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  1. 1. The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd (DCFA)NEWSLETTERNovember - December 2011Patron: Judi Spiers, BBC Radio Devon Spare Food is Share Food!7 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.DCFA has just held its first Annual General Meeting at the If you read this on Microsoft Word, you can put your cursorCrown Centre in Plymouth. over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and click! Ed.It was an opportunity to share with our Friends and theSupporters our work the achievements of DCFA over the PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENTSpast for the past year. It was also a chance to look to thefuture. An exciting future it will be too and DCFA can nowlook ahead with greater confidence. W E HAVE NO Celebrations In November. Have we missed anyone? H thWe used this occasion to meet and greet Victoria HURTH, APPY BIRTHDAY TO Dave MCCABE for Thursday, 8the DCFA Project Coordinator (designate). Victoria shared December 2011. Dave is a Friend of DCFA and a volunteerwith us her past experiences and her plans for the future of waiting to give us help! Dave has volunteered the use of his vanDCFA. as and when we need it. Thanks Dave and have a lovely day!Our Guest Speaker was Anna HOYLE who was formerly theStrategic Development Manager of the East Cornwall Councilfor Voluntary Services (ECCVS). Sadly this organisation ceased B EST WISHES FOR a Happy Birthday to Ronald G. th SANDFORD for Thursday, 8 December 2011. Ron is a one of our Milk Team volunteers taking receipt of and deliveringtrading the day before! Anna spoke of the value of our milk each and every week. Thanks Ron and have a greatcommunities and the involvement of committed persons in day!our communities. Anna said she drew her inspiration fromsuch people. Anna was herself inspirational in her talk and Ifeel she instilled in us agreater confidence for the future. DCFA MEETINGSIt was good to see so many Friends and Supporters at ourfirst AGM and I thank you all for attending.Especial thanks to Maria MILLS and Staff of the Crown N OVEMBER 2011 Meeting took the form of DCFA’s first st Annual General Meeting and was held on Tuesday, 1 at The Crown Centre in Plymouth.Centre for allowing us to use their newly-refurbishedpremises and for feeding us so well!Finally my personal thanks to all DCFA Trustees and Co- N EXT MEETING. The next DCFA Board Meeting will be on th Tuesday, 6 December 2011 at The Shekinah Mission in Bath Street, Plymouth. This meeting will start at 10.30 a.m.opted Members to the Board for their commitment andsupport to DCFA. And a big thank you too for all our DCFA and will be followed by Christmas Drinks & Mince Pies.Volunteers! F UTURE MEETINGS. All meetings are scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. at the Catherine Street Baptist Church unlessChristine stated otherwise. But this information is subject to change at short notice!Christine REID  January, March, May 2012 NO MEETINGChair  Tuesday, 7th February 2012 General Board Meeting  Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 General Board MeetingDCFA Board of Trustees  Tuesday, 5th June 2012 General Board MeetingThe 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.
  2. 2. Overview THE DCFA TRIP TO Food hygiene and safety training providers have identified a LANGAGE ENERGY PARK growing need to make food safety learning more relevantS EVERAL OF OUR DCFA volunteers took part in a trip to rd Langage Energy Park on Monday, 3 October 2011 where we were joined by some members of the to specific business environments to increase effectiveness. Reflecting sector-specific needs these food safety qualifications are required to address new National Plymouth Laryngectomy Club (PLC). We Occupational Standards. In line with this demand, the CIEH were given a guided tour of the plant and Level 2 Awards in Food Safety have been designed to an extremely interesting presentation by address the food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, Mr. Roy BAILEY, the Operations Manager manufacturing and retail sectors. of Centrica Energy. Roy made it a really Outline Programmefun time... even though what they produce is a very serious The qualifications cover the following topics:business. That was obvious when we had to get dressed up inhard hats and fluorescent jackets.  Legislation  Food safety and hygiene hazards  Temperature control MEDIA SPEEDMATCHING  Refrigeration, chilling and cold holdingC th HRISTINE REID and GEOFF READ spent an evening at a Media Speedmatching Event in Exeter on Wednesday28 September 2011. The event was organised by the Small    Cooking, hot holding and reheating Food handling Principles of safe food storageCharities Commission in partnership with the Media Trust.  