Totnes Community Development Society

Find out more about the TCDS’s new membership opportunity at Tresoc’s AGM.

Also giving a short presentation on the night, Mark Burton from the Totnes Community Development Society [TCDS] will talk about the exciting new developments that, as a local community member, you can help support.

Totnes Renewable Energy Society are signing up to this free membership offer which is available to download here or, alternatively by visiting their website.

TCDS is about “development through a community organisation of buildings and land in Totnes – owned by those living and working in the area.” Part of that development includes the ATMOS project: an initiative to create jobs, affordable homes and community space – through a Community Right to Build Order – on the old Dairy Crest site in Totnes. Site plans and designs include an Energy Centre, which Tresoc are looking forward to being involved with.

AGM 2018

AGM
14TH November 2018, 7-9pm
Royal Seven Stars, Totnes

 

Guest Speaker – Guy Watson
Riverford Organics’ Founder and Farmer

 

At this year’s AGM we’re celebrating our 11th year with guest speaker Guy Watson who’ll be talking about Ownership – is it time for something different? This free event is open to members and general public so you can bring friends and family too.

We exist to benefit our community, to create renewable energy projects that deliver low cost energy from local sources, backed by local investors.

As well as reporting on the past year’s activities we’ll also be looking ahead to 2019 – set to be a landmark year. After recent feasibility studies, we’ll soon be offering opportunities to invest in upcoming local schemes, including  a Solar Schools Share Offer, the anaerobic digester at Old Parsonage Farm on the Dartington Estate and the new Staverton Hydro – the culmination of 4 years’ work with our partners Fishtec and consultations with the local community. This will involve repairing the weir for the Environment Agency and also be repairing and maintaining the leat itself, taking it from just a tiny trickle to a healthy supply of water fit to keep the hydro plant going.

We believe in ethics and sustainability in business and that there’s a new, kinder way of doing things to benefit local people, the local environment and local economy. These are transformative times worthy of celebrating and Totnes is once again ahead of the curve. We hope you can join us for an inspiring evening.

Ian Bright & the Tresoc team

#FollowtheMoney

Through 10th September to the 5th October, The Charity Bank is running a Follow The Money campaign [#FollowTheMoney]. Tresoc were delighted to be invited to be a part of this, meeting up with the Charity Bank on the first day of their campaign on a visit to Totnes.

As you may already be aware, The Charity Bank provided a loan to Tresoc during a crucial stage of the society’s development, allowing the solar installation at Hatchlands Farm to get underway and for our solar portfolio to expand. Charity Bank are profiling us in a national campaign to show how Tresoc have developed into a thriving local renewable energy society, with all the benefits this brings to our community.

Read more about how this timely intervention helped Tresoc, with words from our Executive Director, Ian Bright, on the Follow The Money Campaign website.

Thank you to local Tresoc members who were able to turn up and be a part of this occasion.

The 3rd Annual Archimedes Screw Fest

The 3rd Annual Archimedes Screw Fest 

Totnes Weir
Event date: 6th October 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Join us to celebrate the River Dart and its most spectacular new landmark – the twin turbines of the Totnes Weir hydropower scheme.

We’ll be celebrating the many ways we all care for the River Dart – we support clean energy, make art, write poetry, stop plastic getting in to it, learn about biodiversity, become citizen scientists, notice problems, track and log wildlife, swim, boat and fish considerately…

Rain or shine there’ll be loads of fun activities going on all day …

  • Turbine Tours at 12 noon and 3pm
  • Eureka! Meet Archimedes in person
  • Citizen Science and rivers bugs with Westcountry Rivers Trust
  • Renewable energy technology workshops for primary children with REEL
  • Join in with the “Plastic Free Salmon” art project
  • Find out about Bio-Regional Learning Centre’s pilot Dart Charter on the Dartington Estate
  • Learn about more community energy investment opportunities from TRESOC
  • Yummy arancini (Archimedes favourite snack) from The Kitchen Table

The Screw Fest is Tour Stop #4 on Transition Town Totnes’ Eco Homes Weekend trail. 

How to get there
The site is accessible via foot- and cycle-path from Totnes to Dartington – it’s about half a mile upstream of Totnes town centre. It’s a lovely easy walk on flat ground. No parking nearby.

Hope to see you …

All best

The TRESOC Team.

Learn how to Generate Renewable Energy from Goats Poop!

 ‘Walk & Talks’

Old Parsonage Farm, Dartington
19th September – 1pm / 3.30pm / 5.30pm

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Join tenant farmer Jon Perkin and the Tresoc team down on the farm to discover how a 100kW anaerobic digester on the Dartington estate could process farm yard manures with other green materials and food wastes from cafes and restaurants on the Dartington Estate, and turn it into renewable energy.

Free, but you need to register at: info@tresoc.co.uk

Kids very welcome 

The AD plant would generate green, low cost energy for local businesses, increase regional energy security, displace burning of fossil fuels for electricity, use waste products, divert waste from landfill, provide an opportunity for local people to invest locally and directly access the economic benefits, and support local jobs.

How it works

Organic waste materials processed by anaerobic bacteria in a digestion tank on the farm would produce methane gas, which would then be used to generate electricity and heat – a method that is beneficial for the environment. The spent digestate, with valuable plant nutrients, would be used as a clean organic fertiliser on the farm.

