Tavistock Food & Drink Festival 2010

The Bedford Hotel is to host an end of summer Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday September 11th and 12th 2010. The Festival will be organised by Tavistock Food Festivals.

Festival Chairman, Jeffrey Stackhouse, said of the festival “We are absolutely delighted to be able to hold our Festival this year in the very heart of Tavistock which is our ‘spiritual‘ home. We have had a fantastic response from exhibitors who have already filled over half of the stands available. The car park will be the principal exhibition area and the garden will become a rest and refreshment area. The venue is superb and avoids the loss of the main Bedford car park over the weekend.

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The Big Lunch 2010

At noon on Sunday, we braved the swirling mist and pitched the first tarpaulin on the banked grass in Bannawell Street Park ready for our Big Lunch 2010. Armed with local homemade or Fairtrade food, an assortment of games and stubborn optimism we laid out our fare. It was great to see the first of our neighbours coming around the corner handling their hamper up the hill.

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Tavistock Town Council remove their support for TaVi

I have just heard that Tavistock Town Council have removed their support for the Tavistock & Villages Development Forum (TaVi). The TaVi committee provides vital funds to third sector organisations like Horrabridge Youth Club and Tavistock Rugby Club and also hosts a monthly Open Forum for Tavistock and the surrounding villages to be able to air their concerns and plan for the future together.

GrowTavi was a recent open forum which I ran in conjunction with TaVi and Westden and we saw 31 members of our community representing over 17 organisations show up to discuss all aspects of local food growing. From it two projects have spawned: GardenShare and a potential CSA. It was a great success and a perfect example of what we could have regularly in Tavistock.

The point is that all three tiers of local governement sat on the committee including Tavistock Town Council, West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council. The other two are maintaining their support for TaVi as the only space that Tavistock has for the public to meet and discuss local issues. Also, as national government are talking about decentralization and empowering local communities I find the decision from the Town Council quite counter-productive. Mutual support is what these times demand, not back turning.

Admittedly, TaVi is going through a process of working out what it wants to be and how it wants to get there but I am disappointed that at this time when optimism and aiming high are required of our wonderful town, that the Town Council have decided to pull their support.

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Maxim Laithwaite
Environment Portfolio Holder, TaVi

New website for the Tavistock Peace Action Group

For all your community transport needs…

If you need information about community transport, contact Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) and see about their new project ‘Transport For Your Community’.


Free Recycled Art Workshops at Tavistock Youth Cafe

Making Dream Catchers from Recycled Materials and Style Factor from the Tavistock Youth Cafe this half term…..click read more….

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Climate Change update talk at the Wharf, Tavistock