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  • July 2011

    Posted on July 24th, 2011 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (July 2011)


    (1) Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 27th July

    (2) Design-a-Logo Competition

    (3) Community Composting Update

    (4) Gardenshare Update

    (5) Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update

    (6) * Seed Saving Workshops – Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July *

    (7) * Transition Town Totnes Wild n’ Woody Weekend – Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July *


    (1) Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 27th July

    Our Annual General Meeting will be held in main hall at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 27th July at 7pm. This will be followed at approximately 7:30pm by an open discussion on the subject of “Should we become Buckfastleigh Transition Town?

    At the AGM, the Committee members for the next year will be nominated and voted on. For BTT to carry on our work, it is vital that we have an effective committee. The official roles are Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, but we usually have a number of other Committee members. Some of this year’s Committee will not be standing for next year (for various reasons), so we would like some other BTT members to step forward. If you would like to be on the BTT Committee (in any capacity) then please come along to the AGM and put yourself forward. If you cannot make it on Wednesday 27th July but you’d still like to be on the Committee then please let us know and we’ll make sure that you are nominated at the meeting (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    Everyone is welcome to come along to the AGM and the open discussion, and refreshments will be provided. For more details please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (2) Design-a-Logo Competition

    We have already had a really good response from the children at Buckfastleigh Primary School. There is still time to take part. We invite the children (up to the age of 16) of Buckfastleigh to design a logo for one or more of the following projects:

    • Library Green Corner
    • Community Composting
    • Gardenshare

    These logos will be used on our publicity, on posters and leaflets about our events, and will also be used on our website. Your logo should be simple enough to work in the corner of a leaflet or website but striking enough to make an impact.

    Entries should be submitted on a white A5 piece of paper with the child’s name and contact details on the back (i.e. class name for those at school or a contact telephone number or address). You can design a logo for one or more of the projects listed above, but please use a separate sheet for each logo. A postbox for completed forms will be available in Buckfastleigh Library. We are hoping to work closely with Buckfastleigh Primary School to get as many local children as possible to take part.

    The closing date of the competition will be Sunday 24th July (the day after Lamb Pie Day). The winner(s) will be decided by BTT members voting at our AGM on the evening of Wednesday 27th July and will be announced afterwards. Each winner will be given a prize and a certificate of presentation.

    For more details please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (3) Community Composting Update

    A visit to the community composting site in South Brent is planned for Sunday 31st July (exact timing and details are still to be confirmed). Visits to nearby composting sites is being planned. Three possible sites for composting in Buckfastleigh have been identified and investigations are continuing. Plans for opening the group to the public are continuing. The date and location of the next meeting is still to be confirmed.

    To get more details of the South Brent visit or to help out with this project, please contact Ros Maynard on boz.box@virgin.net.

    (4) Gardenshare Update

    Our GardenShare scheme has had an excellent response, with owners generously offering their gardens for enthusiastic growers to dig and plant, in exchange for some of the produce. We currently have four more gardens on offer awaiting enthusiastic gardeners – it is not too late to start planting!

    For more information or to set up your garden share, call Marion on 01364 643467 or Jenny on 07891922459. Start growing your community today!

    (5) Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update

    a) Walk-in Centre and Letter Writing Sessions

    In response to people’s concerns that our presence it too on-line we have already put documents for public viewing in Delizioso delicatessen. We are now planning to open a drop-in centre in the middle of town. The venue is not certain yet so stay tuned to tell your friends and neighbours.

    We also plan some letter-writing sessions for people who do not have computer access. These will be held at the locations, dates and times given below:

    • Monday 8th August, 10am-12pm at the Town Hall, Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh
    • Tuesday 16th August, 12-2pm at The Fish Bar, Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh
    • Thursday 18th August, 12-2pm at The Fish Bar, Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh
    • Thursday 18th August, 7-9pm at The White Hart, Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh

    b) DCC Investigation in Whitecleave Quarry ROMP

    We witnessed an immense amount of anger and frustration at our town hall meeting on July 7th about current activity at Whitecleave Quarry. We responded last week by writing a letter to Mel Stride MP, on behalf of the Community Forum, requesting a formal public clarification from Devon County Council on the status of activity at Whitecleave Quarry. We believe existing activity may actually be illegal according to planning law. Mel Stride has confirmed that he has asked Devon County Council to look into this matter.

    c) Planning Application

    Although we sent an email earlier this week pointing out that the quarry planning application and Environmental Statement were on-line, the application has still not been registered and the documents have since been taken down. Please note that from MVV’s website they state that “The application review process for such a development usually takes up to six months.”

    d) Dartmoor Planning Consultation

    Thanks everyone for the excellent response to the planning consultation; the staff at the town exhibition were kept very busy. Buckfastleigh and Whitecleave Quarry are in Dartmoor NPA planner’s consciousness. The consultation is still ongoing until September, and is still a great opportunity to write and tell Dartmoor NPA your vision for the town. Full details of the consultation are on-line, and replies can be made by on-line, e-mail or post.

    e) Waste Consultation

    Again, thanks for a great response from people putting Whitecleave Quarry on the map of legitimately objectionable waste sites for Devon. Apparently this consultation has been extended to month end if anyone still wishes to respond. Details can be found on-line.

    For more details please go to the Buckfastleigh Community Forum website or email community@buckfastleigh.org.

    (6)* Seed Saving Workshops – Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July

    There are a couple of upcoming seed saving workshops with Peter Brinch:

    a) Saturday 30 July 10am – 4pm: Working with Vegetable Seed Saving

    Greenwood Hall, Rudolf Steiner School, South Devon. £15 (concession £10)

    b) Sunday 31 July 10am – 4pm: Working with Cereal Seed Saving

    Meeting at Lordswood Farm, near Kingsbridge – transport can be arranged from Steiner School, Dartington.

    For further details, please contact Derek Lapworth on 01364 644010.

    (7) * Transition Town Totnes Wild n’ Woody Weekend – Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July

    Pam and Paul invite you to their beautiful land near Ashburton so we can all get to know each other better!

    Saturday afternoon:  Picnic
    Saturday evening:  Fire and Soup in the woods with music and storytelling?
    Camping overnight (if you want)
    Sunday:  Chill or Trek (up Buckland Beacon/Dartmoor?)

    Please Bring:  Food and Drink to share. Water. Tents etc.
    Available on Site:  Limited Parking – please Liftshare! Earth closet loos. Kids and partners welcome. (Dogs)? Beautiful views. Weather Dependant!
    Camping pitches are limited, so please confirm if you want to camp.


    From the end of North Street Ashburton, bear left over the bridge onto the B3357, signposted Buckland-in-the Moor and Widecombe. Keep going up the hill for roughly 1 and ½ miles, until you see a beech wood on the right just past Highgrove house. The entrance track onto the land is halfway up on the right. If you reach a turning on the right to Widecombe – you’ve gone too far!
    Alternatively, from Peartree Garage, Ashburton, head towards the Dartmoor Country Park and on the first left hand bend turn right up past The Lavender House Hotel. Follow this lane through the small crossroads and at the T-junction, bear left up the hill to Buckland. Highgrove house is a short distance on the right  etc.

    Directions for Campers

    Follow directions above but continue on past the entrance to the land and after reaching the top of the hill, take the right turn to Widecombe, then the first right hand lane. Continue down the lane past Druid Mine in the woods on the right. The entrance to the land is on the right as the road bears round to the left going down the hill.

    For more details please contact Pam or Paul on 01364 642893, 07973412681 (Pam) or 07930285690 (Paul).