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THIS is one of the last things we write for the magazine so it’s usually at the end of two weeks of pre-deadline frenzy (unavoidable it seems, no matter how much we plan!). But despite all that, I am again full of wonder and gratitude for a number of reasons: that you all enjoy Reconnect so much (we know you do because you tell us so); that advertisers really want to be involved and really do get results; and that we’re able to spend our time working with such lovely people and producing something that seems to have a positive effect locally. But that’s not to say we don’t want more feedback, more involvement - and more advertising! You know where we are. On a more personal note, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has commented on stories we’ve run about Thornleigh Saddle, the landshare project I’m involved in. If you’d like to visit the project and get your hands dirty, we’d love to see you there. Check out the story on page 4 and get in touch. And if you want to buy some of our wonderful young hens, check out the classifieds on page 41.



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Return to the music Haven ACOUSTIC Haven is back – and at a new venue. The intimate acoustic music sessions, previously held at Bowden House, will now be held at St John’s Church in Bridgetown, Totnes, following the success of the excellent Martha Tilston concert the team organised there. The new venue allows them to have the music downstairs and a “multi-media art zone cafe space” upstairs, serving organic treats, locally made soups and cakes, and all sorts of drinks including chai and spiced cider (recommended). The October 26 line up will include multi-instrumentalist story telling band The Adventurists and the soulful folk of Holly Ebony with Nick Marshall. Rumour has it that Lou Rhodes might just be there for November 30, but that is yet to be confirmed. All Acoustic profits are shared between the performing artists and The Hillyfield, a woodland project on Dartmoor National Park (www.thehillyfield. Tickets should be on sale from the beginning of October at Harlequin Bookshop, and via ‘wegottickets. com’. Book early to avoid disappointment.


PEOPLE in the Totnes area are being offered the chance to get a taste of life on the land. The people behind landshare project Thornleigh Saddle (including Reconnect editor Martin Foster) are calling for volunteers who want to experience smallholding and permaculture in action. “The idea came about after we had held a tree-planting weekend earlier this year,” said Martin. “Everyone who took part, and visitors since, really enjoyed their time here. “We’d love people to visit us for as much time as they want,

ideally on a regular basis, to help out with whatever needs doing. It might be cutting grass, planting seedlings, mulching trees or weeding – but we promise it won’t ALL be weeding! “In exchange, the volunteers will learn about smallholding and permaculture principles – we’ve got a veg plot, orchard, chickens and ducks, poly-tunnel and young woodland areas. “We’re completely off-grid with rainwater harvesting and compost loo. “Everyone will take home some veg and/or eggs and they’ll get as much fresh air as they can handle. And anyone here over

a mealtime will get fed too.” Martin, his wife Jenny and Thornleigh partners Matthew and Benita, hope to create Friends of Thornleigh Saddle, who would also receive news of produce for sale, be offered the chance to get involved in larger projects and next year to take part in courses and workshops. The Thornleigh team is inviting anyone interested to visit them on the land any time 10am5pm on Sunday, October 21, or to contact Martin on 01803 868455 or at editor@ They’ll email directions to you – Thornleigh Saddle is just 15 minutes from Totnes.

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WHEN theatre-maker Tom Frankland’s aunt died in 2006, he and his father inherited suitcases of letters written by his grandparents across 25 years. They reveal the astonishing life and love of a couple living through two world wars and recession. Tom suggested they create a performance inspired by the letters, but in creating their debut show together, father and son uncovered more than they bargained for. Villages in Action present Frankland & Sons - a true story about parents, children and falling in love created by three generations of the same family. Performances will take place at Lustleigh Village Hall on Wed Oct 17 at 7.30pm, call 01647 277498; at Stokeinteignhead Village Hall on Fri Oct 19 at 7.30pm, call 01626 873853 and at Buckland in the Moor Village Hall on Fri Nov 30 at 7.30pm, call 01364 653525.

THE Raspberry Pi is the latest gadget to hit the streets - but this time it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. The whole concept of the Pi (a mini computer) is that it’s cheap, very user friendly and aimed at getting children involved in software development and computer programming.   It costs just £22 (exc vat and delivery) and is a bare board, small enough to hold in your hand, with inlets and outlets to connect to a screen, keyboard, network card and other devices. Devon has taken the Pi to its heart and a local computer group wants to set up a user community so members can use it in imaginative ways and share what they have created. Pi fan Paul Sutton has added a Raspberry Pi page to the Exeter Linux user group website where you can learn more and share information - visit http:// wiki/. Also log on to the Raspberry Pi website at: www.raspberrypi. org, where there is now a Devon and Cornwall topic. Said Paul: “I hope the community can attract all ages and especially children and young people and get them involved in the various competitions out there as well as collaborating on projects, etc.”

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DIVERS have trawled up a truckload of trash on an underwater litterpick off Plymouth. Members of the British SubAqua Club netted drowned debris including plastic bags, milk bottles, a load of old rope and a gent’s left shoe. It was part of a huge pile of rubbish collected by the divers from the Leighton Buzzardbased Chiltern club who were

taking part in the British SubAqua Club’s (BSAC) Underwater Litter Pick 2012 which runs until the end of October. Eamon Coffrey, Chiltern Sub Aqua Club’s training officer, was one of 10 divers who took part in the club’s first ever underwater litterpick. He said: “To be honest we tend to pick up obvious rubbish when we are diving anyway but the BSAC campaign

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CVS course on climate EXETER CVS is looking for 30 people to take part in a series of workshops focusing on “community responses to the challenge of climate change”. Said a spokesman: “We are looking for people who want to learn more about how their local community can respond to climate change while learning about how communities across the globe are also facing up to this challenge.” An introductory session will be held on October 5 at Exeter CVS from 4.30-6.30pm. To find out more, email, or visit www.exetercvs.

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Explore the magic of myth with Martin the master ANYONE who has seen and heard Martin Shaw perform will know he is a master of storytelling. He was, for us, the highlight of the recent Westcountry Storytelling Festival. As well as touring and telling tales the world over, he is also the man behind the Westcountry School of Myth and Story. And they have a very special weekend coming up in October. “For the first time at the school we are focusing on the role of the mythteller as well as the story,” says Martin. “The weekend will also involve time in the green tangles of Dartmoor, getting a sense of emergent stories from the living world. “And in fireside retreat, we will experience five foundational steps to mythtelling, and a journey through the orality of ancient storytelling, to the bardic schools and medieval dream poetry. “The Mythteller weekend will enable participants to take away with them the foundation stones towards mythtelling. “Whether you are an experienced storyteller or just have a great love of story, this is for you - it will be deep, focused work.” The Mythteller weekend runs from October 12-14 at Blytheswood Hostel, Steps Bridges on Dartmoor. And since Martin’s off to the US in December (visiting lectureship in mythology at Stanford University, California, since you ask), this is the last chance to work with him for nine months. Find out more at

THE Harbourhouse Gallery in Kingsbridge continues to bring together work from some of the best local artists. Exhibitions in October feature paintings by Jon Woolfendon from October 2-7, a show called A4 which brings together the work of David Barwick, Diana Miller, Annabelle Gregory SWA and Derek Symons (October 9-14), and their open exhibition Blue (October 20-November 10). The rest of November will see the SHAF Christmas Bazaar (November 16-18) and the landscapes of Helen Petit. Visit www.

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Although the shop is well established, Rob says there are still opportunities they have not explored, such as on-line shopping. The Green House sits on the edge of Crediton’s recently re-established town square, the venue for the town’s twice monthly farmers market, as well as other events, including a summer food festival, open air concerts and theatre, community market and a Christmas Fair. “Crediton was recently voted as one of the top 10 High Streets in the country because of its range of quality independent stores,” says Rob. “We have loved being an integral part of our community and the shop is a wonderful way to bring the ethics we live our lives with into the way we make a livelihood.” Email

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More staff for moor eggs THE hens are not the only employees of Devon’s Laydilay organic egg farm that are keeping busy. Owners Mandy and Andy Johnson are extending the flock, increasing their kitchen output and taking on more staff to cope with demand. They also bought in six Whitefaced Dartmoor Ewes this Spring, which provided them with 11 lambs. On top of all that Laydilay has just won a Highly Commended award from the Soil Association recognising the quality and taste of their eggs. Their business has been running for more than eight years with the hens based on 18 acres at Ilsington on Dartmoor and their owners living nearly four miles away in Ashburton. Their hopes of living nearer the chickens were dashed when their planning application for a house with agricultural ties was turned down by the Dartmoor authorities. But now the couple have appealed against the refusal. Said Mandy: “It would make a huge difference to us to be living with our hens, of which we have 1500 together with 350 chicks/young stock at any one time.” Laydilay often have older hens for sale (£2.50 each) looking for new homes. Said Mandy: “We are proud that no hen is dispatched just because she is older. They may not be profitable for us but are usually still laying three to four eggs a week. Generally they are around 18 months to two years old.” On the food front the Laydilay meringues sold well this Summer despite the weather. They

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100% within the West Country. Apart from Emma’s Bread, the store’s quality staples include organic fruit and vegetables grown just three miles away at Shillingford Farm and Dunn’s Dairy milk and cream delivered from their Whiddon Down farm. Community participation has been key to the project’s success with over 300 shareholders investing to date. Regular volunteers help to man the store every day. Regular events and exhibitions by local Devon artists are held in the cafe. Visit

How to sniff out Hazel’s new shop PICKLE shop owner Hazel Glaves hopes customers will be using their noses to find their way to her new premises in the St Marychurch district of Torquay. Because her new shop is much bigger she is planning to cook on the premises and the aromas of her many chutneys and jams will be enticing customers to her door. Hazel moved from 73 Fore Street to 5 Babbacombe Road on September 14 and is planning an official opening

around the beginning of October. The move has meant she no longer has to use her cottage home as the place to cook all her many tasty recipes meaning she may decide to stay open on Mondays. There’s also more display space allowing her to introduce some new flavours. Hazel’s new shop was a florists but is now giving off aromas of a different kind. To contact Hazel call her on 07751 156325 or email: inapickle1@

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Cultivate your interests and repairing tractors and building HOW many of us dream of a life infrastructure. down on the farm? “There are no particular requirements Many who are office bound or have as regards experience, ability or jobs in the city would probably leap availability - just a willingness to help at the chance of working in the and be flexible.” countryside. Well, here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for. The farm has a host of formal training programmes such as the Broadclyst Community Farm Trust for Conservation Volunteers alongside Clyst Vale Community Diploma as well as one-day training College is looking for volunteers to workshops in specific rural skills such join its team. as hedge laying and scything. The not-for-profit organisation is This year’s showery weather has now in its second year of a tenancy of the National Trust 32-acre farm in made keeping on top of the weeding difficult in the conventional vegetable Station Road. beds. The plan therefore is to start A great deal of work has already additional areas of permaculture that been done on the farm to recover can be of structural value (shelter), its fertility and to make it viable as a add interest and require minimal community-run operation. maintenance. Is Activities on the farm are all outdoor, this something seasonal and practical. However, you could help the team has recently bought a with? You can find polytunnel which they hope will out more about provide a pleasant all-weather the farm online environment for volunteers to hone at http://farm. their horticultural skills. One of the farm’s directors, Crispin They would be Adams, said the drive for volunteers delighted to hear was a real chance for people to from you. get their hands dirty and to make a positive contribution to community One of the life - from potting out tomatoes to upcoming events logging fallen trees and caring for to be held on the livestock. farm is an Apple AroundAsh Feb2012 3/2/12 03:05 1 Fayre onPage Saturday, He said: “Mostly it’s planting, October 27. harvesting and selling produce

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put arthouse on the Plymouth food map. We look forward to welcoming many new people as well as seeing all our regulars at arthouse to help us celebrate and continue the good work!” Check them out yourselves at Plymouth Arts Centre (where you can also pick up your copy of Reconnect, incidentally) in Looe Street, Plymouth, or visit (although it won’t taste nearly as good). l More local food on page 6.

