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24 June 2013
Just a quick update ...
Barnfield plans
Last Tuesday NANM held the latest in a series of networking events for people involved in neighbourhood working. 'What's in the plan Stan' set out to explore whether plans being developed by a host of neighbourhood projects of different types across the country, reveal a new breed of community action. We heard from Big Local in Barnfield (where the event took place), and Eastbourne, from neighbourhood planning in two Camden communities, and from council-led approaches in Lincoln, and Sheffield. Although participants came from a range of perspectives - local residents, local government, social housing providers, civil servants - there was a real, shared enthusiasm for localism, personal action, and helping communities help themselves - plus a genuine desire to create spaces for open conversations about how we all work together to make it a reality. We'll write more about the themes of the day elsewhere, but it feels like there are some interesting conversations starting … and to come.

At the NANM Annual General Meeting, held immediately after Tuesday's event, two new trustees were appointed to the NANM Board: Liz Richardson, a nationally renowned expert in civic participation based at University of Manchester, and Kate Faulkes a highly experienced community development worker now based at Barnsley Council. We're really excited to have them on (the) board. We'll add their profiles to the website shortly, but thought you'd like to know immediately.

Hope you enjoy the rest of this Newswire. Do let us know if you have news we can share.

Neighbourhood news
Find out how a Big local area in Ipswich plans to tackle loan sharks

North West Ipswich Big Local plan to give people living in the area an alternative to high-interest lenders by investing £40,000 into their local credit union.
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So much can be achieved by bringing people together with food

A new initiative in Middlesbrough delivered by the Council’s NM team is encouraging vulnerable residents to access services whilst they have their lunch.
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Can community spirit combat crime?

…Network Neighbourhood in Hull think so. Through the effective communication channels the network offers, the community feels empowered to take steps to protect themselves against crime.
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Design and community at Gamlingay Eco Hub

Glass-House Community Led Design recently revisited the Gamlingay Eco Hub. Back in 2005 The Glass-House team provided project support to the local community when they were first thinking about how to develop their community building. Read more about the visit on The Glass-House blog . Find out more about the Gamlingay Eco Hub on their web site .
And finally...

From the Brighouse Echo a competition to "Help Roger finish his song about life in Rastrick - Singer/songwriter Roger Davies has created 'Rastrick Big Local Song' but needs your help to complete the final verse. The verse will need to include the four sponsors: Charles Wood's, Highfield Newsagents, Millers Oils and of course Big Local".

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Skipton Building Society wants to support grassroots groups

As part of it’s Big 160 Anniversary, Skipton Building Society has launched a new community funding programme, Grassroots Giving. Do you know any local community groups driven by passion and hard work, who could do with a helping hand? Skipton Building Society have got donations and support to offer. You can see on their web site who has already applied from your region.
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Make your neighbourhood extraordinary with Big Lunch Extras

Eden Project are looking for 900 individuals from across the UK who want to create positive change within their communities to join their Big Lunch Extras
events. Whether you’re looking for techniques to engage your community in a new idea, guidance on attracting funding for a community project or practical ideas to roll out in your neighbourhood, Big Lunch Extras could be right up your street.
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Longer Lives

In 2011, one in three deaths in England was under the age of 75. The Longer Lives web site highlights premature mortality across every local authority in England, giving people important information to help them improve their community’s health.
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Web miscellany
Keep Britain Tidy saves ‘Love Parks Week’

Keep Britain Tidy has stepped in to save Love Parks Week following the news that national parks charity GreenSpace was forced to close in March this year. Keep Britain Tidy already runs the Green Flag Award scheme celebrating the country’s best parks and green spaces.
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Ideas for change: Lessons from the pioneers in community rights

Locality and partners have been supporting the pioneers using England’s new Community Rights to save land and buildings, deliver local services and have a say over local development. Meet some of them in this article.
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Portland Works: Community Shares in action

Portland Works , a workspace and building of industrial heritage in Sheffield, was due to be redeveloped as flats. Steve Connelly reports on how issuing community shares to buy the building is helping to forge a new kind of local economy.
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Film club

The Poppy Estate video
The Poppy Estate

Short film about how Clapton Park Estate decided to do things a bit differently … and how, over more than 10 years, they have turned their estate into ‘The Poppy Estate’ by filling unloved and spare pieces of land into wildflower gardens and spaces for people on the estate to grow food. Here is an article about the project , written after a visit to the estate was included in the Chelsea Fringe.

Warwick Ahead Community Plan

Having documented much of their journey to date on film, Warwick Ahead Big Local decided that the natural way to communicate the vision and plan for their area was to make a film. There is still a written document, but it is very much in a supporting role to the film. See both the film and text document here .

New on the NANM web site

Neighbourhood news
This is a new section on the site with a feed of neighbourhood related news. It started life as a way to keep track of web posts and articles to include in future Newswires. But then we thought 'Why wait? ' You can see the feed on the right of the home page, or follow it directly on the Tumblr blog we use to collate the stories.

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