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from the grass roots up supporting innovative and SUSTAINABLE rural development projects in the North Pennines Dales.


a word from our chair As we come to the end of the current incarnation of Leader it seems appropriate to reflect on what makes Leader special.

Peter Samsom- Chair, North Pennine Dales LAG

Sue Ellwood, Project Co-ordinator

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While it certainly helps that the North Pennine Dales Leader is clearly focused on a coherent geographic area, but to me the most important element of the Leader approach is the involvement of a wide range of local people and organisations from many sectors in setting the priorities and taking the decisions. At their best Leader groups involve people who are not the ‘usual suspects’ but who care enough about their local area to come together and thrash out where investment should be made. The shared experience and local knowledge of the members of the Local Action Group (LAG) allow connections to be made and issues to be highlighted that might not be immediately apparent. I’d like to think that the North Pennine Dales has done this well and I’d like to thank my fellow members of the LAG for their enthusiasm and commitment over the past six years.

North Pennine Dales Leader has supported 88 projects investing £2.2 million pounds into the area through the delivery of the Leader element of the Rural Development Programme for England 20082013 and levering in a further £1.4 million of match funding.

A vast range of projects have received help to develop, ranging from small community ventures to rural micro businesses. The smallest investment received by a project was £2,200, with other project amounts varying up to £75,000 awarded to a number of larger projects. The principles of Leader are to improve rural life using a grass roots, bottom-up approach. The investment into the projects have forecast that in total: 946 businesses will have been supported, 88 jobs created, 68 jobs safeguarded, 1078 training days delivered and 136567 individuals benefitted. The Local Action Group members, all volunteers, have used their skills, local knowledge and experience to identify areas and projects which required support. Without their input the programme would not have been delivered so successfully. Visit our website: www.northpenninedalesleader.co.uk Or contact Sue Ellwood, Project Co-ordinator Mobile: 07789 266 491 E-mail: sue@northpenninedalesleader.co.uk


AT GRASS ROOTS LEVEL North Pennine Dales Leader delivers local rural development strategy at grass roots level. Leader is a bottom-up communityled approach to the delivery of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funds, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Durham County Council. Supporting project activity, Leader primarily aims at schemes to improve the financial and environmental performance of rural communities and local businesses without damaging the countryside.

Photograph by Alan Dodgson

North Pennine Dales Leader is an approach to deliver the socio-economic element of the Rural Development Programme for England within the North Pennine Dales area across Durham and Northumberland. The aim of the programme is to support projects which add to the quality of life within rural areas. The North Pennine Dales Leader is delivered through a Local Action Group (LAG) which consists of a cross-section of members from within the area who have local understanding of the issues communities face in rural life. Visit our web site to see a full list of the members (www.northpenninedalesleader.co.uk)

These are: Sustainable Dales Communities Supporting local communities to maximise their services and deliver new ideas to maintain basic services, giving the community the ability to control their environment. Natural & Cultural Tourism Making the best use of the natural assets of the North Pennines for projects which will benefit the area and help encourage economic returns. Lives & Livelihoods People are the life blood of the community. Projects which encourage people to stay in the area and develop their skills helps strengthen the community. Full information on our priorities can be found on our web site: www.northpenninedalesleader.co.uk

The LAG adopted three high priorities to deliver the maximum benefit to communities within the North Pennine Dales.

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The funding has been made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

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Radio Teesdale Allenheads Community Shop Whitfield - Prototype for Carbon Neutral School Allendale Creative Artists CIC – Project coordinator Harehope Quarry – Working for a Future Lanchester Parish Council – Development Officer Cotherstone Village Park – Barn project Wear Valley Community Buildings Allendale Pre-School Playgroup-Outdoor play area Allendale Golf Club – Going Green on the Green Barnard Castle Cricket Club 20/20 Kidzone Connecting West Northumberland Sustainable Allendale Food & Energy (SAFE) Whitfield Parish Hall Barnard Castle Meet Joined Up Holidays Woodland School Breakfast Club DRCC - Community Buildings Support DCC - Targeted Rural Business Support project Diversifying & Creating Opportunity at Harehope UTASS - Renewable North Pennines Middleton-In-Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart Bowes Pre-School Canopy Staindrop School – Dining Hall Improvements Save a LIFE Teesdale Artists Network Natural Ability Business Development The NeST Art Gallery North Pennines Training & Adventure Whitfield Village Pantry Love Food Sandy & Black Pig Company High Crane Lodge Countryside Education Biltong Man Tees View Social Enterprise Development East Shaws Aquatic Treadmill Xelements - Mobile Outdoor Activity Equipment Emma Hawksby Equine Barforth Hall FITT Farm Pennine Biomass Emson Equine Ltd Expansion Renewal Energy Systems in Teesdale Natural Ability – Transport Hay Meadows – Highlights productions Moorland Management Equipment High Greenfield Farm

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South Tynedale Railway extension iROC – Adventure Race weekend Witham Cinema club Film & Animation Festival Yurt at Killhope Museum Barnard Castle Riverside Walk & Volunteer Project Tour of the Reservoir Cycle Race Know Your North Pennines Upper Teesdale Tourism Business Network Wild North Discovery New Hall Farm Bishop Auckland Food festival Stanhope Pool Weardale Ski Club Tourism Transport Plan BECK’s Bikes Heritage Interpretation & Information through New Technologies – HINT Isaac’s Tea Trail Walk Developing Arts Based Tourism in the North Pennines South Tynedale Linear Park & Lintley Halt Car Park Meet Victorian Baking Oven The Morritt Arms – “Garage Spa” Heritage Skills and Overnight Stays at Killhope A Journey through Teesdale Dickens in Teesdale The Bowes Museum Bowlees Discovery Centre, Upper Teesdale Stepping Out – A North Pennine Scar Top Renewal Fairfield House Phase 3 Awning at Killhope Land Based Learning Project Get into dry Stone Walling Teesdale Village Halls Consortium Training project Community Enterprise Coach Enterprise Development Officer Sustainable Community Radio – Media Training New Witham Capacity Building Bishop FM Highlights Touring Scheme The NeST – Fledgling Businesses UTASS - Renewable Teesdale Northwoods

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Key to colour coding Projects supported under the: Basic Service measure Projects supported under the: Business Creation & Development measure Projects supported under the: Conservation of Rural Heritage measure Projects supported under the: Farm Diversification into non agricultural activities measure Projects supported under the: Tourism measure Projects supported under the: Training & Support to facilitate economic activity measure Projects supported under the: Vocational Training & Knowledge Transfer measure

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Projects supported under the: Basic Service measure

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Radio Teesdale Radio Teesdale, award winners of The Radio Academy and recognised by Ofcom as an exemplar model, is a true community project that provides a community service, set up and operated by the people of Teesdale, for the people of Teesdale. North Pennine Dales Leader supported the project to enable their station manager Peter Dixon to continue his service to the radio. Peter is the only employee of Radio Teesdale, and has a dedicated team of volunteers to help him manage and broadcast seven days a week.

North East community radio stations have created a community group Community Radio Stations in the North East CRaNE (Community Radio Stations in the NE) to foster relationships and share good practice. www.radioteesdale.co.uk

Applicant - Teesdale Community Broadcasting Ltd

600

People benefitting

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1 Job

safeguarded

50

Skills days

A redundant workshop next door to the Trust’s popular Hemmel Cafe has been transformed into the shop which will not only cater for villagers but also for the many visitors, tourists and thousands of cyclists who now pass through Allenheads using the Coast 2 Coast cycle route. Applicant – Allenheads Trust Ltd Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£14,399

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1000

1 Job

People benefitting

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Allenheads Community Shop Villagers in Allenheads are celebrating the opening of their new village shop thanks to support from Leader. The £30,000 project to get the shop up-and-running marks the end of a long campaign by the Allenheads Trust Ltd to improve local services in the Northumberland village.

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£25,000

MARCH

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Businesses supported

Leader Grant

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Prototype for a Carbon Neutral School – Sharing Experiences Whitfield School is being very adventurous aiming to be the first zero carbon school in Northumberland with a raft of alternative energy measures. Not only will the school secure long term sustainability for this rural community asset but will provide tangible environmental and educational benefits. They aim to be a model of excellence for other groups to emulate. North Pennine Dales Leader Programme contributed towards a range of awareness raising and information sharing measures designed to extend the benefits of the scheme.

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This includes the installation of a visual display panel giving readings of energy and carbon savings as well as setting up a website providing information on the project. www.whitfieldfirstschool.org.uk Applicant – Whitfield C of E Aided First School Leader Grant

£7,623

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Skills days

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100

People benefitting

Project Co-ordinator for Allendale Creative Artists CIC Pebbles Gallery has received Leader funding to appoint a project co-ordinator to oversee the development of their new Forge Studios.

recording studio, Pebbles youth project, ‘hot desk’ space and a community meeting room. Allendale Forge Studios will also provide community areas offering the visitor information about the heritage of the area.

