Big Local Dragons’ Den Applicants So Far

You can find write ups of all the Dragons' Den 5 applications here.

1. SWAN are an amazing organisation, based in Radstock, that amongst other initiatives run a volunteer transport service, that helps people who are elderly, frail or disabled and have savings of less than £16,000.
 
They will be pitching to local residents at our Dragons’ Den on the 21st of April to win £500 and help the service provide around 60 journeys to Radstock and Westfield residents.
 
This is a really important service that offers a clear lifeline to the people who use the service. They are often isolated at home and can’t afford or access taxis and busses; this can be their only chance to get out and get to medical appointments, buy food and meet other people.
 
If you want to support their Dragons’ Den application then please come along to this public event on the 21st of April, 6pm at Victoria Hall, Radstock. If you are a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project.
 
SWAN’s volunteer transport service is largely funded by donations, if you would like to donate to them please use this link https://localgiving.org/donation/swan-advice-network?emb=nxPsoLytRB
 
If you would like to use this service please call: 01761 439548

Office open: 9am - 2pm, Monday - Friday, also answerphone available

2. Somer Valley Walking Festival held a well attended day of walks in our area in 2016, partly funded by Radstock and Westfield Big Local.

They are pitching to local Residents at our Dragons' Den on the 21st of April to win £500 to lead local people and others to explore the countryside and industrial heritage of the area.

They say walking is excellent exercise with health benefits. The Somer Valley countryside, including Radstock and Westfield, and its industrial heritage of mines, railways and canals deserves to be better known by residents and others. The event will help to build up a tourist industry in the Radstock and Westfield area bringing benefits in terms of expenditure and jobs.

If you want to support their Dragons’ Den application then please come along to this public event on the 21st of April, 6pm at Victoria Hall, Radstock. If you are a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project.

You can find out more about this and other walking festivals here: http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/walking-festivals#south-west

3. Young Actors Group are a enthusiastic bunch who are supported by the Writhlington based Confessions of a Youth Theatre Company. They want to develop their skills as local budding young actors and are pitching to the Radstock and Westfield residents to fund a course that gives them access to professional drama workshops and performances, and provides training in script writing, directing and producing in order to put on a play.

You can learn more about the Young Actors Group at Confessions of a Youth Theatre Company here: https://www.cotytc.co.uk/coty-young-actors

If you want to support their Dragons’ Den application then please come along to this public event on the 21st of April, 6pm at Victoria Hall, Radstock. If you are a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project.

4. The Potting Shed @ Radstock through gardening activities this association engage, support and inspire local residents who suffer from mental health issues, isolation, long term illness or Bereavement.

They meet Every Wednesday between 11am - 1pm at Leigh House, Wells Hill, Radstock.
More information and group activities can be seen on their Facebook page:
They hope that local residents will vote for this project at the Dragons' Den style event enabling them the opportunity to purchase seeds, plants and compost to provide an amazing experience to local residents who use this service.

If you want to support their Dragons’ Den application then please come along to this FREE public event on Friday the 21st of April, 6pm at Victoria Hall, Radstock. If you are a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project and join the Radstock & Westfield Big Local AGM.

5. Radstock Juniors Club

 would like to secure funds to provide an extended and varied programme of confidence boosting activities for local children affected by Learning disabilities. This will include arts and crafts, baking, dancing, music therapies and possibly a day trip.
The project strives to help children aged between 11 and 18 years that are affected by a range of learning and physical disabilities the same opportunities as their "Non-disabled" peers to broaden their horizons building on essential life tools to become more self-sufficient, enjoy and embrace new yet challenging activities and positively improve their emotional well-being.
They meet every Tuesday during school term time from 6pm - 7:30pm at the Radstock Youth & Children's Centre, Radstock.
The Club offer a service which would be inaccessible to most, due to lack of funds as well as provision plus a couple of hours of regular and essential respite for the carers.

To support their Dragons’ Den application then please join us, it is a FREE public event to start at 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock. As a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project along with four others to help make them happen. You can also find out more about the Radstock & Westfield Big Local team at their AGM and other activities that are taking place around our community.

6. Round-about Radstock 2017-  on Saturday 20th May from 12pm-5pm DNA arts will be delivering a community event full of FREE family fun, thoughtful, entertaining and tongue-in-cheek activities, performance and live music to the heart of the Town centre.

