East Cleveland Villages Big Local Needs Your Help

We are looking for a specialist who can work with East Cleveland Villages Big Local to support and identify their next steps that will drive them forward into the remaining 5 years of their ten year programme.

Could you be the expert we are looking for? Is the search over?

We have spent roughly half of our designated £1.1 million (increased because of interest earned).

By spring 2020 we are required to submit a plan to Local Trust that will cover the remainder of both our programme period and expenditure.

This is our final opportunity to undertake a review of our partnership’s past present and future.

We want to get this right for all of our communities in the 11 villages of East Cleveland Villages Big Local!

Please read the following links to find out if this could be you or your organisation.

Community Development Commission Brief Final August 2019

East Cleveland Villages BL Plan FINAL 190516 (002)



Village Halls Week 2020 – Sign Up for your Free Marketing Pack

Love your Village Hall?

Want to showcase all the wonderful things that happen there and the fantastic facilities you can offer users in your community?

Want to attract some new trustees?

How about celebrating volunteers?

Village Hall Week is a national celebration that gives you a chance to shine the spotlight on your hall or community venue.

We’ve got some exciting plane for Village Halls Week 2020! If you want to join the celebration sign up here and receive a FREE marketing pack.

More information available from ACRE – Action with Communities in Rural England

#villagehallsweek #ACRENetwork

The Village Survival Guide from The Prince’s Countyside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund – a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to help the British countryside to flourish – has launched their Village Survival Guide, a vibrant manual filled with tips and advice on how to build a strong community.

This colourful guide is an entertaining collection of case histories, checklists and practical advice, which will enable those living in the countryside to utilize the talents available in their own communities, and benefit from the examples of many others to tackle some of their own challenges.

It follows on from the Fund’s 2018 research Recharging Rural, which saw over 3000 people tell the charity about the challenges they faced living in rural areas, and how they were pulling together to overcome these.

Available in hard copy to buy, or to download for free, the Village Survival Guide features contributions from more than 40 local groups across the UK, as well as from experts and organisations such as ACRE, the Plunkett Foundation, and Pub is the Hub.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “Over the past nine years, the Fund has distributed more than £10 million in grant funding, to hundreds of inspiring community groups and charities. We realised that what people had learned from these successful projects could help to inspire others to take the initiative and transform their local community; the projects run by these groups deliver essential services at a local level, often making up for shortfalls in other provisions.

“The fantastic response we had to Recharging Rural showed the huge appetite there is for this type of approach, and so we’re thrilled to be launching The Village Survival Guide. The 100-page
handbook covers everything from how to set up a committee, to installing digital infrastructure, and where to go to get funding for your project. We hope that this is a really useful, empowering
resource that makes it easier for people to put their ideas into practice.”

The guide covers topics including how to set up shops, pubs, and hubs; rural housing; transport; business development; digital infrastructure; and how to get help when you need it. There is also a Village Sustainability Top 10, which looks at the key things that communities must do to safeguard their future viability. The recent House of Lords report, “Time for a strategy for the rural economy,” highlighted the need for, amongst other things, a rural- strategy, reenergised rural proofing and place-based solutions. The Village Survival Guide helps communities to seize the opportunity and create some of their own local solutions, to both social and economic issues in the countryside.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund would like to thank all those who contributed their expertise and story to The Village Survival Guide, and players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support of the digital version. The guide is available to purchase in hard copy or download for free from www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/VSG and is available from 1 st August 2019.


River Tees Discovered Heritage Festival – Piercebridge Saturday 17th August 11am-4pm

Tees Valley Rural Action are super happy to be supporting River Tees Discovered at their  Heritage Festival – A FREE FAMILY FUN DAY! Saturday 17th August, 11-4pm

TVRA will be providing free community use mini bus services getting the community to and from the event by our fantastic volunteers

Celebrate the history and heritage of the Tees Valley at our free family day including activities, re-enactments, Displays throughout the day, storytelling, heritage crafts, and much more!

Our TVRA shuttle bus will also run between the Head of Steam Museum & Piercebridge.

Refreshments on sale in the church, or bring a picnic.  Please check out the posters for event running times and bus pick up points.

Tofts Field, Piercebridge
(next to the Roman Fort)