Posts tagged ‘Neighbourhood Challenge’

05/09/2011

Coopers Den ‘Shop Meeting’

Bill will be hosting a little brainstorming session at the community centre for those who have expressed an interest in setting up a community shop as part of my fab Coopers Den project.

Very informal, just to discuss ideas.

Thought this link might be helpful

http://www.plunkett.co.uk/whatwedo/rcs/ruralcommunityshops.cfm

If you can’t make the meeting but you are interested please drop Bill an email. Bill.Booth@coopersedgecommunitygroup.co.uk

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04/09/2011

August report……

Q: What’s been going well so far and why?

August has been the best month so far of the Neighbourhood Challenge. It’s just been so busy, we had the follow up meeting about the S106 and there are some really positive things going on in the community, and we’re organising our first Coopers Edge Action Day – http://wp.me/p1nESX-3v

There has been an activity every week in Coopers Edge throughout August, we had a good mix of events provided by outside groups (like the play rangers) but also some brilliant events organised by local residents like the community art day and treasure hunts.

We have also seen the first matches of the Cooper Edge Cricket Club and some people have also started to try and setup a football club. It’s really great to see more ideas starting to evolve.

Q: What are the most challenging things you’ve faced so far and why?

Our challenges are similar to last month however and the running of the summer programme along with driving forward the section 106 issues and implementing the challenge prize & seed funding remains a difficult balancing act.

Q: How have the community been involved in the project set up so far?

The great thing about the activity programme has been the number of people who have helped our with events, and the positive ideas that have come out of the S106 meeting like arranging the action day are helping get more and more people involved. The response to Coopers Den has been really positive and some of the ideas that people have been discussing on Facebook are really exciting and interesting.

Q: Has anything surprising happened, within or around your project so far?

August has been a really fun month; there have been some really pleasant surprises, like how many people have been coming to events like the play rangers. It’s great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

21/08/2011

The First Coopers Edge Clean Up Action Day

 

 

Hi Folks, the first Coopers Edge Clean Up Action Day is going to take place on the 24th September, starting at 10am from the bus stop near the T junction. It is basically going to consist of picking up the litter – womble style. As such we will need a number of team leaders to help with the organisation and a host of volunteers to pick the litter – the more the merrier. Hopefully it will show what a pro-active bunch we are and that we want to take charge, pride and care of our environment and our community in a positive way.

If you can help out in any capacity or got any suggestions about the litter hot spots please get in touch.

We also aim to be able to have some refreshments available in the community centre for volunteers so if you not able to help outside but would not mind doing this that would be good also.

We will provide gloves and litter pickers and other equipment.

Thanks

Peter

pete.miller@tesco.net

19/08/2011

The Coopers Edge Cricket Team

The team won their first game last week in a mid week friendly against Bharat Sports, watch this space for scorecard information once I have resolved some technical issues!

The final friednly of the season will be played against Shurdington at their home ground next Wednesday the 24th August. If anyone is interested in joining the team and playing next week please contact Alan Shackell on 07740 359959 or email: alan.shackell@coopersedgeschool.co.uk, alternatively if you just want to come down and watch please feel free.

15/08/2011

This weeks events

The play rangers are back in Wootton Brook part on Tuesday, from 10-4. There is also Stay and Play for the under 5’s run by Brockworth Children’s Centre at the community centre from 1-3.

On Wednesday there is another one of the very popular treasure hunts, starting from 10am at the community centre – under 11’s must be accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday we have the first ever Coopers Edge Community Art Day. Pottery, Banner Art and lots of fun. Under 7’s to be accompanied. Please wear old clothes as we will be using paints etc.

Then on Saturday it’s the big one, from 11 till 3. Hope to see you all on the green opposite the kissing gate. Bouncy castles for toddlers & youngsters, circus skills, play rangers. Bring yourself and your family & friends – let the kids have fun & bring a picnic blanket or chair & chill out with good company. Its FREE.

Also weather permitting there will be family photography available from Will Davis, local photographer, contact him via his website for costs and what slots are available. Please not this maybe rearranged if the weather is poor.

15/08/2011

This weeks events

The play rangers are back in Wootton Brook part on Tuesday, from 10-4. There is also Stay and Play for the under 5’s run by Brockworth Children’s Centre at the community centre from 1-3.

On Thursday we have the first ever Coopers Edge Community Art Day. Pottery, Banner Art and lots of fun. Under 7’s to be accompanied. Please wear old clothes as we will be using paints etc.

Then on Saturday it’s the big one, from 11 till 3. Hope to see you all on the green opposite the kissing gate. Bouncy castles for toddlers & youngsters, circus skills, play rangers. Bring yourself and your family & friends – let the kids have fun & bring a picnic blanket or chair & chill out with good company. Its FREE.

Also weather permitting there will be family photography available from Will Davis, local photographer, contact him via his website for costs and what slots are available. Please not this maybe rearranged if the weather is poor.

30/07/2011

July Report – Good Heavens, We’re on time – there is a first for everything!

Q: What’s been going well so far and why?

The Temporary Community Centre is beginning to evolve as the hub we had anticipated and hoped for. Stay & Play sessions have been established with a strong turnout & additional family time activities are just starting. Several group activities are beginning as well as some core health and welfare & debt advice service sessions. We have a month packed with summer activities to bring people together and all generated through external support, fundraising & volunteering. Section 106 issues have been dominating local interest and especially as several triggers have been missed by statutory authorities & developers. The focus is now on galvanising the passion & energy following a Public Meeting attended by over 80 residents. The connections and relationships that are being forged are an important platform for our challenge prize launch.

Q: What are the most challenging things you’ve faced so far and why?
As our development is starting from scratch the need to work at a high pace to meet the challenge milestones is most pressing. The community has a strong appetite around section 106 and due to the lack of core facilities & infrastructure in the locality. The accumulation of issues whilst implementing the challenge prize & seed funding is a difficult balancing act.

Q: How have the community been involved in the project set up so far?
Community engagement has been building steadily and the bank of volunteers is growing and predominantly centred around the community hub. We have secured external funding to conduct a community consultation exercise to address the lack of local resident core knowledge. This will add value to the challenge programme and aid us in our prize scheme launch

Q: Has anything surprising happened, within or around your project so far?

The strength of turnout at a recent Public Meeting was slightly unexpected & the relationships and conversations that are evolving as a consequence are very encouraging in terms of fostering a community identity and spirit.

25/07/2011

Summer Activity Programme

Please find attached details of the summer holiday programme.

 

Events July 2011

20/07/2011

Public Meeting

It was amazing to see the community room packed with so many residents at the public meeting – thank you all so much for coming. We will be in touch with everyone who gave their details soon and will share the promised feedback from the councils as soon as we get it. For those of you that want to meet again we look forward to seeing you at 7pm on Monday 1st of August at the Temporary Community Centre. A couple of pictures are below.

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20/07/2011

The Newly Formed Coopers Edge Cricket Club

Are you interested in joining the newly formed Coopers Edge Cricket Club? We are looking for new members (playing and non-playing) as we start up with a view to playing a few friendly matches this year and joining a midweek 20 over league next summer.

We will be starting as a midweek 20 over team with games likely to be played on Wednesday evenings. Our first friendly is the 3rd of August. If you are interested contact Alan Shackell on 07740 359959 or email: alan.shackell@coopersedgeschool.co.uk