Transition Penwith is an initiative that works to engage all sectors of the local community in addressing the issues which arise from Energy, Economics and the Environment.

URGENT: Montol 10th anniversary appeal

Cornwall's iconic Montol festival will being held for the 10th time in 2016. Montol does not receive large amounts of public funding and is almost entirely dependent on public support both voluntary and financial. For the festival to continue this year they urgently need to raise the money to meet the challenges that increased participants bring with them and enhance this amazing spectacle. The future of Montol depends on your support.


Street Level PZ and Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

30 October 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Newlyn side of Skate Park, Wherrytown, Penzance

Following on from the SAS Spring Beach Clean at Long Rock and last year’s successful Autumn Beach Clean Series which saw over 3,500 volunteers remove over 10 tonnes of rubbish from 160 beaches, Surfers Against Sewage are once again calling for volunteers.

Penzance Beach and Prom, from the Jubliee Pool to Newlyn Green, needs your helping hands on Sunday 30th of October.

Join SAS, Street Level Penzance and other members of the local community for a beach clean from 10am until noon, as part of the biggest SAS Autumn Beach Clean ever. Find them at their table on the Newlyn side of the skate park, opposite the boating lake. They'll have some gloves and bin bags, but please bring your own thick protective gloves to wear. They hope to see you there on the day, so that they can all make a difference to Penzance!

Hayle Hub Social & Planning Gathering

22 November 2016 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
The Cornish Arms, 86 Commercial Road, Hayle TR27 4DX

Transition Penwith is a network organisation which has the aim of helping Penwith make the transition to a more localised, resilient and thriving economy. We want to encourage local hubs of activity – bringing together like-minded people to work together on local community projects. Our first run at this is in Hayle and district.

So if you want to get things going in Hayle and the wider area (including Angarrack, Canonstown, Connor Downs, Fraddam, Gwinear, Gwithian, Joppa, Leedstown, Lelant Downs, Phillack, Reawla, St Erth and Townshend) then join in with your own ideas on local food, local planning, local music and more.

This is the first gathering since the very successful Hayle Community Lunch (held on October 16) so do come along and get involved in whatever happens next!

Free Community Lunch draws Huge Interest from Hayle Residents

Hayle Hub Community Meal October 2016Hayle Hub Community Meal October 2016Transition Penwith's Hayle Hub proved the proverb wrong that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”, when over 60 residents from the town and nearby area attended the Day Centre on Sunday to enjoy exactly that.

The local Hub seeks to build positive communities through fun initiatives that promote wide-ranging areas, from social inclusion to sustainability. The hub offered this free lunch to anyone in the area keen to book on, and sought donations from local farms to enable it to happen. The aim was to celebrate the diversity of people in and around Hayle, and to encourage the use of locally-grown foods.

Cornwall Council Site Allocations Development Plan Document

Penzance and Newlyn site allocationsPenzance and Newlyn site allocationsCornwall Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the emerging Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document (Allocations DPD). This is a document that sets out a strategy for the future development of 10 towns and two Eco Community sites within Cornwall. The document identifies locations for future housing and commercial growth, as well as setting out a strategy for future infrastructure provision.

Deep geothermal resource in Cornwall

Heat Flow Map of the UK and the West Country in particularHeat Flow Map of the UK and the West Country in particularJust a reminder that all those hot rocks are still there deep beneath our feet. A source of renewable energy which is just waiting to be exploited. Have a read of this page from Cornwall Council's website:

The deep geothermal resource in Cornwall represents a significant opportunity for renewable heat and power generation. In the 1970’s and 80’s the world renowned ‘Hot dry rocks project’ at Rosemanowes Quarry in Penryn, led by Camborne School of Mines, confirmed the high temperatures which are found deep underground in Cornwall’s granite. A recent study suggests this resource could meet all of Cornwall’s demand for electricity and 20% of the UK’s demand. Cornwall could lead the way in this new energy sector.

The Carbon Cycle

22 November 2016 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Redwing Gallery, 36 Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2HT

Join West Cornwall Friends of the Earth for a talk by the author, Dr Kate Rawles, talking about her book 'The Carbon Cycle' - shortlisted for Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Book Awards, 2012

The Carbon Cycle; Crossing the Great Divide (Two Ravens Press 2012) is based on Kate's bike ride from Texas to Alaska exploring attitudes to climate change, was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Festival Adventure Travel Book Awards and a runner up in the UK People's Book Prize.

Veg Boxes from Bosavern Community Farm

The Autumn harvest continues at Bosavern Community Farm in St Just. Why not purchase a weekly veg box from them. If you live in St Just, Penzance or places in between you can get it delivered to your door for an extra £1!

Here are some typical current contents:

Standard veg box: 500g brown onions, 1kg Picasso potatoes, 3 peppers, 500g carrots, 200g Swiss chard, a swede, 400g leeks, 200g kale, 100g salad leaves, 500g striped beetroot. Currently £10 (or £11 delivered to your door).

Small veg box: 100g salad leaves, 1kg Picasso potatoes, 200g kale, 2 peppers, 500g carrots, 400g leeks. Currently £6 (or £7 delivered to your door).

Possible added extras are free-range eggs, organic milk from Treen; and organic sourdough bread from Helston.

All fresh produce is from the Community Farm, including the eggs. Contact them on 01736 788454 to order yours.

The PEaT Project Crowdfunder

The PEaT (Plant Eat and Teach) Project is a drop-in community garden in Cornwall helping people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their quality of life. They work with people who are unemployed, retired and elderly, people with poor mental health and with learning disabilities to name a few. These are their volunteers and they aim to help them build friendship, confidence, skills and knowledge through horticultural based activities. Working alongside each other in a non-judgmental environment, outside pressures can take a back seat and aspirations can grow.

Cornwall: A Million Acts of Sanctuary

Cornwall: A Million Acts of SanctuaryCornwall: A Million Acts of SanctuaryCornwall is mobilising.
From the border with England to the north, to way down in the wildness of the west, people are taking action in countless ways across our extraordinary county to offer sanctuary to those people, adults, children, grandparents, young couples, and individuals caught up and forced to abandon their homes and seek sanctuary somewhere across Europe and the Middle East. It's hard to imagine what it must be like to be as desperate, and how much you have to hope for some compassion in others, as you look for safety. There are a million ways offering sanctuary: if you're not sure how, and you want to join in then take a look at:

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