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  • February 2013

    Posted on February 20th, 2013 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (February 2013)


    (1) Open Meeting: South Brent Community Energy Project – 13th March

    (2) Online Petition – Stop the building of Waste Incinerator at Plymouth Devonport

    (3) * Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update *

    (4) * Buckfastleigh Forest School: Half-term Sessions – 21st to 23rd February *

    (5) * Introduction to Permaculture course – 23rd & 24th February *

    (6) * Creative Workshops by Clockwork Moth – 3rd March to 2nd April *

    (7) * Buckfastleigh ‘Eternal Youth’ Club – Monday Nights *

    (8) * Heat Project – Free Home Energy Audit *

    (9) * Forest Garden Tours *

    (10) * Fund a Self-Build Affordable Eco-Homes Project *


    (1) Open Meeting: South Brent Community Energy Project – 13th March

    Sustainable South Brent (SSB) have been working for a long time now on plans to erect a wind turbine just outside South Brent.  Their planning application was approved some time ago, and they set up the South Brent Community Energy Society (SBCES) in order fund the installation of the wind turbine through the issuing of shares in SBCES.

    The 225kW wind turbine, to be sited in the Parish of South Brent, has full planning permission and is expected to generate around a 100 homes’ worth of electricity and save 200 tonnes of CO2 each year. This is an opportunity for anyone to buy shares in the Society to fund the wind turbine (minimum £200).

    Subscribers could receive annual interest of around 5% averaged over the 20 year life of the wind turbine. With EIS tax relief (for UK taxpayers) this could be up to 7.1%.

    The income will also be re-invested in energy efficiency and further renewable energy generation for public benefit locally, which could mean a total of £120k to £400k.

    SBCES already have over half the investment needed – £250,000 as of 16th Feb. The share offer closes Friday 22nd March 2013.

    BTT will be hosting an Open Meeting in Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 13th March at 7:30pm. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about this offer and to question SBCES representatives.

    If you cannot make this meeting then a series of similar meetings are planned:

    • South Brent – Tue 5th March – Village hall at 7.30pm
    • Ivybridge – Fri 8th March – Chapel Place Community Hall (off Fore Street) at 7.30pm
    • Bovey Tracey – Tue 12th March – Methodist Chapel at 7.30pm

    For more information, the share offer, an application form and the SBCES FAQs sheet, please go to their website or contact them on 07795 257849 or at info@sbces.org.uk.

    (2) Online Petition – Stop the building of Waste Incinerator at Plymouth Devonport

    As you will remember, the local community fought a long and united campaign against the proposed site in Buckfastleigh which led to Devon County Council rejecting the planning application last year, and much has been rightly said during this campaign about truck movements, noise, localised pollution and the toxicity (or otherwise) of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA)…

    We noted however,  that during the planning decision process there was no debate at any point about the concept of ‘energy from waste’ in principle – indeed it has always been presented and viewed by all parties at the table as desirable – a way of not only minimising landfill, but also generating electricity. It is marketed as a ‘green’ & ‘renewable’  technology, and on the face of it seems to be a win-win solution; providing both waste-disposal and energy generation. The battle was mainly fought, and won, on the effects that the proposed site would have on our local community.

    Unfortunately this issue has once again raised it’s head, as the company planning to build the incinerator has appealed the council’s decision. We feel it may be useful to broaden the scope of the discussion, and justify why we felt that the correct decision was made in the first instance, not just for Buckfastleigh, but for our community as a whole.

    BTT members researched this technology in great detail when the Plymouth incinerator was originally proposed and came to the conclusion that this is a case of smoke (and mirrors) marketing. But there is no smoke without fire and we would like to demonstrate that EfW is not quite the green solution that it purports to be.

    There are more details on our website and there is an online petition to be sent to the Rt Hon Mr Edward Davey MP (Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change) to ask him to “Reverse the decision to build a waste incinerator at Devonport, Plymouth and send the burnt waste to Buckfastleigh”.

    (3) * Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update *

    Buckfastleigh Community Forum are currently doing a lot of fundraising work to gather the necessary money needed to fight the appeal from MMV/Gilpin which will take place in June. They have a series of fundraising events coming up which we hope you will be able to help with:

    • Promises Auction – Saturday 20th April

    A key event will be our ‘Promises Auction’. This is an event where people donate either their expertise, time or some other service. The auction will take place on Saturday 20th April at Buckfastleigh Town Hall 7.30 p.m.

