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Businesses reopening

As per the latest Government advice, some of our non-essential shops opened their doors again from 15th June and were very happy to safely welcome some of you back. Restaurants, bars & visitor attractions should be able to open from 4th July with our local businesses working hard to make things as safe as possible.  Totnes Town Council has been working tirelessly to try and make the town as safe as possible for your return and have had a modification of the current speed limit to 5mph on Fore St / High St and The Narrows allowed by DCC to ensure the possibility of shared space and safety of pedestrians while social distancing.  There is also a road closure every Saturday from 9am - 1pm as a temporary measure so long as social distancing is required offering a good time for those who are more vulnerable to visit the town, however, bear in mind that the Saturday Market will be on this day as well which can get quite busy. There are no markets Mon - Thurs.  Here are just some of the shops, eateries, galleries and attractions that have or will be reopened:
GIFTS / FASHION Conker Shoes - open The Shops at Dartington - open ME AND EAST - opening Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays with a one in one out (or one family group) at a time Salago - opened ground floor only initially. Mon - Fri 12 - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm. You can still shop online with click & collect China Blue - looking to reopen on 6th July. Products available online still Holly Keeling Interiors - open Apothespa : Organic & Natural Skincare - open  Narnia Totnes - open Out of the Blue - open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday  Miss Beaujangles - open Weds - Sat  Eleven Clothing - open 10am - 4.30pm with appointments available. Call 01803 834006 or message. Offering refunds within 5 days to allow you to try at home Fifty5a - open 11am - 3pm & from 10am Fridays. Sundays closed. Private appointment for 30 minutes available - email or DM shop@Fifty5a.com. Priority to customers from the vulnerable sector. Appointments scheduled from 9-11am or after 3pm Firefly_Totnes - open Fox & Company - open Thursday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am - 5pm (limited fresh flowers on fridays), Sat 10.30am - 5pm Fusion - open  Pagoda Interiors - open Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm. Allowing one person or two from a household at a time All the Best - open Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm  Moonstone Hare - open on Saturdays from 20th June from 10am - 4pm. Happy to arrange collection of orders outside these times wherever possible. Dobles - open Stone Fabrics & Sewing Surgery - call and collect service, check their website for all the fabrics online and a lot of haberdashery. Call 01803 868608 or drop a note in for free samples (can be collected or posted) 
BOOKS Totnes Bookshop - open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
ART White Space Art - open with reduced opening hours from 10.30am - 2.30pm. Please call to make appointments at other times. Eastgate Gallery in Totnes - open Creative Crafts and Needlework - open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 3 customers into the shop at a time  the bowie gallery Totnes Devon - gallery is open by appointment plus always Friday 10am - 4pm. Call 07956412278 or 01803 863054 for appointments Yvonne Coomber Art Gallery - will open on Saturday 4th July & then Friday & Saturday 11-3pm during July. For appointments Monday - Thursday please call 01803 840161/07779058735 or email info@yvonnecoomber.com. They're offering 15% off prints, hand embellished canvases & original paintings to NHS/Key workers during July - email info@yvonnecoomber.com for information 
GARDENING / SERVICES Footworks Podiatrist on Castle Street. Rosanne and her specialist team Alex and Polar are available by appointment www.footworks-podiatry.co.uk / 01803 868888  The Potting Shed Totnes - open Tues to Sat 10am till 4pm with people allowed inside from 15th (under social distancing rules) The Potting Bench Totnes - open Thurs to Sat 10am - 4pm  The Totnes barbers - will reopen from 4th July  The Cobblers & Cleaners - open  Totnes TV and Electrical - open  Go Mobile - open  Barnes the Cleaners - reopening from 29th June
FOOD & DRINK The Hairy Barista - opening from 29th June The Green Cafe - open for takeaway and will open for indoor and garden tables from July 4th The Cellar Door at Sharpham Cheese - opening Wednesday - Saturday from 24th June  Green Table at The Dartington Hall Trust - open 11am - 4pm (closed Mon & Tues) Roly's Fudge Totnes - open with a serving hatch at the door and you'll be able to watch the fudge being made from the window  Ben's Farm Shops - open  Sharpham Wine - wine and cheese shop open Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm or order online with 10% off using code SHARPHAM10 Earth.Food.Love - open  The Kitchen Pantry by The Kitchen Table - new shop open Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm selling home & locally made fresh & pantry food stuffs on the Industrial Estate  Delphini's Gelato Totnes - open 7 days a week 12 to 5pm, take away with card payment only Eversfield Organic Farm Shops - open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Monday to Saturday The Curator Totnes - reopen