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Proposals for Activities and Services at the Beonna. Dr Peter Funnell and Dr Sharon Goddard Directors, Oakmere Solutions Ltd. A Living future for All Saints. Following extensive community consultation, the vision is for the Beonna to: Be a community hub

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Proposals for activities and services at the beonna

Proposals for Activities and Services at the Beonna

Dr Peter Funnell and

Dr Sharon Goddard

Directors, Oakmere Solutions Ltd


A living future for all saints
A Living future for All Saints

Following extensive community consultation, the vision is for the Beonna to:

  • Be a community hub

  • Provide rural services for the village, combined with heritage and learning activities

  • Provide volunteering and training opportunities which engage a wide range of local people

  • Support enterprise

  • Provide a venue for hire

  • Deliver services and activities in partnership with other organisations


What is a community hub
What is a Community Hub?

Its likely to include:

  • A community café

  • Access to the internet

  • Library and community services

    access point

  • Tourist information point

  • Befriending and support sessions

  • ‘Swapping activities’ such as clothes exchange and ‘crop swaps’

  • Outlets for local art and craft makers

  • Community venue hire


Volunteering
Volunteering

Key to success for the Beonna will be a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Through volunteering local people can:

  • Have fun

  • Use existing skills and experience while gaining new ones

  • Gain confidence

  • Access the community training programme

  • Meet new people and feel part of the community

  • Make a contribution to the community

  • Learn about and enjoy the local heritage


Heritage learning activities
Heritage Learning Activities

Opportunities to find out about Benington and the wider area through:

  • An exhibition of the history of the church and village, incorporating local people’s memories

  • A new improved website and a mobile ‘app’

  • A church leaflet and village guide book

  • Interpretation of the churchyard memorials and wildlife

  • Children’s activity trail

  • Tourist trails

  • A local and family history centre the church

  • Schools workshops

  • Workshops in heritage skills

  • Offering apprenticeships, internships, work experience and work placements for young people


Community training programme
Community Training Programme

The programme could include:

  • Business and financial management

  • Customer service

  • Tour guiding

  • First aid

  • Developing new business opportunities

  • IT skills

  • Supporting library users in book search and reservations

  • Supporting visitors and tourists in attractions search

  • Community support for job search, benefit applications, information and advice

  • Citizens Advice Bureau training


Community activities programme
Community Activities Programme

Engaging people through:

  • Seniors lunch club and afternoon activities programme. Supported by volunteer drivers

  • Youth café and linked youth forum. A space for young people to socialise and develop their skills and talents

  • Benington ‘Book Worms’. A programme of activities to include a book group, books for babies, literacy support, creative writing, talks by local authors

  • Programme of short courses and workshops. Taster activities in art and craft, Christmas decoration, heritage skills, wildlife gardening, local history, photography


Beonna wildlife group
Beonna Wildlife Group

A new local group who will:

  • Create a community nature garden

  • Install bird and bat boxes

  • Cary out surveys of species

  • Carry out conservation activities

  • Lead bat walks with bat detectors

  • Organise talks on wildlife

  • Organise minibeast hunts for children

  • Share ideas for wildlife friendly gardening


Bell ringing group
Bell Ringing Group

A new local group that encourages new entrants to try their hand at bell ringing by offering:

  • Taster sessions

  • Demonstration events

  • Talks on the history and heritage of bell ringing

  • Group visits to other centres


Events programme
Events Programme

Working with community groups and

societies to create an events programme which appeals to the whole community,

including:

  • Bat walks

  • Star gazing

  • Guided nature walks

  • Easter egg hunt

  • Christmas decorations market

  • Holiday events for children

  • Exhibitions


Venue hire
Venue Hire

The Beonna will be available to hire for larger scale events such as concerts, conferences and seminars.


Next steps
Next steps

Please complete a feedback card so that your views can inform the development of the activity and business plans for the Beonna.

You can keep in touch with the project by signing up for the Beonna newsletter via the website

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the Beonna please talk to the team

Thank you!


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