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  • August 2012

    Posted on August 15th, 2012 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (August 2012)

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    (1) BTT Constitution Working Group – TBA

    (2) Buckfastleigh Community Food Co-op

    (3) AGM and ‘Dirt! The Move’ Film Screening Report

    (4) Plant and Produce Fair Report

    (5) * Wildspace Summer Events – Thursday 16th August to Sunday 26th August *

    (6) * Squash Co-operative Free Workshop –Saturday 18th August *

    (7) * Cooking with Seaweed – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August *

    (8) * Totnes Eco-Homes Fair – Saturday 15th September *

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    (1) BTT Constitution Working Group – TBA

    The proposed changes to our constitution were not made at the AGM (see the report below), but a number of BTT members (grandly titled the “BTT Constitution Working Group) will be meeting soon to discuss what changes should be made to our aims and objectives. Once these changes have been agreed within this group, all BTT members will be informed of these changes and a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be called in order to allow all BTT members to vote on the changes.

    If you would like to be involved in the group then please contact Steve at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (2) Buckfastleigh Community Food Co-op

    A group of Buckfastleigh residents are currently looking at options for setting up a local store which will provide organic items, wholefoods and locally sourced produce. The store would be run co-operatively for the mutual benefit of its local customers, suppliers and producers.

    If you would like to get involved with this initiative and help to shape and resource it, then please contact Andy Stokes at btt@andystokes.com.

    (3) AGM and ‘Dirt! The Move’ Film Screening Report

    BTT’s AGM was held in Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 27th June. After a review of the last year and the Treasurer’s report, the official Committee positions for this year are filled as follows:

    • Chair: Andy Stokes.
    • Secretary: Steve Bamford.
    • Treasurer: Anne Goulborn.

    The following people volunteered to be Committee members:

    • Ros Maynard
    • Ruth Chadwick
    • Charlie McConnell
    • Neil Martin
    • Belinda Ballard
    • Jenney Kohler-Ockmore
    • Robert Byrnes

    The proposed changes to the Constitution were discussed at length. It became clear that a consensus would not be reached at this meeting, so a working group was set up to resolve the issue (see above).

    After a short break for refreshments, the ‘Dirt! The Movie’ film was shown, and was well received.

    (4) Plant and Produce Fair Report

    BTT hosted a plant and produce fair, at Weeks Courtyard on Sunday 27th May. There were plants of all kinds on sale, including those from the Dean Prior Garden Centre and the Gardening Club at Buckfastleigh Primary School.

    BTT would like to express their thanks to everyone who turned up on the day. Special thanks must again go to Neil and Belinda for arranging, publicising and hosting the event.

    (5) * Wildspace Summer Events – Thursday 16th August to Sunday 26th August *

    Wildspace – the group who are growing the green wildlife garden behind the town hall, are putting on some free events over the summer holiday:

    Thursday 16th August at 2.00pm – Minibeast Spotting

    To include drawing with local naturalist and wildlife expert, John Walters. Explore the fantastic insects that are all around us; learn about their behaviours and discover their world.

    Sunday 26th August 10.00am to 3.00pm – Palletopia Workshop

    Use old wooden pallets to build compost bins for the garden, plus benches etc. Learn how to utilise this free resource and recycle old wood into useful things for your garden or allotment. Open to all, but places limited so please book on 07811 118997. Suitable for young people and adults

    (6) * Squash Co-operative Free Workshop –Saturday 18th August *

    The Squash Co-operative has organised a free workshop for any of you interested in artificial pollination. The workshop will be held at the Moor Trees site on Barracks Hill at 11am on Saturday 18th August. Carol Wellwood, who is our friendly expert and advisor on all things horticultural, has offered to run a 2 hour-ish workshop which will also cover seed gathering, natural cross pollination and the advantages and disadvantages of F1 hybrids.

    Directions to the Moor Trees site are as follows…….

    If coming from Totnes, at the bottom of the Western Bypass, go up Barracks Hill. The site is on the left, near the top of the hill, just past the honesty box plant sale.

    If coming from the Dartington side, then go up the hill from the Cider Press roundabout, past the Cott Inn, straight over the mini roundabout at the top, and it’s the first gate on the right. If you get to the plant sale, then you’ve gone too far. Walk through the gate and go right. The squashes are at the bottom of the site. We will be seated around the fire pit circle. Bring lunch picnic and flask of tea etc. to share.

    (7) * Cooking with Seaweed – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August *

    This week-end learn how to make a whole meal just out of seaweed with a starter, main course and pudding. Identify the seaweeds you want on a walk along the shore, then watch a cooking demonstration and have a feast!

    £30 for the identification walk, cooking demonstration and feast or £15 for just the walk or just the cooking and feast

    • Saturday 18 August 12.30pm
    • Sunday 19 August 1pm

    Meet at East Prawle village green. To book, email (f.campbell270@btinternet.com) or phone Fiona Campbell 01803 865457.

    (8) * Totnes Eco-Homes Fair – Saturday 15th September *

    Transition Town Totnes is renowned for its cutting-edge and award-winning projects such as the energy efficiency and renewables programme called “Transition Streets”, which involved over 500 households in Totnes and Dartington and won an Ashden Award last year. We hope you can participate in this Eco-Homes Fair, which will follow the Open Eco-Homes weekend of 7-9th September, when 20 retrofitted homes in Totnes, Dartington and nearby are open to the public.

    The Fair will be a high profile event taking place on a busy Saturday, with the market place beneath the Civic Hall in full swing. Last year we took a 3-minute video clip of the day showing the public crowding in to see the stands of 18 commercial participants and several TTT projects, while children (& some adults!) were engrossed in making their own temporary eco-accommodation, plus refreshments available to sustain us all. See it on YouTube here (or search for Totnes Eco-Homes Fair 2011). Publicity will again be comprehensive with press releases, 2000 Open Eco-Homes leaflets distributed, posters around town, web presence & word of mouth. We confidently expect excellent media coverage and good attendance.

    Display space with table & chairs is available for £93 per exhibitor subject to availability. A 50% discount applies to all not-for-profit organisations. Exhibitors requiring more than 8m2 should contact us to discuss their needs. £155 will purchase space to exhibit at the Fair and a credit card sized advert in the leaflet for Open Eco-Homes.

    For additional information please contact:

    Helen Ireland     Eco-Homes Fair 01803 863758   irelandhelen@googlemail.com

    Joss Bennatt      Leaflet                  01803 866635        jossandrowena@btinternet.com

    If you would like to participate please get in touch ASAP.

    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP