The LETSaholic Twist
- Everything you always wanted to know about LETS
... but didn't know who to ask.

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This is the information James Taris shared with LETS groups all over the world on his international LETS tours between 2002-2004.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashburton LETS
Devon
Contact person: Anita Farrow
6 Dolbeare Road, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7AS.
Phone: 01364 653 530
e-mail: r.farrow@eclipse.co.uk
Name of currency: Tins

Ashley LETS
(formerly Bishopston LETS)

Bristol
Contact person: Jane Day
Phone: 0117 955 6132 (evenings)
Fax: 0117 941 3533
Postal address: 3 Bruton Close, St George, Bristol, BS5 7QF
e-mail; mark@3bruton.fsnet.co.uk
Drop-off point: St Werburgh's City Farm, (for LETS cheques etc)
Name of currency: Thanks
Approx number in group: 110
mostly in north Bristol, but scheme is city wide.
Ashley LETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Avalon Fair Shares
(Community Time Bank)
3 Abbey Mews, 56-58 High Street, Glastonbury,
Somerset, BA6 9DY
email: avalonfairshares@cooptel.net
For more details see:
http://www.timebanks.co.uk/find_a_timebank_list.asp?region=12
and
http://www.timebanks.co.uk/find_a_timebank_details.asp?id
=930&region=12&bor=&specialism=&postcode=

Bath LETS
Contact Alison: 07974 827 004
e-mail: info@bathlets.org.uk
web: www.bathlets.org.uk
Name of currency: Olivers
Approx numbers in group: 120

Bovey Basin LETS
Devon
Contact person: Peter van Moorsel.
3 Foxworthy Barn, Manaton, Devon, TQ13 9UY.
Phone: 01647 221 470.
Fax: 01647 221 470.
e-mail: Peter_Nina@Compuserve.com
Name of currency: Pots.
Approx number in group: 35.

Bradford on Avon & District LETS
Wiltshire
Contact person: Viv Talbot.
Frankleigh House, Bath Road, Bradford on Avon, Wilts, BA15 2PF.
Phone: 01225 862703
e-mail: viv@frankleigh.freeserve.co.uk
Membership: Peggy and Catherine
10 Sanders Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8NN.
Phone: 01225 760880.
Name of currency: Bobs.
Approx. numbers in group: 50.
Covers Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Melksham and surrounding areas.

BRISTAL (Brislington & St Anne's ) LETS
Bristol
(PERMANENTLY CEASED TRADING)
Bristol Contact people:
Vera Payne (Membership);
Ken Taylor (Co-ordinator)
C/o 20 Upper Sandhurst Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 3RR.
Phone: 0117 972 0102 (Membership)
0117 987 0797 (Co-ordinator)
e-mail: info@bristal.org.uk
web: http://www.bristal.org.uk
Name of currency: Spans.
Approx number in group: dozen
Formed from a small nucleus in 2002, this group accepts membership from beyond its geographical heartland.
BRISTAL is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Bristol East ETS (BEETS)
Bristol
Contact person: Jane Titley
59 Vicarage Road, Whitehall, Bristol, BS5 9AQ.
Phone: 0117 902 1815.
e-mail: jane@bedminster.freeserve.co.uk
Name of currency: Beets.
Approx numbers in group: 50.
BEETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Bristol InterLETS
Bristol
Contact person: Adrian Estment
51 Mary Carpenter Place, St Werbrghs, Bristol, BS2 9RY
Phone: 0117 9557805
e-mail: aestment@tiscali.co.uk
web: http://www.bristolinterlets.org.uk
Bristol InterLETS is the liaison group for LETS in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. Representatives of independent local groups meet every few months to share experiences, give support etc. The group oversees intertrading between groups. Joint activities are organised. Advice and help is offered to new groups setting up.

