An Evening with Tony Hawks

Title: An Evening with Tony Hawks
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock PL18 9QX
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Description: Tony Hawks’ hilarious new show combines storytelling, stand up, musical comedy and film clips to create two hours of fun.

Amongst other things Tony will recount the amusing and sometimes fraught story of how he went from being ‘Comedian and Author’ to ‘Comedian, Author and Film-maker’. His hilarious tales of how he became an independent film maker – producing both ‘Round Ireland With A Fridge’ and ‘Playing The Moldovans At Tennis’ – will be peppered with the wry observations that have made him such a hit on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

Tickets £12 in advance, £13 at the door.
Doors and bar open 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm

Tel. 01822 833183
Tickets are available via and from Levine’s in Calstock.
Telephone bookings -01726 879500

Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2014-01-16

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Quiz Night in support of Cancer Relief UK

Title: Quiz Night in support of Cancer Relief UK
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock PL18 9QX
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Description: Blow away the post-Christmas blues by giving those sluggish brain cells a prod. If you can name four minerals that were mined at Calstock, know where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies, or the year Plymouth won the Second Division, then we’re looking for you. The maximum number for a team is six. Come as an existing team, or we’ll slot you into one. The quiz night has been arranged by Calstock’s own Sally Edwards.

There will be a raffle with prizes including a singing lesson, dog walking, a French conversation lesson and two tickets to any event at Calstock Arts during 2014. Donations of unwanted (quality) Christmas presents would be welcome!

To donate a prize, please contact Sally at or tel. 834619.

Tickets £5.00 per person and will include a bowl of homemade winter-warming soup and bread in the interval

Doors and bar open 6.30pm, start time 7.30pm

Tel. 01822 833183
Tickets are available via and from Levine’s in Calstock.
Telephone bookings – 01726 879500

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2014-01-10

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Grant success for Buckland Monachorum

From Buckland Monachorum Parish Council:
“Buckland Monachorum Parish Council successfully bid for a grant of nearly £8000 from Natural England’s ‘Path For Communities’ scheme to create a new ‘accessible for all’ path around the Granite stile at the back of Buckland Monachorum church, and to resurface the path to the main gate of the Parish Meadow, creating a new right of way from the cemetery gate to the Parish Meadow gate. The Parish Council is delighted as this was the only project in Devon to be successful in obtaining this grant. The funds were made available to Natural England from the Rural Development Programme for England and is governed by the European Council. Work is due to start at the end of November/beginning of December – unfortunately, it will mean the footpaths concerned in that area will be closed off for a short period while the work is done so huge apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. Thanks to all the people who sent supporting letters and to everyone who signed the petition. When the works are complete, the Parish Council will be holding a tea party in Buckland Chapel to celebrate the new community path.”
We were pleased to support the Parish Council in their bid, and congratulate them on this great news!
For more about the ‘Paths for Communities’ scheme, please visit the Natural England website: 
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Your Valley, Your Views – Don’t Miss the Chance to Have Your Say…

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The consultation period for the next 5-year Plan to look after the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is drawing to a close.

If you haven’t already done so, please share your thoughts and ideas on how you would like this special area to be conserved and enhanced. You have until Sunday 15th December.

Since mid-October, the AONB team has been touring the length and breadth of the Tamar Valley meeting the different communities. The team has built up a good picture of the issues and challenges facing each area, and places that are held most dear.

Hard copies of the Plan are available to view at parish/town councils, one stop shops and libraries throughout the Tamar Valley, until 15th December. Or, let us know what you think at – click on the Your Valley, Your Views poster.

imageEveryone who provides feedback, will be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of two great prizes – Basket of Local Produce from Tamar Grow Local (worth over £35), or a Cream Tea for 4 at the National Trust’s Cotehele.

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Tamar Grow Local recognised with awards for enterprise and community contribution

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Tamar Grow Local (TGL) has scooped one national award and one regional award this week.

TGL attended the Western Morning News Business Awards in Plymouth last night where they were announced winner of the Best Community Contribution category for work with local food businesses, growers and bee-keepers in the Tamar Valley under the Tamar Valley Food Hubs and Tamar Valley Honey Co-op projects. TGL also travelled to Manchester earlier on in the week for the Local Food Recognition Awards where the TGL, Growing the Valley project was shortlisted alongside two other projects from across the country.

Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: ‘We are really thrilled to have won these awards. Lots of our members, including volunteers, small producers farmers and landowners have worked really hard to make Tamar Grow Local projects work, it is really nice to have all our efforts recognised nationally, as well as in our local area. We work in collaboration with small food producers, growers, bee-keepers and our community projects to develop co-operative and sustainable ways of building on the famous Tamar Valley growing heritage. Hopefully in turn, TGL is helping to create a positive future for food production in the Tamar Valley.

