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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter May 2013

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter
May 2013

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
June Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 11th June (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 25th April at Bush Park hosted by Sue and Adrian Hepworth. We discussed the success of Incredible Edible Todmorden (see TEDx later) and how we might encourage it in Tavistock. The community garden area seems to be a good place to start. Come and join us at the Garden Festival on Sunday May 26th when we are hoping to show the short TedX talk and discuss opportunities in Tavistock!

Food Initiatives
There’s a lot going on in and around Tavistock at the moment with local food. Tamar Grow Local seems to be going from strength to strength – and with the support of Tavistock College, Tamar Valley Food Hubs ( has just been launched to provide a sustainable outlet for local producers.

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 (

Energy Initiatives
Tavistock Renewable Energy Network (TREN)
TREN is getting closer to realisation as the business case is developed. If you’re interested in helping shape a local energy future for Tavistock – it’s your passion, you have specialised knowledge, or you could provide help on the legal side, communications, finances etc. please get in touch.
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 looking forward to releasing the high level energy study for the area which has been put together by University of Exeter. This should be released at the beginning of June.
The study shows that Transport is a major concern for the area with a third of energy used related to transport … and fifty percent of the total cost of energy.
We also see that there is significant fuel poverty which needs to be addressed through support in reducing the heat load of properties and providing other tactics and tools to reduce usage. More next month …
We’re also designing a pop-up stand for use in the Summer. If you’re organising a local fete/event in July or August and would like to include information on energy reduction and local generation please let us know and we’ll see if we can come along …

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.
Our Spring GrowTavi was hosted by Jenny Tunley Price at Maristow Walled Gardens on Thurs. 11th April. There were twenty of us … included several newcomers who were very welcome! We kicked off at 17:30 with a cup of tea and a chance to introduce ourselves and share our news … and a welcome cup of soup.
The rain and wind lashed down and around as everyone was arriving … but then things settled down and we had a wonderful early evening.
Jenny has been able to make fantastic progress at Maristow. It was a good opportunity to see the changes since our last visit 18 months ago. There is now a ‘Friends’ group. If you are interested in volunteering then do get in touch with Jenny (0780 151 7257).
Following the tour we shared some wonderful cake and shared news from our various projects.
Simon Platten was able to announce the arrival of Tamar Valley Food Hubs and the info. meeting held at Tavistock College a couple of weeks later. Everyone was particularly interested to hear that a wide range of producers would be able to come on board … and that excess crops from smallholders could also be considered! The last couple of places on the TGL beekeeping course being held at Maristow were also held up.
Transition Tavistock shared our latest news on Community Growing in Tavistock and gave a quick update on a number of energy initiatives.
Lucy from Buckland Food Growers shared their plans for this next season; and Liz Whitwell briefed everyone on plans afoot at Freed Range Farm.
We also celebrated Colin and Wendy’s acquisition of Ashgrove Farm and we look forward to giving them our support in coming weeks.
The one downside of the evening was that the tide was unusually high that evening and a number of Grow Taviers returned to the boathouse to a session of baling out!!!GrowTavi is a great way to share experiences and ideas. One of the topics discussed was how to deal with Japanese knotweed which has made a much earlier appearance at Maristow this year.
Summer GrowTavi is likely to be in early July hosted by Liz and Nick Whitwell at Freed Range Farm ( More on this soon!

4. Inner Transition - from Al Head
Our last meeting was on April 17th led by Al. Al talked about 'Listening Projects' which is an idea developed by Re-evaluation Co-counselling. Listening Projects are when a group of people go to a public place with a question (such as what do you think about peak oil, how do you feel about climate change) and listen (usually one to one) as people stop and talk about it. The theory is that if people are listened to with respect and attention, and encouraged to explore what they feel about a subject, they will find their own way to what they think about it, and, eventually, to what to do about it. We live in a society where people are told what to think all the time, and very rarely asked what THEY think
We had some practise at listening to each other, and talked about questions and about where this might happen. The stall at Community Day later in the year was mentioned as a possibility. The group is interested in exploring this further.
For details of the next meeting, contact Al on 01822 616083 or email

