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.

Day of Action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Time: 
30 August 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Causewayhead, Penzance

38 Degrees members across the country are signing up to a day of action against the TTIP trade deal on Saturday 30th August. Go to this page - http://ttipaction.38degrees.org.uk - and enter your postcode in order to connect with other local people and get started in doing something in Penwith. There will be a stall at the top of Causewayhead in Penzance from 12 to 3pm.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a hugely influential trade deal currently being negotiated between the US and the EU. 38 Degrees members will be leafleting and talking to their neighbours, forcing this deal into the spotlight.
Sign the petition now to put pressure on the government to fix or scrap this deal that could enshrine privatisation of the NHS and other public services, and would let businesses sue the government for putting people ahead of profits.

An Energy Blueprint for Local Prosperity

Time: 
11 September 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: 
Redwing Gallery, 36a Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2HT

Renewable energy is a key component of the proposed Penwith Economic Blueprint. We are incredibly lucky to have Charmian Larke living on our doorstep so come along and hear what she has to say about how a local energy strategy would benefit Penwith’s economy.
Charmian has over 25 years' experience in renewable energy project development including wind, combined heat and power (chp), waste to energy, biomass and hydro. Her research projects have included EU funded studies into biomass resources in the South West of England and a dual fuel wood/waste to energy chp project, to heat local authority housing and nearby food factories. She has written numerous papers and environmental reports, and provides strategy and renewable energy expertise to the European Commission and sustainable energy advice to the Transition movement amongst others.

Saturday local food market in Penzance!

Time: 
30 August 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
Methodist Chapel Forecourt, Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4BE

The Chapel Street Farmers' Market is held in the forecourt of the Methodist Church on Chapel Street, Penzance, every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. A variety of local growers and producers are there each week selling organic vegetables, plants, bread and other fresh local produce, and the market hopes to have a butcher and a fishmonger soon. Please make it part of your weekly shop to visit the Chapel Street Farmers' Market and support your local growers!
Stalls available for chemical-free growers and producers now. They also need lots of help advertising the market (putting up posters etc.) and finding potential new stallholders to approach. Let them know how you can help. Please contact the organisers on chapelstreetmarket@gmail.com for more information.
Like them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/chapelstreetfarmersmarket

The Transition Roadshow is Coming!

Time: 
6 February 2015 - 9:00am - 7 February 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Penzance

Transition Network have announced the four initiatives selected to host their four 2014-15 Transition Roadshows. They had 9 applications from Transition initiatives across the UK, and have now revealed that the hosts chosen are Transition University St Andrew in Fife, Transition Bristol, Transition Town Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire and... Transition Penwith!
The first pilot Roadshow which took place in Lancaster featured all sorts of stuff: workshops on personal resilience, local currencies, community energy, retrofitting homes, REconomy, local food, 'sustainable dying', support for Transition and communicating climate change.
These Roadshows offer a great opportunity for the Network to try a different approach to their usual annual conference. One with the potential to bring a great burst of energy to both a local initiative and its surrounding region.
The dates for the Penzance event are now set at Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of February 2015. We'll be keeping you up to speed with it all as the details get firmed up but mark it in your diary now!

Pay it Forward Penzance

MAKE Penzance has its mini department store in the pop up shop alongside Lloyds Bank. Stacked full of great locally made art, craft, wine, beer, clothes, jewellery, homewares, kids stuff, wood, and many other lovely wares. And you can pop in and ‘Pay it Forward’ with a scheme designed to donate money to a stranger in a random act of kindness which will involve other businesses around town. Intrigued? If your a Facebook member then click the link below, pop in and take a look…

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1469113916672433&set=vb.14466171555...

Natural building course: Moon Lodge

Time: 
8 September 2014 - 9:00am - 23 September 2014 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Plan-it Earth, Chyena, Sancreed, Penzance TR20 8QS

A similar buildingA similar buildingThis is a human scale housing project in which you can sculpt your own eco house in 2 weeks!!!! Come and join others at Plan-it Earth for an intensive and inspirational residential natural building course. Over two weeks the group will learn the theory and practice of building a small house from start to finish. Jo Forsyth is an experienced facilitator and will guide you through the design and construction of a building, using natural and recycled materials. Participants will graduate with the ability to begin the process of designing and building their own structures. No previous experience is necessary, just a belief that anything is possible when hearts and minds are engaged. Participants are typically drawn from all walks of life and across a wide age range, so if you are looking for a transition and want to spend time with new people in a beautiful small-holding in Cornwall, This could be the place to begin...
The community of builders involved in this project will learn - with Jo's guidance - how to build a beautiful home from start to finish... sharing the joys of working with the abundance of the Earth to create a beautiful dwelling for retreating into nature.
The Moon Lodge is being made in the woodland at Plan it Earth to celebrate the connection to the moon and this beautiful Earth, and as a peaceful, reflective place to retreat to. The Lodge will be made of Willow withy, Cob and Lime resulting in a beautiful sculptural celebration of our creativity as humans.

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:
http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/help_schools_go_...

westcornwallfoe@gmail.com

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.
emptyhomes@cornwall.gov.uk or 01726 223600
http://cornwall.gov.uk/emptyproperties

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.

Monthly Social Gathering

Time: 
4 September 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
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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