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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter January 2013

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter January 2013

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
February Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 12th February (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Breaking News … Introducing a new Producer Market … and more …
Tamar Grow Local, Tavistock College and Transition Tavistock are working together to introduce you to Tavistock’s newest producer market together with inspiring presentations and discussions.
Where: The Octagon Centre, Tavistock College (Crowndale Road, PL19 8DD)
When: Thursday Feb 7th – 18:45 to 22:00
Cost: No fixed charge although donations will be welcomed!
Refreshments: Drinks and home made cakes and biscuits!
Please join us!

Highlights will include:
· A chance to browse or shop at Tamar Grow Local’s (TGL) Producer market
· Meet local food producers
· Learn more about what buying locally can mean for you and your family
· Launch of TGL’s new buying group … see how you could benefit … and a chance to sign up!
· An opportunity to have a go at food mapping – see just how many local growers and producers there are around Tavistock and the valley! Who have we missed?
· Want to grow and got no space? Find out how
· Tavistock College goes Incredible Edible
· Find out what’s happening and how you can help
· Transition Tavistock’s successes in 2012 and where we’re heading in 2013
· Working to make Tavistock a resilient community (energy, food, transport, enterprise)

Please bring along your friends and neighbours. A flyer is attached - please print, copy and forward to anyone who you think might be interested! We look forward to seeing you there!

3. Transition Tavistock AGM
The 2013 AGM will take place at the Octagon Centre at Tavistock College on Thursday 7th February 2013 from 6.45 pm. We anticipate these formalities to be very short and sweet!
Members are allowed to vote. To become a member, or renew membership just pay £1 membership on the door.

6.45 pm on 7th February 2013 Tavistock College
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of AGM of 9.2.12
3. Matters Arising
4. Annual Report
5. Accounts
6. Election of Committee Members
7. Any Other Business
8. Date of next AGM

We will also have copies of the new Transition Free Press for sale (see later article).

We are still looking for a Secretary - if anyone is interested in this position, please contact for further details. It’s a volunteer position requiring just a few hours each month.
Also we would like to hear from anyone who could sponsor the copying of our newsletter for those on the mailing list who do not have access to the Internet. Maximum 100 pages copying per month.

4. Food and Energy Group News
Our next Food and Energy group meeting is on Thursday 24th January at 19:00. Sue and Adrian Hepworth are hosting at Bushpark, near Brentor ( If you’d like to join us contact or call Kate on 01822-835819 or Sue/Adrian on 01822-820345. We’ll be focused on ensuring our next event (see above) is a great success and reviewing our plans for 2013.
South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP)
At the SWD CEP – (a partnership of energy related Community Groups and the local authorities across West Devon, South Hams and Dartmoor National Park) we’re celebrating the award of our tender for a study to develop an evidence base for Stage 1 of our community energy plan. This will help us understand how much we’re likely to be spending on energy across the area in the future and how this could be reduced through energy conservation and local generation. The work will be undertaken by the University of Exeter.
At our next Retrofit working group meeting on Tuesday (22nd Jan) we’ll be meeting with RegenSW and the Energy Savings Trust to discuss developments to support Retrofit and the Green Deal in Devon. It’s really important that we can advise locally on the local opportunities to make our housing stock more energy efficient using local skills and businesses.
Our Launch event will be at County Hall, Exeter on Monday 4th March.
Tavistock Renewable Energy Network and The Energy Shop
We’re continuing to make progress in our plans to set up Tavistock Renewable Energy Network and The Energy Shop. To be successful the network needs to be run and supported by a broad range of interests across the community. If you have legal, finance, marketing experience etc. or other skills and/or enthusiasm you would like to offer please get in touch ( If you wish to be inspired check out and see what Wadebridge are achieving.
The GrowTavi event on Tuesday December 4th was a great success. More below!
The next event will probably be in March, hosted by Jenny Tunley-Price at The Walled Gardens at Maristowe.
Garden Share Scheme
Please let us know if you have garden to share with others or would love to grow your own fruit and veg. but need some space ( If you’d like to know more come along to our event on Feb 7th at Tavistock College.

