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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter September 2012

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter September 2012

1. Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month!
September Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 11th September (19:30 till 21:30) at the Market Inn, corner of Whitchurch Road and Pixon Lane in Tavistock.

2. Food and Energy Group and Garden Share Scheme
Liz and Beau Dobson hosted our August Food and Energy group meeting on the 28th August in Sampford Spiney. It was a productive meeting. We looked forward to our visit to Mary Tavy Power Station (see below).
South West Devon Community Energy Partnership
Peter Smith and Kate Royston shared the progress being made by energy related Community Groups across West Devon, South Hams and Dartmoor National Park in forming a Partnership to work with the local authorities across the area. More news on this next month.
Tavistock Renewable Energy Network and The Energy Shop
We are continuing to make progress in our plans to set up Tavistock Renewable Energy Network and The Energy Shop. To be successful the network needs to be run and supported by a broad range of interests across the community. If you have legal, finance, marketing experience etc. or other skills and/or enthusiasm you would like to offer please get in touch ( If you wish to be inspired check out and see what Wadebridge are achieving. We’ll be announcing plans for an introductory event soon!
Hedge Week Event (27th Oct to 4th Nov)
Look out for details of our Hedge week event – a chance to gain insights and experience in managing hedges and woodlands to yield woodfuel … particularly for farms and people in the community with wood burners etc. interested in getting together to manage their own firewood supplies.
Mary Tavy Power Station
Did you know that Mary Tavy Power station is the largest hydro power station in England? It's run by South West Water and together with the station at Morwellham generates approx 3.25 Mw. The Energy group had a visit on Monday 3rd September. More about this next month.
Garden Share Scheme
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 (

3. Community Morning
Community Morning (1st September) in Bedford Square was a lot of fun and gave us an opportunity to meet many old friends and new acquaintances!

We were more organized with our stall this year and were able to include a drawing challenge for children to design their own poster to encourage recycling, local food or energy efficiency. The posters can be seen at thanks to everyone who gave us a hand and / or came to see us.

4. Inner Transition - from Wendy Millar
The fifth inner transition meeting was held on Wednesday 22nd August at 7.30pm at 41 West Street. There were 8 members present and we began the meeting by sharing positive thoughts and news together. This involved looking at an alternative banking system, plus looking to see how we might all live in the present moment and have gratitude for what we have. “Active Hope- how to face the mess we’re in without going crazy” by Joanna Macey and Chris Johnstone was recommended as an inspiring book for all those in the Transition Movement to read.
We spent a good part of the evening then talking about a “Mission Statement” for the Inner Transition Group.
Five members of the group had already emailed their ideas of what a mission statement on “inner transition” meant for them. These were then shared with the rest of the group at our meeting. This enabled the discussion process to be focussed and constructive when deciding what it should say. This is now open for reflection before we finally decide and put it to print.
Gill Westcott of the Exeter Transition Group, has offered to run an event for us. This will take place on Saturday 6th October from 9am till 1pm at the Quaker Meeting House for anyone interested in "Inner Transition".

5. Peace One Day Gathering
Join us in Bedford Square at 19:00 for an hour of celebration on Friday 21st September in support of Max Laithwaite – the Peace One Day Pilgrim. Max has been walking around the UK since June 21st. He completes his pilgrimage in London on September 21st (See
We look forward to seeing you there.

6. Christmas Tree Workshop
We are delighted to have been invited to decorate a tree in this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Eustachius. We have arranged for our second Christmas Tree Decorations Workshop in the Friends' Meeting House, Canal Road, Tavistock on Sunday 11th November from 2.00 - 5.00 pm. Our theme is ‘Re-Energising Tavistock’. The idea is to come together and design and make decorations that can demonstrating how to save, and generate, energy … in a fun way!
Please come along with your ideas and any materials you think might be suitable - if you have any - if not, there will be plenty provided. Ideal for children too!

7. Free loft and cavity wall insulation for West Devon residents
For the first time, all West Devon residents, regardless of income, are being offered free cavity wall and loft insulation, as part of an energy incentive by West Devon Borough Council.
Working in partnership with South West-based energy conservation specialists, Enact Energy, the Council aims to help people save money on their energy bills and have warmer, more comfortable homes.
Free cavity wall and loft insulation is available subject to a free home assessment but excludes social housing tenants.
People on qualifying benefits could also be eligible for up to £200 cash back, as part of the scheme.*
Cllr Robert Oxborough, the Council's Chairman of the Community Services Committee said: "With everyone on a tight budget, I am hoping this partnership scheme will help people save money and stay warm. Installing insulation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep down the cost of your fuel bills so this scheme could make a huge difference to households across West Devon. "
According to the Energy Saving Trust, someone living in a gas-heated, three bedroom, semi-detached house with loft and cavity wall insulation installed, could save up to £310 per year.
Homes across West Devon are being sent letters telling them about the Council's 'Enact Energy' scheme from August 20, 2012.
The offer is available until 30th September 2012.
For more information call Enact Energy 0800 093 4050 or visit
*Maximum of £200 available per property for qualifying customers subject to suitability assessment and available funding. Proof of qualifying benefits required.

