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  • June 2009

    Posted on July 31st, 2009 andy No comments

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s June e-bulletin


    (1) Next Forum – the AGM
    (2) Fun Day
    (3) Lamb Pie Day
    (4) Pignut Day
    (5) Compost bin donation to school
    (6) Biodynamics workshop
    (7) Community Arts Cafe
    (8) Landshare


    (1) NEXT FORUM – AGM – Come along!

    This will be at the Town Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 13th July and is our Annual General Meeting. As such, it’s a chance to elect new officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), to review the past year and plan the next.
    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!
    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 to this address, or phone Mel on 642656. 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.

    (2) FUN DAY

    We could do with a few more volunteers for our stall at the Fun Day this Sunday. If you could volunteer even half an hour, then the people volunteering for the whole afternoon get a chance for a break and a moment to pep talk their duck before the big race. Contact Rachel – rachel@purplepawpaw.co.uk.

    (3) LAMB PIE DAY

    We are planning to have a stall at Lamb Pie Day on the 18th July and to raffle or sell local produce.

    Could you help by:
    Donating produce from your own garden/allotment?
    Contacting a local producer and asking for a donation? (It may be possible to do this in return for publicity).
    Making something using local produce to sell/raffle on the day? (We will have access to a kitchen).
    Or otherwise providing some form of local produce?
    Helping on the day?

    Contact Anne on the Buck the Trend email address – buckthetrend.tq11@googlemail.com

    (4) PIGNUT DAY

    Fiona Campbell, who led the fascinating and inspiring wild food walk recently (see www.buckthetrend.info) has offered to lead another walk for us for free. This time the search is on for pignuts in Henbury Woods.
    Date to be arranged – if you are interested please email Mary Maguire (NB, not this email address) at mmaguire50@btinternet.com and say which of the following suits you:
    29th June, 1st July, 2nd July, 6th July.


    As you may have read in the Mid-Devon Advertiser, this month we donated a compost bin to the Green Fingers Club at Buckfastleigh School to support their excellent work.
    See www.buckthetrend.info for story and pictures!

    (6) WORKSHOP: Discovering biodynamics for beginners

    This workshop includes an introduction to biodynamics led by Derek Lapworth; biodynamics in your garden, including the use and storage of preparations and treatment of the soil, led by Frankie Vanderstok; a visit to Velwell Orchard for a ‘bring and share’ lunch; observation of the preparation plants led by Jeremy Weiss.

    Saturday 5th September
    Meet at the Christian Community building on Chapel Street at 9.20am.
    Cost: £15
    Bring food to share for lunch.
    Contact Derek Lapworth on 01364 644010 before 8pm the previous evening if you know you intend to come.


    Are you interested in getting involved in a Community Arts Café starting in Buckfastleigh?
    Seems like a lot of different people have thought about the idea, and even talked about it. Would YOU like to be part of the team that helps turn the idea into a reality?
    Please get in contact with me – Richard Thurley – if you would like to come to the first planning meeting. We are aiming to hold it in Buckfastleigh at 7.30pm, Friday 3rd July. We will fix the venue when we are clearer about how many people would like to attend.
    So please do the following two things before then:
    1.    Visualise what a Community Arts Café would look like and what would happen in it? Feel free to draw, write or create any vision you have. Think of skills you have to bring, experiences (of being involved in, or visiting other Community Cafes) and how we could best start the process. Tell any one else you feel might be interested, or forward this message to them. You don’t have to live in Buck to come, but it helps!
    2.    Contact me by phone or email by 1st July, when we will decide the venue. Please let me have your name and contact details, preferably phone, email and address.
    Should you want to talk over any practical things, please get in touch with me, or simply let me know you can make the first meeting, or want to be included in the growing Café contact list.
    Look forward to seeing you and seeing where this takes us!
    Richard Thurley, rthurley@yorksj.ac.uk, 0797 6628839


    The Landshare scheme aims to put landowners, growers and helpers in touch with each other so may be worth checking out if you’re one of the above, or aspiring to be one of the above, and the others are your missing link. See www.channel4.com/landshare, which features a map that is searchable, eg, by postcode.