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  • The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd (DCFA)NEWSLETTER January – February 2012 Patrons: Judi SPIERS, BBC Radio Devon Spare Food is Share Food! David WHITE, BBC Radio Cornwall7 Whimple Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2DH Mobile: 07745819828 (text only) Email: saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://dcfa.webs.com FOREWORD EDITORIAL COMMENT BY THE COMPANY CHAIR Mrs. Christine REID I NTERNET Links. If you’re reading this on-line and come across words with blue lettering that are underlined, then you can click on these links and be taken directly to anotherDear Friends and Supporters, site for more information on that particular topic.This is the first Newsletter for 2012 If you read this on Microsoft Word, you can put your cursorand may I start by wishing you all a over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and click! Ed.happy, healthy and prosperous 2012?This is certainly the hope for DCFA for STOP PRESS!this new year! DCFA should know by the end of A NEW DCFA PATRONJanuary whether its accommodation at the SHIPHostel is to be permanent. Please keep your fingerscrossed for us! Y OU WILL RECALL THAT Judi SPIERS of BBC Radio Devon is a DCFA Patron. This left the Cornish side of DCFA a little bit out of things! So DCFA is so very pleased to inform you that DavidVictoria HURTH, the DCFA Project Coordinator, is WHITE of Radio Cornwall has now agreed toarranging a Workshop for Wednesday, 11th January, to become its second DCFA Patron.further investigate the needs of our customers and For information on the Judi SPIERS Show pleasealso to give them an update on the progress being click on the link.made by DCFA. For information on the David WHITE Show please click on the link.Turkeys & Pheasants! I think especial thanks must goto Geoff READ for transporting a good supply of largeturkeys and pheasants to our customers in time for PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENTSChristmas, and some after Christmas... I do hope theywere enjoyed by all that received them! B EST WISHES FOR a very Happy Birthday to Amanda th HURLOW for Wednesday, 11 January 2012. Amanda is a Friend of DCFA. Happy Birthday Amanda!Our colleagues at DCFA Exeter are now moving aheadapace and have identified premises in Exeter CityCentre they might use. I’m sure we all wish them well A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Robert SPRINGETT for st Saturday, 21 January 2012. Rob is a Friend of DCFA and the organiser of the Polperro Music & Arts Festival for 2012.as we move forward into this new year. Have a lovely day Rob! If anyone wishes to know more aboutThank you all for your continuing support! the festival, please click on this link.Christine B EST WISHES FOR a very Happy Birthday to Samantha st Jayne BURDEN for Tuesday, 21 February 2012. Samantha is a Friend of DCFA. Happy Birthday Samantha!Christine REIDChair,DCFA Board of TrusteesThe Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd. (DCFA) is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee.Registered Company No. 07419679.Registered Charity No. - DCFA is recognised by HMRC as a Charity for tax purposes under Reference XT27083.Members of : Our Funder:NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) – Membership No. MEMBERVC/13004,CASAP (Community &Social Action Plymouth),The Small Charities Coalition,And Volunteering England – Membership No.1278747. … And Voluntary Donations.