5. Tamar Grow local and Tamar Valley Food Hubs
Tamar Grow Local’s produce markets through May and June can be found at :
May 25th: Cotehele Quay
June 1st: Calstock; 2nd : Royal William Yard – Plymouth; 15th & 16th: Saltash Regatta; 22nd & 23rd: Duchy College Summer Food Festival; 29th & 30th: Cotehele Quay – Wet Weekend Festival.
For more information about the products on sale check out:
Also check out the Tamar Valley Sowing Chart for vegetables. You can download it here:

Tamar Valley Food Hubs is open … 1st Delivery / Collection date: Friday 24th May
Tamar Valley Food Hubs is an online shop bringing together the best of Tamar Valley produce in one place.Order your weekly shop through the website and on Friday your shopping will be delivered to your door or be ready for collection with no minimum order requirements and in some areas, no delivery charge. VEGGIES:Supplied by Dawn Hunn in St. Dominick, Joe Cradick from Callington and Harrowbarrow's Red Leaf Farm. We'll be adding on more local veg as it becomes available.FRUIT:Look out for Tamar Valley strawberries from Dawn's nursery, Ben's blueberries and lots more!MEAT:Jeremy at Trehill Farm supplies our fantastic range of frozen meats from his Hereford herd and small group of pigs. We've also got boxes of beef and lamb from Will and Jess at Bohetherick Farm.
Fresh off the Plymouth boats, crabs, catch of the day and lots more from lovely local chap Sam Bagshore.
We're thrilled to be stocking Cornish gouda from Lanreath as well as Trewithen Dairy milk, cream and butter supplied by Mills Milk from Botus Fleming.
Gorgeous fresh loaves and baguettes from Bere Alston and amazing cakes and scones from Lucy-Ann cakes in Metherell - look out for new additions to this range over the next few weeks.
Visit We're taking orders now!
This project has been generously funded by the Tamar Valley Cordiale Project

6. News from Tavistock Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub and Tavistock Town Team
Tavistock Town Council
We’d like to thank Tavistock Town Council for their support of Tavistock Car Club (see below).
Tavistock Chamber of Commerce
April’s meeting was focused on the supermarket discussion. It was very well attended by local traders from the Town Centre and Plymouth Road. The meeting was reported in detail in the Tavistock Times on the 11th April.
Tavistock Enterprise Hub
Tavistock Enterprise Hub is a great place if you need some space for a meeting, a hot desk from time to time … or even a permanent desk or office. Check out We also understand some great ideas are being developed by the businesses based there. If you haven’t had a chance to see it get in touch with Adam Fleet and drop by for a coffee (
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. Tavistock Garden Festival
Tavistock Garden Festival 2013 will take place on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, on Sunday & Monday, 26th & 27th May 2013.This annual event, now in its ninth year, sets out to celebrate the best of gardens, countryside and local food on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May, 10am – 4pm, in and around Tavistock’s historical Pannier Market and Town Hall.To find out more see:
Transition Tavistock will be there with a stall on both days. You can find us outside the Pannier Market near the main gates. Do drop by if you’d like to find out more about what we’re doing … and we’ll be giving a talk on ‘Developing an Incredible Edible Tavistock’ on Sunday 26th at 13:00. If you have any spare time and would like to help us on the stand please let us know.
We’ll also have the latest copies of Transition Free Press (Free from corporate influence), available for £1 and full of very interesting articles.
8. Tavistock Car Club
Tavistock Car Club (TCC) is a great opportunity for anyone who would like occasional use of a car without having to own one.
Having this facility in Tavistock has been made possible through the contributions and support of Moor Cars, Greater Dartmoor Leaf and Tavistock Town Council among others. We are delighted that Tavistock Town Council has now agreed to provide a parking place in the Guildhall car park for a further six months at a reduced rate. This is greatly appreciated!
If you think the car club would be useful for you and you’d like to find out more and or sign up go to or come and see us at Tavistock Garden Festival on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May.