The Forge Studios in Allendale has provided nine much needed affordable workspaces, one free studio for two new businesses and retail space for a further forty businesses, for creative practitioners in Northumberland. The redevelopment of the Forge/garage in the centre of Allendale will enable creative practitioners to develop their individual practice within a creative, vibrant, and mutually supportive environment. They offer a Bespoke Design shop, an Exhibition Gallery, a cosy Bistro Café, the multimedia MYLOOP

www.allendaleforgestudios.co.uk Applicant – Pebbles Gallery Leader Grant

Business supported

£25,000

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Harehope Quarry Project – Working for a Future The Harehope Quarry Project have been awarded funding to ‘kick start’ a project in Frosterley to look at how Frosterley can become more sustainable in the light of climate change and peak oil prices. They are starting the project with a number of film showings at Frosterley Village Hall. These will be followed by an initial meeting to explain the project and encourage people to get involved.

the use of energy and then as a group they will choose a second issue to look at - transport, water, biodiversity, waste, food and drink or building and construction. www.harehopequarry.org.uk Applicant – Harehope Quarry Project Ltd Leader Grant

£14,575

Skills days

People benefitting

niche branded produce, encouraging take up of learning opportunities, developing interpretation and access to the countryside, and encouraging landscape and habitat management Applicant – Lanchester Parish Council

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Activities will be mainly centred on the enhancement of the rural economy, and includes activities such as strengthening rural advocacy, promoting the marketing of

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Development Officer Farming, Wildlife & Environmental Lanchester Parish Council produced its parish plan in 2006, and it identified the land-based economy as ‘the custodian of the landscape in managing the wider countryside, to conserve and enhance the area’s rich landscape, character and diversity, increase biodiversity and tranquillity, promote enjoyment and understanding of its cultural heritage.’

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The project will provide information, training, resources and hopefully an enjoyable social network that can bring about change. The initial focus will be on

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Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£37,035

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4500

Skills days

20 Jobs

safeguarded

People benefitting


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Barn Project – Cotherstone Village Park This is a capital project to bring a redundant stone barn back into use for the benefit of the residents of the village of Cotherstone in Upper Teesdale. The small charity was established in 2004 and they have taken over and established a 3.5 acre site as a community park. At the perimeter of the park lies a redundant and dilapidated traditional stone barn and following discussions with the owner, it was offered as a gift to the

community and planning permission was granted for conversion. This project is to refurbish the barn, replace the roof timbers and slates, and strengthen the walls and any associated works. A solar power supply will be installed and interior works will provide storage space for the charity’s maintenance and event equipment, currently located in various farms and private dwellings in and around the village. There will also be a small meeting room area where refreshments can be provided during events on the park.

Applicant – Play@Cotherstone Leader Grant

£9,000

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People benefitting

Weardale Community Buildings Network (Feasibility Study) Durham Rural Community Council surveyed village halls and community buildings in Weardale in order to identify and assess the wide range of needs of the many different groups who run the community buildings in the area. The study will analyse those needs and address the issue of their long term sustainable development and the future delivery of key local services in this rural upland area.

This is a six month project which will produce a study based on at least 20 interviews with community buildings management committees. It will conclude with a group event to disseminate the findings and gauge support for a new community buildings network, and a programme of support services (bespoke or shared) to be delivered throughout Weardale. The results will inform similar work in other parts of the North Pennine Dales Leader area and the remainder of the County. Applicant – Durham Rural Community Council Leader Grant

£5,000

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Allendale Pre-School Playgroup Outdoor Play Area Capital investment was provided towards the establishment of an outdoor play area within an established pre-school group. The play area will provide a safe and stimulating area where young children can play and learn together. It will contain an educational element in that planters and will be available for the growing of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

A canopy will provide protection from the elements and Leader funding will also go towards new surfacing, interactive fencing and a role play house. This part of the project was the final phase of a purpose built facility next to the primary school which ensures the playgroup can expand its offer and secures long term sustainability. Applicant – Allendale Pre-School Playgroup Leader Grant

£19,500

Business supported

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105

People benefitting

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Allendale Golf Club – Going Green on the Green In order to reduce their carbon footprint and increase the energy efficiency of their clubhouse, Allendale Golf Club commissioned an independent feasibility study which recommended that a wind turbine be installed to generate the required amount of electricity through renewable energy sources. Although the club is a private members club, the numbers of people attracted by the social activities outnumber the golf players by 4:1, and it has a wide programme of activities and welcomes young people, local schools and community groups to the facility.

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The club currently consumes 12,147kWh, and a 6Kw wind turbine will generate around 8,500kWh. Together with additional thermal insulation, the clubhouse hopes to achieve carbon neutral status and as a result, a saving to the club, a potential new revenue stream and an improved facility for members and visitors alike. www.allendale-golf.co.uk Applicant – Allendale Golf Club

Leader Grant

£14,623 500

People benefitting

Business supported

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Barnard Castle Cricket Club 20/20 Kidzone Barnard Castle Cricket Club received support to expand an existing community facility for young people. The young people were very involved with the development of the project and the application to Leader. The project will link the newly built changing rooms to the existing social club, build a new extension, demolish outdated toilets, stock rooms and replace the kitchen, and introduce a new recreational area. Changes will enable the facility to be used 52 weeks a year rather than the current six months, and create a more attractive community resource.

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The building link will have the added benefit of providing, at no costs to the project, access to new toilet facilities and reception area. www.barnardcastle.play-cricket.com Applicant – Barnard Castle Cricket Club

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Leader Grant

People benefitting

£33,219

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4 Jobs

safeguarded

Connecting West Northumberland Cybermoor has evaluated a number of ways to reduce the cost of bringing Next Generation Access to this area. They have identified a microwave link between Alston via Kirkheaton and the Virgin Media fibre optic network at Prudhoe in the Tyne Valley as the best option. Spare capacity on this new link will then be sold to the public sector and private sector clients to ensure future sustainability. Cybermoor will install 2 masts, one at Kirkheaton and one above Alston. Broadband radio equipment will be fixed to these masts, and also at the Fire Station in Prudhoe and the Catton Mast in Allendale. This will allow a high speed

internet connection to be delivered from Virgin Media in Prudhoe to Allendale, South Tyne Valley and Carrshield. A second part of the project will extend the Cybermoor broadband service to users in Halton Lea Gate, Lambley and Langley. This will involve extending the backbone of the network and installing equipment on homes so they can connect to the service. www.cybermoor.org Cybermoor Services Ltd Leader Grant

£75,000 500

People benefitting

Businesses supported

100

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Sustainable Allendale Food and Energy - SAFE Sustainable Allendale CIC is a new Community Interest Company and assists its community to work towards being self-determining and self-sufficient. The company exists to provide goods and services for the benefit of the community with any assets belonging to the community and any profits being available to spend on the community.

It wishes to commission a feasibility study to investigate the potential for a wood fuel district heating system and a community supported agriculture initiative, amongst other priorities. It has secured £10,000 from the Big Lottery and a small amount from private contributions for the wider project; however it requires a further public investment of £10,046 to ensure a good quality feasibility study which will include looking at reclamation of contaminated land, flooding plans and financial models.

Applicant – Sustainable Allendale CIC Leader Grant

£10,046

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Whitfield Parish Hall Village Halls need to ensure financial long term sustainability. This project is to upgrade the equipment to enable outside catering contracts to be undertaken and embracing opportunities from alternative energy will develop this. Whitfield Village Hall Committee has secured a high level of charitable contributions towards the project costs. The works include improvements to the thermal efficiency and electricity generation, which should be sufficient to satisfy its energy needs, and the management committee is confident

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that with this new investment, the Hall can become financially self-sufficient in three years. As well as providing new facilities to this small rural community, the management committee are addressing the Hall’s long-term economic sustainability, which will contribute to the overall social and economic sustainability of the small village of Whitfield.

Applicant – Whitfield Parish Hall Leader Grant

£5,000 350

People benefitting

250

Additional day visitors


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Barnard Castle Meet The Barnard Castle Meet is an annual carnival weekend event which has been running for over one hundred and fifty years and is operated by volunteers. This is Teesdale’s largest community event and involves around twenty participatory events which culminate in a grand parade through the streets of Barnard Castle including musicians, artists and other local talent on display. The project is to enable the event to have long term sustainability by reducing their core costs and creating an income

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generation opportunity. Funding was provided to purchase a pool of essential equipment, a generator, public address system, and marquees not only for this event, but to be available for hire to charities and other local organisations. www.barnardcastlemeet.org.uk

Applicant – Barnard Castle Meet Business supported

Leader Grant

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People benefitting

Joined-Up Holidays This project was born of a desire to connect people with animals, nature and the environment regardless of the person’s “special needs” or “problems”. By offering respite breaks with farm based activities, individually tailored to the needs and wishes of each client, to provide them with their own unique, fun and informative experience. The therapeutic benefits of sharing our lives with animals has been well documented, as have the benefits of outdoor activities and they will offer both these experiences to people who may find it difficult to be fully accommodated and relaxed within mainstream holiday centres’.

