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Looking forward to the end of Big Local

Big Local is about half way through its life with some wonderful and powerful stories to tell of resident led action and change.

All investment within Big Local areas and the activities being funded must be completed by 31 March 2026. Any remaining money will be returned to the National Lottery. No funding can be put aside for activity or organisational support beyond March 2026. (Additional money that local areas raise through or on the back of Big Local can be used without conditions from Local Trust.) It’s possible and perfectly legitimate for your Big Local area to finish funded activity before March 2026 and such areas will have the continuing opportunity to remain part of the Big Local community and take part in learning and research activity.

You can read more about this in the article online here or in the attached PDF.

Bill Badham

Big Local Rep

Local Trust – Spending Out.pdf


Newsletter July 2018

Here is our newsletter from July 2018


Inside you will find

  • confirmation that our year 5 and 6 plan is approved
  • Information about the Big thank you awards 2018
  • What’s happening at the community centre over the summer holidays
  • Update on the community cafe
  • Information about the community garden
  • Update on knit and natter
  • Information about the Streetside skate jam
  • Report back about the Royal Wedding Street party at All Saints
  • Information about the reading shed proposal for Dallimore


art classes at the community centre cafe thursday mornings

As part of the Art at the Heart project, Erewash Borough Council is facilitating art and craft sessions at the cafe in the community centre. It’s free as it is funded by Big Kirk Hallam. There’s no need to book so just pop along and get crafty!

Thursday 25th January 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 1st February 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 8th February 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 15th February 10.30 – 12.30


Thursday 1st March 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 8th March 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 15th March 10.30 – 12.30
Thursday 22nd March 10.30 – 12.30

Art at the Heart of Kirk Hallam poster_drop ins Jan 2018.docx

Young people at the heart of Big Local – report and resources

Matt Betesta, Sylvie Humphreys and Amanda Speake represented Big Kirk Hallam at the national event held in Derby on 24 October as a partnership between Allenton Big Local and Big Kirk Hallam. They were on fire! Matt was co-chair for the event and also spoke about his involvement in helping run Big Kirk Hallam. Sylvie and Amanda spoke about the thousands of ways children and young people have created, run and benefited from activities and projects funded by Big Kirk Hallam and often run through the two primary schools.

Young people worked tirelessly throughout the event as roving reporters, conducting interviews and producing a newsletter which everyone got a copy of before the end of the day.

If you’d like to find out more everything can be found here:

And the specific links are here:

· Event report by Bill Badham (also attached)

· Storify story

· Powerpoint slides as a PDF

· Newsletter as a PDF

· Allenton Big Local Facebook page

· St Martin’s Church and Community Centre Makeover Facebook page

· Big Kirk Hallam Facebook page

NLE Oct17YPEvent -report.pdf

An extra £105,000 for Big Kirk Hallam

Thank you Local Trust!

We have been informed that all Big Local areas are to receive additional funding from Local Trust due to the success of the programme of resident led investment based on neighbourhood and community priorities for action.

Local Trust have received a good return on the investment of the £150million and so are sharing it out across the 150 areas. Each Big Local area will receive an extra £105,000 to put into their allocation.

You can find out more information from the link below

This is the equivalent to an extra year of the programme for us.