Learning from experience LEARNING from experience is something schools find successful, which is why the Embercombe experience is so popular. Now the charity and social enterprise in South Devon is offering experiential learning to adults as well. In response to requests, this Autumn and next Spring Embercombe is offering a range of practical, hands-on re-skilling workshops to adults. The practical, hands-on one-day or weekend workshops are led by experienced tutors allowing participants to learn by doing. On Sunday October 28 there’s an Eat the Hedgerow session revealing what is available to forage and cook in the way of nuts, berries and seeds. On Saturday November 3 the subject is Wild Fermentation – sourdough baking and vegetable preservation.

On Sunday November 4 Acornucopia is – as you would expect – all about acorns. On the weekend of November 3-4 you can learn about how to build a compost loo. Embercombe’s Suzy Edwards said: “The workshops are an opportunity to learn the art of resilience as well as having a very enjoyable day or weekend with great people and eating great food. “In addition to these ‘technical’ programmes, we’re also offering the softer skills in the form of Speaking Out and Facilitating for Change. We offer these programmes for people from the corporate world but understand they are just as valuable to people seeking to effect social change so we make a number of places available to people who want to train for this purpose, and offer these at a reduced rate. Visit

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First photo show at guild HQ PHOTOGRAPHS capturing the changing seasons, atmospheric conditions and effects of time on the River Exe go on display in River and Streams, an exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen centre in Bovey Tracey. Jem Southam (a professor at the School of Art & Media at Plymouth Uni) took the photographs over a three year period on sites from


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You can enjoy these Olympics every year THE first Woodland Olympics at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor was such a success it’s now going to be an annual event. “More than 150 guests took part in axe throwing, a log chopping relay race, wildrunning time trials, log rolling in the lake, talks on wild food foraging, demonstrations of green woodwork, tree identification, and bushcraft skills,” said Doug King-Smith, who manages The Hillyfield with the help of volunteers. Members of Devon Rural Skills Trust, Moor Trees, Sustainable South Brent, Transition Town Network, Landmatters, Embercombe

and other local land-based projects helped host the walks, talks and activities. Almost £1,000 was raised toward the replanting of trees and the construction of a fence to protect them following the loss of five acres of ancient woodland to the disease Phytophthora Ramorum. “Best of all, lots of people came forward offering to help out this winter with the replanting,” said Doug. “Moor Trees the charity is running regular Wednesday sessions from November, so hopefully we will have the new woodland planted by Spring.” Visit

FILM fans will get a chance to see an undiscovered movie gem in October – and the opportunity to vote for the film they’d like to watch in November. Follaton Community Cinema (FCC) in Totnes is showing Roseanna’s Grave at the Follaton Community Hall on Friday, October 26. And before the film starts the audience will take part in their unique film selection process – watching a shortlisted six trailers and then voting for the one they’d like to watch on Friday, November 30. See their website for details and trailers of forthcoming films: www. “As far as we know, we’re the only community cinema in the UK that operates this way,” said FCC chairman Martin Foster. “It’s a perfect example of community democracy in action. Not only does it mean the audience gets the films it most wants to watch – it also gives us a unique insight into the type of films that are most popular. So we can bear that in mind when we’re researching to create the shortlists.” Follaton Community Cinema is run by volunteers from the Follaton estate but is open to the wider community. They are proud of their friendly welcome – not to mention their homemade cakes and a decent cuppa. Doors open at 7pm, the films start at 7.30pm. Call Martin on 01803 868455.

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‘New generation’ thermal THERMODYNAMICS could just be ‘the next big thing’ in the renewable energy field. But if that statement makes you feel just a little sceptical (and the name thermodynamics doesn’t help – it does sound a little Dan Dare), you will be reassured by the fact that it actually combines two tried and tested principles already familiar through existing technologies. Described by some as ‘the next generation of solar thermal’, thermodynamics uses a refrigerant in the panels, instead of a water/glycol mix, which then runs through a heat exchanger – just like refrigeration, but in reverse. This fluid boils at -26C, THERMODYNAMIC panels - the next generation of so when it’s heated by the outside temperature, solar thermal coming to a roof near you it is transformed to a a day, remember, and through all gaseous state. The heat compressor weathers. It does mean though that exchanger increases the pressure of if your family are heavy users of hot the gas creating heat – which can be water, they might need to adjust their used to provide hot water or to heat behaviour a little to spread usage, a house. or increase the size of the hot water As it cools, the gas returns to its liquid cylinder. state and is sent back to the solar It is hard to fault the efficiency of panel for the process to continue. thermodynamics. The Coefficient The single biggest advantage of Of Performance (COP) measures thermodynamics is that while the the ratio between energy put into panels heat up most effectively in a heating system and the energy sunshine, they also heat up on grey provided by that system. Electrical days. And on cold, snowy days. And heating has a COP of 1.0, for even during the night. example, and gas heating is around Also, the panels can be mounted on a 0.6-0.9. flat or pitched roof, on the ground or Thermodynamic systems have an on a wall (they collect heat from both average COP of 4.0 but can go as sides) – and they do not have to face high as 7.0. south. Consider for one moment the Patrick Seiflow, of Eco Trades in summer we’ve just had and you’ll see Paignton, said: “It is really cheap to this has got possibilities. run, highly efficient and ideally suited All sounding very positive so far – so to the British climate and with utility what are the disadvantages? costs predicted to rise by 60% over the next three years there is no better time Well, it’s not cheap. A hot water to update existing systems. system for an average home, which includes a replacement hot water “It’s also ideal for the commercial cylinder, is likely to cost £4,000market, larger properties and 5,500. But it can provide all the hot swimming pools. Thermodynamics water for that home for around just can replace, or be used in conjunction with, existing systems, to dramatically £100 a year. reduce the cost of generating hot It’s also not instant. It can take up water.” to six hours to heat a 250-litre hot Call Patrick on 01803 393530 to find water tank from cold – but once it is out more. hot, the system is working 24 hours

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A NEW community energy project will see a doctor’s surgery reduce its energy bills and the wider community benefit from the solar PV tariff. Within the next month or so, solar PV panels will go up on the roof of the newly refurbished and extended Leatside Surgery in Totnes. Cheaper energy will mean reduced bills for the surgery TRESOC will pay for PV panels on Leatside roof. – but they won’t have to find Goff works as an agent for like this happen. It’s a perfect money from their healthcare example of a community project Yokk Solar and spoke to budget to buy them. where everyone benefits.” TRESOC and Leatside Surgery The panels will be paid for by when the project first came TRESOC currently has more the community-owned Totnes than 500 members, all of whom together. Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) – and that means the will benefit from the Leatside Yokk office manager Claire panels. solar PV tariff, paid for every Baker said: “We are thrilled unit of power generated, will go The surgery itself, meanwhile, is to see the project progressing. back to the community through Leatside Surgery is literally just also delighted. the TRESOC membership. down the road from us, so it will Practice business manager be making a difference right on And to keep everything local, Janine Payne said: “Leatside is our doorstep.” the panels will be installed so much a part of the Totnes by the very local Yokk Solar As we go to press, the final community that a project they’re based just up the road stages of the paperwork are like this, which reduces our from the surgery on the Totnes being agreed and installation overheads without eating into Industrial Estate. work will then begin. our budget, and also puts tariff earnings back into the local TRESOC MD Ian Bright said: Visit, economy, makes perfect sense.” and www. “We can raise capital from local investors to make projects Local energy consultant Nick

FOR renewable energy consultant Nick Goff, right, playing a part in the Leatside Surgery project (left) was part of his passion to influence community energy worldwide. Among his earlier UK roles was one with Devon County Council, giving energy advice to businesses, schools and communities. Projects included Sharpham Trust’s biomass boiler, the screw turbine project on the River Dart and the founding of a woodfuel cooperative on Dartmoor. Overseas projects have included helping to improve fuel security in New Zealand and on the islands of Tonga and Samoa. And last year, Nick worked in Kenya for Barefootpower on a project to replace kerosene lamps with microsolar lights. Back in the UK, Nick now provides independent energy assessments and works as an agent for biomass company Optimum Heating, solar companies and a hydro installation company. “Devon is a great place to develop both sides of these projects,” says Nick. “If you want to make a difference locally or abroad, please get in touch.” Call Nick on 07852 657 621.

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Demand hots up regardless of tariff THE South West appears to be embracing renewable energy regardless of any financial incentives. The long wait for government announcements on tariffs doesn’t appear to be bothering the industry, according to one supplier and installer. Elaine Ewer of Elaine’s Stoves says home owners are pressing on with

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Heat Incentive (RHI) - that’s the cash payment towards the cost of purchase and installation - together with any future tariff, due to be announced next year, homeowners must use an MCS-registered installer and MCS approved equipment. According to Elaine this means that, although the RHI payment towards a biomass boiler is £950 and it will attract a tariff in the future, the cost of an MCS installation is higher. But Elaine explained it was not just the purchase and installation that was putting off customers. The cheaper boilers were also less sophisticated and therefore cheaper to maintain and service. Elaine said business was brisk because she believed people were beginning to wake up to the fact that oil prices had reached 60.4p per litre and were continuing to rise and they felt helpless in the face of the spiralling cost of fossil fuels. Elaine said the other increasingly popular installation was the thermal heat store. This was a highly efficient storage tank to store hot water which could now be

connected to a vented or unvented system. This means it could be fed by a variety of renewable or non-renewable sources such as a gas boiler, biomass boiler, wood burning stove, solar thermal panels, ground source or air source pumps or even solar PV. “People are becoming more sophisticated in the way they use their renewables,” said Elaine. “People are frightened about the rising cost of renewables and want to take their destiny into their own hands.”

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Windfarm is just one of many community energy schemes ownership offers a AFTER almost two secure and stable years of site research, partner for businesses, environmental studies explained Ian. TRESOC and consultation with could never be sold to local residents, the anyone and anyone who Totnes Community Wind does buy in only has the Farm Project planning influence that comes with application has finally one vote. been submitted. “TRESOC has teamed “This is a critical time up with Yokk to offer for the project,” said community-financed Ian Bright MD of the solar PV to businesses Totnes Renewable Energy and home owners in the Society. “It’s a big step South Hams. TRESOC forward but it’s certainly purchases on behalf of not a done deal - we still its members and owns need people’s support.” the PV system for the first He urged everyone to visit MD Ian Bright 25 years - in return, the the TRESOC website (www. household or business where they will find out how to add their support to the enjoys reduced energy bills. The Leatside Surgery system (see page 13) application. is already in the pipeline, but there is With more than 500 members, who massive potential for similar projects.” have each invested between £20Although the wind farm and the £20,000, TRESOC currently has funds community solar scheme are of around £185,000. TRESOC’s most high profile projects, “A number of our investors have there is a great deal of work going on never invested money before,” says behind the scenes. Ian. “They tell us they’re particularly Said Ian: “The Totnes Anaerobic attracted to TRESOC because all Digestion Partnership is developing members have an equal say in a plan for a £3½ million anaerobic decisions – no matter how much digestion plant using green waste to they have invested. That’s one of the generate renewable electricity and heat great things about an industrial and for the local community. provident society like ours.” “That’s particularly exciting because it TRESOC’s unique structure appeals will also create local jobs – probably to other companies too – including three full-time equivalent positions.” Totnes-based Yokk Solar. TRESOC is also exploring the “Community possibilities of pyrolysis, which heats post recycling waste without oxygen to create methane – without the need for expensive flue gas clean-up. Ian has worked in the renewable energy industry for some years (seven of them for Somerset County Council where he won Public Servant of the Year for his work in renewables), and is saddened by the UK’s apparent reluctance to get involved. “We have the best wind resource in Europe,” he says, “but we’re the slowest to get involved.” He is optimistic about TRESOC, however: “We have an excellent team and we’re in a position to see South Hams set an inspiring example.” Visit

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Plans pool eco resources EVEN those sceptical about climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gasses can’t deny the economical argument for eco build materials and techniques. It’s this simple - if a home retains more heat, it will be cheaper to run. And when the same principles are applied to larger, public buildings, the benefits are multiplied. Once it’s got the council go-ahead, Dartmouth’s new indoor swimming pool will be the perfect example – super-insulated to cut energy loss by up to 20% over conventional construction. The design is the work of Totnes architects LED. Andy Kirby explained: “The external design is quite rational – in keeping with the existing leisure centre and clean and contemporary. “But we have placed the emphasis on the efficiency of the building fabric to achieve super-insulated walls and roof construction and, where practical, natural building materials. “It’s what LED is all about and it makes good sense for the long-term running of the pool.” An inner wall of conventional blockwork will be wrapped with an insulated timber frame to create a 250mm insulation zone filled with recycled newspaper. The whole lot is then covered by a durable cladding material called Trespa at the base and with natural timber cladding above for longterm low maintenance. A similar woodframe/paper insulation combination is used in the roof construction. “This investment in the building fabric will result in estimated long-term energy savings of 15-20%,” said Andy. In addition to the investment into the building fabric, there are even more

eco features in the pipeline should funding allow. Andy explained: “We are considering a permeable surface on the car park, allowing rainwater to be collected below acting as a huge rainwater tank – then filtered and used in the building. “This would tie in with a ground source heat pump system, effectively turning the car park into a huge solar thermal panel – helping to meet the hot water requirements for the pool.” A biomass boiler could also be incorporated. “The final specification is subject to the funding available for the renewable energy package,” said Andy. “The client is currently addressing legal matters in relation to the site and then we can put in the full planning application.” In the meantime, the project team say they remain fully committed and very excited about delivering this important low energy community project. Visit and www.

