Transition Newton Abbot
Transition 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 Postie@TransitionNewtonAbbot.org.uk
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECT FOR NEWTON ABBOT
I am keen to get a community renewables energy initiative started.
Exeter Community Energy has already been set up It will be launching a community share offer in April, which will raise money to buy around 100kWp of solar panels. The panels will be installed, commissioned and producing community-owned green energy by this summer.
How about a similar initiative for Newton Abbot or Teignbridge? I would very much welcome others joining me.
Contact Jackie Brodie firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW TNA INITIATIVE with the NATIONAL TRUST
Newton Abbot Woodfuel Project – Bradley Woods
Next date in 2014 : Sunday March 2nd
The Newton Abbot Woodfuel project is an exciting new initiative set up by Transition Newton Abbot (TNA) in partnership with the National Trust, the owners of the Bradley manor estate with its large areas of magnificent woodland
What the project can offer you
The project will give the opportunity for local people to help the National Trust’s woodland management programme and at the same time enable them to collect wood for heating their homes. In the past an important benefit of woodland management was the harvesting of fire wood, usually from coppicing and thinning. The project is designed to appeal to the increasing popularity of wood as fuel for home heating and to the practice of low-impact woodland management, with its connections to conservation, connection to the natural world and woodland “bodging” crafts.
How it works
The project will have set activity days during the winter of 2013-14. To take part you will need to become a member of the TNA wood fuel project which entails signing up to a code of practice and the payment of a nominal seasonal fee of £3, which goes towards the payment of insurance and other costs. (Note: the current season is from December 2013 – March 2014.)
Dates for 2014
The first successful project day was on Tuesday 10th December. Great fun! Next date in 2014 : Sunday March 2nd. If we have a successful season we will increase the number of project days for the winter of 2014-15. Advance notice of the project days will be sent to all on the TNA email list and other interested parties.
We got to fire up and inaugurate our lovely new clay pizza oven. Thanks to the people who helped build it which was a useful learning experience.
The weather was kind to us as we all composed our own toppings and waited for the results. PERFECT! Thanks to Fuad and Akiko for doing the dough for the bases. Thanks to Ruth for her mince pies and Betina her savoury pastries, cleverly pre-baked, but warmed up in the oven. The oven worked well and provided a talking point too. We hope to get more use out of it later in the year when the weather improves.
Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us.
LATEST NEWS -FLOOD DAMAGE in the garden !!!!!
The really heavy rain and the flooding of the Lemon have caused a lot of damage in the garden with some of the logs arond the raised beds having been swept away. Luckily the pizza oven is on high ground but the water almost reached the shed!!!! The garden team is assessing the damage and seeing what they can do. If you plan to go down there and see what’s going on PLEASE contact Betina first to find out the state of play email@example.com
TNA BOOK GROUP- NEXT MEETING on FEBRUARY 25TH at 8pm (2014)
We will be discussing FUTURE SCENARIOS by DAVID HOLMGREN
See our previous reads by going to the Book Group page. Everyone is welcome. Contact Postie for meeting details Postie@TransitionNewtonAbbot.org.uk
NTT - Newton Transition Together
still available in 2014 and still very relevant with energy bills rising despite interventions from the government!
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.
It’s FREE and now includes a FREE HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT
We are happy to organise an info session for you and some friends so for more info contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a butter fun! Transition Newton Abbot Local Food Group took up the “Come Dine with Me” local sourcing challenge and re-skilling.
Having decided to spice up our meeting by eating a meal together, what a magnificent meal it turned out to be! The cooks showed amazing resourcefulness in providing a super local spread. The greens on display were a combination of allotment produce and foraged plants , including wood sorrel, ransoms and dandelion leaves. Our dressing prepared with rape seed oil from Kingsbridge and cider vinegar produced by one of the team and local honey. Even our salt was sourced from Cornwall ! All accompanied by home-baked bread with flour from Otterton Mill. This was just for starters! The mains were allotment-grown leeks and purple sprouting with Somerset spelt risotto with home-made cider from Newton Abbot apples and for the carnivores tender succulent Occombe Farm beef stew. Washed down with local beer , cider or apple juice.
It just got better and better- pud being local plum crumble and home-made fruit ice-cream from last year’s frozen fruit. Organic cream from Riverford topped it all off. PHEW!!!
After all that intake you think we might have needed a rest, but no the intrepid diners had a further challenge. Another batch of Riverford cream whipped us up into a frenzy when we tried to churn butter manually, armed solely with a whisk. Everyone of us had several goes with many a secret technique being employed. In the end we had to give in and go electric for the final churn. What satisfaction to do this together and produce something for everyone to take home. The elbow grease certainly made us appreciate the process. As you can see we did end up with quite a creditable product. Chop up some ransoms and hey presto – garlic butter!
The whole exercise makes you stop and think about what we buy and where it’s produced , but also what a real challenge it is to source everything locally. We plan to do more of these evenings. If you are interested in finding out more about the concept or hosting one yourself contact TNA Local Food Group via Postie@TransitionNewtonAbbot.org.uk We are passionate about local food we hope you are, Come Dine with Us ! For more info on local produce and producers go to the Local Food and Drink Guide at www.newtonabbotlocalfood.org.uk