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St James Street Big Local

Update - November 2013

Christmas Market Event
Join us on 7th December 2013

Come along to our fourth (and final) event of the year and give us your Christmas Wish for St James Street! Pin a wish to our "Washing Line of Wishes", outside the Windmill Restaurant at 18 High Street. We will be there from 12 to 3pm on Saturday 7th December. Tell us about your wishes and find out about how to get involved with our Big Local activities programme in 2014 - or simply join us for a tasty mulled apple juice! If you want to see the sorts of wishes that we collected at our market event in September see here and here.

 

Have your say!

Follow this link to our online survey and have your say about how to spend the £1m allocated to the St James Street area over the next 10 years. The money can be used for almost anything that will make the area an even better place to live, for example training and employment schemes, new community facilities etc. It cannot be used for projects normally funded by the government, e.g. repairing potholes etc. In order for Big Local to be a success we need to collect positive ideas and solutions. Make sure you have your say - if you don't give us your ideas, then someone else will!

Have your say - Click Here to take the Big Local Survey!

The Getting Started Application

Our Steering Group has been working on the Getting Started Application since we selected CREST as our Local Trusted Organisation back in July. "Getting Started" is the name for the consultation period before our area can access the £1m. Local Trust provide up to £20,000 of funding for the Getting Started consultation/visioning events and activities to make sure that we can speak to as many local people as possible. We are aiming to run lots of activities between January & May 2014 so that we can draw local views into an "Outline Community Vision" in June. After that a further £2000 of funding will be available to help us refine and prioritise the collected ideas into the 10 Year Action Plan. We will be aiming to submit the Action Plan by the end of 2014, so that funds from the £1m can be drawn down from 2015. If you want to find out more about the Getting Started activities and how we plan to spend the £20,000 have a look at the draft application on the Library page of our website. If you have comments, do let us know by Sunday 17th November. We know that doesn't leave you much time to comment - but we are keen to get our application processed before Christmas and then hit the ground running with some great events for you all in January!
 

How can you help?

Our group would like to deliver a paper newsletter to every house within the St James Street mapped area but so far we only have about 15 active volunteers - so we will need some help! Would you like to get involved and meet new people? Could you help with a few deliveries? If so, click here to sign up!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with IT, film making, admin, event planning, data entry, newsletter production,  marketing and communications. If you have any experience (or want to get some!) do get in touch by sending us a message through the website here.

Do you have a group that would want to host or attend a meeting? Or do you have an idea for a consultation event? Send us a message here.
 

Find out more about Big Local at our website:   www.stjamesbiglocal.co.uk

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