Welcome to Transition Tavistock’s Newsletter - January 2015

2015 has arrived ...
... and we're all raring to go ...

A short newsletter this month as we're busily involved in a number of projects and event preparation!

We hope you can join us at Green Drinks on Tuesday (13th), our Local Economy workshops on Monday (12th) and our film afternoon next Saturday (17th). More details below. 

In this edition:
  • Green Drinks – come and have a natter each month
  • Strengthening our food and energy economy – get involved!
  • The Movies - In Transition 2.0 showing here in Tavistock!
  • Waste Innovation Fund - a reminder
  • Roots to Transition - good news on the water butt
  • Psychology of climate change
  • Celebrating local food and getting growing – TT AGM
  • Cafe Scientifique in Launceston - dates for 2015
  • Our Newsletters ... get involved
  • 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!
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 2015Doors 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."
Roots to Transition
The Roots to Transition volunteers would like to thank the kind people of Tavistock who responded to our plea for a water butt to replace the one that had been vandalised at the Rose Walk. You may have seen that Tavistock Lions, with the help of Lawsons, generously donated a new water butt. In addition to this we have had several donations of “preloved” ones so we have been able to solve the water collection problems both at Rose Walk and at the polytunnel where we propagate our seeds and cuttings.

We are very keen to find new volunteers, there are a number of exciting new projects in 2015, so if you can spare a few hours (enthusiasm is the only requirement!) please contact us on 01822 820345 or

Psychology of climate change

The Green Book Club is on  Wednesday, 21st January from 6:30-8:00pm in room 402 of the Babbage Building, Plymouth University.
The subject is The Psychology of Climate Change. Paul Cox, former Director of Conservation and Learning at the National Marine Aquarium, is the guest expert.
The book Paul has recommended, Psychology for a Better World:Strategies to Inspire Sustainability, is downloadable for free.  It is to be found at
Watch a 15 minute film (with animations) of the main ideas in the book.
Psychology for a Better World is for people who believe it is worth trying to make a world in which both our species and the ecological systems we are part of can flourish. The book is based on the latest research in psychology and is jam packed with action strategies. It offers new ways to think about how people interact in social settings, why we are tempted to stick with what we know, and how the same characteristics that currently keep us hooked into unsustainable practices can be used to move us forward. The final chapter is a guide to help you analyse what you are doing to contribute towards a better world, and how you can be more effective while simultaneously increasing your personal wellbeing.
Listen to Niki’s interview about Psychology for a Better World with Kim Hill on the Radio New Zealand website.

Waste Innovation Fund - A reminder
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  

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.
Cafe Scientifique in Launceston - dates for 2015

For those of you who have not seen the new programme, here is a copy.  
All meetings will be held at Jericho’s as usual and, as usual, refreshments will cost £3 and we hope that you will continue to contribute an extra £2 towards running costs.  Happy New Year !
Programme for 2015
Tuesday 17th March at 7.00pm:  
‘Stone Tools & the Peopling of America’ by Professor Bruce Bradley, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Exeter
Tuesday 21st April at 7.00pm:
 ‘The Perception of Risk’, by Professor John Adams, Dept. of Geography, University College London
Tuesday 19th May at 7.00pm:
 ‘Translating Dead Languages’, by Andrew Robinson, Author and Literary Editor of ‘The Times’ HES
June:    no meeting 
Tuesday 21st July at 7.00pm
 ‘Forever Friends: the Psychology of Friendship’, by Professor Robin Dunbar, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oxford
August:   no meeting
Tuesday 15th September at 7.00pm
 ‘Planets Outside the Solar System’, by Professor Niranjan 
Thatte, Dept. of Astrophysics, University of Oxford
Tuesday 20th October at 7.00pm:
‘The Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture’ by Professor Michael Winter, Centre for Rural Policy, University of Exeter
Tuesday 17th November at 7.00pm
To Be Arranged
Colin Webb:    01409 253125


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 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
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