  • DCFA WORKSHOP AN URGENT REQUIREMENT!P LEASE SEE THE OPEN INVITATION below from Victoria HURTH, our new part-time DCFA Project Coordinator... D CFA URGENTLY NEEDS to list the services of a volunteer to become our Treasurer. The idealDear All, candidate will of course have a background in financial matters and will be offered a Trusteeship on the DCFAFirstly I would like to introduce myself. I am the new DCFA Board of Trustees. This post is currently covered by GeoffProject Coordinator. My initial role, which is part-time, is to READ who is also the Company Secretary and Chief Bottlehelp the DCFA to attract funding so that it Washer. There must be someone out there... please help!can expand its support of all our charitable Please contact Geoff... details at the top of this page.organisations. As part of this task, it isimportant to me that I get to know all theorganisations we work with, and betterunderstand their current and futurerequirements. Additionally, in order to put good funding bidstogether it is vital that the projects we put forward show best DCFA NEEDS HELP NOWpractice in serving those requirements, and how best toinvolve the end-users of the food we provide for their long- AT THE SHIP HOSTELterm benefit.In this context, I would like to invite you to a half-day DCFA N OW THAT DCFA has taken over the Ship Hostel we are using the next few weeks to get it tidied up and fit for use. Making it ship-shape! Can you help us to do someWorkshop at the new premises of DCFA to discuss these issues tidying up and cleaning? If you can spare an hour thenin a semi-structured format. The proposed date for this is 9.30 th please get in touch with Karen BOWLER on 0794 867 828 ora.m. - 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 January 2012. email her at: karen.bowler@gmx.co.ukWe are working to fairly tight timescales and I wouldtherefore be grateful if you were able to find time to attendthis meeting. If you cannot attend this date then it would help PUBLICITY IN THE PLYMOUTH HERALDme if you could provide the dates you could make that weekand the week after, so I can judge if a revision is necessary. D CFA WERE DELIGHTED to find the following article had been published in the Plymouth Herald on Tuesday, 27 thI am looking forward to meeting you all. In the meantime I December 2011:wish you all a very Happy New Year!Victoria Taking the pasta pledge can help to reduce food poverty A CHARITY which aims to reduce food poverty in localThis invitation is open to all with priority being given to our communities is asking people to support its Pasta PestoDCFA Customers (those organisations receiving dairy produce Pledge.each week). Would you please send Geoff READ the name The Plymouth-based Devon & Cornwall Food Associationand contact details of the representatives you wish to (DCFA) was formed in early 2011 to provide food toattend? organisations working with disadvantaged people. It currentlyFor further information please see this link... supports around 15 local organisations including Age Concern,http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2333725 the Plymouth Foodbank and The Shekinah Mission.We have to limit the number of vacancies on this DCFA The charity hopes the Pasta Pesto Pledge will help it raiseWorkshop and these will be allocated on a money to expand. It involves swapping a more expensive mealfirst-come-first-served basis, with priority for the cheaper alternative of pasta with pesto and donatingbeing given to representatives from our the difference to the DCFA via localgiving.comDCFA Customers. The charity also aims to divert quality in-date food from landfillPlease contact Geoff READ to ask for and donate it to the organisations. Buy working with local foodvacancies or further information. (Details on top of page 1.) suppliers, in the first 42 weeks of running, DCFA prevented almost 11,500 litres of milk as well as large quantities of cream from going to landfill. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED This saved more than £11,000 for charitable organisations whoN OW THAT DCFA has permanent premises we will soon be trading in earnest and looking to accept deliveriesof food produce from all manner of food producers and could use the money to support more people, the DCFA says. The charity is now seeking funding to expand its early work to include many more food suppliers. This requires permanentfood outlets. DCFA is going to need a lot of premises, training funds, transport and staff to manage thehelp from volunteers. Can you help? Please process. Email saudigeoff@yahoo.co.uk to become a friend ofcontact Geoff READ to ask for vacancies or DCFA and receive regular updates about how they are makingfurther information. (Details on top of page 1.) a difference. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 2