    Suggestions include: ironing, gardening, donating holiday home rental, music lessons, dinner for two, preparing accounts, decorating, carpentry. More details will soon be posted on their website. If you have anything you can offer, please email Simon (srines@uwclub.net) with details. He will get back to you at the end of the month. Please specify your offer and give your name and contact details.

    It will also be possible to make bids on the offers before the main event and we will let you know how shortly.

    • Club Night – Saturday 9th March

    This will be held in Buckfastleigh Town Hall from 8:00pm to midnight. The DJ will be Rambunctious – more details to follow.

    • Piano Miniatures – Sunday 24th March

    Theresa Scoble performs a selection of popular classical and non-classical music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, George Gershwin and others at 3pm on Sunday 24th March

    This will be at Longwood Court, Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, with delicious halfway refreshments. Tickets £5 available at Delizioso, 44 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh or contact lindseydrey@uwclub.net or phone 01364 644523.

    • Donations

    It is possible to make a donation to the fighting via Paypal on our website.

    (4) * Buckfastleigh Forest School: Half-term Sessions – 21st to 23rd February *

    Neil Martin, a Buck the Trend member, has recently started Buckfastleigh’s very own Forest School at Waycotts Orchard, where youngsters can learn about the natural world, through playing games, craft activities and exploration.

    If you have a child up to the ages of 15, why not bring them along to one of the half-term sessions:

    Forest School for Half Term starting 21st of Feb.

    • Thursday 21st February: 10 – 12, for 5 – 8 year olds.
    • Thursday 21st February: 1 – 3, for 8 – 11 year olds.
    • Friday 22nd February: 10 – 12, pre-school session.
    • Friday 22nd February: 1 – 3, ‘Buckers Bushcraft’ for 12 – 15 year olds.
    • Saturday 23rd February: 10 – 12, Sat morning club for 5 – 11 year olds.

    …or come along to the regular sessions after half term, starting 28th of Feb:

    • Thursday: 3-30 – 5:30, after-school club for 5 – 11 year olds.
    • Friday: 10 – 12, pre-school age for parents and children to attend.
    • Friday: 1 – 3, mainly for people who are home educating.
    • Sat: 10 – 12, Sat morning club for 5 – 11 year olds.

    For more information please go to the Forest School website.

    (5) * Introduction to Permaculture course – 23rd & 24th February 2013 *

    This course will guide you through some of the key permaculture principles & practices. We will also explore the permaculture design system in the context of the Transition Homes project. Hosted by Transition Town Totnes Building & Housing Group.

    Strawbale Room, Craft Ed. Building, Schumacher College 10:00 – 17:00. £70 /50

    For more information and booking please contact Pam at 01364 642893 / 07973412681, naturaldecorating@phonecoop.coop.

    (6) * Creative Workshops by Clockwork Moth – 3rd March to 2nd April *

    Local artists Charlie Scullion and Victoria Narewski, otherwise known as ‘The Clockwork Moth’ are holding a series of creative workshops, from building nestboxes to storytelling, in the town hall (room 3) over the next few months.

    • Sunday 3rd March: Shadow-puppetry Workshop – Back by popular demand, suitable for all ages. Come along and learn to make jointed shadow-puppets and try them out against our shadow-screen! 12-3pm £3 per person
    • Saturday 30th March: Egg Painting Workshop – The ultimate Easter activity – paint eggshells to roll down the hill! 12-3pm, £3 per person
    • Tuesday 2nd April: International Children’s Book Day – A bit of live storytelling! The hilarious chapter “The Further Adventures of Toad,’ from Kenneth Grahame’s brilliant novel ‘The Wind In The Willows,’ with a bit of help from you. Starts at 12 noon, £3 per person

    Download and display a flyer/poster. Check out their website for more info about them.

    (7) * Buckfastleigh ‘Eternal Youth’ Club – Monday Nights *

    Come and beat the winter Monday blues – join us for a regular night of fun…

    A small group of Buckfastleigh residents are taking over the Youth Club in Chapel Street (next door to the Kebab Shop) on Monday nights from 7.30pm til 9.30pm for a games night throughout the winter – we play (not very competitively) table tennis, table football, air hockey, bar billiards, pool and any board or other games that people want to bring. Hot drinks are available, but no alcohol please.