What this means in practice is that they will provide a special place for special people to have some fun, enjoy the animals and if they wish to, learn about farming, gardening, the local wildlife, sustainable living and the environment. www.joinedupholidays.co.uk Applicant – Joined-Up Holidays Leader Grant

£7,000 400

People benefitting

400

Additional overnight stays

2 Jobs

created

400

Additional day visitors Business supported

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Woodland School Breakfast Club Leader funding has been secured to provide a healthy breakfast along with play and social activities for children and young people in the Woodland community. It will contribute to the sustainable communities aim, as the existence of this childcare will encourage new families to move into the community and prevent existing families moving out in order to find work.

consider taking on full time employment, additional training and skills development without the barriers of childcare in a rural community. www.woodland.durham.sch.uk Applicant – Woodland School Leader Grant

£4,800

0.3 Jobs created

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Community Buildings Support Durham Rural Community Council recruited a part time community buildings adviser to work with management groups of community buildings, with the aim of ensuring that they have the skills, knowledge and information necessary to ensure that their buildings are operating efficiently, effectively and safely and are sustainable in the longer term. This adviser will encourage and support management volunteers to implement a range of improvements to the operation, policies, procedures and working practices of their community building within the framework of the Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE) national quality scheme - Hallmark. Advice and guidance will also be offered in a less structured

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format to those community buildings not wishing to pursue Hallmark accreditation. Training events will also be provided and a comprehensive community buildings toolkit will be developed which will provide guidance on all aspects of managing a community building and will be made available to every community building in the Leader area. www.durhamrcc.org.uk Applicant – Durham Rural Community Council Leader Grant

£27,993 275

People benefitting

Businesses supported

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Targeted Rural Business Support Project Durham County Council has received Leader funding for this project which will be based in Stanhope and Middletonin- Teesdale - the rural service centres for Weardale and Teesdale. The project will offer businesses a Capital Improvement Scheme and a Retail scheme. The first offers a maximum grant for any single premises of 50% to a maximum of £7,000. Works will include minor repairs and redecoration, improvements and/ or replacement of windows and doors, rendering, brickwork, fascias and signage, provision of disabled access and minor security upgrades. The project has acted as a catalyst to offer in conjunction with capital improvements retail support.

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The retail scheme will commission the assessment of the retail centres to identify businesses which would benefit from tailored training e.g. merchandising, pricing display etc. Businesses will then receive one-toone hands on support in their premises from a specialist retail consultant to maximise marketing opportunities, increased business and improved profit margins. A maximum of 20 days specialist support is included.

Applicant – Durham County Council Leader Grant

£37,480

Businesses supported

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People benefitting

Diversifying and Creating Opportunity at Harehope Quarry The Harehope Quarry Project has been operating for around thirteen years and is run as a worker co-operative. It offers environmental education, field studies, rural skills training, community development and community arts opportunities to local people and organisations. The project is based in two wooden buildings located in a former limestone quarry in Weardale, which presents a stimulating environment for study and learning, volunteering opportunities, community events etc., and it provides a unique meeting place for the community. The aim of the project is to practically demonstrate a more sustainable way of

living through a range of social, economic and environmental activities. This small capital project will provide additional outdoor facilities to attract new users to the site and so generate extra revenue to the organisation. www.harehopequarry.org.uk Applicant – Harehope Quarry Project Ltd Leader Grant

£3,829 130

People benefitting

Businesses supported

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Additional overnight stays

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Renewable North Pennines This project delivered by Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services (UTASS) is a follow on to their pilot study Renewable Teesdale. This project will fund an independent consultant to provide a free advisory service to small businesses and community groups wishing to develop small and micro scale renewable energy projects. This can include system design, budget projections, planning and licensing and project management for more complex installations.

This consultant will also provide initial assessments of larger (community scale) renewable opportunities as income generating investments for UTASS and Teesdale Village Halls Consortium. Options will include a medium scale wind turbine, an anaerobic digester plant and hydro schemes. www.utass.co.uk Applicant – Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Businesses supported

Leader Grant

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£27,991 45

People benefitting

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Middleton-in-Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart Development Middleton-In-Teesdale Farmers’ Mart was established in 1924 and provides facilities for livestock trading and agriculturally related activities including training courses and information events. Leader funding has been used to build a new multi- purpose building which will be used to service the mart on sale days, catering and refreshments, a meeting room, training area and toilet facilities. This will support the company’s business diversification and future sustainability.

It will support not only farmers but also local groups either already using the mart or new users such as a school field study centre and antique fairs. The facilities will complement the current range of community venues in Middleton-InTeesdale. Applicant – Middleton-In-Teesdale Farmers’ Mart Ltd Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£75,000

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2 Jobs

People benefitting

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Bowes Pre-School Protective Canopy Bowes Pre-School offers a unique service in Teesdale by providing educational and developmental opportunities for 2 – 5 year olds and attracts children from all over the dale, many coming from remote farms and dwellings. It has strong links with Bowes Hutchinson’s (C of E) school as well as other primary schools in the surrounding area. Leader funding has been used to build a protective wooden canopy with a safety

floor to provide protection for children in all weathers and it will allow them to make best use of their outdoor space. This was identified by Ofsted in its last inspection as a basic need and it will enhance the facilities provided and potentially attract more clients. www.bowespreschool.co.uk Applicant – Bowes Pre-School Business supported

Leader Grant

£18,051

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Staindrop School an Academy – Dining Hall Improvements Staindrop School in Teesdale, has the challenge of serving dinners to nearly 600 pupils plus staff in 45 minutes. Lengthy queues frequently led to bottlenecks and so it was decided by the school parliament to re-design the dining areas. The students created the designs and worked with the manufacturers to take the concept through to the final product.

held throughout the year such as Business Days, Enterprise Week and training courses. The new design will also encourage increased community usage and generate more income. www.staindropschool.com Applicant – Staindrop School An Academy Leader Grant

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£20,601 Leader funding has paid for new tables, chairs, flooring as well as decorating costs to improve both dining areas. They have created a much improved and efficient environment for the students, staff, and dinner ladies and for the various events

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Save a LIFE Teesdale Village Halls Consortium (TVHC) is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Incorporated in November 2006, the Consortium is composed of people from the management committees of 36 community buildings in Teesdale, and people of interested organisations. It aims to promote and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those village halls by providing advices, information, training and support. The project has provided life saving resources in rural communities of Teesdale. Funding was used for the purchase of 10 defibrillators, 10 secure wall units and 1 training unit.. The

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equipment will be installed throughout Teesdale in community buildings, with easy access in case of an emergency. 10 members of the Consortium have expressed interests. North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust will work with selected village halls so they can become Established Base Responder Sites. www.thevillagehalls.co.uk Applicant – The Village Halls Consortium Leader Grant

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Businesses supported

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Teesdale Artists Network This project has pulled together a number of initiatives to harness the growing number of arts-based micro-businesses in the Teesdale area. It will provide a shared resource through a newly established funded Project Manager post, currently undertaken on a part-time voluntary basis, to coordinate the artists’ activities. The aim was to increase the take-up by local artists to exhibit their work within and beyond Teesdale, and provide quality marketing and publicity through increased networking. It will also offer a number of high profile events and celebrity interest, professional development opportunities,

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and a forum to work with tourism and other cross-sectoral organisations and community engagement activities. As a spin off, it will utilise a number of vacant shops in Barnard Castle to exhibit their work to local people and visitors. www.teesdaleopenstudios.co.uk

Applicant - Artworks Leader Grant

£14,469

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Natural Ability Business Development Natural Ability is a newly established social enterprise, set up to provide accommodation, work and training in a rural community, where people with learning disabilities can live safely, learn, work and gain personal autonomy. The project is to undertake a feasibility study to establish the viability of a proposed centre at Sparty Lea or other suitable locations. It is widely recognised that there are very few opportunities for young people with learning disabilities once they have completed formal education especially in this area of south west Northumberland/North

West Durham. Through this and future work, Natural Ability intends to provide supported living, the development of independent and daily living skills, as well as providing opportunities to work outdoors in a controlled farming environment with animals. www.naturalability.org Applicant – Natural Ability Leader Grant

£6,465

Business supported

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The NeST Art Gallery, Studios, Digital hub and Cafe, Barnard Castle. Newgate Studios (NeST) is home for graphic designers, animators, musicians, digital photographers and filmmakers providing workshop and gallery space, high speed wireless internet and hotdesking.

Gallery NeST offers an exciting, changing set of exhibitions throughout the year, with the gallery available for hire for art exhibitions, launches, shows, demonstrations and classes. Also, Cafe NeST provides delicious, freshly made food served every day. Applicant – Newgate Studios

The building was previously a car sales showroom so required complete refurbishment, including a new heating system, fire and security alarms, and electrics. Flexible and contemporary hanging systems along with signage, furniture and fittings were also needed.

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Leader Grant

£33,000

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North Pennines Training & Adventure This is a new tourism microenterprise that will use the natural heritage of the North Pennines in a sustainable manner and will work in partnership with other local businesses, organisations and community groups.

The business that will be created as a result will offer a range of training and adventure activities in the North Pennine Dales including first aid training, outdoor skills (e.g. navigation skills) and adventure activities using the natural environment and covering land and water based activities.

Support is sought for the purchase of capital equipment for business start up costs such as office equipment, specialist outdoor activity equipment and training resources plus a small level of marketing.

www.np-ta.com Applicant – North Pennines Training & Adventure Leader Grant

Business supported

£8,268

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Whitfield Village Pantry Whitfield Village Store closed in May 2010 but with Leader funding, Whitfield Village Pantry is providing a much needed resource in this remote area of Northumberland as a village shop and cafe which will offer local produce as well as the essentials.

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Above the cafe, the space has been turned into a multi-use workspace, which can host exhibitions for resident artists or run courses or training events. www.whitfieldvillagepantry.co.uk Applicant – Whitfield Village Pantry

The cafe will bake on site and raise the quality of the retail produce, catering for the tourists and locals.