  • But this information is subject to change at short notice! PUBLICITY IN THE  January 2012 No Meeting WESTERN MORNING NEWS  Tuesday, 7 th February 2012 General Board Meeting P ASTA SWAP PLEDGE To Help Regions Poor. March 2012 No meeting  Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 General Board Meeting This article was published in the Western  May 2012 No meeting ndMorning News on Thursday, 22 December 201:  Tuesday, 12th June 2012 General Board MeetingA West Country charity that uses unwanted food to feed theregions hungry is now urging people to eat pasta... in a bid to PLYMOUTHraise enough money to feed even more mouths. FUNDRAISER GROUP MEETINGThe Devon & Cornwall Food Associations (DCFA) "FullFilling" THE NEXT GROUP MEETING will be held at 12 noon on Friday, thproject aims to divert quality in-date food from landfill and 27 January 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospice. If anyone wishes touse it to supply organisations in Devon and Cornwall that know more about this Group then please contact: Paul READfeed disadvantaged people. at pread@routeways.org.ukThe charity has just launched its latest campaign, the PastaPesto Pledge, in which they are asking people to swap aweekly meal for a cheap pasta alternative, donating the AN ARTICLE BY WENDY CHAPMAN DCFA Trusteedifference to the DCFA.Victoria HURTH, DCFA Project Coordinator, said: "DCFA isnow seeking funding to expand its pilot to include many Hi! It’s that time of year again when Christmas is over andmore food suppliers. thing look gloomy and dreary, but"This requires permanent premises, training funds, transport there are a lot of plusses; we’reand staff to manage the process and support our committed doing very well at DCFA with lots ofvolunteers. things happening."Food banks have recorded a 30% increase in the demand for Victoria HURTH has been employedfood across the country and so its vital that we try and do as as our new part-time Projectmuch as possible. Coordinator, with view to helping"The pledge is really about trying to get people involved for us move forward and secure somethe long term." funding to support our cause.Increasing food prices and unprecedented austerity have As Manager of the Shekinah Drop-meant a high rise in demand for food by those most in need in Centre, I see so many people hitin the region. by deprivation who I know we could help through theDCFA currently supports around 15 local organisations actions of DCFA. This is borne out by the way we atincluding Age Concern, Foodbank and The Shekinah Mission. Shekinah have been blessed by the provision of dairy andSince its opening, the charity has prevented 12,086 litres of some other products via DCFA over the past four months;milk from going to landfill and issued it to charitable which in turn, has enabled us to ease the hardship of ourorganisations in the area that deal with disadvantaged service users, albeit in a small way so far. But our hopespeople, saving them more than £11,000. are high for the assistance of others in similarAnyone wanting to take part in the Pasta Pesto Pledge can circumstances. Along with this tangible support Shekinahdonate via www.localgiving.com. will also assist with budgetary advice, and with God’s blessing, we’ll be able to help in more ways and with even more food products... Watch this space! DCFA MEETINGS Should anyone feel that they would like to help or supportD ECEMBER 2011 Meeting. This Board Meeting held on th Tuesday, 6 December at the Shekinah Mission inPlymouth. Those attending demolished the Mince Pies and DCFA, even in a small way, then please don’t hesitate to contact Geoff READ, the Company Secretary. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a veryCream after the meeting. Our thanks go to the ShekinahMission for their seasonal hospitality! Happy & Peaceful New Year! Wendy ChapmanN EXT MEETING. The next DCFA Board Meeting will be on th Tuesday, 7 February 2011 at the Ship Hostel, Plymouth.This meeting will start at 10.30 a.m. Wendy CHAPMAN DCFA TrusteeF UTURE MEETINGS. All meetings are scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each alternate calendarmonth at the Ship Hostel unless stated otherwise. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 3 View slide
  • THE DCFA PHEASANT RUN OTHER NEWSG EOFF READ DROVE to Carswell Farm near Mothecombe th Beach on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 to collect almost60 pheasants and deliver them the same day to our DISCLAIMER DCFA reserves the right to select and edit articles submitted. The opinions expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily represent those of DCFA. Although we do our best to ensure the information isparticipating charitable organisations. accurate, DCFA is not liable for any incorrect information or errorsThese are some of the charities that contained herein.benefitted: Age Concern Amber Initiatives The Action Group for Halcyon C ORNWALL SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS. Gitty ANKERS submitted this article and says she is pleased to announce that the Pensilva Depot of the Robert Wiseman (The Halcyon Centre) Dairies won this years award for The Best Managed The Friends & Residents of Sutton Trust Medium Business Category at a ceremony held at Royal The Salvation Army: Congress Hall Cornwall Show Ground in Wadebridge on Friday, 16thDCFA is so very grateful to Noel DALY of Carswell