Honiton Green Team!

Ben, me & Ana at the back on our stall in Honiton this morning
Ben, me & Ana at the back on our stall in Honiton this morning

Thank you to everyone who helped on the Green Party stall this morning – Kate, Ben, Ana and Emily. Thanks to Tina for donating the carrot cake, Elena for donating the knitted items and everyone visiting us for their kind support. It was a beautiful day, bringing lots of visitors into Honiton for the market.  Happy Autumn Equinox everyone!

Honiton Foodbank

free-foodHad a really interesting meeting with Honiton Foodbank this morning, they do so much more than just give out food. They offer debt advice, addiction support, counselling, re-housing etc. I was there with two hats on really – as a member of Transition Town Honiton and a Honiton Town Councillor. I’m also following up on some fundraising I did with the Midweek Herald earlier this year where a team of us raised £1000 for the foodbank (see http://bit.ly/O5gQso)

It must surely be a sign of the times that these Foodbanks are opening up everywhere but finding out more this morning about how many people volunteer to help others, I am astonished and extremely pleased to be reassured that there really is this supportive community aspect to Honiton.

So – next time you’re doing your weekly shop, buy a couple of extra bits to donate to the Foodbank. Really doesn’t have to be much (a tin of beans!) and you can drop them off at various points around town – the doctors, banks, town council, St Paul’s Church or to the King’s Centre, Lees Buildings.

If you, like me are angry about people going without food and shelter as a direct result of the cuts this government is making – join the Green Party or at least VOTE GREEN at the next election, so you have Green Councillors fighting Tory & Lib Dem austerity cuts and making our society a fairer place for EVERYONE to live.

See our local Green Party website http://eastdevon.greenparty.org.uk/

Green events happening in East Devon THIS week

cw-logo (1)Here are some events happening in East Devon during Climate Week (12th – 18th March 2012).

Our Climate and How it Changes – a talk by Prof. Brian Golding Wed 14th March 7.30pm at The Norman Lockyer Observatory See http://bit.ly/zw3JBV

Seedy Saturday – Sat 17th March at the Mackarness Hall, High St, Honiton. This event has been organised by the new Transition Town Honiton group. Swap seeds, cuttings & seedlings and there are free seeds on offer plus stalls, raffle, children’s activities and fairtrade tea & coffee and cake! See http://bit.ly/y6tCOM

The Exe Factor – Sat 17th March 7.30pm. An evening of vocals, beats & moves at The Bath House in Exmouth – a fundraiser for the East Devon Green Party. See http://www.sharonpavey.org/the-exe-factor

Green Vehicle Show at Sidmouth College – Sat 17th March 10am – 2pm. See http://bit.ly/zb0ktC

East Devon Green Party – Happy 2nd Birthday

Members of East Devon Greens and the Torbay Greens together at the Exeter Animal Aid Christmas Without Cruelty Festival Dec 2011
Members of East Devon Greens and the Torbay Greens together at the Exeter Animal Aid Christmas Without Cruelty Festival Dec 2011

January 2012 marks two years since the East Devon Green Party (EDGP) was formed. Previously part of the Exeter Green Party, the decision was made to set up a more local group in January 2010 in order to be more effective in this large rural area. We broke away with the blessing of the Exeter Green Party and some funds to get us started which enabled the EDGP to put me up as a candidate for East Devon for the 2010 General Election. We still work with the Exeter Greens and will be supporting them in their campaign to get a Green Councillor elected onto Exeter City Council this spring. We also have good links with the South Devon Green Party, the Torbay Green Party, the Mid Devon Greens and the West Devon Greens.

Members of East Devon Green Party with West Devon & Exeter Greens protesting against Devon County Council cutting £30 million from their annual budget
Members of East Devon Green Party with West Devon & Exeter Greens protesting against Devon County Council cutting £30 million from their annual budget Oct 2011

2011 saw our first two Green Councillors elected here in East Devon – myself onto Honiton Town Council and Emily McIvor onto Axmouth Parish Council. We also fought the East Devon District Council Elections – with Green candidates standing in several wards giving people the opportunity to vote Green. We had a large team of dedicated Green Party members working very hard in Honiton St Michael’s, where I was the candidate, and we came SECOND to the Tories. Greens beat all the other candidates including the libdems, labour and several independents and we are working even harder towards a breakthrough next time.

