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  • January 2011

    Posted on January 16th, 2011 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (January 2011)
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    (1) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Review
    (2) “Open” Committee Meeting – Thursday 27th January
    (3) Composting Site Visit – Saturday 29th January
    (4) Fruit Tree Project Update
    (5) Community Composting Project Update
    (6) Herb Garden Project Update
    (7) * Ashburton Community Energy Meeting – Tuesday 18th January
    (8) * Transition Tales, Totnes – Wednesday 26th January
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    (1) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Review
    I hope that all of you who had a chance to go and see the Dartington Christmas Tree Festival enjoyed the trees. The BTT tree wouldn’t look as good as it does without a great effort by a lot of people, and BTT would like to thank some of them specifically:

    • Belinda, who came up with the ideas for the tin can lid angel and plastic bag person decorations which have been such a hit.
    • Dominique, who let us use her newly renovated barn to make a lot of the decorations, made a lot of them herself, help put up the decorations and came along to the launch.
    • Anne, for making some of the decorations and helping to put the decorations up.
    • All of those people who helped to make some of the decorations at the Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre.
    • All of the BTT members and others who helped to make decorations.
    • Mr Banwell, Mrs Ramsey and all of the children in Oak Class at Buckfastleigh Primary School for making some of the plastic bag person decorations for the tree.

    (2) “Open” Committee Meeting – Thursday 27th January
    The next BTT Committee Meeting will be held on the evening of Thursday 27th January. The meeting is open to all BTT members, and if you do want to come along then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info) and we’ll let you know of the location and exact time of the meeting.

    (3) Composting Site Visit – Saturday 29th January
    The Community Composting Project group have re-scheduled their visit to Nicky Scott’s Proper Job composting site from the 18th December to Saturday 29th January (due to the inclement weather at the end of last year). The site is in Chagford and we are due to arrive at 10am. The tour will last around 2 hours and we’ll hopefully be returning to Buckfastleigh at around 1pm.
    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
    Due to the inclement weather, festivities, illness and bereavement, there hasn’t been a lot of progress on the Fruit Tree Project. However, we have continued to be in contact with Buckfastleigh Primary School about donating Cherie the cherry tree to them.
    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
    Apart from the Proper Job visit (see above), Ros has visited Buckfast Abbey to see their compost heap.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
    Due to other commitments, the first opportunity to visit an existing community herb garden will be in March. More information will follow when plans have progressed further.
    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) * Ashburton Community Energy Meeting – Tuesday 18th January
    Would you be interested in getting a discount on installing PV Solar panels on your roof and benefit from free electricity and a good rate of return on your money? At least one member of BTT will be joining the citizens of Ashburton at the ACE (Ashburton Community Energy) meeting on Tuesday 18th January, 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, West Street. The evening will kick off by establishing a buying group for people wanting to get a discount on installing PV Solar panels on their private roofs. Also they will be exploring how to move forward with a plan to install PVs on a community level, providing good return for investors plus income to support energy efficiency measures in town, creating better, more comfortable homes.
    If you’d like to come along to the meeting then either make your own way there, or if you’d like a lift then please contact us by email at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (8) * Transition Tales, Totnes – Wednesday 26th January
    Come and enjoy an evening of story telling and have fun spinning a yarn about a bright future for Totnes on the 26th January 2011 at the Barrel House in Totnes from 7.30-9.30pm. A Transition Tales event with Story Weaver WynnAlice (AKA Steph Bradley of the Transition Network) and gifted musician Christoffer de Graal. Tickets will be on sale on the door £4/£3.

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