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  • Energy Course voted a success!

    Posted on March 29th, 2010 andy No comments


    BTT hosted a free ‘Energy Audit for Community Buildings’ Course on Thursday 25th March. More than the maximum 24 people turned up from all over Devon – Ilfracombe to Plymouth (as well as Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and South Brent), to find out how to cut their building’s energy footprint. They represented a wide range of diverse organisations including the Quakers, a hospice, and more than one Village hall.

    It was a great atmosphere, with the course presented by Anna Watts of the Centre for Sustainable Energy http://www.cse.org.uk/ but everyone contributing their own, specialist knowledge and experience.


    Wonderful food was supplied, by Polly Wilson, and there was a great buzz and lots of useful contacts made between people attending.

    Many thanks for the Energy Saving Trust – Green Communities for providing this course for us. We will definitely think about hosting more in future, so please take a look at the list here and get in touch and let us know what you are interested in…

    I’d like to thank you and your colleagues … as well as Anna, for putting on such a great day…’

    ‘Thank you very much for a good day and useful seminar training. Lots of good people and contacts. Next one please!’

  • Successful Brainstorming Meeting

    Posted on December 2nd, 2009 Steve No comments

    Buck the Trend would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting on Wednesday 25th November.

    Andy Stokes, Buck the Trend’s secretary, said:

    It was great to see such a wide range of people coming along to support us and generate some good ideas for how we can make Buckfastleigh a more sustainable place to live and become a stronger community as a result. It was also encouraging to receive support from the Town Council, with the Town Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke and Councillor Ann Armstrong (of the Buckfastleigh and District Society) both attending the meeting.

    The meeting was also attended by members of related groups in neighbouring towns. Andy Stokes said:

    We really appreciate the fact that representatives from Sustainable South Brent and Transition Newton Abbot came to the meeting and gave us the benefit of their experience. We look forward to working more closely with them and the other groups that showed their support, including Ashburton Futures and Bovey Climate Action.

    Tony Merrick from the Energy Saving Trust said:

    The meeting was a great start to the project and it seems that the group contains some very knowledgeable, keen individuals. After this first meeting I am very much looking forward to progressing with Buck the Trend in their action plan. Thank you to the other community groups for coming and sharing their previous experiences and good practice with us.

    Buck the Trend are now working to finalise their plans for the Green Communities programme over the next year.

    Tony Merrick (EST), Councillor Peter Clarke (Town Mayor), Robert Byrnes (BTT Chairman) and Andy Stokes (BTT Secretary) at the meeting

    Tony Merrick (EST), Councillor Peter Clarke (Town Mayor), Robert Byrnes (BTT Chairman) and Andy Stokes (BTT Secretary) at the meeting

  • November Public Forum

    Posted on November 18th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    The next forum will be held at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 25th November at 7:30pm. This public meeting will launch the partnership between Buck the Trend and The Energy Savings Trust ‘Green Communities’ Programme (see previous post).

    It is also a chance for everyone to help to plan what we will do over the next year and beyond. We welcome your input, so please come along to hear what this means for Buckfastleigh and to contribute your ideas.

    If you are not within walking/cycling distance of the Town Hall, please consider using public transport or using Car Share Devon.

  • Buck the Trend Wins Green Communities Programme

    Posted on November 16th, 2009 admin No comments

    Buck the Trend has won a competition to take part in a Green Communities programme run by the Energy Saving Trust (EST). We have been selected from communities across Devon to work with an EST staff member to develop an initial carbon reduction plan for our town. This is wonderful news! It validates all the hard work we’ve done so far, and it means we can move on to the next stage of developing specific projects with professional support and resources.

    Tony Merrick from the EST based in Plymouth said:

    It was clear that Buck the Trend is all about the community. They had already done some great work in the area and had some good ideas they wanted to bring forward over the coming year. We were enthused about working with the group because of their genuine approach to community life and the potential of what we can achieve by working together in the town.
    At the EST advice centre we have always been committed to helping individuals to reduce their carbon emissions and save money on their fuel bills. Although we offer a number of services for community groups, the opportunity to work with an entire community in this tailored way is really exciting.

    We’re still brainstorming ideas for the programme and would really welcome your input so get in touch if you’d like to take part in this process.

    See http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe for more info on the Green Communities programme.

    Tony Merrick (second from right) from EST and members of the BTT Committee

    Tony Merrick (second from right) from EST and members of the BTT Committee