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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter October 2013

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter

October 2013

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

November Green Drinks – come and join our Green Drinks on Tuesday 12th November (19:30 till 21:30) at our new venue the Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock.

2. @TransitionTavi
Our Twitter address is @TransitionTavi if you’d like to follow us.

Many thanks to Bryonie for setting this up for us. We wish her all the very best as she recovers from a car accident in Derriford.

3. Food and Energy Group News
The Food and Energy group met on the 17th October at Tavistock Enterprise Hub … with one member joining in via Skype video which worked really well.

The Community Garden is taking off, we have a fledgling Woodlands Group, and the Energy Co-op has taken another step forward.

The date of our next meeting is to be confirmed. If you’re not on the circulation list for this group and would like to learn more, please contact Kate at

Food and Growing Initiatives

Roots to Transition

You should soon be able to see some activity along the rose walk in the Meadows as our community growing partnership with Tavistock Town Council and local volunteers kicks into action.

If you’d like to get involved in managing the Rose Walk and its flowerbeds, and breathing new life into the garden areas between the canal and the tennis courts please let us know. You can contact Sue Hepworth.: (01822-820345)

Garden Share Scheme

Do you have a garden to share with others or would you love to grow your own fruit and veg, but need some space.? If the answer is yes, our Garden Share Scheme may be just the ticket. Do get in touch (

Energy Initiatives

Tavistock Renewable Energy Network (TREN)

Our application to the Co-operative Enterprise Hub has been accepted and we should be meeting with an advisor in the first week of November.

If you’d like to be one of the founder members and help shape a local energy future for Tavistock – if democratising energy for local people rather than for the Big 6 energy companies is important to you and/or you have specialised knowledge, or you could provide help on the legal side, communications, finances, events, renewable energy, educational and skills development etc. please get in touch. We’d love to have you on board as we embark further on this journey.

Naming our Energy Co-op

The forerunner at the moment seems to be Tamar/Tavi Energy Network –TEN.

Let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP)

With rising energy bills SWD CEP’s key focus at the moment is on retrofit – helping householders in particular reduce the amount of power and heat needed in their homes.

We’ve been awarded some money from the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund (DSDF) to develop and deliver a number of workshops locally which will include:

- Energy Saving Behaviours

- How to read your meter

- Draught Busting

- DIY secondary glazing

- DIY Loft Insulation (Skills sharing)

- Hot cylinder and pipes lagging

- Lighting

- Heating Controls

- Treatment of listed and historic buildings

We’ll be starting to roll out the workshops in Q1, 2014

If you’d like to help support this programme and be a local Energy Champion do get in touch. We’ll be providing training in return for supporting your community. If this is of interest call or email – (07969-569-444)

4. Open Homes and Eco Fair – Jan / Feb 2014
We’ll be hosting an Open Homes weekend followed by an Eco Fair at the end of January/ beginning of February.

If you have installed energy saving measures in your home … and are prepared to share these with others … to help them do the same … please get in touch.

The Eco Fair will be an opportunity to talk to local installers and providers and get local advice on energy saving and energy generation. If you’d like to exhibit please also get in touch.

Call or email – (07969-569-444)

5. Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival 2013
The annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held by the Friends of St Eustachius’ from 29th November to 8th December 2013.

We’ll be promoting energy saving measures in the home. If you’d like to help us prepare the tree please call or email – (07969-569-444).

6. Inner Transition
For details of Inner Transition, contact Al on 01822 616083 or email

7. Tavistock Community Day
Tavistock Community Day was very well attended this year. We had a lot of visitors and the rain largely held off until the end when we had a downpour. Held on the first Saturday in September it’s a great chance to learn more about local community organisations.

8. Tavistock Woodlands Group
The first meeting of the Tavistock Woodlands Group was held on the 1st October. It's bringing together people who’d like to get more involved in looking after a community supported woodland – helping improve biodiversity; learning more about woodland species; and/or preparing your own fire wood or pea sticks etc.?

Adrian Hepworth is co-ordinating the group, and is in the process of arranging a site visit to a local wood we may be able to help manage.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved contact Adrian Hepworth: (01822-820345).

9. Tavistock Car Club
Don’t just keep thinking about joining the car club, just go to the website ( and sign up!

Want to avoid the cost and hassle of ownership? Only have a car when you need one ...
Try ...Tavistock Car Club
A shared car for members parked in Guildhall carpark
Book online … or via your smart phone. £3.95 per hour, 15p per mile

Want to know more? Want to see the car?
Give John a call on 01822-618960 or visit

10. Tavistock and District – Local Economic Blueprint
Our project to develop a Local Economic Blueprint is continuing to take shape – and we should have more news next month. Check out the work Totnes have done: ( They are mentoring us through the process.