Leader Grant

Business supported

£5,500

1

The area is influenced by the Whitfield Estate which has offered the premises on a peppercorn rent as it values the service provided.

2 Jobs

created

Love Food Love Food is a partnership project involving several organisations to support and promote the production, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food in the North Pennine Dales area. North Pennine Dales Leader have supported funding the purchases of a mobile classroom, an expandable trailer which can be used at a range of venues and events as a closed or open space for cookery demonstrations, training sessions and display of local products. Also supported was the creation of a test production kitchen, to enable kitchen table producers to test the waters of large scale production before fitting out their own unit. The mobile demonstration kitchen can be used in the mobile classroom, in school/

community halls, at farmers’ markets and events. The kitchen can be transported either in the mobile classroom or in its own trailer which has a drop-down side so that it can also be used within the trailer if required. To aid sustainability and the wider benefits of the project, equipment will be available for hire by other like-minded organisations on dates when it is not required for project uses. www.lovefood.me

Applicant – Teesdale Marketing Ltd

Leader Grant

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£50,000 600

People benefitting

12

30

Skills days Businesses supported

30

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Sandy & Black Pig Company Sandy & Black Pig Company are producing and supplying direct to the consumer, their own special range of rare breed pork. This will encourage local produce to be used in local eateries and build a demand from customers who will be able to purchase direct and also available through farmers markets. Leader funding was used to purchase essential equipment including a commercial fridge and freezer as well as a labelling and weighing machine and a vacuum packer. It was also used to renovate the garage into a suitable work

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Applicant – Sandy & Black Pig Company Leader Grant

£3,881 1 Job

Business supported

1 2

People Applicantcreated - Teesdale Community benefitting Broadcasting Ltd

1 Farm

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High Crane Lodge Countryside Education – Programme Development High Crane Lodge Countryside Education (HCLCE) provides a unique learning experience for school children in an outdoor classroom setting that will meet objectives set by Ofsted. They provide an insight into the countryside and agriculture including tree keys, tree planting, wild flower identification and sustainable electricity production (wind turbine) They provide tailored resources for teachers and students linked to the National Curriculum and have created fact sheets and follow up learning packs for teachers to continue the learning once back in the classroom.

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area to conform with Environmental Health standards and enable the project to trade as a meat producer.

Funding has enabled the course content and learning materials to be developed and equipment such as webcams and nest boxes with cameras and monitors to be set up. It has also provided computer based identification keys, indoor seating and heating and emergency outdoor clothing. Applicant – High Crane Lodge Countryside Education Leader Grant

Business supported

£5,443

1

1 Job

created


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Biltong Man Glen and Terri Crookes moved to Weardale from South Africa 11 years ago and identified a gap in the market for good quality speciality Biltong. This dried meat product is a healthy snack, an alternative to high fat peanuts or crisps, and is sourced from local beef farmers within the North Pennine Dales area. They secured Leader funding to refit a production unit and are now trading from their new industrial unit at Wolsingham, in Weardale. They plan to promote Biltong to local public houses, gyms and other businesses, as well as selling nationally through their website and other networking sites.

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They have also worked with “Love Food” and “Northumbria Larder” projects and will continue to use local supply chains and base their business at the heart of the community so supporting the local economy. www.thebiltongman.co.uk

Applicant – The Biltong Man Ltd

Leader Grant

Business supported

£14,764

1

3 Jobs

2

created

People benefitting

Tees View Social Enterprise Development Tees View Limited is a new business based at Gainford, in Teesdale which aims to build a sustainable food production social enterprise by utilising unused land. With support from Leader, they have developed and grown their business by developing an online store to extend its customer base, sourcing new land sites to increase production, developing new product ranges and partnership working with other businesses and encouraging community involvement.

Leader funding has supported two part-time co-ordinator posts on a self-employed basis. This will create dedicated business development support in order to take the enterprise forward to the next stage and provide a firm foundation upon which to build a long term future in Teesdale Applicant – Tees View Leader Grant

£17,640

Businesses supported

8

40

People benefitting

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East Shaws Aquatic Treadmill East Shaws Boarding Kennels and Cattery has provided a full service animal care facility since 2003 and with Leader funding, they are offering an additional hydrotherapy service for dogs. Leader funding has supported the purchase of this treadmill along with the necessary training and modifications to the building. This will benefit dogs recovering from injuries or those who need to improve their general fitness or lose weight.

This extra service will secure the future sustainability of the business, create a new job as well as increasing their reputation by offering this unique facility, which they can promote through their excellent links with local vets and with their existing customer base. www.eastshawshydrotherapy.co.uk Applicant – C & S Sowerby trading as East Shaws Hydro Physio Businesses supported

Leader Grant

£16,186

2

71

1 Jobs

People benefitting

created

3

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The funding has supported the purchase of equipment to develop mobile kayaking and mountain biking in and around Weardale including a trailer to transport the equipment.

This will increase the number of customers so will promote tourism to the area, plus providing more opportunities for activity instructors and residential providers. This increased offer of activities will also allow greater participation from wider age and ability groups. www.xelementsoutdoor.co.uk

Applicant – Xelements Outdoor Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£5,619

2

1,024

People benefitting

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Xelements Mobile Outdoor Activity Equipment Xelements Outdoor is an outdoor activity and adventure business based in Weardale, County Durham and applied for Leader funding to expand their business.

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Emma Hawksby Equine Emma Hawksby Equine schools, breaks-in and produces young horses for clients as well as offering a high standard of coaching. She also re-homes exracehorses and wants to re-home and school more so applied for Leader funding to build a new outdoor riding arena and a car park / turnout pen.

This has enabled her to train more exracehorses and give young riders the opportunity to have riding coaching as well as linking with local schools for work placement opportunities. The funding also allowed her to take on a new full-time member of staff and a part-time person during the summer months. Applicant – Emma Hawksby Equine

Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£14,969

13

1.5 Jobs

370

People benefitting

created

18

Additional day visitors

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Barforth Hall Fit Farm Leader funding has been used to refurbish The Chapel Wing of grade 2* Barforth Hall Manor House to create a fitness, health and wellbeing centre in Winston, in order to provide activity and educational programme based short breaks. Funding will be used for the overall renovation, refurbishment of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining area as well as converting an existing garage into an exercise treatment room, as well as constructing an outdoor games court and landscaping.

Leader funding will help the farm’s diversification and will attract visitors and tourists to Teesdale and will also bring economic benefits to other local businesses. www.barforthhallfitfarm.com Applicant – Barforth Hall Fit Farm Leader Grant

£40,733 58

People benefitting

Businesses supported

1 2 Jobs

created

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Additional overnight stays

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Pennine Biomass Pennine Biomass has received funding from Leader to buy a vehicle and have it converted so that it can deliver wood chip to the growing number of customers with biomass boilers. This vehicle will be able to deliver wood chip directly into hoppers and the business will be able to give a full service for customers from project feasibility and design to boiler installation, plus after sales care and fuelling from local woodlands.

They have set up a partnership of fuel depots in the local region who will supply them with wood chip so cutting down on transportation from further afield and giving local woodland owners a viable market for their timber. www.penninebiomass.co.uk Applicant – Pennine Biomass Ltd

Leader Grant

£27,650 10

People benefitting

41

Businesses supported

5 2 Jobs

created

Emson Equine Ltd Expansion James and Melissa Emson set up Emson Equine Ltd in 2011. It is a mobile veterinary service for horses, serving the area of North Yorkshire and County Durham. They identified a need for a mobile service, offering high quality, specialist treatment including dentistry.

Leader funding has been used to expand their service by purchasing a mobile video endoscope to diagnose respiratory problems and conditions. This specialist service will contribute to the future sustainability of the business and will also lead to them employing a full-time person later in 2013. www.emsomequine.co.uk Applicant – Emsom Equine Ltd Leader Grant

Business supported

£6,250

1

1

People benefitting

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Renewal Energy Systems in Teesdale The Bainbridge Partnership was established in 1981. Originally a diary farm in Eggleston, Barnard Castle, it now keeps sheep and cattle also. This family business has diversified into providing specialist service in environmental projects, ground work and plumbing and they are now developing the plumbing business by focusing on the renewable energy sector. Leader funding was used to convert a dairy shed into a biomass system demonstration centre, with the aim of attracting potential customers to invest in installing biomass systems. It also helped fund the surfacing of a car park

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and creating new kitchen and toilet facilities. One of the partners, Adam Bainbridge, is a qualified plumber and has trained to become a qualified installer meeting Microgeneration Certificate Scheme (MCS) standard. Applicant – WM, AE, JW & AE Bainbridge Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£9,009

3

2 Jobs

180

created

People benefitting

Natural Ability – Transport Natural Ability was developed in 2009 to support people with learning disabilities to live, learn and work in a farming community. It currently provides weekly farming workdays in the Allen Valley. As part of business development and diversification, Natural Ability intends to provide activity holidays and short breaks for people with disabilities and their friends, families or carers. Leader funding will be used to purchase a sixteen-seater minibus.

