YDMT Bumblebees and Wildflowers talk TONIGHT!!!

Coffee, Cake, conversation and….Bumblebees!!

Just a reminder that this month we are encouraging people to go to the Friends of Bowland event tonight, Thursday, at Looking Well, for your Green Cafe fix. Tania St Pierre will be talking about a Buzz in the Meadows bumblebees, wildflowers, pollination from 7.30 – 9.00pm.  This is at Looking Well Studios, King St. High Bentham.

Hope to see you all there 🙂


Crop Swaps & Best Meeting!

"Such Fun!"

“Such Fun!”

There will be Crop Swap stalls on the 25th July, and the 1st, 8th, 15th August in Main Street, High Bentham
We will be there from 9.30 – 11.30am
Get in touch if you would like to help out 🙂
Our next meeting is in the Horse and Farrier, Main Street, High Bentham at 7.30 on Tuesday 18th August.  All Welcome!

Give & Take & Hay Meadow Green Cafe!

Hi everyone – March is a very exciting month for BEST and also for all Bentham folk with unwanted stuff cluttering up their house/garage/shed and also for people who like taking away free stuff and stopping it going to landfill!

Yes folks, it’s Give & Take time again!  Please click the link below to download a poster with all the information.  Tell all your friends and neighbours too:

Give & Take March 2015

And if that’s not enough excitement for you, the Tuesday immediately after the Give & Take weekend is our next Green Cafe with Coffee/Tea & CAKE plus a very interesting topic all about Hay Meadows.  Click the link below to download the poster with all the information:

2015 March Hay Meadows Green Cafe

Bees in Bentham at next Green Cafe

Come to the Green Café    

Coffee, cake and conversation

Third Tuesday in the month

Buzzing Bentham

Natural beekeeping is….

  • good for the bees
  • good for the birds
  • good for our flowers, our fruit, our vegetables, our crops and
  • good for us!


Come and find out why from local beekeepers

 Tuesday 18th November

 8.00 pm


Looking Well, King Street, High Bentham

www.greenbentham.org.uk    015242 63399

Click link below to download your copy of the poster to share with other  people 🙂

Buzzing Bentham


Crop Swap Stalls – August and September 2014

During August and September, BEST members will once again be running Crop Swap Stalls, where you can swap your surplus home produce for something else, or if you haven’t anything to swap and simply want to take home some really fresh Bentham local food, you can make a donation to the Practical Action charity, to support a project using solar power to pump water in arid areas of East Africa. Click here for info about the project.

cropswapWhat might be on the Crop Swap Stalls?

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Preserves
  • Honey
  • Free-range eggs
  • Home baking

The stall will be on the Main Street near the Post Office, from 9.30 till 11.30 on the following Saturday mornings: 9th and 23rd August, and 6th and 20th September.

Sustainable Staveley

Here’s another site you might be interested in:



Don’t forget to look at our meetings & events page for details of our next Green Cafe.  This will be about a local currency “The Realm Exchange”

If you have a local business we are particularly keen to welcome you so you can find out what it’s all about.  Plus there is CAKE!!!

Local Shopping

This is a comment from Peter Lennard - Don't be shy - 
please leave your comments/answers at the bottom of 
the post.

I live only part time in Low Bentham but was very 
pleased to see the arrival/expansion/conversion of
 the shop called Antiques into &tiques, selling food.
 On checking it out I found that they are selling 
organic fruit and veg at very competitive prices 
compared to supermarkets, will take orders for 
newspapers and also sell nice bread. I compared the 
price of their smoked salmon with Sainsbury in 
Lancaster. &ntiques price of £2.95 for a pack of 
Atlantic Smoked Salmon compared with (best price) 
2 for £8 at Sainsbury for factory farmed smoked salmon
 (similar weight per pack I think). Of course they 
don't do the range that any supermarket can do, but I
 look in at the shop first even if I am intending to 
go into Lancaster, for instance, and note what I can buy
 here on my return. But are people using this shop? Not 
many, it seems. Isn't it more environmentally 
sustainable to buy locally where possible and only go to
 a distant supermarket for things not available locally 
for a reasonable price? Is there any way that we can 
persuade local people to give it a try?