What is It?

· An executable roadmap identifying how the economy of Tavistock and District can be protected and enhanced

· Building on its unique strengths and skills

o Focused on key sectors for development

· Demonstrating, through evidence based research, the worth to be gained through:

o developing more demand for local products and services

o delivered by local independent businesses

o using a supply chain closer to home

If you’d like to be involved or be kept in touch call or email – (07969-569-444).

11. Tavistock College - Solar School
Tavistock College is now a Solar School and work is underway to set up the fundraising web site and arrange a programme of events.

The College is looking forward to working with the community, with the help of the 10:10 Solar Schools campaign, to raise money to install solar panels to help power the college!!

The Steering Group is being led by College Governor Nigel Larcombe-Williams. If you have any ideas or would like to provide support contact and we’ll put you in touch.

The College is also participating in the Dartmoor Schools initiative funded by the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund, bringing expertise from Okehampton College and DARE (Devon Action for Renewable Energy) to support staff and students' efforts to reduce energy use.

12. Tamar Grow Local and Tamar Valley Food Hub

Local markets for your diary:

Tamar Grow Local (


26th Tamar Trails Open Day


15th Harrowbarrow & Metherell Christmas Fair

If you would like to supply our mixed produce stall or have a stall of your own at these events, please contact for further details.

Tamar Valley Food Hubs (

The Tamar Valley Food Hub is an exciting new way to shop for local and seasonal food and drink. To find out more check out the website.

And remember … orders need to be in by midnight on a Tuesday!

13. Another chance to help shape Tavistock’s Townscape
People are being given another chance to get involved with a project which aims to give a facelift to the public open spaces in the historic heart of Tavistock.

It follows the success of the first Tavistock Townscape Heritage Partnership (THP) workshop held last month at the Town Hall.

A second workshop takes place on Wednesday, November 6 between 2pm and 5pm at the Parish Centre next to the Bedford Hotel in Plymouth Road.

In April this year, the Tavistock THP, which includes West Devon Borough Council, Tavistock Town Council, Devon County Council, community organisations and local businesses, won an initial Heritage Lottery Grant of £36,000 to kick-start the project.

The scheme aims to transform the commercial heart of Tavistock to help address the needs of local businesses, owners of historic properties and the local community in and around the town centre.

It includes public spaces such as Bank Square, Guildhall Square and the area round the Pannier Market.

The first workshop was aimed at gathering as many views as possible about what Tavistock’s streets, pavements and squares should look like with a particular focus on ideas for improving such spaces.

Workshop hosts, LDA-design of Exeter, have developed some of the ideas generated and hope to build on them at the next event.

Sophie Thompson from LDA said: “The aim of this second workshop is to recap on the key findings from the September event and then to discuss the emerging vision and preliminary design options for priority locations such as Guildhall Square, Bank Square and the area around the Pannier Market.”

The results will be used to help prepare a second stage lottery bid on behalf of the Tavistock Townscape Heritage Partnership.

If successful, the second bid will unlock another grant taking the total Lottery funding to a £1million with hopes of a further £1million from investment by local organizations and businesses by 2019.

Workshop places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To book a place at the workshop or have your say if you are unable to attend, contact Christopher Pancheri on 01822 613259 or email:

14. News from Tavistock Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub and Tavistock Town Team

Tavistock Chamber of Commerce

In October we were joined by Simon Chamberlain, the new chairman of the Dartmoor Partnership. Simon emphasised the importance of Tavistock and District as a gateway into Dartmoor and the need for us all to work together to support the Partnership (

Tavistock Enterprise Hub

At Tavistock Enterprise Hub they are busy converting some of the open space into six individual offices to support the growing demand.

If you need some space for a meeting, a hot desk from time to time … or even a permanent desk or office check out If you haven’t had a chance to see it get in touch with Adam Fleet and drop by for a coffee (

Tavistock Town Team

The Town Team are in the process of allocating funds to projects which can benefit the Town Centre. These include the Ambassadors programme, Totally Locally, The Local Economic Blueprint and a small contribution to support the Car Club.

15. Tavistock a pilot for Devon CCs Locality Lead Project
DCC is piloting their Locality Lead Project in 4 communities in Devon: Tavistock, Okehampton, Totnes and Cullumpton. The primary function of the role is to appoint a senior manager within Devon County Council to work alongside local partners; voluntary, statutory and community, as well as DCC colleagues to identify opportunities for more creative and innovative partnership working and service delivery. DCC are considering these roles as development opportunities both for the individuals appointed and for the organisation as a whole. A key aim will be to develop a stronger understanding of what communities want and how we can work together. The roles will be responsive to local circumstances and as such are likely to have different emphases in different towns, but a commonality across all four appointments will be that these officers will look for opportunities to deliver services and manage assets in a different way.

