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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter July 2014

Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter

July 2014

My apologies for the absence of newsletters for the last couple of months, as I settle into my new role. I hope we’re now back on track and that you will continue to enjoy the news items and events we bring to you. There are a number of events coming up very shortly, so please note the dates quoted.


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

2. Horrabridge Energy Savers
Horrabridge Energy Savers is providing free energy check, support and advice to Horrabridge householders during 2014.

We have held 12 workshops in the village, helping local residents understand their energy use and how to take measures to reduce their bills and impact on the energy market.

On Saturday 28th June we enjoyed taking part in the Village Fair and had the chance to explain the project to more local residents.

We’ll be at the Horrabridge Community Primary School Summer Fair on Friday 4th July and we’ll also be setting up a weekly drop-in session very soon.

A number of free or low cost insulation offers will be available in July as well as a new Government grant scheme. We’re looking forward to helping householders access these and other energy saving measures over the coming months.

If you’d like to know more email or call 07969-569-444.

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.

3. Energy Savers - Open Homes and Eco Fair
We’re organising an Open Homes weekend on Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th September. Calling all householders across the area who are, or have, renovated your homes, or are building new ones. Are you prepared to show others what you’ve done? Let us know ( if you’re prepared to open your home on one or both days (10:00 to 16:00).

There will be an Eco Fair the following Saturday – 20th September – at Tavistock College. Exhibitors, talk, and demonstrations and more. If there’s anything you’d like to see included please get in touch.

4. Food and Energy Group News
We made good progress with a number of our food and energy projects during May and June 2014. Roots to Transition continues to blossom, Horrabridge Energy Savers has connected with more householders, Tamar Energy Community is nearly in place and an Open Homes and Eco Fair are planned for September.

Food and Energy Group Meeting

We’re planning a summer barbecue for our next food and energy meeting. If you’d like to come along get in touch (see contact details).

Food and Growing Initiatives

Roots to Transition

The Rose Walk is in full swing now, french beans just forming, peas for the picking and loads of herbs and flowers. We were off to a slow start because of the lack of somewhere to propagate the vast number of seeds, so some things didn't do so well (onions being one). We have started on the canal-side beds with squash and sweetcorn in two of them. The other beds will be growing buckwheat as honeybee fodder and as green manure, eventually they will be sown with bee-friendly plants. Judging for Britain in Bloom will be in a few weeks time so we hope everything will look tickety-boo when it happens.

If you’re walking past and like what you see do let us know.

Volunteers are also welcome … if you’d like to help with this transformational project do get in touch … please contact Sue Hepworth.: (01822-820345).

Garden Share Scheme

Interested in being a Garden Share coordinator? If you have a few minutes to spend each week and enjoy meeting and talking to people … get in touch … we need to add a couple of people to the team to help identify potential garden owners and gardeners …and match them up.

And please let us know if you have a garden to share with others or would you love to grow your own fruit and veg, but need some space.


Energy Initiatives

Tamar Energy Community

We’re nearly there!

Our local energy cooperative, which will be owned by all of its members across the area, will be incorporated by the end of July. Look out for us at the Carnival!

South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP)

Our key focus remains on developing ways to help householders in particular reduce the amount of power and heat needed in their homes … and over the next few months making sure that as many people as possible take up the free and reduced cost insulation offers that will be available.

5. Devon ECO Insulation offer – lofts and cavities uninsulated or need a loft top up. Now’s the time and your community can benefit!
Energy saving measures for householders across Devon

The Devon ECO Insulation Offer will be offering energy saving measures to private homeowners, landlords and tenants across Devon from July 2014. This offer is managed by the Cosy Devon Partnership (Devon County Council and the Devon local authorities together with E.ON); and will be provided by E.ON under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The Offers

The scheme is subject to final confirmation but as far as we are aware the offers will provide cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and loft top ups for free for private householders (homeowners, tenants and landlords) in designated low income areas; and for a small charge in other areas.

What to do if you’re interested

There is a limited amount of money available within the Devon ECO Insulation Offer to pay for the measures.

Priority is likely to be given to householders in low income areas.

Register your interest with Horrabridge Energy Savers/Transition Tavistock by providing your name, address, postcode and contact details and a team member will follow up with you.

We will provide final details of the scheme as soon as they are confirmed.

Horrabridge Energy Savers/Transition Tavistock will earn a small fee (to be confirmed) for each completed measure which will help fund further support in your community.

