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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  • September 12, 2022 Film

    Three Parishes Big Local partner Glenn presented a Big Cheque for £1,500 to St Martins Parish Church which has helped them redecorate their adjoining building called the Chapter House. Audio-visual equipment was also installed. The Chapter House was originally for church members but, for some time, has been opened for use by local community groups, who have enjoyed using the facilities, such as a kitchen, rest rooms, and a well-heated and large, open room. Val and Hannah " with church approval " have been instrumental in asking for funds from 3PBL, and implementing them into functionality.

  • August 16, 2022 Film

    Earlier in 2022, 3PBL gave St Martins Football Club a Big Grant of some £4,000. The FC had approached us for money in order to buy a new football strip.

  • July 4, 2022 Film

    Gobowen Queen's Platinum Jubilee Committee. 3PBL gave the committee a grant of £1000 to help with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on the nearby Gobowen Playing Field. The video explains some events that were happening on the field. The chief organiser is Brenda, a member of the local United Reformed Church. Brenda was interviewed briefly in the URC building as the committee were busily setting up stalls on the playing field. It also transpires Brenda is involved in URC's Foodbank which the 3PBL has also helped with an earlier grant

  • June 4, 2022 Film

    Friends of Chirk Bank and Queen's Platinum celebrations. Media Rep spoke to Natasha and Annemarie who, with 3PBL help, got land from the authorities, then converted it into a much-needed children's playpark. This had been on-going for several years and its grand opening nicely coincided with the Queen's Platinum jubilee celebrations. 3PBL granted £8k+ for the play equipment, gave money for the celebrations, and also gave considerable advice in the past.

  • June 3, 2022 Film

    St Martins Institute Queen's Platinum celebrations. Media Rep interviewed organisers Keith and Heather. 3PBL granted £1000 to help with their celebrations. Many events were organised, inside the Miner's Institute, on the local playing field, and in the local pub, The Keys. By all accounts, the village really enjoyed all their hard work, both young and old. It was day to remember.

  • October 13, 2021 Film

    In October 2021, St Martins Parish Council received a gift of land 12 acres- from Iain Hill-Trevor, landowner of the Brynkinalt Estate. The 3PBL gave a grant of £20,000 to help kickstart the project, but that is only in a token in a project that has been conservatively estimated at £1.7 million.s Parish Council

  • October 1, 2021 Film

    The Grade II Listed buildings at Gobowen Station were built in a distinctive Italianate style, and form an important landmark in the heart of the village. They were converted for business use in the 1980's, but following long-term neglect they were put up for auction by 2016. Gobowen Area Improvement Group (an umbrella organisation representing various local bodies) campaigned for the buildings to be used for the benefit of the community and to encourage public transport use, including reinstatement of a train service to the Orthopaedic Hospital and Oswestry. The following year the freehold was acquired by Oswestry Station Building Trust (OSBT), enabled by a loan and grant from Three Parishes Big Local. This has safeguarded the not-for-profit booking office run by Severn Dee Travel and its popular cafe (recently much improved) which Derwen College operates with work-experience students. The vacant unit in the main building has been renovated by OSBT and fitted with an air-source heat pump. It has found short-term use as a railway contractor's office, but a shop and community facilities are planned for the future. However the exterior of the main building remains a huge and expensive problem " the 1980's cement render is falling off, and trapping moisture in the walls. It needs to be replaced with breathable lime render, together with roofing repairs, repainting, and scaffolding complying with Network Rail's strict safety requirements. OSBT is currently seeking funds for this work.

  • September 1, 2021 Film

    This is the story of Fallen Branches - a social enterprise advised by Be a better fish a small/community business development project supported by Three Parishes Big Local.

  • 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.

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    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.