Newsletter January 2020
In this issue: Exmouth Town Council adopts TrEx plan to tackle climate change ...Exmouth Eco Hub... The Big Fix...TreeTastic News ... Energy Advice Clinic...Exe Estuary Forum...Green Drinks 6th Feb....Joanna Toole Foundation...Active Transport Day... Why join Transition...
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Exmouth Town Council adopt
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.   
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.

In the longer term, Exmouth Town Council have agreed to an environmental audit, which will inform future planning. 

The Transition umbrella group are delighted that the Town Council is acting upon the recomendations of the community consultation. We will continue to sit on the town council environmental working group and help to develop future plans  and set deadlines  for action . 

Transition Chair Nicky Nicholls, who has represented us at several ETC meetings, commented,   “It is brilliant to see how the Town Council is rising to the huge challenge of the Climate and Ecological Emergency.  These are small, first steps, but it’s so important that we start somewhere in a bid to reduce the amount of carbon Exmouth is producing.  Watch this space as we work collaboratively through our 10 point plan”.

ECO HUB for Exmouth - latest update

Transition Exmouth has put in a bid to the Climate Action Lottery  Fund , the first funding application towards our Eco Hub, exciting times!
Our vision is of a vibrant, thriving Eco-hub for Exmouth and the surrounding area. Our Eco-hub would be a converted existing building in the centre of the town, fully accessible to our whole community, with staff and a team of volunteers equipped to inform, signpost and re-skill Exmouth’s population.
The Eco-hub will pull together all the amazing groups that already work in this town and help them maximise what they already do,  as well as bringing in new highly-skilled staff to push projects on to the next level.
The Eco-hub will be a home for physical activities, such as skill-share groups, zero-carbon-living workshops, grow-your-own demos, healthy living advice, bike repairs, arts-based workshops and a Library of Things.
Alongside this, we see the Eco-hub as the centre from which our outreach team of project co-ordinators will work.   These could include
Buildings Coordinator, Travel Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Marine and Green Tourism, a Hub Manager and Demonstration Town Co-ordinator. 

The idea of an eco centre was the most popular suggestion at Our Exmouth Our Planet, coming up in every workgroup. If you're interested in being part of the team that makes this dream a reality, please email  

Tree Celebration weekend with Wild Exmouth and Exmouth Tree group was a great success, with new trees planted in St John's Playing Fields and a host of people involved in the tree trail and activities at Phear Park 
Photos from the day are here:

We need a register of important trees within the town.
Exmouth Community Association and Exmouth Civic Society are working on a cultural and built register,  and TrEx (along with Exmouth Tree Project) is looking into the logistics of co-ordinating the tree survey update side of things. 

if you’re interested in taking part in this project, please let us know

Green Drinks Thursday 6th February
will be at Sundowners , The Strand, Exmouth
29 Minutes Talk 7.30 to 8.00  Plymouth Recycling Centre
followed by socialising with like minded people 
All the latest Green Drinks news 
TrEx's Event officer Catherine Causley will be coordinating the Big Fix 2020 on the 15th Feb as part of her day job as reuse officer at Devon County Council. Catherine would love it if everyone could  watch this video  and share it through social media. This is a massive event and a world first, so please help out if you can. The Big Fix volunteers are aiming to fix over 2000 items and save over 60 tonnes of carbon . 
Find out where your closest Big Fix event is being held

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

Subscriptions 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.

Subscriptions and 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.


Energy Advice Clinic & Talks

One of the first events to be run by the Transition Exmouth / Town Council partnership is to be an energy day at the end of February.   The event will be in two parts,  an energy advice clinic to help people in fuel poverty,  and talks on sustainable living. 

The energy advice clinic  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".
People will be able to  bring copies of their bills to see if they are on the best tariff.
Find out more about ECOE here

There will be short talks at the Energy event , too.  Gill who is running the clinic will do a short talk on things we can all do to reduce our domestic energy demands,  and Heart & Soul, the refill stall in the market,  will  talk about zero packaging.  Catherine Causeley will talk about the 10 ways her a family lives a bit more sustainably, and we are still booking speakers - watch our Facebook page and website for updates.

The event will attract people from right across the Exmouth community. It will  help people who are struggling make choices between whether to buy food or heat their home,  and raise awareness about energy and sustainability issues.

If you would like to help out at the Energy Clinic , we are looking for volunteers to  help book people in, set up and pack down, as well as  chatting to people about energy,  and encouraging them to sign up to TrEx .
Interested ? Please email for more information 

You can compare renewable energy companies here 

Exeter Community Energy's
Winter Warmth Campaign

11.6% of households in Devon are living in Fuel Poverty. Often they are living in hard to heat homes and also have health issues such as respiratory and cardiovascular problems and depression. Shockingly, in Devon, more than 500  people may die from cold weather deaths this winter. These are unnecessary deaths – yet staying warm is a struggle for many households. Read more about excess winter deaths here

The downward spiral created by fuel poverty, hard to heat homes and health conditions are intensified by winter. That’s the sad reality.  And we’d like to be able to use our Hardship Fund to help keep people warm this winter – thats where you can help.

