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  • May 2012

    Posted on May 21st, 2012 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (May 2012)

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    (1)Plant and Produce Swap ‘n’ Sale – Sunday 27th May

    (2) AGM and ‘Dirt! The Move’ Film Screening – Wednesday 27th June

    (3) Comments on Redevelopment of Devonia Products Site – Wednesday 4th July

    (4) Fun Day and Lamb Pie Day – Sunday 24th June and Saturday 28th July

    (5) Buckfastleigh Community Food Co-op

    (6) Community Composting Project Update

    (7) Garden Share Project Update

    (8) Dean Court Vintage Rally and Fayre Update

    (9) Congratulations to Sustainable South Brent: Prince of Wales Award Winners

    (10) * What is Nature’s Round and how you can get involved? – Thursday 24th May *

    (11) * Self-Build, Affordable Eco-Homes in Buckfastleigh? – Friday 15th June *

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    (1) Plant and Produce Swap ‘n’ Sale – Sunday 27th May

    Buck the Trend will be hosting their first plant & produce fair, at Weeks Courtyard (next door to Co-op), in Buckfastleigh, from 10am-1pm on Sunday 27th May.

    There’s an open invitation to bring your excess plants and produce to swap or sell, or just come along to buy. There will be various local growers and producers present as well as information about local food and growing projects, so you can find out more about them or buy something. Locally made refreshments will be available as well as activity for children.

    If you want to join in or help out, download and display a poster, or turn up early and help us to set up.

    Contact Belinda for more information on 01364 643951, email us at info@buckthetrend.info or check out the website at http://www.buckthetrend.info/.

    (2) AGM and ‘Dirt! The Move’ Film Screening – Wednesday 27th June

    Our Annual General Meeting will be held in Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 27th June, starting at 7pm. Some of our current Committee members will not be standing again next year, so if you want to step up and become a member of the Committee then please come along and volunteer. Please also note that a vote will also be taken to approve some minor changes to our constitution (which is one of the final steps towards us becoming an official Transition initiative).

    After the AGM, at 7:45pm we’ll be screening the acclaimed ‘Dirt! The Movie’ film, which takes you inside the wonders of the soil and has been described as ‘a fascinating documentary that celebrates the soil that covers our planet.’ There is no charge for attending the screening, but we would appreciate donations towards the cost of the room and film hire.

    The screening will be followed by an update and discussion about our Community Composting project (see further details below). Refreshments will be provided. For further details please email us at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (3) Comments on Redevelopment of Devonia Products Site – Wednesday 4th July

    Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) recently published and consulted on a new Plan for Dartmoor. This Plan, the ‘DMD’, includes areas identified for new development, such as housing or employment uses as well as general policies we will use for making decisions on planning applications.

    During the consultation the owners of the Devonia Products (Axminster Carpets) site in the centre of Buckfastleigh submitted a response stating that the site should be considered for redevelopment for mixed uses involving business, retail, leisure and residential uses. Some details of the site can be seen here.

    The DMD is going to be examined by an independent Inspector this summer and currently shows land at Holne Road and Barn Park for new housing. DNPA would like to give the community an opportunity to comment on the Devonia Products site before the Plan is examined.

    Do you think this site should be redeveloped? What might be included in any development on this site?

    Please let DNPA know what you think. You can find out more on the DNPA web site or by calling DNPA on 01626 832093. Comments can be emailed to programmeofficer@dartmoor.gov.uk or sent to Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9JQ. Comments must be received by the 4th July 2012.

    All comments will be considered by the Inspector who has been appointed to conduct the independent examination of the DMD.

    (4) Fun Day and Lamb Pie Day – Sunday 24th June and Saturday 28th July

    The Buckfastleigh and District Society Fun Day will be held in the Orchard Millenium Green on Sunday 24th June. We have attended this event in past years (in conjunction with the Buckfastleigh Community Forum last year). If we are going to attend this year then we need to have some volunteers to man the stall and some ideas about fun things to get people interested. This decision needs to be made by Sunday 3rd June at the very latest.