CleaningSo what is speedmatching? It’s a bit like speed-dating. Ten  Food premises and equipmentcharities and ten media professionals from the charity and Congratulations to all those who attended and our especialcorporate sectors. Each charity gets five minutes to speak thanks to ECCVS.to each professional and get on-the-spot advice or ideaswhere possible about any kind of media / communications PLYMOUTHissue or challenge you might have, for example, gettinglocal media coverage, improving your publicity materials or SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DAYgiving your charity a rebrand, etc. If a charity wants to workwith a particular professional further, they’d mark this on P LYMOUTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Day takes place on th Thursday, 17 November 2011 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Plymouth University. There will be a small exhibition oftheir match card and if their professional requests to workwith them too, we’ll put them in touch. social enterprises including:All this plus drinks, nibbles and a friendly atmosphere, FotoNow,absolutely free of charge! North Prospect Garage Project, Memory matters,We made a few useful friends and so the networking goes on! Locality, Cosmic, University of Plymouth-Business School, PLYMOUTH Devon & Cornwall Food Association, FUNDRAISER GROUP MEETING Janner Jam, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network.G th EOFF READ ATTENDED a Group Meeting on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at Routeways in Devonport. Christopher There will also be a series of clinic’s that can be booked onLAING of the Big Lottery Fund was the Guest Speaker and gave subjects such as:a very interesting presentation. If anyone wishes to know legal structures,more about this Group then please contact: Paul READ at social media for social enterprises andpread@routeways.org.uk marketing for your social enterprise. The Main event will include Speakers: CIEH LEVEL-2 AWARDS IN FOOD SAFETY Hilary DUCKETTS EVEN DCFA MEMBERS attended a course of instruction th at Lanivet, Cornwall on Thursday, 27 October 2011.This course, which was run by the East Cornwall Council for Plymouth University Business School, Julie HAWKER RISE & Project COSMIC and more…Voluntary Services (ECCVS) was run free of charge to DCFA.The course was attended by: This event is accessible to people with disabilities. For further information please contact:Gitty ANKERS, Jackie BARNETT, Phil BARNETT, Mary CONWAY,Geoff READ, George TRICKER, and Ron SANDFORD. dave@plymsocent.org.ukEach earned a Food Hygiene Certificate... a CIEH Level-2Award in Food Safety in Catering. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 2
  3. 3. AN ARTICLE BY HAZEL ALEXANDER OTHER NEWS DCFA Co-opted Member to the Board of Trustees E AST CORNWALL COUNCIL FOR Voluntary Services (ECCVS). DCFA was saddened to read on the ECCVS website thatI T’S AT THIS TIME of year I always put one or two extra items in my shopping trolley each week to go into my ‘Christmascupboard’. This, combined with food-related gifts, and that st they were to cease operations on Sunday, 31 October 2011. Several DCFA volunteers have been fortunate enough to havefrantic last minute just-in-case shop I always feel the need to received free courses of instruction from this very importantdo, all add up to an awful lot of food in the house. I’m lucky outlet and we are so sorry to see it all end. Our sincere thanksbecause I can buy these extras, but for some, just getting the go to Ms. Anna HOYLE, the Strategic Development Managerfood basics is difficult. Fortunately there are some fantastic and also to Mr. Dave PHILLIPS, CIEH Food Safety Instructor.organisations working to provide subsidised food and meals inPlymouth and DCFA has been working hard to get additionalsupplies to these organisations and keep perfectly good food T HE PLYMOUTH THIRD Sector Consortium (PTSC). DCFA is a member of this consortium which has now changed its name to Community & Social Actionout of landfill.I know that some of this extra food I’m buying will end up in Plymouth (CASAP). And it changed itsthe bin, and through being a Friend of DCFA I’m now also logo at the same time. This means thataware of how much food manufacturers are putting in their DCFA will have to update all itsbins. We have a range of information available to explain documentation accordingly.what’s going to waste and why, and what can be done tochange that, including a website, brochures, talks and rollingpresentations. Whilst we are always looking for volunteers to R EAL FOOD STORE for Plymouth City Centre? Food Plymouth partnership invite you to join them for a Public Meeting from 6.30take on some of the practical tasks that keep DCFA going, we th to 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 Novemberalso need people to get the message out about food waste. 2011 in the Buckland Suite on the Third FloorLooking at some of our information and talking to friends and of the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth (next tofamily about it is a little extra that you can do that can Sainsbury’s at top of Armada Way).potentially add up to a lot of people knowing about what DCFA Refreshments will be provided.are trying to do. What’s it all about?Hazel ALEXANDER An opportunity to have your say and get involved at this initialCo-opted Member to the DCFA Board of Trustees consultation stage of developing a new community-owned, local food shop and café, at the heart of Plymouth’s city centre. The Founders of The Real Food Store in Exeter will be joining us to share their experiences. For all enquiries please contact: Jeany ROBINSON: Mobile : 07403 984 632 jrobinson@edenproject.com, info@foodplymouth.org www.foodplymouth.org Spare Food is Share Food. A DELIGHTFUL ANALOGY Come join DCFA!W HEN WE GAVE a PowerPoint Presentation to a faith group at the Hope Baptist Church in Plymouth recently,one of them said to us... Stop good food from ending up at landfill sites! “DCFA is getting the bits of grain Talk to DCFA on Facebook that fall off the wheat plant... just in the same way as the poor Follow DCFA on Twitter people used to do in biblical times!”. View DCFA on LinkedInSo very true! Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 3
  4. 4. AGM PHOTOGRAPHSOriginal photographs (pdf) courtesy of Jon Hardy. Download the pdf (size : 6.92 MB, from mediafire.com)Display in newsletter by Kanda P. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 4