Support the Winter Warmth Campaign.
Please consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment to our Hardship Fund, if you don’t need it yourself.  It could make a real difference.

If you don’t receive the Winter Fuel Payment, don’t feel that you are excluded from our Winter Warmth campaign. Any donation to the ECOE Healthy Homes Hardship Fund is very welcome and it will mean we can do more to keep others warm this winter.

Exeter Community Energy welcomes all your support!


The vegan market at Ocean goes from strength to strength,
the second one is  on the 15th February . 
These events are run by run by and @TheEcoBoxUKDevon

We are looking for people interested in running a stall for TrEx -
ideas to please ,
or come to Green Drinks and have a chat with us  

Exe Estuary Winter Forum 2020 event

 Tuesday 4th February: 6.30pm to 9pm. Exe Estuary Winter Forum 2020 event at the Council Chamber, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD. 
Organised by 
Exe Estuary Management Partnership- 


The Forum is an open, public event for anyone who has an interest in the Exe Estuary. Details can be found HEREA number of representatives will be attending to take part in discussions on a variety of very topical subjects including:

  • Representatives from the Environment Agency will be giving updates on the Exe Flood Defence Schemes, and responding to issues relating to the Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme.
  • A presentation will be given about the Devon Climate Emergency, linking to what this means for the Exe Estuary.
  • A focus on Pacific oysters on the Exe: an Invasive Non-Native Species.
  • An update on the work of the Exe Estuary Management Partnership and current priorities of the Harbour Authority.
  • The Harbour Master, Grahame Forshaw, will be attending the meeting to answer any questions from the audience.

Please book early as there are limited places: online at:

The Joanna Toole Foundation's application to the Charity Commission was submitted in the New Year.  Joanna’s family and friends have given pledges of nearly £200k with which to launch the charity.  The founding trustees are Joanna's father and former Transition Exmouth Chairman Adrian Toole, Alyx Elliot, and Georgina Groves. Claire Bass and Mark Simmonds OBE are joining them on the board. 

Joanna Toole died on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, which crashed on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on March 10th, 2019. Joanna was a campaigner and policy-maker, latterly working for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO on ocean debris issues, specifically on guidelines for the marking of fishing gear. Those who had the privilege of knowing Jo knew her not only as extraordinarily devoted to her work, but also as a supremely warm and wonderful human being. Her dedication to her work on animal welfare with World Animal Protection and OceanCare and her work on critical ocean issues with FAO was topped only by her love for her friends, family and colleagues.

Joanna invariably turned colleagues into friends so that who knew her are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy and the world has lost one of its great ocean and animal welfare champions.

In a condolence letter to Adrian, Antόnio Guterres, the Secretary General of the UN said:

“As a champion of animal welfare and the conservation of wildlife, she faithfully reflected the values and principles of the United Nations making an important contribution for the responsible stewardship of our planet through her work.”

Aided by the founding of this charity in her name, others will continue the important work that Jo started.

The following is a list of current projects dedicated to Joanna, on which a lot of people have been busy. Several of them will run long-term with the help of the JTF and keep Jo's mission and her legacy alive. 

  • Annual Ghost Gear Solutions Award
  • GGGI Internship
  • Treyarnon Bay Ocean Education Centre
  • Educational Cartoon Book
  • The Olive Ridley Project Volunteer Scholarship
  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue Equipment trailer 
If you would like more information about the Joanna Toole Foundation , please contact

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. 

Does anyone want to have a go at creating a logo for the day? 
We are looking for inspiration ! 
If you're interested in helping to shape the day, volunteering or creating a logo please email us 



Exmouth Town Council have agreed to work with Transition Exmouth on a website to promote individual action people can take against climate change , and then link to it in the footer to every ETC email. 
This will have HUGE impact : imagine the reach with a mention of sustainable living in every official publication.

ETC are looking to us to suggest content .

All of which is amazing, a big step forward,  and a big responsibility.  

The first step will be to find out exactly what is already out there . It may well make more sense to link with existing information , and use the Exmouth - specific part of the new website  for links to  local help, advice, and  suppliers.

We need you everyone to help for this project ! 
How to help? 
When you see a good website or social media site which gives concrete how-to steps that people can take towards a more sustainable lifestyle , please copy the address from the bar at the top of the page and paste it into an email , like this  

Make the subject line  TrEx WEBSITE and send to

All ideas welcome 

We hope you've enjoyed this Newsletter .
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