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Climate Change Consultation

A plan to reduce the impact of climate change is out to public consultation in Stafford Borough.

Residents, businesses and organisations across the borough have the opportunity to give their views on the draft ‘Climate Change Strategy’ produced by Stafford Borough Council.

Village Halls Week 2020

Village Halls Week 2020 launches in January 2020 and we want to take the opportunity to bring it to your attention and explain the importance of the celebration.

Village Halls Week, taking place from 20th January 2020 to 26th January 2020, aims to celebrate England’s Village Halls. This includes their volunteers, their history, and the vital services they provide for rural communities. This year Support Staffordshire, as one of 38 members in the country of the ACRE network want to help to make it the biggest celebration yet. 

Introducing Staffordshire Moorlands Climate Action

Hello from Moorlands Climate Action!

This is our first post as an orgnisation registered with Support Staffordshire and it's main purpose is to introduce ourselves and update you all on what we have been up to since we formed as a group following the climate emergency declaration by Staffordshire Moorlands County Council. 

Now that the assembly and organisation of the group has for the most part been completed, our group is starting to plan projects within our different teams. They are: 

Call for Citizen Scientists

Transforming the Trent Valley scheme is launching our ‘Big Washlands Watch’ project in 2020. This project aims to learn more about the number and types of species living in the Trent Valley area by encouraging local people to get involved in some citizen science activities. We would like to hear from people and groups within the TTTV scheme area who want to learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep and would like to help us to record it.

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition

Allied Westminster’s ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition to provide funds for winning village/community halls is starting on 15th December.

If your hall would like to take part, an A4 poster for noticeboard display can be downloaded from https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition.

Rules and details are available from https://www.facebook.com/AlliedWestminster.

Deadline for Interest Free Loans

Apply by 31 December for interest-free loans to support community spaces

Over the past two years, we’ve awarded more than £2.1 million in interest-free loans and grants to help community spaces all over the UK build their trading activities and become more financially sustainable.  

Spaces supported include a community-run lido in Cornwall, a village hall in the Hebrides and a co-operative farm in Northern Ireland. 

Burntwood Litter Pick

Meet in reception of Burntwood Leisure Centre, all equipment provided

As well as giving something back to the community, the benefits from walking include reduced risks of heart disease and stroke, Improved management of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain, and improved balance.

No pre booking necessary- just turn up on the day!

Pocket parks funding opportunities

Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

One-off grants are available for community-led organisations working in partnership with their local authority to create new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

£15,000 for new pocket parks.

£25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.

The funding should be spent by 31 March 2020.