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    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin (July 2010)
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    (1) Buckfastleigh Fun Day
    (2) Lamb Pie Day – Saturday 17th July
    (3) The Big Lunch – Sunday 18th July
    (4) AGM soon…
    (5) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    (6) Orchard Project
    (7) Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October
    (8) * A38 Devon Public Transport Alliance Meeting – Monday 5th July
    (9) * Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study & Residential Design Guide – Tuesday 20th July
    (10) * Permaculture Course – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July
    (11) * Teignbridge District Council Local Development Framework Public Consultation – Saturday 26th June – Saturday 31st July
    __________________________
    (1) Buckfastleigh Fun Day
    We had a fantastic tropical afternoon in the sunshine on Sunday 27th June. It was great to have a chance to chat to interested people about BTT and various other subjects.
    The Energy Cycle went down well, especially with the youngsters, although we didn’t quite get a cup of tea out of it! Thanks to Andy, Steve and Theo for manning the stall, and to Transition Newton Abbot for lending us the Energy Cycle.
    (2) Lamb Pie Day – Saturday 17th July
    BTT will be hosting a stall at Lamb Pie Day on Saturday 17th July. We are still hoping to have the Energy Saving Trust Driving Simulator on the day (although we still have a number of issues to sort out before we can confirm this).
    Please let us know if you would like to help out setting up or taking down the stall, or if you can help man it at any time. Or just come along and hang out and have a chat on the day.
    (3) The Big Lunch – Sunday 18th July
    We are planning to join the rest of the country on Sunday the 18th July, for ‘The Big Lunch’, an initiative launched by the Eden Project where folks all other the country get together to share food, have fun, make new friends and catch up with old ones. You can find out more about it at http://www.thebiglunch.com/.
    We have booked the Orchard (Millennium) Green for the afternoon, and want to encourage everyone to join us from midday for a giant picnic in the park. Bring food to share or just to feed your own bunch, and bring your own entertainment/games/instruments/skills/whatever. If it rains, we have a gazebo, and will all have to squash up.
    If you want to help organise, set-up or clear-up let us know. Please tell everyone you know. You can download a poster to display at http://www.buckthetrend.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/posterflat.jpg.
    (4) AGM – Soon…
    Our Annual General Meeting will held in the near future, and will involve the election of new officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), a review of the past year and planning for the next year.
    The meeting is is open to everyone. The business part of the meeting will be brief, and the evening will focus on looking to the year ahead in an informal, social manner that involves cake. If you’ve been meaning to come to a meeting for a while but haven’t got around to it, then the AGM may be an ideal time to approach the group afresh!
    We are also planning to show the short animated film, ‘The Story of Stuff’ and hold an (animated) discussion, as the first part of looking at ideas to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.
    Finally, if you are interested in standing for the post of Chair, Secretary or Treasurer, or would like to be part of the Buck the Trend executive committee, and would like to talk through what is involved then email back info@buckthetrend.info (or just surprise us at the meeting, but don’t be late). All welcome – come on now, don’t be shy. Please note that job-sharing may be a possibility if you’re short of time / confidence to take on a role on your own.
    For the date – watch this space…
    (5) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    Thank you again for your generous donations of books (and cash) to the Green library project. We have purchased some of the books and DVDs, and will be arranging a launch event once we get the upcoming events out of the way. Meanwhile keep your books and videos coming!
    (6) Orchard Project
    There has been a lot of interest expressed in the last 6 months about fruit tree planting and orchard restoration in Buckfastleigh and the surrounding area – Buckfastleigh was not long ago surrounded by orchards of apples, pears and other fruit orchards.
    We have also discussed the possibility of resuscitating the ‘Pear Pie day’ festival.
    Anyone who is interested in meeting up to discuss developing this further and holding a workshop on the topic, please get in touch – info@buckthetrend.info
    (7) Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October
    As you may know, Dartmoor National Park is planning a second festival in the autumn, and is once more intending to offer community groups up to £500 each for climate-related community events that weekend which are. This is a great opportunity, especially as it is the 10:10 weekend (http://www.1010global.org/global/101010).
    Unfortunately, we need to respond by Wednesday 7th July if we want to put a bid in for funds. So, if you have any ideas for a community event that we can put on, then please contact us (at info@buckthetrend.info) by Tuesday 6th July so that we can get the response back to Dartmoor National Park in time.
    *(8) A38 Area Devon Public Transport Alliance Meeting – Monday 5th July *
    Laura Howe has decided to start a group to lobby the bus companies and our local government to get our bus services to the level that we require. She got the idea from some friends in Exeter as Stagecoach actually consult Transition Town Exeter when making changes to the time table.
    The group is hoping to set up a web site to enable all bus users to be able to log their experiences with local travel with a view to having a sizeable lever along the way to get the bus companies to do what we need.
    If you are interested and want to get involved, call her on 01364 72103
    *(9) Teignbridge District Council – Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study & Residential Design Guide – Tuesday 20th July *
    Workshops for public information & feedback on two reports at The Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot on Tuesday 20th July from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
    a. Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study. 1:30pm – 4.00pm
    The Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study. This study forms part of the technical evidence base for the Council’s Core Strategy.
    The workshop will provide an early opportunity to consider key issues, opportunities and constraints as well as examining how we as Teignbridge can work towards zero carbon development.
    b. Residential Design Guide 4.15pm – 5.30pm
    TDC is developing a residential design guide to help achieve high quality development throughout the district and achieve great places for people to live. A short introduction to an interim planning advice note will be given with an opportunity to feed back  thoughts and comments.
    We need to inform Teignbridge District Council if we (or a nominated substitute) will be attending the workshop by Tuesday 13th July, so if you do want to attend then let us know by then on info@buckthetrend.info. Light refreshments available.
    *(10) Proposed Permaculture Course – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July *
    Transition Newton Abbot are hoping to arrange a Permaculture Introduction Course run by George Sobol, and they have pencilled in Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July.
    If you are interested, please contact postie@transitionnewtonabbot.org.uk as soon as possible so that they can see if there is enough interest.
    *(11) Teignbridge District Council Local Development Framework Public Consultation – Saturday 26th June – Saturday 31st July *
    Local people are being invited to have their say on the future shape of Teignbridge as a new consultation on long term plans gets underway this month.
    Launching on Saturday 26 June, the public consultation will enable everyone to have their say on an Issues and Options Report, which will influence how the Core Strategy is developed. When complete, the Core Strategy will describe the overall vision for developing the area up to 2031.
    Exhibitions have been arranged at a variety of locations around the district, and will give people the opportunity to ask questions and provide comment on the challenges which might face the area in future. The events are:
    Sat 26 June (10am – 5 pm): Teignmouth – Carlton Theatre
    Wed 30 June (2 pm – 6 pm): Teignmouth – Carlton Theatre
    Sat 3 July (10 pm – 5 pm): Dawlish – Shaftesbury Theatre
    Tues 6 July (2 pm – 6 pm): Dawlish – Shaftesbury Theatre
    Sat 10 July (10am – 5pm): Newton Abbot – Clock Tower
    Mon 12 July (11am – 7pm): Ashburton – Town Hall
    Thurs 15 July (2pm – 8pm): Shillingford St George – Village Hall
    Fri 16 July (2pm – 8pm): Exminster – Victory Hall
    Tues 27 July (2pm – 8pm): Bovey Tracey – Methodist Hall
    Sat 31 July (10am – 4pm): Chudleigh – Town Hall
    Anyone who can’t make the exhibitions can still have their say online, by post, in person or on the phone. Further details are available at http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/ldf <http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11024> Information and advice on 01626 215747.
    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin (July 2010)

