Village SOS Winners Celebrate
Six villages across the UK are celebrating after winning Village SOS lottery grants of varying amounts from the Big Lottery Fund. The grants will help each village to make its own unique project a reality and hopefully experience something of a revival as a result. All of the projects taken forward by the winning villages will be documented for broadcast in a new series that will be shown on BBC One next year. To give you some idea of what you can look forward to seeing, here are brief details about each of the winning villages and what they intend to do with the lottery cash that has been awarded…
The Barge Inn is a public house in Honeystreet, Wiltshire that is 200 years old but threatened with closure. The £273,840 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will enable the residents of Honeystreet to buy the lease to the pub and run it as a collective.
Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre in Lincolnshire has been awarded £433,840 to transform an old Methodist chapel building into a centre that will enable local artists to create and sell their work as well as provide a permanent home for arts-related activities.
Future Newstead is the project in Nottinghamshire that won Newstead villagers a lottery award worth £433,140. The project here will aim to turn wild lakes into places where the youth of the village can enjoy angling and related activities and the many benefits that these bring.
Talgarth Mill in the village of Talgarth, Powys, is a project that has received £433,840 to convert the mill cottage into a centre of education about sustainable and renewable technologies. The mill itself will also be renovated so that it can once again produce flour, from which local bakery products will be made for sale.
Taste Tideswell in the Peak District has been awarded £432,334 to help it produce food and drink products for sale and thereby make the most of its historical reputation for being ‘the King’s Larder’.
West Wemyss in Fife has been awarded £374,977 to transform a pub that is no longer being used into a centre for the community that could include a village shop, bistro and meeting rooms.
Whilst most National Lottery players naturally focus on the jackpot prizes that the Lotto and EuroMillions games offer, it is good to be reminded that 28p in every £1 spent on lottery tickets goes to Good Causes such as those we have just mentioned. Buy lottery tickets online to continue supporting these kinds of initiatives, and be sure to tune into the BBC One series next year to see how the Village SOS winners put their awards to good use.Tuesday 25th May 2010
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