    Similarly, if we are going to attend Lamb Pie Day this year (on Saturday 28th June) then we are going to need some volunteers. We have some ideas about what we can do, but if you have any stonking ideas then please let us know.

    If you can help out at either event (or have any ideas for activities) then please contact a member of the Committee or email us at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (5) Buckfastleigh Community Food Co-op

    A group of Buckfastleigh residents are currently looking at options for setting up a local store which will provide organic items, wholefoods and locally sourced produce. The store would be run co-operatively for the mutual benefit of its local customers, suppliers and producers.

    If you would like to get involved with this initiative and help to shape and resource it, then please contact Andy Stokes at btt@andystokes.com.

    (6) Community Composting Project Update

    After a lot of hard work from the Community Composting group, we have been working with Mary and Rick from the Dean Prior Garden Centre to have a community composting project hosted on their site.

    The Garden Centre is a fantastic site, with great public access (on foot and by car), access to tools, storage and water. The project would run in a similar manner to the Community Composting Centre run by Sustainable South Brent. People will be able to bring their garden waste (with some limitations) to the site, where it will eventually be turned into compost which will be available to the public for a donation.

    The site will be run by volunteers. As an example, the Community Composting Centre run by Sustainable South Brent has a substantial team of around 80 volunteers. Therefore, we need to build a team of people who are prepared to volunteer to help set up and run the project.

    If you would like to be involved in this project, or if you’d just like to have more information then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net.

    (7) Garden Share Project Update

    Do you dream about having a small patch of land for growing your own vegetables, fruit and flowers? Or do you have an unused corner of garden in Buckfastleigh or nearby that you would be happy to share with a grower?

    The Garden Share Project matches and introduces committed, enthusiastic, and respectful growers with local garden owners who want to see their gardens being used more productively. Thanks to the responses that we have already received from garden owners, we currently have more gardens on offer awaiting enthusiastic gardeners.

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

    (8) Dean Court Vintage Rally and Fayre Update

    In partnership with Friends of Buckfastleigh School (FOBS), we ran a refreshments stall at the Dean Court Vintage Rally and Fayre on the weekend of the 12th/13th May. Both days had their busy and quiet spells, but even after making contributions to the two charities that the event is supporting (the Devon Air Ambulance and Force Cancer Charity), the stall brought in a profit of around £300. The profits were split based on the number of hours members of each group spent on the stall, so we made a profit of just under £50.

    Thank you to everyone who provided some of the food for us to sell. We had less than a plateful of food left at the end, so it was all well received. A special thank you must go to Ruth and Toby for helping out on Saturday afternoon.

    (9) Congratulations to Sustainable South Brent: Prince of Wales Award Winners

    We would like to congratulate Sustainable South Brent, who have won this year’s Prince of Wales Award. The Award is offered each year by the Devon County Agricultural Association for community projects geared to sustainability. It carries a cash prize of £1,000, donated by the Prince of Wales.

    (10) * What is Nature’s Round and how you can get involved? – Thursday 24th May *

    Nature’s Round has existed for some years, supplying wholesome food and pure water direct to people’s homes, while providing an outlet for small local producers who use no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilisers. We seek to reduce ‘food miles’ and other aspects of environmental impact (eg. excess packaging) and to contribute to improved quality of life all round ………our mission will be accomplished when there is no need for a van because we are all swapping produce over the garden fence and wheeling barrows down village streets.

    On Thursday 24th May from 7:00om until 8:30pm, Nature’s Round will be holding a general meeting in the Buckfastleigh Town Hall Council Chambers to discuss “What is Nature’s Round and how you can get involved”.

    For more information about Nature’s Round, please go to their website, phone 01364 698262, text on 07810127376, or email orders@naturesround.org.uk.

    (11) * Self-Build, Affordable Eco-Homes in Buckfastleigh? – Friday 15th June *

    Are you interested in building your own home together with others? The Land Trust is piloting a project locally that will provide training & support for self-build schemes in rural areas of South Devon (find out more here).

    Come and learn more at the meeting at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm and find out if there are others interested in such a scheme in Buckfastleigh or nearby.

    Please download a poster to display and help publicise the event.

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