The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd (DCFA)NEWSLETTER April - May 2011 Spare Food is Share Food!7 Whimple Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2DH Mobile: 07745819828 (text only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://dcfa.webs.com FOREWORD BY THE CHAIR EDITORIAL COMMENTDear Friends and Supporters, rdYes! We did start trading on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 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 anotherwith short-date milk and about ten local organisations have site for more information on that particular topic. Put yoursigned up to receive this. Teething problems are being cursor over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key andresolved and with our Volunteers overseeing this, we’re click! Ed.pleased to report that all seems to be going well!In March 2011 we spread our wings and held an external DCFA NEWSmeeting at Exeter with the purpose of setting-up a hub thereand with the intention of Exeter Working Group workingalongside DCFA in Plymouth. A further meeting has been F UNDRAISER. This is a time-consuming occupation but a very important one for us. We are looking for someone who has experience in this field of expertise to help us in aarranged. voluntary capacity. Interested? Please contact Geoff thAnother external meeting was held on Tuesday, 12 April (details at the top of the page).2011, this time in Truro. Again, a further meeting will be heldto take this project forward in Cornwall.None of this could be achieved, without the hard work of ourTrustees and Co-opted Members to our Board most of whom M AKING LOCAL FOOD WORK. Mary CONWAY and Geoff READ attended a Training Day at the Halcyon th Neighbourhood Centre in Plymouth on Thursday, 17 Marchare able to give their professional advice. 2011. The theme of the day was How to Set Up a BuyingWe’re desperately in need of funding to enable us to have our Group in Your Community. This was a very informative andown permanent premises from which we can receive and issue enlightening day, and both managed to undertake morefood produce. If anyone or any organisation can help us with networking!a monetary donation, then of course this would be warmlywelcomed. The sooner we have our own storage, the soonerwe can expand our enterprise by supplying more food DCFA MEETINGSproduce.Recently, I was fortunate to be invited to attend an AwardsCeremony at the Holiday Inn in Plymouth for the Drake A PRIL 2011. Our April 2011 Meeting was an external Introductory Meeting to Cornwall and was held at th 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at Diocesan House,Foundation Spirit of Community Awards. I was accompanied Kenwyn, Truro. We should like to thank the Truro Dioceseby Esme GOSS, our Milk Volunteer Coordinator. Whilst DCFA for their generous hospitality.didn’t win any of the major awards we were pleasantlysurprised and honoured to receive a Certificate of SignificantAchievement.Thank you all for your support and have a Happy Easter! M AY 2011. The next DCFA Board Meeting will take rd place at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 3 May 2011 in the Theatre Royal. If you have anything you wish the Board to discuss then do please contact Geoff.ChristineChristine REIDChairDCFA 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,PTSC (The Plymouth Third Sector Consortium),The Small Charities Coalition,And Volunteering England – Membership No.1278747. … And Voluntary Donations.
F UTURE MEETINGS. All meetings are scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. but are subject to change at short notice. A WORD FROM WENDY CHAPMAN A DCFA Trustee thTuesday, 7 June 2011- General Board Meeting (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) W HEN I was invited to write a few words for this Newsletter, anyone who knows me well will tell you that I was somewhat overwhelmed and tinged with a hint of thTuesday, 5 July 2011 trepidation. To see my words in- General Board Meeting print is scary! However I am (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) nevertheless thrilled to be asked to do so. ndTuesday, 2 August 2011 I became involved with DCFA as- General Board Meeting soon as the word was out that a (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) meeting was going to be held to th discuss what could be done withTuesday, 6 September 2011 spare food which had nothing- General Board Meeting wrong with it and was destined to (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) be thrown away. When I was asked if I had views or ideas on th how best to use this food and milk, you can probably guess myTuesday, 8 November 2011 response. Well... as Project Manager of the Shekinah Mission- Annual General Meeting Drop-in Centre of course I had... and Wow! What an (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) opportunity! And now I’m a Trustee of DCFA too. thTuesday, 6 December 2011 Let me fill you in on a little about myself. My name is Wendy- General Board Meeting CHAPMAN and I’m the Project Manager for the Shekinah (Plymouth Catherine Street Baptist Church) Mission Drop-in Centre in Plymouth. I’ve been involved with Shekinah since its inception and opening in December 1992.A NNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2011. Our AGM will be th held on Tuesday, 8 November 2011 and we’re alreadylooking for one or two Guest Speakers. Can you help or do This came about after four years of dedicated prayer by a small group of us. Our excitement was hard to contain as we saw God’s plan unfolding; from a place in Bath Street... to theyou know someone that can? Please contact Geoff (details provision of food... volunteer’s... staff... finances... and so theat the top of Page 1). list grows and grows and is still growing! He blessed us with a new building and our prayers are still being answered. I’m married to Gary and have two grown-up daughters, Lisa and Kelly who’ve both blessed us with grandchildren Lennon WOULD YOUR ORGANISATION BENEFIT (aged three) and Darcy (aged three months). They take up a FROM A lot of my spare time. Spare time? What’s that? TALK & POWERPOINT PRESENTATION? Gary and I worship at St. Paul’s Church in Stonehouse, and for my part I’m an active member of the PCC. During my rest time or quiet times, I like going for walks, reading and swimming... Are you a school, a charity, a faith group these are at the top of my list! However, I’ve never mastered or some other organisation needing to all three at the same time yet! know more about DCFA? DCFA is just starting to show signs of what could realistically be achieved, by providing struggling charitable organisations We will come to you and five a brief talk whose finances are severely overstretched, with free and and PowerPoint Presentation to tell you wholesome food so enabling needy and vulnerable people to access good, healthy balanced diets. about our work. Finally, readers, wherever and whomsoever you are, we do Just contact Geoff... need your support! For more information on this, especially if contact details at you feel you can help in anyway, do please contact Christine the top of Page 1. REID (Chair) or Geoff READ (Company Secretary). The Contact details are at the top of Page 1. Book now! God Bless! Wendy Chapman Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 2
