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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter April 2013

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter
April 2013

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month! 1
2. Food and Energy Group News 1
3. GrowTavi 2
4. Inner Transition - from Ian Daniels 3
5. News from Tamar Grow Local 3
6. News from Tavistock Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub and Tavistock Town Team 3
7. Tavi Car Club 4
8. Community Supported Woodlands 4
9. Timebanking - from Al Head 4
10. Devon and Cornwall Food Association 4
11. Vital New Tavistock Community Project Needs Your Help!!! 5
12. FREE DIY secondary glazing WORKSHOP SAT 6th April 5
13. Solar Schools 6
14. Let's Show The UK How We Are Transitioning 6
15. Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes 6
16. One Turbine 100% Community 6
17. Global Book Group 7
18. Herbal Medicine Courses 7
19. Sustainability Day at Plymouth Business School 7
20. Transition Plymouth Education Group 8
21. Greetings from Fairport 9
22. News From Afar! From Mike Dennis 10
23. Local news and links 10
24. Forthcoming Dates 10
25. And Finally ... a reminder about Bioblitz! on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 11

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
April Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 9th April (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Food and Energy Group News
The Food and Energy group met on the 27th March. We discussed progress with the Community Growing Area (see below). Potentially a great space and we’d love more of you to get involved.
We also decided to have a Spring push to progress development of Tavistock Renewable Energy Network (TREN) … kicking off with a series of short and sharp weekly workshops beginning Thursday 4th April (17:00 – Robertson’s) If you’re interested in being involved please get in touch.
Next general Food and Energy Group meeting on Thursday April 25th at 19:30 (contact Kate on 07969-569-444 for venue).

South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP)
The SWD CEP – (a partnership of energy related Community Groups and the local authorities across West Devon, South Hams and Dartmoor National Park) is making good progress. We had a successful launch summit– Local Energy for Local Economic Benefit – on the 4th March at Coaver Hall in Exeter, which brought together over seventy stakeholders from all across the area. There were a series of inspirational and very informative presentations from Prof. Stephen Frankel (WREN), Ian Hutchcroft (Energy Savings Trust), Merlin Hyman (Regen SW) and Tony Norton & Dan Lash from University of Exeter who introduced some highlights from the Energy Study they are undertaking for the partnership (more on this next month). We also heard from Keith Webber from Okehampton College (50% reduction in their energy costs), Frances from Transition Town Totnes on Transition Streets and Joddy Chapman on South Brent’s community wind turbine progress (see below). The presentations will be available on the partnership’s new website ( shortly. There has been local support from Fat Calf Media (Tim Roberts) who designed the logo and West County Websites (Alysia Maciejowska) who set up the domain and website environment (both businesses are located in Tavistock Enterprise Hub).

More news next month on results from the study.

We’ll shortly be posting our first fact sheets on the Green Deal on the website; and are aiming to be able to offer advice and support by the autumn at the latest. We also need to encourage local plumbers, builders, electricians and others who may be interested in providing Green Deal services to check out the support available from RegenSW.

Garden Share Scheme
Now that spring is in the air 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 (

Community Garden Area in Meadows
Our design team are making good progress. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch.
More next month …

3. GrowTavi
Grow Tavi is a community forum to discuss all aspects of local food production, supply and consumption and is a joint initiative from TaVi, Transition Tavistock and Tamar Grow Local.

Jenny Tunley Price is hosting Spring Grow Tavi
o Maristow Walled Gardens.
o Thurs. 11th April : come along from 17.30
o Soup, bread and cakes available
Get together, exchange news and views on sowing, growing, producing and consuming our local food … from our own gardens, on a bigger scale or as a consumer!
o Come and see Jenny’s progress at Maristow.
o Join a discussion on training fruit trees … and other topics
o Mini flyer and directions attached (or see
Plants or seeds you’d like to swop? Bring them along.
Jenny has … lots of grazing ryecorn and Broad Bean 'Witkiem Manita'. Also lots of perpetual spinach seedlings and Swiss chard seedlings; and a few Sempervivums in about 8 varieties. She may also have some Oca and Skirret later in the month; and potentially some Crocosmia 'Lucifer', some Stipa gigantea plus some snowdrops (variety unknown but a little bit taller than the average).
Jenny wants … any prunings of apples (pretty much any variety) that she could use as scion material for the 80 rootstocks she’s got. Surplus raspberry canes/strawberry runners/cuttings from soft fruits/chunks of rhubarb crowns would be very welcome too, as would hops and vine cuttings. Jenny would also like to build a collection of figs so if anyone's got varieties other than 'Brown Turkey' she could have cuttings of, she would love you forever.
Any ornamentals (as plants/seeds/cuttings) unless they're boring or invasive would be nice. Spare annual seeds would be useful to fill gaps in newly dug ground while she gets perennials established. In other words, pretty much anything will find a home at Maristow Walled Gardens one way or another (except for Alchemilla mollis and Hemerocallis fulva)! (07969-569-444) or (07887-983-143)