    In order to pay for the rental and other costs, we are asking people to pay £5 membership and £1.50 per night (or just pay £2.50 for the night if you only want to come along once or twice). We need some more people to make this work, so come along and bring a friend – a fun evening is guaranteed!

    Call Andy on 077 807 03770 or email club@andystokes.com for more info.

    P.S. We have to lock the door downstairs once we are in, so please get there on time – otherwise we will leave a sign on the door with a mobile number to ring so we can let you in.

    (8) * Heat Project – Free Home Energy Audit *

    Residents living in the local authority areas of North Devon, Torridge, Mendip and Teignbridge are eligible for a free home energy audit as part of the Heat Project’s pilot campaign in the South West. This is a limited offer and will be on a first come first served basis

    Residents living in the local authority areas of North Devon, Torridge, Mendip and Teignbridge are eligible for a free home energy audit as part of the Heat Project’s pilot campaign in the South West. This is a limited offer and will be on a first come first served basis. Further details can be found on their website.

    The home energy audit will be carried out by a Green Deal Advisor and will provide information about the energy efficiency of your property and the energy use in your home prior to any upgrade works being carried out. It will also look at the number of people in your property, how often you use your current heating system and the types of appliances you already have.

    The findings of the audit will be provided as a Green Deal Advice Report and will detail the range of energy saving measures that are suitable for your property and the expected energy savings that these could offer.

    If you wish to book a home energy audit please call them free today 0800 093 4050 or apply online and one of their advisors will ask you a set of pre-assessment questions to confirm whether an assessment appointment can be booked.

    (9) * Forest Garden Tours *

    The ART is inviting interested visitors on a tour of our Dartington forest garden site and the trials site, led by Martin Crawford. You can see a short video of the Forest Garden on YouTube.

    A charge of £3-5 per adult applies for most tours. Numbers are limited to 25 adults. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised – please note there is a pond which is not toddler-proof. The tour will take about 2 hours. No dogs please.

    Please email (mail@agroforestry.co.uk) , mail (46 Hunters Moon, Dartington, TQ9 6JT) or fax (01803 840776) to reserve places.

    2013 dates

    • Thursday 2nd May 1.30pm – forest garden tour
    • Friday 31st May 1.30pm – forest garden tour
    • Tuesday 18th June 6.30pm – evening tour of forest garden
    • Saturday 6th July 1.30pm – forest garden tour

    More dates to follow later in July & August, September, October

    ** We sometimes have cancellations so if you want to go on a reserve list do email us **

    Directions: The nearest postcode is TQ9 6EA. From A384 turn off by chruch towards Dartington Hall.  After 300m, Immediately after Schumacher College, turn left up concreted track signed to parking.  Go straight ahead and there is parking at the end.  The forest garden is just to left of the track you drive up. Meet at the forest garden site to start.

    Please note: Parking in the car park near the forest garden is pay and display operated by the Dartington Hall Trust. If parking is not possible here, you may need to park at the Dartington Cider Press (‘The Shops at Dartington’) by the roundabout and walk 1/4 mile to the garden.

    Note: for the tour of the trials site in Dartington in October (including nut trials) we will email you directions when you book places.

    (10) * Fund a Self-Build Affordable Eco-Homes Project *

    The Land Society (a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company with the mission statement of “Building Sustainable Rural Communities”) are looking to build an innovative eco-house using local natural materials, and video its construction to create a Self-Build Training Course.

    They have secured a great building site for the Demonstration House on the South Devon College campus, along with £45k towards the building, and a further £29.5k from a private Foundation and a £20k loan from Teignbridge District Council. Now they urgently need the final £20k and plan to start work in Spring 2013. They are using crowd-funding to try and raise this last amount of money. Anyone can pledge any amount (with £10 being the smallest recommended pledge).

    The Land Society plan to build an innovative Demonstration Eco-House that has been designed for community self-builders. They are planning to video and photograph and sketch all the stages of construction, and then produce a Self-Build Training Course and dedicated website, so anyone can build a similar affordable eco-house for themselves.

    For more details (including a video and pictures of the proposed home) and to pledge some money, please go to their webpage.