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Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - October 2015

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - October 2015

In this edition:
Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
Local Economic Blueprint Launch - Please come along
Changes to FIT tariffs will have big impact - have your say
Wood pellet offer
Roots to Transition - Getting Your Hands Dirty
Energy Fair and Green Open Homes successful ...
The latest news from the Tamar Valley AONB ...
Events in Plymouth and around
Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
Come and join our next Green Drinks on Tuesday 10th November 2015 (19:30 till 21:30) at the Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock. We'll be upstairs so ask for us at the bar!

Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint Launch - Please come along ... Friday Nov. 6th

On Friday November 6th we'll be launching the Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint ... at the Tavistock Chamber Business Show.
We'll have a stand at the event all day where we'll be sharing the report and answering questions ... and we'll be making a presentation between 12:30 and 13:00.
This is an exciting piece of work ... evaluating the opportunities for strengthening the local Food and Energy markets ... and suggesting ways local businesses and stakeholders can co-operate to generate more local business and jobs.

Please come along and support us.

Find out more about the event here and the Blueprint here.
The Food report is available to download here.

Food report headlines:
Hundreds of food businesses, from farms to restaurants, provide around 3000 local jobs
Over £80m a year spent on food and drink by people living in or visiting the area – but most not locally produced.
So a marginal shift towards local supply chains could significantly help the local economy.
Any questions, please call Kate Royston on 07969-569-444 or email

Changes to FIT tariffs will have big impact - have your say

The government’s proposed changes to Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) will adversely impact community energy groups across the South West, including here in the Tavistock and Callington areas – Tamar Energy Community, Peter Tavy Community Hydro and SHARE.

Community energy is an important way to enable local people to have more control, and say, over their energy, and for us to work together to reduce our costs. Read more ...

The government’s proposals are for a dramatic reduction in FITs from 1st January 2016. Locally generated energy brings jobs and investment to the region and these benefits are now at risk of being lost. A more gradual change is recommended with continued support for community owned projects.

If you’d like to help us and participate in the Days of Action please write to your local MP NOW ... find out more here and download a letter to send

We will be meeting Geoffrey Cox MP on Saturday October 17th at 13:30. If you would like to sign a letter for us to take along to the meeting please come to Bedford Square on Saturday 17th Oct (tomorrow) between 12:00 and 13:00.

Find out more and download an information sheet here

A number of community energy groups across the area have also got together to make this short film.

Wood pellet offer
Bags of Brite's Wood Pellets are available to buy from the Tamar Valley Centre, due to stock surplus to requirements.

£3.50 per 10kg bag (would prefer to sell in multiples of 10), or £275 for all stock (approx 83 bags).

Buyer to collect and load from the Centre - please call first, 01822 835030

Roots to Transition

Please see our Facebook page for comments on 'Getting your hands dirty',
and 'Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression'

Keep up to date through our facebook page – – Roots to Transition
. - and do 'like' us!

Volunteers are always welcome to join our ‘growing’ team!
If you can spare a few hours (enthusiasm is the only requirement!) please contact us on 01822 820345 or email Sue.

The latest news from the Tamar Valley AONB ...
A photographic competition on The Hidden Treasures of the Tamar Valley
A programme of walks over the next 3 months
Map and compass training, later this month
Find out more about TV AONB talks and exhibitions, and their newsletter here ... or via Facebook
Information: 01822 835030,

Energy Fair and Green Open Homes successful ...

We were delighted by the attendance at our Energy Fair on Saturday October 3rd in Tavistock Town Hall ... with 150+ visitors on what proved to be a gloriously sunny day. We'd like to thank all of our visitors, exhibitors and volunteers who made it possible!

Everyone agreed that the Town Hall was a great venue and we've agreed a date for 2016 - Saturday Oct. 15th.

Our Green Open Homes weekend also proved useful for people wanting to find out more about particular technologies ...

Events in Plymouth and around
Transition Plymouth have several events taking place this month.
These include
A talk on 20 October entitled "Why HS2 Will Be Good for the South West "
What's in Your Wood? -lots of outside activities
The Radical Cinema and The Green Book Club
Earth Cafe on 24 October
Apples festival - 28 October
Column Acoustic
talks and meetings on the Syrian refugee crisis
and have drawn to our attention a talk by on Time For Trees
For more details of these and other events -
Please email Pat Bushel at Transition Plymouth:

Our newsletters ...
We'd love to include your stories, events, ideas etc. If you have anything you'd like to be included, please send in the last week of the month to Volunteer editors also welcome.

Forthcoming Dates
Nov 2015
Tues 10th - Green Drinks
Dec 2015
Tues 8th - Green Drinks
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.