Should Transition Wells change its name?
We need your help to decide whether or not we should change our name and if so, what it should be changed to. Please help us by voting for the name you think best describes what we do. Closing date Noon 25th November 2015. Please click the link to vote, it will just take a couple of seconds: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59J8YSF
Please see the attached for an update on Transition Wells.
Please find below some information about our activities, which I hope you will find useful.
Should Transition Wells change its name?
We need your help to decide whether or not we should change our name and if so, what it should be changed to. Please help us by voting for the name you think best describes what we do. Closing date Noon 25th November 2015. Please click the link to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59J8YSF
Transition Wells Food Group
A new food group has formed and has already met. The group which arose from the Wells Food Festival Festival event, ‘Eat the Landscape’, is inspired by the work of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall #waronwaste and has already contacted all our local supermarkets to find out their views on food waste. The next meeting is 7.30pm Wednesday, 2nd December 2015, in the Globe, Priest Row. All are welcome.
If you are interested in combating food waste, and signing Hugh’s pledge, please click on the link:
Transition Wells Energy Group
The energy group is making plans to offer out thermal imaging surveys. We intend to first evaluate surveys carried out so far and write to everyone who has had a survey to find out what measures they have found most effective.
The Thermal Imaging Camera provides good images once temperatures have dropped to around 5C and the there is a difference of at least 10C between internal and external temperatures. So we are unable to carry out surveys at the moment due to the unseasonal mild weather but are collecting names for when it becomes cooler. If you would like to have a survey, please email Maddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also written to James Heappey MP, to raise our concerns about the withdrawal of Feed in Tariffs, which will affect many community energy projects across the country. His response is here: scan0015 scan0016
The next meeting of the Energy Group is 9.30am-10.30am, Saturday 28th November upstairs in Pickwicks. All are welcome.
Over the last year much has happened within Transition Wells and we have grown considerably in the number of people active within the group, and since the Wells Food Festival and the successful ‘Eat the Landscape’ event, we also now have an active food group. In some ways our progress has been slow and it has taken a long time to get to this point.
From our conversations with members of the public, we find that our name, Transition Wells, is confusing in that people do not know exactly what we are trying to achieve. It has been suggested several times to us that we should change our name to something that more reflects our aims.
So I am writing to ask you to take part in a ballot of suggested names, including the option to remain as Transition Wells. All you need to do is click on the link below and choose the name you prefer. The closing date for the ballot is 25th November 2015. Many thanks for your continued support and helping us with this very important decision.
With good wishes
We are so concerned about the government’s policy on renewables, we have written a letter to our local MP, James Heappey. Click on James to read the letter!
If you share our concerns, please let your friends and family know on social media, or contact James yourself to show him how much local support there is for renewable energy.
There is a great weekend ahead in Wells with the One World Fair on Saturday, 10am-4pm, in the Town Hall and the ‘Eat the Landscape’ event at the Wells Food Festival, Bishop’s Barn on Sunday, starting 11am.
Please support if you can and bring your family and friends. Transition Wells has a stall at both events and we very much look forward to seeing you there.
With the food festival nearly upon us we are making the final arrangements for the day. As you know Transition Wells is working in collaboration with the Wells Food Festival Committee in putting on the event ‘Eat the Landscape’, which is taking place in the Bishops Barn from 11.00am on Sunday 11th October as part of the Wells Food Festival.
This will be a lively and interesting event which we hope will galvanise local people and businesses to take positive steps in being more sustainable. We need help on the day with the TW stall and with the event itself. If you would like to help out for a couple of hours please could you let me know. It will be great fun and every contribution will be warmly welcomed. Most importantly, come to the event itself and bring your family and friends. There will be a lively debate, free soup and lots and lots to see and do.
Hello, I am very pleased to say that Transition Wells and the Food Festival are working in collaboration this year to integrate and explore the theme of sustainable food. We very much hope you will want to take part in the event and help us promote it amongst your family and friends and get involved further if you wish to. The event will all take place in the Bishop’s Barn on Sunday 11th October, the day of the Food Festival, starting at 11.00am
We’re planning to accommodate circa 240 participants, which we think is ambitious for the first time out. We would therefore welcome everyone’s support please in spreading the word. With this in mind, we will shortly circulate a promotional leaflet in jpeg / PDF format which we’d be grateful if you would forward to anyone who you think may be interested.
The event will include:
1) A Debate
2) Free delicious soup prepared by a catering team from Wells Blue School, made from locally sourced misshapen vegetables, which would have otherwise gone to waste.
