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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - November 2014

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - November 2014

Thanks to everyone who's been able to make a donation to our Grow Your Tenner campaign. This is very much appreciated.There's still a few days left when your donation could be doubled by Local Giving. See below ...

If you like what we do ... donate £10 today and Localgiving will match it!

We just wanted to let you know that we're taking part in Localgiving's Grow Your Tennermatch fund campaign. This means that any donation you make through our Localgiving page will be matched by up to £10, until their matchpot runs out (we guess in about a week to ten days).

The campaign will match one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 6 months.

If you like what we're doing and you are in a position to make a small donation now could be a really good time. Our Roots to Transition growing project has been well received and we'd like to expand it next year. Our Energy Savers advice and support is reaching more people all the time. Our Local Economic Blueprint initiative to help grow our local food and energy economy and support more jobs locally is making good progress!

Please help us to make the most out of Grow Your Tenner by either:
Donating £10 and we’ll receive £21.55, including match funding and Gift Aid!
- Go to
- Click the DONATE NOW button, or
Setting up a £10 monthly Direct Debit donation through Your gift will be matched by £10 per month for 6 months, providing us with over £120 in funding, including Gift Aid. Regular monthly donations enable us to cover our running costs and plan ahead, helping us to ensure our future sustainability.
- Go to
- Click the GIVE MONTHLY button

Thank you for your support!

Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
Come and join our next Green Drinks on Tuesday 9th December 2014 (19:30 till 21:30) at the Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock. We'll be upstairs so ask for us at the bar!

Roots to Transition
The Roots team are preparing plans for next year and expanding their activities. Meanwhile we understand that there are some beans which have been left on plants along the Rose Walk to allow the seeds to ripen. If you'd like to grow some of your own beans next year help yourself to seeds or send us an email and we'll help you get started.
If you'd like to join the Roots team do get in touch.
Comments or suggestions welcome at

Energy Savers
Energy Savers offers free energy check, support and advice to householders across the area.
Drop in and see us in the London Inn, Horrabridge each Tuesday between 18:00 and 19:00. We can discuss anything from how to get started to how to deal with a specific problem ... and we can also help with the free energy check.
You can also get in touch by phone (07969-569-444 ) or email (
To find out more about how Energy Savers as well as our work in Horrabridge follow this link.

Try out the Home Energy Check

Developed for us by the Energy Saving Trust. Free and simple to use on-line. Takes about 10 mins. to complete. Gives helpful information about your usage … and steps you could take to reduce it:
Get in touch if you have any questions or need any help. More details available here.

Tamar Energy Community
A new cooperative has arrived in town! We've set up an energy cooperative for Tavistock, Callington and surrounding areas. Everyone locally can join Tamar Energy Community by paying £1 as soon as membership opens.
We're in the process of setting up a Board at the moment to help with management. If this is of interest and you have a particular skill you can offer such as legal, marketing, design, media and PR, website design, health and wellbeing, debt management, renewable energy technical expertise please get in touch and we can meet and have a coffee and a chat.
To find out more about what we're planning to do check out this link.

If you'd like to become a member please fill in a membership form which can be downloaded here and send it off with a £1 to the address here.

We'll be holding a launch event in the spring. In the meantime we'll keep you posted through the newsletter and website.

Cosy Devon
Free and reduced cost energy saving measures for householders across Devon.
Cosy Devon offers free loft insulation and cavity wall insulation to private householders (owners, landlords and tenants) across Devon and free loft top ups to householders in areas designated as low income. In other areas loft top ups will cost £149.00.
There is also the chance for a free boiler repair or replacement for private householders in receipt of certain benefits.
A contribution to the costs of external wall insulation may also be possible for certain privately owned properties.

You can register your interest in Cosy Devon by getting in touch at with your name, contact details and postcode (07969-569-444). As a voluntary community group Transition Tavistock will earn a small fee for each completed measure. This will help fund our further support in your community. Download a fact sheet here.

Tavistock College Solar School - Grand Christmas Fair
Friday 21st November - 18:00 to 20:00.

Come along to the GRAND CHRISTMAS FAIR
TO BE HELD AT TAVISTOCK COLLEGE and support the College's solar schools campaign.

It's on FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2014 from 18:00 – 20:00.

