Forum Events Review

Enterprising Coastal Communities Conference 4th March 2011

Open to all with an interest in Business, Enterprise and our Coastal Communities this conference asks how, in a challenging economic climate, enterprise can be stimulated and sustained in our coastal communities.   Presenters included:  Neil Parish MP; Dr. Mark Horton of the acclaimed BBC TV programmes Coast and Inside Out; Sir William Wakeham Chairman of the East Devon Science Park Company; Jeremy Filmer-Bennett of the Devon& Cornwall Business Council; Tim Jones Chairman pf the Devon Economic Partnership; Patrick Browne of the Coastal Communities Alliance; Chris Marrow expert advisor on Marine and Waterborne Transport; Amanda Bloomer of the Kingsbridge Information Service plus other leaders from Business, Tourism Services and Government. Supported by Devon County Council and the Ladram Bay Holiday Park this event paved the way for further work to energise and incentervise our coastal communities.

Above Dr. Mark Horton addresses the Enterprising Coastal Communities Conference at Ladram Bay on the 4th March 2011


Waste Management Conference 1 Oct 2010

Around a hundred people attended the 'Aspects of Future Waste Management in Devon' conference in Tiverton on Friday 1st October The event was organised by the Devon Towns Forum and partners and was generously supported by Viridor plc and Devon County Council making it possible for the Towns Forum to maintain its tradition of providing free access to as many people as possible to its events.  With three major themes including Energy from Waste, the need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plus opportunities for Community Involvement there was plenty of food for thought and some excellent presentations too!  The following are a few sample photographs taken at the event:


 Left to Right: Bob Buxton Chairman of the Devon Towns Forum, DCC Cllr. Roger Croad, Neil Parish MP., Jacqui Hodgson Transition Towns, Richard Gomme, Devon Community Recycling Network Coordinator, Nicy Scott Devon Community Composting Coordinator and Dr. Fern Clarke Vice Chairman of the Devon Towns Forum.

 Liz Poulter Senior Waste Manager (Recycling) and Cllr. Paul Diviani of Devon County Council

 Delegates at the Conference.

 L -R Cllr. Peter Fleming Mayor of Honiton, Neil Parish MP, Cllr Roger Croad DCC, Bob Buxton Chair Devon Towns Forum and  Cllr. Paul Diviani DCC.

Questions from the floor,

 South Molton Recycle..just one of the diverse displays at the Conference.

Waste Management Photo Montage















Devon Towns Forum and Networking Reception 2010

Now a popular fixture is the Towns Forum's approach to its obligatory Annual General Meeting to combine business with an opportunity to meet, network and enjoy a reception buffet as our way of saying a big thank you to our members and supporters. The 2010 Networking Reception took the need to collaborate and work in partnership as its theme.  With well over a thousand people who have now used the Towns Forum services we are keeping the flame alight for all those in Devon's Market Towns who are working to make Devon a great Place to live, work and enjoy.....  The Following Photo's are from the 2010 DTF AGM nad Networking Reception held on the 7th July 2010 at the Sandy Park Conference Centre Exeter...... Hope to see you next year!

DTF AGM 2010 Photo Montage



 Cllr. Bob Buxton DTF Chairman addresses guests at the 2010 DTF AGM







Tom Langdon Davies DTF President and Dr. Fern Clarke the DTF Vice Chairman

Cllr. Simon Pollantine elected 7th July 2010 at the DTF AGM as our East Devon Area Representative on the DTF Management Board


The Sustainable and Resilient Rural Communities Conference held at Stoodleigh Court near Tiverton Devon on the 4th Dec 2009.













 L-R Dr Kate Braithwaite of the Carnegie UK Trust, Philip Wagstaff Chair of Devon Rural Network, Cllr Andrew Leadbeater Cabinett Member DCC, and Cllr Bob Buxton Chairman of the Devon Towns Forum.  The Conference was hosted jointly by the Town Forum and the Devon Rural Network.


Debbie Williams Communities Officer Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service talks to Kay Northcott from the Devon Heartlands Community Forum in Okehampton.


 Cllrs. Andrew Leadbeater and Paul Diviani




The Devon Towns Forum Advanced Chairmanship Training Course November 2009 the group look at their performance on Video Playback.....




Towns Forum Gala Evening with excellent and highly informative presentations from James Hassett CEO of the Market and Coastal Towns Association, Philip Collins from Natural England and Professor Michael Winter from Exeter University, the 'Making a Difference' Gala evening was topped off with a fantastic presentation from BBC TV's Sam Smith.

Sam who presents the top BBC TV Inside Out programme gave the audience of Community Group members some great inspiration and tips on making a human interest story.  Members of the many supporting agencies and local Councillors were also in attendance. Tom Langdon Davies the Forum Chairman said 'People have been overwhelmed by Sam and the other speakers, we are so luck to have had their support for the Forums Gala evening' Tom continued ' Thanks must surely go to all those who brought along project displays and those who have come along tonight, we are fortunate indeed to have such an active community spirit in Devon'

Other distinguished speakers included Philip Collins form English Nature and Prof. Michael Winter of Exeter University