8. Transition Plymouth
Transition Plymouth Social Evening
On Saturday 15th of September 2012, from 5.30 pm
Everyone welcome to this informal event
Meet, eat, talk, exchange ideas and give your views.
Starting with a sit-down veggie/vegan meal to share,
Eating at 6.30 or join us for coffee from 7.30
For venue email
or phone her on 01752 772395

Also, the new Transition Plymouth "discussion group" on Eco-feminism will be meeting on THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER, 6pm, in Mutley Plain, Plymouth.
Everybody is welcome! - including children :)
For more info please email or phone 01752 222152

9. From Yealm Environment Group
Dear all,
We are having our first meeting of the post-sailing season a little earlier than usual, Wednesday 26th September, and there will be no meeting in October. Usual time 8pm, at the Yealm Yacht Club, Riverside Road East, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth PL8 1AE.

The September meeting is a follow-up to our discussion on the Economy, Energy and Environment, in which Dr Mike Haywood will discuss whether the banks (or the regulators) have really learnt anything since the crash in 2008. Are we any safer from their excesses now than we were then? Come and hear the predictions and debate the issue. For those who wish, there will be a hearty Sailors Supper from 6:30-8:00 – booking essential on 01752 872232/291 or

10. Bioblitz
Join expert naturalists, wildlife educators and scientists on 21st and 22nd September to help discover the huge diversity of wildlife at the Pentillie Estate, within the Tamar Valley AONB.
Bioblitz is a free wildlife event for all ages, and has been organised by the Cordiale* project, part of the Tamar Valley AONB’s work to keep the landscape of the area special.
We are still looking for a few more helpers, so if you could spare some time on the Friday or Saturday to help with stewarding or welcoming people, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Simon Bates, Cordiale Project Officer,, or call 01822 835033.
More details:
(*This work is part of the EU-funded project ‘Cordiale’ – selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, and co-funded by the ERDF)

11. Inaugural Beyond Capitalism Lecture 3rd October
Dear all
It is our great pleasure to invite you to join Plymouth Business School on October 3rd 2012 to hear Tony Juniper, campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and well-known British environmentalist speak. Tony will be joining us as the inaugural speaker in our Beyond Capitalism lecture series.

About Beyond Capitalism
The recent international financial crisis and the continuing sovereign debt crisis coupled with austerity measures in Europe have made many question the traditional neo-classical view of western capitalism and the financial systems and institutions which underpin this model. The Beyond Capitalism Lecture Series will explore how businesses and policy makers can help to promote and prepare for new economic models that are likely to emerge in the next few years, each speaker bringing their own expert opinion to bear!
Tony Juniper
For more than 25 years Tony Juniper has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels. ??Juniper presently works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008-2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Rainforests Project. He is a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), working as a member of the teaching faculty and contributing to several programmes. ??Juniper is also an adviser to several international companies, including Skanska and Danone, assisting with the development of their sustainability strategies. He is also a founder of The Robertsbridge Group which provides advice to major companies on how best to meet ambitious sustainability goals.
Further Information
Places for this lecture are limited, so don’t delay!
To read more about this event go to:
Or to book online go to:

Alison Ashby
Special Projects Manager (Sustainability) to the Dean
Tel: +44 (0)1752 585728

12. Paths To Change

Paths to Change:
Economic Systems, Justice and the Planet
Saturday 13 October 2012
Exeter Friends Meeting House,
Wynards Lane, Magdalen Road, Exeter EH2 4HU
10.00 – 12.30
Speakers and Panel Discussion with: Stewart Wallis (Director, New Economics Foundation), Symon Hill (Associate Director, Ekklesia), and Maud Grainger (Woodbrooke College)
The New Economics Foundation, of which Stewart Wallis is Director, has pioneering publications and policy discussions on the transition to a just and sustainable economy and reform of the money and banking system – see Symon Hill is a Christian writer and activist on peace and justice issue ( Maud Grainger is a tutor on Sustainability and Economic Justice at Woodbrooke College ( The talks will be followed by Question Time and a panel discussion.
Arranged by Devon and Cornwall Quakers. For further information, contact Raymond Thompson 01392 438148

