Latest Project News
Environmental Question Time - Invitation
You are invited to “Environmental Question Time” organised by Wrexham Environmental Network. The event will be held on the 17th July in the Nick Whitehead lecture theatre at Glyndwr University, Wrexham and will run from 6:00-7:30 with free refreshments to follow.
Environmental Question Time, chaired by Professor Peter Heard, brings together a panel of local individuals who collectively have an immense breadth and depth of knowledge, in terms of both subject area and also practical application. For more information on the panel please go to the eventbrite page (http://wenquest.eventbrite.co.uk).
Pose your questions to a leading panel of experts on topical environmental issues, such as: Sustainable Resources; Carbon Footprint; Renewable Energy; Climate Change; Recycling & Waste; Geodiversity; Biodiversity; Food Miles & Rock Miles.
To avoid disappointment book free audience tickets at http://wenquest.eventbrite.co.uk or simply turn up on the night. Submit your questions to email@example.com. Alternatively tweet @WENQUEST or discuss using hashtag #WENQUEST
Please feel free to promote this event in your community and circulate this to your contacts – everyone is welcome at this free event! Poster promoting Environmental Question Time
This event is supported by the Rural Environmental Project run by Northern Marches Cymru.
We look forward to seeing you on the night!
Wrexham Food Festival 2012
Nightingale House Hospice invite you to their Wrexham Food Festival
Llwyn Isaf, Guildhall, Wrexham.
Saturday 12th May 10am - 6pm
Sunday 13th May 11am - -5pm
Live cookery demonstrations, local producer food stalls, food samples, fun for all the family and much, much more.
Cookery demonstrations by Leigh Myers Executive Head Chef from Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa and Graham Tinsley Executive Chef from Devere Carden Park Hotel on the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre.
£3 Entry Fee
For more information visit www.wrexhamfoodfest.co.uk
Heritage & Culture Grant
The Heritage and Culture grant is now available.
Rural Wrexham Community Groups can now apply for upto £10,000 towards the following: -
Bilingual Cultural Activities,
Small Scale restoration and interpretation of historical monuments,
A celebration of heritage features.
To obtain further details visit the Heritage and culture Page
Launch – Into your Business
A new grant scheme is being launched this week for 16-30 year olds looking to start a new business within Rural Wrexham. The grant is will fund up to 90% to a maximum of £1500. Support is also available to guide you through starting your own business. For further information on Launch contact Charli Dickenson...
Business Plan 1 – 2008-2011
Please see the list below which covers all projects within the Wrexham area for Axis 3 and 4 along with a brief description of each projects aims and objectives:
For any further information on past projects please contact Northern Marches Cymru.
|Project Reference||Project Name||Axis – (covered
by Business Plan 1)
|WRE 01||Environmental Improvements for Holt||Axis 3|
|WRE 02||Nant Mill Environmental Education Centre||Axis 3|
|WRE 03||Bangor Willows Riverside Walk||Axis 3|
|WRE 04||Greencare Rural Wrexham||Axis 4|
|WRE 05||CIB Satellites in Rural Areas||Axis 3|
|WRE 06||Welsh National Horse Driving Trials – Erddig||Axis 4|
|WRE 07||Sacred Space||Axis 4|
|WRE 08||Community Heritage||Axis 4|
|WRE 09||The Erlas Garden Sustainability Project||Axis 4|
|WRE 10||Rural Business Support||Axis 3|
|WRE 11||Wrexham Rural Business Grant||Axis 3|
|WRE 12||Environmental Business Project||Axis 4|
|WRE 14||Community Buildings Development Project||Axis 3|
|WRE 15||Rural Wrexham Key Fund||Axis 3|
|WRE 16||South Maelor Youth Work Model||Axis 4|
|WRE 17||Local Food||Axis 4|
|WRE 18||Open Church Network Project Centre||Axis 3|
|WRE 19||Plas Power Environmental Improvements||Axis 3|
|WRE 20||Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal Project||Axis 4|
|WRE 21||Community Safety Volunteering Project-Supporting Young
|WRE 22||Outreach Information Service for Parents in Rural Areas||Axis 4|
|WRE 23||Domestic Abuse and Support Programme-Butterflies, Right
to be Safe Programmes
|WRE 24||Development of Welsh Language in Rural Wrexham||Axis 4|
|WRE 25||Digital Storytelling||Axis 3|
|WRE 26||Improving Riding Opportunities and the Safety of Equestrian
Road Use in Rural Wrexham
|WRE 27||Rural Services Pilot||Axis 4|
|WRE 28||Rural ICT Advisory Service||Axis 3|
|WRE 29||Evaluation and design for re-instatement of a section of the
original Glyn Valley Tramway
|WRE 33||The Co-operation Network Project||Axis 4|
|WRE 34||The Co-operation Training Project||Axis 4|
For any further information on the projects listed, please contact Northern Marches Cymru on 01978 298381.
