Newsletter February 2020
In this issue:  Energy Advice Clinic...... Greta joins FFF in Bristol...The Big Fix Record Breaker  ...Tree News ...Green Drinks 5th March....Star Counting...Eco Market...Active Transport Day... Why join Transition...
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Energy Advice Drop-in & Talks
Glenorchy Church Hall
Thursday, 27 February 2020 
16:00-18:00 Energy Advice Drop-in
18:00-19:00 Short talks on energy saving and sustainable living

The energy advice drop-in will be run with Gill Wyatt from Exeter Community Energy's Healthy Homes for Wellbeing project. "We know about switching and finding competitive tariffs, that includes green tariffs and energy saving strategies," says Gill. " I know what grants are available to install insulation and who is eligible".
NB. People should bring copies of their electricity and gas bills (three or more ideally) to see if they are on the best tariff. Find out more about ECOE here

Gareth from 4 seasons will be covering domestic renewable energy solutions. Gill Wyatt will cover energy efficiency basics and the final speaker will cover refill and shopping locally

If you would like to help out at the Energy Clinic , please email for more information 

You can compare renewable energy companies here 

As you may have read, Fridays for Future are incredibly excited that Greta Thunberg will be with the South West school strikers this week!

If you can make it to Bristol, please please do. It’s not just for students, anybody can join in

Stewards over 18 are needed for the day.  Please contact 
Fridays for Future - Exeter  if you’re available.

There are frequent trains from St David’s station to Temple Meads, so spread the word and let’s mobilise as many people as possible!

Bring your placards, your passion and some food. We’ll see you there at 11am on College Green 💚🌍
Sunday, 15th March 2020
Ocean Suite, Top Floor, Ocean, Exmouth
10.30am to 4.30pm

Zero Waste Workshops ~ Carbon Footprint Clinic ~ Eco-Friendly Stalls ~ Environmental Talks ~ Veggie/Vegan Food ..............

Wishing you could do more to reduce your impact on the environment?  Interested to know your own carbon footprint?  Wondering what eco-friendly alternatives are out there?  Already an eco warrior! looking for fresh ideas? 
Come along to the Eco-Market Exmouth!
For more details, here's the link to the Facebook Event:-
Eco-Market Exmouth
The Transition Exmouth stall at the Vegan market resulted in 25 new members - WELCOME to all of you !
See you at Green Drinks !  

Green Drinks Thursday 5th March 7.30pm
will be at Sundowners , The Strand, Exmouth
5 Minute Transition Newsflash
29 Minute Talk  
Brian's recent experiences with his new electric car
Socialising with like minded people 

The Transition Exmouth umbrella group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month
The BIG FIX:   80 repair cafes took part, with well over 3000 items being brought to be fixed, the actual number will be near 4000 - storm Dennis didn't interfere too much. 
Lots of press coverage (radio,  tv, newspapers), which was the point to raise the profile of repair cafes and the right to repair movement across the U.K. This was the largest day of repair ever attempted. 5 repair  cafes set up especially to be part of the Big Fix. Over 1000 volunteers took part totalling over 4000 hrs of donated time. The Blackdown Hills repair cafe at Heymock had a bumper event with over 340 items brought in to be looked at during a mammoth 6 hr long repair cafe. In total 12 Devon based repair cafes took part.  TrEx's Events Officer Catherine Causley made the evening news speaking from her day job as DCC's Reuse Officer. Brilliant work by all the repair teams   #TheBigFix2020 

On 2nd February the Point in View orchard was planted 🌳🌳🌳.

The members of Point in View Chapel, Summer Lane, have just planted a small fruit orchard as part of their commitment to the natural world and their own stewardship of the environment. After morning worship, on Sunday 2nd February they were joined by friends from Exmouth Tree Project, TrEx, Wild Exmouth, from other churches and other local environmental groups, to plant apple, pear, plum, apricot and greengage trees, and three young oaks. The chapel's minister, Martin John Nicholls, said: "Point in View is set in this beautiful three-acre meadow which we manage with great care. It's a tiny part of just 3 per cent of wild meadow that still survives in the UK, so we cherish it.” Point in View was given a Silver Eco Church Award by the Rocha Foundation this year. Martin added: "We believe that the natural world is a gift, and we are planting these trees in faith, gratitude and humility, to help provide future generations with food and clean air."




Star Count is now open for submissions! Star Count is CPRE's annual citizen science project to map the nation’s view of the night sky, and we’d love you to take part. 

Doing a count is simple - whether you live in town or country, just look to the night sky between 21-28 February and tell us how many stars you can see within the constellation of Orion by submitting your count on our website. 

It only takes a few minutes. Will you take part? 