BS8 LETS
(Formerly Hotwells LETS)
Bristol
Contact person: Ina
Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association
c/o Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4ND
Phone: 0117 9291883
Covers Clifton, Hotwells and neighbouring areas.
Name of currency: Biscuits
Approx number in group: 50
BS8 LETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Cam, Dursley and District LETS
Gloucestershire
Contact person: Sue Gloster.
The Community Shop, 24 Parsonage Street, Dursley, GL11 4AA.
Phone: 01453 860 058.
Name of currency: Peds.
Approx numbers in group: 60plus.

Camborne & Redruth LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Paul Martin
Phone: 01872 262259 or 07752 818759
Website: www.camborneandredruthlets.org
Name of currency: Carts
Approx number in group: 57

Caradon LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Alex Lochhead.
Phone: 01579 340 718(w)
e-mail: alochhead@caradon.gov.uk
Name of currency: Quoit
Approx number in group: c120.
Founded in 1998.
Covers SE Cornwall, Saltash, Liskeard, Callington, Torpoint, Looe.

Cheltenham LETS
Gloucestershire
Contact person: Mary Bruce or Cim Thomas.
Voluntary Resource Centre, College Road, Cheltenham, Glos, GL53 7HX.
Phone: 01242 526 860 or 01242 245 506.
Web-site: http://cheltenham-lets.portland.co.uk
Name of currency: Chelts and Spas.
Approx numbers in group: 50plus.

Cirencester LETS
(Gloucestershire - Covers Cirencester, Malmesbury, Tetbury and surrounding areas.)
Contact person: Jacqui Stearn
Phone: 01285 641546
email: info@cirencesterlets.org.uk
web: http://www.cirencesterlets.org.uk
Name of currency: Coriniums
Approx. numbers in group: 80-100

Co-op - LETS
The SW Co-operative and Mutual Council (SWCMC) includes members of the main consumer co-ops, the Co-operative Bank, worker co-operatives, members of Credit Unions, Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) and workers from Co-op support organisations.
LETS in the South West is represented by Peter van Moorsel who is a member of the Steering Group of SWCMC.
Peter van Moorsel
e-mail: Peter_Nina@Compuserve.com
phone/fax: 01647-221470.

Crediton Rural LETS
Devon
Contact person: Dee Ross.
The Green House, 2a Lower Pannier Market, North Street, Crediton, EX17 2BL.
e-mail: info@crediton-lets.freeserve.co.uk
web-site: www.crediton-lets.freeserve.co.uk
Name of currency: Creds.
Approx numbers in group: 140.

Culm Valley LETS
Devon
Contact person: Sarah Taragon
20 Park Street, Tiverton, EX16 6AW.
e-mail: sarahtaragon@hotmail.com
Name of currency: Culms.
Approx numbers in group: 135.
Covers Uffculme, Tiverton, Willand, Cullompton and mid-Devon generally, but not Crediton.

Dartmouth Area Community LETS
Devon
Contact person: Rita Seres
2 Mews Gardens, North Ford Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9ET.
e-mail: colourita@aol.com
Name of currency: Dinghy.
Approx number in group: 30.

Dorchester LETS
Dorset
Contact Person: Katy Murrell
Phone: 01305 262253
Washing Pool House, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LD.
Phone: 01305 889 995.
Fax: as phone.
e-mail: dorchesterlets@waitrose.com
Name of currency; Marts.
Approx numbers in group: 80.
Been running for seven years, intertrading with all other Dorset groups.

Exeter LETS
Devon
Contact person: Anne Vine,
Phone: 01392 254150,
email: anne_vine@velwell.fsnet.co.uk
Name of currency: Exes
Approx numbers in group: 90

Fair Shares
Gloucestershire
Contact person: Sian Simon.
Fair Shares, City Works, Alfred St., Gloucester, GL1 4DF.
Phone: 01452 541 337.
Fax: 01452 541 352.
e-mail: fairshares@blueyonder.co.uk
Web'address: www.fairshares.org.uk
Name of currency: Fair Shares.
Approx numbers in group: 380 (seven groups).
Fair Shares is the pioneer agency for developing Time Banks in the UK. It is currently developing four schemes across Gloucestershire. 'Have fun' is one of their guiding principles.

