Core Planning Meeting – 6th February 2013

Company Status

Pat reminded the group that TT was now a limited company, with six Directors.  In the interests of maximum transparency an extra meeting had been arranged (26 March, 19.30, at Prospect House) to clarify the group’s future aims and format.

The Planning Meeting focused on existing commitments and new ideas.


  • The website had been re-designed in the spring of 2012, and would continue to be adapted to meet future needs.
  • The Community Garden (next meeting: 16 February) was encouraging input from the school.  The orchard trees would need pruning in the next month or so. Meanwhile, the apple press was still available for use by members.
  • Farmers’ Market.  Debbie had been asked for a written plan of our themes and activities for the year.  This appeared to reflect possibly negative attitudes to TT by some stall-holders; Debbie would attempt to establish the nature of any doubts or objections.
  • The Car Club scheme had stalled over recent months, and would need to make progress in the spring if the plan was to work.
  • The Todmorden Visit was still a possibility, although the date had been changed (see previous minute); Richard was still willing to organise it, as soon as a date could be confirmed.
  • Hexham Town Plan was being taken forward, based on about 750 responses to a questionnaire.  A list of aims would be submitted to the Town Council.
  • TT would have a stall at the Energy Fair (11 May: 10.00-16.00).  Phil was hopeful that a video would be produced by a group of young people.  It would be also be good to have any tips and ideas for energy conservation, or demonstrations on the day.
  • There would again be two Cycling Maintenance sessions during the year.   Meanwhile, the Cycling Tynedale group saw itself as moving gradually towards independence, with 150 supporters

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Minutes 7 November

Minutes of the Core Group meeting held on 7 November

David chaired this meeting, which was attended by 17 people, including Cllr Derek Kennedy.


Research student Hugo Winn from Durham circulated a survey sheet as part of his study of attitudes and views of group members.  These forms were completed during the course of the meeting. Results of his study would be available to the group.


The minutes of the meeting on 10 October were approved.

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Core Meeting – 10th October 2012

Tim chaired this meeting, which was attended by 20 people.


Phil noted the Energy Fair to be held on 11 May 2013, with a schools day planned for the day before. It was also planned to have a Trade Fair to interest local businesses in green alternatives. It was agreed that the Energy Fair would be a good vehicle for getting across other aspects of Transition work (for example, Green Deal or transport issues).

Gillian gave an update on the Hydro project.  Planning applications for licences, etc would need to be submitted in November.  The consultation meetings with fishing interests and with the public (2-3 Oct) had gone well, and despite some challenging questions the overall impression was positive (as confirmed by coverage in the Courant). However, there was still a lot of work to be done, with a need for funding – donations of any amount were valuable.

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Core Meeting – 5th September 2012

Jim chaired this meeting, which had 28 in attendance – apparently a record, and with several people there for the first time.


While stressing that the group looks at various projects and ideas, and that small-scale ideas are always welcome, Gillian concentrated her report on the Hydro project.  A recent presentation (22 Aug) had provided a realistic appraisal of technical and financial aspects.  The latter were less promising than at the start of the project, but there had been clear support for continuing.

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Electric Car at Farmers’ Market

This is just to confirm that we intend to have an electric car at the Market on 8 September.  However, if you have come to this page after reading a short article in the Hexham Courant, please note that their reference to getting “behind the wheel” may be a bit misleading.  For various reasons (especially insurance) we would not be able to allow test drives in the normal sense, but we certainly plan to take interested people for a short ride.  It will also be a great chance to find out more about the proposed local Car Club.