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Buckfastleigh Transition Town – for a sustainable future for Buckfastleigh, Devon
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  • Library update

    Posted on October 27th, 2014 andy No comments

    Devon County Council have proposed new plans for the restructuring of the county’s libraries. You can see the details here.

    The good news is that within the plan, the libraries will continue to be run by paid staff rather than being dumped on volunteers (though volunteers will be encouraged to join in and increase the amount of services provided). The bad news is that the library service would leave the public sector and be subcontracted by the council to a new, separate organisation – a charitable mutual society – and they still aim to cut the service by the same  amount.  This move would save some cash through charity tax breaks, but the rest would still have to be found in other ways.

    The council are stating that this shows how they are listening to the public response – the consultation process produced masses of feedback, but neglect to say that they chose to drop their original proposal of staffing the libraries with volunteers, after Suffolk council, who were planning the same thing, dropped their plans due to the threat of legal action.   It was Suffolk council that then came up with this alternative model which has yet to be proven.

    The plan is to set up 10 libraries around the county as pilot schemes  to find out what will bring in the cuts they need and still provide a service.

  • Bodywork Worshops Mon 24th-Tues 25th Nov

    Posted on October 27th, 2014 andy No comments

    Buck The Trend member Rosalyn Maynard is running some more of her wonderful ‘Somatics’ Bodywork workshops for any who missed the last ones at the town hall or who would like to follow up with more.

    These will be held at Studio 1 Dartington from 10.15am – 1.15pm on Mon 24th Nov & Tues 25th (£35/£25/£15 per day).

    Contact Ros on 07966 403574 or Click here to reveal email address

  • Save Devon’s Libraries – Rally at County Hall, Wednesday 8th Oct

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 andy 1 comment

    Save Devon’s Libraries – Rally
    On Wednesday 8th October at 10:00am
    Under the arches – Daw Room, County Hall, Exeter

    Devon County Council Cabinet meets on Wednesday 8 October to decide the future of the county’s libraries – as you may know, their current proposal is to slash funding by 50% to 28* out of the 50 Devon branches – which would mean they can only stay open if volunteers can be found to run them. 
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  • Jelly-Teenz on the Green – Saturday 27th September

    Posted on September 18th, 2014 andy No comments

    jellyteenz_flierEveryone welcome for an afternoon of events on the Orchard Millennium Green on 27th Sept from 5pm til 10pm organised by Jellyfish Community Youth Project.

    Click on the image to the left or view more info here 

  • Global Climate Change Day of Action – Sun 21st September

    Posted on September 17th, 2014 andy No comments

    The NATO summit on climate change begins on Monday 22nd September in New York. All around the world, individuals and organisations are organising and planning action on a massive scale to show the world’s leaders that this is the biggest issue in the world right now, and they need to stop fracking around and start dealing with it!

    Like most of us, I can’t get to NY for the People’s Climate March – the biggest climate change march ever, and I can’t even get to London, Paris, Berlin or any of the other big marches planned (though if you are going to one of these and want to team up to travel, get in touch and I’ll pass it on Click here to reveal email address).
    But I still want to make my voice heard, and so do many, many others. So smaller actions are springing up everywhere, in Newton Abbot, Ashburton and Totnes. I and a bunch of other’s are planning to go to the Totnes rally, which is at midday outside the civic centre. To get there, some of us want to travel by the most appropriate form of transport we can – bicycle.

    We will be meeting at 10.45 outside the Seed on Fore Street and then cycling (slowly) to Totnes. Why not get your bike out and join us? wear hi-viz and stick a sign on your back so people know what your about and why it is important to you.

    cyclist_clipIf you can’t manage the ride, then come along and meet up outside the Seed to share transport.

    Tell your friends and come along…

    There is no bigger cause in the world right now – and the politicians are not going to do on their own – unless we make them!

    Andy  +***-07780*703770-***+/ Click here to reveal email address

  • AGM & Local Food Movie – Tues 29th July

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 andy No comments

    localfoodrootsBuck The Trend (Buckfastleigh Transition Town) will be holding it’s AGM from 7.15pm at the Town Hall on Tuesday 29th July – followed by the short film ‘Local Food Roots’ at 8pm, which explores the growth of the local food movement in the UK .

    Discussion with refreshments (donations please).

    If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved please come along….

  • Neighbourhood Plan Cafe #2 – Thurs 24th July

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 andy No comments

    Neighbourhood Plan Cafe – Part 2
    A reminder that the second ‘cafe-style’ meeting for residents to contribute to drawing up a plan for the future of  the development of Buckastleigh will be held on Thursday 24th July from 7.15pm at the Town Hall.

    At this one we will be looking at issues related to the environment as well as housing and infrastructure, so please come along and contribute your thinking and ideas…

  • Plant/Produce Swap & Sale – Sun 18th May

    Posted on May 1st, 2014 andy No comments

    BTT and Buckfastleigh Primary School are holding a Plant & Produce Swap & Sale at 10am – 2pm on Sunday 18th May at the school.

    Find out more here

  • Buckfastleigh Library to face closure…

    Posted on April 28th, 2014 andy No comments

    Devon Libraries Mass Closure is on the cards…
    More than half of Devon’s libraries (28) including Buckfastleigh are proposed to face closure unless they can be handed over to ‘big society’, as they will lose their staffing funding completely in the proposals set out by Devon County Council.
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  • Ancient Futures – Fri 21st March @Jellyfish

    Posted on March 15th, 2014 andy No comments

    Buck the Trend Film Club  presents a screening of…

    Ancient Futures - Learning from LadakhAncient Futures – Learning from Ladakh

    How can we learn about ecological solutions from an ancient culture?

    ‘…forces us to re-examine what we really mean by progress…’

    at 7.15pm on Friday 21st March, at Jellyfish Productions.

    Admission is free, but donations towards the cost of the venue are welcome. More info here