4. Inner Transition - from Ian Daniels
The Inner Transition meeting held in March discussed a number of issues. It started with a few positive environmental stories or experiences that had caught our attention. for instance; The Isle of Wight eco Island initiative going on tour, the increase in the number of pet horses being kept, the first edition of Transition Free Press, how particular communities are a positive place to live and the wolf cull in Sweden being cancelled. We went on to discuss what motivated us to commit to an activity and how these experiences can help us help others to make their own environmental and social transitions. It was concluded that listening to people is a good place to start and that we may organise a listening event in different locations and at different times to engage with a broad range of Tavistock residents.

5. News from Tamar Grow Local
Tamar Grow Local has some dates for its 2013 mini produce market showcasing the best of Tamar Valley food and drink. Look out for their tent at Cotehele Quay, Calstock, Royal William Yard in Plymouth and at other local events in the Tamar Valley area.
On sale you’ll find locally made mustards, crisps, flour, apple juice and honey and a great selection of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers throughout the year. You’ll also be able to sign up for local food projects such as bee-keeping courses and community supported agriculture (CSA) schemes including half-a-pig and a box-of-beef.
Where possible produce will be delivered along the river by SailTrade’s Shamrock, a traditional Yealm crabber built in the 1890s. SailTrade are looking to develop a viable, low carbon transport network linking food producers and markets around the Tamar Valley so we are very proud to have them involved.
For more information see

6. News from Tavistock Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub and Tavistock Town Team
Tavistock Town Council
Have a view on where you’d like to see a Community Noticeboard? Drop us a line …
Tavistock Chamber of Commerce
Discussions around the pro’s and con’s of further supermarkets continued to be a hot topic at March’s Chamber meeting.
Tavistock Enterprise Hub
The Hub has had a good month. Officially opened on the 4th March, they were then host to a national Microsoft ‘Anywhere Working’ roadshow event. If you need some space for a meeting, a hot desk from time to time … or even a permanent desk or office the Hub may be the answer. Check out
Tavistock Town Team
Building on the vision a very positive discussion is taking place around our views on Tavistock’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Got any views yourself? Let us know on
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”.
7. Tavi Car Club
Tavi Car Club is 3 months old! We’re not sure whether the car share car from e-cocars will be able to stay in the Guildhall car park. We understand the Town Council will require car parking charges which the scheme can’t afford in its first couple of build up years. If you have a space somewhere in the centre of town where the car could be parked please let us know (
8. Community Supported Woodlands
Interested in getting together as a small group to look after small woodlands in the area? And perhaps secure some woodfuel for heating … or just enjoy the chance to be working in the woods? If you’d like to know more contact
9. Timebanking - from Al Head
Back in December, I attended a day conference in Plymouth on 'Time-banking'. It was a fascinating day, with a talk by Edgar Cahn, who created timebanking in the USA; small group discussions; and representatives from the 6 existing time banks in Plymouth, some of which are supported by the local council.
Time-banking came to the UK in 1998 and there are now nearly 300 timebanks here. Timebanking's core values are: everyone is an asset, some work is beyond a monetary price, reciprocity in helping, social networks are necessary, a respect for all human beings.

Timebanking is open to anyone, and can be a good way of building and supporting local communities as well as helping individuals to get their needs and desires met. Each hour anyone gives, whatever the activity, is worth one time credit, which can then be 'spent' on someone else's time. It is similar to a LETS scheme, but different in the way it is organised, and the way in which everyone's time is considered of equal value. Groups and organisations can be part of the time bank, as well as individuals. As well as helping individuals, people can donate their time to community projects. People can learn new skills, and discover a new value in the ones they already have.

