Tamar Valley AONB Review Goes Live

Annual Review_cover The Tamar Valley AONB team have published their annual review as an online version only.

To save printing & distribution costs, with a diminishing budget, this online option provides the best solution to being fully accountable, with a professional and accessible report. It also shows the team how many copies are downloaded.

To see the range of activities undertaken by the AONB team and its partners throughout the 2012-2013 year, please click here.

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Saltash Local Food Market

Title: Saltash Local Food Market
Location: 4 Fore Street, Saltash (opposite Specsavers)
Description: Stalls will be manned by local producers who are proud of their food which is always full of flavour.

Products include honey, apple juice, bread, cakes (including gluten and dairy free), eggs, bacon, sausages, pork, quiches, pies, smoked fish, fruit,cheese, vegetables and shrubs and plants

Giel Spiering from Cornish Gouda will be selling his delicious cheese

Please come and meet our producers. They will be pleased to talk to you.

Don’t forget the other shops in Fore Street while you are in town.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-11-01
End Time: 14:00

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Saltash Local Food Market

Title: Saltash Local Food Market
Location: 4 Fore Street, Saltash (opposite Specsavers)
Description: Stalls will be manned by local producers who are proud of their food which is always full of flavour.

Products include honey, apple juice, bread, cakes (including gluten and dairy free), eggs, bacon, sausages, pork, quiches, pies, smoked fish, fruit,cheese, vegetables and shrubs and plants

Giel Spiering from Cornish Gouda will be selling his delicious cheese

Please come and meet our producers. They will be pleased to talk to you.

Don’t forget the other shops in Fore Street while you are in town.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-10-10
End Time: 14:00

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Saltash Local Food Market

Title: Saltash Local Food Market
Location: 4 Fore Street, Saltash (opposite Specsavers)
Description: Stalls will be manned by local producers who are proud of their food which is always full of flavour.

Products include honey, apple juice, bread, cakes (including gluten and dairy free), eggs, bacon, sausages, pork, quiches, pies, smoked fish, fruit,cheese, vegetables and shrubs and plants

Giel Spiering from Cornish Gouda will be selling his delicious cheese

Please come and meet our producers. They will be pleased to talk to you.

Don’t forget the other shops in Fore Street while you are in town.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-09-06
End Time: 14:00

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Come for Coffee at the Tamar Valley Centre… It’s for Macmillan

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Join the Tamar Valley AONB team at the end of September for a Coffee Morning, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last year, 115,000 people signed up to Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event, raising a record £15 million.

Drop in to the Tamar Valley Centre anytime between 10:00am and 12:00noon on Friday 27th September for a drink and bite to eat.

Tea, coffee, sugar, squash and milk have been kindly donated by Pearces Service Station, at the top of Gunnislake Hill.

CakeStandsThe AONB team will be having a bake-off, so come along and choose your favourite cake or biscuit; it’s bound to get competitive!

Why not combine your visit with a trip along the scenic Tamar Valley Line? Times coincide with the train from Plymouth. Visit www.carfreedaysout.com   and click on timetables to plan your journey.

We look forward to seeing you. For details of how to find us, visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk or call the team on 01822 835030.

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Making a buzz in Callington’s Pannier Market

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Sheryll Murray MP joined local councillors and bee-keepers at the official opening of Tamar Grow Local’s honey extraction facility and new project Tamar Valley Food Hubs, at Tamar Grow Local’s new premises at the Pannier Market in Callington, on 20th August.

Mrs. Murray visited community projects Harrowbarrow and Metherell Community Orchard and the village’s agricultural society, which are two of the twenty-two local food projects supported by Tamar Grow Local, before heading back to Callington to open the new facilities set up in the town.

Tamar Grow Local have converted the premises’ kitchen which is now available for local bee-keepers to extract their own honey and for small food producers to trial new products outside of the honey season. Bee-keeping courses will also be based at the premises and at a new training apiary set up in the town.

The facility which has received funding from National Lottery Awards for All, enables bee-keepers to use a clean space and modern equipment to extract honey and in turn save on individual investment in equipment which can cost excess of over £1500 to buy new. One local beekeeper said: “I have worked out costs and I could use the Tamar Grow Local facility for 16 years for the same price as buying my own extractor” The facility is part of the Tamar valley Honey Co-operative, another project set up by Tamar Grow Local, which supports beekeepers by making bulk purchases, sharing equipment and knowledge, and selling local honey under a shared label.

Honey can be taken away once extracted or sold under the Tamar Valley Honey Co-op label to local restaurants and through Tamar Grow Local markets and food hub.

TGL 2The new premises is also home to Tamar Valley Food Hubs based around an online store selling produce made or grown in the valley, as well as store cupboard items for home delivery and collection.  Funded by the Tamar Valley AONB’s Cordiale project, Tamar Valley Food Hubs offers a full weekly grocery shop including fresh fish, meat, dairy products and as a result of this year’s fantastic growing season, a wide variety of fruit and vegetables from small growers.

Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: “We are thrilled to be located in Callington, home of the historic Honey Fair and as it is such a central location for many food producers in the valley. Our extraction room has already had 2 beekeepers testing the facility and extracting over 180Kg of honey and we are getting more and more people in the town interested in the food hubs project.”

For further information about Tamar Grow Local projects, please see www.tamargrowlocal.org or www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk

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Fieldwalking for Clues to the Past in Tamar Valley

for fieldwalkingDiscover how people used to live in the Tamar Valley, with a free fieldwalking weekend. Join the hunt for archaeological evidence, including pottery sherds, flint flakes and building debris, near Metherell on 28th and 29th September.