Me & Aleck voting GREEN at the General Election 2010 where I stood as a Green candidate for East Devon
Me & Aleck voting GREEN at the General Election 2010 where I stood as a Green Parliamentary candidate for East Devon

The next elections in our area are the County Council elections in May 2013 where we are confident we can get our first Green County Councillor elected here in East Devon. Greens are real contenders, being elected to all levels of government all over the country. There is no reason why it can’t be done here!

Happy Birthday East Devon Green Party!

Sharon Pavey – Coordinator East Devon Green Party & Fundraiser for the South West Green Party

Follow me on twitter @sharonpavey

South West Green Party Cookbook

I’m extremely pleased to be able to announce that after many months of preparation – the South West Green Party cookbook is now available! Hot off the press from the lovely people at Axminster Printing, our book features over 60 vegetarian and vegan recipes contributed by Green Party members in the region.

The front & back cover of the book is one photo I took at the recent Embercombe apple day
The front & back cover of the book is one photo I took at the recent Embercombe apple day

You should be able to order the  book from your local Green Party here in the South West. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find your nearest group http://southwest.greenparty.org.uk/region/southwest

Or contact the South West Green Party – see http://southwest.greenparty.org.uk/shopgreen.html

As lovely as it is the turks turban squash is not included with the cookbook!
As lovely as it is the turks turban squash is not included with the cookbook!

Printed on 100% recycled paper, there are wonderful homemade soups, stews, salads, starters, main courses, cakes, biscuits, breads and more! And Caroline Lucas has contributed her delicious Christmas cake. It’s a great gift idea.

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A huge thank you to Green Party member Cherry Puddicombe who did all the design work for free! Check out Cherry’s website http://lifework.biz The book includes a chapter on ‘Green Eateries’ – a useful list of veggie and vegan restaurants and cafe’s in the South West.

There are photos of Green Party members throughout the book
There are some friendly familiar faces dotted throughout the book

BREAKING NEWS: AS OF THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER WE NOW HAVE A FEW COPIES OF THE COOKBOOK SIGNED BY CAROLINE LUCAS – A GREAT GIFT FOR ANY GREEN FRIENDS. THESE SPECIAL EDITION COPIES ARE PRICED AT £10 EACH. POSTAGE FOR ONE BOOK IS £1.

Exeter Animal Aid Festival – a great success!

The South West Green Party had a stall at the South West Christmas Without Cruelty Festival yesterday. The annual event held at the Corn Exchange in Exeter was a huge success with over a thousand people attending!

Green Party members from left: Derek, Martin, Loran, Sharon Howe, Steve, Ana, sam then Paula Black and Sharon Pavey at the front
Green Party members from left: Derek, Martin, Loran, Sharon Howe, Steve, Ana, Sam then Paula Black and Sharon Pavey at the front

Huge thanks to everyone who helped on the stall, we raised over £200 with our hampers – all donated veggies from Green Party members and a hamper full of Suma goodies.

Green Party members donated fruit, veggies & wine for the hamper
Green Party members donated fruit, veggies & wine for the hamper

Benjamin Zephaniah was the highlight of the day performing some of his poetry, the choir were great and so many amazing stalls and lovely people. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thank you to Suma for donating all these products for our raffle
Thank you to Suma for donating all these products for our raffle
We launched the new Green Party cookbook at the festival and it went down very well
We launched the new Green Party cookbook at the festival and it went down very well

Recycling in Honiton

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Local councillors met in Honiton on Monday 31 October to discuss how to improve waste management and recycling in the town.

