Transition Town Totnes Taking positive action together in a changing world Tue, 31 May 2016 15:40:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Play time for adults (and kids), June 7th Thu, 26 May 2016 12:43:46 +0000 Having spent many countless hours in the last 12 months watching my son play tag-rugby, tag stuck-in-the mud, tag-bullbog and some other quite interesting playground games, I am asking myself why do kids have all the fun and as grown ups we are stood passively on the sidelines?  This also relates to exercise which for many of us takes the most common form of going jogging, trips to the gym, group aerobics or similar.  Is there a way of getting exercise and having fun for free?

Well with long summer evenings now to be enjoyed, I invite you to a Grown Ups' Play Group. Come to the tennis court area at the Dartington Meadowbrook playground (adjacent to the main sports field and opposite to the Cider Press Shops), 7 - 9pm. Bring grippy footwear and loose clothing, something soft to drink and a willingness to run around. Also memories of games you used to play. Also over 8 year olds if you have 'grown up' little ones wanting to share some of their energy and teach us some of their stuff. Please email me if you're coming (see below) so I can let you know if torrential rain stops play.

Adrian Porter

porteradrian at

Open Farm Sunday’s Dartington Trail, June 5th Thu, 26 May 2016 12:33:02 +0000 Open Farm Sunday is farming’s national open day. It is a brilliant opportunity for farmers to share their stories and showcase British farming and food. Our Food Link Manager, Myrtle, is working with Dartington Hall Estate to help showcase some of the food growing on the estate, and invites you to come and explore four of the unique and diverse farms and community food growing projects on the Dartington Estate, between 10am-5pm on Sunday June 5th.

She has also put together a fantastic farm treasure trail. The route is up to you, but throughout the day you’ll be able to use your treasure map to ... visit Old Parsonage Farm to meet the dairy goats and cows ... head over to School Farm - one of the UK’s only no-dig Community Supported Agriculture Schemes - to see what’s growing, ready for their veg boxes, and how they can help you with organic gardening courses ... drop into Foxhole Community Garden to discover more about the wonderful wild plants in our native hedgerows and farmland, visit the wildflower pond and find out more about edible wild plants and biodiversity ... meander up the hill, through the woods, to Huxhams Cross Biodynamic Farm to see the fascinating new agroforestry fruit and nut trees planted this year, hear a little bit about their permaculture approach and visit the chickens who will be settling into their new orchard home.

There’ll be local food and drink available on the day, including a BBQ. The event is free, although there is a charge for parking, and potentially for some of the activities. Booking is not required.

Tour Timetable:
10am School Farm, Huxhams Cross Biodynamic Farm
11am Grow Wild, Huxhams Cross *
12noon Huxhams Cross Farm tour **
12noon School Farm
2.30pm Old Parsonage Farm
3pm Goat milking at Old Parsonage
* The Apricot Centre is partnering with Kew Gardens to offer growing sessions for young people. Help to plant and maintain Grow Wild ‘bubbles’; areas of native species and wildflowers that integrate into the overall farm, part of a future ‘Children’s trail.’
** Join Marina for a tour of the farm, soft fruit, orchard, bees and Agro-forestry plantations.

Email myrtle at for more information.

Forest Festival at Follaton Community Forest Garden, June 5th Thu, 26 May 2016 12:22:47 +0000

Incredible Edible Totnes is co-hosting this special event, in place of the usual monthly work/play session at Follaton Arboretum, in partnership with the Network of Wellbeing and supported by the Growing Orchard Communities project run by Orchard Link. This will be a free and fun event, open to all! Come and find out more about the community orchard and forest garden, from 11am on Sunday 5th June, and join in with a bit of practical work before a relaxing afternoon of music, storytelling, crafts, yoga or even a massage! If you’re feeling really energetic you can do this and Open Farm Sunday!
11 - 1pm Work and play in the orchard and forest garden
1 - 3pm Pot luck ‘Big Lunch’ picnic - bring something to share
2pm - late Orchard & Forest Garden tours, workshops and activities:

music & song creation
drama & games
open no mic!
wood carving stories
hula hoops & juggling
natural dyes
wild foods & medicine

Food in Community Beetroot memory cafe starts Monday 23rd May Thu, 19 May 2016 12:13:55 +0000 beetroot_poster_2-page-001Join Food In Community and Soundart Radio for a light lunch in St Mary's Church Hall, 12.30-3.30pm, on the 4th Monday of the month May-July, whilst sharing stories of the food of your life; an excuse to talk about everything food - our memories, stories, celebrations, joys and fears.

