Tamar Energy Fest 2018

Tamar Energy Fest 2018

This year’s Tamar Energy Fest will be held on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town Hall. We’ll be open from 10:00 to 15:00 and look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to exhibit at the event and haven’t received an invitation please drop us an email.

This year’s Energy Fest will be highlighting the changes in the industry towards ‘smart’ … what you can offer local residents to improve the energy efficiency of homes, business and travel … and local generation and storage.

We’ll be showcasing our progress with our OpenLV pilot, our Energy Advice Service, our Bedford Cottages work and our Community Solar installations.

Do come and join us … it’ll be a fun and interesting day for exhibitors, visitors and volunteers alike.

 

The Power in Your Hands OpenLV

The Power in Your Hands is a local community energy initiative running in the Greenlands area of Tavistock for local householders and St. Peter’s School.

  • Want to reduce your energy costs?
  • Find out more about energy use locally?
  • Where our local energy comes from?
  • How bills could reduce in the future?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

If you’d like to take part in our Householders Survey here’s a link to it online. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

The Power in Your Hands is one of seven community energy pilots running in the UK as part of a graound breaking trial that will provide access to open data on local electricity networks. This should make energy more democratic and benefit you. We’ll be working to see how.

Its part of a project called OpenLV. 

This is an exciting project all about electricity. The OpenLV project is making local electricity data openly available for the first time ever and the Greenlands area of Tavistock, together with St. Peter’s School, is one of seven neighbourhoods involved across the S.West, S.Wales and the Midlands.

Your substation is where electricity is turned from a high voltage dangerous current to the low voltage electricity you use at home. Thanks to a piece of kit called an LV-CAP™ we will be able to learn more about electricity use in the Greenlands neighbourhood and work together to change our energy use habits, maybe even saving on our bills as we go!

We’re designing a website to share the data the LV-CAP™ collects, so that local residents and St. Peter’s School can see peaks and dips in electricity demand.

Knowing about our local electricity use means we can try to avoid overloading our substation and in the future, it might even be possible to have electricity tariffs which offer cheaper energy at off-peak times of day.

This video will explain more about OpenLV.

Would you be keen to find out more about the community’s energy use?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

Tamar Energy Community Annual General Meeting

Tamar Energy Community Annual General Meeting

You are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting of Tamar Energy Community will be held on Monday 26th March 2018 at Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG.

Refreshments will be available from 19:00. The formal proceedings will commence at 19:30.

More here.

 

Seed Swop – Saturday 24th Feb. 2018 – Local Matters

Tavistock Seed Swap

 

Tavistock Seed Swap returns this year on Saturday February 24th  2018 in Local Matters, Elbow Lane from 09:30 to 14:00.

Growers young and old, new this season and ‘seasoned’ growers all welcome.

 

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Bring along seeds you have to swop … and have a-grow at something different in 2018.

No seeds to bring? Come along anyway, pick up some seeds, have a-grow, and bring your own seeds back next year!

There’ll be lots of growers, gardening advice, plenty of chat … together with tea and cake.

We look forward to ‘seeding’ with you.

For more details call into Local Matters (11:00 to 13:00 Mon. – Sat), email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call Rob Meredith on 01409 254450.

Download a poster here

Transition Tavistock – Going Forward

Tamar Energy Community started life as the Transition Tavistock (TT) Energy Group.

TT is holding its annual celebration of the year gone by, and discussion about the coming year and priorities, on Saturday 18th November at 14:00, in Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock.

If you’d like to come along there are more details here.

 

Tamar Energy Fest

Tamar Energy Fest – 28th Oct 17 – A great success

 

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Held in Tavistock Town Hall, Tamar Energy Fest brought together local businesses and volunteers in a celebration of local energy and other eco-innovations.

More than 150 visitors came along to chat to local exhibitors, browse our information areas and listen to our programme of talks.

We shared energy advice for home and business including our  LED corner with specialist advice about this important lighting technology. We now have a range of LED bulbs on sale in Local Matters in Elbow Lane.

There was a chance to register interest in our Community Solar share offer. You can find out more about our Community Solar installations and the share offer here.

Adrian Hepworth (Transition Tavistock) shared new initiatives around ‘Life without Plastic’ and a Water Bottle Refill Scheme now being offered by some local traders.

There was a strong woodland feel promoting Devon Hedge Week featuring Red Squirrel Tree Care’s photobooth and the Tamar Valley AONB Cordiale work.

A family entertainment table

An interesting and varied programme of talks.

Trevor Jackson, from local firm Metalélectrique caught attention by powering a fan just with liquid poured into an aluminium can – a demo of their ambitious plans for aluminium-air car batteries.

Jodie Giles (Regen) shared news of towns trying to be more self-sufficient in energy.

Kate Royston and Peter Smith (TEC energy advisers) gave practical advice on affordable warmth, and the different approaches for old and new homes.

Harry Jennings marked Devon Hedge Week by looking at the practicalities of using hedge thinnings for wood fuel.

 

Our Energy Cafe, with delicious tea and cakes, was a welcome spot for a rest. Thanks to Simon Earland (TEC Volunteer) for organising and managing the refreshments.

A local visitor said ““I thought today’s event was fabulous. Great credit to you all and the town. Really enjoyed the speaker and related discussion, and I made some useful contacts for house building purposes!”

Kate Royston (TEC)“We’re delighted that the day went well and visitors, exhibitors and volunteers all felt it was worthwhile. It’s important to share the message that Local Energy Matters, and by working together we can bring more of the benefits of energy back to the local community, help address fuel poverty and support our more vulnerable residents”

  

Tamar Energy Fest detail sideEnjoyed the Fest? Interested in getting involved? Volunteering? Joining the Board? Please get in touch.

Please email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com, call 07969 569 444, drop-in at Local Matters or come and have a chat at Green Drinks.

We would like to thank all our volunteers and exhibitors for their hard work, New Generation Energy for their promotional support, Maggie Squires for her art work on our stall in the Farmers Market, Red Squirrel Tree Care for participating with their photo booth, Dart Print, Tavistock Town Hall and Tavistock Times for their excellent service and Cllr. Jeff Moody for his support and participation on the day.

Foraging Walk and Wild Food Lunch – Saturday 6th May

A 2 hour (approx.) walk  learning how to identify wild edible spring plants, that are growing in the hedgerow and riverside, and the poisonous plants you could mistake them for.

Foraging Walk and Lunch

Ending with a delicious meal at The Old Plough Inn sampling the wild food we find.

Cost: £35

Spring Walks: Meeting at 11:15am at the Bere Ferrers Train Station (15 minutes from Plymouth, coinciding with the 10:54am departure from Plymouth to Bere Ferrers train station) Saturdays 11th March, 8th April and 6th May

For more info: contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk

Download  – ‘Getting To Know Wild Plants’ by Flora Arbuthnott

Cheers,

Julian Harrison

Tavistock Seed Swap – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10.00am to 13.00pm

Tavistock Seed Swap – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10.00am to 13.00pm

Join us between 10.00am and 13.00pm on Saturday 8th April at Local Matters.for the first ever Tavistock Seed Swap!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any seeds to bring, come along, get some for free and bring them back to next year’s swap!

There will be lots of growers, gardening advice & plenty of chat.  poster-page-001 (2)

For more details please contact:
Kate Royston kate.royston@tamarenergycommunity.com
Rob Meredith 01409 254450
Diana Lee d.lee21@btinternet.com

Download poster

Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG
(between Clinton Cards and Continental Fruits)