Three Parishes

Three Parishes

Welcome to the Three Parishes 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Three Parishes as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Revoe Blackpool with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • November 1, 2020 Film

    In this film, edited by Glenn, the Media Rep for Three Parishes Big Local, Paul Newman explains his 'Be a Better Fish' business. This initiative, supported by Big Local, aims to promote social enterprise and business development in Gobowen, Weston Rhyn, and St. Martins, Shropshire. The project has been extended to provide employment and business start-up support for local residents who have recently become unemployed and who wish to start their own business.

  • May 26, 2020 Film

    Community Adviser Karen Williams talks about the continued support available

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    We have support and funding available for local businesses as well as community groups and projects. Get in touch to find out more.

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    The Shrewsbury platform at Gobowen Station has been re-surfaced during lockdown. Looking very smart!

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    The Be a Better Fish Club is a partnership between Three Parishes Big Local and Be a Better Fish to help create and develop new and small business opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. FREE for businesses from the Three Parishes Big Local area. Get in touch with us or Be a Better fish to find out more.

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    Our Local Support leaflet, aimed at people not 'online' is being distributed around the area. You may have had a copy through your door.

  • January 6, 2020 Film

    We recently awarded Weston Rhyn Village Institute Trustees a grant of just over £8,000 to go towards redecoration and refurbishment works at the hall. Our media rep caught up with Chair of Trustees Polly to talk about the work that will be done. This video is a snapshot of the interview.

  • November 10, 2019 Film

    We awarded a grant of £500 to go towards installing a hearing loop at St Johns Church Weston Rhyn. Our media rep Glenn was in 2 roles... firstly he caught up with resident Dora about the difference the hearing loop has made to her life. The camera was then turned on Glenn who described the impact for him.

  • September 30, 2019 Film

    Cave Valley kitchens approached us to apply for a business grant to purchase some equipment to help start up their business. A food processor 2 cool boxes 2 catering stainless catering pans

  • September 25, 2019 Film

    Cave Valley kitchens approached us to apply for a business grant to purchase some equipment to help start up their business. A food processor 2 cool boxes 2 catering stainless catering pans

  • September 18, 2019 Film

    This film uses material from the Three Parishes Big Local community plan review at Henlle Park Golf Club on 14th March and the community ‘Big Try Day’ in St Martins on 11th May 2019. It explores the way in which the Three Parishes Big Local is developing networks and skills to bring communities and small businesses together across St. Martins, Gabowen and Weston Rhyn to create change.

  • July 7, 2019 Film

    Dave Andrews received a Community Chest grant to help with design/printing cost for Old Oswestry and Other Sonnets.

  • July 7, 2019 Film

    The purpose of the event was to encourage the growth of the community within Weston Rhyn alongside raising funds for Weston Rhyn Primary School. The Community Fun Day was an opportunity for all ages to take part in different activities and challenges, including inflatables, obstacle course, tug of war, races. Friends of Weston Rhyn applied to us for a Community Chest grant to assist with 'background' cost such as insurance and equipment.

  • August 2, 2019 Photo

    In June 2019 Our Bigger Story hosted a 2 day event for all the case study areas. During this time, each of the OBS areas mapped their journey. Here are a few photos.

  • April 30, 2019 Film

    Three Parishes Big Local recently gave a grant towards start up costs for Walking Football for 12 weeks. Coaches from The New Saints Community Foundation will run the sessions and men and women are invited to come along to the weekly sessions.

  • December 15, 2018 Film

    St Martins FC play in the Hallmark Security League, Division One South. The Club applied to Three Parishes Big Local for a grant towards the cost of a video camera and a software licence to enable them to film and analyse all their games. They use the film footage and software to analyse game play and develop their coaching strategy. They also share highlights from the film footage on their website and facebook pages, enabling them to keep in touch with their supporters. This is particularly important as they had to move their home ground to a location 4 miles away from St Martins' village a couple of years ago and they want to keep local people keen on following the club.

  • August 30, 2018 Photo

    Three Parishes Big Local recently awarded Ifton Meadows Management Committee a community chest grant to go towards their Nature Funday and Scarecrow event. Polly Smith is presenting a cheque to Ann Williams from IMMC

  • August 30, 2018 Audio

    Three Parishes Big Local recently awarded Ifton Meadows Management Committee a grant to go towards their Nature Funday and Scarecrow event to be held at Ifton Meadows. Media Rep Glenn Pennington is interviewing Ann Williams member of the IMMC

  • July 7, 2018 Film

    Three Parishes Big Local organised a ‘Have a Go’ day on Saturday 7th July at St Martins School. The idea of the day was to provide local children and families to take part in a range of physical activities (from archery to swimming) free of charge. The day was also an opportunity for local projects which have been supported by Three Parishes Big Local to showcase their services and activities and to raise the community’s awareness of the Big Local programme. A major theme for participants in this film was the way in which Big Local is helping to build new initiatives in the area, network new and existing groups and build a stronger sense of community in, and across, St Martins, Gobowen and Weston Rhyn.

