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HS2 is committed to being a good neighbour to those communities impacted by the construction of the railway. To help achieve that goal the independent Construction Commissioner is in place to ensure any complaints are dealt with speedily and effectively.

The Commissioner’s performance is monitored by an independent steering group, who in turn provide advice to ministers at the Department for Transport. The group want to have a genuine community voice to ensure the commissioner holds HS2 to account throughout the construction period.

Don't lose out on free food!

Fairshare are seeking more members in the Cannock Chase District to join for the opportunity to receive free surplus food from supermarkets.

The Cannock scheme is due to be launched in the next few weeks and Fairshare are seeking organisations and charities operating in the area

It would be better to see good food being used by the local community rather than it going to waste.

Contact Sarvjit Kaur on 07572 228273 for more information.


Banking Staff Support Local Recycling raising over £2,500

Star Foundation gave a chance for a team of seven Natwest bankers to volunteer their time for a day and help with community recycling.

The team benefited from a short orientation session to start with and finished the day with a feedback session to develop business from a ‘fresh eyes’ perspective. Their help on the day raised over £1265, which Natwest then kindly doubled to over £2500.

South West Peak - Evaluation Tender Open

We are inviting tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals/organisations to support the partnership in monitoring and evaluating the scheme over the coming four and a half years.

The appointed consultant will subject the scheme to external scrutiny over this period, while also working closely with the partnership to help us to integrate monitoring of project outputs and outcomes into our project management system; and develop our legacy plan. This process will enable us to:

Rolleston Rehoming Centre Summer Open Day

Rolleston Rehoming Centre is hosting its annual Summer Open Day Saturday 8th July, 10am to 3pm.

If you or anyone you know are interested in volunteering at the event please contact Claire.

If you know any keen bakers all non cream type cakes would be gratefully accepted to sell on the cake stall

If you have any items or vouchers that you would be able to donate towards the raffle please contact Claire: Tel: 03007771520 or email: rolleston@bluecross.org.uk.

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership (SWPLP) Launch Event

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership (SWPLP) held its launch event on Thursday 1st June. The event took place on a glorious day at Blaze Farm near Wildboarclough where visitors were able to find out more about the SWPLP projects, including the Community Grants Scheme which is led by Support Staffordshire. Younger visitors enjoyed looking closely at the creatures found in nearby freshwater with the SWP Slowing the Flow Project Officer (see photo), whilst a large group of visitors were taken along the nature trail by the owner of the farm, Marshall the farmer.

Grow For It 2017 Grants for Young People

Grow Wild is awarding £500 to young people aged 12–25 to lead projects that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

There are two funding streams –

Transform a Space 

Grow Wild is looking for young people aged 12-25 who have a brilliant idea for transforming a communal space with native wild flowers and plants in their local area.  

Does somewhere come to mind? Great!