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Serpentine Community Farm Celebrate First AGM

After the AGM there were more Pressing Matters to get on with!

Congratulations to the Serpentine Community Farm on celebrating their first AGM in the most appropriate way.

Janine Morris writes;

"A lovely Apple Day was held at the Serpentine Community Farm on 18th September complemented by the balmy autumn weather. A good number of people dropped in to say hello, including folk just passing through the park as well as members and dedicated volunteers.

Martin Stokes, was a welcome addition to the day, with his fine selection of apple varieties on sale. Apples were pressed with gusto, thanks to the loan of the apple press from Bamford Quaker Community.

The day concluded with our first General Meeting. Two new Directors were appointed and members were updated on the progress made in the previous year, including the renovation of the greenhouse to its former glory, the installation of a new Poly-tunnel, raised beds and cold frames to boost productive growing space, as well as the near completion of the compost toilet.

We updated the success of various projects including the highly successful Grow Wild project with Buxton & Leek College students.

All of the progress made at the site could not have been possible without the all the amazing volunteer help along the way, including our weekly visits from Alderbrook and all the individuals and teams who have dropped in to help, and continue to do so. Here’s to another productive year down at the Farm!"

Buxton Group Celebrate 25 years

Joan Hibbert writes:

The Buxton Group was formed in late 1991 in response to the evacuation of the Crescent earlier that year. Initially our aim was to campaign for the future of the building. His Grace the Duke of Devonshire became our Patron. With the help of a petition presented to Parliament, English Heritage stepped in and the fabric of the building was saved from further dereliction.

The Buxton Group soon took on a wider range of issues in the town. We have campaigned for and supported measures which improve conditions for those living in, working in and visiting the town of Buxton. We monitor, comment on and constructively criticise planning applications and have written to object to several major inappropriate proposed building projects.

We instigated the restoration of the Taylor (Children’s) Well, now situated at the junction of Terrace Road and Spring Gardens and gave a donation. Our group were instrumental in establishing the High Peak Health forum to resist closure of the Devonshire Hospital and pressed for improvements to the health provision in the town. We have written to stress the importance of Buxton retaining an ambulance and fire station and supported keeping the Minor Injuries department open. Our group continue to monitor the condition of the Pavilion Gardens buildings and have met with the Council to discuss our concerns and press for action.

We have close links to the Civic Association, Vision Buxton, Friends of the Pavilion Gardens and the Town Team. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm at the Old Hall Hotel, to discuss and take necessary and appropriate action on what is happening in our town. Members are very welcome to attend these meetings, or you can just become a member to show your support.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT OUR TOWN AND IT’S FUTURE, PLEASE COME AND JOIN US

Membership Secretary- David Morten davidmorten@talktalk.net- please contact for joining details
or

Joanne Hibbert -Chair joanne.hibbert37@gmail.com

Grinlow Butterfly Survey 2016

Increase in Butterflies in Grinlow Bucks the National Trend

The recent report in the Guardian and on the BBC Today programme (10th October 2016) of an overall decline in the number of Butterflies observed in nationwide surveys has been bucked, according to the early results in from BCA's Grinlow Butterfly Survey.

Steve Orridge, who heads up the survey team, reported that not only were numbers of butterflies seen during the survey up on last years figures, the number of species surveyed had also increased.

"We are clearly seeing the benefits that the forest ride brings to the woods as well as the importance of the glades. The increase light and variety of plant species is hugely beneficial to the butterflies." Steve went on " This is only the second year of the survey , but already it is giving us important feedback and information on the health and well-being of the woods."

Peter Philipson, BCA Director with responsibility for the woods also commented "The wildflowers in the glades have been fantastic this year, and this has contributed to the increase in numbers of butterflies and other insect species. A key part of our Woodland Management Plan is to support the increase in Bio-diversity and it would appear that the survey results show this to be working."

A full report on the 2016 survey will be available later in the year. If anyone is interested in helping out with the 2017 survey, please email us at contact@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk

Civic Day 20th June 2015

It may seen along way off but by the time Christmas and the New Year is over Civic Day will only be 5 months away.

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride. Its a chance for communities across the country to express their pride in the place in which they live. The first civic day was organised in 2011 by Civic Voice, it will be held again in 2015 and, it has the potential to become one of England’s most popular voluntary cultural events. The event is a unique opportunity to stimulate new interest and generate a renewed sense of civic pride for communities across the country.


Although the coordinating work is done by Civic Voice, what really makes this event happen is the fantastic effort of thousands of volunteers. Its the guided tours , the exhibitions, street parties and the competitions that help the visitors understand the area they live in just a little bit more.

BCA is planning to hold an event or a series of events to mark the day. If anyone has any suggestions drop us an email at communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk.

Serpentine Volunteer Days

Volunteers working hard on the Serpentine Project

Transition Buxton are coordinating a project to create a community food production and education area based at the old working greenhouses in the Serpentine off Burlington Road. Volunteers have managed to clear a lot of the invasive scrub already and Buxton Civic Association have supported them with a donation.

There is still plenty of work to be done however so if anyone is interested in volunteering, in particular to help with building raised beds, and composting areas, then there are a number of volunteer days through out the winter.

The days run from 10 til 4 and are on:

Wednesday 19th November
Wednesday 26th November
Sunday 30th November
Wednesday 3rd December
Wednesday 10th December
Wednesday 17th December

If you are interested in helping out, then check out the Transition Buxton website for more information at www.transitionbuxton.co.uk

Spring Cleaning Buxton Style

Volunteers gathering to help with the Spring Clean organised by the Town Team

Many thanks to the Buxton Civic Association members for turning out on Saturday morning to support the Big Spring Clean organised so well by the Buxton Town Team. The Spring clean made a big impression on the town and for the town, with visitors and residents stopping to say how impressed they were at the community spirit so evident in Buxton.

Volunteers wanted for Woodland Working Group

Fancy some good healthy exercise and also helping maintain the Association’s woodlands, then why not volunteer for the Woodland Working Group? The Group meets on the last Monday of the month, or on an alternative Monday if the last Monday is a Bank Holiday, at 9.30 am at Poole’s Cavern.

Most of the Group’s work is carried out in Grin Wood, but on occasions work is also undertaken in one of the other woods maintained by the Association. The work is not over strenuous and does not involve the use of power tools. For example, a typical morning’s work might involve assisting with the clearing of grass cuttings from the glades or the cutting back of saplings on the glade edges. Other work has included clearing paths and drainage channels and making bird boxes. We usually finish by midday.

Tools are provided, but you do need to come suitably dressed and be prepared to get dirty. If you are interested give us a call on 01298 26978 and ask to speak to Alan Walker.