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  • July 2015

    Posted on September 9th, 2015 andy No comments

    Buck the Trend E-Bulletin August 2015

    This newsletter contains information we think might be of interest to members of Buck The Trend (Buckfastleigh Transition Town) & subscribers. If you have events or information to suggest for subsequent bulletins, contact BTT Secretary Andy Stokes: info@buckthetrend.info

    1) What a Waste! Green Waste & Community Composting – follow up
    2) Engaging our Community – Wed 12th Aug 7.30pm @ Town Hall*
    3) “Community Council” – feedback please
    4) TTT – Open Eco Homes – invitation to join-in*
    5) “Daphnes Daughters – exhibition” –  from 1st August @ Jellyfish*
    6) “Wild Strawberries” – film – Fri 21st August 7pm @Jellyfish*
    7) Yoga Classes with Kim Edwards – Wednesdays 6-7.30pm @ Jellyfish*
    8) Circus Workshop – Tue 4th August 10-11 am @Library – FREE!*
    9) Whitecleave Quarry Bat Evening – Sun 9th August 7.30-9pm*
    10) Dave Oliver: Storyteller – Fri 14th August 2.30-3.30pm @ Library – FREE!*
    11) Fab Lab 3-D Printing – Fri 21st August 2-5pm @ Library -FREE!*

    1) What A Waste! – Community Composting/Recycling for Buckfastleigh? – follow up
    As you may know, Teignbridge are stopping free garden waste collection in November. If you want them to collect your green bin after that date, you will need to sign-up at http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/article/21579/Garden-Waste-FAQs and pay £35 per year.
    The recent public meeting looking at setting up a Community Composting project was very successful, with more than 50 attendees, and a core group committed to getting their hands dirty setting up a local scheme.
    We will meet again in early September to move this on, as several key people are away this month. We”ll discuss potential sites, ways of working and how we pay for it, with experienced community composter Nicky Scott and others from local community composting ventures available to answer questions. Contact Mark Maish for more info: markmaish@buckfastleigh.gov.uk
    In the meantime, an alternative to the Green Bin charge would be to have one or more 120 litre bags collected on demand by a local company called ‘Go Green Devon’. You can buy a book of 10 collection tags (use one per bag) from their website (and the bags at £5 each if you want) and use them at any time you need to.
    Check out their website at gogreendevon.com – you need to select ‘Services for Sale’ on the top menu, then ‘Gardening Services’ on the left menu to find out more.

    2)  Engaging our Community – Wed 12th August – 7.30pm @ Buckfastleigh Town Hall*
    ‘Engaging our Community’ on Wed 12th August at 7.30pm is an open discussion event hosted by Buckfastleigh Town Council.
    The ideas of open democracy, community engagement and empowerment are part of the platform on which the Buckfastleigh Independent Group got elected to the Town Council…
    This is a chance to start looking at the issues we as a community want to prioritise, how we engage the wider community to achieve those aims and how the Town Council can support this process. What would you like to see happen in the town? How do we move on the ideas highlighted in the Neighbourhood Plan? How do we involve more townsfolk?
    Come along to the Town Hall on Wed 12th August at 7.30pm. Please encourage any others that you think should be part of it. Refreshments provided.

    3) Community Council
    As part of this initiative, the Town Council are also floating the idea of a ‘Community Council’ to open up the process of decision-making and enable information, resource and experience sharing for those people and groups who are active or would like to be active in the community. Find out more here: http://www.buckfastleigh.gov.uk/files/2015/07/Community-Council-discussion-document-v1.pdf
    Send your feedback or interest in being part of this group to Andy Stokes andystokes@buckfastleigh.gov.uk

    4) Transition Town Totnes (TTT) upcoming Open Eco-homes weekend – Invitation to join-in*
    TTT are organising their annual Totnes & District open eco-homes weekend, and we wondered if there may be people in Buckfastleigh which would be interested in opening their doors?
    We’ve got houses in Ilsington, Broadhempston, Capton as well as Totnes and we’re not only after all-singing, all dancing new builds – historic houses, post-war, anything which has been retrofitted (insulation, glazing, renewables, draught proofing), plus public buildings, renewable energy sites, etc.
    We’re on our 7th year so I’d like to think we know what we’re doing and it’d be a really nice way of making some stronger links between us. We’re also talking to Sustainable South Brent.
    We will be confirming the properties involved by mid-August, so if you’re interested perhaps you could put out some feelers!
    Contact Nicola Lang if you are interested: admin@transitiontowntotnes.org

    5) “Daphnes Daughters – exhibition” –  from 1st August @ Jellyfish*
    An exhibition and memorial celebration for Daphne by four sisters: Christine Fowle, Sylvee Philips, Kat van Hookens and Lynette Raffel with paintings, watercolours, drawings and more.

    6) “Wild Strawberries” – film – Fri 21st August 7pm @Jellyfish*
    “Wild Strawberries” (1957, running time 91min) by Ingmar Bergman
    Everyone welcome – Tickets £3 – please book in advance – Café/Bar open

    7) Yoga Classes with Kim Edwards – Wednesdays 6-7.30pm @ Jellyfish*
    For additional information please contact Kim on 07792 910 785 or 01364 644613
    £35 for a 5 week yoga course every Wednesday from 6-7.30pm

    8) Circus Workshop – Tue 4th August 10-11 am @Library – FREE!*
    Splats Circus will tell you all about juggling world records, then run a circus workshop where you can learn how to juggle, spin plates, throw diabolos, walk on stilts and much more!

    9) Whitecleave Quarry Bat Evening – Sun 9th August 7.30-9pm*
    An invitation to a bat evening in the quarry. Ecologists will be carrying out bat surveys (weather permitting) using specialist equipment to record the commute of approx 400 bats through the site.
    In addition Lizzie Platt, an experience Licensed Bat Handler, will have a live bat to show you and talk about bats in general.
    To register your interest and for further information please email Georgina.Gilpin@gilpindemolition.com or call the quarry on 01364 644611 or mobile 07919913238. Numbers will be limited.
    Please leave cars at home or park in the town car park and walk to the site as access will be restricted. Wear appropriate footwear for uneven terrain. All children must be accompanied by an adult and stay with them at all times.

    10) Dave Oliver: Storyteller – Fri 14th August 2.30-3.30pm @ Library – FREE!*
    Dave Oliver from Rattlebox Theatre Company brings a lively performance style to his storytelling shows, using impressive themed props ans costumes. He adds energy and humour to his tales, making them accessible to youngsters, but also very entertainng for adults.

    11) Fab Lab 3-D Printing – Fri 21st August 2-5pm @ Library -FREE!*
    FabLabDevon is visiting so that you can experience its state-of-the-art technology in action. Come and learn how a 3-D printer works, and how FabLab technology can be used to create virtually anything.