Newsletter – February/March 2016

Newsletter – February/March 2016

In this months newsletter get the latest update on our community share offer, find out how the Moroccan’s are supplying renewable electricity to a million people and read all about the upcoming celebration of local food, growing and cooking at Tavistock College.

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Moroccan solar plant to bring electricity to a million people

Moroccan solar plant to bring electricity to a million people

The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun’s warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.

The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20 hours a day.

It is part of Morocco’s pledge to get 42% of its electricity generation from renewables by 2020.

Read the full report here

Can you help us to stock the Tavistock Town shop?

Can you help us to stock the Tavistock Town shop?

We are still waiting for an update on finalising the lease for the shop but we’re hoping to bring you some good news very soon.

In the meantime if anyone out there can help us to source the following items we’d be very grateful!

  • Display boards – wall mounted and free standing
  • Any IT equipment – e.g. printers, laptops etc
  • It’s a long shot, but we are looking for a projector
  • Also general administration equipment, laminators, binders, etc. 

If you have any of these items or anything else you think might be useful please get in touch.

Making your home warmer

On this page we’ve put together a host of information you can use to make your home warmer. From insulation to central heating, we’ve got it all! And don’t forget, for more information you can pop into the Town Shop and speak to one of our Energy experts who will be pleased to help.

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many different ways for you to become involved with Tamar Energy Community. Why not come along to one of our Green Drink events to meet like minded people and learn more. You could also volunteer and train to become an Energy Advisor in the Local Matters shop or simply Join TEC for £1 and help us to make the Tamar Valley a sustainable and energy efficient place to live.

We’re also keen to hear from people with their own ideas for projects and things they can teach us. If you’ve got something you’d like to share or a project you’d like to run please get in touch and we’ll give you all the support we can to make it a reality.

Our Energy Story

Our Energy Story

Our Energy Story charts how our community has used energy over the years; from the very first street lights to instant lights at the flick of a switch. But in a world where burning fossil fuels is leading to climate change and where many members of our society face fuel poverty are there lessons we can learn from our past to give us a brighter energy future for tomorrow?  The following slides illustrate how the Tamar Valley has generated it’s own energy in the past and how doing so again may be the best solution for our future.

Our Energy Past

Our Energy Present

Our Energy Future



Tamar Energy Community is involved in a number of projects; from installing Solar Panels on community buildings to tackling fuel poverty. Take a look at the list below for more information. If you’re interested in getting involved or would like to start your own project, please get in touch.

Local Matters

Local Matters – A community space in the centre of Tavistock for your Local Matters.

We’re an advice and information space for all the community.

Energy, Food, Community and Economy

We’re open 6 days a week between 11:00 and 13:00 or by appointment.

Drop in and see us or give us a ring on 0800-233-5414.

Energy                               Information, advice and support (see below)

Food and growing           Seeds to share, edible growing through the town & more

Community                       Town information, Space for meetings and events

Economy                           Totally Locally offers, Local business directory, Ideas

We’re also the home of Transition Tavistock and Climate Matters

Interested in volunteering or getting more involved? We have lots of opportunities for all ages. Check out our website, drop in, give us a call or come along to Green Drinks (2nd Tuesday each month – 19:30-21:30)


Any book donations welcome to add to our lending library.

Open from 11:00 to 13:00 Monday to Saturday, or by appointment.

Available to hire for events and meetings.

Covering the rent, rates and utility costs is always challenging, but we think that a drop-in centre for advice on growing, energy local economy, climate and more is important. If you agree and could afford £2, £5 or £10 a month or a one off donation please let us know. More here. 

You can find us here in Elbow Lane, Tavistock on the ground floor at the back of the building behind Tavistock Enterprise Hub (TEH). Elbow Lane is between Clinton cards and Continental Fruits in Brook Street.

You can find us in Elbow Lane, Tavistock on the ground floor at the back of the building behind Tavistock Enterprise Hub (TEH). Elbow Lane is between Clinton cards and Continental Fruits in Brook Street.

Our address:

Local Matters
Pearl Assurance House
Elbow Lane
PL19 0BG

Roots to transition is a community growing project that began with the renovation of the Rose Walk in Tavistock and has grown to include edible tubs, lots of ‘grow your own’ support and even a seed sharing service. More information can be found on the Transition Tavistock website, here.

Tamar Grow Local (TGL) is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) promoting sustainable local produce in the Tamar Valley.

In addition to their local beekeeping cooperatives and community orchards, TGL support a number of fantastic Food Hubs, an online Farmer’s Market that provides the best local & seasonal produce all in one place. By shopping with a Food Hub you are directly supporting independent growers, local businesses, community projects & co-operatives worldwide. 


Transition Tavistock seeks to bring our community together by sharing knowledge and practical ideas to use less energy and resources, grow more of our own food, and supply and buy more locally.Transition-Tavistock-logo.bmp

Transition-Tavistock-logo.bmpOur goal is to help build a strong and self-supporting community for Tavistock and the surrounding areas, seizing the opportunity to bring about a more sustainable and better future.


Tavistock is one of many towns across the UK to take up the Totally Locally campaign to promote the value of local shopping and it’s benefit to the local economy. Their message is that if everyone in Tavistock spent just £5 a week in local independent shops, it would bring an extra £2.6 million into the town’s economy every year. Take a look at their website for more information.


TaVi Network’s purpose has been to provide a voice for people across the Tavistock and Villages area through holding Open Forums and providing representation at Stakeholder events across the area.
Past events include Summer Grow Tavi, a community forum to discuss all aspects of local food production, supply and consumption, and a Spring Grow Tavi at Maristow Walled Gardens.

 Are you batty about Bats? Would you like to learn more about how they fly, hunt and hibernate? If so, come along to the shop to learn about this amazing animal and borrow a bat detector to find them for yourself.



Climate Matters

Does climate change matter to the Tavistock area? We think so! … And so did others locally who came and joined us in the Guide Hall, Tavistock today, Saturday 30th Jan. 2016 between 11:00 and 13:00. Keep posted for future events and if you have any questions, ideas or would like to get involved please email

All About Energy

All About Energy

In this section you’ll find out how to conserve energy and reduce your energy bills as well as find information on generating your own energy with technology such as solar PV and wind power.

Take a look at our Energy Factsheets in the sidebar to get started.