WRE 01 – Environmental Improvements for HoltObjectives/Aims – Enhance car parking provision, increase facilities for tourists, visitors and the community, and upgrade existing toilet facilities, Environment improvement, provision for cyclists and disabled.
This project has resulted in the creation of a much improved tourist and village green area. The project included funding raised shrub beds and improved access to various areas of the site. The additional car park is a great asset to the village and would bring in more tourist to the area. The project also funded the village notice boards which are used by various organisations in the area as well as providing information regarding local bus services etc.
WRE 02 – Nant Mill Environmental Education Centre
The project involved the creation of an Environmental Education Centre. Nant Mill is extremely popular with visitors, school groups and as a venue for events and activities. Nant Mill is also used as a base for carrying out the forest schools project work particularly with school children and disadvantaged young people. Unfortunately the only area available for school visits and events and activity work, is the upper floor of the existing visitor centre. This is a very small area and is not accessible from a DDA point of view.
The project converted the old toilets (a sandstone shippon farm building) into a large schoolroom/community/events room. This is used by schools, for events and for use by community groups. The creation of this new space would fulfil the needs requested by various local groups, visitors and educational professionals delivering environmental education.
WRE 03 -Bangor Willows Riverside Walk
The project created an attractive riverside recreation area between the River Dee and the A525 and improve and enhance the local environment. The area provides a space that can be enjoyed by visitors, encourage wildlife and be used as educational resource. The project was centred around the use of willow in the social and economic history of the area, by using it to create willow woven artistic sculptures. The community worked with artists to design these sculptures. Basket making sessions were held in local schools using local experts. The project involved the following work:-
- Creating a footpath to run along the river accessible to the whole community, and surfaced picnic area/river viewpoint.
- Installing seven picnic benches (two disabled accessible)
- Creation of willow-woven artistic sculpture as a centrepiece to the scheme, designed with input from local residents.
- Creation of a ‘living willow’ structure incorporating seating, again designed and built by an artist working with volunteers.
- Hold basket weaving sessions with local schools using experts.
- Provide an interpretation board, researched and designed through community workshops.
- Clear existing scrub and undergrowth.
- Install fencing at access points, together with a mobility friendly kissing gate.
WRE 04 – Greencare Rural Wrexham
The project was to provide a series of training opportunities for economically inactive people in traditional countryside, horticultural and landscaping skills, client care skills, budgeting and project development in identifying planning, implementing and maintaining local environmental regeneration. Working together with organisations, the project co-ordinated the provision of training, for a wide range of individuals seeking to build confidence through voluntary practical activity which contributes to the regeneration of local rural communities across Wrexham.
The project encouraged opportunities for people to engage with others in a work-like situation, to learn new skills, build confidence and motivation through incremental achievement, to plan and design projects, to understand monitoring and maintenance, to learn to use machinery and hand tools, and the health and safety required for working in an outdoor environment – to take a step in the right direction towards re-engagement with volunteering, further study or indeed, paid employment. The Trust identified beneficiaries to engage with the scheme from a variety or partner organisations including homeless people’s hostels, job clubs, people who have been unemployed for long periods, people with health problems who were looking for opportunities to volunteer for practical outdoor activities through which training would be provided. Healthy eating and active lifestyle advice was embedded into the Greencare training programme for beneficiaries.
WRE 05 – CIB Satellites in Rural Areas
The Children’s Information Bureau (CIB) developed a project in partnership with the education department to provide Parents Information Points/ touch screen kiosks with information about local events and services in two schools, a library and community centre. The kiosks have the capacity to provide a web portal linked to the CIB database and useful websites for parents, professionals and families to ensure that parents in rural areas are aware of the help and support available to them from a range of statutory, voluntary and community services. A free phone telephone link to CIB staff is available as part of the service.
WRE 06 – Welsh National Horse Driving Trials – Erddig
WRE 07 – Sacred Space
Objectives/Aims – To encourage local communities to engage with churchyards as Eco-sites, Geological interest, Genealogical interest, education, economic benefits, accessible natural green spaces, education.
Website link – www.sacred-space.org.uk
WRE 08 – Community Heritage
Objectives/Aims – To work with rural communities of Wrexham to identify, develop, support and evaluate new methods for them to gain social, economic and environmental benefits from the heritage resources from their area.
WRE 09 – The Erlas Garden Sustainability Project
Objectives/Aims – To promote and protect the health of people with learning and mental health disabilities by providing meaningful daytime activities, education and training and work experience in horticulture through the maintenance of the ErlasVictorian Walled Garden.
