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Funding Fair for Charities and Community Groups

Support Staffordshire, in collaboration with the People's Postcode Lottery and Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services, is inviting charities, community groups and other voluntary organisations to a Funding Fair in Leek on Thursday 15th February 2018, 1-7pm.

The People's Postcode Lottery and eight other national and local funders will be providing presentations, workshops and one-to-one consultation sessions throughout the afternoon and early evening.

Staff, trustees, committee members and volunteers involved in fundraising or who want to know more about funding alternatives for their community groups and voluntary organisations can come for all or part of the day and

  • Find out about what the People's Postcode Lottery and other funders can offer
  • Discuss their funding needs one-to-one with individual funders
  • Learn the top tips on what makes a good funding application

  Attend a workshop on making good grant applications, particularly to the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's ‘People Power' Fund

“The Funding Fair is a rare opportunity to meet with funders”, says Esther Jones of Support Staffordshire. “It's a great way to help you consider a range of funding options, gain an insight into a funder's way of thinking and discuss your group's or organisation's funding needs.”

“We're looking forward to welcoming representatives of charities, community groups and voluntary organisations active in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Cheshire East and Derbyshire to our Fair on 15th February.”

Funders which have agreed to attend include

  • People's Postcode Lottery
  • BBC Children in Need
  • Arts Council England
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

•  Charity Bank

  • Staffordshire Community Foundation

•  Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund

•  South West Peak Landscape Partnership Community Fund

•  Staffordshire Crowdfunding

•  SASSOT - Sports Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

The event is  FREE  thanks to sponsorship from the People's Postcode Lottery, but places must be booked in advance.

To register your interest in attending please go to and click on the green ‘Book Now' button or contact Carol, Sally or Esther on 01538 381356

Photo c/o Rachel Harrison

Discover more about the Churnet Valley with a guided history Walk



The RSPB Coombes Valley team invites visitors to join them for two history Walks, taking in the rich heritage of the Churnet Valley. The two guided walks (17 February and 3 March) led by local historian Byron Machin will include a walk to Bellpit Meadows. The Meadows were acquired in 2014, thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding. The walk will give you a unique glimpse into the history of the site, and how it got its name.

The first walk will be held on 17 February 2018 and will cover three miles, focusing on Bellpit Meadows, Far Kingsley, and the Cauldon Canal, exploring the remains of ancient coal and iron mines, and learning more about the wildlife in this area.

On a four-mile walk on 3 March 2018, guests will discover more about the Belmont Estate, the legend of Gog & Magog, and Bellpit Meadows.

Mel Brown from RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley says: “This is an exciting opportunity to discover more about the Churnet Valley reserve and Bellpit Meadows. The natural and industrial heritage surrounding the Churnet is fascinating, and I can't think of a better way to absorb the local history than on a good walk!”

The walk will be steep in places and may be muddy, so appropriate footwear is essential. All walks start at 1pm and finish around 4pm. Walks start from Consall Nature Park, ST9 0AF . £6 per adult, £3.50 per child, with 20% off for members.

Booking is essential, so to purchase tickets please go to the Eventbrite website for the 17 February and 3 March events. For more information visit our Facebook page: or our website:

New social group for rural residents across the Dales and Moorlands

A new group for Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands residents to meet and make friends is set to be launched.
The first Hartington Rural Social Group is due to take place at Hartington Village Hall from 1 to 3pm on Tuesday 27th February.
People living in rural communities are invited to come together for the meetings to catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy each other's company in a relaxed environment over a cup of tea.
The new group has been created thanks to collaboration between Hartington Village Hall, and the Farming Life Centre, based in Bakewell.
The charity was established in 2005 and provides health, well-being and business-related support to over 300 rural residents living across the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District.
Keith Quine, Chair of the Village Hall Trustees, said: “We're so pleased to be able to host this new group and I hope it'll prove very popular with rural residents in and surrounding Hartington.  As well as meeting friends, there are also opportunities for other activities including lunches, outings, events and guest speakers

A packed Village Hall with many friendly faces

. It's an open invitation to come along, there's no need to book in advance. We hope to see many local people there on the 27th of February!”
If you can't make the one in a few weeks' time, a further two meetings have been pencilled in for Tuesday 27th March and 24th April.

The Village Hall lies in the centre of Hartington, next to the Church, with parking nearby (Hyde Lane, SK17 0AW).

For more details, please contact: Rachel Metcalfe, Rural Social Life Group Coordinator at The Farming Life Centre on: 01629 810903 or email: rachelmetcalfe@

Leek & District Footpath Walking Group are looking for new members to join them for leisurely/moderate walks of 5-7 miles once per month on the second Sunday.
They meet at 9:15am at the Market Street West, Leek car park and anyone can join in without obligations to join as a member and if they decide to join then that's a bonus!

For more information please take a look at their Facebook page


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