I've been interested for some time in building alternative economies, to replace the one that is working so badly, and with so many inequalities. Timebanking seemed a good idea to me and I would be interested in exploring it further, and working towards a time bank in Tavistock, if there was the interest. If anyone is interested I am happy to be a first contact: we can chat and if enough of us are interested, set up a meeting.
Contact me on 01822 616083 or email
10. Devon and Cornwall Food Association
DCFA (Plymouth) Open Day
Friday, 5th April 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
DCFA (Plymouth) will holding an Awareness Raising Day and will be opening The Ship and Community Kitchen Garden to everyone to view.
Do please come along and find out just how much our volunteers have been doing for the local community and just what else we would like to achieve for you.
This will be an ideal opportunity for new, prospective and current groups!
There will be a tour of The Ship at 11 a.m.
Learn how we operate!
Find out what food produce and sundry products DCFA (Plymouth) has and where it all comes from.
There will be a Networking Session at 12 noon.
If you're involved in a local project then do please come and shout about it!
Refreshments will be provided.
Table space is available for you to promote your own organisation.
However, space is limited so please apply asap!
To book a table space please email:
For more information and directions:
11. Vital New Tavistock Community Project Needs Your Help!!!
Our vital new project is being set up to support women who are experiencing domestic abuse, and it needs your help to get started.
Stepping Stones has been established in response to the lack of domestic abuse services in the area. As a group of women who ourselves have experienced domestic abuse, we are developing a company to provide the vital support our local area requires.
Firstly we have designed a safety box filled with the information a woman needs to escape an abusive relationship and have the long term plan to build a local women’s refuge.
This service is vital to women in the Tavistock area. So what can you do to help?

To get started we need;
General office equipment including stationary, a lockable filing cabinet, diaries etc
Permanent IT equipment including 2x computers and a printer, 2x laptops and mobile phones and an external hard drive.

Tavistock Enterprise Hub is already supporting us by providing space and loaning us some IT to get us started. Can you join them with your support?
Our contact details are…
Shelley 07880791840
Nina 07590995157
12. FREE DIY secondary glazing WORKSHOP SAT 6th April
Cut your bills, beat the draughts and keep cosy!
A free workshop on how to install low cost and sympathetic DIY secondary glazing to sash windows is being run by Ashburton Futures this Saturday. Come and learn how to fit the glazing to your own home and watch it being fitted. The event is free to participants and is being supported by Dartmoor National Park Authority.
Ashburton Futures' project last year called ‘Making Ashburton Homes Fit for a Future’ (MASHFFF!), uncovered the fact that the older homes in Ashburton are incredibly draughty, with draughts accounting for between 30 and 40% of the heat lost from the homes audited.
In one home visited the owners had installed their own DIY secondary glazing for just £60 a window (a fraction of the cost of double glazing), a special air-pressure test to test the leakiness of the house revealed that this DIY secondary glazing eliminated the draughts from around the windows.
Ashburton Futures are also producing a detailed how-to guide, which is about to be finalised, and will run a further workshop in the autumn. For any questions on the project, please contact Ruth on 07773 846132. To book a place on the workshop, please call Martin Parkes on 07886 118528.
The Workshop will take place this Saturday the 6th April between 10 and 11.30am at St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton.
13. Solar Schools
Solar Schools is a brand new project that’s putting clean energy in classrooms all over the country.
Christow School is one of 30 schools taking part in the project and, in partnership with Greener Teign, is aiming to raise £10 000 to get its own solar roof. We hope everyone will chip in to make it happen! It’s a chance for pupils, parents, grandparents, local businesses, former students, Greener Teign members and everyone else to do something good for their school, their community, and the whole world.
Can you help by sponsoring a £5 tile now? You can talk to friends and family about the campaign and check out the website where you will see from the “tiles” and messages that almost sixty donors and a few events have raised over a quarter of the total needed. We are looking to both reduce our carbon footprint by generating and using the renewable energy from our solar panels and also to raise awareness of green issues in the school and local community. If you would be interested in working actively with us then please get in touch with Gavin or Mary
Transition Tavistock works alongside Greener Teign through Dartmoor Circle and the SW Devon Community Energy Partnership
14. Let's Show The UK How We Are Transitioning
Hello, Transition folks,
You know, I've gotta say I've been looking at Transition communities across the UK, and it's been incredibly inspiring. There are so many great things going on all over the country! I'm writing to spread the word about a Transitiony photo competition I'm running. We're looking for great pics of how people in the UK save energy and use renewables, and there's a great prize to be won. Please join in and help inspire and connect with others and what we're doing. Photos can be in the home or business - or the community - We've got some great photos from Transition initiatives in Bristol, Linlithgow and Totnes - I hope to see more!
Please do spread the word out to your members and submit some photos of what your initiative is doing!
Entry is free and you can submit your photos via email, Facebook and Twitter. Please see the link below for more info:'C2'A3157+in+YouGen'27s+photo+competition/
Hoping to see some of your work soon!
Wishing all the best
Nicole McMurray
15. Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes
On March 28th Transition Town Totnes hosted the annual Totnes Local Entrepreneur Forum. A stimulating event … we’ll bring you more next month.
16. One Turbine 100% Community
South Brent Community Energy Society are thrilled to announce that they have raised over £439,000 in their community share offer, securing the funding needed to complete the purchase and the installation and operation of their 100% community owned turbine. The returns will fund energy efficiency measures in South Brent’s community buildings and other related community initiatives (
They thank everyone for their support over the last few months!
Transition Tavistock works alongside Sustainable South Brent through Dartmoor Circle and the SW Devon Community Energy Partnership
17. Global Book Group
Come and join the book club with a difference; the books all have an international theme. Here's the next one for you to read, and usefully there's also information here about future books which are coming up.
Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth

BLOOD RIVER: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart
By Tim Butcher
In this remarkable book journalist Tim Butcher retraces the steps of explorer H.M.Stanley along the Congo River, starting on the eastern border of the DRC and ending where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is his reflections on the people he meets and their lives, affected so much by their colonial past, which makes this book so memorable.
Come and join us to discuss ‘Blood River’
Free Event Open to All
Thursday 11th April 2013, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Babbage Building room 404, Plymouth University
If you don’t have time to read it, a summary will be available.
For more information email or call DDE on 01392 438811

Our next books will be:
Wed 22 May: Cables from Kabul by Sherard Cowper-Coles
Thur 18 July: Palestinian Walks by Raja Shehadeh
Global Book Club Plymouth is an initiative of Devon Development Education. DDE would like to thank Plymouth University for supporting the Global Book Club.
18. Herbal Medicine Courses
From Diana Lee and Rob Meredith
The following courses will be run at our organic smallholding on the outskirts of Holsworthy. Diana is a registered medical herbalist & Rob runs Holsworthy Organics.
Using Herbs as Medicine - Learn how to identify & use herbs safely to treat yourself & your family for simple ailments & first aid. Take home your own ointment and herbal tea mixture. 19th May, 28th July & 25th August 10.30-4pm. £50 per day including teas, light lunch & all materials.
Ointments & Creams - Make your own Calendula ointment & Handcream. 13th April, 6th July & 1st August. 2-5pm. £30 per session including teas & materials.
Smallholder courses:
On the organic smallholding - Taster days - Spring 21st April; Summer 21st July & Autumn 6th October.
Two days of Forest Gardening - Introduction 28th September & Design 29th September.
Organic vegetable production - 12th May
Creating a medicinal herb garden - 30th June
Polytunnels for year round growing - 14th July
Organic fruit growing - 18th August
Seed saving - 20th October
Hedgelaying - 24th November
£50 per day 10-4pm Teas provided Bring a shared lunch.
Enquiries & bookings - Rob Meredith & Diana Lee 01409 254450 or
19. Sustainability Day at Plymouth Business School - Monday 29th April
This looks like an interesting free one-day event put on by the University of Plymouth. For further details please see:
If you decide you want to take part, please register via the link below.
Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.

