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.

Chapel Street Farmers Market

26 July 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Methodist Chapel Forecourt, Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4BE

Chapel Street Farmers Market is a new chemical-free, local food market on Chapel Street every Saturday 9am until 1pm. The first one was on Saturday 12th July on the forecourt to the Methodist Chapel opposite the Turks Head pub. They'd love to see you - come along and get some shopping and meet the growers and bakers!

Help still needed for Schools to go Solar

A good time was had by all at West Cornwall's picnic in Morrab Gardens on June 21. But help is still needed to get more solar panels, and other clean energy sources, used in schools in Penwith. It could save each school up to £8,000 per year, meaning more money for books, equipment and activities. Yet government rules currently leave many schools struggling to afford the panels. Please sign the Friends of the Earth petition asking the woman in charge of English schools, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, to make it easy for schools to go solar:

Let's reduce the number of Empty Properties

At last something is being done about empty houses. Cornwall Council is recognising that long-term empty residential property is a wasted resource that can and should be used to assist in meeting the high levels of identified housing need in the County, particularly for those on low incomes. The Council's empty property strategy includes a range of initiatives aimed at addressing the issue, including encouraging advice, access to leasing schemes and financial assistance, and in some cases formal enforcement action. Many empty properties are likely to be difficult to mortgage through conventional lenders, and it is their aim to provide assistance in those circumstances.
If you're concerned about an empty property then send a message to the Empty Homes Team. They will make enquiries and try to get it brought back into use. or 01726 223600

Community Power Cornwall launches second share offer

Prospectus for Community Power Cornwall's second share offerProspectus for Community Power Cornwall's second share offerCornish residents have the opportunity to invest in and benefit from local community owned renewable energy generation as Community Power Cornwall has launched its second share issue.
Community Power Cornwall is blazing the trail for communities to take an active role in meeting their energy needs through renewable sources, while retaining financial, social and environmental benefits within the county.
The pioneering co-operative venture is offering the public community shares worth £735,000 over the next three months. Its first share issue three years ago attracted just over 100 members and raised £80,000. Since then Community Power Cornwall has installed two 80 KW wind turbines at Gorran Highlanes and a 10KW wind turbine at BF Adventure, Halvasso, meaning that the purchase of these community shares will be funding both new installations and installations that are already operational.
Shares in the co-operative went on sale on at Community Power Cornwall’s stand at the Royal Show on 5th June for £1 per share with a minimum investment of £50 and a maximum of £100,000. The second share offer will close on 14th September.
The co-operative is taking advantage of the financial incentives offered by the Feed-in Tariff to meet its objectives and while it does expect to pay shareholders up to 6% interest on their shares, earnings made through the venture will also be allocated to re-investment in further local renewable generation capacity, helping other community groups with their own projects and community grants.

energyfund: Cornwall

Energyshare have announced the launch of energyfund Cornwall; a grant scheme offering up to £300,000 to help support groups with their community-led renewable energy projects. Cornwall is leading the way with community renewable energy initiatives and energyshare, along with Cornwall Council and other local partners, is launching energyfund Cornwall to support active and dedicated Cornish groups. If your community or group has an idea for a community renewable energy project, are at the early stages of developing your initiative or are looking for investment to get your project going, register with to find out more.
energyshare, 11 Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE
Contact them at, or call 01637 873506

New Directory of Co-ops and Mutuals in the South West

Co-operatives and mutuals are active in a huge variety of sectors, as this new directory shows. According to 2012 data, there were over 600 co-operatives and mutuals in the South West of the UK, with a combined turnover of over £3.35 billion.


Streetbank is a national movement of people who share with their neighbours. Its purpose is to boost local communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours. Accounts are free to set up. Once the account is set up the user receives emails from other users living nearby. Users can offer items for free or to lend, or offer skills. Members can also make requests and provide information. User can choose the size of their "neighbourhood" and can opt to receive messages from other users living within one, five or ten miles. There are members within Penwith and Streetbank's aims are very consistent with those of Transition Penwith.

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Bushcraft, Green Woodwork and Traditional Archery Courses

9 March 2014 - 12:00pm - 28 August 2014 - 12:00pm
Plan-it Earth, Chyena, Sancreed, Penzance TR20 8QS

BUSHCRAFT (Contact Greg on or 07776 223337 for booking)
These 1-day courses are designed for those wishing to spend more time enjoying and living with nature, and are based in our woodland / coppice in Sancreed, West Penwith. From basic bushcraft and survival to deeper and more advanced skills these courses offer a wealth of knowledge from a woodsman who uses them regularly in his work. You can book a full day, or half day to suit your needs.

Bushcraft Basics - (Age 9+, all children to be accompanied by an adult) Designed for those wishing to camp in the wild with minimum kit, the day covers the four basics of bushcraft; Shelter, Food, Fire and Water. The morning is spent practically exploring the basics of shelter and wild food for lunch (plants and meat with veggie options available); the afternoon we obtain clean water through filtering and treating and safely make fire in different ways.
Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day / £40.00 adult (£25.00 child) 1/2 day

Monthly Social Gathering

7 August 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dolphin Tavern, Quay Street, Penzance TR18 4BD

We're having an informal monthly get-together on the first Thursday of every month at the Dolphin Tavern in Penzance. Our e-mails go out to hundreds of people and we want to create more opportunities for more of those people to meet each other and make connections because ... this is what building a resilient local community is really about.

The Transition Penwith Core Group is elected at the AGM every year and does its best to steer the organisation in the intervening twelve months. But it's not possible for the Core Group to do absolutely everything - we want to facilitate more people taking action on the ground.

Social events like these are a way of exchanging ideas and talking informally about how this could be brought about. So why not come along and chat about your views on the end of the oil age and what you could do to make the transition smoother?

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