Farm for December 2011.supplying the birds, and to Chris FORREST of Yealmpton for This photograph shows a proud Julie WINDMILL-MAY withproviding us with the initial contact. Dick STRAWBRIDGE, the TV presenter with the best moustache in show business! Julie is the king-pin at the Pensilva Depot and has also helped DCFA to divert over THE SECOND DCFA PHEASANT RUN 10,000 from landfill to charitable causes. Everyone at DCFAG EOFF READ DROVE to J. Haimes & Sons Partners, at th West Sherford on Wednesday, 4 January 2012 to collectover 80 pheasants and deliver them are over the moon at this award. Congratulations Julie and everyone else at Wisemans!the same day to our participatingcharitable organisations. DCFA is sovery grateful to Lesley HAIMES forsupplying the birds, and to ChrisFORREST of Yealmpton for onceagain, providing us with the initial contact. THE THIRD DCFA TURKEY RUNG EOFF READ DROVE up to Sladesdown Farm at Ashburtonagain on Christmas Eve to collect afurther fifteen 20lb free-range turkeys For a bigger photograph please go to DCFA Facebook page:and delivered them the same day to http://goo.gl/MHCPXour participating charitable Best Medium Managed Businessorganisations. sponsored by the University of Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Refugee The 2011 Winner: Support Robert Wiseman Dairies The Reestart Recovery House (Pensilva Depot) The Salvation Army: Congress Hall Liskeard-based dairy whose team on a local level reallyDCFA is once again so very grateful to Daniel & Elaine MASON! have the drive and energy to make a difference to their community by working at a grass roots level. In particular ANOTHER URGENT REQUIREMENT! the company has greatly reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill by launching a pioneering project with localK ANDA HAS BEEN our very own IT advisor and webmaster since DCFA began. Kanda has decided that she nowneeds to take a break to concentrate on other things in her charity, the Devon & Cornwall Food Association (DCFA). The company has a sustainability strategy for the next five years to reduce their environmental impact. And in the lastlife. We will miss her constant guidance and assistance but 12 months these measures have seen them reduce energy,thank her for all she has done and wish her well for the waste, water and pollution significantly. They are also goingfuture. This leaves DCFA with a void. Who will run our beyond the ISO14001 standard in order to drive furtherwebsite? Can you help? Can you offer advice? There must improvement.be someone out there... please help! Please contact Geoff... More Information regarding the Cornwall Sustainabilitydetails at the bottom of this page. Awards can be found by clicking on this link. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 4 View slide
  • P OLPERRO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL. The following is a a Press Release fresh in from the organisers: W ARM WEATHER BRINGS a Fit of the Cauli Wobbles: Topsy-turvy weather means vegetables arrive three months early. This article was published by the Daily MailPlanning for the 2012 Polperro Music & Arts Festival is well th on Thursday, 29 December 2011 by Tamara Cohen:under way and the committee has been lucky enough tohave been awarded a grant from the Co-Operative Bumper crops of vegetables are arriving months too early inCommunity Fund. The committee members spend all year the latest saga of this year’s topsy-turvy weather.fundraising to enable the nine-day festival in June to remain Farmers say they are harvesting cabbages, sprouts, broccolifree to all whilst highlighting the history and heritage of the and cauliflowers up to three months earlier than usual andhistoric and picturesque fishing village. some fear they could see shortages in the Spring.Rob SPRINGETT (Festival Chairperson) says ‘‘This year’s Yesterday forecasters predicted temperatures could reach th 14C on New Year’s Eve... great for outdoor revellers... in whatfestival is the 17 in a row and takes a lot of dedication andplanning from volunteers but can be very rewarding. We would be one of the most unusual weather events in years.also try and highlight and promote the work of othergroups as well as our own so for 2012 we’ll be championing Unexpected rise: Farmers arethe important work of the Polperro Environmental Group tending to crops that are reapingand Polperro District Memory Cafe, The Devon & Cornwall ahead of schedule.Food Association (DCFA) and the British Hen Welfare Trust th After a cool day today (29 ) withamongst others. If community groups and charities can strong winds and some showers, a stretch of mild weathershare the workload and work together and help each other th will begin tomorrow (30 ) and continue into the first week ofthen it benefits all concerned especially in this economic 2012.climate. Although generally not an exciting subject it is an At Riverford Farm near Totnes in Devon, which suppliesimportant area for any community group. One of our 40,000 households with vegetables every week, Savoybiggest expenditures is stationery and the money received cabbages are