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September 20 event celebrates best of the Blackdowns

( Last Updated: 09-09-2008 )

A special public event to celebrate the produce, crafts and community life of the Blackdown Hills is being held in the area on September 20.
Celebrating the Blackdowns will feature a host of projects and achievements of local people helped by LEADER+ funding, European money channelled through the Blackdown Hills AONB to improve the economy, environment and quality of life in the local area.
Programme manager Jenny Archard said: "LEADER+ comes to an end this year, so we want to go out with a bang and celebrate what has been achieved by local people. We've supported such a wide range of projects over the last six years, this is going to be a really packed day, with plenty for everyone to browse and enjoy."
The event, held at Churchinford Pavilion, Churchinford, will host a delicious hog roast, stalls selling high quality food and other products, and displays of local arts and crafts. There will be fun activities for children, including bush craft, storytelling and dragon making, and numerous local businesses and groups will be showcasing their achievements.
People will also have a chance to find out about the recently announced £2.4 million funding that will benefit local businesses and communities from 2009 in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONBs and surrounding market towns.
All of the produce and projects featured at the Celebrating the Blackdowns event have been helped with LEADER+ funding, and the new funding programme, called Making it Local, will build on this. The grant scheme will begin in 2009 and assessors will be particularly interested in applications concerning culture, tourism, recreation, using sustainable natural resources and network building/bringing people together.
Celebrating the Blackdowns is on Saturday 20 September at Churchinford Pavilion, Churchinford, Somerset, from 12noon - 4pm. For more information visit www.blackdown-hills.net or call 01823 680681.
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