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South West Peak Spotlight: Connecting and Celebrating South West Peak Communities

Fri 12 Mar 2021

Launched in 2017, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together and with volunteers to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak area.

With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.

As one of the key partners, Support Staffordshire leads the ‘Engaging Communities Project’ (one of 18 projects which make up the Scheme) which focuses on engaging all people who love the South West Peak; those who live or work in the area or folk who are just visiting.

So far, through our outstanding volunteers who make up our Community Grants Panel, 81 community grant applications have been reviewed, and 68 community grants awarded for 68 different community projects all delivered by passionate and committed volunteers and community groups.

Over the coming months we will be highlighting and celebrating as many of these projects as we can.

In this third ‘spotlight’ we feature:


1. The Elkstonians Society: Development of a village website and digitisation of historical archive materials

The website has been developed primarily to house the village archives, a collection of photographs, documents and artefacts which have been assembled over decades and stored in various homes and buildings but, until now, unable to be accessed by the general public. In addition, the aim of the project and website is to link together neighbours, nearby communities, businesses and organisations that have an interest in the village and encourages all members of the local community to value and promote their cultural heritage.

Elkstones is a tiny village in the Staffordshire Moorlands, close to the Derbyshire border. Made up of two parts – Upper and Lower Elkstone – it is particularly beautiful and unspoilt, positioned on the hillside below Morridge.

To find out more please visit the website.



2. Butterton Parish Council: Preserving and Celebrating Butterton’s Cultural and Environmental Heritage

Butterton is the only village in Staffordshire and the South West Peak area to be a ‘Doubly Thankful Village’ in that all serving villagers returned safely from both World Wars. A key aim of this project was to create and erect a bespoke iron sign to recognise and inform visitors and locals of Butterton’s Doubly Thankful status. In addition, a commemorative stone planter displaying a plaque providing more information and made by a local craftsman, using local stone and drystone walling techniques, in keeping with the cultural heritage of the village has been installed.

For more information go to: http://www.buttertonmoorlands.co.uk/history-group/butterton-a-doubly-thankful-village/




3. Longnor Action Group: Longnor Village Trail and Benches

Through this project, Longnor Action Groups wanted to put Longnor ‘on the map’ and celebrate its heritage through the publication of a village trail leaflet and installation of 2 all weather, maintenance free benches in Village.

Their aims are to enable a better understanding and enjoyment of the historic buildings and setting of Longnor and encourage visitors to the village to look more closely and venture beyond the tea rooms

The leaflet, is freely available in surrounding Tourist Information Centres and within the village. The Benches will be installed in the coming months so keep a look out for them appearing soon!

For more insight into Longnor Action Group and the work they do check out their Facebook page.


4. Wincle Parochial Church Council: Wincle Village Signs

This project saw the replacement of existing signs at the entrances to the village of Wincle with hand-crafted signs incorporating the design of a picture of the village of Wincle by local artist C F Tunnicliffe RA. OBE. Wincle is a small, old established community within the South West Peak area with traceable roots back to the 11th century and connections to monasteries, the royal lands in Macclesfield Forest and a connection with the oldest house in the village to The Black Prince. There were water driven mills along the river Dane which forms the boundary of Wincle and Swythamley and Cheshire and Staffordshire. The purpose of the new signs is to add further focus to the community cohesion and spirit, to promote the heritage and to underline the attractions of the village for the community and visitors alike.

To learn more about Wincle go here  


To learn more about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership visit their website