This free event, organised by the Tamar Valley AONB, National Trust Cotehele, and Tamarside Archaeology aims to encourage people to look a little closer at what lies beneath their feet.

Samantha Barnes, Project Officer for Tamar Valley AONB, explains more about fieldwalking; “It’s a simple, non-intrusive archaeological process, used to find evidence of how people lived in the past, and is a good way to get your eye in to discover and identify archaeological finds”.

The inspirational venue of Trehill Farm, near Metherell, is thought to have once been a medieval settlement. Today, only the farmhouse and outbuildings remain. Sessions will be held on both days from 10am – 4pm. You are welcome to join us for all or part of a day, or come along for the whole weekend.

No experience is necessary, as training, archaeological supervision and finds identification will be provided. There will be opportunities to find out how to identify artefacts and wash some of the finds from the events, plus a chance to find out more about the area through an exhibition. Anna Tyacke from the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be on hand on the Sunday to identify finds from elsewhere in the Valley – so bring them along! We welcome responsible children, accompanied by obedient adults; your eyes are better than most and your curiosity and enthusiasm will keep everybody going!

Booking is essential if you’d like to take part in the fieldwalking, but otherwise just turn up! To book, or for further information please contact Sam Barnes, t: 01822 835032, e: sbarnes@tamarvalley.org.uk

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Oliver from Delaware Community Primary School launches new book for children with dyslexic difficulties

The fifth book in the Cornwall book project, which encourages children with dyspraxia and dyslexic difficulties to write their own book, was launched in July at Delaware Community Primary School.

When Oliver Marks, who has some dyspraxia, also known as DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and dyslexic difficulties, found that some books suitable for his reading ability didn’t hold any real interest for him, he decided to do something about it – and write his own book.

Oliver has been working incredibly hard with members of staff, his family and with Jane Trapmore from Cornwall Dyslexia Service to create his book about mining in the area.

Oliver has experienced some dyspraxia and dyslexic difficulties in the past but has been working hard at school to overcome them. He has an interest in all things historical and a specific interest in mining in the area; there is an adit very close to where he lives.

He spent time with his dad creating a scrapbook of information about local mining and also attended a two day tourism event with Cornish Mining World Heritage, collecting and researching for the book. He has been an integral part in making the decisions about what items to include, collecting information and then writing it up for the book in his own style and with a sense of humour.

Oliver’s Dad Rob said: “Oliver was a smart lad who couldn’t read very well and couldn’t write.  He didn’t believe in himself and that made me very sad. He used to get angry with his friends when they questioned why he couldn’t do as well as them at school.  He questioned himself when he knew they could do more than him. Picture boards, ideas trees, SAT’s, reports, clay models, quotes on books, he was rubbish! He was always happy, he was always my boy. Jane and the Team have taken the Horrible Histories enthusiasm and combined with it the wonderful support of the World Heritage Site people and produced a work of such wonderful collaboration and inspiration that you are getting a petty good insight into 300 years of Cornish Legend. Oh, and Grandad’s ideas on Knockers!”

Sponsorship has also been kindly provided by Cornish Mining World Heritage, who invited Oliver and his dad to attend the tourism days last summer, but also checked through the text and provided advice and access to photographs. He has also been helped by his family, the support staff and his friends in school who helped with the illustrations throughout the book.

Oliver said: “When you are 10, being 11 can seem like an age away. I was also very happy that I was told at the Doctor’s I was’ix, dyslexic, and dyspraxic, two for the price of one.

Although I still couldn’t spell or catch a ball well, at least I got to spend some time with Jane and Anna who worked very hard to make this very wonderful book a reality. Without them, and my Dad, that would not have been the case. Please enjoy it.”

Anna Linsley, SENCo & ARC Manager at the school said: “Oliver approached the SENCo in September 2012, at the start of Year 6. He was extremely anxious about moving on to Year 7, in a year’s time. After a long chat, in an effort to allay his fears, we decided to map out a year on A3 paper, to demonstrate that a lot can happen in 12 months. When Oliver was offered the opportunity to research and write a book, he was delighted. His enthusiasm with the project has been infectious across the school and we have seen his self-esteem sky rocket!  Through becoming a published author, Oliver has learnt that, although he might find some things difficult, he does have a significant amount to offer the world. We are so proud of him and the completed book.”

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children and Young People said: “Well done to Oliver and all the people who have helped him for their hard work and dedication in putting this book together. I can’t wait to read it with my son.”

Copies of the book will be available from the school on 01822 832550

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Tamar Trail Festival

Title: Tamar Trail Festival
Location: various venues throughout the Tamar Valley AONB
Link out: Click here
Description: Over 30 events and activities for all ages & abilities to enjoy, showcasing the very best of the Tamar Valley AONB.
Start Date: 2013-10-26
End Date: 2013-10-31

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Mammal Detective Weekend

Title: Mammal Detective Weekend
Location: Upcott Grange Farm, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon PL16 0JS
Description: A unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of UK mammal species over 2 days of practical activities run by the Mammal Society. Visit local populations of horseshoe bats, otters, beavers and red deer, track mammals using footprints and other signs, learn how to dissect owl pellets and identify the mammals they’ve been eating, and discover more about the importance and conservation of mammals across the UK.

Cost: From £150 for the weekend

Notes: Only available as a full weekend package. Suitable for children aged 12 and upwards (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Booking essential: 02380 237874 / training@themammalsociety.org

Start Date: 2013-09-06
Start Time: 14:00
End Date: 2013-09-08
End Time: 13:00

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