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  • December 2010

    Posted on December 8th, 2010 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest E-Bulletin (November 2010) __________________________

    (1) Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre Review
    (2) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Launch – Thursday 9th December
    (3) Composting Site Visit – Saturday 18th December
    (4) Fruit Tree Project Update
    (5) Community Composting Project Update
    (6) Herb Garden Project Update
    (7) Buckfastleigh Library Green Corner
    (8) * Online Petitions
    (9) * Oxfam and Climate Change

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    (1) Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre Review
    Buck The Trend attended the Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Saturday, and it was a very productive event. As well as handing out a number of free low energy light bulbs and various leaflets, we signed up five new members. It was really great to meet up with so many local people whose knowledge, skills and interests are along the lines of the things that BTT are trying to do.
    Thanks to Belinda, BTT members and lots of others, we also made a lot of decorations for the BTT christmas tree at the upcoming Dartington Christmas Tree Festival (see below).
    Many thanks to all the BTT members who came along and helped out on the day. Most of all, many thanks to Richard Hurley (and the other members of Wildspace and Buckfastleigh Community Arts Café project) for organising the event.

    (2) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Launch – Thursday 9th December
    Thanks to BTT members, those who helped out at the Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre and the children in Oak Class at Buckfastleigh Primary School, the decorations for our tree at the Dartington Christmas Tree Festival are almost all ready. The festival launch event will take place at the Dartington Hall Courtyard on Thursday 9th December from 6:30pm until 7:30pm, during which there will be carols and the lights will be turned on. If you want to come along on the night, wrap up warm and you’ll find further details on the Dartington website.

    (3) Composting Site Visit – Saturday 18th December
    The Community Composting Project group have re-scheduled their visit to Nicky Scott’s Proper Job composting site on Saturday 18th December. The site is in Chagford and we are due to arrive at 10am. If you would like to come, then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info). Ros is organising lift shares to leave Buckfastleigh at around 9am.

    (4) Fruit Tree Project Update
    The Fruit Tree Project group have been in contact with Transition Town Totnes Tree Project Group to gain from their experience. They have also been in contact with Buckfastleigh Primary School on the subject of BTT donating one (or more) fruit trees to the school. The development of a map of local wild food resources and potential fruit tree locations continues.
    If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (5) Community Composting Project Update
    A potential site in Buckfastleigh has been identified but we are waiting for more details and confirmation regarding this. Following the visit to the Proper Job composting site (see above) we will develop a composting action plan to include: site/location, materials, publicity, launch, environmental health and funding.
    If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (6) Herb Garden Project Update
    The Herb Garden Project team have visited the Community Herb Garden in Littlehempston, which is run by practising herbalist Frances Wright. The group has also made contact with a number of local experts including thedesigner, planter and maintainer of the herb garden at Riveford’s Field Kitchen.
    If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (7) Buckfastleigh Library Green Corner
    We still have some funding remaining to purchase items for our Green Corner at Buckfastleigh, so if you have any recommendations or suggestions for books or DVDs then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (8) * Online Petitions *
    It’s been heartening of late to hear that some online campaigning really has been making a positive difference, both here and abroad, by raising public awareness and thereby influencing decision-makers.
    Two of the more influential organisations are Avaaz for international campaigns, and 38 Degrees for those mainly to do with the UK. Both run a number of campaigns most months, and although BTT does not agree with all of the campaigns, many of them may be of interest to the BTT membership.
    If you join Avaaz and/or 38degrees there is no obligation to sign all their campaigns: some may not interest you. But if you think you can spare a few minutes a few times a month to read an email and go online to sign a petition then visit the websites listed above and sign up to receive their emails. To quote Avaaz: “Hopefully together we can help close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want”.

    (9) * Oxfam and Climate Change *
    On a similar topic, Oxfam are working directly with communities seriously affected by climate change worldwide. If you’d like to know more then please visit their site.

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