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Bike Ride Around Taunton – Sun 18th June

Sunday 18th June 10.30-12.30pm Free led Ride organised by TACC

Location: Vivary Park Bandstand

A gentle loop cycle ride of 11 miles. Taking in some of Taunton’s hidden cycle network and green wedges, we will  be passing though scenic Bathpool via the canal towpath.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Email tauntonareacyclingcampaign@gmail.com if you intend to come. http://www.tacc.space

Growing Taunton – Sat 3rd June

Location: Somerset Square, between the Cricket Ground and the Brewhouse Theatre.

Time: 10.30-12.30

Growing Taunton will be out working on the planters and slope in Somerset Square on Saturday.

The focus will be on completing one of the terraces on the slope.

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Bring spades, trowels and gloves and prepare to get stuck in.

The aim is to have level terraces on this small slope to make planting easier and help retain water rather than let it run off.

‘Before the Flood’ film showing on 30th January


Before the Flood – a Leo Di Caprio film about the climate crisis.  

At The Friends Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton: Monday 30th January (7.30pm)

This is highly recommended viewing for all who are concerned about the climate crisis and the perennial issue of how to widen public engagement.  Di Caprio talks with Barack Obama, climate scientists and others in the field.  He is confronted with the view that it all hinges on whether the rich world can curb its consumption. 

There is much we can learn from the film – all the more so, knowing now that it did not have the intended effect on the USA election and that climate denialism is part of the new administration’s policy. 

There will be time after the screening to discuss what we all think and feel about this production and about climate communication in a world of anti-science, post truth politics.  This is an opportunity for us to do some thinking about our options, following a year in which reason, responsibility and care for the future lost a lot of ground.  

This event has been arranged by Taunton Transition Town, Transition Athelney, Wivy Climate Action, Transition Wellington

Admission is free, but we will ask for a small donation to allow us to cover our costs.


Taunton Area Cycling Campaign – Sat 26th Nov – 9.15

Please come to the Market House next Saturday (26 Nov) 9.15am-10am to our media photo event to launch TACC – Taunton Area Cycling Campaign.

TACC aims to highlight issues for cyclists in and around the Taunton Area after great feedback from the latest cycling survey.  On Saturday we are highlighting the top 15 cycling hotspots that the survey identified including the cobbled road around the market house.  Others include Station Road, East Reach, all major routes into Taunton ie A38 Wellington to Taunton.

TACC want to make Taunton and indeed the surrounding areas cycle friendly; we want to improve safety, and promote better road design, to make a better Taunton.



Taunton has nearly 10% of people riding to work -imagine the impact on traffic and congestion if these people drove to work instead. And now imagine the impact if this level of cycling could be doubled. Makes you think!
So whether you are a cyclist commuter, a leisure cyclist or someone who would like to cycle but is put off by the roads please come along and join us.
Place: Market House – Centre of Taunton
Date: 26th November
Time: 9.15-10.00
Bring your bike (if you have one) and show Taunton what it like to have happy, joyful cyclists (and soon-to-be cyclists).

TTT Needs You

The Transition Movement is changing and Taunton Transition needs to change with it.  The group is only as strong as the people in it and sometimes that needs a new broom. Come and celebrate our stories of transition in Taunton and take up the opportunity to create a new Taunton Transition Town.  During the evening we will hold a (short) AGM when you will be invited to elect a new committee for 2016 and put forward ideas for this year’s events.

Share your dreams and suggestions for sustainable future whilst enjoying a hot soup supper.

Where:  Friends Meeting House in Bath Place

When: Tuesday 26th January – 7 pm.


What is Transition:

The aim of Transition is to help you be the catalyst in your community for an historic push to make where you live more resilient, healthier and bursting with strong local livelihoods, while also reducing its ecological footprint.

What is transition?

Find out more at: https://www.transitionnetwork.org/



Climate Change March – Sunday 29th Nov


On Monday 30 November 2015, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21 Paris) made up of 196 countries will be meeting to discuss climate change


The day before COP21 starts, there are going to be rallies around the world, highlighting the importance of stopping climate change.

Taunton Transition Town will be joining the marchers in Bristol…

There is a 10.50 train from Taunton Station that arrives at Bristol Temple Meads at 11.24.  From Temple Meads we have a 14 minute walk to Castle Park where the march starts.

The march will start at 12 midday from Castle Park, finishing at College Green for a rally beginning at 13:00 with inspirational speakers (to be revealed nearer the time!), live music and loads more!

