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Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - December 2014

Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - December 2014

Christmas Greetings ... and best wishes for 2015

As another year draws to a close ... at lightening speed ... we'd like to wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

We've had a good year ... Roots to Transition has been blooming ... we've set up Tamar Energy Community and held two Open Homes and Eco Fairs events ... developed Energy Savers and more ...

We'd like to remind you, if you have a chance before January 5th, to have a look through the Our Plan consultation documents from West Devon Borough Council. Our Plan will be a critical document once adopted and its important it reflects our views and opinions. More on this below ...

In this edition:
Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
Thank You ....
Tavistock & District - Local Economic Blueprint
Strengthening our food and energy economy – get involved!
The Movies - In Transition 2.0 showing here in Tavistock!
Waste Innovation Fund
Roots to Transition
Celebrating local food and getting growing – TT AGM
Opportunity for self-builders on Dartmoor and Exmoor
Our Plan - have your say by 5th Jan
Energy Savers
Try out the Home Energy Check for the New Year!
Tamar Energy Community Update
Cosy Devon – make sure you get your loft and cavities insulated!
Wassail, Wassail, Wassail - This afternoon
Update from the Tamar Valley
Starring roles in Ready for Retrofit videos …
Our newsletters
Forthcoming Dates
Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
Come and join our next Green Drinks on Tuesday 13th January 2015 (19:30 till 21:30) at the Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock. We'll be upstairs so ask for us at the bar!

Thank you ...
To everyone who contributed to our campaign as part of Local Giving Grow Your Tenner. We raised £450 which will contribute to our ongoing work. It's much appreciated!

Join us at our AGM on Sat. 14th March 2015 to learn more about our achievements and plans.

Strengthening our food and energy economy - get involved
Tavistock & District - Local Economic Blueprint
Do you have a view on our local food and energy economy? Are you a local consumer in Tavistock and parishes or a local business or organisation involved in the local food & drink, domestic retrofit* , or local energy generation industries?
Come and join us for an hour on January 12th at Kingdon House, Tavistock.

09:30 – 10:30: Food and Drink
11:00 – 12:00: Retrofit & Local Energy Gen.
12:30 – 13:30: Local Energy Generation
14:30 – 15:30: Food and Drink
16:00 – 17:00: Retrofit

How can we work together to improve these local markets? What's missing? What could be done differently? How could we create more jobs and opportunities?

Drop in on the day, or send us an email to sign up so we can have the tea and cakes ready! Email or call (07969-569-444) if you have any questions or would like to be involved but can't make it on the 12th.

You can find more information here.

*Domestic retrofit - making our homes more energy efficient
The Movies - In Transition 2.0 showing here in Tavistock!

Interested in seeing what other
community groups are doing across the UK and the
rest of the world? Come along and socialise, be inspired, and kick some ideas around with us about what you'd like to see Transition Tavistock doing.over the next few years.

Join us at the United Reformed Church on Saturday afternoon, January 17th 2015. Doors open 14:00. Film 14:30 to 15:30. Discussion: 15:30 to 17:00.

We're showing 'In Transition 2' followed by an open discussion. Suitable for all the family.
Tea, coffee and delicious cake available. Entrance by donation (to cover venue costs!)
Register here (it'll give us an idea of numbers) or come along on the day.Download the poster here.

"In Transition 2.0: Gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s ... about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism.
In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places."
Waste Innovation Fund
It’s the second year for this great new fund.
The aim is to inspire and generate innovative or new waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives which divert household waste from treatment or disposal by Devon authorities. This £4,000 fund has been designed to stimulate innovation and creativity for Devon wide initiatives and aims to seed and support schemes at community level leading to reduced waste, improved recycling performance or greater participation and awareness of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle).

Please share this link with any contacts that may be interested and follow this link; Applications for the fund must be received by 6th March 2015.

Best regards
Andy Barron (
Waste Minimisation and Recycling Officer (Shared).
SHDC 01803 861496
WDBC 01822 813520

Roots to Transition
We've been a bit saddened by some vandalism which has split the waterbutt by the Rose Walk which had been donated by Lawson's ... and to think our major concern has been the ducks ... and even they haven't done any damage!