This capital investment will enhance Natural Ability’s sustainable development and increase its offer of accessible daily provision. Local businesses will also benefit from increased visitors to the area. www.naturalability.org Applicant – Natural Ability Leader Grant

£28,000 40

People benefitting

Businesses supported

2 24

Additional overnight stays

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Additional day visitors

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Hay Meadows - Touring Theatre & Education Project Leader funding contributed to the production and design costs of “Sward!”. Touring in April and May 2011, “Sward” is a magical tale, drawing on ancient myth, oral history and modern science to reveal the complex web of life woven into the fabric of an upland hay meadow. Along with the play, local schools were involved and there were farm visits and a photographic exhibition. Blaize, in collaboration with Highlights (the North Pennine Rural Touring Scheme) commissioned Simon Corble to write a play about the threatened habitat of hay

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meadows. The story has a magical, fairy tale feel to it, complete with a happy ending, the rusting elevator is now a Sleeping Giant and the Hidden Treasure is the bank of seeds waiting to explode into dazzling colour. www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Applicant – Highlights Productions

Leader Grant

£25,000 5

People benefitting

Businesses supported

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Projects supported under the: Farm Diversification into non agricultural activities measure

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Moorland Management Equipment This is a farm diversification project to assist an established farming business to move away from cattle and sheep farming and into environmental contracting. Other environmental related enterprises are also being considered. The farm has received Leader support to purchase a state of the art covered weed wiper, complete with GPS and a cut and collect forage system for environmental conditioning purposes, to improve weed, bracken and rush control in environmental sensitive areas.

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The growing demand for this service, although in its infancy, is supported by public bodies such as NPD AONB and Natural England, and private estates and charities such as the RSPB. Long term sustainability of the farm business will be greatly increased. Applicant – WM, AE, JW & AE Bainbridge Leader Grant

Businesses supported

ÂŁ15,000

1

1 Jobs

MARCH

created

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5

Skills days

High Greenfield Farm High Greenfield Farm in Weardale is the host organisation under the Leonardo da Vinci, student exchange programme EU, also connected to Grampus Heritage and Training Cumbria and Dubener Heidz National Park, Germany, along with other partner/trainers in Cyprus, Slovakia, Romania, Ireland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Estonia. High Greenfield Farm seek to offer training in traditional skills and gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment. The natural springs dried up due to geological changes through quarrying, and lead mining operations and so water was

being delivered in a tanker from a local farm two miles away. This project supported the sinking of a borehole well on land at High Greenfield Farm. This will create a permanent source of potable water and enable the farm to continue offering traditional rural skills training to European exchange students, and so maintain a diversified income.

High Greenfield Farm Leader Grant

Businesses supported

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1

21

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South Tynedale Railway Extension North Pennine Dales Leader funding supported this project which extended the existing narrow gauge rail track from Kirkhaugh to Lintley Viaduct with a loop to run the trains around. Working in conjunction with another funder, Groundworks they have also constructed a platform, shelter, picnic area, footpath and fencing. This project has enabled access to the railway from Northumberland and encouraged coach parties and visitors to disembark and enjoy the Northumberland area.

Applicant - South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society Business supported

Leader Grant

1

£75,000 6 Jobs

created

3

2 Job

safeguarded

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iROC - Adventure Race Weekend Leader funding was used towards the race and event infrastructure to put on this race weekend which included mountain biking, running and orienteering. The inaugural event of the iROC Adventure Race Weekend was held at the LaFarge Eastgate quarry complex in April 2009. It was encouraging to find the redundant site back in use in a completely different context.

The event attracted 222 entries, with competitors travelling from all over the country, as well as Ireland, Holland and Germany. One competitor cycled from Keswick to take part, a 50 mile one way trip. The success of the event can be gauged by the amount of interest created post event with e-mails, blogs, web forums and feedback from competitors.

Applicant – iROC Ltd Business supported

Leader Grant

1

£10,000

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Witham Cinema Film & Animation Festival This project from The Witham Hall Ltd, is the development of an annual film festival including film workshops and the purchase of some additional equipment to enable films to be shown in other venues locally. The Witham cinema had opened in November 2009 and held the film festival in February 2010. It included films for all ages and children’s animation workshops with Reality Studios. The festival was themed “local connections” and included locally produced films, the work of a local animator, and mainstream films with local connections e.g. Atonement. The festival also included pre and post-screening talks by directors, producers or film experts.

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The festival was marketed to local people and visitors from up to a 2 hour travel time. The festival provided additional activities in the evenings and benefited food and accommodation businesses. www.thewitham.org.uk Applicant – The Witham Hall Ltd Business supported

Leader Grant

£5,953

1

565

1

New tourism activity

Additional day visitors

Yurt at Killhope Museum Killhope Museum is a Victorian lead mine in Upper Weardale which brings to life the working lives of the miners and has established a reputation for working with young people through Museums Live! Leader funding supported the purchase and installation of a fully furnished yurt which is used as a base for workshops, education and a residential/meeting facility for community groups. In addition, it offers an imaginative setting for overnight accommodation for groups. The additional space allows Killhope Museum to host a wide range of workshops, events and educational days so expanding the visitor offer and increase visitor numbers.

www.killhope.org.uk Applicant - Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum Leader Grant

£12,453 150

People benefitting

80

Additional day visitors

MARCH

12

320

Skills days Business supported

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New tourism activity

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Barnard Castle Riverside Walk & Volunteer Project Thanks to a team of volunteers, the Riverside walks and Sculpture Garden below the Castle and alongside the River Tees have been restored and improved. 17 volunteers, working alongside Groundwork’s staff, spent six weekends tidying the riverbank, clearing scrub, rubbish, pruning trees and replacing topsoil. They also removed inappropriate planting around the Sculpture Garden and replaced it with native planting. Additional help was provided by a team of unemployed people who have removed old wire fencing along the former gas works site, and have planted a new wooded area with a woodland path through.

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As a result, the pathways through this area are enhanced and much more easily accessible for older people and those who are less physically able. The views of both the river and castle are much improved, and the tidied and replanted sculpture garden is a welcome place for all. www.barnardcastlevision.co.uk

Applicant - Durham County Council for and on behalf of the Barnard Castle Vision Leader Grant

£25,000

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Tour of the Reservoir Cycle Race Olympic riders and elite enthusiasts took part in the Derwent Cycle Race, an event which brought two small rural communities together to host the race.

With the help of Leader funding, Mike Hodgson the race organiser approached the neighbouring village of Blanchland and the two villages worked closely together to host this very successful event. Local young people were also invited to take part in a smaller race.

145 riders started the race from the headquarters in Edmundbyers. As the event has grown in size, it became obvious that the original venue of Edmundbyers could not cope with the increased number of visitors, spectators, race competitors and their support teams.

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£2,500

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“Know Your North Pennines” – Training for Tourism Operators Leader funding has supported the recruitment of a part time co-ordinator to deliver all aspects of a new training course as well as the administration associated with it. This ground-breaking training programme is for people who live and work in the North Pennines and it celebrates everything that makes the North Pennines special, including the area’s geology, heritage, culture and natural history.

This innovative training programme was designed by Pennine Horizons, an informal cluster of local businesses, and the University of Sunderland to raise the cultural awareness of this region, its visitor attractions, its heritage and natural history Applicant - Killhope Museum, Durham County Council on behalf of Pennine Horizons Leader Grant

MARCH

12

£20,500

337

Skills days

“Know Your North Pennines” is for anyone who works with visitors to the area, whether in hospitality and the service industry, tourist information centres, visitor attractions or as guides.

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Upper Teesdale Tourism Business Network This project is designed to establish a local tourism network based in and around MiddletonIn- Teesdale. It aims to work with businesses that provide accommodation, attractions, events, shops and services, catering outlets and other businesses, to improve the local offer for all types of tourists and day visitors by co-ordinated marketing campaigns and improvement initiatives. This will include coordinating information collection and raising awareness of the area and what is has to offer, provide

mentoring, training, and development support for local events and activities. Leader funding will support the hours spent on this project by the Middleton Plus Trust Manager and a tourism officer. www.middletonplus.org.uk Applicant – Middleton Plus Development Trust Leader Grant

MARCH

£15,000 25

People benefitting

12

10

Skills days Businesses supported

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Wild North Discovery Wild North Discovery is a business in Northumberland offering nature and heritage based week and weekend breaks in the North Pennines.

Leader funding has been used to help buy the books, equipment and tools that clients will use to discover the plants and wildlife of the area and to participate in the greenwood and bushcraft activities on offer.

Bruce Ferguson has been sharing his passionate interest in the natural world with young and old alike for a quarter of a century. Working as a professional naturalist since 1985, he is a knowledgeable and skilled environmental interpreter as well as a qualified biologist and keen botanist. He has been involved in woodcrafts and bush crafts since 1987.

www.natureholiday.co.uk Applicant – Wild North Discovery Leader Grant

£2,200

1

1 Job

459

created

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As the main farm house is large, they decided to convert it in to a four star self catering accommodation for up to 15 people, with the potential to sleep another 6 at a later stage.