Eat, learn and celebrate together. We are inviting a surprise guest speaker to help stimulate discussion.

Soundart Radio will be there with some young people to help us record the stories for radio broadcast. Lunch will be provided from gleaned food that would otherwise go to waste. Entry by donation.

Email David if you would like to help out, either at the cafe or on gleaning or cooking days.

If you want to keep tabs on what we're up to you can follow us on Facebook.

Saturday Skillshares: bee-keeping, and storytelling Mon, 16 May 2016 07:42:23 +0000 Book yourself on to one of the FREE Skillshares being generously offered as part of the gift economy in Totnes. Learn some new skills and make some new friends! Sessions are open to all, please click the link to see full details and to book.

May 21st - Storytelling with Elly: learn some basic tools with which to start telling stories

May 21st -  Beekeeping with John at Castle Meadow. Learn what goes on in a beehive and how to keep the bees happy, healthy and productive.




Find out more about the Skillshares project, get involved, or sign up to the mailing listhere.

How to Change the World. TTT Film night – Tuesday 17th Tue, 10 May 2016 12:21:46 +0000


In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.  This 2015 film made by Robert Hunter stars some of the real heroes of environmental care.

Venue: Dartmouth Inn, Totnes

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Time: 7.30 - 10pm

Cost: £4/£3 concession


Welcome to TTT's Film Club. Come along and join in our FILM NIGHTS.  We usually* meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Civic Hall to watch and discuss some of the most insightful and interesting films of our time - looking at PEAK OIL, CLIMATE CHANGE and the many implications and possible scenarios of the impacts on society.

We serve refreshments before the film starts.

All are welcome to become a member on the night and participate in these events. Film screenings are followed by (optional) informal discussions over refreshments.

(*please check film show posters as we do vary locations and other details from time to time).

Do you have ideas for films we could show? email Jacqi Hodgson:

Totnes Jumble Trail is back! Sunday May 8th Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:36:22 +0000 The Totnes Jumble Trail is back! After 70 households participated last September, we thought we'd do it again.

What is a Jumble Trail? It's a community-wide event, a day of jumble stalls at people's homes all around town (including Bridgetown, Follaton and Dartington).

It's a great opportunity to have a Spring Clean and make some money selling preloved items, home made produce, art & crafts, plants... Or if you're a bargain hunter, to hit the trail and track down a bargain or two.

Bargain hunters

Download a map from the Jumble Trail website (available the week of the event) or pick up a printed map from the Transition Town Totnes stall at the Mansion on Sunday morning.

Stall holders

Register your stall via the Jumble Trail website. There is a £3 charge for the website and for publicity. Encourage your neighbours to participate too - clusters of stall attract more people! You can download posters from the website to signpost people to your stall, or come along to our sign making workshop on May 4th.

Donate your jumble

If you don't want to hold a stall yourself, you can donate jumble to Transition Town Totnes for our fundraising stall at the Mansion. Please drop it off at the office, or contact us to arrange collection.

Totnes Jumble Trail May 2016 TTT - A4 Poster

Transition Tour summer dates for 2016 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:57:42 +0000 Transition Tours are a great way to discover Totnes and to find out about Transition - locals and visitors are welcome. This year, we've adjusted the times slightly and included some Saturday tours!

Tours start at the Transition Network office at 43 Fore Street (not the TTT office at the Mansion).

To book a place contact Hal Gillmore by email, or phone: 07977 178214.

Upcoming dates

- Friday 24th June, 3-7pm.

- Friday 22nd July, 3-7pm.

- Friday 5th August, 3-7pm.