They are hoping that local residents will support their application to Dragons' Den by voting to kick-start a new initiative in the town which aims to support local commerce and traders with the installation of a mini farmers market, this funding will ensure sustainability for future years and the provision of free BBQ food via SWALLOW cafe.
For more information as the event develops please follow DNA arts on their Facebook page:
To support their Dragons’ Den application then please join us, it is a FREE public event to start at 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock.
As a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote to make it happen.

You can also find out more about the Radstock & Westfield Big Local team at the AGM and many other exciting projects and activities that are taking place around our community.

7. The SWALLOW community cafe give people with Learning disabilities the skills and experience required for employment, it also provides a safe and welcoming environment for the local community to enjoy healthy, nutritious food at very reasonable prices.

The SWALLOW Charity have put in an application to Dragons' Den 5 for funds to purchase a new chiller for the cafe so they can expand the "tasty treats" range of food and food available to take away. They would also like some new tablecloths for "pop-ups" and special events to ensure they create a good impression.
To find out more about the amazing work they do please see their Facebook page:
To support the SWALLOW Dragons’ Den application, please join us at 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock.
Residents of Westfield and Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), have the power to vote and help to make it happen.

You can also find out more about the Radstock & Westfield Big Local team at the AGM and can listen and support the many other exciting projects and activities that are taking place around the Radstock and Westfield area.

8. The Norton Radstock Amateur Boxing Club give young people the opportunity to take part in the noble art of amateur boxing. They meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening in the Norton Radstock ABC gym in Clandown, Radstock helping a growing membership of young people build on their fitness, confidence and discipline, offering the opportunity of a career in amateur boxing which could lead them to the highest level of representing their country in the Olympics.

You can find out about this historic club by following their Facebook page:
They have applied to Dragons' Den 5 to purchase some much needed boxing gloves and skipping ropes.
To support their Dragons’ Den application then please join us, it is a FREE public event to start at 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock. As a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote for this project along with four others to help make them happen.

You can also find out more about the Radstock & Westfield Big Local team at their AGM and support the other fantastic activities that are taking place around our community.

9. Radstock Museum would like to remodel the museum tea room as a 1930's - style railway buffet car enhancing the experience offered to its visitors by adding a range of railway pictures, photographs and authentic steam locomotive sounds. The window mounted photographs will be visible outside the museum improving the external appearance, linking it with the former Somerset and Dorset railway station which was adjacent to the museum building. Providing the historical element to the recently repainted tea rooms embracing the reality of life in Radstock and the surrounding area when coal-mining and associated industries were at their peak.

More information about life in the somerset coalfields, opening times and the amazing exhibits can be found on their Face book page:
To support the Radstock Museum Dragons’ Den 5 application, please join us by 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock.
Residents of Westfield and Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), have the power to vote and help to make it happen.

The Radstock & Westfield Big Local team will also be hosting their AGM at this event come along and find out what we have been up to and support the many other interesting projects and activities that are taking place around the Radstock and Westfield area.

10. Trinity does DIY SOS - Trinity Church Primary School have applied to Dragons' Den 5 to significantly enhance the outdoor space around the early years school field- installing steps which will lead to an outdoor patio and a learning and recreational classroom.

The Dragons; Den funding will act as match funding towards enabling more activities to take place like creating a slide towards the classrooms and several outdoor learning huts which will be individually themed to a subject such as Maths and biology.  Outdoor learning and "forest school" activities have a lasting benefit on the children as they enhance personal and social communication skills; an increase in physical, mental, spiritual, sensory and aesthetic awareness.

To support their Dragons’ Den application then please join us, it is a FREE public event to start promptly at 6pm on Friday the 21st of April, in the Victoria Hall, Radstock.
As a resident of Westfield or Radstock (including Haydon, Tyning, Clandown and Writhlington), you will be able to vote to make this happen.

You can also find out more about the Radstock & Westfield Big Local team at the AGM and many other exciting projects and activities that are taking place around our community.

11. Lower Writhlington Colliery Batch fossil source - Radstock Museum are pitching to get funds to improve the currently overgrown fossil site in Writhlington so that they can continue their annual Family Fossil Hunt. The hunt is an educational activity for children, supervised by a professional geologist to encourage learning about fossils and our geological past. Without the clearance it is unlikely that the hunt can go ahead.

For more information about the Fossil Hunt, go to the Radstock Museum website - http://radstockmuseum.co.uk/