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Hugh backs ATMOS project IMAGINE if you will, a hand held at eye level with the forefinger and thumb curled towards each other just a millimeter or so apart – that, says Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins, is how close they are to agreeing a deal over the Dairy Crest site. It is, however, in the soft and slightly damp hands of the solicitors as we go to press, so as close as it is, it’s still not quite there – as always, check out for the very latest. As soon as we hear anything, we’ll stick it up on Facebook too with a link. In the meantime, the Atmos team are keeping up the pressure to get a sustainable development of homes and business units and community space on the site, which is next to the Totnes railway station. They recently recruited TV chef, campaigner and professional nice guy Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as a patron for the project, joining the hallowed ranks alongside Kevin McCloud, Jonathan Dimbleby, Tim Smit and local MP Sarah Wollaston. To make the maximum impact, the Atmos crew invited supporters to gather on site for a photocall. Talking to the 150 or so people who answered the Atmos call for support, Hugh said there was always an ‘incredible buzz’ about Totnes. “I’ve felt the vibes, it’s a wonderful place,” he said. “But it’s more than a great community it’s a trail blazing town and it’s incredibly important what you are doing here to give people confidence all over the country that there are other ways








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of living your lives and running your communities. You don’t always have to kow-tow to big business and the multi nationals. “You can plough your own furrow 224 Torquay Road and do your own thing,” he said. Paignton TQ3 2HN “There must be sites like this all over Britain. Imagine if you can fulfil your dream here in Totnes what an incredible message that will be sent out right through the country and it will give heart to so many people, who have already taken great heart from the Totnes Transition movement.” CONTEMPOR If you want to see and hear the man himself in action, check out the new ARY
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Students flock to new course AS more people discover the joy and freedom of spending time on the land, the search for suitable structures gets all the more creative. Top of the desirability list currently seem to be shepherds’ huts, tiny traditional caravans that are energy efficient and built using local, natural materials - and look very cute.

They can be fully equipped for everyday dwelling, or used as an office, art or writing LEARN how to build your own shepherd’s hut. studio, children’s playhouse, meditation/ insulation, making a bed and installing yoga space, or guest house. a wood burner. “The huts will be constructed using What they’re not, though, is cheap. locally felled and locally milled timber, But one way to keep the cost down is to build your own and the latest course built up from a steel frame chassis.” at Schumacher College at Dartington The four-week course is non-residential teaches you how to do just that. and run by Duncan Passmore, Zav Bowden and James Brown. It runs The college’s Lou Rainbow says: October 15 – November 16 and costs “Students spend mornings and £1,950. afternoons together building two Visit shepherds’ huts on wheels, including or call 01803 865 934. framing, interior and exterior finishes,


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Green roof tops earthship THE word ‘earthship’ suggests something high-tech or even sci-fi – some sort of spacecraft, perhaps, hanging in the sky “in much the same way that bricks don’t” as Douglas Adams once said. But in fact an earthship is a very low-tech structure, first developed by Mike Reynolds for the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona but now a favourite with green builders worldwide. The north-facing wall is constructed of old car tyres rammed with earth and the south-facing wall is mainly glass, so the passive solar heat captured is stored by the huge thermal mass of the earth tyre walls. During colder periods, at night or through the winter, heat is released to heat the space. And then there’s the added benefit that earthships sit gently in the landscape, almost invisible from the north, and the materials used in their construction include recycled car tyres, sometimes empty bottles and cans, and local timber, ‘straight from the tree’. So in sustainability terms it’s hard to

beat with very little energy embedded in the materials. Duncan Passmore, who worked with Mike Reynolds in the US and subsequently helped build earthships in Brighton and Brittany (as seen on Channel 4’s Grand Designs), worked with Schumacher College students to build one on the Sharpham Estate. The Sharpham Earthship serves as a garden store for workers at the Robert Owen Foundation Farm and features a timber roof added by local building company Totnes Sustainable Construction Ltd (TSC), which supports a lush green roof constructed by students from South Devon College. Paul MacDonald, who constructed the timber roof structure on behalf of TSC, said: “It’s great to have an earthship on the Sharpham Estate as an example of what can be achieved with local materials - and the stunning views out over the River Dart are an added bonus.” A short film about the Sharpham Earthship can be seen on Youtube from a link on the TSC website, www.

Fair fans appreciate food craft FOOD has become as important a part of the annual Crux Fair in Rattery as the many crafts on show. This year’s event is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 23-25, at Rattery Village Hall (TQ10 9LD). The Friday event is open 4-7pm and Saturday and Sunday between10am and 5pm. The fair has been running for 16 years and got its name from the original venue of Crucks Barn in the Dart Valley. Over the years it has grown to include over 30 designermakers. The food served in the Crux Cafe has its own reputation for providing mouth-watering delights, ranging from hot vegetarian lunches to sumptuous cakes. Supporting a charity with a local connection is part of the Crux Craft Fair ethos.


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...and find more Eco building online at Improvised for women HAVING spoken to several women who have attended Tarte Noir’s women’s playback theatre performances (and they are open only to women so we can’t speak from personal experience), you can expect an evening of improvised theatre that will explore all human experience - or any part of life that’s suggested on the night because the audience steers the evening’s performance. We’re also assured they are not to be missed, so check out the nearest to you: at The Jolly Farmer in Market Street, Newton Abbot on Tuesday, October 16; at Cygnet New Theatre in Friars Gate, Exeter on Tuesday October 23; and at Crediton Arts Centre, in East Street, Crediton on Tuesday, November 13. All performances are at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. Visit www.

Date for dads THE latest date for Dangerous Dads’ diaries is apple juice making near Riverford Bridge on Saturday, October 6, 1-4pm. Dangerous Dads is a unique group that organises events where dads can take their young kids for some good old fashioned fun and adventure. Find out more at www.dangerousdads. org, or email Ian Blackwell at dangerousdads@

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Theatre of Dreams enriches lives of kids AS children, artists Tracy Whitbread and Hannah Stevens were shaped and nourished by painting, crafts, stories and theatre - and as adults they are now offering those enriching and empowering activities to primary school age children in workshops. Their portable mini-theatre, called

the Theatre of Dreams, gives children the chance to bring the theatre alive using painting, crafts, stories, song and dance. Said Tracy: “We are committed to working with the ideas and imagination that the children bring to the workshop, facilitating and supporting each individual from

the introverted through to the more confident in finding their unique creative expression. “We can work with many themes from the school curriculum for KS1 and KS2 children and can bring the Theatre of Dreams to your village hall too!” Find out more on 01363 84407.

LEARN the ancient art of incense making at two one-day workshops with expert Peter Neumann. They will be at Bowden House, Totnes, on Sunday, October 14, and at Tree Harvest in Colyton, East Devon on Saturday, November 17. Visit www.touchfire. or call 01803 849040.

Anniversary reflects firm’s ethos more conservative tastes.” Shoes can be bought off the shelf but many people favour the made-tomeasure service and records are kept of every shoe they make. “Customers can, and do, come back years later and we can make them a new pair in the colour of their choice,” said Yvette. Although new designs have been introduced over the years, the techniques and machinery used to make the shoes, in the workshop at the back of the shop in the High Street, are the same today as they were 35 years ago. Conker also applies the same ethos to sourcing the organic and Fairtrade clothes they stock. “Everything is either UK-made or, if it comes in from overseas, ethically sourced,” said Yvette. “Like our footware, all our clothes are well designed, good quality, ethically sound and made to last.” Visit their new website, www., or call 01803 862490.



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WHEN a manufacturer and retailer celebrates 35 years in the business (and in the same town), it says a great deal about the longevity of the product. And in the case of Conker Shoes in Totnes, it also says a great deal about the whole ethos of the company. “We regularly sell shoes and boots to people who were customers back in the Seventies,” says Conker boss Simon Gwilt. “And some are still bringing in the same pair of shoes to be repaired!” And it’s that integrity of product - using high quality materials and designs that allow them to be repaired time and time again - that make their handmade footwear (and ultimately, the company itself) so sustainable. “There is now a trend away from the disposable as people become more conscious of how they spend their money,” said manager Yvette Worrall. “We’re also very fortunate in that our shoes and boots appeal to such a wide variety of people. We have individual designs and colours for the fashionconscious and traditional styles for

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THESE days it seems you’re never a complete organisation unless you can refer people to your website. But it doesn’t stop there. The website has to work and be pleasing on the eye. Well, the transition team in Crediton have something to boast about. Once known as Crediton Climate Action and now Sustainable Crediton, the group has launched its new website. Among the many pages are some interesting features such as ‘Wind Turbine Myths Debunked’ to help you counter those “anti-wind power” arguments, and interesting facts about how to make the best use of your PV installation or where you can buy Fairtrade products. These and others help to make the site a mine of information. Headings include Waste Management, Energy, Food & Farming, Education & Public Awareness, Transport, Trees, Hedgerows and Wildlife, to name just a few. The site was constructed by supporter Sarah Green who has given hundreds of hours of her time to design and implement the site. Charles Mossman, vice chairman of Sustainable Crediton, said: “We are very excited about the brand new look and all the new features on offer. “The website has a number of new benefits for our supporters. These include access to our new marketplace feature (offers, wanted and for sale), borrow resources such as books and DVDs from the library, access to training materials and updates on what’s going on at Core Group and Action Group meetings.” go to:

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THE ATMOS team in Totnes have recruited TV chef and campaigner Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall - he’s pictured here at a recent photocall with ATMOS project leaders Rob Hopkins and Fiona Northrop. While in Totnes, Hugh also visited the Incredible Edible scheme on Steamer Quay, Totnes Development Trust’s Healthy Futures garden at The Lamb and was served lunch by Sima and Hannah of The Kitchen Table - no pressure there, then. Full ATMOS story page 17.

Shopping... for a shop TRANSITION Plymouth are still on the lookout for a city centre HQ. During the seven months they occupied premises in Armada Way the group managed to spread the word about transition to a much wider audience. The vacant shop premises was free and was large enough to be used for showing films and staging events and meetings. The group had to leave in June this year and is now occupying rooms in the University. Pat Bushell, a member of the planning group, said many passers-by said they had no idea such a group existed.

“Having the shop definitely increased our membership and we now have a mailing list of nearly 200,” said Pat. She added that Transition Plymouth’s latest initiative was a group to address the issue of waste. “Plymouth has a poor recycling rate which is only about 30% little more than half of the 55% that the South Hams manages to achieve,” said Pat. If you live in Plymouth and are concerned about the future of the city look for the TP website at www.transitionplymouth. com, or you can join the mailing list by emailing

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BOVEY Climate Action are holding a Positive Money evening as part of the Dartmoor Low Carbon Festival ( - look under ‘communities’). “Positive Money is an organisation trying to make sense of the current economic crisis - and offer a better way forward!” says Audrey Compton of BCA. Positive Money starts at 7pm at the Phoenix Hall in Bovey Tracey.