The Growing the Valley project received funding from Local Food in 2010 and has since been developing sustainable growing projects across the Tamar Valley, including community orchards, village growing schemes, small producer co-operatives and bee-keeping groups and courses.

Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager said, “The Local Food Recognition Awards seek to celebrate the most outstanding community projects delivered with the help of Local Food funding.  All our projects have made a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which they are based, helping local people in all manner of different ways to access, grow, prepare and understand the benefits of fresh, healthy food.

To find out more about Tamar Grow Local and new project Tamar Valley Food Hubs, a not-for-profit online grocer specialising in Tamar Valley food and drink, please  visit and

Tamar Valley Food Hubs has been generously funded by the Cordiale project, a collaboration between the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and teams from other protected landscapes in southwest England and northwest France.  Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF





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£55,000-worth of Projects made possible through Sustainable Development Fund

This year’s Sustainable Development Fund, accessed through the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, is helping to deliver over £55,000-worth of projects in the area.

The Fund was created for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses to work together to develop practical and sustainable solutions to the management of their activities. The Tamar Valley AONB has awarded £5,000.

Twenty projects applied for funding from the Tamar Valley AONB – successful applicants demonstrated sustainable development, involved and supported local communities and helped to deliver the AONB Management Plan. Projects that were innovative and provided benefits to people and wildlife in the Valley were encouraged. Twelve projects were granted funding, following a panel meeting in late August. Total project spend in the area has been calculated at £55,452.

The range of projects supported include re-establishing breeding osprey on the Tamar estuary through the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, planting local cherry trees in St Dominick Community Orchard, the installation of benches along the Tamar Trails, refurbishment of Landulph Memorial Hall to increase use by the community, and a Yurt for Harrowbarrow School’s Forest School  – these projects (the part that the AONB has specifically funded) should all be completed by the end of December.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit

The Tamar Valley AONB hope to offer the Sustainable Development Fund again next year. Keep a close eye on our website, Facebook and local press for more details.

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Carols at Buckland Abbey

Title: Carols at Buckland Abbey
Location: Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate, nr Yelverton
Description: Local Tavistock choir Tapestry.

Singing your favourite Christmas Carols at Buckland Abbey in the Great Barn
Start Time: 13:30
Date: 2013-12-08
End Time: 15:00

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A Gallery Bar Special with Flash Jack

Title: A Gallery Bar Special with Flash Jack
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock
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Description: Formed from members of the late lamented shanty crew Hanging Johnny along with other well established local singers and musicians, Flash Jack hail from Plymouth and East Cornwall.

They maintain the honourable tradition of comic songs established by their illustrious predecessors and positively encourage audience participation in the form of song and dance.

Their repertoire consists of shanties and ballads old and new, tragic and comic.

Tunes associated with the coast and seafaring and songs from a woman’s perspective and they also sing ballads and work songs from the land.

Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be most welcome.

Doors and bar 7.30pm, music starts around 8.30pm

Start Time: 20:30
Date: 2013-12-13

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Calstock Singers Christmas Concert

Title: Calstock Singers Christmas Concert
Location: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock
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Description: This year’s Calstock Singers’ Christmas Concert will feature seasonal favourites from home and abroad.

Come along to enjoy a warm, friendly welcome and a festive spirit at this annual village event.

A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie is included in the ticket price.

Tickets £6.50, £3.00 for children under 16

Tickets are available from Levine’s in Calstock and on 01822 835833.

Doors and bar open 7.00pm, start time 7.30pm

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2013-12-07

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Share your thoughts on the Tamar Valley over a coffee…

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Long Gallery Cafe Bar, St Germans

This Saturday, the Tamar Valley AONB team continue their tour of the area, gathering thoughts and ideas from the community on how best to keep our much-loved landscape special.

Since mid-October, the team have visited different venues each week, getting an insight into the priorities for, and pressures on, each area.

Charlotte Dancer, Information & Communications Officer, says; “We have been made to feel so welcome in every village we’ve visited. We have met dozens of people, who share our enthusiasm and passion for the Tamar Valley; this stands us in great stead as we move towards the next 5 years in managing our ever-changing landscape.”

Having been to Cremyll, Tavistock, Stoke Climsland and St Germans over the past month, this Saturday (16th) the team are staying close to home and will open the doors of the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake, for a Coffee Morning from 9:00am – 12:00noon. All proceeds will be donated to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Your ideas are important to us, and as a thank you, we will enter your name into a prize draw for the chance to win a hamper of Tamar Valley produce, courtesy of Tamar Grow Local, or a Cream Tea for 4 at the National Trust’s Cotehele.

If you are unable to join the team on Saturday, their final event will be held on Sunday 24th November, 8:00am – 12:30pm at Bere Ferrers Parish Hall, Bere Alston.

Or, if you would prefer to fill in the form from the comfort of your own home, simply click on by 15th December.



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