already so big they have burst of out theirfrom the Co-operative Community Fund will be put towards boxes and between 15 and 20% of the crop had to bethis so we would like to thank the Cooperative Group and ploughed back into the ground.its members’’‘’This year you can look forward to a Comedy Night Christmas morning: Despite thealthough the guests are still a secret, last year we were traditionally colder season alucky to have TV personalities Josh WIDDICOMBE and farmer heads across his field on aJames ACASTER. We will also have the usual arts and crafts mild day in County Durham.stalls, Carnival, outdoor music and well as Pauline’s Bingo,Foody Friday! and many other fringe events as well as the Harvest manager Ed SCOTT said without a cold snap whichmain Festival marquee on Big Green.’’ allows leeks and cabbages to ‘hibernate’ and start growingMore information about the events and updates can be again in February or March, they had just carried on.found on our website. He said: ‘This crop has become so confused by the th th comparatively warm conditions that as well as maturing wellSaturday, 16 – Sunday, 24 June 2012 ahead of schedule, a fair number of the plants are actuallyTelephone: (07813) 303445 flowering.You can also become a friend and follow us on Facebook @www.facebook.com/pages/polperro-estival/178134535534063 ‘This should not be happening until February and they’veor Twitter www.twitter.com/polperrofest been blooming through December, a full three months early. ‘Our concern now is whether or not these crops will hold till we can pick them. I never thought I’d say this, especially after last year’s brutal winter, but bring on the snow and ice!’ Both cabbage, left and cauliflower fields have been benefiting from warmer climates. Cornish farmers are predicting a cauliflower shortage after an early crop. Philip PRYOR, a grower near Truro in Cornwall, said that the warm weather had caused a glut and a fall in prices, and said if the weather does not return to normal ‘volumes are not going to be there for what is required.’ Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 5
  • Last year’s freezing winter saw temperatures reach -7C and ADVERTISEMENTSvegetable crops frozen into the ground. NThe National Farmers Union played down reports ofshortages and said the early crops had been seen in the EED HELP WITH YOURsouth west of England but were ‘not a national picture’.A spokeswoman said: ‘This has not been the case all over the accounts, books and records,country, and although the warm weather has made theseasons move around a bit, we are not going to see any or tax returns?empty supermarket shelves. We are likely to see the Spring Dont get out of your depth!crops arrive earlier than usual too.’The warm spell which began in late September has hardly Call Sarah on (01752) 768549abated with temperatures reaching a Boxing Day high of for a FREE initial appointment. 15.5C (60F) in Aberdeenshire... the average daytime temperature for June. Spare Food is Share Food. Gardeners claimed to have seen snowdrops, which usually appear in Come join DCFA! February, and even daffodils Stop good food from ending up at landfill sites! blooming early in Devon and Buckinghamshire over Christmas. Talk to DCFA on Facebook Sacha HUBBARD of Hill House Plant Nursery, Ashburton, Devon wrote Follow DCFA on Twitter on Twitter: ‘A daffodil is in flower... not a usual Christmas event at all!’A Met Office spokesman said: ‘Temperatures are slightly View DCFA on LinkedInabove average but the windy weather means it doesn’t feellike it yet, but it will warm up again from Friday and NewYear’s Eve will be particularly mild.’‘The first week or so of January is expected to be relatively Welcome to DCFA Website:mild but unsettled, with cloudy periods with some raininterspersed with colder, clearer and more showeryweather.’ http://dcfa.webs.com/intro.htmTo read more on this article please click on this link. DAIRY PRODUCE DELIVERIES! http://dcfa.webs.com/stats.htmW ISEMANS DAIRIES WILL be delivering their last lot of dairy produce (Milk & Cream) to the Salvation Army thCongress Hall on Thursday, 12 January 2012. Thereafter and http://dcfa.webs.com/sponsors.htm thwith effect from Thursday, 19 January 2012, Wisemans willbe delivering to DCFA at The Ship Hostel early in the morning.Receiving Organisations should be able to collect their issuesfrom the Ship from 8 a.m. onwards. Hopefully you won’t allturn up at the same time as only one customer can be servedat any one time! DCFA should like to take this opportunity ofthanking Mr. Derek POOK of the Salvation Army for hosting us http://dcfa.webs.com/ppp.htmover the past few months when we had nowhere to go, and toLorraine who supplied us with never-ending cups of tea! DAIRY PRODUCE IN 2011In 45 weeks of 2011, DCFA prevented nearly 13,000 litres ofgood quality milk from going to landfill and issued it tocharitable organisations in the area that deal withdisadvantaged people.This represents an overall saving to those Charitableorganisations of nearly £13,000...just for fresh milk! Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 6