A big thank you…

A big THANK YOU to all the students, teachers, governors, parents and community members who helped out on our project at Tavistock College this weekend.

Photos and more details to follow shortly…


Volunteer days at Tavistock College: 25 & 26 September 2010

Thank you to all the volunteers who have offered to come along on Saturday 25th and/or Sunday 26th September to help out on our pilot project.

We will be meeting at 10am on both days at the outdoor picnic area outside the canteen. We should be finished about 1pm both days.

We will be doing activities like sanding, painting and weeding so please please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on and/or getting dirty.

Light refreshments will be provided including tea, coffee, squash, water, biscuits etc.

We will be undercover most of the day so don’t be put off on Sat or Sun morning if it is raining.

If you have any queries, please contact Max on 01822 618 715 (forwards to mobile on Sat/Sun) or email contact@westden.org.uk

Thanks again for your offers of help and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Volunteers dig in to help the environment

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(Article from the Tavistock Times, May 20, 2010)

Tavistock College Surf Academy beach clean up at Tregantle Beach on Sat 6 Feb 10

Just a reminder that the  Tavistock College Surf Academy is hosting a (hopefully) large scale beach clean up on Tregantle beach (Whitsands Bay) on Saturday 6th Feb.  The event should be a fun day at the beach and will be incredibly worth while in terms of the vastly improved condition it will be left in.  If you are not doing anything that day it would be amazing to see some of you there.  There is going to be press there as well so it should give the college a nice bit of publicity if we have lots of people there.  Dan Kinsman and I are collecting a minibus full of students from college and then meeting everybody else on Tregantle beach at 11:20ish for a safety briefing.  It’s not nasty horrible food rubbish or anything like that, it’s all just marine debris which is almost all washed up plastic.  The beach is dog friendly too.  If your keen, bring warm clothes and some gardening gloves.  Hope you can make it. 

Pete Keegan 07866 886954

Odyssey Orchard at Tavistock College

Westden are excited to see the Odyssey Orchard go in at Tavistock College. The college report said…

“”Tavistock College students plant heritage orchard to safeguard trees for the future Tavistock College students are helping to save local fruit tree varieties from extinction by planting apple trees in the school grounds.

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Tavi Times article on Outdoor Taskforce

Tavistock College Outdoor Task Force strike at the Molly Owen Centre


Tutor Group 12DK become the first Community Outdoor Taskforce

Westden worked in partnership with Tavistock College and Tavistock Taskforce on Sunday 8 November 2009 by creating a day called the “Community Outdoor Task Force Event”. Pupils from tutor group 12DK and one of the members from the college’s newly formed “Environment Group” joined Lucie Ponsford from Tavistock Taskforce in giving the Sensory Garden at the Molly Owen Centre a much-needed facelift. Weeding, pruning, raking were done with zeal and in only two hours they managed to completely change the garden.


Design and discuss

Westden then continued the day by hosting some design and discussion sessions which looked at two potential areas for sustainable development. Firstly, the open space at the back of the Molly Owen Centre and secondly, the area in front of the new football pavillion at the Tavistock Community Football Club. Both areas are places which Westden have been approached to design and develop and it was a good opportunity to get some brainstorming done. The idea was to introduce the group to rights and responsibilities by way of balancing some community work with some ways that the group could begin to exercise their rights as community members.

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Helping hand

The other key aspects were to:

  • Introduce pupils to volunteering
  • Introduce pupils to sustainability literacy
  • Create opportunity for the pupils to add to their college Reward Scheme
  • Promote community involvement
  • Promote gardening as a healthy activity for both mind and body

Look out for the article in this Thursday’s edition of the Tavistock Times. Click below for some more photos…

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