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New Hall Farm New Hall Farm is a small family farm located in the Wolsingham area of Weardale. It diversified into self-catering from its normal farming business around five years ago when the Wilson family identified a significant gap in the tourism accommodation market to provide 4 star plus accommodation for bigger groups

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They are now more flexible on the length of bookings and level of service offered to maximise occupancy throughout the year. Leader has helped fund the costs of the internal conversion in the farm house with the aim of a future 4 star gold rating. www.newhallfarmcottages.co.uk

Applicant – WH and KL Wilson Leader Grant

£15,000 1191

Additional overnight stays

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Bishop Auckland Food Festival The Bishop Auckland Food Festival is a significant regional annual event aimed at showcasing local businesses and their range of products. Local traders from Weardale, Teesdale and Tynedale have participated in the event previously and these were among 96 individual businesses that participated at the event in 2009.

investment was justified in this case as it benefits participating local businesses, together with local communities and it raises awareness of the Durham area generally. Leader funding was used to fill a shortfall in the funding for this event which would not have gone ahead without it. www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

Applicant – Bishop Auckland Town Centre Forum

Around 30,000 visitors attended resulting in sales of around £80,000 which equates to around £833 of sales per participating business, which in some cases represented one week’s turnover. Although Bishop Auckland is not located in the North Pennine Dales Leader area, it is only a few miles outside and Leader

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Leader Grant

Business supported

£13,529

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Stanhope Pool Leader funding has part financed a conservatory at Stanhope Pool in Weardale providing an all weather facility to enable visitors to enjoy the open air pool and have a sheltered area to sit in and relax with a log fired sauna which can be set to heat the outdoor space. It will also have a small cafe and a soft play area for children.

The project enabled Stanhope Pool to extend the opening season, generate additional income and provided added services to the area. www.woaspa.co.uk Applicant - Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool Association / Stanhope Pool Ltd Leader Grant

0.5 Job

£12,530

created

1000

Business supported

Additional day visitors

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Weardale Ski Club This project has been initiated in order to improve the facilities at Weardale Ski Club. This club provides a significant draw for tourism in the winter. It is run on a voluntary basis by a small number of people who also do a lot of the maintenance. Leader funding supported the purchase of a piste basher to manage the slopes and to maximise the snow for longer use.

The objectives are to increase the number of visitors to Weardale, make the slopes more accessible to beginners, provide better and safer skiing, offer improved offroad parking and give the general public the opportunity to take part in real snow skiing at a budget within everyone’s reach. www.skiweardale.com

Applicant – The Weardale Ski Club Ltd Business supported

Leader Grant

1

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People benefitting

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Tourism Transport Plan Leader funding helped deliver a pilot Tourism Transport Project from July – September 2011. The pilot worked with a range of partners to deliver a time limited project to link up key tourism attractions in Stanhope and the Upper Dale and across into Cumbria. A fully accessible minibus with a cycle rack operated every weekend linking Stanhope Railway station with Killhope, Alston and Nenthead.

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A report was produced to assess the ongoing viability of the project, potential for further development for extending the time scales and the area of delivery and financial viability. Applicant – Durham County Council, Southern Area Regeneration Team

216

Leader Grant

People benefitting

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New tourism activity

MARCH

12

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BECKs Bikes Filling the gap in cycle provision in the Allendale area, Beck’s Bikes offers a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. Well experienced in the outdoor activity market, the aim is to increase visitor numbers and work with a number of other tourist providers to enhance the visitor experience within the Allendale area.

With the help of Leader funding, Becks Training Ltd have purchased a variety of bikes and associated equipment providing bike hire, guided tours, specialist and fitness training and sessions for school groups. www.beckstraining.co.uk

Applicant – BECKs Training Ltd Leader Grant

Business supported

£5,707

1

1 Job

1

New tourism activity

created

3000

Additional overnight stays

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4200

Additional day visitors

Heritage Interpretation & Information through New Technologies - HINT The North Pennines AONB Partnership has received funding for this Transnational Cooperation Project with participating project partners from Scotland, Holland, France and England. Various technologies will be used by the partners to test different innovative methods of delivering heritage interpretation using web based and Smartphone technology. This project is known as HINT (Heritage Interpretation through Innovative Technologies). In the North Pennines, this project enabled reliable information and interpretation to be provided via state of the art technology for up

to approximately 10,000 visitors per year at the Bowlees visitor centre in Upper Teesdale. The new information unit allows people to access relevant local information via their mobile phones and via a high tech (Bluetooth enabled) touch screen fitted to the inside of the centre’s window, which will allow visitors to manipulate a computer display to obtain the answer to their specific enquiry, even if they are not adept at using the various functions of their mobile phone.

Applicant – North Pennines AONB Partnership Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£14,790

30

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Isaacs Tea Trail Walk Isaacs Tea Trail Walk is a 37 miles circular trail in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been in existence for 10 years. It starts in Allendale at Isaac’s Well and goes over to Nenthead and Alston and returns by Ninebanks. It was named after Isaac Holden, a legendary Victorian tea seller and benefactor. Allenheads Trust Ltd successfully applied for Leader funding to redesign this walk and make it more user friendly. Shorter walks have been added from the trail which will also be on the website. (including at least one connecting with local public transport).

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Other user-friendly additions are new interpretive panels, leaflets about the trail with an insert giving information about local shops, accommodation and cafes which can be updated as and when necessary along with new waymarking signs. www.northumberlandlife.org/teatrail Applicant – Allenheads Trust Ltd Leader Grant

£8890 900

People benefitting

ACA works with other local businesses which offer specialist knowledge of the area to also provide a programme to visitors for them to experience a deeper understanding of the geology, landscapes, flora and fauna of the North Pennines. www.acart.org.uk Applicant - Allenheads Contemporary Arts Leader Grant

£11,357 Business supported

1

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Developing Arts Based Tourism in the North Pennines Allenheads Contemporary Arts (ACA) is based at The Old School House, Allenheads and has received Leader funding to develop specialist, arts-based holidays. The Old School House was upgraded to offer self-catering accommodation for individuals or groups, as well as improvements to the large open plan classroom area which can now be hired out when not being used for visitors. ACA are also able to offer short art residencies during the off peak season.

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2,134

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South Tynedale Linear Park & Lintley Halt Community Car Park This is the latest project brought forward by the South Tynedale railway Preservation Society (STRPS), who have been developing the former redundant South Tyne railway line for nearly thirty years as a narrow gauge railway tourist attraction. The project helped towards their target to extend the line from its base at Alston in the south, northwards to Slaggyford village The 1.1 mile extension to the new Lintley Halt junction contributes to this target, and will greatly benefit the sustainability of the attraction and increase day visitors and other tourists to the North Pennines. This small scale capital project created a new 15 vehicle car park, a picnic area with litter bins, way markers and interpretation boards, a field shelter and 150m of new

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wheelchair accessible footpath with safety fencing. Expected visitor numbers are expected to reach over 37,000 in a single year, and of these, around 17,000 will be additional due to the extension of the railway line to Lintley. www.strps.org.uk Applicant – South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society Leader Grant

3

17,710

£33,226

People benefitting

5 Jobs

Businesses supported

safeguarded

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Meet Victorian Baking Oven Barnard Castle Meet is a traditional community event which takes place in the town at the Whit weekend every year and attracts several thousands of tourists to Barnard Castle and helps sustain local businesses throughout the year, The Meet committee have been successful in applying for additional Leader funding to purchase a Victorian Baking Oven which they can use to bake potatoes as well as other foods such as bacon and horse chestnuts. It also had the benefit of creating an additional 2 part-time jobs

As well as using it for their own events, they will also hire it out to other community groups to raise further funds to secure the future of the Meet. Applicant – Barnard Castle Meet Leader Grant

£5,000

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5

New tourism activity

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The Morritt Arms “Garage Spa” The Morritt Country House Hotel at Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle was first established as a business in the 17th Century and is now one of the leading wedding venues in South Durham. To encourage increased weekday usage, they succeeded in securing Leader funding to develop a “Destination Spa” for their guests. The Morritt Arms will also link in with other local attractions to provide packages for guests who want to do other activities in the area during their stay such as Off Road driving, golf, clay pigeon shooting and canoeing. Leader funding supported the development of this state of the art spa in a former garage building to attract additional tourists into the area by

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providing a high quality spa experience. It includes a steam room, salt grotto and hot tubs. It will lead to an extra 18 full-time jobs and at the same time secure the future of The Morritt Country House Hotel and its current staffing level. www.themorritt.co.uk Applicant – Dream Seen Ventures Ltd

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21 Jobs

People benefitting

1

New tourism activity

created

3

4,217

3 Jobs

safeguarded

2,250

Additional day visitors

Heritage Skills and Overnight Stays at Killhope

Killhope Lead Mining Museum is managed through Durham County Council and has previously received Leader funding for one yurt which has proved to be very popular for workshops and events. With 2 more yurts, overnight stays will be available for

young people and educational groups and more events are planned including a music festival and various family centred activities to attract more visitors and new users to the museum. See www.killhope. org.uk for more details

Applicant – Killhope Lead Mining Museum Leader Grant

£14,784 66

Additional overnight stays

3

New tourism activity

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40

£75,000

Additional overnight stays

This project has received Leader funding to buy and install 2 yurts with internal furniture and lighting and a wooden shelter for outdoor cooking at Killhope Lead Mining Museum in Upper Weardale.

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Businesses supported

Leader Grant

984

People benefitting Businesses supported

3


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A Journey through Teesdale Leader funds have been used to replace the dated mini-golf course with a new facility which will meet the British Mini Golf Association standard. The current course is situated on the Scar Top, a conservation area of Barnard Castle. Funding was used to carry out the design, construction and installation of the course which includes miniature stone representations of local landmarks and visitor attractions. Local artists and skills development workshops for community members, youth groups and schools were involved.

The new facility is operated by Barnard Castle Town Council who has increased the length of the operating season and daily opening hours. The new facility will attract visitors to the area and in turn bring economic benefit through increased tourism. Local schools and youth organisations will be offered free use outside the season.

