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  • May 2015

    Posted on May 1st, 2015 andy No comments

    Buck the Trend’s E-Bulletin, May 2015

    1) Veggie Volunteers – every Monday morning from 9-1 @ Waycott’s Orchard*
    2) Thursday night talks at the Jellyfish – 7.30-9.30pm*
    3) ‘The Seed’ Meal for All – Sat 9th May @ Christian Community*
    4) Annual Plant & Produce Swap/Sale – Sun 17th May 10-2 @ Buckfastleigh Primary School
    5) Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting – Wed 27th May 7.00-9.00 @ Town Hall*
    6) Children’s Exhibition & Youth Project @ Jellyfish *
    7) Parent Support Group – Weds mornings, fortnightly @ Jellyfish*
    8) Buckfastleigh Pool Grand reopening – Sat May 23rd
    9) Elections – Thursday 7th May!*

    * These are events that are not organised by Buck the Trend/Buckfastleigh Transition Town, but that we think our members might be interested in.
    If you know of upcoming events that might be of interest to other members, please email the details to info@buckthetrend.info

    1) Veggie Volunteers at Waycott’s Orchard
    Community volunteer growers wanted at Waycotts Orchard, every Monday morning from 9-1.
    Lunch is included, and if there is produce available, all helpers will have a bag to take home.
    Together we will be working through the Charles Dowding, no-dig organic
    vegetable gardening course, and hopefully all have a great time together, whilst doing good work, and growing more food for our community.

    Just turn up with your gloves at Waycotts Orchard, Merriefield Road, Buckfastleigh
    All correspondence to be directed to Belinda, on 07971 075616.

    2) Thursday night talks at the Jellyfish – 7.30-9.30pm
    THURSDAY 7th May: Lalitya Clarke – An Introduction to Macrobiotics
    THURSDAY 14th May: Belinda Connolly – “Free From” nutrition
    After THURSDAY 14th May: We begin a new series on Gardening

    3) Meal for All – organised by The Seed – Sat 9th May
    …at the Christian Community, 23, Chapel St, Buckfastleigh (upstairs dining hall)
    Great food, live local entertainment, after meal board games, children’s wooden play area.
    How to get involved:
    – Bring and share your home cooked dish or desert (arrive 12.30)
    – or come and help prepare a grand organic soup & learn how to make a fabulous and affordable lentil curry (arrive from 11am)
    – or just turn up and eat the wonderful food at 1pm (£2.50 suggested donation)
    – or come and collect @ 4pm – arrive with a container and we will fill it for you, donation appreciated.
    Chidren under 11, Musicians, Seed volunteers, all eat for FREE
    Our donations go back to the community – Individuals and groups are invited to make a request for funds and diners then vote on which concern should receive the donations collected. All requests to be received by 3pm.

    4) Plant & Produce Swap/Sale – Sun 17th May 10-2 @ Buckfastleigh Primary School
    BTT’s third annual Plant & Produce Swap/sale will be held in conjunction with Buckfastleigh Primary School on Sunday 17th May from 10am till 2pm.
    Bring your excess spring plants or anything you have made to swap with others or sell. Get there early if you have a stall to set up – please pay a donation for a stall or entry. There will be locally made refreshments and proceeds go to the school gardening club.
    Contact Belinda on 01364 643951 if you need any more information.

    5) Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan – So far… Wednesday 27th May 7.00-9.00 @  Town Hall
    There will be a public consultation meeting in the Town Hall on Wednesday 27th May 7.00-9.00 to hear about the draft Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan is now being prepared following 18 months of community consultation. It will be presented at the Town Hall and all residents, young and old, are warmly invited.
    The meeting will be your opportunity to ask questions about the Plan’s ten key recommendations for developing the town and parish over the next ten years.
    It will include a presentation on the views of children and young people, who are currently making a film on how they would like to see the town developed. There will also be an exhibition of sketch designs of what the town and parish could look like by 2025, if the recommendations are realised.
    The Plan presents practical proposals for – creating affordable homes; new jobs and enterprises; a new town centre; more tourism, heritage and nature conservation; greater leisure and vocational training facilities; better flood protection and measures to reduce noise pollution from the A38 and much more!
    The draft Neighbourhood Plan will be available to download on the Town Council website by the end of May.

    6) Jellyfish Children’s Exhibition & Youth Project*
    Bring in artwork before Friday the 8th of May (no charge) for the Exhibition of Children’s (under 18) work that will open on Saturday 9th May from 2-5pm
    All children are also welcome to paint onto a large empty canvas during the month, creating a huge collaborative painting!

    Youth Project for 8-18 year olds – workshops in film making, photography, sound/music/radio, land art, forest school, memory mosaics and shadow puppetry.
    Free workshops will start during our Children Exhibition starting with an exciting activity weekend on the moor on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of May. Workshops will run from May throughout the summer with an outdoor community event at the Orchard Millennium Green on the 26th of September and a two weeks exhibition in Dartmoor Visitor Centre from 19th of Sept-4th of October.
    Come and join the fun! If you would like more info by email, please contact: youthproject@jellyfishprod.com

    7) Parent Support Group by Joanna Watters – Weds mornings, fortnightly @ Jellyfish
    Continuing Wednesday the 13th of May at 9.30-11.30am.
    The purpose of this group is to create a safe held adult place which recognises how demanding (as well as wonderful) parenting young children is, so that the “pinch points” can be shared without judgement, and given attention to help you understand more deeply why they happen and how you might respond differently. And also to offer a space for affirming and celebrating how well you are doing. We will practise deep listening – to each other and to ourselves, and I will give enquiries and guidance to support that.
    We will not have childcare – so it’s an adult only space (unless someone is coming with a pre-walking baby – in which case let me know).
    It will be offered by Joanna Watters on a donation basis.

    8) Buckfastleigh Pool Grand reopening – Sat May 23rd
    To celebrate the re-opening of the pool which is now in the hands of the town, the Friends of Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool will be holding a party in Victoria park with food, music and free swimming for the whole town! Check out http://www.buckfastleighpool.co.uk/ for times…

    9) Elections – Thursday 7th May
    As you can’t help but know by now, you get to vote for Central Devon’s MP on the 7th. But what you might not know so much about is that you also get to vote for your 3 Teignbridge District Council representatives and 12 Town Councillors at the same time – a veritable festival of democracy!

    Currently we have 3 Tory District Councillors, but with the Greens only needing about 150 more votes to get on the District Council and on the up, whilst both the Conservatives and Lib Dems have a declining share of the vote at this election, we should see some changes…
    You get 3 votes, and with Buckfastleigh’s Pam Barrett standing as well as Anna Clarke (primary) & Leafie Baumgartner (secondary) standing for the Greens in addition to the usual Conservative, Liberal and Labour candidates, there is a great selection at this election and a real chance for change…

    For the first time in many years, we also have a chance to vote for our town councillors. You have 12 votes for the 12 representatives and there are 21 candidates to chose from. For the first time, a group of (9) independent candidates are standing on a platform of open democracy and community engagement (Buckfastleigh Independents Group) as well as 11 of the current councillors.