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THERE are two top talks coming up if you’re into new green economics. On October 17, two members of the Devon Henry George Society will give a lecture entitled Resilience and Land-based Economics – exploring the ideas of Henry George. George advocated a single tax on land that saw land as a common heritage for all living beings - so private property is a theft that can only be remedied by a land value tax or user fee. And on November 13, the Moneyless Man himself, Mark Boyle, will visit on the heels of the release of his new book, Moneyless Manifesto. Is a moneyless gift based culture possible? And if so, how can we start setting the conditions for this shift to take place? Both talks are at the Methodist Church in Totnes, starting at 7.30pm. Full details at www.

IF you’re talking to a company about investments and pensions, it’s good to know their heart, as well as their money, is in the right place. Barchester Green Investment is a partnership, owned and run by the advisers and support staff, so whoever you deal with, it’s always one of the business owners. But there is another key element of Barchester that further sets them apart from many other businesses and from virtually all those in their sector – five per cent of their profits go to charities and social enterprises. Jackie Adams of Barchester Green explained: “We make the donation according to three themes: people (poverty alleviation and human welfare), environmental causes and animal welfare.” Recent recipients include: l Carrymoor Environmental Trust, which has created a nature reserve with an extensive range of habitats on 100 acres of capped landfill just outside Castle Cary in Somerset. Visit www. l Tenner Films, a small

Brighton-based film company making short environmental films currently working on its first feature film, The Greatest Story Ever Sold, with support from Greenpeace, WWF and others. Visit www.tennerfilms. com. l Growing Together in Rwanda is a project that grew out of a visit to Rwanda in 2008 by Elizabeth Cave, a member of Ealing Quakers Group. Visit http:// growingtogetherinrwanda. l Afghanaid work directly with over one million Afghan adults and children, focusing on long term sustainable development in some of the country’s poorest rural areas. Visit l Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in skilled, creative needlework to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. Visit “If you bring your business to us it helps us to generate more to donate – a win-win situation,” said Jackie. Visit www.barchestergreen. or see their ONE of Barchester’s recipients advertisement on the back Carrymoor Environmental Trust. page of Reconnect.

Food-for-health mag also online LAST year we ran a story about Five Flavours Magazine which is locally produced in Buckfastleigh. Described as “a seasonal foodfor-health magazine rooted in the wisdom of Chinese Medicine”, it is published in four seasonal editions and until now has only been available by subscription. But now you can also download it for just £2.50 an issue. Founder and editor Wendy Morrison said: “Five Flavours is written for ALL people interested in food for health, but will particularly appeal to those receiving acupuncture and shiatsu. Practitioners of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Ki

Aikido and other martial arts would also find it of interest.” Since it’s launch in July last year, Wendy has received orders from all over the UK, Australia, USA and also more recently Israel. A free special introductory issue is available online at www. fiveflavours.html. To buy a subscription go to www. fiveflavours.html or send a cheque for £15 inc p&p, made payable to Wendy Morrison, to Wren Cottage, Silver Street, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0BQ.

Adult play is kids’ stuff IF you ever wondered why kids seem to have all the fun, a new class in Totnes could be for you. Adult Drama and Play is run every Wednesday evening by qualified drama teacher Bil Rose and includes games, improvisation, devising and physical theatre. “The classes are designed to loosen up the body and mind, to encourage confidence and trust, to let people drop their inhibitions in a safe place – and, most importantly, to just play,” said Bil. The class runs from 8.15-9.15pm on Wednesdays at Chapel House Studios, Totnes. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing (“No jingly jangly sharps bits,” says Bil). The drop-in cost is £6.50, with a discount for those who attend regularly. To find out more, call Bil on 01803 840286 or email pigtoobig@


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Organic gardening THE Growers team, Joa and Charlie, decide the best thing to do after such an awful summer is celebrate the successes (they really know their onions) and move on... WELL, what a season! I was chatting with a gardening friend who is in his late eighties just the other day and he said he couldn’t ever remember such an awful Summer. I think we can all agree that things in the vegetable garden have been a bit tough lately and I certainly don’t want to talk about slugs for a very long time! So I think we should all focus on the one or two things that have been a success and congratulate ourselves for managing to achieve those. For us at Growers Organics our successes were the onions. They were the best we’ve grown in a long time; as were the runner beans. I thought they were never going to crop; but eventually they produced a fantastic amount. Ok, on with the Autumn jobs. This is a great time to plant broad beans, over wintering garlic and onion sets and should give you a slightly earlier crop. Early planting is also a good way of avoiding blackfly. Keep an eye on all brassicas and protect them from pigeons. Any plants that are getting tall, such as brussels sprouts and purple sprouting broccoli, may need to be supported with canes. Check your compost bins to see if you have any compost ready. You may need to dig down about 25-30cm to find some decent stuff - now is a great time to add it to your beds. You could also use any leaf mould you may have collected last year or the year before. By using the compost and leaf mould now, there will be space in your bins for all the summer crops that need to come out and room in the leaf mould cage for this autumn’s leaves. Be a bit selective

Dry those tears... when collecting leaves. Parks and woods are always better than along the road-side for obvious reasons. This is also a good time for a general tidy up! Take down your bean canes and store them in a dry shed or garage. Put away any nets, pots or trays and expose some of those dreaded slugs for the birds to eat. (Oh no, I mentioned them again!). I just hope this season hasn’t put off any newcomers to the joys of organic gardening. It is great. Really! AND finally, a short commercial break - the Growers Christmas Craft Fair is on Sunday, December 2. Last year’s fair was such a success that we will be making it bigger this year, with more stalls and more covered areas. To book a pitch contact Charlie by emailing courses@ The Growers nursery is now closed for the winter and will re-open mid February but we will hopefully still be at Totnes Friday market until at least mid-October.

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Green manures WE will all have areas in the Autumn/Winter vegetable garden that have nothing growing in them. Rather than letting the weeds take over, why not try sowing some green manures? These are crops grown to add fertility to the soil and add bulky green waste to your compost bin. There are a few green manures to choose from including Vetches, Tares, Clover and my favourite Rye Grass. Many seed companies will sell these plus a few other varieties, but it can work out quite expensive. A cheaper alternative is a bag of organic rye grain from your local wholefood shop. It will work wonders. Simply sow by sprinkling all over the area and then raking in. It might be worth putting a few bird scary things up for a time while the seed germinates. In late Winter or early Spring, cut the rye grass down and either dig all of it in to your beds or put the grass in your compost bin and dig in the roots and stumps into the soil. This must be done at least a month before sowing any vegetable seeds directly into soil. Reconnect’s Organic Gardening column is written by Joa and Charlie Grower of Growers Organics. Meet them in person at Totnes market on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit, or call 01752 881180.


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A good read - and then a good chat

AS the dark evenings approach, there’s nothing better than escaping into a good book – nothing except, maybe, sharing that experience with others. Reading groups offer a chance to do just that and here in Reconnectland there are plenty to choose from, says JON STEIN

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IF you want to get involved in a reading group, the best place to start is at your local library. Jill Currie is the area manager for libraries in South Devon. “Reading groups have really taken off in a big way over the last 10 years,” she explains. “In the last year alone we’ve lent over 34,000 books to groups across the county!” It’s not just about enjoying good stories though. “Reading groups help combat isolation and provide a safe way for people to come together and talk about things that interest them,” says Jill. So how do you get involved? First, you could see if any of the ‘official’ library groups have room for new members. If not, there are many independent reading groups which use the library service as a source for multiple copies of books. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could start up

your own group with friends or neighbours. Devon Libraries has a range of resources to support new groups and will supply a membership pack containing ideas on getting started. This gives free group membership, hints and tips for discussions and free reservations on more than 400 reading group book sets. You can even borrow books for up to eight weeks. Peter Shaw, 68, has been a member of the Dartmouth Library Evening Reading Group for five years. “We meet once a month and usually get eight or nine people,’ he said. “Although we tend to be of a similar age group and background, there’s always a wide range of views and reactions to the books we read. People relate the stories to their own experience and sometimes it’s quite personal and moving.” Peter has selected two books for his group and encourages people to be adventurous in their choice. “Take a risk!” he says. “As long as there is trust in the group, people can say what they feel and think. The most important thing is a shared love of literature.” Of course, a reading group doesn’t just have to be about reading. Some groups host visits by local authors; others link their activities to local issues or campaigns. One group meets at the village pub in an effort to keep their community spaces viable – at least that’s what they say! To find out more, call in at your local library, call 0845 155 1001, email, or visit

These two are Osmosis, above, which looks from Yartor Down, towards the slopes of Down Ridge and Holne Moor on Dartmoor; and Plym Souls, taken on the River Plym at Shaugh Bridge. If you want to see more of his work, Phil is holding an exhibition at Birdwood House in Totnes from December 1-8, and you can see an online gallery (and buy prints) on his website, www. If you want to improve your own photography skills, Phil is running his Autumnal Dartmoor Workshop on Saturday, October 27, from sunrise to sunset. “The aim of the course is to develop creative vision within the context of an artistic approach to landscape photography,” says Phil. “Autumn, with its changing and contrasting colours, is ideal for producing images with an emotional depth.” Phil has just two participants on his workshops and charges £100 (this includes a lunchtime main meal at a moorland pub). To find out more, email him at Phil.Hemsley@

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“We are looking for local people to become involved by either volunteering or setting up their own mini-enterprise connected to Discover Forest Foods,” said Liz. “You could grow crops on a small scale, utilise produce we grow for making food products to sell or projects such as bee keeping. “We are open to ideas but we also have a few, like drying herbs/teas, growing mushrooms, drying fruits, making bread, even developing unusual products like miso or a barley drink! “The other opportunity we have is to utilise our green woodworking area including equipment (pole lathes, shave horses) for making your own wood products to sell or run workshops.” Discover Forest Foods is a not for profit organisation. To find out more, call Liz on 07765 631877, or visit

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Seasonal eating

PRODUCE gluts are just another way of gathering in and storing away for the Winter, says CAROL LEE. So how best to eat seasonally as we drift into the darker, cooler months ahead? Read on... I WONDER if your garden is like mine at the moment - apples, apples, apples! I end up putting them outside for people to take away for free or taking bags to meetings because I never seem to use them all. So it’s the time of year again when we may have to deal with a glut - and apples and marrows seem to be a favourite in this part of the world. The Autumn time is one of transforming and recycling. Nature is beginning to shed what it no longer needs so it can be broken down to replenish the earth ready for a gloriously productive growing season next year. Dealing with a glut is just a necessary part of Autumnal gathering in, ‘transforming’ and storing away for the Winter months ahead. According to traditional Chinese medicine, during Autumn the energy in nature and within ourselves is still abundant from the richness of the harvest, but it is also descending and contracting as we move towards Winter. So if we want to eat more in tune with the seasons our food needs to reflect this. We can do this in two ways. First we can eat more baked and sautéed foods. In the Autumn our appetites are stimulated by the warmth and fragrance of these types of food; these ‘concentrating’ ways of cooking also produce food that help to nourish the blood and warm us for the cooler season. Secondly, we can enjoy lots of spicy and pungent foods which warm us

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Greedy gluts... up, stimulate the appetite and ‘warm up’ our digestion. Overall we are starting to crave heartier foods that will be warm and comforting. Here are some ways you can cook and eat more seasonally: l Cook food on a lower heat for longer: casseroles, bakes, slow cooking and trays of mixed roasted vegetables l Use warming spices like chilli, ginger, turmeric, garlic and black pepper. l Eat less raw food and salads – substitute hearty soups. l Eat more roots that will help to nourish the blood for the cooler weather l Gather apples and blackberries for tasty, sweet crumbles, pies and puddings – with a generous spoonful of cinnamon and spices!

