Sustainable Fish Deliveries – Trains take the strain!

Caroline Bennett of Plymouth’s ethical sustainable fish co-operative enterprise Sole of Discretion brings us this account of the west country’s railways carrying fresh produce to market: The train has quite simply saved our business.  We started using the Great Western Railway 3pm Plymouth to London Paddington High Speed Train service on a daily basis (Monday…

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Exeter Food Poverty Summit

13th November 2018 by Ian Smith CATERed MD Brad Pearce and myself had the privilege of representing Food Plymouth at the Exeter Food Poverty summit.  This event was organised and run by our friends and colleagues from Food Exeter and was held in the city’s historic guildhall. The summit was opened by Cllr Duncan Wood,…

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Spread The Word

Joining up with Thrive Plymouth  for year 5 – People Connecting Through Food  #thriveplymyr5 – will enable all of us at Food Plymouth to reach new people and organisations and encourage wider collaboration and significantly broaden our network. If you would like to share any news, events or information with the Food Plymouth partnership and network, please contact Zoe Nile.

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Food Safety Success

Plymouth City Council’s Food Safety team, in conjunction with Thrive Plymouth Year 5 partners has delivered a series of successful training events at Plymouth Guildhall over the last month. Events were attended by over 170 people representing over 100 different childminder, nursery, care home and community settings. In addition to an essential food safety update, Public Health England provided an up-to-date session on infection control, including winter readiness. Thrive Plymouth partners…

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Doing Business with Local Councils Workshop

14th November 2018 By Ian Smith   Plymouth’s ninth Social Enterprise City Festival included a workshop session on doing business with Local Councils.  This was hosted at the Millfields Trusts’ Creykes Court building and was facilitated by a talented team from Devon County Council.  I took part in support of Food Plymouth’s transforming catering & procurement…

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HotSW LEP Annual Conference and AGM

12th November 2018  By Ian Smith Once again I had the honour of representing Food Plymouth at the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) annual conference and AGM.  This year’s conference was held in the excellent setting of Sandy Park, Exeter. This year, I was particularly struck by the ambition, energy…

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University of Plymouth Business Networking Breakfast

12th November 2018 by Ian Smith   I had the pleasure of representing Food Plymouth at a Business Networking Breakfast hosted by the University of Plymouth’s Careers & Employability Service at the University’s Robert Levinsky building.  This was the opening event of Plymouth Enterprise Week #PEW 2018. Following a tasty light breakfast and valuable networking…

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Doing It Ourselves – Plymouth Co-operative Economy Plan Launch

 12th November 2018 Doing it Ourselves – A strategic action plan to double the local co-operative economy in Plymouth by 2025 – was launched on 12th November, the opening day of Plymouth Enterprise Week.  Food Plymouth is working with Plymouth City Council in pursuit of this exciting policy.  Further information about the plan and developments around this collaboration…

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Celebrating Soup!

By Laura Kelly   Soup Corner in Union Street celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday 30th October. It was a wonderful day filled with our regulars, balloons, cake and of course soup. Michal, Dagmar and Hayley are the fantastic people who make sure there is a bowl for everyone. Soup Corner is open to everyone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays…

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Strategic International Partnership

22nd October 2018 By Ian Smith Food Plymouth enjoys a fruitful working partnership with the University of Plymouth’s business school.  The latest expression of this was an invitation to take part in a networking lunch with entrepreneurs, professionals and academics from Malaysia and other Pacific Rim countries. The context of this is that the University…

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The Buckwell

By Zoe Nile A visit to the 15th Century wishing well with Sam Cross unearths past uses for the building and provides some food for thought! On Tuesday 25th September 2018 I was given the opportunity to meet with Sam Cross, whose family own No 18 Buckwell Street, on the Barbican, to take a closer look…

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A great idea from the Plymouth Foodbank

By Zoe Nile Following the success of their August challenge, the foodbank are asking donors to ‘think big’. They have created a donation calendar enabling anyone wanting to participate to tick off an item a day that they want to donate through the month of October, resulting in a well varied box of donations at the end…

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Sugar Smart – What’s next?