This is the Facebook Page for the Bristol event


As world leaders prepare for the Paris Climate Summit in November, people from all over the world will unite in a Global Climate March to send a strong message to politicians that this time we want action, not just words.

ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: We want urgent, legally binding action from world leaders at the UN COP21 in Paris in December: legally binding emissions reductions targets. So far, after 20 years of meetings, the only thing they have agreed is that we don’t want global warming to exceed 2degrees.

JUSTICE: We want rich nations (who are responsible for the majority of global warming we have seen so far) to help out poorer nations in making the switch to becoming zero carbon.

JOBS: We want out own government to invest in the renewable energy sector, to create jobs.

This is the world we want. Let’s make it happen.

As Bristol is European Green Capital this year, it’s the perfect chance for the people of Bristol to come together and show the world why we were chosen.

The march will start at 12 midday from Castle Park, finishing at College Green for a rally beginning at 13:00 with inspirational speakers (to be revealed nearer the time!), live music and loads more!

There is also a march organised in London


On 29 November, a huge protest will be taking place in London on the eve of the crucial Paris climate talks, which will take place from the 30th November to the 12th December.

Join the Facebook event

Around the world, in major cities, people will be coming together to demand that our governments take action to save our beautiful planet. Across the UK, people will be working together to make this the biggest, most poignant demonstration yet, and our unified voice will resonate from London across the globe to call for real action on climate change.

Join us – let’s show international solidarity in the fight for climate justice!


Cowspiracy – Sat 14th Nov

“This shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.”

Taunton Vegans, Transition Town Wellington and Fairfoods proudly present a screening of the film:

+ meal (by Fairfoods)

Saturday 14 November 2015
The Moose Hall, Castle Street, Taunton, TA1 4AR (near the bus station)
Arrive at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm.

Price £10 (before 2 November, £10.50 thereafter): includes main course vegan meal.

Tea/coffee/cold drinks and cakes available to purchase.

Tickets available from Fairfoods website: http://fairfoods.org.uk/events/cafe-night

Find out more about the movie at : http://www.cowspiracy.com/infographic

Help publicise and download the poster:


Campaign for Better Transport – Sat 14th Nov

Campaign for Better Transport, a national transport charity set up to promote sustainable transport, will be launching a new South West group on Saturday, 14 November, 10:30am – 4:30pm at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY.
They hope the Mayor of Bristol will say a few words of welcome and then we’ll hear from two speakers: Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at University of the West of England, and Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive officer, Campaign for Better Transport, before lunch and workshops.

Our vision is a country where communities have affordable transport that improves quality of life and protects the environment

For 40 years, working with hundreds of thousands of inspiring people, Campaign for Better Transport has fought for better public transport, walking and cycling, for the sake of communities and the environment.

An independent charity, we work by providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems, pressuring national and local government to adopt them, and empowering ordinary people up and down the country.   From Campaign for Better Transport website.

The event is free to attend, including lunch.
Attached is a poster if you wish to advertise further..
What’s your beef with transport in the South West?  Join the new transport group being launched on Saturday, 14 November in Bristol – FREE event including lunch.  Register now

The No-Growth Economy – Thu 12th Nov

The No-Growth Economy

Is it the only way to save the planet?

Thu 12 November 2015
At-Bristol , Bristol
Price: £9/£7

With key international talks in Paris coming up at the end of the year, what kind of agreement would be needed to actually tackle climate change, and what is realistic? Some environmentalists argue that the only hope lies in the radical decision to call a halt to economic growth, but others think this is neither possible nor even desirable.

With Cameron Hepburn (University of Oxford), Katherine Drayson (Policy Exchange), Alex Bowen (LSE) and Kate Raworth (University of Oxford).

Details of how to book: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/events/the-no-growth-economy/

Cameron Hepburn
Katherine Drayson
Alex Bowen
Kate Raworth

All part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas.

Reminder: Somerset Energy and Environment Network Meeting

Monday 5th Oct
Tangier Scout and Guide Centre
Behind the bus station, Castle Street

Free parking.

Are you concerned about our future energy requirements and environment? Come to a public meeting to see how we can work TOGETHER for solutions in Somerset.

We already have put together a website to keep all the useful links, groups and information in one place.


Whether you are an existing group or an individual wanting to know more – please come and share your thoughts so we can widen our networking and work more effectively as a county. If you know of any events or news around Somerset energy and environment then please come along and share.

Plus we need a logo! Think SEEN as in eyes, network and the fact that this is a Somerset wide group. …..  any ideas please bring along to the meeting or send to me Vicky Briggs (shuunyanet@gmail.com).

Remember to bring your diary!