Falmouth LETS
Cornwall

Contact person: Lorely Lloyd, Rob Follett
(see website for current contact details)
Website: http://fallets.letsf.co.uk
Name of currency: Palms
Approx numbers in group: 100

Forest of Dean LETS
Gloucestershire
Contact person: Jules De Bharra
The Old Mill, Blaisdon, Longhope, GL17 0AH
Phone: 01452 830056
Membership: Viv Nutt
Nuttshell, Bailey End Lane, Ross, HR9 5TR
Phone: 0989 750836
e-mail: letsgo@fodlets.co.uk
Website: www.fodlets.co.uk
Name of currency: Deans and Vicars
Approx number in group: 120
Thriving monthly trading markets. Everyone welcome.

Helston & The Lizard LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Kate Collington
Lower Trewennack Farm Cottage, Trewennack, Helston, TR13 0PH.
Phone: 01326 574 681.
e-mail: COLLINGTONR@aol.com
or hestiafires@aol.com
Name of currency: LIZARDS
Approx number in group: 104.
Area covered: Helston and the Lizard Peninsula.
We were formed in 1999, publish a bi-monthly newsletter and hold regular social events. Our core group has been inspired by the book Calling the Circle by Christine Baldwin.

Honiton & Ottery St Mary LETS
Devon
We were given contacts for this group, but all proved fruitless. Does anyone know anything?

Kingsbridge LETS
Devon
Contact person: Michael Loxton.
5 Northville House, Northville Road, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1AZ.
Phone: 01548 854 028.
Name of currency: Bridges.
Approx number in group: c80 plus 3 organisations.
Launched in January 1995, we have always been supported by a large, enthusiastic core group (7-11, changing members) meeting monthly in one another's homes. We have a varied programme of monthly socials and a bi-monthly News Update. From 2002 we are sharing the office at Harbour House Community Arts Centre. We intertrade with four other LETS.

Kingswood LETS
South Gloucestershire
Contact person: Kay Halley.
C/o The Clocktower, Tower Road North, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XU.
Phone: 0117 961 0783.
e-mail: Halleys@Twitchers.net
or brenshap@hotmail.com
e-mail smart group: kingswoodlets@yahoogroups.com
web: www.kingswoodlets.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Name of currency: Acorns.
Approx number in group: 50.
Kingswood LETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Launceston LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Jacki Ellis-Martin.
Glenkeller. 10 Dutson Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8DY.
Phone: 01566 774 904.
Fax: 01566 772 478.
e-mail: jacki@glenkeller.co.uk
web-site: glenkeller.co.uk/LETS.htm
Name of currency: Lans.
Approx number in group: 50.
We very much like to interact with other local groups.

LETSlink UK
LETSlink UK was established in 1991 following The Other Economic Summit (TOES Conference) with the aim of spreading information about LETS and how to set them up. During the nineties LETSlink UK supported a rapidly growing community of LETS organisations. National conferences were organised, in collaboration with local groups, in Winchester, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Portsmouth. LETSlink UK was active with others in projects such as the LETS Eat Project and the LETS & Benefits Campaign. Much of this work was unfunded and dependent on the energy of a small number of people. From 1997-99 LETSlink UK was funded from the Lottery and the HQ moved from Wiltshire to Portsmouth.

However, no continuation funding could be identified, key individuals withdrew and the organisation has rather drifted in recent years. Some thought it was dead. Many LETS members valued the contribution made by LETSlink UK throughout the nineties and regretted the loss of a 'national body'.

Attempts are being made, with the support of groups in London, to revitalise LETSlink UK, perhaps as a federation of regional groups. Currently, it is planning to initiate an ongoing research project which will feed back to local groups knowledge gained in other areas of the country and abroad on how to build and sustain LETS.

