Following the success of its spring programme, the South Hams Society is to host a new series of ‘Crabshell Conversations’ this autumn.

All of the talks will be at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge. On Thursday the 5th October, Nikki Turton and her colleagues Caroline Bricknell and Nicki Barclay from the Salcombe Community Land Trust will explain the steps they are taking to address the need for affordable housing in the town.

On the 19th October, campaigner, hedge fund manager and former chair of the South Hams CPRE Justin Haque will be hosting a talk on the threats posed by wind turbines and the other forms of inappropriate development currently 'conspiring to scar our countryside', with his thoughts on how best to effectively prevent them.

On the 2nd November, David Johns and his partner Karen Wells-West discuss ‘Going Green’ and the upsides and downsides to eco living. In 2015, the couple bought 12 acres of sloping land in Cornwall, overlooking Golant village and the Fowey Estuary. They created The Sanctuary, an award winning off-grid eco lodge where visitors can experience first hand a comfortable low carbon lifestyle and engage with the natural environment.

The last 'Crabshell Conversation' before Christmas takes place on the 16th November, when Architect and community engagement consultant Peter Sandover will talk about the need for a Neighbourhood Plan. Mr Sandover has helped the Design Council produce their original guidance to communities and since then working with many rural and urban communities, including those in both Salcombe and Dartmouth, to produce their own plans.

All of the talks start at noon and will last about half an hour with questions to follow, admission is free and all are welcome. If you would like to attend any or all of our Conversations, please email [email protected]