Newsletter April 2021

It has been a while since our last newsletter and although we have been in the depths of winter and lockdown there has been a steady tick over of activity in the planning group.  We are now looking forward to the arrival of Spring and the easing of lockdown. Quite a few of us have been attending the Salisbury Transition City training led by Naresh Giangrande co-founder of the Transition Network.  Over 10 weekly sessions Naresh gave us valuable insights into the Transition Network and how to build the movement in our community.  One of the things that we learnt is that it's not just about doing but we need to get to know and understand each other.  It has been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to meet face to face let alone socialise.  For our next online meeting we are going to run it in 2 parts:  Business and an online social event.  [The meeting was on 12th April so has now been and gone]

 

Cycle Friendly Devizes

The cycling group has been busy plotting routes and planning how to celebrate National Bike Week.  With some COVID-19 restrictions in place the celebration of Bike Week will be low key with a few small group rides to follow the cycle tracks around town being run on Sunday 30 May.  Follow the Cycle Friendly Devizes facebook page for more details.

We are exploring going into partnership with Love Devizes and Indie Devizes to run a cargo bike service.  The idea is that local retailers and community groups will be able to make use of a delivery service using cargo bikes instead of motor vehicles.  With human and electric power, a cargo bike can move up to 150kg.  We will start with volunteers but the aim is to grow the service so that it can provide paid employment.

Picture:Co Delivery Ltd. 

 


Growing in Devizes

Following on from our experiment with Incredible Edible last year we have started up ‘Growing in Devizes’ with the aim of promoting all types of plant growing: flowers, wild flowers, food and planting trees.  Unsurprisingly the virtual seed swap had a muted response but we are planning a plant swap in May once mingling is allowed.  We have identified a couple of potential plots where we can plant vegetables around the town but we need to grow our band volunteers to help with planting.  If you are interested in any sort of growing around the town please join our next meeting on Mon 19 April at 7:30pm, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


As a community group we are supporting the campaign to ‘Protect Drews Pond Wood Area’ to designate the area as a “Local Green Space” in the Neighbourhood Plan.  As a group we will be writing to formally express our support for the campaign but it will greatly help the case if all our supporters individually signed the petition and answered a short questionnaire which can be found here.