    __________________________

    (1) Buckfastleigh Fun Day
    (2) Lamb Pie Day – Saturday 17th July
    (3) The Big Lunch – Sunday 18th July
    (4) AGM soon…
    (5) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    (6) Orchard Project
    (7) Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October
    (8) * A38 Devon Public Transport Alliance Meeting – Monday 5th July
    (9) * Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study & Residential Design Guide – Tuesday 20th July
    (10) * Permaculture Course – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July
    (11) * Teignbridge District Council Local Development Framework Public Consultation – Saturday 26th June – Saturday 31st July

    __________________________

    (1) Buckfastleigh Fun Day

    We had a fantastic tropical afternoon in the sunshine on Sunday 27th June. It was great to have a chance to chat to interested people about BTT and various other subjects.

    The Energy Cycle went down well, especially with the youngsters, although we didn’t quite get a cup of tea out of it! Thanks to Andy, Steve and Theo for manning the stall, and to Transition Newton Abbot for lending us the Energy Cycle.

    (2) Lamb Pie Day – Saturday 17th July

    BTT will be hosting a stall at Lamb Pie Day on Saturday 17th July. We are still hoping to have the Energy Saving Trust Driving Simulator on the day (although we still have a number of issues to sort out before we can confirm this).

    Please let us know if you would like to help out setting up or taking down the stall, or if you can help man it at any time. Or just come along and hang out and have a chat on the day.

    (3) The Big Lunch – Sunday 18th July

    We are planning to join the rest of the country on Sunday the 18th July, for ‘The Big Lunch’, an initiative launched by the Eden Project where folks all other the country get together to share food, have fun, make new friends and catch up with old ones. You can find out more about it at the big lunch website.

    We have booked the Orchard (Millennium) Green for the afternoon, and want to encourage everyone to join us from midday for a giant picnic in the park. Bring food to share or just to feed your own bunch, and bring your own entertainment/games/instruments/skills/whatever. If it rains, we have a gazebo, and will all have to squash up.

    If you want to help organise, set-up or clear-up let us know. Please tell everyone you know. You can download a poster to display here.

    (4) AGM – Soon…

    Our Annual General Meeting will held in the near future, and will involve the election of new officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), a review of the past year and planning for the next year.

    The meeting is is open to everyone. The business part of the meeting will be brief, and the evening will focus on looking to the year ahead in an informal, social manner that involves cake. If you’ve been meaning to come to a meeting for a while but haven’t got around to it, then the AGM may be an ideal time to approach the group afresh!