  • May 17, 2018 Film

    3PBL Media Rep Glenn speaking to Susie Hancock Shropshire NHS about Diabetes Awareness for general public. They were sponsored by 3PBL. This interview took place before majority attendees arrived.

  • November 26, 2017 Film

    3PBL Vice Chair Pat McGuinnness presents an awards folder to Steve Cooper, Manager of Gobowen Youth FC. The 3PBL Grant enabled GY FC to purchase two sets of goalposts for the sports field which they rent from Derwen College, Gobowen. Voice-over is 3PBL me

  • October 18, 2017 Film

    A Member of the 3PBL talks with a manager and a student of Derwen College which works with young people who have a learning disability about the difference a grant for tree planting at the College is making for students.

  • September 28, 2017 Film

    Ladies of Weston Rhyn Gardening Club speak to media rep of 3PBL. A small grant has enabled them to buy a notice board and a banner.

  • May 29, 2018 Photo

    Ladies of Weston Rhyn Gardening Club speak to media rep of 3PBL. A small grant has enabled them to buy a notice board.

  • May 29, 2018 Photo

    Ladies of Weston Rhyn Gardening Club speak to media rep of 3PBL. A small grant has enabled them to buy a notice board.

  • May 1, 2017 Film

    Members of the 3PBL talk with a representative of the New Saints F.C. Community Foundation about how they will be using a small grant to extend sport and leisure coaching and activities across the Three Parishes during the summer.

  • March 23, 2017 Film

    Grant enables band to purchase more equipment and play on. Brief interview and pix.

  • March 7, 2017 Film

    All Saints Church in Gobowen, one of two villages in Three Parishes Big Local, holds a bi-annual Christmas Tree Festival. Local community organisations decorate themed trees that are displayed in the church.

  • March 4, 2017 Film

    St John's Parish church is opening its building to the local community according to their church policy. To encourage local residents, a grant was given to enable installation of WiFi for drop-in use on Thursdays.

  • September 7, 2016 Film

    3PBL gave a grant to enable OMS buy some equipment. From an idea to reality in a couple of years. Shows what hope and perseverance can do in a community.

  • July 12, 2016 Photo

    The St Martins Angling Club are trying to encourage members to come along on a Thursday evening to maintain the pool and surrounding area.

  • June 28, 2016 Film

    In this film residents in the Three Parishes talk about how small grants from Big Local have helped develop seven community projects.

  • June 8, 2016 Photo

    3 Parish Big Local held a celebratory event for those who had successfully received a big local Community Chest grants of £500.00. All had a stall in St Martins School gymnasium where they promoted and celebrated their achievements.

  • May 14, 2016 Film

    3PBL Celebration of grants given to local organisations combined with invitation to some local organisations to display their activities and users of the School for the purpose of social networking and promotion of Big Local. This video includes an interview with the Head Teacher at St Martins School

  • January 23, 2016 Film

    This film records the Three Parishes ‘Big Chat’ event. This was a consultation day with local residents across the Three Parishes to review progress against the original Big Local Plan and inform developments in the future.

  • July 7, 2016 Audio

    In this podcast, Glen, from the Three Parishes partnership, talks with Lesley about the ideas behind the Valuation Day and how the event came together.

  • July 7, 2016 Photo

    Christina Trevanion and business partner, Dean, held a free valuation of antiques for the three Parishes Big Local. Items to be valued brought in by members of public cost £3/item. Funds were donated to the Community Centre for its maintenance.

  • September 12, 2015 Film

    This is a record of the Village Shows in St. Martin’s and Western Rhyn which promoted Big Local, local talent and brought the community together.

  • Responsive Design
    December 22, 2015 Text

    Three Parishes Community Plan outlines Big Local’s original aspirations for the area. Against Big Local outcomes, the Plan identifies the responses to needs and priorities identified through consultations with the local community.

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    May 24, 2016 Text

    This report outlines the Big Local partnerships aspirations for the Three Parishes of Gabowen, Western Rhyn and St. Martin’s. It also gives a brief history of the origins of the Three Parishes Big Local and the principles that inform its work.