Buckfast Abbey Garden Fayre – further message

I am posting a message from Gabriel in response to my message about the Buckfast Abbey Garden Fayre.  Sadly I will be away so can’t take it on but I do agree with her that it is an excellent opportunity for us to reach a wider audience and make connections with the Abbey.


Dear South Devon BD group

Aaron Southgate the head gardener at Buckfast Abbey has an interest in biodynamics and it would be good to cultivate the connections and enable the monks to become more familiar with what biodynamics is about. Therefore it would be lovely to have a stand if possible.


Gabriel Kaye, Executive Director (and company secretary)

The Biodynamic Land Trust Limited

(Also now Executive Director of the BDA)

Buckfast Abbey Garden Fayre

We have been contacted by Buckfast Abbey to see if we would like to have a stall at their annual Garden Fayre on Saturday 1st June.  Last year Derek organised this but is not able to do so again – at the least it would involve setting up and taking down and having a rota of people to man the stall throughout the day.  I am sure Derek would be happy to talk to anyone who thinks they may be interested but they would need to contact Buckfast Abbey themselves.  The contact is Aaron Southgate, 01364 645507, asouthgate@buckfast.org.uk

Accommodation needed

One of our members is going to have to leave her home and BD garden of 13 years and is looking for a long term rental of a one bedroom property.  If you have anything which sounds possible or know of anything, please could you contact me on bournegoodban@gmail.com

Many thanks



Volunteering opportunities at Huxhams Cross Farm

The Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm are now running volunteer days once a month, in order to be able to give volunteers a more focussed session. The sessions will consist of an introduction to a biodynamic or permaculture technique in the morning and a group activity which may include composting, stirring of biodynamic preparations, tree planting etc. Lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Please let Rachel know if you intend on joining us for our first volunteer day by emailing her at rachelphillips@apricotcentre.co.uk or 07540 445 851.

The next session will be on Thursday 7th February from 10am – 4pm. Please meet at the barn. Please note dogs are no longer allowed on site for volunteer days.

Further dates planned for 2019 are: 7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 1st August and 5th September

Talk on 5G and Smart Meter Technology

Derek has asked me to post details of a forthcoming talk in Buckfastleigh Town Hall.  It will take place on Friday 22nd February, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, doors open at 7.10. Cost is £5 [ or £3 concessions ]

This talk will explain 5G and what is now happening as regards its roll out. We will particularly go into the health implications  but  it is important to be aware of the effects upon nature and the bird and insect populations. There will be time for questions.

We have 2,500 fliers so do please get in touch should you be willing to help with their distribution. The speakers are John Kitson and Ian Crane as well as a Skype link with two American experts on this subject.

Thank you

Derek [Lapworth]   tel  01364 644010.