for takeaways  Totnes Little Asia - open for takeaway & home delivery service from Wednesday 24th June. 5-9-30pm. Call 01803 868803 or 01803 868866 after 5pm for order  Silver Grill - The Totnes Chippy - open Tuesday - Thursday 4:45 - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 11:45 am - 2pm, 4:45 - 8pm. Order over phone, one entrance and one exit Bull Inn, Totnes - will be reopening on 8th July to overnight guests and customers for food only at first from Wednesday to Sunday initially. Check their website for more information: https://www.bullinntotnes.co.uk The Signal Box Cafe - (railway station) open for takeaway food, drinks, newspapers etc Back for 2 Seconds – open The Happy Apple - open  Bridgetown Stores - open 6am - 9pm 7 days a week Follaton stores - open 7am-8pm Mon to Sun  A W Luscombe Butchers - delivering with a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more Bridgetown Butchers - call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times. Minimum order for delivery £25 - free delivery within the Totnes area McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating Many businesses have been offering takeaway food, click & collect services or are selling online as well. Some of the restaurants / cafes / bars will be opening from 4th July (all being well) but in the meantime here is a list of those still operating online or with takeaways / click & collect until then: 
GIFTS - ONLINE  Love Frankie - buy online https://www.lovefrankie.com Little Blue Budgie - buy online https://www.littlebluebudgie.co.uk/ or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook Penelope Tom - buy online https://www.penelopetom.com/
FASHION - ONLINE Colony Life Store - online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20 https://colonyshops.com SMALL-FOLK - check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage https://small-folk.co.uk
FLOWERS ONLINE AND COLLECTIONS Blue Geranium Florist - continuing with online, phone and collect. Fresh flowers available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week
TAKEAWAYS & HOT FOOD COLLECTIONS Bianca e Massimo - open for takeaways  The Cott Inn - open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 - 8 pm and Sunday 12 - 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park. https://diningpubltd.touchtakeaway.net/menu Willow Vegetarian Restaurant - take-away Waterside Bistro Totnes - their take-away menu is now available from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online https://www.watersidebistro.com/ The Wild Fig Deli - order and collection service. Check their page for menu Totnes Grill – kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835 Cafe Mumbai – take away from 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171 Room 101 – pizza delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm call 07727 278428 The Kitchen Table - order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email sima@thekitchentable.org.uk to collect from the Totnes Industrial Estate kitchen Pie Street - take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order http://www.piestreet.co.uk/ Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288 tamarindtree.totnes - on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Order by DM, phone 07768964024 or email tamarindtree.totnes@outlook.com Taguchi-ya Canteen - Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm https://www.taguchiyacanteen.com/takeaway Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696 https://goodfoodhouse.co.uk/ Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery. https://www.pizzaside.co.uk/
FOOD & DRINK DELIVERIES / ONLINE Majestic Wine - email for delivery or call if over 70. tot@majestic.co.uk Annies Fruit Shop - online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area www.anniesoftotnes.co.uk The Refillery Totnes - daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955 Dartmouth Dairy - deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄 https://www.dartmouthdairy.com Wine & Greene - delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) - www.wineandgreene.com Dartmouth Fine Foods - home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas - www.dartmoutfinefoods.co.uk
LEISURE Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company - reopening 6th July. You are not expected to wear a surgical style face mask, any face covering will be accepted. We have been working hard to ensure that we meet all the guidelines and will not put our customers and staff at risk.  Pennywell Farm - planning a phased reopening from early July: https://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/…/were-planning-for-a-phas…/ Paignton Zoo - will reopen 6th July Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum - will not reopen this year but you can check out a virtual exhibition on their website: https://totftm.org Sea Kayak Devon - NOW OPEN for groups of up to 5 people. All bookings are completely amendable or refundable if they are unable to run due to COVID 19. https://www.seakayakdevon.co.uk Totnes, Berry Pomeroy & Dartmouth Castles will be selling pre-bookable tickets online from July for an August opening: https://www.visittotnes.co.uk/see…/inspire-me/totnes-castle/ Totnes Rare Breeds Farm - open
PHARMACIES Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing - please check each page and site for more details.

