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Herb Garden Festival and Darwin’s Garden Art Exhibition at Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield

A great chance to meet the gardeners and learn about the historic collection of herbs in this city centre garden, a hidden oasis of peace and calm, surrounded by medieval buildings just behind the Cathedral Close in Lichfield.

Composed of a number of linked but distinct areas: the Culinary Garden, Darwin’s Medicine Chest, the Dyer’s garden and the Scented Garden, each bed tells the story of various aspects of 18th century life, both domestic and medical, as experienced by this important Lichfield household.

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY FOR MICRO AND SME ORGANISATIONS & CHARITIES

As a small community organisation or charity, implementing an environmental management system isn't always feasible or appropriate, however you still want to remain environmentally sustainable - so what is the compromise?

This workshop will cover a simplistic way to introduce sustainability into your organisation. Using a systemic approach, you will explore ways to realistically implement eco-friendly changes, that may also aid with other cost savings and reduce resource reliance.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment using the link below:

Staffordshire Village Halls Network

In September 2018, Support Staffordshire took 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).

Our Rural Officers offer an additional rural-focused service on top of our general range of services to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Staffordshire.

They can offer expert support and development advice on all aspects of running an effective organisation including funding, governance, and licencing.

Voting is open for the Calor Rural Community Fund

From sports club showers to adventure playgrounds, from musical instruments to new kitchens, from books to village hall heating, the Rural Community Fund has helped hundreds of people living in rural communities across the UK.

And this year they have so more community projects competing for funding. Voting is open until 17th June so it’s your chance to support projects to get them through to the finals.

Rural Economy Inquiry Report Supports the Call for a Rural Strategy

The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April 2019, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy was appointed on 17 May 2018 to consider the rural economy, and while there have been studies of particular aspects of the rural economy, such as agriculture, and digital connectivity, the ad hoc inquiry sought to bring these issues together, considering the rural economy as a whole.

Staffordshire Village Halls Network Meeting – Succession Planning and widening Engagement within your communities

The 2nd Staffordshire Village Halls Network meeting, organised by Support Staffordshire, will centre on the theme of Succession Planning, wider engagement and recruiting volunteers. The format will be 2 -3 hours of talks, presentations and networking time with refreshments.


The agenda will be circulated before the event.  Places are limited, so to guarantee your place book now.


Please note: Derrington village hall has a small car park, and car parking on the road will be necessary.

BIG LOTTERY AWARDS FOR ALL GIVES MORE CHILDREN A CHANCE TO THRIVE OUTDOORS

Outdoor Learning charity – The Kingswood Trust helps young people to connect with nature, improving their health and wellbeing. The Trust has just launched a new and exciting project “Woodland Foresters” with the help of a Big Lottery grant for £9120. This will enable four groups, aged 11-15 years to participate in nature based learning.