Website link – www.erlas.enuu.net
WRE 10 – Rural Business Support
WRE 11 – Wrexham Rural Business Grant
WRE 12 – Environmental Business Project
WRE 14 – Community Buildings Development Project
Objectives/Aims – To increase capacity of Community Buildings Management committees, identify and develop exemplar pilot projects, support the development of viable, sustainable community buildings by providing central support.
Website link – www.avow.org
WRE 15 – Rural Wrexham Key Fund
Objectives/Aims – Support local voluntary groups in rural areas of Wrexham in applying for funds to support delivery of community led projects of direct benefit to the residents of rural Wrexham.
Website link – www.avow.org
WRE 16 – South Maelor Youth Work Model
WRE 17 – Local Food
Objectives/Aims – Improving the quality of food by increasing opportunities for local and organic food procurement and reducing food miles within rural Wrexham.
Website link – www.localfoodfirstwrexham.co.uk
WRE 18 -OpenChurchNetwork Project Centre
Objectives/Aims – To create a base for the Open Church Network, in the upper room of Church House, Gresford.
The project created a home base for the Open Church Network, in the upper room of Church House, a Grade II listed building beside All Saints Church Gresford, one of the Open Church Network member churches. The room provides a meeting and presentation facilities, study and display areas, storage, and act as an administration centre for the project. Toilet and kitchen / catering facilities will be available using the ground floor facilities of Church House. It has become important to have a base where groups can meet, presentations can be given, resources examined and shared, and a reasonable level of hospitality can be offered to visitors. The room also provides a base for the group members to hold regular meetings. Essential improvements were made to the toilet facilities, and space maximised to improve the meeting and function room capacities to provide supplementary meeting rooms and drop-in facilities for the villages of Marford and Gresford that are much needed.
Website link – www.openchurchnetwork.co.uk
WRE 19 – Plas Power Environmental Improvements
WRE 20 – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal Project
Objectives/Aims – To bring together the local communities located along the 11 mile canal corridor between Chirk and Llantysilio to facilitate greater understanding and awareness of the heritage, biodiversity and culture of the canal and its corridor.
WRE 21 – Community Safety Volunteering Project-Supporting Young People
Objectives/Aims – Aimed at reducing youth crime and anti-social behaviour by recruiting, training and supporting adult volunteers to work directly with identified young people known to be involved or at risk in crime or anti-social behaviour.
WRE 22 – Outreach Information Service for Parents in Rural Areas
WRE 23 – Domestic Abuse and Support Programme-Butterflies, Right to be Safe Programmes
WRE 24 – Development of Welsh Language in Rural Wrexham
WRE 25 – Digital StorytellingObjectives/Aims – Capturing some of the most valuable industrial heritage information of the 21st century for future generations and also linked to an all Wales national and international audience through the inclusion on various websites.
The nature of this project was to capture stories about peoples everyday lives. You might not always think that they will be of interest to the outside world or that they are worth telling. These stories were waiting to be discovered and this project really uncovered some amazing stories. Though the medium of digital storytelling stories can be captured and preserve it for future generations. People had the change to bring along pictures, old family keepsakes and tresures and record the stories behind the artifacts.
Workshops were held for local communities to come along and get involved on how to interview people in the community, how to use digital equipment and edit stories after etc.
Please click on the link to View some of the stories told and recorded - Rural Stories
WRE 26 – Improving Riding Opportunities and the Safety of Equestrian Road Use in Rural Wrexham
Objectives/Aims – To improve the safety of equestrian road use in rural Wrexham through provision of training to horse riders, raising awareness of equestrian road use with motorists.
Website Link – www.avow.org
WRE 27 – Rural Services Pilot
Objectives/Aims – To undertake a study and audit ofservices/facilities investigate rural proofing and identify alternative methods to improve access to services, or deliver services in rural communities.
WRE 28 – Rural ICT Advisory Service
WRE 29 – Evaluation and design for re-instatement of a section of the original Glyn Valley Tramway
WRE 33 – The Co-operation Network Project
Objectives/Aims – The Co-operation project seeks to identify and develop opportunities for collaborative working within the community and social enterprise sectors in Monmouthshire (adventa) and Wrexham (Northern Marches Cymru). The purpose of the project is to draw on the most successful elements of previous programmes in Monmouthshire and Wrexham and to implement project activities that will encompass examples of best practice and transfer skills between the two programme areas.
WRE 34 – The Co-operation Training Project
Objectives/Aims – The project seeks to identify and develop opportunities for collaborative working within the community and social enterprise sectors in Monmouthshire (adventa), the Vale of Glamorgan (Creative Rural Communities) and Wrexham (Northern Marches Cymru).
The overall aim of the RCA Capacity Building Programme, founded in 2003, was to empower communities by identifying community needs through the facilitation of a self empowerment process.