5. GrowTavi
GrowTavi returned on Tuesday December 4th hosted by Rosie and Paul Yells at Wonnacott Farm, Lewdown (EX20 4QU).
We were treated to delicious Wonnacott Farm turkey sandwiches and home made minced pies and apple juice.
We had a chance to experience the Tamar Grow Local producer market and learn more about the new buying group initiative. Come and join us at Tavistock College on Feb. 7th to see the market yourself and learn more. We were impressed by the breadth of local produce.
Despite the mud we were treated to a tour of the farm and the splendid views across Dartmoor.
The event was able to bring several smallholders new to the area in contact and we enjoyed lively and enlightening conversations. Several of us were fascinated to hear about the pleasures of building and using your own outdoor bread oven.
GrowTavi is a Tavi Network community forum to discuss all aspects of local food production and supply. If you’d like to be involved in the next event, or learn more please get in touch

6. Inner TransitionThe Inner Transition Group met on December 12th at Al Head's house.We spent some time in pairs talking about the things that concern us about the state of the world and the things we would like to change. We then each chose a local project we would like to see and explored these further using an 'open space' format, which is a way of generating ideas without 'blocking' thoughts. Four of us came and it was good to share both worries and dreams.The next meeting will be in February, date and venue to be confirmed.Contact for further details.

7. Car Sharing Scheme
Tavistock’s first car club car has arrived, courtesy of (Jeremy Farr).
We'd like to thank Mayor Anne Johnson for launching the car club car in the pouring rain on Friday 14th December. Situated in the corner of the Guildhall car park, the car is available for any member to use.

To join, just sign up at and you'll be sent a smart card which will provide access to the car. The first 10 members to sign up won't need to pay the £25 membership fee. 6 members so far ... so hurry!
There’s a monthly membership fee of £5 which is not charged if you use the car during the month. Then £3.95 per hour and currently 15p per mile. If you work it out it’s a very competitive cost and saves the hassle and cost of a whole year’s car ownership if you’re just an occasional user or need a second car from time to time. You can even use the car over the weekend at a special rate of £20 per day plus mileage charge.
Rachel Harris has agreed to be the caretaker. See her blog at
E-cocars is optimised for smartphones so make a booking with four clicks!
Car club members can also have access to two cars in Plymouth and two in Totnes; as well as being able to join Citycarclub for a reduced rate - see

8. Our Energy Quizmas Tree
The 2012 Christmas Tree festival in St. Eustachius church was even more successful than last year. The church looked absolutely stunning with all the trees.
Our theme was the Energy Quizmas Tree. A chance for visitors to answer an energy related quiz … the answers were all hanging on the tree.
We’ve had some good feedback and people who were able to spare the time enjoyed the challenge!
If you have any ideas for a theme for 2013 … and/or would like to get involved let us know!

9. News from Tavistock Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub and Tavistock Town Team
Tavistock Town Council
We ‘re in discussion with TTC to explore opportunities for a Community Noticeboard in the town and understand if there’s space for some community growing and more fruit and nut trees in the Meadows. We’ll keep you posted.
Tavistock Chamber of Commerce
At the January meeting we had an update on the BID (Business Improvement District) AGM which was very well attended and we celebrated Tavistock Enterprise’s first month.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Hub check out If you need somewhere to hold a meeting or work for a few hours, a day or longer then this might be the answer!
Tavistock Town Team
The Tavistock Town Team has now kicked off. At our meeting in early January Cllr. John Sheldon was unanimously voted as Chairman. The vision – developed as part of the Portas Pilot application – will be the foundation of our work.
Our vision is for our town centre to be “the beating heart of Tavistock; a vibrant place for all people to meet, relax, have fun, do business and live; a place that drives the local economy, is a focus for community activity and enhances Tavistock as a unique gateway and destination”.