    We are also planning to show the short animated film, ‘The Story of Stuff’ and hold an (animated) discussion, as the first part of looking at ideas to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

    Finally, if you are interested in standing for the post of Chair, Secretary or Treasurer, or would like to be part of the Buck the Trend executive committee, and would like to talk through what is involved then email back info@buckthetrend.info (or just surprise us at the meeting, but don’t be late). All welcome – come on now, don’t be shy. Please note that job-sharing may be a possibility if you’re short of time / confidence to take on a role on your own.

    For the date – watch this space…

    (5) Buckfastleigh Green Library

    Thank you again for your generous donations of books (and cash) to the Green library project. We have purchased some of the books and DVDs, and will be arranging a launch event once we get the upcoming events out of the way. Meanwhile keep your books and videos coming!

    (6) Orchard Project

    There has been a lot of interest expressed in the last 6 months about fruit tree planting and orchard restoration in Buckfastleigh and the surrounding area – Buckfastleigh was not long ago surrounded by orchards of apples, pears and other fruit orchards.

    We have also discussed the possibility of resuscitating the ‘Pear Pie day’ festival.

    Anyone who is interested in meeting up to discuss developing this further and holding a workshop on the topic, please get in touch – info@buckthetrend.info

    (7) Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th October

    As you may know, Dartmoor National Park is planning a second festival in the autumn, and is once more intending to offer community groups up to £500 each for climate-related community events that weekend which are. This is a great opportunity, especially as it is the 10:10 Weekend.

    Unfortunately, we need to respond by Wednesday 7th July if we want to put a bid in for funds. So, if you have any ideas for a community event that we can put on, then please contact us (at info@buckthetrend.info) by Tuesday 6th July so that we can get the response back to Dartmoor National Park in time.

    *(8) A38 Area Devon Public Transport Alliance  *

    Laura Howe has decided to start a group to lobby the bus companies and our local government to get our bus services to the level that we require. She got the idea from some friends in Exeter as Stagecoach actually consult Transition Town Exeter when making changes to the time table.

    The group is hoping to set up a web site to enable all bus users to be able to log their experiences with local travel with a view to having a sizeable lever along the way to get the bus companies to do what we need.

    If you are interested and want to get involved, call her on 01364 72103

    *(9) Teignbridge District Council – Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study & Residential Design Guide – Tuesday 20th July *

    Workshops for public information & feedback on two reports at The Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot on Tuesday 20th July from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

    a. Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study. 1:30pm – 4.00pm

    The Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study. This study forms part of the technical evidence base for the Council’s Core Strategy.

    The workshop will provide an early opportunity to consider key issues, opportunities and constraints as well as examining how we as Teignbridge can work towards zero carbon development.

    b. Residential Design Guide 4.15pm – 5.30pm

    TDC is developing a residential design guide to help achieve high quality development throughout the district and achieve great places for people to live. A short introduction to an interim planning advice note will be given with an opportunity to feed back  thoughts and comments.

    We need to inform Teignbridge District Council if we (or a nominated substitute) will be attending the workshop by Tuesday 13th July, so if you do want to attend then let us know by then on info@buckthetrend.info. Light refreshments available.

    *(10) Proposed Permaculture Course – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July *

    Transition Newton Abbot are hoping to arrange a Permaculture Introduction Course run by George Sobol, and they have pencilled in Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July.

    If you are interested, please contact postie@transitionnewtonabbot.org.uk as soon as possible so that they can see if there is enough interest.

    *(11) Teignbridge District Council Local Development Framework Public Consultation – Saturday 26th June – Saturday 31st July *

    Local people are being invited to have their say on the future shape of Teignbridge as a new consultation on long term plans gets underway this month.

    Launching on Saturday 26 June, the public consultation will enable everyone to have their say on an Issues and Options Report, which will influence how the Core Strategy is developed. When complete, the Core Strategy will describe the overall vision for developing the area up to 2031.

    Exhibitions have been arranged at a variety of locations around the district, and will give people the opportunity to ask questions and provide comment on the challenges which might face the area in future. The events are:

    Sat 26 June (10am – 5 pm): Teignmouth – Carlton Theatre

    Wed 30 June (2 pm – 6 pm): Teignmouth – Carlton Theatre

    Sat 3 July (10 pm – 5 pm): Dawlish – Shaftesbury Theatre

    Tues 6 July (2 pm – 6 pm): Dawlish – Shaftesbury Theatre

    Sat 10 July (10am – 5pm): Newton Abbot – Clock Tower

    Mon 12 July (11am – 7pm): Ashburton – Town Hall

    Thurs 15 July (2pm – 8pm): Shillingford St George – Village Hall

    Fri 16 July (2pm – 8pm): Exminster – Victory Hall

    Tues 27 July (2pm – 8pm): Bovey Tracey – Methodist Hall

    Sat 31 July (10am – 4pm): Chudleigh – Town Hall

    Anyone who can’t make the exhibitions can still have their say online, by post, in person or on the phone. Further details are available at http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/ldf <http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11024> Information and advice on 01626 215747.

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