13. Transition Workshop In Exeter - Exeter University Transition Project
Transition Workshop?Saturday Oct 20th at Sidwell St Methodist Church 10.00 - 4.00pm
What makes a Transition group effective? What issues are Transition groups facing?
An opportunity for Transitioners from different groups to get together, and share what works and what hasn't worked. Learn, Plan and Collaborate.
The workshop is facilitated by Gill Wyatt, who has been involved with different Transition groups for over 3 years. She also runs Creating Synergies, which provides facilitation, research and coaching to communities and other groups.
Home-cooked Lunch provided!
Suggested donation £3 towards costs
Details and booking or 01647 2478

14. Tavistock Townscape Heritage Initiative
Details of this important initiative are attached in a separate document.

15. News from Tavistock Chamber of Commerce.
Tavistock Chamber meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 18:00 in the Bedford Hotel. This month Robert Plumb presented an overview of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (see above).
Adam Fleet provided an update on Tavistock BiD. He also reported on progress in establishing the Tavistock Enterprise Hub. It is hoped that this will be operational by the end of the year.
Tavistock College informed the meeting of the Employer Forum which will be held on the 27th September. This is designed to help students gain a better understanding of he skills expected by local employers; and develop these skills as part of ongoing learning.
Everyone is also encouraged to support the Tour of Britain as it passes through Tavistock at about 12:30 on Saturday 15th September. There will be entertainment in the town throughout the day.

16. Shaping our towns of tomorrow
People in West Devon will be invited to have their say on a document outlining the current and future shopping and leisure needs of the Borough.
A recent study commissioned by the Council has provided important information that will help to shape plans for the future of the Borough's towns.
The study shows the shops and facilities currently available in the Borough's two main towns of Okehampton and Tavistock and looks at how people's future needs can be met up to 2031.
The study has found that both towns cater well for a diverse range of food shopping needs and the majority of residents in both towns are choosing to do most of their food shopping in the local area.
The specialist independent shops and the Pannier Market in Tavistock are particularly attractive to visitors to the area. In Okehampton, the three main supermarkets play an important role in supporting the vitality of the town.
Whilst some residents are doing their non-food shopping in the towns, the majority are shopping in larger towns and cities outside of the Borough, particularly for clothing and DIY goods.
Cllr Diana Moyse, lead Member for Strategic Planning, said: "We welcome this study as it provides us with key evidence to shape our towns for the future. Many organisations and individuals have contributed to the interviews and workshops that were held as part of the study. Now, the Council wants to consult with its residents and the business community on the study's findings and next month (Oct) we will be holding a series of consultation sessions. We will then use the study and the community's views to shape future policy in West Devon.
The Council's Community Services Committee met on Tuesday (Sept 4) in Tavistock where they agreed to consult residents and businesses on the findings of the report.
Details of the consultation will be published shortly.
The full study is available at -

17. Sign The Petition to the BBC!
On 17 September, a new Director General, George Entwistle, will take office at the BBC. Please sign the petition to him to ask the BBC to take its responsibilities seriously when it comes to reporting climate change. We are facing a Climate Emergency. Global temperatures are rising and Arctic ice melt is outpacing the IPCC's worst predictions. We might hope that the BBC would lead the way in providing clearsighted coverage of the situation, but unfortunately this is not always the case. So for example, on 13 July, in an interview on the Today programme, John Humphrys asked "You can't absolutely prove, can you, that CO2 in the atmosphere is responsible for global warming? If you think this sort of approach is damaging our chances of tackling climate change, please sign the petition. Go to you. Campaign against Climate Change
18. The Route to Resilience, Preparing the Transport Sector for Climate Change
Wednesday 10th October, hosted by Plymouth University This regional showcase conference aims to build local knowledge on the issues of climate change and facilitate information sharing from both national and local perspectives to building resilience within the transport network in the South West region. Further details will be available on the Climate SouthWest website in due course.
19. Some Useful Links - from Mike Dennis and Tony Newell
September is National Organic Food Month
Sunday 21 October is Apple Day
Saturday 24 November is Buy Nothing Day UK
And Tony's website is:

20. Forthcoming Dates
September 2012
Green Drinks Tuesday September 11th
Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday September 18th
Peace One Day Gathering Friday September 21st

October 2012
Inner Transition Meeting Date to be confirmed
Inner Transition Workshop Saturday October 6th
Green Drinks Tuesday October 9th
Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday October 23rd

November 2012
Hedge Week Event Date to be confirmed
Christmas Decorations Workshop Sunday November 11th
Green Drinks Tuesday November 13th
Energy & Food Group Meeting Tuesday November 27th

And finally ... a couple of reminders ...

A Fresh Start in Fairtrade
Exeter Community Centre
17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG, 5 mins walk from Exeter St David’s station Saturday 22nd September 11am-4.15pm

The Devon Food Conference 2012
Feeding the World is Easy: Food Security for Devon and the Globe
The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF
Thursday 18th October 2012, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tel: 01822-835819
c/o Tavistock Taskforce
Unit 2, Pixon Lane Trading Centre
Tavistock Devon PL19 8DH