The Next Gathering
The Radical Routes AGM and Spring Gathering
Cornwall, 17-19 May 2013
The gathering will be hosted by One Community Housing Co-op at Keveral Farm, St Martin by Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1PA. Full details of directions for how to get to the gathering are below. Access and availability of childcare will be available shortly. In the meantime, use this link for directions
What happens at the gathering
The gathering consists of business meetings for member co-ops with a parallel strand of introductory sessions for people from new co-ops or who have not been to a gathering before (intro to Radical Routes, intro to housing co-op and Radical Routes finance, how to set up a workers co-op, facilitation and consensus decision making). Following that there are presentations from co-ops wishing to join the network, workshops and working group meetings.
At the May and November gatherings, there is also a strand of workshops and discussions for workers' co-ops, social centres and other trading co-ops.
VENUE: Keveral Farm / Looe / Cornwall / PL13 1PA
Keveral Farm is an organic farm community near Looe, Cornwall (in the south- west of England). We are
40 years old this year! The original community was established in 1973, and the farm is now owned and managed co-operatively by the members of the community. We are 10 adults and 10 children. We live in a farmhouse, static caravans, a wooden cabin and a barn conversion.
Attending / Accommodation : It will be mostly camping, so guess what bring your tents, sleeping mats and bags, torches. please let us know how many people are coming from your co op and accommodation needs by
contacting john-(random camel) 07969852181 or gemma (random camel) 07816146567 or RCHQ home no. 01473 213575
The Welcome Desk will be open from 6pm on Friday
Food : food will be vegan and be £10 -£15 for the weekend; It's best for us if you pay for the whole weekend in advance, but if you'll only be around half the time you can pay per meal at a cost of £2 each. Please contact harry at harrybeing [at] riseup.net to let us know of any special requirements.
Keveral, one mile north-west of Seaton, 4 miles east of Looe, and 16 miles
from Plymouth, is shown on the Ordnance Survey 1:50000 map, Plymouth and
Launceston area, Landranger series, map number 201, and on the 1:25000
map, St. Austell and Liskeard, Explorer series, map number 107.
Travelling to Keveral by Car from the East
Go through Plymouth on the main A38 (a continuation of the M5 after
Exeter), over the Tamar Bridge and into Cornwall. Continue on the A38 for
approximately 7 miles, through the villages of Landrake and Tideford, to
Trerulefoot roundabout (one mile after Tideford).
Turn first left at the roundabout, and then right after 1 mile onto the A387
(both turns are sign-posted to Looe). Continue for 2 miles to the small village
of Hessenford, and AFTER the pub on your right, turn left immediately after the
bridge, on to the B3247 to Seaton. See below for travelling from Seaton by
However, if you have a large vehicle or you are towing a trailer, you should
continue on the A387 for another 2 miles before turning left at Nomansland,
then follow instructions below for 'Travelling to Keveral by Car from the West'.
From central Plymouth: you can take the Torpoint Ferry over the Tamar River
(from Devonport, it is free crossing into Cornwall, and the same charge as the
Tamar Bridge on the return), and take the A374.You can go the scenic way
along the coast by turning left at Antony, then through the villages of
Crafthole and Downderry to Seaton (small roads, not advisable for large
vehicles). Or you can continue past Antony, then Sheviock and Polbathic,
before taking the A387 Looe road to Hessenford, then turning left to Seaton.
This route is only advised if you are starting in, or have to go through, central
Plymouth. Leaving the A38 to go this way will add at least one hour to your
journey compared to staying on the A38.
Travelling to Keveral by Car from the West
From Looe: take the B3253 heading towards Plymouth. After 2 miles, after an
uphill stretch and with the road bearing to the left, (just before the village of
Nomansland), turn right (take care, as this is an awkward junction). This is sign-
posted to Seaton, also with signs to The Monkey Sanctuary.