FRESH MILK OTHER NEWSA n Update. You’ll be aware that DCFA commenced trading in mid-February albeit in a very small way.DCFA is currently accepting deliveries of short-date fresh C OMMUNITY Alive Falmouth 2011milk from Wisemans Dairies every Wednesday morning at Date: Saturday, 21st May 2011the Salvation Army Congress Hall. The following Time: 10 a.m. – 16 p.m.organisations in the Plymouth area are currently registered: Place: The Moor Falmouth & FalmouthAbout Time Methodist ChurchAge ConcernAmber Initiatives Entry: FreeBefriending ConsortiumDCRS Organiser: Community Alive Falmouth Team(Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support)Elder Tree Visiting & Befriending Service Contact: Lorely (01326) 317587FROST(Friends & Residents of Sutton Trust) Links: energy,Gilead Foundations Charity networking,Oasis Centre falmouth,Plymouth FoodBank communityPlymouth MIND st(Oasis Wellbeing & Mental Health Support Saturday, 21 May 2011 sees the second annual communityCentre) Networking event held on The Moor, Falmouth Methodist Plymouth Refuge Church and other venues to celebrate all that Falmouth has to(Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service)Salvation Army: offer.Congress Hall This year we are dedicating the event to Energy issues... fromDevonport Morice Town Anaerobic Digesters to Befriending Schemes, from Electric CarsOpen Door Cafe to Dance Groups, etc. Whether energy for power, inspirationShekinah Mission or support we wish to celebrate what Falmouth has to offer from organisations, businesses and individuals.We should like to say a big Thank You to Ms. Esme GOSS who, We are hoping that you may be interested in joining us totogether with her Team of Milk Volunteers rise early to promote your activities and make partnerships.organise the whole process and record the issues. Esme hasbeen ably assisted by Mr. George TRICKER and Mr. RonSANDFORD. We thank them all very much for their time andefforts! Since we started trading we have issued 2,734 litres of I VYBRIDGE Comings & Goings. Barn Dance at EST Ivybridge, Saturday, 14 May at 7.30 thgood quality milk. At (say) 60 pence a litre this represents an p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Live Band and Caller, Bar and Hogoverall saving to our Receiving Organisations of £1,640.40 so Roast. Tickets priced at £6 and must be purchased infar. Not a bad start we think! advance. Please telephone the Centre on (01752) 690 200 for further information. DCFA NEEDS ITS OWN PREMISES! thH ELP Please! DCFA could do oh... so much more if only it had its own premises in a central area of Plymouth!Do you know of somewhere... an empty warehouse or shop Donkey Summer Fair at EST Ivybridge, Saturday, 18 June from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations, Games & Stalls, Inflatables, BBQ, Donkey Carriage ridesthat we could utilise? DCFA could then start accepting the and much, much more! Fun Family Dogfood produce that local producers have promised to supply Show from 2 p.m. Free entry andus! parking. For more information, please call the centre on (01752) 690 200. DCFA FUNDRAISING Car Boot Sales at EST Ivybridge on:D CFA was fortunate to receive a small monetary award from the Church Urban Fund to set us up and to get usgoing. We now desperately need people who have experience Sunday, 26th June, Sunday, 24th July, Sunday, 21st August, andin fundraising to help us submit our bidding applications to kick Sunday, 25th September.start us into getting our own premises, our own equipmentand to provide cash for our running costs. Can you help us? The timings have yet to be confirmed!Do please get in touch! Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 3
P LYMOUTH HEROES ARE HONOURED at Glittering Gold Star Awards. This article was published in the Plymouth thHerald on Wednesday, 9 March 2010: THIS SPACEPLYMOUTH’S unsung heroes and heroines have been COULD HAVE BEEN USEDrecognised and celebrated at an emotional awards ceremony. TO PLACEWinners of The Herald & First Devon and Cornwall’s GoldStar awards enjoyed the limelight as they were honoured at YOUR NOTICE!a dinner at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel recently.The ceremony, attended by the Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Why not contact the Editor?ASPINALL and Lady Mayoress Kate ASPINALL, highlightedthe actions of a range of individuals who were presentedwith an engraved glass trophy.These included a brave ambulance worker, an 81-year-oldfundraiser who helped form the Plymouth branch of RNLI,three carers and a woman who rallied around to ensure amother-and-son had the trip of a lifetime after a tragic year.Others included a volunteer who dedicated his free time toWelcome Hall, a man who strives to help refugees despitesuffering illness himself and a dynamic duo of women whobought the community together to aid a family devastated Comeby a fire.Bill MARTIN, editor of The Plymouth Herald, said: “We takegreat pride in recognising those who go the extra mile forothers; those who cope admirably with adversity and thosewho set an example to their peers through their selfless join us!actions.For the fuller version of this article, please visit:http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Plymouth-heroes-honoured-glittering-Gold-Star-awards/article-3309470-detail/article.html DO YOU WISH TO BECOME A FRIEND OF DCFA? Go on-line, download the Application Form, complete the details and submit it to Geoff. DO YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER WITH DCFA? Go on-line, download thePhotograph courtesy of Christine REID, enhanced by Kanda P. Geoffrey N. READ and the Gold Star Award! Application Form, complete the th Tuesday, 8 March 2011 details and submit it to Geoff. "I work as part of a Team and so I’ll accept it on behalf of that Team." Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 4