3) Exhibitions and displays from a range of local organisations involved in promoting sustainable practices.
The aim of the event as a whole is to enable several hundred visitors to:
a) recognise the connection between their food choices, wildlife and the landscape
b) feel empowered to enhance their contribution to the quality of the world around us.
The central pillar of this is the debate, the purpose of which is to explain these connections and to offer an open forum for discussing practical ways forward.
The Debate will be kicked off by presentations from a panel of experts on the contribution we can all make to:
* ensuring an attractive and thriving countryside
* safeguarding the supply of high quality, healthy food
* consuming diets which are healthy for people and the environment.
The discussion will provide a forum for the exchange of views and ideas about practical ways to achieve this vision by example: favouring produce which is fresh and in season. locally grown on a sustainable basis and prepared with high quality ingredients on a human scale, often by artisan methods.
Chair Chris Baines – is one of the UK’s leading and independent environmentalists. He is a horticultural, television presenter and author.
Colin Tudge – is a biologist and author and promotes “enlightened agriculture” through his Campaign for Real Farming”
Colin will give us some home truths about the supply and demand for food and inspire us with his call to counter this with an “Agrarian Renaissance”. He will describe in practical terms what this could mean for us all, including the changes required in the way food is produced and the buying choices, diets and other behaviours we could adopt to enhance our collective impact on the natural environment.
Tessa Munt – is a former MP and partner of a Somerset dairy farmer.
Tessa will share her insider’s knowledge of the way in which food policy is determined in the corridors of power in Westminster and give us her perspective on the impact of this on farming systems, standards on animal welfare and the food supply chain – and give us her take on how we can all contribute to a sustainable future.
Simon Brenman – is Director of Regional Programmes for the South West Wildlife Trusts.
Simon will describe the current tendency for large scale agri-chemically based farming to be conducted alongside separate provision for wildlife corridors and field margins etc. He will contrast this with the demonstrable benefits for wildlife and the landscape of an integrated approach through an organic/ecological approach to growing food.
If you would like to get involved, please come to a Transition Wells Food Group meeting 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Globe, Priest Row on Tuesday 15th September. We would be very pleased to see you.
Avalon Community Energy (ACE) and Brookside Academy are working together to bring community energy to Street in Somerset. The fantastic project will combine energy generation and learning in a primary school setting. We have been shortlisted for the M&S Community Energy fund and with your help we can make it happen.
M&S Energy launched the M&S Energy Community Fund earlier this summer, with up to £400,000 available to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.
M&S Energy will be awarding two national awards of £40,000 and £20,000, regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,500 and a Judges’ prize of £15,000 for the most innovative or inspiring project. Following the initial short-listing phase, the competition is now open to the public vote. ACE have been shortlisted for the regional award.
To vote, you can go direct to this link: where you will need to register before voting. Registration only requires an email address and password.
Friday July 10th saw Avalon Community Energy launch its Pioneer Share Offer at a packed event at Glastonbury Town Hall (share offer document can be found at: http://www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.co.uk/get-involved/pioneer-share-offer/)
The launch, which was scheduled alongside an associated event with Molly Scott Cato MEP, saw over 100 people turn up to find out how they could invest in the future of renewable energy in their community.
Avalon Community Energy Limited, known as ACE, is the local energy co-operative for Glastonbury, Street, Shepton Mallet and Wells and surrounding villages. Set up as a Community Benefit Society, ACE aims to bring community-owned renewable energy to Avalon whilst generating money for the local area to address issues such as fuel poverty. After a busy six months in which ACE undertook an in-depth feasibility study and carried out a programme of community engagement supported by funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund, they are now almost ready to begin their first installations of solar panels on rooftops across the region.
To facilitate this next stage, ACE have launched their Pioneer Share Offer which is a chance for local and social investors to support the growth of this community solar business, earn interest on their investment and benefit from generous tax reliefs via the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).
Over 50 people took away a prospectus or signed up to invest in the Pioneer Share Offer at the event. Investments can be made up until August 31st but if oversubscribed, priority will be given to anybody living in the Mendip area. Residents of the district can invest as little as £50 in the offer, whilst those living elsewhere have a minimum investment of £500. ACE are seeking to launch between £20,000 and £150,000 during this period.
For those who missed the share launch on July 10th, the share offer document is now available via the ACE website www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.co.uk and at any event where the team are present.