Totnes is also a Fairtrade Town

Situated at the head of the Dart Estuary and surrounded by beautiful countryside, renowned for its history, retail, eateries and alternative lifestyle, Totnes has become a destination town, for many reasons, for visitors and locals alike. But, did you know that Totnes is also a Fairtrade Town and has been so since 2011? The town is home to a range of small independent retailers selling ethical products, whole foods and, most importantly, fair trade goods. Totnes even has two award winning shops for fair trade. One for Fairtrade food and one for fair trade gifts and homewares. Each year businesses and organisations are invited to enter the Business Awards by Fairtrade South West. These awards are open to everyone from national chains to sole traders, universities to hotels, food retailers and cafés. More information on this can be found at bristolfairtrade.org.uk. At this point you may have noticed that the phrases Fair-trade  and fair trade have been used. To clarify, Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation, and works with producers of foods, tea, coffee and cotton. Fair trade is when craft and artisan producers of gift and homewares in developing countries are paid a fair price for their work by people and businesses in developed countries. These businesses are certificated as a fair trade supplier by the British Association of Fair Trade Suppliers (BAFTS) and/or the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). Key Principles of Fair Trade: • Trading practices are fair and not one-sided. • Prices paid are fair and sufficient for producers and workers to earn more than enough to meet their day-to-day needs. • Payments are often made in advance to ensure the supplier can fulfil orders. • The payment of premiums for producers and workers to use for infrastructure projects. • Producers and workers have a voice, whether organised into groups or involved in workplaces where there is freedom of association. • Safe working conditions, non-discrimination and welfare of children. The start of Totnes’ journey to become a recognised Fairtrade Town began September 2006 when a small steering group was established and they began with asking Totnes Town Council to use Fairtrade tea and coffee and to ascertain which shops sold Fairtrade products. In less than a month it was established that 5 independent businesses and two high street brands in Totnes were selling Fairtrade products. This number was to grow. Currently, there are 32 independent retailers in Totnes selling fair trade foods and homewares. Between 2007 and 2010 the Totnes Fairtrade Group began to investigate how the town was to become a recognised Fairtrade town- and consider how to meet the 5 goals as set by The Fairtrade Foundation:- 1.Local council to pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products. 2.A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area's retail outlets and served in local cafes, restaurants and pubs. 3.Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible. 4.Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community. 5.A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support. By July 2010, following a lot of hard work by the volunteer group, an application was made to the Fairtrade Foundation. And in April 2011 Totnes was granted Fairtrade Status. Every two years since the group have to reapply, showing planned actions, that objectives set 2 years previous had been achieved and then set a programme for the coming 2 years. In February 2007 the Totnes Fairtrade group promoted their first Fairtrade Fortnight, which is organised nationally by the Fairtrade Foundation and locally by volunteer groups. They approached schools, offering to take assemblies and explain what Fairtrade is. The local churches and church groups were approached and asked if they would consider using Fairtrade tea and coffee for their meetings, they were very supportive of the idea and soon all were using Fairtrade teas and coffees for their meetings and social functions. This celebration of Fairtrade runs from the final Monday in February for two weeks; and every year since 2007 the group go out to the schools and the businesses in Totnes, to increase awareness of Fairtrade products, whether that that be food, clothes, homewares or gifts. Over the years a number of growers from developing nations have been invited to Totnes to give talks on how Fairtrade has affected them. These visits are arranged by Devon Fairtrade and each local group. The Totnes Fairtrade group raise funds during the year to contribute to the speakers travel and visa costs (along with other South West Fairtrade Groups who will also hold an event). This year Victor Biwot, Operations Manager from Sereet Tea Corporation in the Nandi Hills, Kenya. He will give a power point presentation to local primary and secondary school pupils at a conference being facilitated by King Edward VI Community College, Totnes, so they can see where he lives, the tea plantation and factory in which he works and how Fairtrade has benefited his life. During this year's Fairtrade Fortnight - 26th February to 11th March 2018 - many food and retail outlets across Totnes will have counter displays and leaflets explaining all about Fairtrade. This year's theme is "Come on in" and meet the farmers and workers who grow our food, whose lives have been improved thanks to Fairtrade. The Totnes Fairtrade Group have used many novel ways to raise the awareness of Fairtrade and to raise funds. From being dressed as bananas for the local carnival to selling fruit smoothies, using Fairtrade fruit donated by local businesses, during a recent market event. This type of fundraising, along with coffee mornings, is now to have signs erected on the approaches to Totnes declaring that Totnes is a Fairtrade Town. Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. It's when the price we pay for products gives enough to producers for them to afford life's essentials - like food, education and healthcare. So Totnes is a great place to live, visit, eat and shop. It is an ethical town, it is a Fairtrade Town – and proud of it.

