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A Co-operative bank for the South-West?

THE VISION- “Imagine if there was a bank dedicated to the South West that put the welfare of its local communities before profits. A bank that helped local economies to grow by supporting all residents to upskill, regardless of their financial means. A bank that empowered people to grow their ideas into thriving local businesses. A bank that people trusted. What would Devon look like in twenty, or thirty years’ time?” Tony Greenham.

Tony Greenham is the Director of Economics at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and is giving a talk at the Courtney Centre in Newton Abbot, Thurs February 8th at 7.15 pm.  He will be talking about the economic and social case for regional banks, and explore the opportunities and challenges of creating a co-cooperative bank dedicated to the South West.


Group meeting: Tues 31st October

Teignmouth Estuary Transition group meeting on Tuesday 31st October at 8pm in TAAG. If door is closed when you arrive please ring the bell.

All welcome!

Earth Hour Bike Event 2018

Next year for Earth Hour, March 24, we are arranging a whole day event concentrating on bikes which will involve events on the Den and culminate in a bike powered film in the evening.

Would you like to be involved, either on the day or in the planning? Please do contact us. It will be an exciting day.

The next TET meeting will be on Monday October 16 at 8 pm at TAAG.

Film: “TOMORROW”: Sun 24, Tue 26 Sep 2017, Exeter Phoenix

Sun 24 Sep 2017, Tue 26 Sep 2017

at the Exeter Phoenix

Dir. Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion, France, 118 mins, 2015

Sun 24 Sep: 4pm
Tue 26 Sep: 6:15pm + post-screening Q&A

When the Journal Nature stated the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century filmmakers Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent carried out an investigation to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.

During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions, which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world…

Showing solutions with affirmation and inspiration Demain may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises affecting the globe.

This screening is presented in partnership with Transition Exeter.

Group meeting: Thurs 14th 8pm

Teignmouth Estuary Transition group meeting on Thursday 14th September at 8pm in TAAG. If door is closed when you arrive please ring the bell.

All welcome!

EARTH HOUR – details of Programme at TAAG Arts & Community Centre


on Saturday 25th March at 7pm
Doors open at 6.30pm for Exhibition viewing

The theme of the Earth Hour exhibition is ‘Crack’ which evolved out of a discussion about cracking ice at the North Pole, cracking rock and went on to encompass cracks in society, boundaries, borders, migrations, refugees and beyond. The exhibition is a response to the theme from local artists in the context of a changing world both environmentally and socially. It is an exciting artistic expression of their thoughts and feelings in a range of artistic forms including poetry.

On the same evening we are lucky to have Kate and Andy Benham who founded South Devon Wine Tours to introduce us to our local vineyards and a selection of local wines. As a result of climate change and the temperate zone moving towards the poles, the wine industry is flourishing in the South of England. By contrast, in many parts of the world it is suffering great losses.

Evening programme:

6.30              Doors open for exhibition viewing
7pm              Introduction to local wines and wine tasting
8.30-9.30    Earth Hour.  Lights out and poetry reading by  candlelight.
Light refreshments.
9.30              Lights on – live music and continued  exhibition viewing

Tickets: £6
Tea, Coffee and fruit juices available

Monday 27th March  and Monday 3rd April
10.00 am-12.30pm
Make a mosaic with Michelle Greenwood – Brown inspired by cracks using hot, cold or earth colours and recycled tiles
Each workshop – £10.
All materials and equipment supplied.
Both workshops are recommended as 2nd week will be finishing and grouting.  Beginners welcome but there is a minimum age of 8 and all children have to be accompanied by an adult. Coffee and Tea provided.
Booking is essential. Email info@teignmoutharts.org

Monday 27th March 7.30pm:  ‘Tomorrow’
At last – a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film!
At last a film offering solutions rather than just problems. From around the world it brings us the many creative solutions people are finding to meet the challenges we face in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.

Tomorrow has been a huge phenomenon in France; launched in December 2015, it has been watched by over 1.5 million people and won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars). The film premiered in Paris during the COP21 climate talks and had its British premiere with simultaneous broadcasts in Totnes, Todmorden and Bristol on 24th January 2017.

Now it has come to Teignmouth as all good things must.
Don’t miss it.
Showing at 7.30 pm

Friday 31st March 7.30pm      
Lions in the Landscape:
a talk by Dr Alayne Cotterill
Dr Alayne Cotterill is an ecologist working in Kenya to secure ways in which some of the last remaining large land predators, lions, can survive amidst an increasing human population.

Alayne founded Lion Landscapes which is ‘an independent lion conservation organisation, operating in Africa, that increases the capacity of local partners to secure viable populations of lions and other large carnivores. Lion Landscapes focuses on lion research, capacity building and innovation.’   www.lionlandscapes.org.

Alayne’s work brings her into constant contact with local people, both landowners and pastoral tribes as well as lions.  Alayne has lived and worked in Kenya for the last 12 years; she and her family have recently bought a house in Teignmouth where she went to school as a child.


Saturday 1st April 10 -11am    
Local energy talk and discussion
Community Energy 
Feel we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels?
Feel we need to take action locally?
Feel more could be done with community buildings?

Find out how a local Teignbridge community energy initiative addresses this. Meet Helen and Fuad from Teign Energy Communities (www.teignenergycommunities.co.uk)
Short talk about what we’ve already achieved, followed by a discussion about community energy. Come and be part of the local energy solution.

And all this over a free coffee or tea!

Sunday 2nd April  10 -12.30am     
Creative use of old fabrics and threads 
Introduction to innovative use of fabrics and threads for Textile Art
All materials supplied £5 per person
* Bring your own sewing machine if you prefer and bits and pieces of fabric if you have a colour palette in mind

Minimum age unless accompanied by an adult 15+
Workshop not suitable for young children

Booking essential as limited spaces
Call or text Liz Lockyear on 07753 816399 or emailinfo@teignmoutharts.org

Sunday 2nd April 2- 4.30pm  
Basket weaving ending up with a willow platter

Would you like to learn how to weave a beautiful natural willow platter? Perhaps a platter for cheese and bread or to use for protecting your table from hot dishes.

Cost: £10 tuition which includes materials.
Where: TAAG
When: Sunday 2nd April 2.00 pm to 4.30
What to bring: old apron, secateurs if you have any.

Limited numbers so please book 078120 13488 to secure your happiness.

Monday 3rd April -10.00am     
Mosaics with Michelle Greenwood- Brown
2nd Workshop
Booking is essential. Email info@teignmoutharts.org

 Wednesday 5th April – 7.30pm
“Strawberries at Christmas”
 – a talk by Mark McCarthy, a climate scientist at the Met Office
In this talk he will travel from some rather unseasonal fruit in his Teignmouth back garden through over 100 years of Teignmouth and world weather records to see what our small corner of the world can tell us about climate.