9. TEDx - and Tavistock Totally Locally - from Rebecca Garland
A few weeks ago I attended a TEDx Conference in Exeter. For those of you not familiar with the TED concept, it all started in the USA in 1984 with a conference that shared ideas from the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then - and especially since the rise of the Internet - TED has gone from strength to strength, and widened its remit from the original three topics to include inspiring talks on just about any subject. TEDx conferences are locally-run forums based on the TED ideals. All TED events are run to strict guidelines : they are non-profit making, no speaker receives a fee, no talk or presentation lasts longer than 18 minutes and all material must be made available for free viewing on the Internet.
From the TED Website:
The TED mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
On, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 1400 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
Find out more from: and
One of the most inspiring talks for me at Exeter was given by Pam Warhurst from Incredible Edible Todmorden. The idea has been to transform the town and people’s attitudes to growing and local food by using as many available places as possible for planting. There are flowers, fruit and vegetable beds planted all around Todmorden for everyone to share.
Their work helped to inspire the Totally Locally brand name and Totally Locally Todmorden - so imagine my delight when, just a few days later, I found out that there were plans afoot to start Totally Locally Tavistock!
From the Totally Locally website (
Totally Locally is about opening your eyes to the great independent shops and businesses in your town. It’s here to encourage you to turn into the door of that shop you walk past every day. Go on, give it a try – there’s a good chance you’ll want to go back. It’s about supporting your local growers, producers and services: be it furniture makers, farmers, accountants or bakers. Totally Locally is about people. Great people. People who care about what they do, what they grow, what they make. And people like you who care about what they buy and where they shop. It’s about a collective responsibility to support our local businesses. Because when we do our towns thrive.
As an avid user of social media, I am delighted to see the speed at which Tavistock Totally Locally is taking off on Facebook, and there is also an excellent article about them in the Tavistock Times dated April 25th 2013. TTL hopes to launch formally in July, at the beginning of Carnival week. More news as it happens!
We’ll provide further insights into Tedx Exeter in forthcoming issues …

10. Community Supported Woodlands
A group of people Interested in getting together to form a small group(s) to look after small woodlands in the area will be getting together in June (date to be agreed). Motives include securing some woodfuel for heating … and enjoying the chance to be working in the woods? If you’d like to know more contact