For details of individual and group membership and publications
contact Mary Fee,
LETSlink UK, 12 Southcote Road, London, N19 5BJ.
tel: 020 7607 7852
fax: 020 7609 7112
e-mail: LetsLinkLondon@freezone.co.uk
web-site: www.letslink.org

LETSlink Scotland
Interesting website.
web: http://www.letslinkscotland.org.uk/exchange.htm
for Scotland-wide trading.

LETS St Austell
Cornwall
Contact person: Geoffrey Cooper.
Kenwyn, Greensplat, nr St Austell, PL26 8XX.
Phone: 01726 850065.
e-mail: greensplat@ic24.net (Geoffrey)
or neshaver@gn.apc.org (Helen Banks).
Web-site: in progress.
Name of currency: starlet.
Approx number in group: 50 (mostly inactive).
Our group is currently low-profile/moibund, but we have been active in the past both in trading and in social events. We may be able to revive interest in the future.

LETSWORK, South
Bristol
Contact person: Jane Titley.
The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG.
Phone: 0117 923 1039.
Fax: 0117 907 7198.
e-mail: jane@bedminster.freeserve.co.uk
This is an 18 month development project funded by Bristol City Council and supported by the Southville Community Development Association. Its aims include the general growth of LETS activity in the area of Bristol currently served by three LETS groups, namely BS8 LETS, Southville LETS and Totterdown & Knowle LETS and, more specifically enhanced involvement in LETS from socially excluded people such as older people, young people, ethnic minorities and disabled people.

Malmsbury, Tetbury and District LETS
Gloucestershire/Wiltshire
(The text below is from the 2001 Directory. We could not make contact, so the information may no longer be valid).
Contact person: Jill Peacey
Hazel House, Long Newton, Tetbury, Glos, GL8 8RH.
Phone: 01666 503 089.
e-mail: jill.peacey@lineone.net
Name of currency: Mills.
Approx number of members: 20plus.
Recent amalgamation of Malmesbury LETS and Tetbury LETS.

North Dorset LETS
A small localised group cantered around Shaftesbury and Gillingham with some members from the wider surrounding area.
Name of currency 'Stags"
Approximate number in group: 30
We try to meet monthly with social and trading and also have a directory.
We have occasional workshops.
Contacts: Annette Leat, (membership)
1 Greystones Cottages, Wavering Lane East,
Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4NX
phone: 01747 826144
email: annetteleat@yahoo.com
Joan Timms
46, Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8BA (information)
phone: 01747 853143
email: jt@phonecoop.coop

North East Dartmoor LETS
Devon

Contact person: Juliette Bartlett.
42 New Street, Chagford, Devon, TQ13 8BB.
Phone: 01647 432 649.
Name of currency: Tins.
Approx number in group: 90-100.

Penzance & District LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Tim.
Penwith Volunteer Bureau, Parade St.,
Penzance, Kernow TR18 4BX.
Phone: 01736 330579.
e-mail: penzancelets@linuxmail.org
Name of currency: Pecs.
Approx numbers in group: 200.

Plymouth LETS
Devon
Contact person: Michael Colebrook.
16 Hartley Park Gardens, Plymouth, PL3 5HU.
Phone: 01752 220 423.
e-mail: mayfly@mcolebrook.karoo.co.uk
Name of currency: Plums.
Approx numbers: 70.

Purbeck LETS
Devon
This LETS appeared on a list somewhere, but with no contacts. The group may not exist, but if anyone is in contact with Purbeck or knows it does not exist, please let us know.

St Ives LETS
Cornwall
Contact person: Ron Tulley.
3 Tregenna Terrace, St. Ives, TR26 2DL
Phone: 01736 795 398.
e-mail: ron.tulley@btinternet.com
Name of currency: Shells.
Approx numbers in group: 40

Salisbury LETS
Wiltshire
Contact person: Gill Pettitt,
14 St Martins Church Street, Salisbury, Wilts, SP1 2HY.
Phone: 01722 332 633.
Contact person: Diana Lack,
Phone: 01722 339762
e-mail: Diana@gardenias.fsnet.co.uk
Name of currency: Ebbles.
Approx numbers in group: 100.
Started in 1993. Has the usual problem of a few people doing the work needed to keep the system going and is interested in any tips.