Still ... 2015 looks like an exciting year with some new ideas for the Rose Walk ... if you'd like to find out more about saving money on your food bills by growing your own get in touch at
Celebrating local food and getting growing – TT AGM
Make a note in your diaries ... we're planning a great celebration of local food and getting growing on Sat. 14th March 2015. We're putting the event team and the programme together at the moment.
Can you help?
Can you contribute?
Would you like to be part of the programme?
What would you like to see at the event?
Our initial ideas include:
Urban foraging - what can you find to forage in Tavistock in the middle of March?
Planning to grow your own in 2015 - share ideas on how to get growing - and join a short workshop
Growing with the whole family - getting everyone involved ... even in a small space
Roots to Transition growing plans for 2015
The event will include a short Transition Tavistock AGM where you can learn more about our achievements and plans.
Opportunity for self-builders on Dartmoor and Exmoor
A new project aimed at encouraging local people to get involved in building their own homes on Dartmoor and Exmoor was officially launched last week. Local people interested in building their own home in the community where they live or work are being invited to register their interest. Landowners who may have suitable sites are also encouraged to get in touch. Find out more here.

Our Plan - have your say by 5th Jan
'How is West Devon likely to change in the future, how can communities help shape and take ownership of what happens in their localities?' 'Our Plan will be an overarching strategic plan for the whole borough to 2031'. Find out more.
The Our Plan team are enabling feedback from communities through e-newsletters. The next three are now available for you to read and comment on by Monday 5th January 2015. See below for a short summary.
West Devon Borough Council seem to have put care and thought into presenting information in an accessible way. We welcome your comments.
We'll be hosting an impromptu discussion session on these documents on Friday Jan 2nd (late afternoon/early evening). If you'd like to join us drop an email ( or give us a ring (07969-569-444).

Our Environment and Heritage
This newsletter looks at the issues and challenges for Our Heritage and Our Environment, and how we think these areas could be addressed by planning policies in Our Plan.
Our Resources
This newsletter looks at the challenges we face to reduce our carbon emissions, by being more efficient and effective with the resources we use in all aspects of our lives, and making the most of the renewable energy resources available to us.
Planning for development in our communities
This e-newsletter focuses on one of the most important parts of Our Plan which is about providing land for new homes and other types of development. It's supported by a number of other documents.
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're happy to discuss anything from how to get started to how to deal with a specific problem e.g. in an older property ... and we can also help with your free energy check.
You can also get in touch by phone (07969-569-444 ) or email (
Check out the Energy Savers Practical Help and Measures here.

Try out the Home Energy Check for the New Year!

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
Join our energy cooperative for Tavistock, Callington and surrounding areas. Everyone locally can join Tamar Energy Community by paying £1 as soon as membership opens.
If you'd like to take an active role in TEC's management we're in the process of establishing the Board. 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, local energy generation 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.

The small team of volunteers have been successful in securing funding from RegenSW and Devon County Council's Accelerator Fund and from E.ON. More news next month.

Cosy Devon - make sure your loft and cavities are insulated!
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.
Wassail, Wassail, Wassail - This afternoon
Harrowbarrow and Metherell Community Orchard's Wassail will be taking place by proxy at the Carpenters Arms, Metherell on Sunday 21st December. Join us for a glassed of mulled apple juice, cider or a pint of ale at 3pm in the bar where we will be wassailing our potted trees ahead of planting in the Spring.

The group would welcome any 2014 growth of scion material (a cutting of last summer's new growth - around 30cm in length) from any local variety fruit trees that we can graft and plant in the orchard!

You can find the last e-bulletin for 2014 from the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty here.

This month featuring…
Join us for a Tamar Valley Community Star Count
Discovery Trail Challenge supports Devon disability charity
Turner in the Tamar Valley Exhibition
Record attendance for TAVATA’s AGM
Many events & guided walks for you to enjoy this winter ... and more
For more information on what’s coming up, check out Facebook and follow our blog
Starring roles in Ready for Retrofit videos …
We've been developing our Energy Savers initiatives and Open Homes and Eco Fairs with support from the Energy Saving Trust and RegenSW's Ready for Retrofit programme.

A short promotional video has been made of the Communities work (featuring SW Devon Community Energy Partnership and Transition Tavistock) and the Businesses work (featuring GreenHus from Tavistock).

You can find them at

Our newsletters ...
We're planning to send the newsletter monthly in 2015, just before Green Drinks (second Tuesday of the month). 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

Forthcoming Dates
January 2015
Mon Jan 12th - Our local markets for Food and Energy - what our your views? Kingdon House (see above)
Tues Jan 13th - Green Drinks
Sat. Jan 17th - In Transition 2.0 the movie ... and discussion - 14:00 to 17:00 - United Reformed Church
February 2015
Mon Feb 9th - Local Economic Blueprint Stakeholder Review
Tues Feb 10th - Green Drinks
March 2015
Tues Mar 10th - Green Drinks
Sat. Mar 14th - Celebrating Local Food & Transition Tavistock AGM
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.