- Friday 19th August, 3-7pm.

- Saturday 27th August, 10am-1pm. Sea Change Festival special

- Saturday 10th September, 10.30-3.30pm, with a lunch break

Hal also offers canoeing trips on the Dart. Visit the Canoe Adventures website for dates.

Previous dates

- Saturday 14th May,  10.30-3.30pm, with a lunch break

TTT is hiring! We are looking for a Co-ordinator Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:43:31 +0000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join the team at Transition Town Totnes as part-time Co-ordinator.

As TTT approaches its 10th anniversary we are looking for a Co-ordinator to help us shape the next phase of our development. We wish to appoint a creative and innovative person, passionate about our agenda, with project development and fund raising skills.

TTT has inspired and enabled hundreds of volunteers and supporters who are engaged in a wide variety of projects addressing the challenges of climate change and the development of a resilient community; we want to appoint someone who can look after our volunteers and paid staff, support our existing projects, help others come to fruition, find ways of taking ideas forward, and enable us to be self-sustaining.

Strategic decisions are made by our members; the role of the Co-ordinator is to have oversight of our activities, and have a voice in strategic decision making.

Transition Town Totnes is a local initiative, under a national and international spotlight. Part of the role will be to maintain and create relationships with sister organisations in Totnes and elsewhere.

Opportunities to make a real and direct difference to a whole community are very rare. If you think this post might be for you please download the TTT Co-ordinator application pack and apply by 6th May. Interviews will be held on 24th and 25th May in central Totnes.

If you require more information please email us.


TODAY! Totnes Local Entrepreneur Forum #5 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:26:40 +0000 Reception at the Civic Hall opens at 1pm - tickets are available on the door. Tickets for the evening session are available from 6.30pm for £5.

This year's event will run from 2pm to 10pm, so if you're working during the day you won't miss all the fun as you can join the evening session.

2pm the day begins…

  • Rhodri Samuel, ceo of Dartington Trust will help us get the day started with an interesting and

    Rhodri Samuel

    inspiring talk – perhaps offering a glimpse into the emerging new vision for Dartington. Four of our past Community of Dragons pitcher are enterprises located on the estate – GroCycle,School Farm CSA, The Living Projects, and Green Funeral Company. Who’s next?

  • Be Like a Bee – Super fun and super productive. Share needs and offers. Meet people you need to meet. Learn what you need to learn. A most important part of the day.  It’s ‘open space’ but a few pre-organised sessions will be announced, soon.
  • Delicious local supper included, prepared by The Kitchen Table. And through the afternoon, they’ll have the cafe running, offering a variety of baked morsels, tea and coffee.  Meanwhile, the über green Bean Bug will be serving espresso drinks from their pedal-powered mobile cafe. And our favourite craft brewer, New Lion Brewery will open the taps.  Will Circular Stout make a comeback? The Oat Mild?  You’ll have to come and find out.
  • Our evening keynote – we really pleased to welcome activist and entrepreneur, Jonny Gordon-Farleigh.

    Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

    He founded Stir To Action, a Bridport-based enterprise, while in his 20s. It runs workshops and short courses on the new economy, and supports new start-ups through crowdfunding, project planning and legal registration. He is also founding editor of STIR magazine, a quarterly promoting community-led change. He speaks on the new economy and is a founding member of the Young Co-operators Network.

  • The Community of Dragons – Everyone is welcome to become a community dragon.Everyone can be an investor. Regular people – just like you and me – can invest their financial resources, skills, time, connections and caring to support the kinds of enterprises we want to see in our community. It’s that simple. And who’s pitching for local support and investment? We will see! Deadline for expressions of interest is April 1. If you want to pitch, please get in touch, soon.  Send an email to:
  • LEF5 After Party – we’re really pleased to have New Lion Brewery offering their craft brew again, this year.  And a very special treat – Sea Change Festival DJ Set by Drift Records. The Sea Change is an amazing new Totnes event launching in August – films, literature, talks and plenty of music across five venues.

… 10pm and we’re outta here, a littler wealthier, a little wiser.


For full details on this year's event, visit the LEF website