Southville Community Development Association
Bristol
Contact: Ben Barker
Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1QG
Phone: 0117 923 1039
Fax: 0117 907 7198
SCDA is a development trust. It has recently been awarded funding to develop a volunteer based environment project, ' the Sustainable Southville Project'. As part of this activity we hope to develop a Time Bank linked to Southville LETS and other groups in Bristol InterLETS.

Southville LETS
Bristol
Contact: The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG
Phone: 0117 923 1039
Fax: 0117 907 7198
e-mail: karaline@freeuk.com
Name of currency: Squids
Approx numbers in group: 100,
mostly in the inner city wards of Bedminster, Southville and Windmill Hill. Southville LETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

South Somerset LETs
[See Yeovil & South Somerset LETs.]

South West Dorset LETS
Dorset
Contact: Vee Driscoll
Phone: 01308 425518
e-mail: dric.juggs@talk21.com
Approx numbers of members: 110, but it fluctuates.
Name of currency: nets
Covers the Bridport/Beaminster area including the Marshwood Vale and Lyme Regis plus one or two members out towards Dorchester. Trading is quite healthy at the moment with blitz-like teams being in great demand. The teams have tackled a variety of tasks from garden clearing to shed shifting and are a popular way for members to earn Nets.
(Credit must go to Rob Follett for the idea!)

Stroud LETS
Gloucestershire
39 Hawthorn Rise, Cashes Green, Stroud, GL5 4QR
Jacky Glasgow (LETS Administration)
Phone: 01453 751815
Name of currency: Strouds ($)
Approx numbers in group: 280
System running since 1990
Web: http://stroudlets.bravepages.com/

Taunton LETS
Somerset
We had no response to our enquiries. Does it exist?

Tavistock & Yelverton LETS
Devon
We are assured that this group exists, but had no response to our request for details. We may have been trying to contact using out of date information.

Teignmouth & Dawlish LETS
Devon
Contact person: Samantha French.
33 Bunting Close, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9BR.
Phone: 0162 6774429.
e-mail: rychard@eclipse.co.uk
Currency: TADS.
Approx numbers in group: 45
spread over 2 towns and surrounding villages.
Social meetings are held on the first day of each month.

Torbay LETS
Devon
We are told that this group exists, but our contact leads met no response. Can anyone help?

Totnes LETS
Devon
Contact person: Marcea Colley.
Birdwood Bureau, Birdwood House
44 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SQ.
Phone: Marcea Colley: 01803 867809.
Web-site: clik.to/TotnesLets
Name of currency: Acorn.
Approx number in group: 70.

Totterdown & Knowle LETS (TAKL)
Bristol
(PERMANENTLY CEASED TRADING)
Contact person: Graham Davey/Miranda Kellas.
C/o YMCA, 107 Wells Road, Bristol, BS4 2BS.
Phone: 0117 909 3491.
e-mail: mirandakellas@120cotswold.junglelink.co.uk
Name of currency: Totts.
Approx number in group: 30.
TAKL is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

uklets_sw
SW Region
uklets_sw is an internet mailing list for discussion of LETS in the
South West Region of the UK.
It is open to members of any LETS within this area.
If you wish to join please e-mail the list moderator,
including your name and your LETS group. You will be sent joining
details and guidelines for using the list.
Moderator: Rob Follett, ukletssw@letsf.co.uk

Umbrella/Bristol's and Bath's Umbrella Music
Bristol
Contact person: Kieran Doswell
e-mail: info@musicmelts.com
web: http://www.musicmelts.com
(Commercial, to sell the music made by participants)
web: http://www.letsmakemusic.org
(Educational Training)
web: http://www.musictimebank.co.uk
(Time exchange database)
Initially, all lead to the same site while in development.
Name of currency: MELTS (Music Economy Local Trade Supplements).