The Locality Lead for Tavistock is Simon Kitchen who is the Head of Strategy, Policy and Organisational Change at Devon County Council. Simon was appointed in early September and will fulfil this work alongside his existing responsibilities. Simon will be supported by Sonia Burgess.

Simon is currently meeting with local partners to discuss the role and beginning to scope the best way of working in the town.

Contact Sonia Burgess at for more information.

16. Totally Locally Tavistock
The Totally Locally Tavistock volunteers will be working with local traders to roll out a campaign in the run up to Christmas.

Tavistock is the latest of many towns across the UK to take up the Totally Locally campaign. This free initiative supports Tavistock’s traders to show the value of local shopping and its benefits for the local economy (

17. Meadows Makeover
Meadows Makeover is a grassroots community campaign working with Tavistock Town Council to improve the provision of children’s play equipment in the Meadows.

Following a successful event recently in Bedford Square a second fund raiser is being held at Tavistock Methodist Church on 30th November 2013 (10:00 to 14:00). There will be lots of stalls and things to entertain the children. Totally Locally and Transition Tavistock will also be there to support the event.

For more information see

18. Half-Term Events
Half-term is coming up - here's a selection of local events that may interest you!

This season’s Tamar Trail Festival, offering over 30 activities & events throughout the Tamar Valley, will run from Saturday 26th October – Thursday 31st October. Places are filling up fast on many events. Make sure you book onto your favourites soon, to avoid disappointment. More details at

Wild About Woods offers great free, family activities across green spaces in Plymouth. See separate flyer for more details.

There's also a Blue Sound Beach Ranger half-term programme at Devil’s Point and Kinterbury Creek. Explore local beaches and estuaries and discover the amazing marine world surrounding the city! Come along at 11am to 3pm and get involved with Beach Rangers for FREE!

Wednesday 30th October: An early Seashore Safari and afternoon Beach Clean and Beach Art at Devil's Point Beach (Firestone Bay). Thursday 31st October: Join us in Kinterbury Creek (Mudcott) for a day enjoying and learning more about nature.

If you have any questions call 07943 241928 or email Find out more and join our facebook group on

And finally, see the Woodland Trust website at for more good ideas for getting out of doors at half-term.

19. Tamar Valley AONB Draft Plan Consultation
The Tamar Valley AONB team invites you to share your thoughts & ideas, as we move towards the next 5 years in conserving & enhancing this special landscape.

Meet the team at one of the following venues

Saturday 26th October, 9am – 12noon
Tavistock Library
Saturday 2nd November, 9am – 12noon
Stoke Climsland Village Market, The Old School
Saturday 9th November, 12:30pm – 5pm
The Long Gallery Café Bar, St Germans
Saturday 16th November, 9am – 12noon
Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, nr Gunnislake
Sunday 24th November, 8am – 12:30pm
Bere Ferrers Parish Hall foyer, Bere Alston

Hard copies of the Plan will also be available to view from 19th October – 15th December at parish/town councils, One Stop Shops and libraries throughout the Tamar Valley.

Let us know what you think about the Draft Plan for your chance to win one of 2 great prizes – Basket of Local Produce from Tamar Grow Local (worth over £35), or a Cream Tea for 4 at the National Trust’s Cotehele.

20. Shale Gas Fracking
Transition Plymouth are interested in booking Paul Mobbs for a workshop/talk about shale gas. Even though it is not a local issue for us in the South West, since there has been talk of some transition initiatives coming out in support of it, we thought it was important to hear from an expert in the field.

Have a look at Paul’s web site here:

Paul is doing a tour just now and details of it are here:

If anyone is interested in helping to share expenses which are fairly modest, i.e., “…costs of train travel plus a 'donation' (commensurate with the economic well-being of those attending the meeting).” please let us know, and/or pass it on to anyone else who may be interested, as we’d like to get things moving.

Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth

21. Setting Up a Community Garden
The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens (FCFCG) is holding a specialist ‘Setting up a Community Garden’ training course, which will be delivered one day a week over four weeks from November 6th 2013 at Tamar Valley Centre, near Gunnislake (PL18 9FE). If you want the confidence to set up a thriving new community growing project - or are involved in setting up or managing an existing community growing space and need more training - then this new course is for you! You can book a single day or any combination of days, or book for the whole course.