10. Valley Voices – Update from Tamar Valley AONB
The AONB’s annual conference on 28th November was very well attended and included insights into some of the work and projects which have been developed through 2012.
BBC Cornwall’s Nina Davey’s interviews were fascinating. Beau Dobson talked about the importance of farm hedgerows for biodiversity and for woodfuel – for farm use and for sale. Dave Readman talked about the successful community project at Wacker Quay.
More highlights next month. In the meantime if you want to get more involved in their work visit

11. Development Plan Update
On February 26th the WDBC Planning Committee will be considering the Draft Master Plan for the overall site for the new housing and mixed development sites in Tavistock. If these are approved the plan will be going out for a 6 week public consultation. Jeremy Davies has facilitated a working group and made a submission to the design consultation process which took place earlier in 2012. We’re interested to see how these have been taken into account in the plan.
If you are interested in the development and would like to be part of the working group please contact Jeremy Davies on
The results of the design exercise which West Devon Borough Council commissioned can be found at : Okehampton and Tavistock Design Briefs.

12. News from Tamar Grow Local
Tamar Grow Local 2013 has started with a bang! There is lots going on including the AGM on 26th February; the existing CSAs will be running again and more besides.
Check out the website at or come along to hear more from Simon Platten at Transition Tavistock’s event on 7th February at Tavistock College.
Beekeeping for Beginners
Tamar Grow Local run Beekeeping courses for beginners. If you would like to get into beekeeping email us ( and we will send you more information about our course. We are already taking bookings for the first 3 day course this year which will run on the 13th, 20th and 27th April, cost is £75 and all equipment will be provided, just bring lunch and wellies!
Graft, Sow and Grow 2013
A date for the diary! Graft, Sow and Grow will be on the 2nd and 3rd March at National Trust Cotehele. This year's event is looking like it will be even better than last year, with more opportunities to graft and take home apple trees, more local produce, more plant sales, more information on beekeeping and even more guest speakers!....

13. Okehampton Food Hub
DR is hosting a discussion on Tuesday 29th January to explore the opportunities for the Okehampton Food Hub. The meeting will take place at the Okehampton Business Centre, starting at 1pm for about 2 hours.
If you’re interested in attending or would like to know more contact Matt Parkins at 01837 658643 /

14. South Brent Update: One wind turbine – 100% Community
Congratulations to South Brent Community Energy Society on raising £195,000 so far in their share offer for their community owned turbine. There’s still time to invest. The total required is £420,000. The deadline has been extended and is likely to be early March.
Returns from the turbine will be paid into a Community Fund which will be used to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings and enable shareholders to receive an annual interest payment (anticipated to be around 5%).If you’re interested in investing go to There will be an information board and leaflets explaining the project at TT’s event on 7th February at Tavistock College.
The share offering is eligible under the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). As a tax payer you may be eligible for a 30% tax credit on your investment. Another benefit of community investment!
Transition Tavistock is supporting this as an example of how the local community can benefit through local investment … and receive a return currently better than money in the bank!

15. News From Transition Plymouth
The TRANSITION DISCUSSIONS are open public discussions that explore themes related to Transition, including polemic ones.
They are now held on the THIRD THURSDAY of every month, excluding December.
Every discussion has a moderator from Transition Education group and a very brief device to trigger the exchange of opinions e.g. a newspaper article, a question, a short video, etc
Everyone is welcome!
For those of you who weren't able to make it to the recent Beyond Capitalism lecture by Jay Tompt, there's a link to the text of it here, sent to us by Alan Qualtrough of the Dot by Dot community, who incidentally have a very interesting website themselves.

Network Development Session
Your chance to plan the future of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network. We will be holding a Network Development session on Tuesday 5th February from 9am - 1.30pm with lunch. If you would like to attend, please email

16. Devon and Cornwall Food Association
DCFA Plymouth Community Kitchen Garden
Just a quick update of what we're doing and what we need. The Shed is now set up as a lovely craft area with worktops and chairs, electric and water. The Garden area is taking shape with a large seating area with picnic tables. We will shortly have chickens. We are putting the hen pen up now and the area needs clearing and the frame needs to be dug in.
We are looking for volunteers on Thursday mornings 10am-12ish (other times can be arranged if that would suit you better) and are also looking for groups or individuals to adopt a chicken for £20

Camping; Stove and gas bottle; Wood; Workmate bench; Small electric drill; Any plants veg, fruit or flower; Pots to make and and sell; 2 litre bottles (1,500 needed)