The feasibility study has been carried out by Tresoc in partnership with tenant farmer Jon Perkin, of Old Parsonage Farm (home of Dartington Dairy), the Dartington Hall Trust (DHT) and Dr Phil Hobbs of Anaerobic Analytics. Totnes based Argand Solutions has been monitoring the energy demand of Old Parsonage Farm and the wider Dartington Estate, and has determined that an AD plant would work.

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

The annual Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) is a platform to showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources, wasting less and embracing new technologies as diverse as solar-PV arrays, wind turbines, hydro-electricity and biomass heat.

The theme for this year is ‘Energised Communities‘. From 23 June – 8 July we will be celebrating the energised communities who are tenaciously generating and saving energy, fighting fuel poverty, improving their local environment, reducing carbon emissions and innovating the energy system. The fight against climate change is people powered!

We are looking for event organisers to help us make 2018 an even more diverse and distinctly louder celebration of all things community energy. For an overview of what happened last year, see here. For resources and inspirational ideas for your event, check our event pack. If you’re interested in running an event for CEF18, or would like to know more, please fill in this form, or email communityenergyfortnight@gmail.com

Can’t organise an event? You can still can involved in the Fortnight by spreading the voice on social media, writing a piece for the CEF blog, or attending the UK’s largest Community Energy Conference which will kick-start the Fortnight and see the launch of the much anticipated second State of the Sector report.

The Second Annual Archimedes Screw Fest

The Second Annual Archimedes Screw Fest at Totnes Weir on the River Dart  on Saturday October 7th, 11am – 4pm. Free

Turbine tours by Alastair Gets of TRESOC at 12 noon & 3pm
• Meet Archimedes!
• River science all day with Westcountry Rivers Trust – bring the grandkids
• Sign up to become a Riverkeeper – a steward of the River Dart
• Delicious veg-filled arancini to eat, from The Kitchen Table
The Screw Fest is back! 
• If you missed the tours last year, join us on the 7th and see your investment at work producing clean electricity for KEVICC & the foundry.
• If you came on a tour last year, please suggest to a friend that they come along this year.
 
You are part of a success story:
• The turbines have been cranking since they began generating electricity in December 2015.  The plant has been performing ahead of expectations.
• The recreational area created near the turbine house was very popular over the summer – local people love it!
• The Renewable Energy Experiential Learning pilot with St Christopher’s school saw a class of students hearing how the turbines work, designing their own water-moving devices and making water wheels from sticks and leaves at the river’s edge – shoes and socks off, feet in the water!  If you missed it, here’s the link to the film – please share it.
• The canoe launch platform was also much-used by kayakers and swimmers
• The automatic fish counter has tracked 100’s of fish and the fish pass has been welcomed by Westcountry Rivers Trust as truly “best practice.”
More good news:
• Staverton Hydro….. learn all about this new investment opportunity…..
Looking forward to seeing you on the 7th – rain or shine.
 
The Screw Fest is part of:
Open Eco-Homes Weekend
Fri 6, Sat 7 and Sun 8 Oct. Free
17 exciting homes and projects open to visit – full details in the programme or get your hard copy from Greenlife, The Mansion, Guildhall or Library, Totnes.
 
and don’t forget: 
Eco & Community Homes Fair
Sat 21 Oct 10.00am to 3.00pm, Totnes Civic Hall. Free

Staverton Walk & Talk

Join a guided walk and talk this August!

Tresoc invites you to join a guided walk and talk of the Staverton Leat and proposed Hydro project site, on the following dates:

Thursday, 10th August 11am-1pm

Saturday, 12th August 11am-1pm

Tuesday, 15th August 2pm-4pm

Please contact Tresoc to register, email admin@tresoc.co.uk or call 01803867431. 

Find out how Tresoc and partners are working together to help restore the Staverton Leat and how the proposed 100kW hydro scheme will supply electricity to The Dartington Hall Trust, (as originally was the case in the 1930s). Learn more on our Staverton Hydro project page.

The First Ever Archimedes Screw Fest

TRESOC is hosting The First Ever Archimedes Screw Festival at Totnes Weir on the River Dart on Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 11am – 4pm.

Science: Join Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) river scientists to look at the salmon’s “eco home”. Simple testing kits will enable you to take measurements and look at ecological status of the Dart. Join hundreds of other Citizen Scientists in the region – sign up with WRT to become a River Dart steward.
Art: Celebrate the Dart – make a silver salmon and add it to a giant community shoal.
Energy: Hydro scheme tours at 12 noon and 3pm with Tresoc’s Alastair Gets, Director of Engineering – see inside the working plant. Find out about Tresoc’s new hydro project at Staverton Leat.
Join in: Share your own ‘Tales of the Riverbank’. Help us design a permanent sign to explain more about the scheme – what do you want to know? Participate in a clean-up along the river. Totnes Rubbish Walks volunteers will start at Totnes Bridge at 11am, arriving at the weir by noon, continuing along the river, finishing by 1pm.
If you work up an appetite: Taste Archimedes’ favourite Sicilian snack, veg-filled arancini – on sale from 12:30pm, while supplies last, fresh from local food geniuses, The Kitchen Table.

The festival is part of Transition Town Totnes’ Open Eco Homes weekend. From the traditional to the unconventional, the tour highlights inspiring homes at different stages on the journey to reducing their energy bills and environmental impact.