Solar panels installed at the college would really help make a dent in their significant power costs and enable savings to be invested in further energy reduction measures.
To contribute £5 towards the target please go to

Renewable Futures and Green Energy Awards
Tuesday 25th November - Assembly Rooms in Bath
RegenSW's annual conference is being held on Tuesday 25th November. The government's Community Energy Strategy was published earlier in the year and the most recent development has been around Shared Ownership. A section of the day will be addressing this topic.
Transition Tavistock is a RegenSW member and a member of the Community Group Network. We have a number of free places for this event. If this is of interest please email

Kate Royston has been nominated as SW Sustainable Energy Champion for 2014 by fellow members of the SW Devon Community Energy Partnership. The winner of the award will be announced at the Awards Dinner.

Coppicing Course
There is a coppicing course being run by the Sustainable Coppice Partnership.
Taking place on Dartmoor on Nov 22 & 29 and Dec 6 & 13. Each course costs
£40 and each runs from 9.30am to 4pm. To book contact Dr. Tean Mitchell
on 01747 820718 or 07970 116525 or e-mail

Northern Link bringing Tavistock back into main rail network
You may have seen in the local press that the Secretary of State for Transport has made two visits to Okehampton recently. To find out more check out the Peninsula Rail Group on Facebook.

Tavistock & District - Local Economic Blueprint
We're making good progress developing the Blueprint initiative across Tavistock and the Southern Link parishes. The stakeholder network is in place and we've held our first workshop. We're now setting up sector expert groups for the local food and drink, domestic retrofit (making our homes more energy efficient), and local energy generation industries. If you'd like to be involved in this please get in touch at or give us a ring on 07969-569-444.

For more information check out this link.

An example of growing our local supply chains and strengthening local businesses is Trehil Farm’s honey and mustard sausages. The pork and sausages are produced locally. The honey and mustard flavour packet was bought in, but after an introduction to Tamar Valley honey co-op and Berio Mill mustard producer all the value is retained locally and no added artificial flavourings improve the quality of the product.
If you have other examples you'd like to share please let us know.

Your Dartmoor - your business

11 November 2014
Dartmoor businessmen and women are invited to join Dartmoor National Park at a meeting on 3 December 2014 to explore new opportunities for business development in the area.
The evening will include a presentation, giving up to date information on the Greater Dartmoor LEAF (local enterprise action fund) and how it can help business growth. There will also be an ‘ask the planner’ session, giving an opportunity for business people to pose questions to Dartmoor planners and gain a greater understanding of how the planning system works.
All questions must be submitted in advance and will be selected to highlight the key issues being raised. Any questions submitted, but not discussed on the night, will receive a written response. Please email your questions to no later than Sunday 30 November.
Stephen Belli, Director of Planning, Dartmoor National Park, said:
‘This is an opportunity for Dartmoor’s business people to come and talk to the Planning Authority in a relaxed atmosphere and to hear about some of the new opportunities for businesses on Dartmoor.’
The meeting will be held at the National Park headquarters, Parke, Bovey Tracey. A light buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and the event will start at 7 pm. The meeting will last no more than two hours and is open to all.
To register your interest please email or contact Miss Jo Rumble, Communities Officer, Dartmoor National Park on 01626 831024.

Transition Town Totnes present………..
Film Nights

Tuesday November 11th TASTERS Film Festival - PREVIEW PLUS
Come along and watch a series of short tasters and trailers from the forthcoming Film Festival (14th -
16th Nov). Come and see what else will be coming up at the festival; find out about the workshops and
buy special rate tickets. PLUS enjoy a couple of short films. An enjoyable, interesting and sociable evening.
Venue: Totnes CIVIC HALL. Doors open 7.30 – refreshments available
Films starts at 8pm. Finish by 10:30pm.
Entry* T£4 / 3 concs/ 50p youth 25 yrs & under
* Entry by membership – available on the night. More info. about joining TTT Film Club at the Film night. Enquiries:
Jacqi Hodgson Transition Town Totnes, 43, Fore St, Totnes. TQ9 5HN. 01803 867358
More about TTT Film Club here.

Throw A Grow Wild Party

Hello Grow Wilders!
News: Vote now for a Grow Wild England flagship site!

Voting has now opened to decide which project will become Grow Wild’s England flagship site. The finalists are: City to Sea in Plymouth, Cody Wilds in East London, Love Square in Sheffield, People’s Plant Collection in Bristol and Tale of Two Cities in Liverpool and Manchester. Voting is open until midnight on 4 November – read more about each project and cast your vote at

England flagship voting advice
If you can't access the Grow Wild voting site from this enewsletter at work, try manually typing the URL ( into your address bar, use a home computer, tablet or smartphone, or access the site from Facebook. We also have phone lines available; it’s free to call from a landline but mobile operators may charge so check with your network provider before you vote. Read our voting FAQs on

Scotland, Wales and NI flagships
Grow Wild is funding one flagship site in each UK country. Barrhead Water Works, near Glasgow won the public vote to become our Scotland flagship in November 2013. It has since undergone a dramatic transformation from derelict sewage works to a stunning wild flower haven. We've just launched our searches for flagship sites in Wales and Northern Ireland - find out more over on the Grow Wild website.

