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Since September 2018, Support Staffordshire has taken on the role of Rural Community Council for Staffordshire (previously done by the Community Council of Staffordshire) and is the local member of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Nativity On The Move - a community festive celebration in Chadsmoor

See the attached poster for details of a community festive celebration event in Chadsmoor - Nativity On The Move - a joint celebration hosted by Bethany Church, Chadsmoor Methodist Church and St Chad's Church and supported by local community groups and individuals. It takes place on Friday 21st December between 6pm and 7:30pm.

It would be great to see as many people as possible along to the event, there will be refreshments at the end and spectacle along the way including fantastic oratory and a donkey on wheels!

South West Peak welcomes new volunteer

The South West Peak Engaging Communities team, hosted by Support Staffordshire, has welcomed a new volunteer to their ranks. Pam (second from the left on the photo) has become the eighth member of the Grant Panel team of volunteers whose role it is to decide which projects should be allocated funding from the South West Peak (SWP) Community Grants Scheme. Sally Bentley, SWP Community Grants Officer, said ‘We are delighted to welcome Pam to our group and are always looking for more people to join us.

Find out about funding

Thanks to National Lottery players funding is still available for community groups, schools, churches and other not-for-profit groups to celebrate their areas’ heritage. Groups can also apply for a grant to learn about the First World War 100 years after the guns fell silent on 11 November 2018. If your group has an idea and are interested in funding then join HLF for a drop in session between 2-6pm Tuesday 22 May at Butt Lane Community Centre.

Lichfield Canal restoration trust boosted by donation

A fundraising Lichfield club has donated a cheque for £600 to the city’s canal restoration trust.

Lichfield Ladies Tangles Tangent Club made the presentation to Peter Buck, engineering director of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT), at their recent meeting at St Johns House.

Thanking Samantha Beech, chairperson of Lichfield Ladies Tangles, for their donation, Peter said the money would be used to buy essential materials for volunteers to continue the restoration of the Heritage Towpath Trail on a number of sites through Lichfield.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Lichfield’s canal trust is on target to complete the creation of a wetlands area as part of its plan for a nature reserve at Fosseway Heath.

In the past two weeks, 2,500 tonnes of clay and sandy soil have been moved to build a 100 metre diversion of the Lichfield Canal channel and towpath, a team of volunteers from Network Rail have built 57 metres of new towpath, and a boardwalk is taking shape through the wetlands area.

Funding Opportunity Open 29 March till 16 April 2018

Let's come together to celebrate our communities.  The Mayor's Community Weekend is 30 June - 1 July 2018

To find out more and to apply for funding please click on the link below but be quick as funding window is 29 March until 16 April 2018