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Transition Tavistock’s Quick Update April 2014

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Quick Update
April 2014

Apologies for the gap in our normal newsletter service! We have been exceptionally busy. Please find below a few important items to bring to your attention.
A more detailed Newsletter will be distributed next week.

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
April Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 8th April 2014 (19:30 till 21:30) at the Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock.

2. Renewable Energy Marketplace – Tues 8th April

1 week to go until Renewable Energy Marketplace 8 April
10-4, Westpoint, Exeter 8 April
A RegenSW event.
Click here to download the full show guide (low-res)

A printed copy of the 84 page guide to the show, the exhibitors and installing renewable technologies is included in your ticket.
Attend exhibition and talks for only £15 + VAT BOOK HERE

Attend the leading conference with individual session prices starting at £45 +VAT BOOK HERE

Everything you need to know about renewable energy, energy efficiency measures and generation.
• Meet over 100 installers and suppliers showcasing the latest products
• Attend conference covering latest on FiT, RHI, CfDs, Planning, Grid, and more
• Hear directly from DECC roadshow on the domestic RHI
• Test drive & view Green Cars including BMW, Tesla and Toyota
• Find out the best ways to reduce energy costs
• See live demonstrations of installations and technologies
• Learn how to engage your community in energy issues
BOOK ONLINE or call 01392 494399

3. The Old House Eco Course – A fantastic opportunity!
The Old House Eco Course presented by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is taking place on Saturday 10th May (9.30am – 5.30pm) at Dartmoor National Park, Parke, Bovey Tracey,

The course describes how to make your home – whether it is medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, detached or terrace – energy efficient and low carbon without devaluing the future sustainability or character of the building.

Compatibility between traditional buildings and modern technologies and materials can be mistakenly ignored. The course will explain how to avoid potential problems and will consider an holistic approach to retrofitting, while presenting a background to the latest building science with practical advice and examples of best practice.

This event is aimed primarily at homeowners with period properties (pre-1919), and professionals wishing to advise them. Priority will be given to those with buildings on Dartmoor and the adjoining market towns/villages until 7th April, after which bookings will be open to all.

Further details can be found at or in the attached leaflet and booking form .

There will also be an event on Friday 9th May. This is more technical and aimed predominantly at building/energy specialists and will include the results of SPABs recent research into the performance of retrofit measures on some historic properties, with a condensed version of the Old House Eco Course in the afternoon.
This event is by invitation only. If this is of interest to you contact Kate Royston at

4. Horrabridge Energy Savers
A series of free workshops will run in Horrabridge during April and May to give information and support on lowering your energy bills while making your home warmer and more comfortable to live in. 300 homes in the village have received an invitation to the workshops, which will be held in the Village Hall and Horrabridge Community Primary School.

The four workshops will cover topics ranging from energy saving behaviours, DIY draught-proofing and insulation, and treatment of traditional buildings.

Horrabridge Energy Savers will focus on free or inexpensive ways to tackle energy use at home and will be delivered by trained volunteers from Transition Tavistock (a local community organisation). Don’t worry if your house isn’t selected to take part initially – it is hoped to expand the project to cover other parts of the village later in the year.

Workshops coming up in the next week
Horrabridge residents have a chance to undertake a self-assessment of their homes to see how energy efficient they are, and what steps could be taken to improve them. These could include no cost and low cost measures.

Come along to a free event at Horrabridge Primary School on Monday 7th April at 18:30 or Saturday 12th April at 10:00 to find out more. Trained local volunteers from Transition Tavistock will be available to help.

On Thursday evening (10th April, 18:00, Horrabridge Village Hall) and Saturday afternoon (12th April, 13:00, Horrabridge Primary School) there will be a number of specialist sessions.
Are you living in an older more traditionally built property? Join us at 18:00 on Thursday or 13:00 on Saturday and learn more about making your older home more energy efficient.
Have you ever considered external wall insulation or would you like to know more about it? Come and hear Jack Penfound from Greenhus explain the options at 19:15 on Thursday or 14:15 on Saturday. Jack’s a great speaker and is sure to entertain as well as inform!
Would you like to know more about the range of options for renewable energy in the home? We’ll be looking at solar, wind, wood, heat pumps and hydro in a domestic setting at 20:30 on Thursday and 15:30 on Saturday.

Refreshments and cake will be available. We’re organising a drawing competition for children on Saturday 12th if you want to bring them with you.

For more information come and talk to us at the Horrabridge Village Market on Saturday morning (5th April) at the Youth Club, call Kate on 07969-569-444, email or check out
Tel: 01822-835819

Transition Tavistock

Kate Royston MBA MSc AIEMA
Robbee Smole - Sustainable Business Solutions