You can earn Timebank Credits for volunteering for our Garden Project and can spend those credits on crafts and produce. We currently have jams, chutneys, pheasants, and various frozen and dried foods, and raspberries bushes. Eggs coming soon!!!
If you would like to know more about joining Timebank please contact
Please find DCFA on facebook and like our page too - spread the word about this project. The Devon & Cornwall Food Association (DCFA)
Kind Regards
Sue Cornish, Organiser for Project 01752 221910

17. New Plymouth Ethical Retail Co-Operatives
Dear Friends
This is a brief report of our consultation event held at Plymouth University recently.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us and participate in a discussion about our ethical retail cooperative.
This was our first opportunity to share our plans with others and discuss our initial ideas around ownership / membership / engagement. We are keen that this should be a cooperative due to the values of shared ownership, and we have opted for a worker cooperative for ease of decision-making, though we are committed to offering strong membership opportunities for interested customers.
We have come up with a name for our cooperative - "fairport". 'fair' for fairness which is the essence of fairport - our strapline is: "fair to people, other animals and planet" - along with its other meaning of positive ("a fair wind") and bonny. "port" - Plymouth is a port and we wish to establish a strong Plymouth identity (while serving the surrounding areas). Also, we intend the market stall, (with the aspiration of eventually opening a shop), to be a portal in to all the things we do e.g. website, campaigning, awareness raising and educational work.??We are currently working on our Articles of Association and developing other aspects of the project in this start up period.
We are aiming to open the market stall in Plymouth City market in February 2013, around Fair Trade Fortnight (which starts on 25th Feb). We are currently looking for a suitable stall.
We will hold another consultation event before we open. If you know anyone else we should be including on our email list please let us know or feel free to pass on this email address (which is a temporary holding email address while we set up our website).
We also welcome any ideas, conversations and contact in the meantime.
Best wishes
Bernadette Chelvanayagam,?Chris Deacon,?Marc Gardiner
Fairport (Plymouth) Ltd?Company number 08297683

And Another Food Co-Operative Initiative
Are you interested in joining a food co-operative that allows you to buy any item you'd find in a Health Food shop, and a lot more too, but pay just the wholesale price? This buying group is run by Colin Tryer, who’s the person to contact if you’re interested and want to know more.
The minimum order threshold for the group is £250. People submit their personal orders (which could be just one item) any time they want, and when the threshold is reached Colin sends it off, usually every couple of months or so.
Here are Colin's details:
Grasp the Nettle Cooperative
Colin Trier, 29 Eggbuckland Rd, Plymouth, PL3 5HF
Tel: 01752 249292 Mobile: 07813939366

18. Global Book Club Plymouth
New for 2013! The Global Book Club comes to Plymouth. Join us for lively discussion of books about the lives of people around the world and the issues that affect them. Meetings are free to attend. Everyone is welcome, and summaries will be available for those who haven’t been able to read all (or even any!) of the book.
Our next meeting will discuss:
Unfair Trade Conor Woodman’s provocative analysis of issues raised by global trade, from lobsters in Nicaragua via Green & Black’s and Foxconn to cotton in Cote d’Ivoire. Is Fairtrade labelling really helping poor farmers get a better deal? Wednesday 27th February, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Babbage Building room 404, Plymouth University.
For more information email or call DDE on 01392 438811

Global Book Club Plymouth is an initiative of Devon Development Education. DDE has run a similar club in Exeter for several years. Some copies of the books are available to borrow from DDE for a £10 annual subscription. For details call 01392 243811. DDE would like to thank the Plymouth University for supporting the Global Book Club.

19. Uncovering the Past in Calstock
An exhibition, celebrating the end of a 2-year project that provided opportunities for the community of Calstock to delve deep into their history and heritage, begins its tour in the Tamar Valley, on 8th January.
Uncovering the Past will showcase and highlight the wealth of events and training that were made available to local people, thanks to a grant of £35,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), awarded to the Calstock Parish Heritage Project in October 2010.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to learn more about the community’s experience and the full stories behind what was uncovered during the project, including results from the 2011 Roman fort excavation.
The exhibition will provide the opportunity to join in with hands-on activities, chat to some of the volunteers, and find out how you can learn more about the heritage near you.
The Uncovering the Past exhibition opens on Tuesday 8th January and continues until Thursday 31st January, at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake. The project team look forward to welcoming visitors between 11:00am and 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.
For more information please contact Sam Barnes, Project Officer, Tamar Valley AONB, tel: 01822 835032 or email:

