Review of Transition Falmouth’s Year since March 2020

During the pandemic we have been keeping busy developing a small number of projects and pursuing other activities.

Our regular monthly meetings continue online using Zoom every second Thursday in the month from 5:30pm, sign up to our discussion list for link, or contact us direct – see our contact page for both options.

With lockdown currently still in force we also run these meetings for mutual support via the same link and at the same time each week, so do get in touch if you’d like to join us

Sadly, we lost Kate Ormrod, a dear friend and key founding member in September. See tribute here.

Local Projects

Recently, we launched our Guide to the Local Circular EconomyToo Good to Waste” which celebrates the contribution which local enterprises – both commercial and community-based – are currently making to the development of this increasingly important approach to reducing carbon emissions, unnecessary waste, and conserving valuable resources. Covers the Truro, Falmouth & Penryn catchment areas

To bring this right up-to-date we have also now included ReFill in the Repair and Reuse section and started a new section on Renewable Energy. The Repair section also now includes Bike Repair. You can check this resource out here. Recommendations for new entries are always welcome – email details to us on tgtw@transitionfalmouth.org.uk

We have been bringing the Local Food Guide up-to-date, also covering the Falmouth, Penryn and Truro catchment areas. Launched over four years ago, there are inevitably a number of changes to make – especially with the rise in online shopping and addition of new entries, and old web links disappearing or changing, and sadly, some businesses closing.

It’s encouraging to see the “Buy Local” message being promoted increasingly in the media. You can access the Food and Drink Guide here. Suggestions for new entries are always welcomed.

We are hoping to produce a “Eating with the Seasons” Guide in collaboration with Transition Truro and a local nursery.

Parliamentary Lobbying

We signed TF up to the emerging Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Campaign and asked our MP – Cherilyn Mackrory – to do likewise. For more details about the campaign see https://www.ceebill.uk where you can also sign up as an individual if you feel you would like to support.

Ms Mackrory has supported the Local Electricity Bill – see https://powerforpeople.org.uk. Individuals are able to sign up to this initiative as well. We have written to our MP with a request from TF to approach the new Energy Minister for Government support.

Local Consultation

We responded to the first Cornwall Council Climate Emergency Development Planning Document (DPD) consultation back in October, and more recently, made submissions to the follow-up consultation which focused on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction, and closed on 5th February.

Work with other Groups

We are involved with assisting the Directors of Fal Energy Partnership (FEP) in its bid to realise the potential for more local community energy projects in the Fal River/Community Network Area. You can find out more by going to their website and contacting them to express interest, offer support, join as a member or seek further information.

TF supported by letter the acquisition by Falmouth Food Co-op of land in Penryn (Love Land). Exciting development. To view the survey of onsite flora/species by iNaturalist, and a link to the Project visit
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/love-land-penryn-community-food-garden

We have also publicised and promoted KLOTH (Kernow Library of Things) and some of us have directly supported their crowdfunder last autumn

TF continues to support the work of CPPC (Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition) and made a short report to their Annual Meeting in November last.

We continue to publicise and promote Falmouth LETS (Local Exchange Trading Scheme) where skills are shared and goods and services exchanged without the need for money. See the website http://falmouthlets.org.uk for information on membership and other details

Anyone interested in joining Transition Falmouth can contact us and sign up to our mailing lists via our contact page. New supporters are always welcome.

Transition Falmouth Steering Group

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