Buckfastleigh Transition Town – for a sustainable future for Buckfastleigh, Devon
RSS icon Email icon Home icon
  • November 2012

    Posted on November 16th, 2012 Steve 1 comment

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

    __________________________

    (1) BTT Special General Meeting – Tuesday 4th December

    (2) * Buckfastleigh Community Forum Jumble/Car Boot Sale – 24th November *

    (3) * Buckfastleigh ‘Eternal Youth’ Club – Monday Nights *

    (4) * South Brent Community Energy Society Share Invitation *

    (5) * Woodfuel from Hedgerows Events – 16th November and 24th November *

    (6) * Dartington Great Debates: We’re on a road to nowhere – 29th November *

    (7) * Learn how to Upcycle your Pre-Loved Garments – 8th December *

    (8) * Totnes Craft Shop *

    __________________________

    (1) BTT Special General Meeting – Tuesday 4th December

    After a long and involved debate, we have finally come up with a final version of the changes that have been proposed to our aims and objectives (as detailed on our website). Thank you to all of those that have helped with this process.

    We’ll be holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Tuesday 4th December to vote on these amendments to our constitution. All members are entitled to vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands at the meeting and a majority vote is required for the constitution can be amended. In the event of a tie, further discussions will take place, and the vote will be re-held (as we need to come to a conclusion on these amendments on the night).

    The meeting will be held at Buckfastleigh Town Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th December. When the SGM is completed, we’ll be holding a quick, open Committee meeting (to which all members are invited), during which snacks and refreshments will be available.

    If you have any questions or queries about the constitutional changes, the SGM or the evening in general then please contact Steve Bamford (BTT Secretary) on 01364 642283 or at info@buckthetrend.info.

    (2) * Buckfastleigh Community Forum Jumble/Car Boot Sale – 24th November *

    Rick and Mary from Dean Prior Garden Centre have kindly arranged a Jumble Sale with proceeds going to the Community Forum (see below). It’s a great chance to get rid of those unwanted items and find some bargains at the same time. There will also be lots of food on sale and we would encourage people to make and donate food to the Forum stall. Cakes, jams, pickles etc. all gratefully received!

    Dean Prior Garden Centre is also donating £1 to the Community Forum for every Christmas Tree sold. In order for Rick and Mary to know how many to order, please contact the Garden Centre on 01364 644451 to reserve your tree and in doing so – help the Forum.

    You can download a poster for the event from here.

    (3) * Buckfastleigh ‘Eternal Youth’ Club – Monday Nights *

    Come and beat the winter Monday blues – join us for a regular night of fun…

    A small group of Buckfastleigh residents are taking over the Youth Club in Chapel Street (next door to the Kebab Shop) on Monday nights from 7pm til 9pm for a games night throughout the winter – we play (not very competitively) table tennis, table football, air hockey, bar billiards, pool and any board or other games that people want to bring. Hot drinks are available, but no alcohol please.

    In order to pay for the rental and other costs, we are asking people to pay £5 membership and £1.50 per night (or just pay £2 for the night if you only want to come along once or twice). We need some more people to make this work, so come along and bring a friend – a fun evening is guaranteed!

    Contact Andy at club@andystokes.com for more info.

    P.S. We have to lock the door downstairs once we are in, so please get there on time – otherwise we will leave a sign on the door with a mobile number to ring so we can let you in.

    (4) * South Brent Community Energy Society Share Invitation *

    South Brent Community Energy Society (SBCES) Ltd is a community benefit Industrial and Provident Society established by members of Sustainable South Brent to take forward a medium size wind turbine project.

    SBCES has made an invitation to subscribe for shares in the South Brent Community Energy Society to fund the installation of a medium size wind turbine. The total investment sought is £420,000. The turbine will generate low carbon electricity to be sold into the local grid. Income will be reinvested in energy efficiency and further renewable generation in South Brent, Devon.

    Subscribers may receive annual interest of between 4% and 5% averaged over the 20 year life of the wind turbine. The minimum you can invest is £200 and the maximum is £20,000. This offer is open from 1st November 2012 to 18th January 2013.

    Copies of the offer document can be downloaded from SBCES’s website.

    To find out more, visit their website, or contact them at The Secretary, South Brent Community Energy Society, School House, Totnes Road, South Brent, Devon TQ10 9BP

    (5) * Woodfuel from Hedgerows Events – 16th November and 24th November *

    Knowledge is Power – and in this case literally. Farmers, landowners, community groups and people with woodburners can all work together to manage hedges as a good source of firewood and income!  And this November there are a series of FREE ‘woodfuel from hedges’ events on and around Dartmoor.

    With thousands of tons coming out of continental hedges it is still not done here – yet. These events will show you how to harvest fuel from hedgerows and once you know how, it’s all relatively straightforward – but there are specific methods that need to be followed to create a sustainable source of fuel from a hedge. Organised by groups within the Dartmoor Circle who have been supported by the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund, the events are run in conjunction with the Devon Hedge group. There will be experts on hand to demonstrate, show you which wood to grow and answer questions.

    All the events are free of charge and refreshments are provided but places are limited on a first come, first served basis. Please bring rainwear as most of the demonstrations will be outside! For further information, contact the organiser for the event you are interested in attending.

    16 November –Higher Druid, Ashburton. Contact Martin Parkes, Ashburton Futures, martinparkes@mailshack.com or leave a message on 01822 8 01822

    24 November – Crown and Sceptre Pub, Newton St Cyres, near Exeter EX5 5DA. Contact Charles Mossman, Sustainable Crediton, info@sustainablecrediton.org.uk or 01363 866106.

    (6) * Dartington Great Debates: We’re on a road to nowhere – 29th November *

    Travel, its availability along with the cost to the purse and the planet is a subject of great interest to many but particularly to those living in the countryside. The final Dartington Great Debate of 2012 will take place in the Great Hall at 6pm on Thursday, 29 November 2012 and will focus on this often controversial topic.

    Dartington Hall Trust is pleased to announce an expert panel to lead the discussion with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Norman Baker MP, Stephen Joseph CEO of Campaign for Better Transport, Bob Bull from The Association of British Drivers and Tim Jones Chairman of South West Local Enterprise Partnership. The debate will be chaired by Vaughan Lindsay, Chief Executive of the Dartington Hall Trust.

    Questions can be submitted in advance to guy.collins@dartingtonhall.com

    Tickets cost £8/£7 and can be booked online or via the box office on 01803 847070

    (7) * Learn how to Upcycle your Pre-Loved Garments – 8th December *

    Make a fancy christmas present or accessory! No previous sewing knowledge necessary, just bring your scissors, some pins and your favourite buttons. 8th December, 11am -4pm. Studio 11, Chapel St. Price £18 – Phone Claire Dunn on 0796 924 5546

    (8) * Totnes Craft Shop *

    Tanner Bates Leather Workers have been given a 6-week lease on the old Greenlife shop (11 Fore Street, Totnes) leading up to Christmas. They are looking to share the space with other craft-based businesses – and would welcome anyone interested as soon as possible. Please contact Debbie Carnegie on 07875 727763 or 01803 866257 or Ben Segal on ben@tannerbates.co.uk or 077665 45322.

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