As well as holding regular
networking meetings around the county for people
to share information, the Forum organises Look and
Learn visits to communities in and around
the county which have developed innovative
GMTF 'Look and Learn' Visit to Faringdon, June 17 2010
To read the full, illustrated report of the
visit, click on the image (right) to open the pdf.
Fifteen representatives from ten of our member towns popped over the Oxfordshire border to visit Friar's Court, Clanfield on June 17 to learn how the Faringdon Project set up their Ecoweek, the project that received the overall National Award from Action for Market Towns at last Autumn's Conference.
The long journey and the five and a half hours spent at the farm of John Willmer and his son Charles was worth all the effort. If ever there is a man to inspire people, John will celebrate his 90th birthday in August. A sprightly gentleman, he has taken on board all ideas of alternative energy with relish and has proved to Defra (from the days of MAFF) that nothing is impossible.
Ledbury on September 2nd 2010
Found out more about how a Victorian Cottage Hospital has been transformed into a community business hub as guests of the Ledbury Area Development Trust.
The Old Hospital Studios is a flagship project and shows how a Victorian Cottage Hospital can be updated for the twenty-first century providing a valuable asset for this picturesque border town. In the meantime, a new private finance initiative has provided the town with much-needed modern community hospital facilities. The Ledbury Area Development Trust now has its headquarters within the refurbished Studios and is managing this excellent asset, primarily targeted at local, young entrepreneurial businesses.
Ledbury Area Development Trust is a not for profit organisation set up in 2005 following acceptance into the Market Towns Initiative managed through Advantage West Midlands. Consultation work with local people resulted in £2.9m being made available by Herefordshire County Council for the Master's House/Library project close to the town centre car park that incorporates a Tourism and Visitor Centre and establishing a pilot project for using eBay for the benefit of the local community.