Stay on this road for 1.5 miles, passing the turn off to the Monkey Sanctuary
on your right, past Bokenver Farm on your left, and 200m further, as the road
bends sharply to the right, you will see the lane to Keveral straight in front of
you. Keveral Farm is half a mile further on. You pass our neighbour's house on
your right, and immediately after is our car park on your right and our
farmhouse in front of you. The lane is in poor condition, but not a problem if
you drive slowly.
From Liskeard: Take the A38 towards Plymouth, and after 1 mile turn right
onto the B3253 heading towards Looe - you need to get in the right-hand
lane of the A38 to make this turn. After 2 miles take a left turn up a narrow
lane (follow 'Monkey Sanctuary' signs), then straight on at the crossroads. (The
narrow lane is NOT suitable for large vehicles or vehicles towing a trailer -
continue to the next left turn, then take the next right). You pass Looe Golf
Course on your left, and come into Nomansland. Turn right onto the
Plymouth-Looe road, then left after 50 metres, left again at the T-junction,
and then proceed as above.
Getting to Keveral by Public Transport
Distances of Train Stations from Keveral
Looe: 4 miles
Liskeard: 9 miles
St.Germans: 7 miles (best for cyclists)
Plymouth: 15 miles
Mondays to Saturdays
You should travel to Liskeard (national train and coach services) for a taxi or
lift to Keveral, or for local bus connections to Seaton (more info below), or get
a train connection to Looe for slightly cheaper taxis. The coach stop is in the
centre of Liskeard, and the train station is half a mile from the town centre.
There are no buses to Seaton on Sundays. You can get a taxi from Looe or
Liskeard, or arrange for us to pick you up.
Travelling to Cornwall by Train
There are mainline trains to Liskeard, St.Germans, and Plymouth. There is also
a scenic one-carriage branch-line train from Liskeard to Looe, departures
every 1-1.5 hours, last train 20.40 (Mon-Sat) (20.15 on Sundays), journey time
30 minutes. For train times and fares, visit nationalrail.co.uk, or phone 08457 48
Travelling to Cornwall by Coach
National Express coaches go to Liskeard.
Taxis and Lifts
You can get a taxi from Liskeard (approx £20) or Looe (approx £12).
We may also be able to pick you up from Liskeard, Looe or Seaton, if this is
arranged in advance.
Local Buses to Seaton
From Liskeard: Monday to Saturday, bus number 80B at 10.52 and 16.38 from
the train station, and a few minutes later from Liskeard centre. The journey to
Seaton takes 25 minutes. Bus 80B
From Plymouth: buses only from the Torpoint Ferry at 11.55 and 17.45. This is 2
miles from central Plymouth. The ferry crossing time is 10 minutes, and the
waiting time may be up to 20 minutes. The journey to Seaton takes 55
minutes. Alternatively, get bus 592 from Plymouth to Liskeard, every hour at 33
minutes past the hour, then get bus 80B to Seaton (see above).
From Looe: there is no bus service from Looe.
At Seaton, you will get off the bus half way along the sea front.
Getting Around once you are at Keveral
Although there are local buses, they are not so convenient for days out as
they do not run until late morning nor into the evenings, and not to Looe. Our
local village of Seaton is served by only one bus running two times per day
between Liskeard (for bus and train connections further west) and Torpoint
(close to Plymouth). There is no evening service. The last bus back from
Liskeard is 16.38. This service can get you along the coast eastwards nearly as
far as Whitsand Bay (or with a connection, to Millbrook and Rame).
Bus 80B Liskeard-Torpoint
If you get into Looe, you can get along the coast westwards as far as
Polruan. The last bus back is 18.10 from Polruan (Bus 481), and 23.20 from
Polperro (Bus 573). Bus 481 Looe-Polruan
Bus 573 Looe-Polperro
We may be able to give you lifts to or from Looe (£5-£10) or Liskeard £10-£15).
See full directions on the Keveral Farm website.
Don't forget that on the Radical Routes website there is a forum for those who want to share lifts.