Yes, I'll take part

We think that everyone deserves the opportunity to view a pristine night sky, filled with stars, and dark skies are a defining characteristic of our countryside.

But sadly, light pollution means most people in England can’t see many stars at all, especially if you live near a big town or city. Less than 2% of people that took part last year enjoyed ‘truly dark skies’.

Star Count helps us find out where is best and worst for seeing the stars, and by showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, we can work with local councils and others to tackle it.

So, your count could help others to enjoy the stars in the future!

Find out more

Why flight free?

In 2016 airlines carried 3.7 billion passengers. This is set to rise to more than 8 billion by 2035. At the same time, climate scientists are warning that we have less than 12 years to make a significant reduction in our emissions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Flying less is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Could you pledge to be flight free in 2020?


Transition Exmouth's Newsletters and Events are all Free -
but producing them isn't !

Donations pay for the costs of running events such as hiring halls, films, speakers, annual public liability insurance ,web site fees , printing,  a stall at the Exmouth Festival and other events,  etc.

Membership is free for students and people on a low income
Subscription rates of £5, £10 and £50 a year are available
You choose what you can afford, and how to pay.

Donations can be paid via:
The Paypal or Card button on our website 
Bank transfer to Transition Exmouth, co-op bank 08-92-99, a/c 65332739  
Cash at Green Drinks 
Cheque to Transition Exmouth , c/oThe Manse, Summer Lane, Exmouth EX8 5BD

Member organisations can be featured on our website,
which is currently being revamped.

Transition Exmouth is a voluntary organisation, new members are always welcome. 
Voluntary help is as valuable as money –
none of our work would be possible without the time members put in.


Exmouth Town Council progress on
Our Exmouth Our Planet's
10 Point Climate Action Starter Plan

Transition Exmouth fed suggestions from November's Our Exmouth Our Planet Networking Meeting to the Town Council's climate change working group.  Ten initial recomendations were adopted by full council, and Transition Exmouth now has a Climate Action Partnership with ETC.    We hear that the internal audit has physically been done for ETC now,  and Cllr Tim  Dumper will be reporting to the next Transition Umbrella group meeting on progress .  See the next newsletter for a detailled report on how ETC are doing so far ....  
Here's the 10-point initial action plan :
1. ETC to partner with Transition Exmouth on the Climate Action lottery bid to create an Eco / Community Hub in Exmouth  town centre (more about this below). 
2. ETC to plant trees & wildflowers for pollinators on all “unowned” patches of land,  stop all use of pesticides and herbicides and use only organic fertilisers on council property.
3. ETC to create a website in partnership with Transition Exmouth giving information on how people can tackle climate change as individuals - and link to this in the footer of all ETC emails, and on all ETC publications.
4. ETC to switch to a renewable energy supplier in all Council buildings, and lobby EDDC and DCC to do the same.  
5.  ETC to support the Transition Exmouth events programme from 2020, starting with an Energy Advice Clinic  (more about this below)
6. ETC to create a Bike Pool for use with the Bikeability programme in Exmouth primary schools, so that every child has access to a suitable bike. Bikes to be reclaimed and refurbished (explore partnership with Ride On, who repair bikes for re-use in Exeter).
7. ETC to run Environmental Days for all schools and adults to expand on their excellent first conference in 2019.
8. Drinking water fountains throughout town – railway station, Strand and along the beach. 
9. ETC to commit to use only Organic, Fairtrade products in all Council hospitality and catering.
10. ETC to work with Transition Exmouth and local bike shops to provide subsidised electric bike hire to enable Exmouthians to try ebikes for themselves.


Active Travel Day April 18th

As part of Exmouth Town Council's commitment to working with TrEx on climate action events,  an Active Transport day in the Strand is being planned.   It will involve e-bike trials,  Public transport, cycling, Dr Bike, Sustrans, Stagecoach, GWR and more. .  Four cycle shops are already on board, and invitations are still going out to other stallholders and partners. 

If you're interested in helping to shape the day, volunteering or creating a logo please email us 
We love our new posters,  kindly designed by the wonderful Jess Pearson   
The Our Exmouth Our Planet logo is based on the original design by Rosie Johnson
We are lucky to have such brilliant artists helping us to get the Climate Action message across , many thanks to Rosie and Jess 


Bystock and Marley History : New book launch

In 2014 Exmouth Local History Group published "The elusive Bryce family", the first volume in a planned three-part series on the history of two of Exmouth's great houses, Bystock and Marley.  ELHG are delighted to announce that the second volume, which brings the story from the Bryces up to the present day, is about to go to the printers. It includes an appendix listing brief details of 158 servants, which will be of interest to family historians.
For more information, contact Mike and Dee Tracey
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