Applicant – Barnard Castle Town Council Leader Grant

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£37,350

People benefitting

Businesses supported

2 Jobs

3

3

5000

created

2 Jobs

safeguarded

Dickens in Teesdale Mid Teesdale Project Partnership delivered a free one night spectacular Dickensian themed Son et Lumiere and firework display at Barnard Castle on 1st December 2012. The event was part of a 16 month programme celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens and his later visit to Teesdale. Leader funding helped commission a professional company in producing the event on the night including meeting health and safety requirements and crowd control.

The overall programme celebrated local heritage and established Teesdale as a Dickens Destination which in turn will bring economic benefits to local communities and businesses. The one night event was expected to attract over 2000 additional day visitors to the area. Applicant – Mid Teesdale Project Partnership (Dickens in Teesdale) Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£13,600

10

3000

2000

People benefitting

Additional day visitors

4

Additional overnight stays

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The Bowes Museum This project has installed a bespoke climbing frame and developed a nature trail at the Bowes Museum in order to complement the recently developed woodland walk and small play area. Funding was used to purchase and install an oak climbing frame aiming to attract children aged 11 and upwards. A designer was hired to work with the museum and local school children in designing a paper-based natural trail and signage.

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Applicant – The Bowes Museum Leader Grant

Businesses supported

£18,015

2

10,200

2

Additional day visitors

New tourism activity

Bowlees Discovery Centre, Upper Teesdale This project has renovated the closed Bowlees Visitor Centre and picnic site, a vital facility for the tourism industry in the Upper Teesdale area. Funding was used to carry out substantial renovations to the exterior and interior of the building, including the creation of a new 40 plus seating space on the first floor with information and retail space on the ground floor and a new toilet block by converting an existing outbuilding. There is also a new interactive information point on the exterior of the building for visitors to use.

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The aim of the new play facility is to attract family visitors, extend their stay at the museum and generate income for the museum. The local community including residents, schools and community groups will also benefit as there is free access to the park.

Further work outside this project will create a catering kitchen and upgraded interpretation areas. Applicant – North Pennines AONB Partnership (hosted by Durham County Council) Leader Grant

£75,000 2000

Additional day visitors

50,000

People benefitting Business supported

1


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Stepping Out – A North Pennine Dales Walking Festival Following on from a tourism event held in April 2012, organised by North Pennine Dales Leader, Teesdale Marketing Ltd developed the idea to create a twice yearly walking festival in Teesdale and Weardale bringing together the local heritage, history, natural environment and food of the dales. Leader funding was used to develop their first festival to be held in Autumn 2013 when the walks will be linked with the 75th anniversary of Alfred Wainwright’s – “A Pennine Journey”. This week long event will also offer evening talks and

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events. Leader funded a project manager who was responsible for the development of the festival and will liaise with partners to maximise this programme throughout Teesdale and Weardale. Applicant – Teesdale Marketing Ltd Leader Grant

40

£23,192 Businesses supported

10

People benefitting

250

Additional day visitors

Scar Top Renewal The Heart of Teesdale Partnership has accessed Leader funding to build a new timber building on Scar Top in Barnard Castle. The building will service the improved mini-golf course and play area as well as providing customer services and information. It is part of a larger project to enhance this area including widening the entrance from Galgate, creating a new outdoor performance space, replacing worn benches, improving walls, moving and rebuilding the play area - all to encourage

more visitors to the Castle itself and for people to use Scar Top, as well as exploring the nearby woodland and river bank walks which will also be improved at a later date. Applicant – Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership

1

Leader Grant

£30,000

New tourism activity

10000

People benefitting

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Fairfield House Phase 3 As part of a large restoration project of an old Victorian derelict building and annex, the owners of Fairfield House, Wolsingham successfully applied for Leader funding for phase 3 of the renovation of an old Victorian building into a 5 star self catering accommodation for groups. It is also planned to host events such as residential courses, house parties, fitness boot camps, and corporate team building.

Leader money covered the cost for indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities, including a hot tub, BBQ, and equipment such as table tennis, table football and a games console for a large games room which will enhance the property and help it achieve 5 star status. Applicant – Fairfield House Ltd Leader Grant

£31,471

Businesses supported

8

2 Jobs

created

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Awning at Killhope Killhope Museum is a Victorian Lead Mining museum located on top of Weardale which suffers a large amount of inclement weather. With Leader funding, this project has installed an all weather hexagonal umbrella to cover the existing circular picnic table and purchased additional picnic benches.

This new equipment will enable the use of the picnic area in all weather conditions and increase the capacity of the café covers. It is hoped the project will help in generating additional income for both the museum and the café owner, enhancing visitors’ experience and encouraging tourism development in the area. Applicant – Killhope Lead Mining Museum Leader Grant

£8,823 2000

Additional day visitors

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15,000

People benefitting Businesses supported

2


Projects supported under the: Training & Support to facilitate economic activity measure

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Land Based Learning Project Teesdale YMCA secured Leader funding to pay for a new post for the management and administration for delivering new Land Based courses for 16-18 year olds living in Teesdale and presently in the NEET category (Not in Education, Employment or Training). The aim is to increase their employability, develop opportunities and keep key skills within the local community. These courses will initially be delivered in association with Bishop Burton College and will be Land Based such as Animal

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Management, Fishery and Farming and will be tailor-made to suit students. The funding applied for will support the employment costs for the new post of Training Co-ordinator, the associated administration costs and course sign-up fees for 20 young people. Applicant - YMCA Training & Support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

20

£25,635

People benefitting

Businesses supported

8 Jobs

created

10

Get Into Dry Stone Walling The Princes Trust are managing this project and they have designed a mix of vocational skills training supplemented by personal development coaching. The training is targeted at 16 disadvantaged young people, aged 16-25 from Teesdale and Weardale, who have a strong wish to work in dry stone walling and may wish to gain further land based skills. The Trust plans to develop the Get into Dry Stone Walling course further and roll it out nationally in other rural areas.

The project addresses the personal individual needs of young people who wish to stay in their home area and find work. The project contributes strongly to the Sustainable Communities theme of the North Pennines Local Development Strategy.

Applicant – The Prince’s Trust Leader Grant

16

People benefitting

£25,000 Businesses supported

2

MARCH

12

40

Skills days

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Teesdale Village Halls Consortium Training Project Teesdale Village Halls Consortium is a registered charity and works to promote and improve the effectiveness of village hall and community organisations in the Teesdale area. As part of this aim, it wishes to expand the type of training it offers, and it has designed a package of accredited training which includes an award in Food Safety in Catering, Emergency First Aid, and an award in Health and Safety at Work, all of which will be valuable to both volunteers and paid employees.

The training is viewed as innovative in this area, and will benefit around 400 individuals. The demand for this training is regular and constant, and adds value to other training available in the area. www.teesdalehalls.co.uk Teesdale Village Halls Consortium Training & support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

Businesses supported

20

80

The Coach stimulated entrepreneurial activities in the North Pennine Dales area and mainly worked with individuals

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People benefitting

3

1 Jobs

safeguarded

Community Enterprise Coach This is a community enterprise project that provided pre-start up, start-up and business expansion activities, including coaching, skills development and one-to-one mentoring. Its aim was to create sustainable business opportunities and facilitate sustainable community development. A series of four practical business skills workshops aimed at entrepreneurs drawn from a range of backgrounds and sectors was offered.

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400

ÂŁ35,384

to raise their aspirations, help overcome barriers, explore business ideas, identify personal resource issues and develop personal support networks www.theenterpriseagency.co.uk Applicant – The Enterprise Agency for Wear Valley & Teesdale Training & support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

40

People benefitting

ÂŁ18,600 Businesses supported

40 MARCH

12

20

Skills days

3

3 Jobs

safeguarded

1 Jobs

created


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Enterprise Development Officer Funding was used for an Enterprise Development Officer to bridge the gaps in business support for Weardale, Teesdale and Allendale. This project provided an extension to the support being provided on Love Food which is proving very limiting and will also focus on the current demand for support with e-enablement.

coaching was offered to businesses to develop their skills and it will enable more business start-ups and encourage business growth and development. www.theenterpriseagency.co.uk Applicant – South Durham Enterprise Agency Training & support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

The funding helped support an Enterprise Development Officer who worked within the community to visit businesses on their premises. All key sector rural businesses were provided with hands on business support with a motto of ‘if you cannot come to us we will come to you’. This one-to- one

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£21,445

People benefitting

Businesses supported

8 Farm

diversification

83 MARCH

12

8

8 Jobs

Skills days

created

Sustainable Community Radio – Media Training Radio Teesdale is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee which started full time broadcasting in 2007 after having been granted a licence operating as a community radio station. This project is to design, deliver and develop a series of media training courses for local businesses, community groups and individuals on a free or reduced cost basis. These courses are Media Awareness for community groups and social enterprises, Getting the Best out of the Media and “being interviewed techniques” for businesses and employees, Getting Your Voice Heard group workshops in managing the media and social networks and Media Awareness and hands on experience for those with special needs.