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Serves 8 Ingredients: 140g unsalted butter - softened; 180g caster sugar; 3 applespeeled, cored and cut into thin slices; 250g blackberries; 3 eggs - lightly beaten; 200g self-raising flour; 1 teaspoon ground ginger; 20ml milk Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan oven, 325ºF gas mark 4). Grease and line a 23cm spring-form cake tin and grease again. Tip in 3tbsp of the caster sugar and swirl inside the tin to coat the side and bottom. Arrange the apples around the bottom of the tin along with a third of the berries. Cream the butter and remaining sugar together, then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift the flour with the ginger and gently fold into the mixture. Carefully stir in the milk followed by the remaining blackberries. Spoon the batter into the tin over the fruit. Bake for 40 minutes until the sponge is springy and golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then invert the cake onto a plate and remove the tin. Serve warm with sweetened whipped cream or sheep’s yogurt…yum! Reconnect’s Seasonal Eating is written by Carol Lee, who runs workshops and courses in nutrition, health and wellbeing. Call her on 01363 82794 or visit www. You can now join her on Facebook for seasonal tips, recipes and nutritional information www.

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There’s more Reconnect news onhealth Facebook... local people local events local food local local environment Until Thursday 4 Exhibition of photographs, Devon Guild of Craftsmen centre, Bovey Tracey, 10am5pm, 01626 832223, Exeter’s Multi-Coloured History. Launch of new community-based research project looking at Exeter’s history from a black and minority ethnic perspective, Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, 12noon, dde@, www.globalcentredevon. Rivers and Streams. Dartmoor and Exmoor Low Carbon Festival. A range of events at venues across Dartmoor and Exmoor, - look under ‘communities’. Tuesday 2 Until Sunday 7 Boogie Nights - paintings by Jon Woolfenden, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www.

Action in Exeter, a series of local wokshops with links worldwide, initial session 4.30-6.30pm at Exeter CVS, 3 King William Street, Exeter. Saturday 6 And Sunday 7 Introduction to tile making weekend workshop with Iris Milward and Richenda Macgregor, The Pottingshed, Ashprington, Totnes, www., 01803 865033. Dangerous Dads applejuice making with a few hints on cider making. £3 per dad; under-5s free. 6+ £1. dangerousdads@, www., 077317 95160. Baltic Wharf Cohousing Open Day. See site layout, talk to members, United Free Church, Totnes, 10am4pm, email cohousing@, www.transitiontowntotnes. org. Sunday 7

Wednesday 3 Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Seeds of Freedom. Film and presentation by the Gaia Foundation’s Teresa Anderson, Totnes Methodist Church, 7.30pm, www. Friday 5 A World of Stories. Devon’s Cultural Champions tell stories as part of Black History Month. Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, 7pm, dde@, www.globalcentredevon. Locally Engaged and Globally Connected. Social

Life drawing workshop. Growers Organics, Yealmpton, 01752 881180, www. Tuesday 9 Until 14 4A - exhibition of paintings by David Barwick, Diana Miller, Annabelle Gregory SWA and Derek Symons, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. Transition Town Totnes film night. Film TBA, Totnes Methodist Church, 8-10pm, www.transitiontowntotnes. org. Wednesday 10 Until Friday 12 The Rivals, Creative Cow production of Sheridan’s play, New Theatre, Exeter,

Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Schooling the World. Film with anthropologist and activist Helena NorbergHodge, Totnes Methodist Church, 8-10pm, www., Friday 12 Willow weaving with Bridget Coatalen, The Woodshed, Bowden House, Totnes, 11am-4pm. Saturday 13 And Sunday 14 Interrogate! Happiness Festival. Two days of discussion, music, comedy, film and spoken word for people who want to make the world a happier place, Dartington Hall, 01803 847070, freya.jonas@, www. Exeter LETS Trading Day, Palace Gate Centre, Exeter, 11am-2pm, 01363 777261, info@exeter., www.exeterlets. Sunday 14 Hazel hurdle making course, Growers Organics, Yealmpton, 01752 881180, www. Incense making workshop. Learn this ancient art at Bowden House, Totnes, 01803 849040, www. Apple Pressing and Autumn Festival. Try fresh apple juice straight from Orchard Link’s apple press and have-a-go yourself. Sharpham Estate, Ashprington, Totnes, 11am4pm, www.sharphamtrust. org . Cockington Apple Day Food & Crafts Festival, Westcountry food and drink producers, handcrafted gifts, craft makers, apple pressing, 10am-4pm, www.

Monday 15 And Tuesday 16 How to build a shepherd’s hut. Four-week, nonresidential course at Schumacher College, Dartington, www., 01803 865 934. Tuesday 16 Tarte Noire Women’s Playback Theatre performance (women only), 7.45pm for 8pm start, The Jolly Farmer, 8 Market Street, Newton Abbot, www. Wednesday 17 Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Resilience and Land-based Economics – exploring the ideas of Henry George. Talk organised by Transition Town Totnes, Methodist Church, Totnes, 7.30pm, www.transitiontowntotnes. org. TQ9 5RP Thursday 18 Conversation Café. Topic: High Street vs Corporate Chains, Barrel House, Totnes, 7pm, sima@, www. In Your Own Skin entertainment and fundraiser for this community arts project, Totnes Civic Hall, 7.30pm, Friday 19 And 20, 2/3/10. Locally Engaged and Globally Connected - Social Action on Climate Change Five days of free training with local workshops and links worldwide. Exeter CVS, King William Street, Exeter, Saturday 20 Blue. Exhibition of paintings by David Barwick, Diana Miller, Annabelle Gregory SWA and Derek Symons,

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www. ine local people local events local food local health local environment Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. Sunday 21 Thornleigh Saddle volunteer day. Get your mind clear and your hands dirty - learn about life on the land and take home some produce. Call Martin on 01803 868455 or at editor@ Tuesday 23 Tarte Noire Women’s Playback Theatre performance (women only) 7.45pm for 8pm start, Cygnet New Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, www. Wednesday 24 Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Friday 26 Acoustic Haven. Music (The Adventurists and Holly Ebony with Nick Marshall), food and great company at new venue - St John’s Church in Bridgetown, Totnes, www.thehillyfield. See page 4. Roseanna’s Grave. Film night at Follaton Community Cinema, Follaton Community Centre, Totnes, doors open 7pm, film at 7.30pm, 01803 868455, www. follatoncommunitycinema. Saturday 27 And Sunday 28 Introduction to hedgelaying. Learn hedgelaying as part of Devon Hedge Week, 9am-4pm, Occombe Farm, www.countryside-trust. Sunday 28 Eat the Hedgerow, Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter, 10am5pm, £50 including refreshments and lunch, on 01647252983/5, clare@ Wednesday 31 Pumpkin Lantern and Hallowe’en Mask Making.

The Seashore Centre, Occombe Farm Visitor Centre, 10am-12pm or 2-4pm, £5 per child, book on 01803 520022 or visit Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. See page 21.

NOVEMBER Saturday 3 And Sunday 4 Building a Compost Loo, workshop at Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter, 9am-4pm both days, £125 including refreshments and lunch, on 01647252983/5, And Sunday 4. Basket making workshop, Growers Organics, Yealmpton, 01752 881180, www. Exhibition of ceramics, with Robin Currie, Mary Hykel Hunt and friends, The Studio, Coburns Farm, Bishopswood, 10am-4pm, 01460 234345, www. Wild Fermentation sourdough baking and vegetable preservation, Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter, 9am5pm, £50 including refreshments and lunch, on 01647252983/5, clare@

Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Friday 9 Hedge restoration workshop, Growers Organics, Yealmpton, 01752 881180, www. Like Co-operatives! Organised by Cooperatives South West and The Fruit Tree for Business, Exeter City Football Club, 10.30am-4pm, . Monday 12 Mark Thomas - Bravo Figaro. Love, death and the search for peace in an imperfect world - with gags, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, 8pm, www.exeterphoenix., 01392 667080. Global Book Club. Discussion of Conor Woodman’s book Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor and Why It Doesn’t Have To, 7-8.30pm, Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, www.globalcentredevon. Tuesday 13

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Moneyless Man. A talk by Mark Boyle, organised by Transition Town Totnes, Methodist Church, Totnes, 7.30pm, www. Poetry Conversation. Hosted by Alice Oswald, 7.30pm, Octagonal Room, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes, www. Tarte Noire Women’s Playback Theatre performance (women only), 7.45pm for 8:00pm start, Cygnet New Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, www. Transition Town Totnes film night. Film TBA, Totnes Methodist Church, 8-10pm, www.transitiontowntotnes. org.

The Rivals. Production of Sheridan’s play by Creative Cow, Little Theatre, Torquay, Adult Drama and Play.

Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm.

Sunday 4 Acornucopia - all about acorns, workshops at Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter, 10am - 5pm, £50 including refreshments and lunch, on 01647252983/5, clare@ Tuesday 6 The Art of Upcycling exhibition, Rowcraft charity shop, Fore Street, Totnes, 01803 863552, www.

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Taking Root: the vision of Wangari Maathai. Film evening and discussion around the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Totnes Methodist Church, 8-10pm, www. THURSDAY 15 Martha Tilston in concert. Singer/songwriter, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, www. /01392 667080. Friday 16 Until 18 SHAF Christmas Bazaar, with late night opening on Friday, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. Saturday 17 Incense making workshop. Learn this ancient art at Tree Harvest, Colyton, 01803 849040, www.touchfire. Sunday 18 Lau in concert. Modern folk at Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, 8pm, uk/01392 667080. Christmas Cakes Masterclass. Traditional Christmas baking, Occombe Cookery School, 10am - 4pm, book on 01803 520022, www. Talk by Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Geshe Thinley. Short meditation, followed by teachings, break for tea and questions, 2.30-5pm, Golden Buddha Centre, The Grove, Victoria Street, Totnes, www. Tuesday 20 Until December 20 Ceramics exhibition - work by local artists including Robin Currie, Unearth Studio at 46 Preston Street, Exeter, 10am-8pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-5pm Thursdays and Saturdays, www.robincurrie.

Until December 2 Helen Petit – exhibition. Landscape explored through printmaking and pastel, oil and watercolour painting, Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. Wednesday 21 Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Friday 23 Until 25. Crux craft fair. 30+ makers plus food and drink, Rattery Village Hall, South Devon, 4-7pm Friday and 10am5pm Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 24 Shoot – Short film festival profiling some of the best film-making in Devon and Cornwall, Barn cinema, Dartington Estate, www., 01803 847000. Exeter LETS Trading Day, 10.30am-1.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Wynards Lane, Exeter, 01363 777261, www.exeterlets. Wednesday 28 Adult Drama and Play. Class with Bil Rose, Chapel House Studios, Totnes, 8.15-9.15pm. Friday 30 And Saturday, December 1. Millbridge Christmas Fair. Craft and ethnic stalls, Stoke Damerel Church and Parish Centre, Paradise Road, Stoke, Plymouth, 01752 564847. Film night. Movie TBA. Follaton Community Cinema, Follaton Community Centre, Totnes, doors open 7pm, film at 7.30pm, 01803 868455, www. follatoncommunitycinema. Acoustic Haven. Music, food and great company at new venue - St John’s Church in Bridgetown, Totnes, www. See page 4.

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How to get your event listed here and online OK, so here’s how it works. You email us details of your event and we put it up in our online diary. Then, when we put the next issue together, we lift everything from there and run it all here. ALL FREE! And if it takes our fancy, we might also write a story, so if you’ve got an appropriate photo, send that in too. Email us now at editor@ reconnectonline. and tell us the name of the event, the venue, the date and time, contact number, email and website. What we can’t do is publicise your courses and workshops free of charge - any more than you can take people on your course or workshop free of charge. But we do have a whole section, which we have cleverly titled ‘Workshop and courses diary’. In this issue it’s on page 43. To advertise your event there costs a measly 90p a word with a minimum of 20 words. So, it’s just £18 for us to blab it all over South Devon. Get in touch!

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PARADOX, right, describes himself as a “one-legged existential poet inspiration engineer”. On October 28 he’s in Totnes as a special guest at the latest fundraiser for Katherine Trenshaw’s In Your Own Skin project. Find out more on page 39.