Horrabridge Energy Savers:; Transition Tavistock:; or call 07069-569-444.

You can also download a factsheet here:

6. Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) – a great opportunity
GDHIF was introduced by Government in June 2014

New incentive scheme to improve the energy efficiency of your home linked to the Green Deal.

Open to all householders, tenants and landlords in England and Wales

Provides a choice of 2 core incentive offers, and where you qualify, 2 add-on bonus rewards across a range of energy saving home improvements.

How does the offer work?

Choose offers 1 and/or 2, then add on offers 3 and/or 4 if applicable

Core offer 1:

Two energy saving measures
Up to £1,000 grant for installing 2 eligible energy saving measures from a list of 12 (see table)

Core offer 2:

Solid Wall Insulation
Up to £6,000 grant for solid wall insulation.

The applicant must contribute at least 25% of the total cost

Must insulate at least 50% of the external walls of the property

Add-On 3:

Home Buyer Bonus
An extra £500 bonus for those that have bought a house in the last 12 months

Add-On 4:

Green Deal Assessment Report refund
Up to £100 towards the cost of a Green Deal Assessment Report (GDAR) that is tailored to your home

Who can apply (applicants)?




*Scheme is open to both private and social tenants and landlords. The person who pays the majority of the costs can apply (the applicant).

Who can do the work?

The work can be done by a Green Deal Approved Provider and/or Installer registered with the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Horrabridge Energy Savers (HES)/Transition Tavistock can provide you with details of local GDA Providers and Installers. You can also find a list here:

Eligible energy saving measures for Core Offer 1

Any two of the following improvement measures:


Cavity wall insulation
At least 50% of external walls

A Condensing gas boiler on mains gas

Secondary glazing
At least 50% of windows

Double/triple glazing (replacing single glazing)
At least 50% of windows

Flat roof insulation
Entire roof above an individual property

Replacement warm air unit

Fan-assisted storage heaters
At least 3

Energy efficient replacement external doors
At least 2

Floor insulation
At least 50% ground floor

Room-in-roof insulation
All the roof

Flue Gas Heat Recovery

Waste water heat recovery

For more details and how to apply get in touch with us and/or download our information sheet here:

7. Inner Transition
If you’re interested in participating in an Inner Transition group could you contact Al Head (01822 616083 or

The purpose of the group would be to support its members & other people active in the transition movement, and to provide opportunities for ourselves and others, to explore and to experience inner processes that lead to outer change. The 'outer' work that is being done in Tavistock is going really well, but to bring more people on board, and to really envision the future we want to create, Al thinks it is important that we take time to look at the inner things that can block and restrict our capacities to see what is happening in the world, and to work to change things.

8. Railway Walk this Sunday

This is organised by The Peninsula Rail Group (PRG) – a local action group linking Tavistock and Okehampton In particular – who are lobbying to have a railway returned to link the 2 towns with Exeter and Okehampton.

We would like to invite you to join us on a walk along a section of the old Tavistock – Okehampton railway line, from the Sourton Viaduct to Lydford on Sunday 6th July. It is just 3 miles, and downhill, so everybody can come. The walk is along the trackbed itself.

We will meet at the Bearslake Inn (Sourton, Devon EX20 4HQ) below the Viaduct at 2.15 for 2.30 departure. (Anyone who would like to come to lunch may like to arrive at 1.15pm). We will have our new and splendid banner for our group photo at the base of the viaduct. Dogs welcome! More details are on to or contact Richard Searight.

9. Greater Dartmoor LEAF 2015-2020

The new rural development programme begins in 2015 – will you be looking for a grant to help grow your business?

The previous programme distributed 2m to projects in this area – we need your help to decide which types of grants are needed most next time.

How you can be involved….

· Come along to one of the events

o (Refreshments provided and parking will be available)

· Join the GD LEAF Management Team

· Complete the online survey on or before 4th July


· Submit a project idea and apply for funding

If you would like any further information about the new programme, please


t: 01837 658643

10. TRESOC (Totnes Renewable Energy Society) SOLAR AND HYDRO PROJECTS – SHARE ISSUE

TRESOC _ NEW CLOSING DATE for Share Issue applications: 21st July.

Tresoc: “We've realised that reaching a wider audience takes time. For investors, making a financial commitment takes time too. And, although we are nearing the £100,000 mark, including pledges, we have a ways to go to meet our target. Help us show that we want a say in our energy future... renewables may not be the sexiest thing to invest in, but they will be! Everyone knows, in their hearts, that fracking isn't the answer. Our projects offer a great investment opportunity in consented schemes for clean energy with community-approved, proven technology”. See for Application Form and Prospectus.