... we promote a similar thing using englands biggest social capital ecconomy to demonstrate its manifacureing potential, we only have 250 members and have been set back 3 years by the closure of our base The Trinity Centre www.3ca.org.uk, but now we're back on track and building our central community recording studio and already regularly do live events with members , so we expect this number to increase soon. ps the website is hosted in return for music lessons etc using the time currency, the way we will derive value is by product (music) sold by members.

[Original information: A newly formed continually developing music based time bank/LETS scheme. Its fundamental principle is that one-hour of one person's time, regardless of skill, ability or education, is equal to that of anyone else. In this way, individuals will be responsible for their own reputation, thus enhancing the quality of service. We are an international locally based scheme. We are local because we at present work in England's Bristol and Bath areas. We are international because we want international partners to help set up the scheme everywhere else. We invite others in different localities to try our scheme in their local area. You are invited to use our new software and help us develop it. We offer this to manage the time of those who participate and to reduce and manage administration. Anyone having similar objectives to ourselves, please get in contact so that we can strengthen our collective voices. Umbrella is a member of Bristol InterLETS.]

Wadebridge & Bodmin LETS
Cornwall
The contacts we were given were either out-of-date or did not respond. Is anybody there?

Wellington LETS
Covers Wellington, Milverton and Wiveliscombe.
Contact; Astrid Grensted
Phone: 01823 662095
e-mail: astrid.grensted@btinternet.com
Currency; tones
Approx size of group: c80
Started in Spring 1993. Organises a monthly stall at a local craft and produce fair. Goods are sold for either LETS currency or sterling. Bi-monthly newsletter. Directory up-dated every six months.

Wessex LETS
Dorset
Contact person: Nicky Wynn.
3-5 Palmerston Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4HN.
Phone: 01202 771026.
Name of currency: Hardys.
Approx. number in group: 150.

West Exe LETS
Somerset
Contact person: Hester Watson
Tavens, High Street, Carhampton, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6ND.
Phone: 01643 821 768 (evenings and Fridays).
Web: www.westexelets.org.uk
Name of currency: Exe.

West Mendip LETS (WML)
Somerset
Contact person: Sukhina Robson.
Bradley Cottage, Cheddar, BS27 3YR
Phone: 01934 744 727
Fax: 01934 714 001
e-mail: sukhina.robson@virgin.net
web-site: TBC
Name of currency: Truckle
Approx number of members: 80 members (60 accounts)
A rural LETS covering from Weston-Super-Mare to Cheddar and beyond and from Wrington to Wedmore.

Weymouth Budd Bank
Dorset
Contact person: Jo Robinson.
The Picket House, Maiden Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8AY.
Phone: 01305 759443.
e-mail: budds@buddbank.freeserve.co.uk
Name of currency: budds. (4 budds to the hour)
Approx number in group: 45
plus 4 organisations mainly of younger people.
The Budd Bank was established in February 2001 and has a development worker funded through the European Social Fund. It works through a broker, but also publishes a directory of offers. Regular social activity is important to confidence building.

The 'budd' honours James Budd who was a Weymouth grocer in the mid-seventeenth century. Because of a shortage of official currency, James issued his own to stimulate economic activity.

Yate LETS
South Gloucestershire
(The text below is from the 2001 Directory).
Contact person: Granville Olive.
e-mail: Granville.olive@catsoft94.compulink.co.uk
Name of currency: Yatelets.
Approx number of members: 45.
Yate LETS is a member of Bristol InterLETS.

Yeovil & South Somerset LETs
Website: www.core-energy.co.uk/ysslets.html
Postbox: Yeovil & South Somerset LETs,
c/o Ceres Wholefoods, 9-11 Princes Street,
Yeovil BA20 1EN.
Updated: August 2009

 

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