Big reaction to puppy plea RECONNECT readers came up trumps when the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity made an appeal through our pages. So many of you called, the charity says it has never had such a good response. The charity was looking for puppy socialisers to take an eight-week old puppy and raise it to the point of leaving home for training. Georgia Romeril, the charity’s Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, said: “Out of all the publications in which I have placed adverts and/or editorials this year, Reconnect has generated the most puppy socialising enquiries by far!” Jan Long from Plymouth has been a puppy socialiser for over 14 years and is currently looking after her 22nd dog called Kody. Said Jan: “I confess I just love the puppies. It’s wonderfully rewarding. Letting the dog go 12-14 months after its arrival is difficult, but knowing that they

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Learn to be open to your intuition and read tarot “How do you do that?” It’s a question Pete MacDonald often hears during his psychic consultations. How is he able to divine such accurate information about clients’ past and present? He also receives countless calls and letters confirming how right he was about the future. The next question is often: Is this something they could learn for themselves? “Anyone can learn the rudiments of tarot,” says Pete. “You need to be open to your intuition and your imagination. Once you access that, there’s nothing to stop you being a successful tarot reader.” Pete MacDonald, winner of the Prix de Tarot award, has been reading for over 25 years and for people from all walks of life. He has a reputation for going into great depth during his consultations and will spend between two and a half and four hours with each client. “I specialise in doing very deep tarot readings,” he says. “They take a long time because there is that amount of information when you connect on a refined and definitive level.” The courses, residential or nonresidential, that Pete teaches at Stanborough House, near Totnes, take place over a weekend. But how is Pete able to teach such a complex subject in such a short time? “I have a profound understanding of the tarot and I don’t try and mystify it beyond its own natural mystery,” he explains. “Most people who think you need to be awfully psychic find that once you open your intuitive side, which the cards help you to do, you can become very accomplished in a matter of days.” Some course participants have subsequently changed careers in order to read the tarot professionally. Thomas Parrott, a media executive from London, trained with Pete after having what he describes as “an amazing three hour reading - I went back home afterwards really empowered.”

Having done the course, Thomas worked part-time doing readings at psychic fairs and also read for the cast of a well-known TV drama series. There are no more than 11 people on a course “so everybody has quality attention” and there are plenty of breaks. Everyone enjoys the good quality home cooked food and home made cake eaten around the kitchen table by the Aga. Karen Pepper from Gloucestershire attended a course and said: “It was a lovely setting, there were lovely people and I found the social aspect of the weekend thoroughly enjoyable.” Pete’s next courses at Stanborough House are Tarot for Beginners (£190) over the weekend of October 13 and 14 and Advanced Tarot (£235) on November 3 and 4. Residential places are also available. To find out more about the courses, or to book a reading, call 01548 821033 or 07742 056578. Visit and

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Meir cured his own blindness - and now teaches self-healing THERE’S a rare chance to attend a talk and workshop in South Devon with Meir Schneider, the founder of the Self Healing School in San Francisco. Meir was born with cataracts and other eye problems but at the age of 17 he learned the Bates Method and cured himself - today he has 20/80 vision and holds an unrestricted California driver’s licence. Meir then discovered the same principles could be applied to the entire body, so he added his own selfmassage and movement to complement the visual exercises and developed The Meir Schneider of the Self Healing School Meir Schneider Method of SelfHealing through Bodywork and both visual and physical limitations”. Movement. Meir will give a lecture at the Seven Alida Epremian is a DartingtonStars hotel in Totnes on Monday, based self-healing educator. She October 29 – doors open at 6.30pm explained: “It trains us to use for 7pm start and entrance is £8. muscles and joints in a balanced Meir’s new book, Vision For Life, will way by isolating muscle groups, also be on sale. relaxing chronically overused The following day, October 30, he muscles, stimulating brain-body is holding a workshop at Totnes neural connections and, most Pavilion, from 11am-5.30pm. importantly, enhancing circulation.” Priced at £80, attendees are asked to take food to share or their own Meir Schneider has just released his packed lunch, plus a mat or a new book, Vision for Life: Ten Steps blanket. to Natural Eyesight Improvement, through North Atlantic Books and Then on Wednesday, October 31, was presented with a Certificate Meir will be able to see private clients. of Honor by San Francisco Mayor To find out more and to book for Gavin Newsom for his “tireless the workshop, call Alida on 01803 efforts dedicated to improving the 864337, email alihealself@gmail. quality of life for individuals with com.

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editor@reconnectonli at local local people local events local us food health local environment ebikes - on prescription IT’S not unusual for a GP to suggest a patient should get a little more exercise. But GPs at one South Devon surgery are also writing prescriptions for electric bikes. A community-run project called Totnes On The Move (TOTM) has received Devon County Council funding to buy 10 electrically assisted bikes. And two will be based at the town’s Leatside Surgery, where GPs will prescribe their loan for two weeks at a time to encourage patients to take more exercise. The surgery is also installing a bike rack to encourage those who use more conventional cycles. l Look out for more on Totnes On The Move in the next issue of Reconnect. And find out about another exciting eco project at Leatside Surgery on page 13.

Clinic brings Mexican healer back to Devon for new multiple sessions THE world-famous healer Maestro Constantino is visiting Newton Abbot for a second time in October. The master healer from Mexico visited the town’s Align Chiropractic Posture and Wellness Clinic during a UK tour in May when he saw over 1,000 people a week. Dr Catherine Crane of the Align Clinic has invited him back again and he will hold healing sessions, all by donation, in Newton Abbot and Babbacombe. “Maestro Constantino is a kind and compassionate being, with an exceptional healing gift as many people can testify,” said Catherine. “Whatever the illness or issue, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, Maestro’s healing can help support everyone’s highest wishes for their wellbeing and no-one is ever turned away. “Healing sessions are by voluntary donation and proceeds go towards his various charities and allow him to continue to travel the world fulfilling his mission to heal as many people as possible.”

MASTER healer Maestro Constantino - back in South Devon in October. Maestro’s healing sessions will be at the Align Clinic, 39 Devon Square, on Saturday, October 13 (at 3, 4, 5 and 6pm); at St Anne’s Hall in Babbacombe on Sunday, October 14 (3, 5 and 7pm); and at Newton Abbot Spiritualist Church on Monday, October 15 (3, 5 and 7pm); Tuesday,

October 16 (3, 5 and 7pm); Thursday, October 18 (3, 5 and 7pm); Friday, October 19 (10am, 12pm and 2pm) and Saturday, October 20 (10am, 12pm and 2pm). To find out more, email Dr Crane at www. or visit www.maestroconstantinouk.

Group’s plea for musician IF you’re a musician willing to give a helping hand to a deserving cause, Jane Walker would like to hear from you. Jane is the administrator for Cancer Lifeline South West which organises breaks for people who have been affected by cancer. The group is looking for a musician to play for about one hour on one of the days. The events are held at Sharpham in Devon and are intended as a free peaceful retreat for those affected by cancer giving time to retune with the support of professionals. The next breaks are in February next year. Said Jane: “We have one lady who plays guitar and sings and in the past we have had a harpist. We just need a musician to entertain with something suitable. We will pay towards travel expenses and a meal is included.” If you can help call Jane on 01392 432984 or email

Debbie becomes ‘something fantastic’ after health crisis FOR many years, manager and trainer Debbie de Mornay Penny used NLP techniques in her professional life. “Neuro Linguistic Programming had enabled me to plan effectively, communicate, support and coach others with ease and confidence,” said Debbie. But then Debbie’s world was turned upside down and NLP took on a whole new significance. “A consultant told me a very large tumour had been silently growing in my abdomen,” said Debbie. “Biopsies were taken but it would be 10 days before we would know whether or not my life was to be cut short.” Debbie was also told that as a result of the operation to remove the tumour she would experience full blown menopause. “Those 10 days could have been the worst 10 days of my life,” she said. “Instead I promised myself that whatever the outcome, it would be beneficial to me both mentally and physically if I kept a positive state of mind – and to do that I would need to draw on all of my NLP knowledge and resources.” Debbie was lucky – her prognosis was good. “Recovery took a few months, but never before had I been so focussed.

Soon I was back on my feet and in full swing, planning all sorts of projects feeling not just my old self, but a renewed self. “I told everyone ‘I am metamorphosing into something fantastic!’ and I am still so full of enthusiasm, more than ever before in my life”. Debbie has combined her experiences with her NLP skills to create new workshops to help people through their own changes. “Life changes can be gradual or come upon us suddenly and they can affect us all - men and women,” she said. “I knew I must create something unique and special for people at a crossroads in their lives. It had worked for me and I knew I could pass on my skills and teach my strategies to others. “My primary focus is to help others to find harmony within themselves, uplifting and fulfilling directions, set desired goals and make lasting changes.” In 2013 Debbie will run two workshops entitled The Butterfly Model – at Sharpham Estate near Totnes on April 27 and 28, and at The Chalice Well in Glastonbury on July 13 and 14. Visit to find out more.

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THE emotional and physical journeys of an artist following the death of her partner are the inspiration behind a new exhibition. Death The Sacred Prompt features the paintings, photos and journals of Jenny Quick, who cycled to Turkey playing Beethoven “wherever pianos showed up”. Said Jenny: “This exhibition has at its epicentre the explosion into love and connectedness with life which was brought about by the sudden death of the man I loved. Martin was 52 and we had had just a year together. “Immediately following his death I could neither paint nor play as it was too painful to touch those feelings in solitude. Instead I wept with friends or rowed his little boat for hours upon the river Dart. “The immense gift of this was to somehow allow all the griefs of childhood to resurface and although it was so hard, it was as though at some deep level, I was being refreshed and reconnected to myself and to life.” Over the next few years, the idea of the cycling trip was born. “I had always dreamed of cycling around the world and so the idea of continuing the profound inner

journey of the music, meshing with an outer journey through new landscapes began to take root. “After months of preparation I set off with the sonatas in my panniers (and a paint box!) to cycle to Turkey and to play spontaneously wherever pianos showed up.” She told of her adventures in a hugely popular blog - and now in her exhibition at Birdwood House, Totnes, from November 26-December 1. “Death is a sacred prompt to live life fully and that a truthful encounter with loss enables a transformative shift to occur,” said Jenny. “If we can accept it as our near companion and friend, we may more joyfully inhabit ourselves.” The exhibition is sponsored by Totnes funeral directors Green Fuse – “in the spirit of their ongoing support for the arts and local artists,” says Jenny. Jane Morrell of Green Fuse said: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Jenny Quick on this exhibition, which is a powerful and inspiring expression of her journey, Beethoven by Bike.” You can read Jenny’s blog at http://

MINDFULNESS is now widely accepted as an effective way of reducing stress and anxiety – as well as helping us live life more fully. A new Mindfulness for Wellbeing course is starting in October under the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) banner in Paignton, taught by Ros Hammond, right. “This course should be of benefit to anyone but may particularly be helpful for people who have difficulties with stress, depression or anxiety, or physical health problems,” said Ros. “We hope participants on this course will be able to learn a practice to help them look after their own health and wellbeing.” Mindfulness for Wellbeing will consist of nine meetings at Paignton Library and Information Centre on

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Workshops reopen doors MOST of us enter the world in a wonderful state of openness and innocence. But we can only enjoy the full richness of life by experiencing events and relationships that sometimes leave us hurt, physically and emotionally. The paradox deepens when it leads us to close protective doors, creating communication difficulties – which compromises our full experience of life. “Relationships, like nourishment, are not luxuries we can do without,” says Wilhelmina Swindell, who is working with fellow psychophonetics practitioner Belinda Connolly as My Freedom for Life to create workshops aimed at reopening these doors. “Stimulated by conversations with each other, colour, food and other artistic activities., we can activate profound changes through beholding our whole selves afresh.” Belinda added: “‘We love empowering people using psychophonetic sequences because once experienced, these become tools for life, available anytime, anyplace.” Wilhelmina and Belinda are also cooks and their workshops combine painting, sculpting and, of course, cooking to create The Alchemical Kitchen.