The course will be delivered as part of the Lottery-funded Growing Food and Composting Project (a partnership between Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens), it’s partly subsidised and offered at a discounted rate. You can find out more about the project at

Training Days on offer:

Day 1 ( 6th November): Getting Started- Exploring different models of community growing and ways of community engagement as well as looking at setting up a governance structure for your group

Day 2 (13th November): Managing your site and land issues. Looking at finding the right site for your project including types of agreements with landowners and legal issues to consider

Day 3 (20th November): Recruiting and Managing Volunteers. This will include induction and training; legislation and policies; managing and getting the best from your volunteers

Day 4 (27th November): Sustaining and Financing your community garden. Exploring how to fund your garden from day one and how to ensure your project are around in years to come.

The course will be run from 10am-4pm every day with lunch and all materials included . You can sign up for individual days or any combination to suit your needs.


Day Rate:

£20 for Volunteers of community gardens

£40 for staff of community gardens or small charities.

£100 for Local Authorities and other organisations.

Whole Course Rate:

Book for all four days for £75/£150/£350

For more information contact Sara at

Sara Melendro

South West Office

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens

Phone 01392 243 233

Mobile 07909 590140

22. Devon Biosphere Presentation
On Wednesday 30th October at 8.15pm, Octagon Theatre, Okehampton College you are invited to attend a presentation on the future of sustainable grasslands in the South West.
The presenter, Dr Phil Murray is Head of the North Wyke Campus and Associate Head of the Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems Department of Rothamsted Research. North Wyke is the foremost grassland research station in England and is the home of the North Wyke Farm Platform, a major investment in research infrastructure by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council that aims to better understand and develop sustainable grassland systems. In his talk Phil will explore the future of culm grasslands and how the underpinning research is helping us to develop sustainable grasslands in the South West.

Please let Keith Webber at the College know if you would like to attend - there is no charge. Please also see this link

23. Soap Nuts
Mike and Jenny Dennis came across soap nuts in the energy advice shop in Camelford recently. They have acquired some and will be testing them. Anyone else using them on a regular basis?

The Soap Nut Eco-Revolution
Indian Soap Nuts are the berries of the sapindus mukorossi (soap nut tree) that predominantly grow in the Himalayan mountains of India and Nepal. The sapindus mukorossi grows a small fruit surrounded by a firm outer shell, much like a lychee, rambutan or berry. The outer shell is rich in natural saponins - a protection against fungus and bacteria. Saponin also happens to be a natural surfactant (detergent).

The fruit is harvested from September to February and dried in the sun, the natural way, without adding/using any chemicals. In fact, the whole process uses no fossil fuels either, except in the transportation of the product to the market or to the end user.

The presence of saponin in a shell is not that unusual, a little research will show you that many trees give some (the horse chestnut for one). It is just that the Sapindus family has more than most.

Native families in South Asian countries have used Soap Nuts for centuries to wash their own clothes. They put 2-3 shells in to a small cotton bag or in any other piece of cloth and work it in with their laundry. The Soapnuts absorb water and release their saponins, which circulate as a natural surfactant in the wash water, reducing the surface tension of the water and freeing dirt, grime and soil from the clothing. When the clothes are rinsed the Soapnut's saponins are washed downstream where they remain harmless to the environment. No synthetic chemicals, no fragrance chemicals, no foaming agents, nor bleaching agents or other toxins. Just natural Soap nuts as grown by Mother Nature!

24. Check these out … Peak Soil + Importance of trees and particulate matter pollution
Two programmes on the BBC recently worth checking out:

· Radio 4 – Shared Planet: Soil science – Listen to the dangers of peak soil:

· BBC 2 – Trust me I’m a Doctor – A programme packed with information we should all be aware of – and in particular – the danger of particulate pollution whilst driving … and the amazing job that Silver Birch can do in mopping up particulates:

25. Local news and links
Check out

26. Forthcoming Dates
October 2013

Food and Energy Group to be confirmed

November 2013

Green Drinks Tuesday November 12th – Union Inn, Tavistock

Food and Energy Group tbc

Christmas Tree Festival Nov 29th to Dec 8th

Meadows Makeover Fundraiser Saturday November 30th (10:00 to 14:00)

27. And Finally ...
The Little Book of Honey

Ever wondered what honey made from the nectar of ivy flowers would taste like? Wanted to make your own honey ice-cream? The Little Book of Honey offers the flavours of honey from thistle, viper's bugloss and coriander, amongst many others. It explains how to replace sugar with honey in baking and includes recipes for breads, cakes, puddings, drinks and dressings, all drenched, drizzled or delicately flavoured with nature's most versatile sweetener. The Little Book of Honeyis the perfect indulgence for the bee-friendly gardener, the gourmet, the sweet of tooth, those looking for inspiration in eating local, and anyone happy to make life an extended honeymoon. This is a feast for the eyes and for the stomach, available for £6 + P&P from

Tel: 01822-835819