps in their communities, providing them with an income while encouraging solar power which frees women from the burden of growing crops to pay for kerosene.

“This is a great example of how smart development can help reduce pressure on women and their families”.

Extract from Melanesia News, Summer 2012

12. Forthcoming Dates
August 2012

Green Drinks Tuesday August 14th

Inner Transition Meeting Wednesday August 22nd

Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday August 28th

September 2012

Tavistock Community Day Saturday September 1st

Green Drinks Tuesday September 11th

Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday September 18th

October 2012

Green Drinks Tuesday October 9th

Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday October 23rd

13. And Finally ...

A letter from one of our members, printed in the Tavistock Times dated 5th July 2012.