Transition Newton Abbot

TNA logoTransition Newton Abbot has emerged from the energy and enthusiasm of people living, working and caring about the environment and community of the town and surrounding area of Newton Abbot.

Starting from deep concerns around the issues of Peak Oil and Climate Change, the Group is setting up projects in our own locality. We are part of a worldwide movement of over 453 official initiatives plus 377 places mulling it over (Mullers) in 34 countries (set up since 2006!) and the movement is still growing.

At the same time, our group is growing rapidly and the more people we have to help, the more we can achieve.

Transition Newton Abbot is about practical action. It is about local people caring for their own environment and getting out there and doing something about it. The problems created by Climate Change and Peak Oil are real and are happening. Transition is about positive action and doing things in our own locality that make a difference.

Some of this work is practical, such as the community garden, some is about relaying the message, such as the events. For more details contact

Teign Energy Communities (TECs)

Putting Energy into the Community

The first Community Energy Support Forum meeting at The Avenue Church (tbc) was attended by members of TNA. We are very keen to support TECs but we would love more people to come and join us. Here we are waiting for you The Team : David, Jackie and me, Helen (I’m taking the photo) It’s always good to have more people invovled. There is scope for web-site data entry, managing the newsletter and database, press releases and flyers, making contacts on behalf of TECs, and much more.

If you happen to have legal skills we would be very interested in hearing from you. We need specific help with the legal aspects of our share offer. Please contact Postie

TECs support forum june 10 2015

 What do we want to achieve?

We want everyone in our local area to become more aware and engaged in their use of energy, so energy becomes as familiar to people as money. If you share our vision and would like to get invovled then please click below for more detailed info on the initaitive. There is a list of areas where we need people plus specific skills and expertise we would welcome

How are we doing so far?

Our first collaboration is with Teign School . We are in discussions with the school about identifying a Teign School Energy champion to co-ordinate the engagement with the issue of enery use nad renewable energy. Both Science and Geography have new modules on renewable energy in the curriculum. This live example could prove very useful for the students. Sixth formers and other areas of the curriculum could get involved from an awareness-raising/ engagement point of view. The potential is very exciting. It will kick off in the new school year in September.

During phase one we joined joined forces with some great organisations in the local area i.e. TEIGN HOUSING; TEMPLER ACADEMY SCHOOLS TRUST; THE AVENUE CHURCH. We also have support from Teignbridge District Council in this phase. We’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the speed of developments

We also benefit from a 3 year support programme from RegenSW .IMG_20140921_110143662

What next?

Setting up TECs Community Benefit Society (CBS)

First pilot project at TEIGN ACADEMY , Kingsteignton

Writing a tender to deliver phase 2 (site appraisal/selection and raising funds for capital expenditure).

Applying for a larger grant of £20,000 from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

For more information go to Community Energy under the main ENERGY tab or click here.


BOOK GROUP – NEXT MEETING on Tuesday Sept 1st 8PM we will be discussing

‘Ishmael’ by Daniel Quinn

The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. “You are the teacher?” he asks incredulously. “I am the teacher,” the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man’s destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him—one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?

See our previous reads by going to the Book Group page. Everyone is welcome.


NTT – Newton Transition Together

still available in 2014 and still very relevant with energy bills rising despite interventions from the government!

Come together

Cut your household costs

Cut your carbon emissions

Make a New Year Resolution to reduce your carbon footprint with a little help from your friends

The aim of the NTT programme is to become more aware of the areas in your own house where consumption is the greatest and decide what you want to tackle. 

You delve into your household’s habits in  SIX key areas :

Electricity, Heating, Water, Food, Transport and Waste .  You will find that reducing your carbon footprint can be fun as well as useful to the household purse.  

You won’t be doing this alone. The programme brings together different households to discuss areas to be tackled and to share successes and challenges. 4-5 households is ideal. You take it in turns to host your meetings.
NTT- Newton Transition Together is here.
Come and join us.
We are happy to organise an info session for you and some friends so for more info contact us at


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