From Welsh House Farm Big Local:

The residents of Welsh House Farm in Quinton are set to celebrate in style this weekend as they get together to help launch Welsh House Farm Big Local, a project that will see the investment of an extra million pounds in the area over the next 10 years.

Big Local is a Big Lottery funded scheme that is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

Its been less than a year since the project in Welsh House Farm was given the official go ahead and already they have set up a partnership board of local residents to run the project, appointed a local resident as a trainee community development worker and set up a programme including activities for young people, exercise classes for senior citizens, a community chest scheme and an environmental action group. Big Local now want to hear the ideas of more local people about what should be the priorities for the area!

The launch event on Saturday 28th of January will take place at Welsh House Farm Community School between 12.00pm and 2pm. The Free event is open to all members of the local community and there will be activities for all the family including face painting for children, arts activities for older children, stalls from local agencies who have been involved in Big local as well as refreshments and live music from Quinton’s own Community Choir! There will also be a chance to find out how you can apply for funding from the Community Chest and to participate in a consultation about what you would  like to see in area.

Michael Thawe, Development Worker for Welsh House Farm Big Local said: “We are really excited about the opportunity that Big Local represents for Welsh House Farm, it’s a chance to make a real difference for the area. This launch event is the first time we have really had the opportunity to celebrate the scheme and it is a chance to hear what the wider community want to see happen. We really need local people to get involved.”

The Welsh House Farm Big Local Launch Event takes place at Welsh House Farm Community School, Welsh House Farm Road, Quinton, B32 2NG between 12.00 and 2.00pm on Saturday 28th of January. Entrance is free. Get there early as the entertainment begins at 12.15pm

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