To give the village a chance to meet two of our potential Village Champions, we’re holding another Open Meeting at 7.30 in The George. Please come along to meet Tim and Chris and to have another opportunity to sample some of the excellent local produce we have already.
Our other Champion (actually two of them because they come as a pair – Jules and Ant) will be in The George on Saturday evening for a less formal do. But if you’d like to meet them too, do come along and have a natter.
After an exhausting 24 hours in Manchester, meeting and selecting potential Village Champions, we have got it down to three potentials. We are hoping all three (well four as one is a two-some) can make it to Tideswell next Friday and Saturday to allow the village to meet and help us select our Champion.
More will be posted here, on Twitter (@tastetideswell) and on strategic telegraph poles round the village.
The official press Release…
Tideswell, in the heart of the Peak District, has been shortlisted for potential funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). The enterprising village submitted a proposal to Village SOS– a project supported by BIG and the BBC – and they heard this week that their idea had made it to the next round.
If successful, the BIG funding will enable Tideswell to launch “Taste Tideswell” – a community project which will celebrate the village’s food heritage. It will establish a community smallholding which all villagers can get involved in, and a kitchen facility which will be used to educate local kids about the benefits of locally grown food. It will also provide support for local food producers through promotion and marketing materials.
Twenty Eight villages across the UK have been shortlisted for Village SOS – and each will initially be offered funding of up to £10,000 to enable them to develop a detailed business plan. They also get a ‘Village Champion’ who will work with villagers to work up their ideas. The Big Lottery Fund and the BBC will then select the six successful villages in May 2010 who will each receive up to £400,000 – and Tideswell are confident of developing a winning proposal.
Pete Hawkins, Chair of the group of villagers who submitted the proposal, said “We’re delighted that the Big Lottery Fund have seen the benefits that Tideswell Taste could bring to our village. We have a long history of creating quality food in Tideswell – in fact, three of our food producers won national Taste awards last year – but there’s a lot more we could do. Funding from the Big Lottery Fund would help create jobs, educate the local kids, and provide a fantastic project that all village residents can get behind”
“We have involved a huge number of people in developing our Village SOS idea to date. But now we’ve been shortlisted, we would be delighted to hear from anyone else who would be keen to get involved in taking “Taste Tideswell” to the next phase”.
Anyone around Tideswell who wants to get involved in “Taste Tideswell” can contact Carrie Warr on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01298 872285.
If you’re looking for more info about Tideswell try the Community Association website – especially The Village Voice page and links to back editions.