Sugar Smart UK have set up a new email group for local campaign leads, those interested in starting campaigns, and those taking action locally to reduce sugar consumption. This email group will help the network stay in touch between newsletters and support each other with resource-sharing and advice. Please note, this email group is not for promoting goods or services.…

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Sustain Brexit Forum: Delivering the Goods

Sustain Brexit Forum: Delivering the Goods While on the subject of Brexit, our friends at Sustain – the Alliance for Better Food, Farming and Fishing –  bring us this opportunity to engage at national level This is a strategy session for the Sustain alliance Brexit Forum: With six months to go until Brexit Day, what do…

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The Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Annual Conference

By Ian Smith. Several of the most active Sustainable Food City partnerships, including Cardiff, Oldham and Plymouth, have Local Authorities which belong to the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN).  I was therefore delighted to represent Food Plymouth at the CCIN annual showcase in Croydon.  In doing this, I was among a number of multi-sector affiliate…

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Plan for Trees

Plan for Trees – in Plymouth By Tess Wilmot more pleasant, healthy and fruitful place to live in. Our friends at Plymouth Tree Partnership have been working hard over may years to plant new trees in various locations and to replant many of the street trees which had been lost over time.  They have also…

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Thrive Plymouth

Thrive Plymouth – Public Protection Advice and Support We offer expertise in food safety, health and safety, licensing, trading standards, environmental protection and pest control. Our team is part of Plymouth City Council’s Public Protection Service. We are uniquely placed to offer a range of services to help you. Our training offer: Food Hygiene training…

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Eat for Life Nutrition Course

Eat for Life – Groups in Plymouth or Online October 15, 2018 – March 17, 2019 with Jane Hutton The Eat For Life nutrition course is starting in October with a local group in Plymouth and an online group. Eating healthily, or the broader science of nutrition, have become an over-complicated, faddy, and for some, confusing part…

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Always Apples Festival 2018

Always Apples Festival 2018 – Live Music Fundraiser (September 27th) by Tess Wilmot All Ways Apples Festival is a Food Plymouth project which is all about sharing seasonal fruitfulness, celebrating Plymouth’s community growing projects and exchanging skills and knowledge about sustainable, healthy and delicious food.  The Festival and its fringe is now in its ninth…

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Too Good to Go

Check out and Download the Good to Go App After hearing about the new Too Good To Go App, I thought I’d give it a try myself. The concept is brilliant. Restaurants can sign up to the app to sell unsold food off rather than throwing it in the bin. Customers register on the app too…

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Sole of Discretion

Constructive response to recent bad publicity around one of the fishers in Plymouth’s Sole of Discretion Relatively new as I am to the fishing industry, I now appreciate why the fisheries are in the huge mess they are: nothing is simple when dealing with a shared, wild resource, and ultimately dealing with nature. Nature doesn’t fit neatly into modern business models,…

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Community Apple Pressing Event

Join Grow Stonehouse and Tess Wilmot next Friday 28th Sept at Stonehall Flats – Bring your own apples! BRING YOUR OWN APPLES  (plus a plastic bottle to collect and take away the juice) Don’t have an apple tree? Don’t worry – just come along and join in! It’s FREE! We’ll also be running an apple juice pasteurising event…

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A Music Night for an Apple Day

By Tess Wilmot The Food Plymouth All Ways Apples Festival musical fundraiser took place at Devonport Guildhall, reviving the much-loved Column Acoustic tradition.  We enjoyed a wonderful evening of atmospheric live music and poetry.  The line-up included The Liaisons, Michael Q Klein, Brian Ibbotson with Dmitry Babichev and then Anairda headlined.  In addition, Marigold Penlee…

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Healthy Start

Healthy Start: Improving uptake and understanding 10:30 – 11:30 on Wednesday 26 September Healthy Start is about much more than vitamins, offering vouchers up to £3.10 per week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk for low income pregnant women and children up to 4 years old. In…

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The RSA Food – Plymouth Visit

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission Plymouth Visit 18-19th September 2018 – by Ian Smith As the city’s recognised local food partnership, Food Plymouth was delighted to host a 24 hour visit by RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission researchers Lynne Davis and Elliot Kett. On the evening of Tuesday 18th September Devonport Guildhall hosted an evening…

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The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission visit Plymouth The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.  One expression of this work is the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, a major, two-year independent inquiry funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  The Commission’s…

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All-island Food Poverty Network

All-island Food Poverty Network – Belfast, September 2018 I was invited to give a keynote presentation on my innovative ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ project, at this year’s All-island Food Poverty Network meeting in Belfast which was hosted by Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland and Safefood.eu. Presentations provided a rich insight into Ireland’s action around the food poverty agenda. Other presenters at the event included Ms Naomi Davidson of…

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