Although East Devon boasts a relatively high recycling rate of 50% compared with the national average of 41.2%, Sharon Pavey – Honiton Town Councillor and coordinator of the East Devon Green Party thinks there is room for improvement. So she invited East Devon District Council’s Environment Portfolio holder Councillor Iain Chubb and Recycling Champion Councillor Roger Giles over to Honiton.

Councillor Pavey is now one of 15 new ‘Recycling Champions’ on the town and parish councils in East Devon with responsibility to promote reducing waste through re-use, repairing and recycling rather than disposing of our waste in landfill*.

The new Champions will get together on 16 November to discuss how they can make a difference to the recycling picture in East Devon and also how they can help get messages to their community if waste collections are hit by snow and ice as they were last December and January.

Councillor Pavey says: “Apart from the problem of finding suitable landfill sites, Devon County Council has to pay a huge amount in landfill tax, so throwing away our rubbish really must be the last option”.

Councillor Pavey added “The weekly doorstep collection programme is going well in Honiton and now people are eager to see it extended to cardboard and plastics which will hopefully be rolled out in the next year or so if the trial in Beer is successful. In the meantime Tesco has a skip for both paper and cardboard and you can take all your washed plastic food tubs to Sutton Barton, which is not ideal but is an option not too far away and means you do not have to put plastic containers into your landfill bin”.

“There are also clothes banks and a plastic bag deposit point at Tesco, a place to donate unwanted shoes outside the sports shop in town, you can drop off used print cartridges at Dimonds and several opticians will take your old glasses and recycle them.”

* Defra stats today show that EDDC has the 6th lowest Residual household waste per household (kg/household) in England at 353.07 kgs. Also Devon as a county has the highest recycling rate at 55%.

Community Market 5th November

The Honiton Mackarness Hall is hosting a community market from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 5th November 2011. Entry is free as is fairtrade tea & coffee on the day! There will be some yummy cakes available to have with your cuppa and after refreshments you can browse the collection of stalls.

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Stallholders are not 100% finalised yet but there should be some locally sourced veggies, eggs, jams, plants, chutneys etc, and a delicious homemade cake stall – staffed by the local students raising funds to go to India next year and work in an orphanage. Please bring along your own donated cakes on the morning if you would like to help the students raise the funds needed to make their worthwhile journey.

Stalls booked include a fabulous environmentally friendly wooden toys stall from Busy Bees and fairtrade and ethical clothing by Emma’s Emporium. Mandy Meakins will be there with her business The Shopping Lounge which sells handmade jewellery and gorgeous girlie accessories.

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Honiton Community Cinema are attending to promote their next screening following the incredibly successful test screening a couple of weeks ago and there will be an opportunity to talk renewable energy solutions with new local business Little Green Solar. The local Green Party will have a stall promoting their new local membership scheme, where you can join the East Devon branch for just £5 per year. There will also be a raffle and a book stall.

Interested stallholders can book a stall by emailing Sharon sdpavey@gmail.com or calling 07740973990.

Sponsored Bike Ride

The South West Green Party raised over £300 on Saturday 8th October with a sponsored bike ride & walk along the canal in Exeter. The funds will go towards the campaign to get a Green MEP elected in the South West.

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From left: Tris & Rob Woodland from Bridgwater Greens, Lizzie Woodman from Exeter Green Party, me in the pink scarf and my nine year old Natasha & Adam (Lizzie's son) on far right

The weather was much better than expected and we did about ten miles from the Quay right down past the Double Locks pub to the Turf and back again.

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Natasha having a break at the ferry crossing to Topsham
Rob & Tris took the ferry over to Topsham
Rob & Tris took the ferry over to Topsham
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Adam & Lizzie taking a break
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A lovely place to enjoy some free time, either walking or cycling. We saw lots of wildlife along the way - herons, cormorants, dragonflies, ducks and lots of swans

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Tasha enjoying a hot chocolate at The Turf
Tasha enjoying a hot chocolate at The Turf
On the way back to Exeter
On the way back to Exeter

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Back on the train on the way home!
Back on the train on the way home!