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  • November 2010

    Posted on November 12th, 2010 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest E-Bulletin (November 2010) __________________________

    (1) Membership Reminder
    (2) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Workshop – Tuesday 16th November
    (3) “Open” Committee Meeting – Monday 22nd November
    (4) Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre – Saturday 27th November
    (5) Community Composting Project Visit – Saturday 27th November
    (6) Herb Garden Project
    (7) Fruit Tree Project
    (8) * “Dirty Oil” Film Screening – Wednesday 17th November
    (9) * How to Make and Use Compost Talk – Tuesday 23rd November
    (10) * South Devon Renewable Energy Tours – Monday 22nd and Saturday 27th November
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    (1) Membership Reminder
    Firstly, thank you to all of you that have already signed up to be members again this year. For those of you that haven’t yet, if you would like to be a member this year, then please send us your name and where you would like us to send your membership card.
    This year, membership is FREE, although you can to make a voluntary contribution. If you would like to make a voluntary donation then you can drop the donation off to any of the Committee members (if you don’t know any of the Committee then we can let you know the address to drop your donations off at) or you can make a donation via PayPal.
    You may also be interested to hear that we are trying out a Facebook page and discussion forum on our website. If you are interested in taking part in either of these then please let us know and we’ll set up your user details.

    (2) Dartington Christmas Tree Festival Workshop – Tuesday 16th November
    BTT will be taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival at Dartington Hall. This will involve the decoration of one of 12 specially planted five to six foot trees in the mediaeval courtyard at Dartington Hall. The decorations will follow the theme of ‘sustainability’ and we hope to make all of the decorations ourselves in a sustainable way.
    To make some of the decorations, we’ll be holding a workshop on the evening of Tuesday 16th November. If you’d like to take part in the workshop (or help out in another way) then please tell a member of the Committee or email us at info@buckthetrend.info.
    All of this is gearing up to a Christmas gathering on 9th December at 6.30pm to show the trees for the first time. You are welcome to come and bring your supporters, friends and families – numbers not restricted! The event will include Carol Singing led by the Dartington Community Choir with Mulled wine and mince pies.

    (3) “Open” Committee Meeting – Thursday 21st October
    The next BTT Committee Meeting will be held on the evening of Monday 22nd November. The meeting is open to all BTT members, and if you do want to come along then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info) and we’ll let you know of the location and exact time of the meeting.

    (4) Christmas Cafe and Craft Fayre – Saturday 27th November
    The Christmas Cafe and Crat Fayre is on again this year, and this time it includes the Women’s Institute Christmas Market so it should be nice and busy. Buck The Trend will be there to provide information on the projects that we are undertaking and possibly drum up some more members. If you’d like to help us out on the day then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    The Fayre is in the Town Hall on Saturday 27th November between 10am and 2pm. If you’d like to have your own stall to sell your own gift/craft items then a stall will cost £5 in advance (or £8 on the day for a stall if available) with a special rate of £1 for smaller stalls run by children. Contact Richard on 01364 642708.

    (5) Community Composting Project Visit – Saturday 27th November
    One of our new members, Ros, has been researching a community composting project for Buckfastleigh. She has already done a lot of work and has organised a visit to a composting programme in Chagford on Saturday 27th November. The visit will involve:

    • 9am: Meet in Buckfastleigh to lift share?
    • 10am-12pm: Composting tour and meeting with Nicky Scott, Chagford
    • 1pm-2pm: Lunch
    • 2pm: Film – “Do and Dare, Polar Explorer” inspiring epic journey of Anne Daniels, leader of first all women teams to cross both poles – exploring beautiful, challenging, delicate landscape of  these snowy realms and there endanged eco-systems.

    If you want to go on this visit, or you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (6) Herb Garden Project
    Ros is a very busy lady and has been researching setting up a community herb garden in Buckfastleigh. She has visited a community herb garden at Little Hempstead and is looking to take this project on. If you’d like to be involved in this project then please contact Ros at boz.box@virgin.net or contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (7) Fruit Tree Project
    The working group of BTT members met last month for a very constructive meeting. Amongst other things, the group is putting together a map of the local wild food resources and possible locations for fruit trees.
    If you want to be involved in this project then please contact us (either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info).

    (8) * “Dirty Oil” Film Screening – Wednesday 17th November *
    The Co-operative Membership and Transition Town Totnes invite you to a free screening of “Dirty Oil” at 7pm Wednesday 17th November at The Ariel Centre, King Edward VI Community College, Totnes. This powerful documentary illustrates the devastating impact that Albertan tar sands developments are having on the environment and the local First Nation communities. Find out how these issues affect you in South Devon. There will also be an opportunity to sample some Co-operative Fairtrade products before the film.
    To book, call 01884 266892 or email membership.sw@co-operative.coop.

    (9) * How to Make and Use Compost Talk – Tuesday 23rd November *
    Author and expert Nicky Scott will be giving a talk on how to avoid the pitfalls, save
    money and make your own fantastic compost. Learn how to lighten your dustbin by composting everything coming from your kitchen and garden. This free talk (please give donations on the door) will be from 7pm to 8.30pm at Occombe Farm Education Centre. Booking is essential on 01803 606035.

    (10) * South Devon Renewable Energy Tours – Monday 22nd and Saturday 27th November *
    Two renewable energy expeditions will be held this month to showcase new energy technologies available in South Devon. The tours were heavily oversubscribed when they were held in the spring, prompting organisers to organise another two tours, on November 22nd and 27th.
    The expeditions are being organised as part of the South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network, managed by charity Energy Action Devon and funded by the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (SDCLAG).
    The tours will visit two different sets of venues using the Coleridge community bus, including solar hot water and solar electricity systems, small-scale wind turbines, ground source heat pumps, wood-fuelled boilers, micro- hydro turbines and super-insulated houses.
    For more details or to book a place on the tour or launch contact Ruth Leonard-Williams at ruth@energyactiondevon.org.uk or on 01752 235 180.

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