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What an amazing community spirit showcased at this year's Radstock & Westfield Big Local Dragons' Den event... Thank you for all your effort and time ... together we really can make positive things happen! Well done to everyone who took part and big thanks to the audience/voters who numbered around 180!!! See the photos on[...]
Grateful thanks to the Mendip Times for reporting on the launch of our Fruit Project!
Our first fruit tree collaboration was with Radstock Town Council, creating a community orchard in the Church Street Recreation Ground (behind the library car park). In the coming years, the community will be able to benefit from these plums, pears and apple trees - to sit in tranquillity, to learn about fruit trees and to[...]
Jim Gump spent 10 months running across the US, visiting schools along the way to inspire children to enjoy running and being active. Local residents voted for him to receive a grant at our fifth Dragons' Den in order to get that excitement and inspiration back home and to schools in our area. We're really[...]
We've teamed up with Somer Valley FM to provide a unique opportunity of 10 hours media training for organisations, groups and individuals.
Radstock Museum were one of the winners at our fifth Dragons' Den. Residents present at the event voted for them to receive £500 towards making the appearance of the museum even more stunning! Miranda Litchfield, the Development Programme Coordinator for Radstock Museum, has been in touch to let us know how the funds have made a[...]
The Radstock Juniors Club were chosen by local people, at the 5th Radstock & Westfield Big Local Dragons' Den, to be funded to provide fun yet educational activities to their members. The Radstock Juniors Club draws members from Radstock, Westfield and the surrounding area. Children aged between 11 and 18 that are affected by a[...]
SWAN Transport were one of the winners of the 5th Radstock and Westfield Big Local Dragons' Den, receiving £500 towards providing transport for local residents who are older, frail or disabled on low incomes. They told us that Swan "was first set up by a social worker 32 years ago who recognised the need for[...]
Local residents present at the 5th Radstock & Westfield Big Local Dragons' Den, chose to grant the Somer Valley Walking Festival £500 towards bringing interesting and engaging walks to our community. Councillor Jon Bull has been in touch to let us know how the festival went: "All the events ( opening talk, short walks ,[...]
Greenlinks @ The Potting Shed is an allotment project where people who have been feeling low, struggled with poor mental health or feel they need their ‘emotional batteries charging’ perhaps after a long illness or bereavement can come to garden for leisure and pleasure in pleasant surroundings. People are encouraged and supported to develop and[...]
The Radstock & Westfield Big Local are pleased to have been able to play a part in helping Radstock Museum bring fossil hunting to local residents. At the fifth Dragons' Den, held at Victoria Hall, the Radstock Museum successfully pitched for £500 towards preparing the site. With another £500 match funding from Simon Carpenter they[...]
Local children now have a place to learn about and grow vegetables in the Westfield allotment site! Thanks to the hard work of Westfield Allotment and Gardens Society (WAGS) and the funding from Radstock and Westfield Big Local, land has been cleared, prepared and had two more raised beds built on it (phase 1). Scouts,[...]
BIG LOCAL MAKING THE MOST OF £1m
Radstock and Westfield were jointly awarded £1million by the Big Lottery Fund as part of Big Local; a resident led programme which is based on the needs and priorities of the 150 Big Local areas in England. Residents are supported by The Local Trust (who manage Big Local) to drive the Radstock and Westfield Big Local forward. We are using the funds to help organisations deliver new, innovative projects that meet the needs our our community. We aim to draw more money and support in to the area, turning the £1m into much much more.