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2012: Sunday 18th Nov – potato party in the park

Local residents and visitors were welcomed to Eastcliff Park’s walled garden to celebrate the autumn harvest of potatoes. The sun shone and everyone enjoyed looking around the garden, admiring progress made over the year. It was a chance for members of the gardening-sub group to share tips for permaculture gardening, and then everyone was invited to share home-made soup cooked on a brick stove and potatoes baked in a small fire.
Surplus uncooked potatoes were sold – money raised will help to buy seeds to grow in the garden next year.

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Saturday 13th October 2012: Great Autumn Clothes Swap

Swap clothes you no longer wear for a new look

Welcome to fun fashion that’s ethical and sustainable. Save money and save the planet while enjoying meeting up with friends.

9.30 – 11 am:  bring clothes to swap and buy your ticket
11.30 am: the Swap begins!

Admission: £1.50 and at least one item of clothing to swap

Organisers Mary Lidgate and Florence Briot explain: each person brings nice, clean clothes that are no longer wanted, and somebody else chooses them and gives them a good home. You could bring a jumper and collect a dress, or hang a coat on the rail and take away a pair of jeans.

Each item you bring is a free swap; extra items can be purchased for £1

Bring women’s, men’s, children’s and maternity clothes – clothes must be clean and in good condition; please no shoes, socks or underwear

Refreshments available

Venue: the Masonic Hall, Hollands Road, Teignmouth (opposite the station)

For further information, ring Mary on 07713648589 or email us at info@teigntransition.org.uk

Energyshare: application outcome

I’m disappointed to say that I heard on Friday that we didn’t get through the second round of bidding for Energyshare funds to upgrade lighting for Alice Cross, Meadow Centre and TAAG.

If you feel that you can help to seek funds elsewhere for this project, please let me know. David Onslow has very kindly offered to hold his quotes for a year.

Meanwhile thank you to everyone who supported this bidding process,

Review of potato party, Sunday 16th October

The sun shone as about 80 friends, neighbours, local residents and members of Teign Estuary Transition met to eat the first crop of potatoes, grown within Eastcliff Park’s walled garden.

The abundant crop of delicious red-skinned Sarpo potatoes were baked on a huge bonfire; Sian Avon, Senior Countryside Ranger for Teignbridge District Council, supported the event throughout the day and provided wood for burning.

The main event started at 3pm, with David Haines conducting Teignmouth Community Choir singing environmental-themed songs to celebrate the garden and its harvest, before everyone enjoyed the feast of free potatoes and salads, also grown in the garden. Surplus uncooked potatoes were sold – money raised will help to buy seeds to grow in the garden next year.

We are grateful to the local press for publicising this event so effectively. It was promoted beforehand in Herald Express and Teignmouth Post. The Teignmouth Post also printed a two-page picture-feature reviewing the day (see p 20/21, Friday 21st October 2011).

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Photos by Phil Cross

Energyshare: full application submitted

The full application to Energyshare for funding was submitted before the deadline of 5pm Friday 30th September.

Thanks to:
• David Onslow for all the time he gave freely for visiting sites, assessing requirements, and getting details back to me so promptly
• Staff from Alice Cross, Meadow Centre and TAAG for providing supporting information about their users and visitors, to create rich details for the bid
• Phil for his IT input with the Energyshare website, successfully resulting in us becoming their “featured group” on the actual closing date.

It was a lot of work which will hopefully benefit a lot of people right across our community. The outcomes of this round of bidding will be announced before the end of December.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far,

17th September 2011: celebration party and AGM

About fifty members and friends of Teign Estuary Transition Group gathered in the TAAG’s Arts & Community Centre in Teignmouth on Saturday evening to celebrate achievements of the Group’s first two years, hear about what the Group is currently doing, and help to form plans for the Group’s future. The evening provided the chance to watch a short animated environmental film called “Carbon Weevils”, along with socialising, live music by The Kirkwood Brown Trio, and supper. The evening also included a brief AGM.

The photos below, by Sally Fransen, show members of the Group enjoying the evening.

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