20. Transition Plymouth Education Group
The Transition Plymouth Education group is looking for some volunteers to help us to organise a day event about a "Sustainable Vision for Parenting" or "Sustainable Parenting".
The event will be directed at parents and it aims to explore the difficulties and possible solutions for parents interested in a more eco-friendly/sustainable vision for their children's upbringing. It should happen on a Saturday.
Volunteering for this event would mean attending 2 organising meetings with us, some emailing to exchange ideas, and helping on the day. If you have children you can bring them to all of these - snacks included :)
The organisation of these events tends to be an enriching experience. If you're interested, please contact: or phone 01752 22152
Adriana - Transition Plymouth
21. Greetings from Fairport
When we first went public in the autumn – before we were yet Fairport – we received from amongst you lots of messages of support and encouragement and offers of active involvement. We promised to keep you informed. Fairport went live on 1st March 2013.
Remember: Fairport is about being fair to people, other animals, and the planet.
At our weekly meetings we’ve been exploring options for our base: the most ambitious option an empty city centre shop which holds the potential to create a true hive of activity for social and environmental justice; the least ambitious a couple of table tops in the city market. Well, the shop is still under investigation and negotiation, and meanwhile we’ve decided to get on and get started and so – it’s the tables.
We wanted to launch during Fair Trade Fortnight, and to make this possible we’re starting small with the intention of running the stall weekly on Fridays and Saturdays until we’re in a position to rent a permanent stall open 6 days a week – if not the shop.
As you know, awareness-raising, education, and campaigning are key elements of Fairport, and this will be evident in our identity and our activities from the outset. Our initial focus – given the context – will be fair trade.
We want our stall to be a portal through which fellow local producers can market their wares – provided, of course, that they meet Fairport’s ethical standards. If you or someone you know is looking for an outlet, speak to us and we’ll accommodate you if we can.
Fairport is a worker cooperative, which means it’s a social business owned by its workers. That’s three of us at the point of launch – Bernadette, Chris and Marc – and this number will grow with Fairport. But formal ownership is only one thing: we plan for Fairport to be owned by large numbers of our customers in the sense that they can input into its running and its activities voluntarily (with discounts as a small exchange), and can participate in the ongoing discussions about what Fairport could and should be doing. If you’d like to get involved in any way, let us know and we can talk.
And we may be looking for one or two people to staff the stall on a casual paid basis in the early months. So if you’re interested in a bit of paid work – again, let us know.
Finally, our website is under construction, and we hope it’ll be live soon. When it arrives it’ll be
To the future of Fairport in the fair port of Plymouth.
Best wishes
Bernadette Chelvanayagam, Chris Deacon, Marc Gardiner
Fairport (Plymouth) Ltd

22. News From Afar! From Mike Dennis

Malo ni!
My name is Mikaele Maiava. I'm writing from the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau to ask you to join with us in action as we take on the fossil fuel industry.
Last October, Tokelau turned off the last of its diesel generators. In their place, we switched on our solar plants, making Tokelau the first country in the world to become 100% renewably-powered.
I woke up before sunrise that day, excited about the history Tokelau was making. My whole village made its way to the site of over 100 solar panels -- we could see the many hours of hard labour that had gone into this project. As we counted down to the switch, I could feel future generations smiling at us and thanking us. Our children's future suddenly looked brighter because we had the vision (and perseverance) necessary to get off fossil fuels and switch to 100% renewable energy.
You might wonder why we bothered. Aren't we doomed to lose our islands from sea-level rise? I don't blame you for thinking that if you did. So often the global media victimises the Pacific Islands and portrays us as helplessly succumbing to climate change and rising seas. But the global media know nothing of who we really are, or how it feels to live on these paradise islands we call home. They don't know that as Pacific Islanders, we are warriors, and that the land we live on is part of us.
We know that the longer the fossil fuel industry gets its way, the worse climate change will be, and the more sea-level rise will threaten our islands. But giving up on our home is not an option. We are not drowning. We are fighting.
That's why on March 2nd, Pacific Islanders across 15 diverse nations mobilised at prominent locations to perform our unique war challenges, songs, and dances. We laid down a challenge to the fossil fuel industry. It is their coal and oil and gas vs. our future. They cannot both coexist. And it is our future that has to win.
In this moment, and in the years to come, we need you to walk beside us. Because we live far away from the mines and power plants that threaten our future, we need the world's solidarity.
We want to show the world that people from countries and cultures everywhere are standing with us -- the Pacific Warriors -- in the fight against climate change.
Fakafetai lahi,
Thank you,
Mikaele Maiava
23. Local news and links
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24. Forthcoming Dates
April 2013
Green Drinks Tuesday April 9th
Inner Transition tba
Food and Energy Group Thurs April 25th

May 2013
Green Drinks Tuesday May 14th
Food and Energy Group Thurs May 23rd
Tavistock Garden Festival Sun, Mon May 26th and 27th
25. And Finally ... a reminder about Bioblitz! on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April
Pentillie Estate, Nr St Mellion, PL12 6QD, SX410646
Back by popular demand the Tamar Valley AONB team will be working with scientists and members of the public to survey the magnificent grounds of Pentillie Estate. We will be seeking to identify and record as many species as possible over a 24-hour period and we need your help!
Come and join the team and be a scientist for the day. Enjoy bug hunts, pond dipping, flower walks, pooting and much more.
Please register for this event, please visit www. for more information.
Tel: 01822-835819