TRESOC's Share Issue

The TRESOC team estimates that over 4,000 volunteer hours have been dedicated to developing a portfolio of clean energy projects in the last 12 months. Our 2014 Share Issue is now open until 21st July, and sets out the opportunity for investment of up to £1.5 million into our six hydro and roof-mounted solar PV projects, offering a collective return of £136,000 per year over 20 to 30 years.

Success in raising this sum will enable the Society to cover its modest operating cost, continuing our evolution into a “New Economy” organisation, educating and attracting local, skilled people alongside developing further Community Energy projects. It will also allow us begin to pay dividends to members, old and new.

The combined effect of TRESOC investment in these six projects will generate around 856 MWh of electricity per annum, raising a projected revenue of £136,000 per year for the Society. The carbon saving from the electricity generated is estimated at 385 tonnes CO2/ year*, and the electricity output is equivalent to 260 typical families’ annual electricity consumption**. There are additional financial benefits to housing association residents of £40,000 per annum, to other electricity customers, and to the local economy. The hydro schemes are set to see increases in populations of trout and salmon in the Teign and the Dart through improved fish migration, and our solar installer Beco will fill four new jobs as soon as the housing association project gets the green light.

*CO2 equivalent source: Carbon Trust Conversion Factors 2013 - 0.45 kg CO2/kWh for grid electricity

** Typical family equivalent source: Ofgem Typical Domestic Energy Consumption Figures 2011 - 3300 kWh electricity consumption per household per annum

11. Relocalisation - Is it meeting your needs?
Join this talk on the 03 July 2014 at 7 pm - Room 002, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Jay Tompt and Inez Aponte will be doing a talk, Relocalisation: is it meeting your needs? at Plymouth Universitys Babbage building, room 002. This will discuss how Max Neef's Human Scale Development and the theory of fundamental human needs fits into the economic relocalisation work they're involved in.

More details are below. Jay can be contacted on his mobile phone: 07989 155410

Jay says 'We would like to make the case for why understanding fundamental needs is foundational for the work we are engaged in - we as Transitioners, REconomist, relocalisation activists, community development organisers, etc. We think the work of Manfred Max-Neef and his Human Scale Development approach provides a good foundation to build on. We'll also talk about how it fits with the practical projects we're doing, or would like to do, in our communities. We'll share our experience of working with groups in diverse places in UK and Europe who are faces different economic problems but are united by some very common themes, including the very important idea of solidarity. You can see more about what we've been up to on our website,'

12. Wellbeing & The New Economy
Real World Economics

Kick-starting the new economy on your doorstep

July 19 & 20, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Dartington Village Hall, Dartington

Cost: £100, £75 concession, student bursaries available

Calling all activists, community organizers, and social entrepreneurs:

It’s time to weave together a new social reality in alignment with our values, and to create an economic system that benefits us all. A system fit for the real world.

Based on the Human Scale Development framework of economist Manfred Max--?Neef, one of the forefathers of the current wave of new economic thinking, this workshop offers the chance to come together and dive deeply into the challenges we are facing and gain a new perspective on what is possible. It includes practical tools to engage your community, thought provoking presentations, group discussions and fun interactive exercises that will equip you to be an effective change--?maker in your community. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

• Models that integrate economics, ecology, and wellbeing

• How concepts like ‘reciprocity’ and ‘relocalisation’ fit into a new economic paradigm

• How to incorporate the concept of ‘Fundamental Human Needs’ into project design

• A range of practical tools for catalysing local innovation and enterprise Workshop

To book, email

Or call 07989 155410

For more info, visit:

13. Tavistock and District – Local Economic Blueprint
We all have to spend money on food and drink … and on heating and powering our homes. These are all costs to us … and our local economy … as the majority of this spend goes to national and international organisations and provides little local benefit. It’s a bit like pouring money into a bucket with a hole in the bottom.

The local economic blueprint will evaluate what we’re all spending on food and drink and energy locally … and put in place a plan with local producers, suppliers, traders, consumers and others to enable us to retain more locally … and secure more employment and enterprise.

The project has just kicked off with a local team. If you’d like to get involved or want to know more please get in touch.

14. News from Tavistock Business Community: Chamber of Commerce, Tavistock Enterprise Hub, and the Town Team
Tavistock Chamber of Commerce

There is a new Chairman of the Tavistock Chamber of Commerce: Neal Taynton-Young.

