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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter September 2013

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter
September 2013 Newsflash

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


October Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 8th October (19:30 till 21:30) at the UNION Inn, King Street

2. Farm Visit on Saturday


FARM VISIT 21st September 2.5 miles out from Tavistock

Ashgrove Farm is a 21 acre smallholding in the Tavy valley on Crowndale Rd between Tavistock and Bere Alston. It is a new enterprise aimed at developing land-based livelihoods and community growing opportunities.

At this beginning phase the farm has no buildings and the land is grazed by sheep from a neighbours farm.

You are invited to join a guided walk around the farm to consider the potential and offer suggestions at this planning stage.

Meet on farm at 11am, Saturday 21st September 2013

If you would like to stay for lunch at 1.30pm, bring a dish to share.

We look forward to meeting you,

Wendy Miller and Colin Trier

Any queries contact: Colin Trier,

Email: Mobile 07813939366

Map to find farm:

3. The future of energy in West Devon? Discussion on Saturday 21st September
What is the future of energy in West Devon?

· Energy bills are rising, more households are in fuel poverty, there is pressure to meet the energy gap by fracking and nuclear power and at the same time growing interest in the carbon free alternatives.

· What is happening locally? Are there workable solutions for West Devon?

· Are these issues that concern you?

The West Devon Green Party invites you to join us in a short talk and discussion in conjunction with South West Devon Community Energy Partnership.

Speaker: Kate Royston

Date: 21 September. 1 – 2.30pm

Venue: Tavistock Enterprise Hub, Pepper Street.

Open to all. No entrance fee just a donation on day.

For more information on the SWDCEP go to

For more information on the talk contact: Martin Cusack 07922582975.,

4. Wadebridge (Cornwall) Energy Futures – Exhibition this week/end
Wadebridge Energy Futures - Our town, our energy, our choice. What’s your view?

Come and find out more about Wadebridge’s past, about where the money you pay today on energy bills goes, and have your say on big ideas we’re exploring to keep bills down and profits local ….

Wadebridge are much further ahead of us in Tavistock … an opportunity to go and listen and get excited about our potential here …

Exhibition Details:

Wadebridge Town Hall, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Thursday 19 September: 4:00-7:00pm. (Superfast Broadband Research Launch 6:00pm)

Friday 20 September 9.30am-5.00pm . (Expert Panel Discussion 7:00pm)

Saturday 21 September 9.30am-4pm.

For more details, please phone the Energy Shop in Wadebridge on 01208 812992

Or check out

4. Tavistock Car Club Meeting
Interested in Tavistock Car Club and want to know more about it? Or would you like to help promote it? Then join us on 30th September, 10:00. Venue to be agree. Contact

For more details about the car club check out

5. Tavistock Woodlands Group
Interested in getting more involved in looking after a community supported woodland – helping improve biodiversity; learning more about the species; and/or preparing your own fire wood or pea sticks etc.? We’re looking to start a local group. Join us at our first meeting at Tavistock Enterprise Hub on 1st October at 19:00.

Want to know more or have any questions – (07069-569-444).

6. NAMING our Energy Co-op
We’re getting lots of ideas for the name of our Energy Co-Op –

We’ve included some of these below …

Do any of these inspire you?

Can you think of anything better?

Let us know …

Tamar Energy Action

Tamar Energy Society

Tamar Renewable Energy Enterprise

Tamar Energy District

Tamar Energy Enterprise

Tamar Renewable Energy Network

Tamar Energy Community

Tamar reducing Energy on Fossil Fuels

Tavistock Energy Solutions Co-operative

Words which could be incorporated include:

· Co-operative

· Renewable

· Community

· Owned

· Local

· Tamar [Valley}

· Tavy / Tavi

· Tavistock

· Parishes

· Villages

· District

· Society

· Network

· Energy

If you have any suggestions please let us know.

7. Open Boiler Visits – Wednesday 18th September

Many homes, businesses and communities from across Devon are enjoying heat produced from biomass. The 18th September is your opportunity to meet one near you.

Heating is often a hidden technology, but on the 18th September 2013, over 30 biomass boiler owners and the businesses that supply them will be opening their sites to you, free of charge.

Hotels, leisure centres, care homes, offices, farms the list goes on for businesses and communities benefiting from clean heat. Devon has the highest number of biomass heat installations in the south west, and an experienced and competent supply chain is busy delivering them up and down the county. If you have ever considered finding out more about reducing your fuel bills, how much a boiler is, or what’s involved with the Renewable Heat Incentive, this is the day to do it!

How to get involved

Simply take a look at the list of open biomass sites here (, find the site or sites that you would like to visit and register your interest here (

The Renewable Heat at Work event is a collaboration of Devon based businesses and their customers working together to raise the profile of biomass heat.

Click here ( to view all the open sites

Ask owners and installers alike about the reality of engaging with biomass, project costs, fuel savings, RHI, maintenance etc. This is a unique opportunity for you to see first-hand a biomass boiler near you, and meet the businesses involved. The Renewable heat at work event is being supported by Devon County Council and the Forestry Commission, in partnership with Regen SW.

8. TT Website overhaul – volunteers?
We’re about to refresh our website. Interested in getting involved? Know something about wordpress? Want to add new skills to your CV? Then get in touch ( We’d love to hear from you.

9. Open Eco-Homes Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September- Totnes and District
Interested in looking at what others have done?

Check out:

Followed by an Eco Homes Fair the following Saturday (5th October):

We’ll be holding a similar event for the Tavistock area in Feb 2014. If you’d like to get involved let us know.

10. Film at the Wharf, Tavistock

More Than Honey

Documentary | Certificate U | 1 hour 35 minutes

Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon.

Fri 20th Sep 2pm

Tue 24th Sep 8pm

Wed 25th Sep 8pm

Thu 26th Sep 2pm and 8pm

Box Office: 01822 611166 or just turn up on the day.

Tel: 01822-835819