Volunteers dig in to help the environment

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


Sad news…

A past Chair of Westden has sadly passed away this week. Gill Gorbutt was an important member of the community for many years and was a key player here at Westden. She had been battling with cancer for the last three years and in her true optimisitic spirit had been winning. Tragically. on Tuesday evening, she could battle no longer.

Gill was compassionate and strong as Chair of Westden and she will be sorely missed by so many people. Our thoughts are with Emma and Tom at this time. As yet, there are no details about the funeral.

New Environment Group at Tavistock College

Westden met with a group of students at Tavistock College today who are forming the first Environment Group. They have not decided on a name as yet so students Beth and Alice just call themselves the “Environment People”. It seems this is a new strategy from Eva Pearson who in charge of what one may call sustainability and environment at the college and who is working closely with Westden on the new School Garden Network.

Westden were at are the college to discuss a project with a group of sixth-formers who are looking to do some community work in the town and learn about the decision processes made in the town and how they can be part of it. Their teacher, Pete Keegan, invited Westden into the college to help put on a day for the students on Sunday 8 November to look into how ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’ come hand-in-hand in communities. The day will be partly spent doing some manual maintainance work on a community garden in Tavistock and the other brainstorming and design two other areas.

More on this soon…

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Westden (West Devon Environmental Network)

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