20. Tavy and Tamar Apple Group ...
have arranged a winter apple pruning day on January 26th in two orchards near Bere Alston. Tutor is Charles Staniland who has many years experience of such courses and will ensure that it is a 'hands-on' day. The day runs from 10 am - 3 pm. or email

21. For Dog Lovers and Others... From Sylvia Agnew
I am soon to launch an initiative called PUP to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs (most do) following an article in the Times Gazette that The Meadows may be closed to dogs if the poo problem persists. I am part of the Tidy Tavy volunteer group who pick up litter every month in Tavistock. I intend to hold a fund raiser event (matching dogs to owners by looks) which should raise enough money to buy poo bag holders which clip onto dog leads so they are always available when dog walking and Rons Pet Shop has offered to supply them at cost. I will then be GIVING them away. Still in early stages but I have a lot of support from businesses and residents. If I can raise enough money, I will put biodegradable bags in the holders rather than plastic bags but I suppose it is a case of small steps first. If anyone can offer information on the environmental impacts etc., bio bins etc. would they please contact me on

22. INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE 16th/ 17th March 2013
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.
Venue: Tavistock, Devon.
Cost: £74 with membership to the Permaculture Association included, £50 without. Concessions available.
For more information & to book, please email Rebecca at
or call 07942344801


Teatime talk by PETER BICKERTON of Plymouth Marine Biological Association.

24. Custom/Self Build Homes Focus Group
Are you interested in self built or custom built housing? Do you want to build your own affordable home?
As part of a Strategic Housing market Needs Assessment for the Plymouth Sub-region which covers the West Devon and South Hams areas including those parts within the National Park, it is planned to hold a number of focus group events to help inform the assessment and guide future housing development. It is expected that the events will take place between 11 and 28th February at either Totnes or Tavistock, with one focusing on custom/self build housing. If you would like to attend the workshop and guide future housing provision then please do let me know. I will then be able to pass you details onto the event organiser so that they can let you have further information .
Further information on the Strategic Housing Needs Assessment can be found at
Miss Joanna Rumble, MRTPI
Communities Officer ?Dartmoor National Park Authority ?Parke, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey, NEWTON ABBOT, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
Direct Line: 01626 831024 Switchboard: 01626 832093 Fax: 01626 834684

25. Climate Week 2013
The deadline for the Climate Week Awards is approaching fast! All entries must be sent to by Friday 25th January. Have you seen a great green campaign, product or business? The Climate Week Awards showcase the UK's most innovative, ambitious and effective action to combat climate change. There are 14 categories ranging from sustainable business to new technologies and community action. The eminent judging panel includes the Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben. Winners are announced on 4 March at the start of Climate Week.
It’s quick and free to enter - email or call 0203 397 2601.

26. Transition Free Press
Transition Free Press – the change is in your heart, head and hands
Announcing the first publication of the Transition Free Press. Packed full of stories and news items from all over the world.
We’ll be receiving the first edition in time for our event on Feb 7th at Tavistock College. So come and join us there (18:45 to 22:00] and get your copy (£1):

27. Local news and links
Check out

28. Forthcoming Dates

January 2013
Energy & Food Group Meeting Thursday January 24th

February 2013
AGM Thursday February 7th
Green Drinks Tuesday February 12th
Inner Transition tbc
Energy & Food Group Meeting Thursday February 28th

March 2013
Green Drinks Tuesday March 12th
Inner Transition tbc
Energy & Food Group Meeting Thursday March 28th

29. And Finally ...
My name is Adam Anders and I am a third year student at Kingston University in London, studying Environmental Hazards & Disaster Management. I am currently completing a hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment of Devon for my final year dissertation project in relation to climate change and climatic hazards.
To be able to complete the vulnerability assessment for my project, I have been sending out questionnaires to a wide range of people from Devon.
It would be fantastic and a great help for me if you and members of your group could complete my questionnaire for me. It only takes up to 10 minutes to complete, the questionnaire is provided through the link below:
Tel: 01822-835819