Stagecoach South West are upgrading

Contactless payments available on all Stagecoach South West Services • Passengers can now pay for bus journeys using contactless credit or debit cards, Apple Pay or Android pay • Faster boarding, secure payments, no cash required • Events to showcase benefits of contactless payment held across the South West Bus customers across the South West are set to benefit from faster boarding thanks to the roll out of contactless technology. The new contactless payment system has been installed in over 380 Stagecoach South West buses, speeding up boarding times and taking away the need for customers to carry and pay with cash. Stagecoach South West is celebrating the launch of the contactless payment system with fun events across Devon and the chance to win an Amazon Echo Spot. A giant ‘loop game’ will be set up at a number of locations in the half-term holidays. The quickest ‘contactless contender’ will win the prize and be crowned ‘best in the south west champion’. There will be a chance to win prizes and find out more about contactless payment. Event locations: 23 October Torquay Harbour 10.00am – 2.00pm 24 October Princesshay 10.00am – 2.00pm 25 October Plymouth Armada Way 10.00am – 2.00pm 26 October Barnstaple High Street 10.00am – 2.00pm Managing Director, Bob Dennison, said: “With more cars than ever on the roads, congestion is a major problem in so many areas. We are continuing to work harder than ever to make bus travel as easy and stress free as possible. “The contactless payment system will help speed up journey times and make travelling by bus so much easier for our customers, we do hope that residents will come and join us at one of our fun events across the region and find out more. ”He added: “The new technology also works in tandem with the Stagecoach app, that allows passengers to track buses in real-time.” The contactless payment system allows customers to pay with their debit or credit card, or apple and android pay, securely and quickly at the start of the journey. Further information about the contactless payment system can be found at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-help-and-contact/south-west/contactless

Totnes: Great British Breaks

The Devon market town has an eco outlook and vegan vibes

Why? This colourful Devonian market town is famed for its bohemian vibe, fierce independence and social innovation. But the pioneering Totnes Pound, which can only be spent in the town, is being taken out of circulation next Sunday, and the Lexus set are moving in. Locals say that times are a-changin’ — so visit now. You can read the article in full here.

World’s first mobile library of things is launching in Devon

The Share Shed is a library of things, where over 350 items are available for members of the project to borrow at a minimal fee. The library’s collection is versatile and includes things such as camping and gardening equipment, tools, musical instruments, household appliances, bicycles, sewing machines, things for when a baby comes to visit and much more.  Thanks to the support from the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), The School for Social Entrepreneurs, and a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Share Shed is about to launch the world's first mobile library of things, supporting the nearby towns from July 2020 onwards. Having been in Totnes for over three years, the Share Shed will extend its services to Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. This pioneering initiative hopes to inspire and support a more collaborative and sustainable way of being.  Mirella Ferraz, NOW’s Project Coordinator, says “it’s very rewarding to support people getting things done in an affordable way, whilst helping to reduce the amount of resources we use. With the mobile version of the project, we’re excited to make the Share Shed accessible for even more people.” Currently over 700 people have signed up as Share Shed members, benefitting from the opportunity to access things that they don’t require regularly, and consequently saving money, space and resources. Among the most popular items, you can find carpet cleaners, pressure washers, electric drills, strimmers, a dehydrator, projector and a sewing machine.  Share Shed Manager, Mark Jefferys, says, “Everybody we meet seems to understand the concept of ‘borrow, don’t buy’, and it’s a great feeling when we can help somebody out with the things they need to complete a task, be it putting up a shelf, or getting a house ready for a sale. Expanding this possibility to other towns, and facilitating even more sharing is a great and exciting next step for us.” In the UK, the Share Shed is one of 14 established projects facilitating this kind of sharing. Some projects, like the Edinburgh Tool Library, are solely focused on tools (in this case, with an impressive offer of over 1,500 tools), whilst others are all about baby-related items or simply toys.  The good news is that this is a growing global movement, which acknowledges the importance of a different way of being and consuming, whilst fulfilling the need of those who want to access things rather than own stuff. Such a shift is supporting people and communities to become more collaborative and sustainable. After all, why buy when you can borrow?
Mobile Share Shed 15th June 2020 cropped
People can become a member of the Share Shed by signing up online and paying a membership fee (sliding scale between £5 and £30). Once a member, people can also place reservations straight away. To see everything the library of things offers and for further information, visit www.shareshed.org.uk. For any enquiries, contact info@shareshed.org.uk.