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A LOCAL counselling and psychotherapy training centre says it had the largest intake of students yet for its September term. And the demand has continued since the September deadline, so it has set up an additional beginners course to run from January. The Heartwood Centre, on the Dartington estate, was last year accepted by one of the country’s largest awarding bodies (ABC Awards) to run their accredited courses and the first intake onto the starter course was full. Centre director Leigh Smith said: “We’ve had so many enquiries from people who want to enter the profession, we’re having to run another beginners’ course starting in January”. “So if you are interested and you missed the September enrolments it isn’t too late!” Heartwood is also working hard to support existing counsellors. Last year it ran its first Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Supervision. “We are very proud to announce that all the students passed and are now fully qualified (CPCAB) counselling supervisors,” said Leigh, “so they can now offer supervision to other counsellors and expand their career possibilities.“ Course tutor Mark Hartshorn said: “I am very proud of these students. We

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Blown away by EFT evolution EFT (Emotional Freedom Sapphria de la Terre Technique) is the art of recently retrained in EFT allowing what is, says Sapphira de la Terre. “It acknowledges difficult thoughts and feelings, while simultaneously stimulating the energy body, thus dissolving the problem,” she says. “In 20 years of personal growth I have never come across anything more effective when it comes to shifting sludgy old emotions and dismantling limiting beliefs.” Having practised it on herself and friends for over a decade, she recently retrained, and was blown away by how invited the trainer who trained me, much it has evolved. Sandra Hillawi, to run an introductory “Not only has it been pared down workshop at the Totnes Natural Health to become even simpler - and Centre on the evening of Friday, simultaneously even more of a precision October 19, and then all day on tool - but it’s also developing into a Saturday, October 20. powerful spiritual practice, because “Sandra will be teaching some of the it steers you towards identifying with most up-to-date and effective ways your energy body rather than your of working with EFT - enough to work personality.” on yourself, with family and friends. I Sapphira believes that in order to evolve will then follow up the workshop with we need both great tools and people a practice evening once a fortnight, to practice them with, and so wants to starting on Wednesday, October 24, create an EFT practice community in the also at Totnes Natural Health Centre. Totnes area. Contact Sapphira on 01803 862628 or She said: “To get the ball rolling, I have

Touching all parts of life A HOLISTIC approach to massage can touch people in many different ways, according to experienced practitioner Ailsa Lucas, pictured right. “Holistic Massage can be a wonderful way to ease tensions and free up the body, but it can also be a chance to rest deeply, to be nurtured and to feel whole again,’’ said Ailsa In fact she believes that massage can bring something of value to almost any aspect of a person’s experience. Ailsa trained in Holistic Massage with Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork and draws on past experience as a counsellor. She is a Movement Medicine Apprentice and works at Ola Chiropractic Centre in Totnes every Friday. Said Ailsa: “I work so differently with different people. But in fact, that emphasis on aligning myself with each individual client’s needs is one of the central characteristics of my approach. “I listen carefully to hear what each person is looking for and which ways of working together will allow those needs to be

met. The massage I give, and the whole quality of being that I bring to the work, is then a very direct response to the intentions we have agreed, built upon through what I pick up during the session and any on-going feedback the client gives.” ‘’I work with sensitivity and depth at every level, which allows clients to drop deeply into their experience of their body. That can be a profound experience in itself, but it can bring grounding, opening and awareness that nourishes people far beyond the massage session too.’’ Call Ailsa on 01803 849039, 07999 486059 or at ailsa.clare.

Mums get an extra Hub day THE demand for a new Totnes group dedicated to young mums and mothers-to-be has been so great that organisers are expanding to two days a week. Olivia Seck, who helps run the Holistic Birth Hub with the assistance of volunteers, says the hub is now thriving with a wonderful group of women, babies and toddlers making use of therapies, groups, yoga and a yummy lunch in a unique homefrom-home relaxed environment. From October 1 the Hub will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays to meet the growing demand. Mama Mondays will now be for pregnant women and women with babies pre-walking starting with a circle for pregnant women at 9.45 and ending with a hypnobirthing class in the evening. Tuesdays will be a drop-in day for mums whose babies have taken those first magical steps. Both days are held at Eden Rise near Totnes.  Said Olivia: “As well as more focused groups such as a parenting support group and sharing circles, both days will offer time to relax, to have a cuppa in the company of like-minded mums and share experiences informally. “As we expand we very much need support, volunteers and funds to enable us to continue to offer help to as many women as need it. We

welcome any donations gratefully.” Fundraising events coming up include a firewalk on November 3 and the Holistic Birth and Family Fayre on November10 between 10.30am and 3.30pm at Totnes Civic Hall. The fayre includes stalls, talks, a cozy kids’ corner with activities, therapy tasters, mellow music and a Made with Love Cafe. If you would like to book a stall please enquire. Said Deb, the Hub’s drop-in coordinator: “We are asking people to come and share this special day with us in celebration of the Hub’s first year. Visit

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‘An impending global shift’ DESPITE all the prophecies of doom and gloom surrounding the 2012 phenomenon, including the ancient Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world, there are others who say this year could signal a huge positive physical and spiritual transformation. This November His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, who heads the ancient Hindu establishment, the 1500-year-old Madurai Aadheenam, will be in the UK to speak about what he says is an impending global shift in human consciousness. Nithyananda’s vision is to help trigger this shift in each individual through transformational talks, meditation and initiations. Nithyananda believes our planet is preparing for incredible change, which will reflect in every dimension of our existence. He says 2012 is the time for realising our highest possibilities, as “a fortunate confluence of massive physical and spiritual energies are working to catapult humanity to the next plane of conscious evolution.” The predicted alignment of planets

in our solar system, due to occur on December 21, means a great deal of spiritual energy will be concentrated on our planet during this period. Nithyananda is undertaking an ‘Awakening the World’ tour in November, to share with global audiences the secrets of harnessing these powerful energies for material and spiritual abundance. Nithyananda, who is regarded by thousands as a divine incarnation and living saint, is also ranked as the top spiritual leader on Youtube, with over 2000 hours of free talks drawing 16 million views. He has been named among the world’s top 100 spiritually influential people of 2012. Nithyananda will be giving free lectures and conducting workshops in London from November 1-4. The programme offers interactive sessions, mind-body healing techniques and powerful energy initiations. Register or find out more at www.  Watch Nithyananda’s talks on www.

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Guildhall hosts wellness fest PLYMOUTH’S Hoe could soon be hosting its first Wellness Festival following the successful growth of holistic and craft fairs in the city. A local business known as Elements Events, has been staging the fairs during the past year and says interest continues to grow. The next event is being held at Plymouth’s Guildhall on Saturday, December 1 between 11am and 4pm with free entry. It will feature talks, demonstrations and taster sessions about reiki, reflexology, colour therapy, healing, massage and, tarot, angel and aura reading. Stalls will also have crystals, beauty products and jewellery. One of the organisers, Lisa Mechen, said the December fair will be the largest they have held since a well attended June event. Said Lisa: “We wanted to grow

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even further to invite and showcase considerably more holistic talent.” Elements, which is made up of Lisa and her business partner Stephanie Sinclaire, has grown out of organising Hand Made Only craft fairs in the region. Now the women want to set up a health and wellness festival on the Hoe to include many different therapists, readers and crafters, plus food and music. Said Lisa: “The festival would be a celebration of all things under the spiritual/holistic banner. A really exciting destination to experience, learn and be immersed in an environment of warmth and knowledge under a big umbrella of relaxation and tranquillity.” To find out more about the December event call Lisa on 07954 427722 or go to www.elementsholisticandcraftevents. us at Art therapy courses now in 16th year ART is a proven and powerful communication tool in the treatment of mental health conditions - supported by the fact that the Exeter-based Insider Art organisation is in its 16th year of courses. One of Insider Art’s most popular courses, Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy, starts in October. The organisation was established in 2001 by directors Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale, both Health Professions Council registered art psychotherapists who also work for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Devon Child & Adolescent Mental Health NHS Services. They are experienced artists, community artists, and arts educators who work with other practitioners - artists and therapists - to offer psychologically, emotionally and creatively informed courses and trainings. They also offer art psychotherapy as well as supervision and mentoring support for artists, counsellors and therapists. In Autumn 2012 Insider Art will host Marian’s Liebmann’s three linked day courses that explore art, conflict and anger management. Marian is the editor of Arts Approaches to Conflict and runs training for several Youth Offending Teams in the UK, and Restorative Justice training in Uganda, Russia, South Africa, Serbia and three West African countries. In early 2013 Insider Art is running a four-day Sandtray Therapy course on the practical applications of this broadly Jungian psychological therapy using imagination, story-making, creativity and sensory approaches within the therapeutic process. For more information or to be included on Insider Art’s mailing list, visit   or call 01392 677258.


Meditation and neuroscience Centre’s busy year ON the face of it, you might wonder what the relatively new study of neuroscience has in common with a compassionate heart. In fact, for more than 30 years neuroscience has explored the relationship between mind and body and is discovering how our minds work to support or inhibit how we feel moment by moment. South Devon meditation teacher Philip Jones, right, said: “Neuroscience is beginning to explain how we are wired to both love and hate the people we are closest to. “Fortunately, the extraordinary plasticity of the brain can be cultivated consciously even in later life by practises of meditation to increase a sense of connectedness and love with our fellow planet-dwellers; and an understanding of how we are wired to love and to fight can erode aspects of self judgement and develop compassion for ourselves and for others. “ On October 5 and 6, Philip will team up with neurologist and psychiatrist Dr Roberta (Bobbi) Bennett, above, to give two introductory talks, with slides and experiential opportunities, exploring how the recent insights of neuroscience and traditional

meditational practises can offer support to “awaken the heart to our experience of being in the moment as we live our lives in creative relationship with ourselves, with others and with our environments.” Said Philip: “Bobbi and I share a passion for communicating this subject with minimum jargon and maximum connection.” The talks, at Dartington Hall, near Totnes, run 7-9.30pm and cost £7 per evening, or £10 for both. Call Philip on 07753 604739 or email philiprobertjones@yahoo.

Conference focus on building health A TWO day conference will focus on ways of building natural health and immunity - especially in those with cancer. Treating People Not Cancer will be held in the Totnes Civic Hall on November 17/18. Dr Steve Hopwood, a director of The Arcturus Clinic Community Interest Company, the event’s sponsors, said: “With the extensive MP, BBC and trading standards interest in the last conference, it should be a good show.” On the Saturday, all the talks will be given by doctors and on Sunday the speakers will be “more doctors, experienced practitioners and cancer survivors.” “The conference will not offer treatments for cancer or advice in connection with the treatment of cancer,” said Steve. “Instead it will concentrate on the principles and practices of building natural health and immunity in all people - especially focusing on the issues of those with cancer. “The vision is to bring medical doctors and other like-minded professionals together to speak and present in public a broad spectrum of wise, rational and scientific support for these important issues. The aim is to awaken the public, media and medical establishment to the necessity of investing in natural ways to promote health and generate wellbeing in our communities.” MD/PhD speakers already confirmed are: Dr Kate James, Dr Patrick Kingsley, Dr Sarah Myhill, Dr Andre Young Snell, Dr Damien Downing, Dr Julian Kenyon, Dr Etienne Callebout, Dr Stephen Hopwood, Dr Robert Verkerk PhD and Dr Claudius Van Wyk PhD. The conference is open to the public and is £35 for the day or £7 per lecture. Call Arcturus Clinic on 01803 868282 or visit

THE Summer has been a busy one for the Exeter Natural Health Centre following its rebranding and the launch of its new website. The team of therapists has been out and about at festivals and charity events throughout the region which culminated in the centre’s open day in September. Ali Morrish, who manages the centre, said taster sessions offered at events were an excellent way of promoting the centre and were popular with the public. Events attended included Respect, Chagstock and the Poltimore Garden Party. The Centre is a partner of Exeter Phoenix and this year has sponsored the Audience Choice Award for Exeter Contemporary Open Art Exhibition. In November the centre is holding its very popular Children in Need day and in December is sponsoring Quirk Theatre programme for their Christmas performances. Autumn brings the start of the new academic year and the practitioner courses in homoeopathy, massage and reflexology have been successfully recruiting new students. Said Ali: “If anyone has not yet applied they should look at our website and contact the course provider for any available places. “We also have several new courses and workshops booked for the next few months, so please look at the courses, workshops and events page on the website and see what you fancy. You may also like to look at the classes page to see day and evening classes available this Autumn.” There are still a few rooms for therapists wanting to move into a professional clinic space. Visit, call 01392 422555.