11. Hedgehog rescue and release
Have you seen a hedgehog in the last year and if so where?
Plymouth based Hedgehog Rescue Centre is looking for suitable sites to release poorly or injured hedgehogs once they have been nursed back to health. The prickly creatures must be released in an area known to already have a hedgehog population so we are keen to know of any hedgehog sightings. The animal’s natural habitat is undisturbed undergrowth, herbaceous borders and hedgerows with opportunity to roam safely. So ideally we are looking for suitable gardens that back on to each other or bordered with hedgerows, meadows or woodland, and where it can be offered food and water for a few days whilst it explores its new territory and builds its own nest.
We are hoping to gather a network of animal lovers who will help us with our release programme in the spring
If you think you can help please call Linda on 07585230527
12. The Green Book Club
The Green Book Club, which will meet quarterly in Plymouth, is for people who know a little or a lot about the topics covered in the books, selected from suggestions made, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
The first book is called “What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? by Tony Juniper
When? Thursday 13th June
Where? Room 404 of Plymouth University’s Babbage building
What time? 6.30 to 8.00 pm
From: Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.
13. Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest that rewards inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.
The competition aims to elicit promising, creative ideas that will encourage and aid the invention of great new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions and can be put on the market within two years. Since its inception, the programme has helped to reduce more than 10 million kilograms, (10,000 tonnes) of carbon emissions in the UK.
The first prize is for more than £440,000 (€500,000). It will be presented to the entrant with the best idea to execute his or her business plan. A further £175,000 (€200,000) will be available to one or two runners up.
The prizes, together with assistance from leading professionals, will enable the winners to develop their inventions and present them to the world within the next two years.
Would-be entrepreneurs aged 18 years or older with a well-thought-out idea are invited to participate in the Green Challenge, which is open worldwide.
Each entrant must submit his or her business plan in one of the following five categories:
Energy ; Lifestyle ; IT ; Design; Mobility
The 2013 deadline for receipt of applications is 17 July 2013.
14. Update from South Brent
One Turbine – 100% Community.The good folks from South Brent Community Energy Society (SBCES) are making good progress with their turbine. The groundworks are completed and the foundation has been backfilled.Now awaiting arrival of the turbine itself!See for more details.
15. Training Opportunity ... from Greenpeace
Greenpeace is developing its Political Lobbying network, and to help support that work, we would like to invite you to attend a free training event in Plymouth on the 8th June from 10:30-5pm at the Unitarian Church.
This is a fantastic training opportunity for anyone who wants to learn the skills of talking to and influencing politicians. Our network is focused on mobilising individual constituents (i.e. you) to lobby a wide range of decision makers (for example your MP) by email, by letter and on occasion face to face. We are looking for serious, reliable people who are committed to Greenpeace’s vision of a green and peaceful world. For further information, or if you are interested in attending the free training event, please register here:
16. The Bread and Roses Project
Bread and Roses is an exciting new project opening in Ebrington Street, Plymouth. We aim to revive the beautiful building that was once the Trafalgar Inn and add to the vibrancy and vitality of one of the most interesting streets in Plymouth. We are a not-for-profit community owned company formed by people who live and work in the Ebrington Street and St Judes area.
Our idea is to re-open the pub as a community hub focusing on arts and music, promoting events that will add to the cultural life of the neighbourhood and wider city. This will include a wide range of live music, visual arts, comedy, film and poetry.
We will also provide a space for community groups and artists to promote their work and display some of their creativity.
We will be focusing on local food and drink from the Plymouth area as well as the rest of Devon and Cornwall. We aim to support local, organic and fair-trade suppliers where at all possible.
If you are an artist, musician, food and drink supplier or local community organiser please get in touch with us at:
Phone 07952666073
web address:
17. Co-operative Event - part of Plymouth History Month
As part of the Plymouth History Month celebrations please see below an invitation to attend the special screening of The Rochdale Pioneers, a film about how, with a little determination, we are all capable of changing the world. Booking is essential if you would like to attend, so please reserve your place online or email us on or phone up on 01884 266 892.
Date: Wednesday 29 May
Venue: The Holiday Inn, Plymouth
Time: 18:30
The evening will start with a guided walk across to The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery on Armada Way. You will look around the gallery and then walk back to The Holiday Inn for refreshments from our Fairtrade wine range followed by an introduction and screening of the film.
18. The Transition Plymouth Education group ...
has its own website now!
Barbara Hampson, our dedicated manager of Transition Plymouth website, is working on her own - helpers welcome! We have gathered some resources that hopefully are useful to you, but please let us know any suggestions.
19. Revolutionary Green Car Battery is Off-Grid and Heading for the Road
And happening here in Tavistock ….‘A ground-breaking green car battery that requires no mains recharging is being fine-tuned ahead of a showcase road-trip which will culminate at Westminster.Tavistock-based engineer Trevor Jackson and colleague George Adams say that bench tests indicate their Metalectrique battery is capable of distances of between 1,400 and 4,000 miles without stopping off to re-power (Western Morning News, April 4th 2013).’Metalectrique are now based in Pitts Cleave.For the full story see
20. Local news and links
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21. Forthcoming Dates
May 2013
Food and Energy Group Weds May 29th
Tavistock Garden Festival Sun, Mon May 26th and 27th
June 2013
Green Drinks Tuesday June 11th
Food and Energy Group Weds June 26th (tbc)

22. And Finally ...
Check out this locally-based website! Lots of interesting green and sustainability news.
Fancy a pleasant walk as the weather (hopefully...) continues to improve? Check out: for details of the Tamar Valley Walk and Talk scheme!
Tel: 01822-835819