Through the test run under this project, it is hoped that courses will be continued on a fully commercial basis and contribute towards the sustainable development of Radio Teesdale. www.radioteesdale.co.uk Applicant – Teesdale Community Broadcasting Ltd Training & Support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

181

People benefitting

£11,619 Businesses supported

2

MARCH

12

115

Skills days

Number of people completing training

163

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New Witham Capacity Building The Witham Hall was built in 1844-6 and has since been a cultural and social centre in Barnard Castle. This project forms part of the Witham redevelopment programme which is due to be completed in summer 2013. Leader funding was used to outsource a professional management company to develop and train the trustees, existing staff and volunteers in order to build their capacity in management and operation of the new Witham. Small capital investment is also included so an electronic booking system can be installed ready for the opening.

With this training, the trustees, staff and volunteers are able to develop a new programme strategy for income generation, deliver a revised business plan, and operate a new ticketing and booking system and use new lighting and sound systems. www.thewitham.org.uk The Witham Hall Ltd Training & Support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

All of this is possible through Leader funding to Prince Bishop Community Broadcasting Ltd for the purchasing, installation and testing of an FM transmitter along with the purchase of

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3 Jobs safeguarded

Bishop FM Community radio station Bishop FM began initially on a restrictive service licence in late 2007 and has gained success since then, broadcasting local news and views to thousands of enthusiastic listeners across South West Durham. Bishop FM is run by more than 60 volunteers from all walks of life.

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People benefitting

ÂŁ35,000

3

84

100

associated equipment, licences and running costs over the 5 year licence. Bishop FM will benefit not only its many listeners, but also the volunteers who run it and local businesses and tourist attractions and events which are promoted through it. www.bishopfm.com Prince Bishop Community Broadcasting Ltd Training & support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

ÂŁ11,581

MARCH

12

30

Skills days


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Highlights Rural Touring Scheme This project has developed an on-line e-ticketing system linked in with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme’s website in order to promote online booking for its arts events and activities in rural community venues. Funding has been used to deliver an online e-ticketing system and provide training and support to staff and volunteers of village halls. IT equipment was purchased in order to deliver accessible training across Teesdale, Weardale and Tynedale. Apart from increased income through ticket sales for the community venues, it is envisaged that further economic benefits

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Highlights Rural Touring Scheme Training & Support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

24

People benefitting

£11,309 Businesses supported

11

MARCH

12

10

Skills days

The NeST – Fledgling Businesses The NeST was opened in 2012 as a cafe, gallery and studios/ workspace for artists - using a converted car showroom in the centre of Barnard Castle.

Photograph by Eva Zanderman

could be created for other businesses in the area. Depending on the end result, this pilot scheme could be rolled out to other areas and experiences learnt will be passed on to other Northern Rural Touring Schemes and the National Rural Touring Forum.

They have accessed Leader funding to establish the systems, processes and training to ensure its future sustainability. To do this, a contractor will be appointed to set up new procedures and systems and train the businesses who operate out of the NeST.

This training will include maintenance and updating their website, using systems to record and manage sales, ensure certain standards of professional gallery practice are maintained, writing press releases, customer service and e-marketing for mailings and invitations to events. www.barnardcastlenest.org.uk

Barnard Castle Vision Community Interest Company Training & support to facilitate economic activity Leader Grant

60

£14,070

People benefitting

Businesses supported

5 Jobs

40

created

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Projects supported under the: Vocational Training & Knowledge Transfer measure

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Renewable Teesdale The objective of this project was to provide free site assessments to farmers and landowners at 12 sites in the Upper Teesdale area. These assessments identified overall energy consumption and ‘easy win’ efficiency measures to help reduce costs and carbon emissions. The project conducted outline renewable energy options appraisals for each site to identify potentially viable small scale technologies including assessments of biomass supply potential.

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For each identified technology, outline design guidance was provided along with budget costings, output projections and financial projections including the provision of details of Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited installers, funding opportunities and support payment mechanisms. Also, other technical issues such as grid connection requirements and operational and maintenance considerations were covered.

Training and guidance on legal and statutory requirements was also offered and farmers and landowners were signposted the next steps required for project development. Leader funding enabled UTASS to appoint a consultant to undertake these appraisals and produce reports. Applicant – Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services (UTASS) Vocational Training & Knowledge Transfer Leader Grant

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides a significant opportunity for off gas grid areas to invest in renewable heating systems that can provide cost effective, carbon lean, sustainable heating.

Businesses supported

12

MARCH

12

6

Skills days

Wood fuel is widely expected to provide the vast majority of the renewable heat to meet this increased demand. This project aims to develop a sustainable quality assured supply chain of locally sourced wood fuel products – firewood, woodchip from sustainably managed woodlands in the project area where domestic and small scale commercial users can be guaranteed a consistent supply of high quality fuel Applicant - North Pennine Dales Woodfuel Supply Development Vocational Training & Knowledge Transfer Leader Grant

20

People benefitting

£14,808 Businesses supported

20 1 Jobs

www.northpenninedalesleader.co.uk

People benefitting

£7,000

Northwoods Leader funding has supported this business in the development of a ‘quality assured’ wood fuel supply chain in the North Pennine Dales Leader area, providing dedicated technical support in the field of wood fuel supply processing and sourcing. It helped the business to attain the HETAS Solid Biomass Assurance Scheme as well as marketing support and delivering 3 training courses each for 12 people.

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12

created

3

4 Jobs

safeguarded


We are very proud that the investment and support from North Pennine Dales Leader enabled communities, individuals, businesses and organisations to produce the following outcomes •

Enabled projects to continue to deliver

Provided quality tourism activities and facilities

Expanded and diversified projects’ offer

Created employment and volunteer opportunities

Brought together communities to appreciate each other’s position

Tested the market for new activities

Encouraged people to get involved in new activities

Worked with, and provided young people specific services to meet their requirements

Promoted the NPD area in imaginative ways

Provided local training

Restored services to small communities

Promoted local food

Promoted alternative energy and provided impartial advice

Supported start up businesses

Filled the gap in business advice and support

Helped people to become aware of the environment and how they can be involved, to maintain and protect it

Helped community groups to create alternative income to ensure sustainability

Promoted the area as a cultural hub

Created networks of like minded people

Improved the presentation of the retail offer in market towns

Offered young people opportunities to learn new skills in the local area

Provided skills for communities to run their own projects,

Provided basic services

Found practical ways to help develop people with disabilities

Created new meeting and catering facilities

Encouraged the use of existing community buildings

Embraced new technology.

Foster professional behaviour within community buildings

Worked in collaboration with other European countries

Encourage sustainability within community groups

Allowed communities to take control

Current LAG Members

Previous LAG Members

Andrea Davidson

Adelle Rowe

Angelina Maddison

Gordon Jones

Carl Marshall

Matthew Moore

Cliff Brown

Andrew Walker

Charlotte Hursey

Graeme Gill

Craig Wilson

Mike Gladstone

David Fruin

Anne Bonner

Fiona Green

Helen Thistlethwaite

Hazel Coppack

Mike Richardson

Ian Forbes

Berni Whitaker

Jeremy Ancketill

Jane Hart

John Atkinson (Vice Chair)

Ross Cowling

Mike Bettison

Cameron Scott

Natalie Connor

Jennie Stafford

Pam Forbes

Sue Berresford

Peter Samsom (Chair)

David Carr

Richard Betton

Jill Essom

Robyn Peat

Sue Kelly

Rosemary Thompson

David Gray

Shaun Stuart

Jon Williams

Steve Robson

Dawn Fairlamb

Ken Hazlewood Diane Spark Larry Winger Elaine Laurie Laura Manning Glen Collins Lesley Millgate Glynis Manning Lucy Wearne

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Project Statistics No. of Projects 250 200

EOIs

150 100

No. EOI received

210

No. EOI Invited

175

83%

No. app approved

89

51%

50 0 No. EOI received

No. EOI Invited

No. app EOI approved

No. of Projects 2,500,000

2,000,000

Budget Allocation

1,500,000

1,000,000

Total Allocation

£2,206,540

Allocated funds (GOL) £2,352,894

500,000

Remaining allocation

-£146,354

0 Total Allocation

Allocated funds (GOL)

-500,000

Teesdale Weardale South Tynedale Derwentside

Remaining Allocation

Projects by Area Teesdale

53

Weardale

35

South Tynedale

24

Derwentside 7

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Outputs Target

946

2725 1078.5

Actual 670

217 88.1

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Jobs Safeguarded

No. of Skills Days

No. People Benefiting

Target 217 Actual 946

Target 51 Actual 88.1

Target 50 Actual 68

Target 670 Actual 1078.5

Target 2725 Actual 136567

£1,434,553

1,500,00 1,200,000 £753,300

900,000

681,253

600,000 300,000 0 Target Match

Match Approved

Match Approved

Match Funding Target Match

£753,300

Match Approved

£1,434,553

Exceeded

£681,253

Projects by Measure No Projects in Measure

Vocational Training

Vocational Training

1.11

2

21,808

Farm Diversification

3.11

2

20,929

Business Creation & Develop

3.12

18

307,846

Tourism 3.13

29 619,970

Basic Services

3.21

26

676,032

Training & Support

3.31

10

209,643

Conservation Rural Heritage

3.23

1

25,000

88 1,881,228 Running Costs & Animation

431

Farm Diversification

Business Creation & Develop Tourism

Basic Services

Training & Support

Conservation Rural Heritage

471,666 £2,352,894

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Photograph by Alan Dodgson

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The funding is being made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union

Photographs by Alan Dodgson

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.


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