Green Cafe tomorrow – all about the “Local Plan” & CARnival Bentham awards prizes for B.E.S.T. damselfly.










B.E.S.T. was awarded a “most original” certificate a hand made ornament of a robin (made by Sue Halsall) and a fantastic hand knitted rosette by CARnival Bentham for Collette Austin’s carnival damselfly which was made entirely from re-used waste, (e.g. plastic bottles, tin foil, plastic bags etc.).  Sorry for the delay in posting this up – it was a case of getting round to taking the photo!

Also B.E.S.T. Green Cafe at 8pm Looking Well Studios tomorrow night (Wednesday).  Click the following link for more details: 2015 Local Plan

We’re discussing the Local and Neighbourhood Plans – which will have all sorts of implications for developments to be green – or not.  It will be really good chance to get our heads around what they mean for us, how we can be involved, what we would like to see included.- so it would be great if you came along!
Please click the link below to see the latest draft of the plan before tomorrow night.
Please click below for the minutes of our last meeting:

BEST meeting today!

Hi we’ve another lovely BEST meeting at the Looking Well Studios, King St. High Bentham at 7.30pm.

Collette Austin will be showing you how to use our WordPress blog so that you can add your own stuff whenever you find something you think will be interesting to the group.  We’re going to be upstairs on the 1st floor where apparently the internet connection is better.

Do not be alarmed it is very easy and there is no pressure on anyone who doesn’t want to have a go.

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.


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?

Tough Love: Is Organic Better?

Tough Love: Is Organic Better?.

An Interesting Article from


Minutes of meeting 06/02/13