Totnes Castle

Totnes Castle stands on a 17.5 meter high manmade motte, which looms over the historic medieval town of Totnes. From its battlements, it commands a splendid and picturesque view across the town below as well as offering scenic views of wild and rugged Dartmoor. Totnes Castle is steeped in a rich and varied history and is the one of the best surviving examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Both ‘motte’ and ‘bailey’ are old-French words, ‘motte’ meaning ‘hill’ or ‘mound’ while ‘bailey’ meaning ‘low yard’. Due to Totnes’s strategic position and close proximity to the River Dart, Totnes was a logical place to build a motte and bailey castle. Totnes was a well-known port town and had a reputation of being one the best places to harbour a boat; this was due to how far a ship could navigate inland. Evidence of this can be found in a book called “Historia Regum Britanniae” which was written in 1136 by Geoffrey of Monmouth. With a port, Totnes became a fairly wealthy town, as a result of this influx of prosperity, King Edward the Elder in 907 had the town fortified, this resulted in Totnes becoming one of the only fortified towns in the South West, which is evidence that Totnes started to become distinctly affluent. However later on in the town’s history, the mint in Totnes at the time of 1036 (thirty years before the Norman Conquest) had ceased minting, which was an indication that the importance of the town had started to dwindle. Totnes was accorded with a royal charter by King John in 1206, which transformed Totnes into a free town. This meant that Totnes was allowed to formulate its own laws. However Totnes grew to be once again a very prosperous town and in 1523 it was the second richest town in Devon and sixteenth richest town in the whole of England. Read more about totnes castle 

Transition Town Film Festival 18

Transition Town Film Festival 18 VISIONING THE FUTURE is our fourth film festival.
We have an amazing array of new or rarely seen films with real power and importance for our lives and communities - about climate change, our food, our politics, our environment, our wildlife - and our future. For the first time, the festival is being held over five days at three cinemas. At the Totnes Cinema there are three showings: Faces Places, Agnes Varda’s latest film and Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, as well as a poetry, film and music event with Matt Harvey and jazz group Shadow Factory. Plus FREE cafe style screenings of short films by the Next Generation. The Barn Cinema at Dartington shows Bruce Parry’s Tawai as well as Albatross, revealing the effects of plastic on albatross chicks. At the Civic Hall The Worm is Turning charts the effects of chemical agriculture in India and In our Hands explores the idea of food sovereignty. Disturbing the Peace follows the transformation of Israeli and Palestinian fighters, from soldiers to peace activists. Power Trip highlights how media and lobby groups shape the public perception of fracking. Saturday evening honours the life of filmmaker & ocean conservationist Rob Stewart with Revolution followed by the UK PREMIERE of Sharkwater Extinction, which investigates the corruption of the pirate fishing industry. Just 37, Rob tragically died while making this film; his work highlights the environmental threats posed to the oceans & the world and the ways in which young people are helping to find solutions. In the centenary year of some women getting the vote in the UK over half our films are F-Rated: a classification for any film directed or written by a woman. What Tomorrow Brings observes one year at a girls’ school in an Afghan village. The Barefoot Artist chronicles Lily Yeh, a community artist in troubled areas. Nearer to home, 9 of our 13 shorts by young people carry the F rating. Most screenings offer discussion time with film-makers or local experts, including Rob Hopkins, Jacqi Hodgson and Guy Watson. Plus there are four free workshops for children and adults. We are very excited about our programme. Check out our website transitionfilmfestival and make it a date to come and join us!

Share Shed wins the People’s Projects

The Share Shed, Totnes’ library of things, has won £48,599 from the National Lottery Community Fund in this year’s Peoples Projects competition. Its success means it can now become the world’s first mobile sharing library.

Share Shed staff and volunteers were told the news, live on ITV, last Thursday, following a public vote in the first two weeks of April.

The Share Shed will now go mobile - extending its service beyond Totnes to Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartington, South Brent and the villages around, supporting a more sustainable and collaborative lifestyle.

Mirella Ferraz, Share Shed Coordinator said: “We’re thrilled to have won the grant, especially in this case, which highlights how many people supported our project! We’re very grateful to every single person who voted for us”.

The Share Shed offers over 300 useful items for people to borrow. Its collection includes tools, camping gear, gardening equipment, cooking appliances, sewing machines and much more.

The Share Shed is at 16 High Street, Totnes, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. To see everything the library of things offers, visit shareshed

Mirella adds “We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received – and we’d love to have even more volunteers involved with our project. Supporting the Share Shed is a great way to help people whilst saving a lot of natural resources. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch via info@shareshed.org.uk”.