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Tranquil music makers find peace in Torbay SYMBIOSIS, the group whose calming music is a favourite for relaxing listening and holistic therapies around the world, has recently moved from West London to the peace and tranquillity of Torbay. Musician and producer Clive Williamson, right, has set up home and a sound studio in Torquay to “take inspiration from the coast and to be within reach of Totnes, Dartmoor and Devon’s beautiful countryside.” Clive crossed the globe to record one of their best-selling albums, Aotearoa – Nature Sounds of New Zealand, but says: “I now get the same great feeling living here in Devon as I did going round New Zealand. It’s just as easy to get close to nature here and hopefully we can reflect that peaceful feeling in our future releases!” Symbiosis are best known for their relaxation album Touching the Clouds, which features the flute-playing of John Hackett and has often been acclaimed for its proven therapeutic effects. Clive now hopes to introduce his group’s work to the many therapists and practitioners in the South West and to connect with like-minded musicians based in the area. “We made some great contacts at this Summer’s Quest festival and Symbiosis CDs are already available from Herbs & Honey in St Marychurch.” Visit or call 01803 293030 for a free catalogue.

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ADRENAL problems are some of the most common complaints practitioner Sue Vaughan experiences in her clinic which specialises in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. And dealing with the adrenal gland is one of Sue’s areas of expertise. She says that adrenal depletion is one of the most under diagnosed illnesses in Western society and yet it is a very common complaint because the adrenals help our bodies adapt to stress. Said Sue: “Prolonged stress of any kind, which is not dealt with in a positive way, will deplete the adrenals and once this happens, symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and maybe panic attacks will ensue.” She explained that the main symptoms of adrenal depletion are swinging from anxiety to exhaustion, less tolerance to stress, sensitivity to bright lights and insomnia. She added: “The good news is that they are very resilient glands and with the right treatment can be brought back into balance very quickly.” Sue has been in practice since qualifying as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist at the National College of Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy in 1987. In 1990 she successfully completed a two-year Holistic Health diploma course with The Howell College of Holistic Health where she also attained a Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. Sue also qualified as a NLP practitioner with The Performance Partnership in 1999 and in 2002 trained with Paul McKenna. Sue is based in Kingsbridge and has regular clinics in Buckinghamshire and London. Her client base is around 2,500 with clients coming from as far as Morocco, France and Jersey. From the beginning of October she will be working from the Exeter Natural Health Centre with a view to developing a practice there because she plans to move to the Exeter area during the next year. Sue’s book, De-stress Your Life: Helping Your Adrenals Help You, has been published this year as an eBook and is available on Kindle. Call her on 01548 852371.

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New art project fundraiser WE seem to hear of more developments around the In Your Own Skin social arts project every week, so here’s the latest! A second film trailer screening and fundraiser will be held at Totnes Civic Hall on October 18 at 7.30pm. In Your Own Skin is a multi-media project that captures photographs of people with a word or phrase painted on their skin that says something that is true about them but that is not obvious to strangers. Already a collection of extraordinary and moving images, the plan is to also create a book, a community art exhibition – and the film. Hosted by project catalyst Katheryn Trenshaw, the film trailer screening will also feature: a special appearance by renowned performance poet Paradox, who describes himself as a “onelegged existential poet inspiration engineer”; 5 Rhythms dancing with Jo Hardy; and live musicians Madrum, who have composed music specially for the film.

A Holistic and Craft Fair Featuring Therapies, Readers with Free Talks and Demonstrations Plymouth Guildhall Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm Free Entry Contact Lisa 07954427722

Because it’s a fundraiser for the project, entrance is by donation – from £10-10,000 in advance and from £15-15,000 on the night! Tickets are available from Vital Touch, The Passionate Presence Centre and online at www. “The first event was sold out, so booking is highly recommended,” says Katheryn. Meanwhile, Katheryn tells us Steven Draper is making a film about the In Your Own Skin project as part of his Focus Britain film series. Keep up with all In Your Own Skin developments at www., or call Katheryn on 01803 863 552.

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Beverley’s raw facts about nutrition Herbal pharmacy opens THE condition of your blood has long been considered a window into your general health. Examination of a tiny pin prick of blood can reveal a great deal about your body. Beverley Bird, right, is not only a qualified live and dry blood analyst - of which there are only a handful in the UK - she is also a certified clinical nutritionist and has a diploma in raw, living foods. Beverley runs The Raw Retreat near Launceston in Cornwall where she focuses on issues such as digestive and gut problems. Her suggested diets are aimed at boosting the immune system, tackling joint pain, weight loss or gain and increasing vitality and aiding recovery. Now Beverley is running one-day live blood analysis and raw food workshops at the Raw Retreat. Having fasted the night before, clients have their blood tested having already completed a health questionnaire and a three-day food diary. After a raw breakfast, which could consist of raw granola with fresh fruits and nut milk, they together examine the blood samples and discuss what improvements can be made to improve their blood picture through diet and lifestyle. At 11am they start the six-hour raw food workshop.

Said Beverley: “In my raw and living kitchen I demonstrate how to prepare many different raw food recipes. This is tailored to the needs of the individual client. Those coming with no knowledge of raw foods may start with such things as nut milks, smoothies, juices, soups, etc. “Those with more experience move straight on to such things as raw mayonnaise made with sunflower seeds, raw nut cheese and dehydrated foods and dinner party recipes. “Then there’s time to make raw chocolate truffles, brownies and other treats.” Part of what they make provides lunch which could be: beetroot soup with pine nuts and sea vegetables, raw sprouted buckwheat pizza with tomato sauce and macadamia cheese - followed by carrot cake with cream frosting. All raw of course. Lunch is taken in a Grade II listed barn. Food demonstrations continue through until 5pm and the client is able to take home some of the foods that have been created to share with family and friends. For clients who are unable to commute, the retreat offers accommodation.  The Raw Retreat offers five programmes: Health Retreat, Detox Retreat, Weight Loss Retreat, Fertility Retreat and Raw Food Education Retreat. Go to: www.liveblooduk. and

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TORQUAY’S busy health food shop Herbs & Honey is now playing a vital role in the community as the base for a dedicated herbal dispensary and pharmacy. The pharmacy is run by medical herbalist Dawn Ireland and has just moved in to the first floor adjoining the shop’s therapy and treatment room. Dawn’s Hawthorn Practice of Herbal Medicine is operating under the new regulations which came into force last year to restrict the availability of over-the-counter herbal medicines. Dawn also makes and sells a range of natural body care products under the name of Green Wyse (www.greenwyse. As well as operating as a health food shop, Herbs & Honey also hosts therapists in its treatment room and stages workshops. Workshops coming up include a National Seed Gathering Sunday, free event, on Sunday October 14 between 2-4pm collecting hips and haws and berries with chats about how to use them for health and food. Those interested are asked to meet outside Herbs & Honey, Fore Street, St Marychurch. No booking necessary. On Monday, October 22, between 10am-2pm there will be a soap making workshop using herbs and natural ingredients. The soaps make ideal gifts and there will be unusual gift wrapping and presentation ideas plus samples to take home. The cost is £25 per person. Booking is essential with places being limited. On Tuesday, November 13, between 10 am-2pm a Seasonal Herbal and Aromatic Craft Day is being held. This is a chance to make seasonal things for your home or for gifts, including incense, sleep pillows, tea blending and bath fizzers. For more information contact Helen Stewart at Herbs & Honey on 01803 314901 or email

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‘Mmmm, maybe I’ll just have one more...’

JUST how important is food to you? Ultimately it’s vital of course - without it we die and as benchmarks go, that definitely leans towards the definitive. But starving is seldom an issue for anyone in the Western world and very few of us even go hungry for long, so what makes food still such an issue - to the point that it accounts for more than half of retail spending; an average of around £500 a month per UK household? Now, if you’re expecting me to launch into a rant about the commodification of yet another fundamental part of our lives… well, I won’t disappoint you. Processed food is a multibillion pound international industry with products designed by scientists, manufactured by machine, packaged and cleverly marketed to provide instant gratification in a society convinced (by massive publicity campaigns) that it NEEDS more. Right NOW. A quick taste fix of something salty or sweet to take our minds off the underlying nagging suspicion that maybe life’s really about more than... mmm, well, maybe I’ll just have one more. Ready-made meals roll off the ends of conveyor belts and all we have to do is pop them in the oven, or even the microwave, saving us loads of time to… what? Work a little longer to pay for all those ready-made meals? Watch some celebrity chef on TV cooking up a gastronomic creation we’re never going to make, let alone taste? But food can also be so, so much more than that. It is, as we’ve said, one of the basic requirements for life; to find food, to

FOOD can be so more than just something to titilate your tastebuds or a way of stopping yourself feeling hungry. Martin Foster’s got food on the brain again...

Food for thought prepare food and to share food is literally primal. This important work, arguably THE most important work of all, was once part of a mother’s role, something which has become massively undervalued in recent years – perhaps an innocent victim of the feminist struggle. But whoever does it, and it is perfect work for sharing, it is surely time it was valued again. Whether grown or bought, gathering food can be a rich and worthwhile pursuit. Growing food is perhaps more obviously rewarding: young children marvel at cress seeds bursting into life on blotting paper and those of us who garden in adult life continue to marvel at crops appearing before our eyes. And maybe become just a little depressed at them being consumed

by slow but relentless pests. All too many of us have become expert slug farmers this year. But growing is itself not something to be rushed. Yes, preparing the soil and tending seedlings and watering and fighting those sodding pests is time-consuming, and you do need to get on with it. But until you grow your own food, you don’t realise how much time you need to spend just looking – for signs of disease, sure, and for our slimy friends too, but time also in unspoken amazement and wonder and gratitude. It’s not difficult to see why religion grew as fast as crops among our forebears. By comparison, shopping might not at first seem as glorious a pursuit. There is not much to enrich the soul in an elbowing charge round the supermarket accompanied by a trolley that won’t go straight and a couple of kids who insist on going straight for those cynically situated sweet displays. But again, it doesn’t have to be like that. Give it a little thought and time, and see it as important and worthy work rather than something to be completed as quickly as possible, and things start to change. Visit smaller specialist shops and market stalls and food starts to look interesting and appetising again – instead of garish and problematic. Your fellow shoppers are just that – fellow shoppers. Not competitors in the dash to the check-out. Hell, you might even see friends and stop for a chat. And once your attitude to food shifts, every other aspect of food becomes


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more valued, more enjoyable. With fresh, local ingredients, bought in season, there’s more incentive to cook – and not with complex, exotic sauces ‘to make things interesting’ but simpler fare which allows the genuine flavours of the food to come through. The meals too might then slow down, allowing you time to really taste the food and time to chat and get a flavour of your family’s day. Check out if you need inspiration. Visiting Wendy Morrison’s Five Flavours website (, I read an old Zen saying: “How you do anything is how you do everything. When you rush through meals, you are likely to rush through life”. In Chinese medicine food plays an active part in healing. Ill health is seen as an imbalance of the body’s energy flow - imbalances that can be healed through simple changes in the diet. You can also find out more in Carol Lee’s regular column here in Reconnect – see page 25 in this issue. And diet also plays a big part in nutritional naturopathy, as practiced by Carol (www. and our very own Heather Nicholson – visit www. So if you want to get more out of your food, please don’t think of food as just a way to titillate your tastebuds, or even just a way to stop yourself feeling hungry. Food feeds your whole body. And if you buy or grow it, prepare it and eat it consciously, you’ll be feeding your soul too.

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