On Monday 4th November 2013, Thurcroft Big Local Partnership thanked the outgoing Local Trust representative Mandy Wilson for her hard work in supporting the group to get started, help people get involved and supporting the group to put together a profile of the village.
Mandy has played a key role as critical friend for Thurcroft Big Local making sure the initial steering group reached out to as many people in the village, providing a key link with the Local Trust and other partners. Following interviews, the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership has chosen Alister Shaw as their new Local Trust Rep. Alister will be the key link to the Local Trust enabling the Partnership to develop a Community Plan for the village. Alister is an experienced and successful neighbourhood renewal and regeneration practitioner with a proven track record of facilitating the positive transformation of communities and neighbourhoods.
At the November 2013 Partnership meeting held at Arbour Drive Community Centre, Tim Leach was also thanked for chairing the Big Local steering group during the last year, helping taking Big Local forward in Thurcroft , producing the community profile and help with setting up the Partnership. The new chair of Thurcroft Big Local Partnership is Alan Bucknall. The Partnership presently consists of 12 residents, 1 representative of the Parish Council and 1 from the Borough Council. Meetings and events are open to all residents and the Partnership is keen to involve everyone in the work it undertakes.
Residents have created a Big Local partnership which will lead on creating a local plan using the ideas of local people. Once the plan is agreed with the Big Local Trust, the Partnership can start to spend the money on the plan’s priorities. Big Local is lottery monies coming back to communities that have been overlooked for funding in the past. A percentage of each lottery ticket bought is given to the Local Trust and it is this money that is being used to fund the big local programme. The aim is for people to make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future and will up to the residents of Thurcroft to decide on how this money is spent.
More details on Big Local in Thurcroft can be obtained from the Thurcroft Big Local Shop at 46c Green Arbour Road open on Friday and Saturdays, by phoning 07964 693527 or by email .