Daniel’s Winning Curlew
Congratulations to Daniel Hughes from Leek for winning the Support Staffordshire & South West Peak colouring competition at Septembers Leek Sunday Supplement Market. Youngsters were invited to colour pictures of animals found in the South West Peak and Daniel, aged 8, coloured a picture of a curlew, adding other birds to the picture too.
Daniel with Ruth Hughes.
Daniel was awarded an Ice-cream voucher for his family for the famous Hilly Billy Ice-creams kindly donated by Marshall Walker from Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough.
The competition was organised by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and Support Staffordshire to raise awareness about the Partnership’s community grant scheme and to promote the range of volunteering opportunities in the Staffordshire Moorlands available through Support Staffordshire.
The community grants scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 to help fund community projects and activities in the South West Peak area. This is an area stretching from Lyme Park near Disley in the north to Waterhouses in the south, and from the outskirts of Bollington in the west to the edge of Hartington in the east.
Community organisations including constituted community groups, registered charities, social enterprises, parish councils and schools are all eligible to apply for funding to help with projects and activities which develop, enhance and promote the built, natural and cultural heritage of the South West Peak area.
“We want to encourage groups to talk to us about their ideas for community projects, as many may not realise that their projects meet our objectives” says South West Peak Community Engagement Officer, Ruth Wilson. “Heritage is about much more than old buildings, it includes wildlife, people, communities and traditions too.”
The community grants scheme, administered by Support Staffordshire, is part of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme, which consists of a suite of projects funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund until the end of 2021.
Support Staffordshire provides a wide range of support for voluntary and community groups in Staffordshire, including a volunteer brokerage service.
Kathryn Bentham, Volunteering Officer with Support Staffordshire, invites everyone to come and try some volunteering. “If you have some free time and would like to do something that helps others or the environment and you are interested in volunteering please don’t hesitate to contact us. There is a wide range of opportunities to suit your interests and availability right on your doorstep.”
For more information about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership take a look at the website www.southwestpeak.co.uk or to find out more about the community grant scheme please contact Ruth Wilson, on 01538 381356 or email [email protected]