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Rural workshops to share advice on community shops and events

This is an archived press release

Thursday 16 June 2011

Sheffield villagers can find out how to set up a community shop or organise community events during workshops at a Rural Network Meeting on Thursday April 7.

Taking place at Grenoside Primary School, 6.30pm-8.30pm, the event will also include a marketplace of stalls to offer information and support. Among them will be Voluntary Action Sheffield, Rural Action Yorkshire and SYFAB (South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau).

Sheffield village officer Sharon Batty explained: “”It’s an opportunity for people who live in Sheffield’s rural areas to meet others from local villages and share ideas or experiences.

“We’ll be running two workshops on community shops and events during the evening, and we’d like people to raise any issues that may concern them. If they could let us know in advance what topic they are interested in it would help us to help them on the night.”

People can contact Sharon on sharon.batty@peakdistrict.gov.uk  or 07890 274620 or Peter Foyle of Rural Action Yorkshire, on peter.foyle@ruralyorkshire.org.uk  or 07834 322296.

Sharon’s post as Sheffield village officer, covering rural areas between the city and the Peak District National Park, has just been renewed after a trial year, jointly supported by Sheffield’s Northern Community Assembly and the Peak District National Park Authority.

Sharon’s recent projects have included support to achieve “green technology” at Dungworth Primary School, assisting Bolsterstone Village Hall Trust with funding advice to improve energy efficiency, helping local dairy and meat producers to meet bidders for school meal contracts, and seeing Bradfield Farmers’ Markets, which she helped launch, go from strength to strength.

Cllr Alan Hooper, chair of the Northern Community Assembly said: “Extending the village officer post for another 12 months will support the implementation of Sheffield City Council’s ‘A Fair Deal for Rural Communities’ strategy and enable Sharon to work with more of the villages in the Northern Community Assembly area, such as Grenoside and Ecclesfield.”

Local businessman Jez Daughtry, of Sheffield Honey, commented: “The role of village officer has been a welcome addition to supporting the local community and economy - particularly at this time of uncertainty, and it’s great that the Peak District National Park Authority and Northern Community Assembly are extending it for another year.”

This is an archived press release

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