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Clear Water Arts Trail

Published on: October 9th, 2018

 

 29th Oct – 18th Nov

High St and Fore St, Totnes

 

To accompany this year’s  Transition Town Totnes Film Festival, the TTT Art & Creativity group, has organised a trail of work by local artists in shop windows along the High Street and Fore Street in Totnes, on the theme of Clear Water.

 

The group aims to engage as many different sectors of the local population as possible, to start a community-wide conversation about how to protect our water resources from pollution. The response has been fantastic- local schools involved include KEVICCs and Berry Pomeroy Primary School, as well as more than a dozen artists, the Library and several local businesses who are offering their shop fronts as pop-up art galleries.

 

The theme of Clear Water is particularly appropriate as the highlight of the Transition Town Totnes Film Festival is the UK premiere of Sharkwater Extinction, a thrilling and inspiring action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

 

Sharkwater Extinction will play on Saturday 17th November at 9 pm in Totnes Civic Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaics by Berry Pomeroy students, to be displayed in Mountain Warehouse and Greenlife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of  'Turtle' by Steve Neyar – for Paper Works

Eco and Community Homes Fair 2018

Published on: October 9th, 2018

 

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, Totnes.

FREE entry, free talks, workshops, stalls and children's activities.

 

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Drop into the Civic Hall, Totnes, anytime between 10 am and 3 pm.  Meet suppliers of eco-friendly goods and services, home energy installers, eco-builders, architects and others, learn about how to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly, and find out about community-led housing solutions!

The fair also features free talks and workshops, as well as children’s activities to give parents time to look around. This year Food in Community will be running the cafe, selling delicious treats made from grade out produce that would otherwise be wasted.

Talks

10.00 – 10.30 Building a low cost eco-home (Nicola Lang)

Nicola Lang is on a mission to build her own low cost eco-home from local natural materials. In this talk Nicola will share the ‘story so far’ - the highs and the lows, the highlights and the challenges of project managing and building her own home, including information about sourcing the straw and timber for the build.

 

 

10.45 – 11.30 Overcoming barriers to innovation in affordable housing (Tim Crabtree)

Tim Crabtree works with Wessex Community Assets, which is supporting 40 community-led housing projects across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. In the talk and discussion, Tim will explore how we can overcome barriers to innovation in affordable housing – including through open source design, off-site prefabrication, new financing arrangements, government support and the use of land trusts and co-operative structures.

 

11.45 – 12.45 Community-led housing 'Voices from the coal face'

Representatives of local community housing projects’ (Transition Homes, South Brent and Broadhempston Community Land Trusts plus more TBC) will discuss the progress they have made in developing affordable housing for local people, some of the joys and challenges and their top tips to anyone contemplating a similar project.

 

13.00 – 13.45 Regenerative Settlement – How to Build New Sorts of Places That Are Good for People and the Planet (James Shorten)

Many people want to live a more sustainable life, to live closer to nature and each other, but are often frustrated in finding somewhere where they can do so, even in Totnes, where living more sustainably can be harder and more expensive than more conventional ways of living. James Shorten will discuss why the planning system, despite its apparently good intentions, is failing to deliver places where living (much) more sustainably is easy, and explore what we (the people who want to do so) can do about it.

 

14.15 – 14.45 Britain’s Housing Crisis: a People-Powered Solution? (Peg Alexander - Documentary)

Less than half of us know our neighbours. And Britain's housing crisis means that we’re running out of homes, fast. But there’s a quiet revolution going on… In this 30-minute documentary, Peg Alexander meets some of the people who are taking control of their housing in an attempt to create better places to live. Some are fighting the demolition of perfectly good homes, whilst others are designing brand new, close-knit communities within their cities. Can they really make a difference? Released in September this year, this new documentary explores people-powered solutions to Britain’s Housing Crisis.

 

Exhibitors

Forking Local Food Festival- new date!

Published on: October 9th, 2018

 

3rd November 2018, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

 

A celebration of delicious locally produced food and drink

 

Following the cancellation of September's Forking Local Food Festival due to weather, we are hatching a plan to rerun it in a small, compact form.

Where: Rotherfold Square, Totnes

When?: Saturday 3rd November, 11am-3pm

What?: Come and meet your local food producers, growing and processing food within 30 miles of Totnes. There will be the opportunity to chat to producers about their work, sample and buy produce, and munch your way through some delicious local hot food.

Why?: We think that supporting local farmers and food producers is a really good thing to do. We believe buying your food locally creates jobs, keeps money in the local economy, looks after our local environment and developing a resilient local food system.

Keep forking local!

Transition Walks: Open Eco Homes Special

Published on: September 25th, 2018

 

October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The best way to find out about Transition in Totnes

 

Join us for a fun and interactive introduction to Transition Town Totnes, visiting some of the live projects and gaining an insight into the overall initiative. These unique tours will make particular reference to the building and housing side of our work, including sustainable building methods, renewable energy initiatives, and community-led housing projects

Who for? Anyone interested in learning more about Transition Town Totnes and our focus on the built environment.  (For private tours and group visits, click here.)

When: 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Cost:  A voluntary donation is requested and any surplus after expenses goes towards the overheads of Transition Town Totnes, a registered charity. We suggest £20 for visitors and £10 for locals, but please pay what you can or what you think it is worth - it's up to you. And we really mean that - even if it is nothing!  The most important thing is that you come.

Where: Market Square, Totnes High St.  Between the tree and the ramp to the Civic Hall.

ContactEmail us to book your place.  If last minute, please call 07977 178214.

Access:  Please note, you will be walking and standing around. Please advise in advance of any mobility issues so we can make arrangements as necessary.

Can’t do the date, or looking for something more bespoke? Contact us to discuss how we can do a tour especially for you.

Further details - click here.

Open Eco Homes Weekend 2018

Published on: September 25th, 2018

 

5th-7th October

Transition Town Totnes is proud to present the 2018 Open Eco Home Weekend! 

From the traditional to the unconventional, you can visit inspiring homes in Totnes and the surrounding area which are at different stages on the journey to reducing their energy bills and environmental impact, and renewable energy projects making us less dependent on fossil fuels.

The Open Eco Homes weekend is all about providing inspiring examples of homes (and other projects) that have reduced their environmental impact, and renewable energy projects that are contributing to a low carbon economy.

From community building projects to renewable energy installations, renovated historic properties and retrofitted homes, there will be an abundance of inspiration!

There is no central location over the weekend but you can find programmes at Totnes Library and the TTT notice board in the Mansion, which will let you know the locations of the eco homes and projects and the times they are giving tours over the weekend. There will also be a special Eco Homes Transition Walk on Saturday 6th, from 1.30pm-5.30pm starting in the Market Square- please book beforehand.

You can also download the programme along with a helpful map onto your computer or phone:

 

Directions to Raythorn's Barn, Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT

Open for tours on Sunday 7th October between 11am-1pm

This is a bit of a tricky one to find so here are some extra directions:

The sat nav will take you to a bungalow on the edge of an open field. If you have approached from the A38 and the bungalow is on your right then continue down the lane for approximately 500 metres. Go past the brick walled entrance on your left and the entrance to Rathorne's Barn is signposted on the same side just after that.
If you are approaching from the opposite direction and don't spot the sign on your right, you may have to turn around.
Please note that there is limited parking and the property is still under construction so please take care.

Schedule

 

 

If you have any queries about the events please contact us by emailing ecohomes@transitiontowntotnes.org, or calling 01803 867358