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IS THIS BUXTON'S FUTURE FOOD EDUCATION CENTRE?

The Buckingham Hotel played host on Tuesday to a meeting of minds in the form of the Buxton Town Team, Buxton Civic Association and Transition Buxton. The subject under discussion was the 'greening' of the town (both horticulturally and environmentally!). Transition Buxton presented a progress report on the proposal to renovate the old Serpentine Parks depot and glasshouses, near Burlington Road.

FRUIT TREE PLANTING

We're planning to go ahead despite the wind.

SAY IT WITH APPLES

SAY IT WITH APPLES!
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR FRUIT TREES
 
What better gift could there be for Valentine's Day? The light of your life can have one of Buxton's Community Fruit Trees named after them, to stand as a token of your love for - with luck - the rest of your lives. The recipient will get a beautiful personalised gift card to keep, and of course you can visit your tree any time you want, then in a few years when it fruits, take a share of the harvest.
 

TRANSITION BUXTON C.I.C.

TRANSITION BUXTON C.I.C.
 
You may remember that at the last AGM we agreed we would
   set up Transition Buxton CIC, as a Community Interest
     Company. After much wrestling with Community Interest
     Statements, Articles of Association and the like, we have
    succeeded - we are duly 'incorporated under the Companies
  Act 2006 as a Community Interest Company'. Registration
date 20th November 2013, Company Number 8783449.
 

ALTERATIVE ECONOMICS SEMINAR

The seminar was very well attended and the nearly 40 participants thought it to be very worthwhile.
For those who didn't make it, the Proceedings are now written up, and attached here.
Note that initially at least you will need to be registered and logged on to the site to see the attachment, we will try and bypass this security feature - in the meantime if you want a copy emailing, or even a hard copy sending, please get in touch.

AGM2013

SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2013
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & LOW IMPACT PARTY
 
The weather was kind to us - the wind kept walking the gazebo across the car park but the rain held off, the fire burned brightly and even the sun put in the occasional appearance. Reports were presented, a new (if not very different) co-ordinating group was elected, and the proposal to convert Transition Buxton into a Community Interest Company was passed. Jilla, Janet and Charles are still chair, secretary and treasurer, but clearly looking for a way to escape - send us your suggested captions, a prize for the best one.

Sourdough recipe

Sourdough recipe used in the workshop 17th March, taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/chefs/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall/...

The baker at River Cottage wrote this book with a similar but slightly more developed sourdough method, which I suspect Hugh tweaked http://www.rivercottage.net/users/River%20Cottage%20Bread%20Handbook/   

It's well-worth looking at for straightforward instructions and bready recipes.

 

WANTED - WOOL AND TEE-SHIRTS

WANTED URGENTLY!
 
For the Fun with Fabrics workshops, we are in need of:
 
   WOOL - for the Knit, Crochet & Repair
       session  on 7th March
      OLD TEE-SHIRTS - ideally nice
     colourful ones, for the Rag Rug making on
   14th March
 If you can help with these please contact Penny
 
WASTE PACKAGING - empty fruit tetrapaks and coloured carrier bags (not the bio-degradable ones) - clean please! Offers to Janet
 

 

UNIVERSITY GO GREEN DAY

THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
GO GREEN DAY, UNIVERSITY DOME
 
We had a fun day at Buxton's very own University, joining all sorts of green groups for an event in the Dome. As well as the usual display and books, we took along the Carbonopoly game - that's the one where Buxton ends up fully greened, with solar panels, orchards, wind turbines and electric buses, and all the players have more money than they started with. We were joined briefly by a visitor from far away, Paula Bear, who was with the Greenpeace team campaigning to Save the Arctic. She was delighted to find she'd won a crossword competition.
 
Dan made a couple of videos of the event which you can find here and here.

 

 

TOWN TEAM UPDATE

TOWN TEAM UPDATE
9th NOVEMBER 2012
 
Work on setting up Buxton Town Team community interest company is well on the way. A community Interest Statement has been written, the Articles of Association are in final draft and the first interim team of directors have been chosen - Alan Thompson, Tina Heathcote, Janet Miller, Joe Dugdale, Roger Floyd and Roddie MacLean. They and a few others are wrestling with setting up procedures and terms of reference and all the other lovely administrative stuff that goes with being a registered company.
 
Meanwhile there is an Ideas & Vision Group, led by Mike Bryant, working on assessing and prioritising the many, many suggestions for projects the team could support. In parallel with that, a Communications Group is sorting out Buxton Town Team website and email systems, logos and letterheads, and also looking at how Buxton as a whole is marketed, and a Scrutiny Group to make sure the whole thing is done transparently and ethically and does not stray from its original purpose.
 
The Town Team even has some money, signing up as a Town Team Partner with Andrew Bingham MP was all that was needed to access a grant of £10,000 to go towards some of the proposals in the original Portas Pilot Bid.
 
There is a massive overlap between Buxton Town Team's stated aim - 'to advance the prosperity of Buxton and the well-being of its community' - and Transition Buxton's ideas to revive the local economy.
 
Anybody can join the Town Team, email pilotgroup@buxtontownteam.org.uk
 
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