Tavistock Enterprise Hub

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 the team and drop by for a coffee (

Tavistock Town Team

Update from the Town Team next month

15. Solar Independence Day
Schools and communities invited to see how solar farms are improving our environment and our economy

Several members of the Solar Trade Association will open up their solar farms to visitors from local homes, schools, businesses and community groups across England and Wales on 4th July as part of a nationwide event called Solar Independence Day. For more details see:


16. 361 Energy Safari

Following the success of 361’s Energy Safari last year we would like to invite to a shortened event this year. We will be visiting the Broadgate Solar Farm. The solar farm has a rated capacity of 1MW and there is also a 60kW biomass boiler on the site. We will be joined by members of Exeter Community Energy on this trip.

Date/time: 5th July leave pub at 13.30 to be at farm for 1400. Meet us for lunch/drink before hand?

Meet: Morchard Road, Devonshire Dumpling pub

Travel: Train to Morchard Road Station (? off standard fares if travelling in a group of 3 or with Devon and Cornwall Railcard)

We will make our own way to the solar farm which is between 2-3 miles from the station. Bring your walking shoes or bikes to travel there.

Please contact if you are able to join us, as we need to confirm numbers ASAP. Could you also let us know if you intend to drive and are willing to give a lift to anyone who needs one from the pub to the solar farm?

17. Tavistock College - Solar School

Can you help the College towards its target of £20,000 and a reduction of its energy costs?

Contribute £5 (or more!) and buy a ‘virtual’ tile from

You can even customise your tile with your own message!

18. Tavistock Car Club

We may have a car club car arriving soon! If you’re interested in being able to use a car on a regular basis but not have all the costs of ownership please register your interest (

19. Tamar Grow Local and Tamar Valley Food Hubs

Tamar Grow Local continues to grow strong. Interested in starting up a community supported agriculture project or finding out more about local growers and producers see

Check out Tamar Valley Food Hubs:

20. Transition Plymouth

Transition Plymouth are very active with meetings and events. Keep up to date by visiting their website

21. Looking for a plot of land for an eco build


My name is Karin Pesterfield. I live in Tavistock together with my husband Ben. We both love this area and would like to build a family home here for the future. Our aim is to find a plot of land for sale in or around Tavistock which has the possibility to build an Eco home.

We are very interested in energy saving and environment friendly materials, therefore we would like to build a house with high standard and has taken interior and exterior influences from both Scandinavian and American wooden homes.

Having already asked around about possible plot locations and land-owners, Transition Tavistock’s name came up. We are hoping you can help us a step further to make our dream come true. We are looking for something up to half an acre, with or without planning permission and have a road next to or connected to the land.

So if there are any of you that own land, have a large garden or know someone you think might be able to help, please get into contact with us. Other suggestions and advices are welcome too.

Thank you in advance.

Mobile: 07918 837629


22. Transition Tavistock and RegenSW
Transition Tavistock is now a member of RegenSW. We have a very good relationship with them and are looking forward to strengthening this in the coming year.

23. Tolpuddle Pilgrimage 2014

The Tolpuddle Pilgrmage: A Walking festival of alternatives: 10 – 19 July 2014

This July a group of community activists, co-operative farmers and artists will embark on a pilgrimage from Plymouth Harbour, Devon, to Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset. This first ever Tolpuddle Pilgrimage is a 10-day walking festival – a tramp through the Great Transition — that connects the history of those famous Dorset farm workers with the new co-operative and community-led initiatives in South West England that are reinventing our food system and changing the way we feed the future.

For more information see:

24. Festival of Archaeology on Dartmoor
Join Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) in this National celebration of our archaeological heritage. Come along on one of our FREE walks and bring the whole family to Bellever Day, the culmination of the celebration at Postbridge on 19 July. There's so much to do, including an opportunity to witness a 'live' archaeological dig (

25. Forthcoming Dates

July 2014

Green Drinks Tues July 8th

Food and Energy Group tbc – see website
August 2014

Green Drinks Tues August 12th

September 2014

Green Drinks Tues Sept 9th

Open Homes: Sat/Sun 13/14th Sept.

Eco Fair: Sat 20th Sept.

26. And Finally ...

You may be amused by this U-Tube comedy clip from Good Energy:

Our news and activities are updated on our website:

If you’d like to email us please send you comments or questions to

Tel: 07969-569-444