Proud2Be celebrates

Proud2Be celebrates after receiving £160,000 from the National Lottery to support LGBTQ+ young people in Devon Social enterprise, Proud2Be, is today celebrating after being awarded £160,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) young people and their families in Devon. The organisation, based in Totnes, will use the money to run even more group and 121 support activities for local LGBTQ+ young people and to provide support sessions for their family members. The news comes exactly 9 years since identical twins Max and Maya Price founded the organisation in their Mum’s spare bedroom, by recording a video, explaining how they are both proud to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. Since then, Proud2Be has established itself as a well-respected social enterprise, facilitating well attended and inclusive peer support groups, the popular Totnes Pride and a fortnightly youth group and a young people’s 121 support service. Proud2Be also delivers interactive workshops to students and awareness training to organisations and schools across the county. This funding will allow Proud2Be to build on the work they currently do, working with over 200 people a year at their regular groups and a further 3500 through their awareness-raising work in local schools and youth groups. The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the expansion of the current Totnes-based youth group and 121 support service and the launch of an additional 2 weekly LGBTQ+ youth groups in Devon. At the same time, the group will be able to press on with plans to launch a monthly peer support group for the families of LGBTQ+ children and young people, who will be able to come together for mutual support.  Max and Maya Price, founders of Proud2Be, say: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to local LGBTQ+ young people and their family members. This is important because it helps both the young people and their family members to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers.” Charlie, a volunteer at Proud2Be, says: “Before attending the Proud2Be youth group, I felt like I had to apologise for being trans. Since joining the group, I have met so many amazing people. It’s given me a fantastic support system. For me, it was really important to have this support at a time when I couldn’t find it elsewhere. I have also become involved in other things- like volunteering at Pride and giving young LGBTQ+ people a voice and a visible presence.” To find out more please visit: www.proud2be.org.uk

A new distillery in town

British retailer and social enterprise, The Shops at Dartington, are to introduce a brand-new permanent distillery within their Food Hall, to launch at the start of May. In partnership with Devon Distillery, the new copper still will produce The Shops at Dartington’s signature bottle of Elmhirst Gin, and will also have the capability of producing other contract gins as well as other spirits at a later date. The distillery will also be running a boutique gin experience, enabling small classes to learn the process of making gin, while they can smell, taste and witness the entire process from start to finish. Cosmo Caddy, the founder of Devon Distillery, has alcohol production in his DNA, as his grandfather founded Sharpham Vineyard in the year Cosmo was born. Cosmo travelled the world in pursuit of wine and spirit production, before honing his craft in Italy with a 9th generation grappa distilling family. He then returned to South Devon and crafted Dappa - Devon’s version of grappa made from the skins of Sharpham Wine grapes, as well as launching the UK’s only mobile still known as ‘Still on the Move’ that makes bespoke gin anywhere in the country. With more than grape vines running through his veins, Cosmo’s roots also lead back to Dartington, as his great-grandparents, Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst were the pioneering entrepreneurs who founded the Dartington Hall project. When the Elmhirsts purchased the then neglected 14th century Dartington estate, they restored the estate buildings and set up a host of farming, forestry and educational products including Dartington Hall School, Dartington Tweed Mill and Dartington Glass. As innovative thinkers themselves, Dartington became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world. 93 years later, the Elmhirst’s direct descendant, Cosmo Caddy intends to build on his predecessors’ legacy and will continue to instil the values of his ancestors in Devon Distillery at The Shops at Dartington. ‘Establishing Devon Distillery at The Shops at Dartington adds another chapter to my rich family heritage in this region.’ Says Cosmo. ‘Alcohol production is my absolute passion, and I’ve spent years learning, tasting and blending in pursuit of the best spirits to create exceptional quality products with integrity. I’m thrilled to have a permanent base at Dartington to continue this journey.’ ‘This is a great coming together of two locally renowned families. Devon Distillery coming to The Shops at Dartington will fortify the fascinating history of the Dartington Estate,’ continues Barbara King, Managing Director of The Shops at Dartington. ‘With 60% of products within the Food Shop procured from Devon and a further 30% from the West Country, we couldn’t be more pleased that the footprint of our gin will be only a matter of yards.’ Bringing the still into the Food Shop creates high visibility for this interesting process and visitors will be able to witness the process of distilling. The Shops at Dartington are situated on the grounds of the picturesque Dartington Estate and consists of 15 unique, independent shops in South Devon, near Totnes. The shops are based inside quirky buildings as this part of the estate was an old cider press. It’s a family destination, with parks and activities for young children.

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