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    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.



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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair


    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm


    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Building very local resilience

Very local networks

Very Local Networks is an idea that is gaining ground in rural and urban areas. It establishes contact, fosters support and resilience, enhances trust, and promotes community based primarily on  specific geography and everyday concerns.

Here is a useful template which explains the concept and how it works. Your can easily edit this to suit your local conditions and personal details if you feel motivated to start a Very Local Network where you live. It should fit on an A4 sheet, with space at the bottom for the tear off, non-email return slip. Please let us know how it goes!

(if you would prefer a Word doc. copy of this template, please email Roz Brown)

A (place) Network


Happy New Year to everyone on our (place name).  We realised that, in spite of being near neighbours, many of us only meet infrequently, maybe when passing along the road. We thought maybe there was something we could do to help keep us all in contact, especially if there is a need or a crisis.


So we’d like to offer a small, free, low-key service in the interests of (place) resilience in these testing times: it’s called a local network. It’s different from Neighborhood Watch because you can use it for any help you need, anything you might want to offer, getting information around, finding information, or anything else useful you can think of that neighbours might want to connect with.


For example:

Report a lost/found pet                                              Need to borrow a long ladder

Report livestock on the loose                                    Seek manure

Need extra fruit for jam making                                    Offer spare produce

Feel a social event coming on                                    Need a lift/like to offer a lift

Need a prescription collecting                                    Need another pair of hands for a small job

Need the plants watered/chickens fed when away


If you think of all the times you’ve needed something or had spare capacity/supplies, how much easier would it have been if you could have sent one message and had it go to everyone on our patch – people you know and trust but rarely see?


What I’m offering:

You message me via email (or telephone me) and I email everyone on the list with the details. When your need or offer is fulfilled, let me know and I tell everyone on the next email so we don’t duplicate.


What if you don’t have email? Then we buddy you up with a near neighbour who does. You simply ask them to send the email, and they pass messages on to you, either by phone or printed out and put through your letter box (or, revolutionary thought, I know, by dropping round for a cuppa?)


Remember a couple of winters ago when the swine flu pandemic was a real threat? Everyone was asked to arrange a buddy who could get medicine for them etc?  This is what, in the old days, people did for each other as a matter of course. These days, we are spread out, sometimes isolated, and don’t always have ready access to support systems. If there is a crisis – whether it’s to do with public health (like a flu epidemic), severe winter weather (last year the postman didn’t make it to us for 5 weeks), or any other kind of man-made or natural disaster, we will all cope better if we have a strong resilient very local support network in place. Let’s make a start – fill out the details below, tear off and return to me if you don’t have email. If you do, send me a message with your details to:

(your email address), giving your name, address, telephone number/s etc. I’ll get things moving, and maybe we can have an inaugural get together over tea up at (suggest place).


Best regards

(Your name, address, telephone number and email address)



I’d like the (place) Network to keep me in touch



Tel no.

I don’t have email, so please buddy me up with a neighbour who does………(tick)


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