Party tips
Get together with friends, family and neighbours and celebrate your Grow Wild summer success with a seed swap party! Find out about seed-collecting, check out our party tips and download your very own Grow Wild seed packet - and don't forget to share your party pics with us!

Share your sightings with iSpot
Need help identifying wild flowers and insects? Grow Wild has collaborated with The Open University to bring you iSpot, an online tool where you can share your nature observations and join in discussions with a friendly community. Visit the iSpot page to get involved.

Community project 2015 funding update
Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing, growing and enjoying UK native wild flowers. If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before 2 December 2014 for your chance to join our lively network. Find out what Grow Wild is looking to fund where you live and request our 2015 application form.

You've already signed up to our Grow Wild enewsletter, so we look forward to keeping in touch. If you want to update your details, please do so here.

For more information about our work check out the Grow Wild website.

With best wishes,
The Grow Wild team

Welcome to this month’s round-up of news & activities from the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This month…
? Tamar Valley AONB could benefit from project to reduce visual impact of overhead lines.
? Turner in the Tamar Valley exhibition coming soon.
? Volunteering opportunities, plus get accredited for your efforts.
? Rags to Riches - World Heritage Site initiative to spread the heritage message

Read on to find out what else is happening throughout November and how you can get involved, and enjoy your Valley.

Charlotte Dancer, Information & Communications Officer; telephone 01822 835030 or email
Tamar Valley AONB could benefit from project to reduce visual impact of overhead lines

£500m fund available to reduce visual impact of lines in nationally protected landscapes.
Results of independent study commissioned by National Grid and other key bodies published this week.
Stakeholder Advisory Group commissions feasibility study on power line crossing the River Tamar.
Plans to reduce the visual impact of electricity infrastructure in nationally protected landscapes across England and Wales are gathering momentum, following a new study by National Grid.

A section of overhead line in the Tamar Valley AONB, which crosses the River Tamar near Weir Quay has been identified as having a significant landscape and visual impact.

It is one of twelve sections of high voltage lines in eight AONBs and National Parks that have been shortlisted following an independent study overseen by leading landscape expert Professor Carys Swanwick.

Read the full story here to find out the next steps for this project.

Click here for more information on the Visual Impact Provision project.

Remember, Remember... Get Volunteering this November

The following volunteering opportunities are on offer in the coming weeks for all to enjoy, as part of the Helping Hands for Heritage project.

If you are interested in gaining accreditation (see above), these activities will get you started. The first two events will cover the following modules; Health & Safety, Practical Countryside Management, Understanding Heritage, Understanding the Landscape. The third focuses on Understanding Heritage, Condition Monitoring and Historical Records Research Skills.

Saturday 15th November
More hands-on at Wacker Quay
We head to the Lynher area of the AONB to manage the vegetation and install a bench at Wacker Quay. Find out more about the sensitivities of managing archaeology and the significance of the heritage at this special site. Join us between 11am and 4pm. Please book direct with Dave Readman – 07792 483669,

Saturday 29th November, 11am – 4pm
Winter Woodlands at Cleave
As part of National Tree Week, join in with practical work in the morning, then learn how to stack and season logs, identify & record trees, and collect seeds to take home and grow your own. Don’t miss a visit to this magical site with historical significance. Please book direct with Dave Readman, 07792 483669,

Saturday 13th December
Training for Heritage Watch
Join us in the morning to look at the processes behind, and consequences of, the designation of archaeology and historic buildings, followed by site visits in the Kit Hill area. This session will be followed by a day of site visits around Minions in early 2015. Further details to come.

For more information on what’s coming up, please check Facebook regularly.

To find out what we’ve been up to earlier this month, follow our blog

Transition Plymouth are very active and have organised a number of events.
If you are interested in details of their activities please ask to be included on their mailing list or go to their new website
However, if you have difficulty reaching it you could try:
Contact numbers: Pat 01752 255088, Clare 01752 772395, Adriana 01752 222152

Forthcoming Dates
December 2014
Green Drinks Tues Dec 9th
Our news and activities are updated on our website:
If you’d like to email us please send you comments or questions to or call 07969-569-444.