Buckfastleigh Transition Town – for a sustainable future for Buckfastleigh, Devon
RSS icon Email icon Home icon
  • November 2011

    Posted on November 28th, 2011 Steve 1 comment

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s Latest E-Bulletin (November 2011)

    __________________________

    (1) Membership Update

    (2) Annual General Meeting Review

    (3) Design-a-Logo Competition Results

    (4) Community Composting Update

    (5) Garden Share Update

    (6) Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update

    (7) Film: The Economics of Happiness – Friday 9th December

    (8) * Buckfastleigh Community Party – Friday 2nd December*

    __________________________

    (1) Membership Update

    The autumn has flown past, winter is approaching fast and it is high time that we updated our membership list. Thank you to all of our members for their input in the past year. If you want to continue to be a member of BTT then you do not need to do anything (we won’t be sending out new membership cards this year). If you no longer want to be a member then please let us know and we’ll remove you from our records. If you are not yet a member and do want to join then let us know your name, contact details (at least an email address, and include a postal address and telephone number if you want) and how you’d like us to get your membership card to you.

    As last year, there is no compulsory fee for being a member for 2011/2012, but any voluntary donation that you’d like to make would allow us to continue with our current work (and maybe start up some new projects).

    You can contact us either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (2) Annual General Meeting Review

    At our AGM in July we decided that BTT should become a Transition Initiative. This will hopefully give people a clearer idea of what BTT is trying to achieve and will give us access to support from the huge network of existing Transition Initiatives (including the very successful Transition Town Totnes). If you look at the Transition Network’s definition of what a Transition Initiative is then it seems to pretty much match what BTT is already, so this should not fundamentally change what we do.

    The committee and any other BTT members who wish to be involved (please let us know if you do want to be involved) will be working through the process for becoming an ‘official’ Transition Initiative in the next few months (for more details on what this entails, please see here). If you would like to be involved in this process then please contact us either via a Committee member or by email at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (3) Design-a-Logo Competition Results

    It has taken us a while, but the winners of the Design-A-Logo competition have been decided. Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who entered, especially to Ben Winter and all of the pupils from Buckfastleigh Primary School for their entries. There were some inspired entries and it was very difficult to choose one winner for each of the three projects.

    Everyone who attended our AGM in July had a chance to choose their favourite for each project. This left us with a couple of ties and so the Committee members got a second vote to decide upon the overall winners. So, with no further ado, the winners are:

    • Library Green Corner: Jemima May
    • Community Composting: Lewis Gasson-Jones
    • Garden Share: Cary Gardner

    We were also very impressed by Thomas Antcliff’s Garden Share logo, and so we’ll be using it on our next poster to promote the Garden Share project.

    Once again, many thanks to everyone who took part in this competition. To see the logos themselves then they are on our website.

    (4) Community Composting Update

    Over the summer BTT composting group made two visits to local garden community composting projects.

    The first visit was to South Brent (more details can be found on the Sustainable South Brent website).

    On 16th August three of the composting group visited Hunter’s Moon compost site in Dartington. There are currently 4 compost piles, all in different states of decay. The households contributing number approximately 50. South Hams donate a shredder for temporary use which makes Hunter’s Moon compost more economically viable. Unfortunately Teignbridge council don’t do this. Work days happen on a regular basis though there does need to one or two people who take a lead.

    Both sites are running as very successful and inspiring local initiatives and BTT’s Composting crew will be meeting over the winter to discuss and share information regarding the visits and consider a plan of action to initiate a community garden composting scheme for Buckfastleigh. Come and join us. For more information contact Ros (boz.box@virgin.net) or Jeremy (jdholloway1@live.co.uk).

    (5) Garden Share Update

    Our Garden Share scheme has had an excellent response, with owners generously offering their gardens for enthusiastic growers to dig and plant, in exchange for some of the produce. We currently have more gardens on offer awaiting enthusiastic gardeners. If you do want some space to cultivate in the new year then there’s no time like now to start planning so please get in touch.

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

    (6) Buckfastleigh Community Forum Update

    a) Whitecleave Quarry

    The Health Impact Assessment will likely be out before Christmas for public consultation. This will be another opportunity to make comments on the application. The only further information so far received relates to bats and flood risk. The planning determination date is now likely to be Wednesday 18th January.

    BCF are having a big public town hall meeting on Thursday 12th January. More details to follow before then, but we should have sight of the Planning Officers’ recommendation for the meeting of the Development Management Committee on the 18th. We can discuss options open to us, discuss the Health Impact Assessment and raise some funds. We have been in discussions with a lawyer as to what the community can do to fight the proposals if they are not rejected.

    For those who are not already aware, new information on MVV’s Devonport Application did include proposals for other reasonable alternative sites to Whitecleave Quarry, so keeping up pressure is essential.

    There is a new campaign letter waiting to be sent  on the Public Action website. This is for the Environment Agency, specifically requesting them to give public guidance and assurances on the toxicity, management and testing of IBA.

    We have also asked the EA for a public investigation into why no license has been held for the processing of construction and demolition waste at Whitecleave Quarry in recent years.

    b) General Community Info

    Buckfastleigh Town Council have asked us to join the committee working on the new town plan – Planning for the Future of Buckfastleigh – any ideas will be greatly appreciated for input into this committee.

    The Town Council is also holding a Carol’s by Candlelight service on Wednesday 7th December at 6.30pm, with free refreshments!

    Dean Prior Garden Centre will have another Christmas Market on Saturday 10th December where we shall have a fund-raising and information stall.

    We have organised a Christmas Party for the community at the Mogul’s Palace on the evening of Wednesday 14th December. Very informal, open invite for the buffet and turn up when you like, we have negotiated a slight discount if you mention the Forum and we would appreciate any contributions to the fighting-fund.

    Our next committee meeting is Tuesday 29th November, in the town hall at 7.30pm, We shall be winding-down our meeting schedule during December. If anybody would like to volunteer to be website administrator it would be much appreciated.

    For more information on the Buckfastleigh Community Forum, see their website or contact them by email at community@buckfastleigh.org.

    (7) Film: The Economics of Happiness – Friday 9th December

    We will be showing the multiple-award-winning film, “The Economics of Happiness” on Friday 9th December, at 7pm at Buckfastleigh Town Hall.

    The film looks at how Globalisation and the banking system are causing massive problems worldwide, and what we can do about it. Join us to watch the film, discuss what we can do here in Buckfastleigh, and share a cuppa. There is an admission fee of £3 (£2 unwaged/low income). You can also download a poster to display and help publicise this event.

    (8) * Buckfastleigh Community Party – Friday 2nd December*

    Buckfastleigh Community Forum are hosting The Buckfastleigh Community Party at the Town Hall on Friday 2nd December 8-12pm. There will be live music from Makiwa (African/reggae rythms) & Simon Scott (melodic/folk rythms) plus DJ Hodguez (from Rambunctious), and Jackie Juno as compere. £5 on the door. Contact Caz (caz_hoar@yahoo.co.uk) for more info.

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