Alife, Alife O! Exmouth LETS celebrates fifth birthday with fun and trade

PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 October 2015

Exmouth LETS members at their fifth AGM.

Exmouth LETS members at their fifth AGM.

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Members of the town's cash-free community-based barter system have celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Exmouth’s Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) held a party and skittles evening at the Great Western Railway Staff Association (GWRSA) club in Imperial Way.

The scheme uses a virtual currency, called Cockles, which members use to trade goods and services.

Items available for trade on the night included home-smoked salmon, apples, books, a retro cake stand and a juicing machine.

Project founder Delia Pemberton set up the system based on a similar programme in Kingston, London – one of the biggest of its kind in the country.

She said: “We have still got a way to go – it does seem quite difficult to get the idea across to people.

“I would encourage people to think creatively about what they can offer other people on the system.”

Marion Beaumont became one of the first members to sign up to the scheme after reading about it in the Journal’s sister newspaper, the Exmouth Herald.

She said: “It’s a friendly little community, which is the future of businesses.

“The idea of these social events is that people know each other personally. It is a good way to put a face to a name. It is very enabling. People who find things difficult can participate in community activities by joining the LETS scheme.”

Members trade goods and skills with Cockles, using the group’s interactive website. There are regular monthly social meetings to encourage trading.

The group, which has 34 members, is looking to increase its membership and hopes to expand the services and goods that are on the system. Annual subscription is £5, and new members are credited with 10 Cockles to help them start trading.

● For more information, go to www.exmouthlets.org.uk

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