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Friday Focus Newsletter – 20 August 2021


Hello Summer

End of week 4…..

Be sure to join in the final week of activities next week.   It you’ve not joined in with us yet, here is the information.  Come and join in!

The full programme is online and in brochure form around town!
Follow us on Facebook at to learn all the latest info.

If you have any enquiries regarding eligibility please contact Pam via

Hello Summer Feedback

Thank you to everyone for their positive feedback about the Hello Summer programme. It really lifts the teams spirits to know how much you’ve enjoyed the activities and how it has benefitted you and your family.

Lots of people have asked how they can help, and there is a simple way you can really make a difference. We need you to drop us a message or email with feedback we can share with our funders.

Our funders want to hear from people who’ve benefitted from the project and we want to convince them to provide funding so we can continue. So, the best way you can help is to drop us a line in answer to these questions:
1. Tell us a bit about you and your families situation.
2. What does Hello Summer mean to you? How has it helped you and your family?
3. What would you do if Hello Summer stopped?

4. How have the free lunches helped your family?
5. What have you enjoyed most?
You can message the Facebook Page or email with your answers and we will produce a summary to send to our funders.
We can keep your identity secret if you would like, or just use your first name, just let us know. The more we can talk our funders, the stronger our case for getting funding for the future.

Please do help us keep going. Thank you.

Be Active


Saturday 21 August

CYCLE RIDE FROM HAYTOR! FREE minibus and bike-trailer transport for riders and their bikes up onto the higher moor, Dartmoor National Park. Plus, a short guided talk from Dartmoor National Park Archeologist, Andrew Crabb.
The cycling will start at HAYTOR, one of Dartmoor most iconic and poplular granite outcrops. The route will start at Haytor Car Park and go through Haytor Vale and Islington where the route joins the Dartmoor Way Cycle Path, past Bagtor and Bagtor Woods, on to Rew Cross and into Ashburton then on to Victoria Park in Buckfastleigh.
The ride is about 11 miles in distance, and 98% downhill.
The Bike Bus pick ups:
approx. 09.00am from South Brent (Palstone Park), and
approx. 09.45am from Buckfastleigh (Victoria Woodholme Car Park)
* Bring a packed lunch for a picnic.
A map of the route is on EVENTBRITE. We hope you can join us for a fun ride!

Places are limited. So reserve your place now!

Reserve your place today.

There will be more Big Bike Revival free cycle rides on these dates:

E-Bike Ride – Free Trial!

If you’re a reasonably experienced cyclist, aged 16-yrs old or older, wanting to try out an e-Bike to take the strain out of some of our local Dartmoor hills, look no further!

As part of the local ‘Big Bike Revival’ summer of cycling events, there is a very limited number of ‘free-to-use’ electric-assisted bikes for a group e-Bike Ride led by Inga Page from ‘Dartmoor Walks & Rides This Way’.

You must book an e-bike, and a place on the guided ride, in advance – on EVENTBRITE or pop in to Be Buckfastleigh, The Living Room, 55 Fore Street.  First come, first served.

There is also space for one person who owns an e-Bike and wishes to join the ride – you must also sign up on EVENTBRITE or contact Be Buckfastleigh to book your place on the ride as the group’s overall size is limited in number.

Make your own way to meet up with the group to start the ride at 10am on Saturday 28 August at Cold East Cross Car Park on Dartmoor, 3 miles outside of Ashburton (find it on Google maps).

Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, for your comfort and safety. It is recommended you wear a hi-vis article of clothing.  Helmets are provided with the free e-Bike hire. If you are joining the ride with your own e-Bike, please bring your own safe cycling helmet.

The route is circular, approximately 12 miles in distance, and will go from Cold East Cross to Haytor, Manaton, Hound Tor and Jay’s Grave back to Cold East Cross. The ride will be led at an easy pace for the enjoyment of all riders, and takes approximately 1hr and 45mins depending upon any stops.

The ride will go ahead if there is drizzling light to moderate rain. If the ride needs to be cancelled due to bad weather, you will be contacted on your mobile phone. Unfortunately there can be no replacement ride.

Please be aware that e-Bikes are normally heavier than other bikes, and they go faster, so they have a longer braking distance. Also, these e-Bikes are ‘electric-assisted’ not electric powered, in other words you don’t get anywhere unless you pedal.  They don’t have throttles!

It is important that you:

  • Know and conform to the Road Traffic Act and follow the Highway Code; 
  • Obey all traffic signals and signs; and
  • Understand how and when to shift gears and to brake confidently and safely to allow a good braking distance.


The summer timetable is out now – Click the picture left for a larger copy.

We are maintaining our covid protection measures but have increased the number of people allowed on site to 40. That still leaves plenty of room to maintain distance between swimmers and poolside.
Please note that we are NOT running a BOOKING SYSTEM – it is simply turn up and swim.
Changing rooms will remain out of use so please come swim ready. Our tuck shop is also staying closed for now and we ask customers to wear a mask in reception.
Watch this page for any timetable changes and the upcoming holiday timetable.

Walking for Softies

A gentle walk around our lovely town, great for anyone who wishes to get active and share a Walk and a Talk.
Meet up at the Be Buckfastleigh, Living Room, Fore Street, Buckfastleigh at 12:30 and be back for 13:30.
5 places available – book your place today, using the link below, for next week where Sara will be leading the group.
*subject to short notice cancellation due to weather

Walking for Softies

Be Wild


Bat-fastleigh is back! Celebrate our unique population of Greater Horseshoe Bats with bat themed craft at Hello Summer on Friday 27 August in Victoria Park. Then come see the bats emerge from 7.45pm on Saturday 28 August. You can even try count them as we go live with the Bat Conservation Trusts International Bat Day. Meet in Station Road car park at 7.45 – everyone welcome.

Be Well

SEND Accessible Buckfastleigh

Are you looking for a group specifically for information and booking (where applicable) for activities and events for children and young people with SEND in Buckfastleigh.

Here is a link to a newly formed group where parents and carers are able to share experiences and organise meetings and events.

Here is the link to their Facebook Group

BeBuckfastleigh Membership

Be Buckfastleigh Membership Help us to help you and our community – become a member of Be Buckfastleigh & get:

• Early notice of all our bookable activities;
• A stylish, FREE brushed steel Be Buckfastleigh re-useable water bottle;
• A weekly newsletter with all our upcoming activities & events emailed direct to you;
• A warm glow for helping us collect the data our funders need.

When we apply for grants to run our activities our funders ask us to provide data to show how our work is helping people. By becoming a Be Buckfastleigh member, and providing us with some information, you will help us demonstrate the value of the projects we are delivering and help us access more grant funding.

Simply complete our membership form online on our website or pick up a paper copy from the Living Room. Send it back to us and collect a FREE stylish water bottle (while stocks last!).

All data is collected and used in line with GDPR regulations. We will store it securely and only use it for monitoring and evaluation purposes and to provide aggregated data to our funders, research partners and trusted third parties. Access to your details will be controlled within Be Buckfastleigh and we will never sell or share your private data to other organisations.
Thank you for your support.  

Click here for Be Buckfastleigh Membership

Be Better Off

Job Board

Are you a local business who is looking to take on new members of staff.  We are happy to place your job adverts in the Living Room window, after all, not everyone is on social media.

You can send us a flyer or pop a printed job advert through the letterbox for us to display.

We will also be looking to have another Careers Fair for the Hospitality trade soon.  Get in touch if you would like to be part of it.

That’s it for this week.  Have a safe weekend!
  Be Buckfastleigh

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