Christmas Social

We made table decorations from the armfuls of greenery Lucille brought, shared delicious home-made nibbles, gave each other “Secret Santa” presents which cost little or nothing but were chosen with love for the planet, and ended the evening raising the roof with our renditions of Christmas songs and carols. The Hearth with its log fire could have been at any time in the last millennium – full of warm good cheer. Thanks to Lucille, Christine and everyone who made it such fun.

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The Perennial Bee Beds just got bigger!

The Vale Council were so pleased with our perennial bee beds last year, they have cleared an equal-sized space the other end of the same bed so we now have twice the area!

A few weekends ago, 6 people planted 1060 bulbs in the new area! Watch out for a splendid display next Spring!

The perennial bed rests in winter

Watch out for a display of bulbs in the Spring!

The new part of the perennial bed is right beside the zip wire!


Beds by the children’s playground in 2016

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“Tomorrow” film the best film on Climate Change for years

Documentary film “Tomorrow”

50 people gathered in the wonderful old barn at Stonehill House to watch the film, “Tomorrow” (“Demain” in French) on May 17th. Many of them braved the rain for a conducted tour of Stonehill Community Garden first, with its raised beds, chickens, cob pizza oven and fruit cages. Some even sampled the compost toilet!

The consensus was that the film is by far the best approach to climate change we have seen for a long time, showcasing people getting together to make a difference, whether growing food in urban market gardens in Detroit, mending bicycles in Totnes, spending local currency in Bristol or  kicking out the corrupt bankers in Iceland. 

Rob Hopkins was funny and relaxed in Totnes, the home of Transition Towns, while in India the ecologist and activist Vandana Shiva encouraged, not disobedience, but obedience to the “higher laws” of Gaia and of human rights. Another Indian activist, in the tiny village of Kuthambakkam, showed how democracy at the village level can improve the environment and transform people’s lives.

If you missed the film, there is still a chance to borrow a DVD and watch it at home. Email with your phone number and the day you would like to borrow it.

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St Nicolas Church local produce market re-starts!

On Friday 24th March the local produce market in the little garden beside St Nicolas Church will start again.

Those delicious cakes, conserves, eggs, veg and fruits will again be on sale between 11 and 1 – but get there early, it sells out fast!

As last year, the market is there for anyone with produce to sell. If you have a surplus, contact Gilly Osborne on to let her know. You will need to take your goods there by 11am and collect any money or unsold produce at 1pm (This is very important!). Any unclaimed money goes to the church funds.

Spinach and rhubarb!

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