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Grant fund for communities off the gas grid
Calor has opened its Rural Community Fund offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects to improve local life.

Eden Arts Remote rural cinema
REMOTE Cinema is about bringing the community together through cinema events and by event we mean watching great films together and creating fun, social events that could include dressing up, food, music, games and other activities, perhaps inspired by the film’s themes.
I think this would be wonderful to have in a church! A great way to bring the community together or as a fund raiser? Please get in touch with me if you are interested.

Eden Funding Event
Thursday 26 April 2018
10am – 3pm
Cumbria LEP Conference and Business Centre, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DT
Speak directly to funders; access essential funding information, advice and support; network with other local organisations.

Funders include Cumbria County Council, Eden District Council, Arts Council, CWMET, Cumbria Community Foundation, the Hadfield Trust, Francis C Scott Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Charity Bank, BBC Children in Need, Tesco Bags of Help and the Police and Crime Commissioners Fund.

This event is aimed at local voluntary and community groups, especially those new to the funding arena in Eden.

Please book to attend one of these two sessions:

10am – 12 noon* Registration open from 9.45am. Tea and coffee available upon arrival
1pm – 3pm* Registration open from 12.45pm. Tea and coffee available upon arrival

*You do not need to attend for the full session, but it is advised for you to allow at least one hour to make best use of your time and speak to all relevant funders.

Book your FREE* place today:
Download flier and further information about the funders attending (Marketplace List) and a booking form from our website:

Complete and return the form to Cumbria CVS

*This event is FREE for local voluntary and community organisations however:

All places must be booked in advance. Bookings on the day will incur a £10 booking fee
Small local voluntary and community organisations and/or those new groups in the Barrow area will get priority booking, along with CVS members
A £10/person cancellation fee will apply for non-attendance or places not cancelled at least 5 days in advance for all organisations

Cumbria CVS
Shaddongate Resource Centre, Shaddongate, Carlisle CA2 5TY (Registered Office)
Office: 01768 800350

The Old House Show

Please see below for the SPAB 2-day Show in September this year. There will be lots of stands, talks, demonstrations and some chance for some hands-on, so well worth a visit.

The Old House Show will have a full programme of talks, building crafts demonstrations and exhibitors with a conservation focus.

Introducing The Old House Show

The SPAB is delighted to announce the launch of its Old House Show, in partnership with Period Living, taking place at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich this autumn.

The Old House Show, 7-8 September, is a must-attend event for those interested in the art and craft of building care – and it’s absolutely free!

Programme of events

A full programme of demonstrations of traditional crafts, talks by SPAB experts and other invited guests, an array of exhibitors and hands-on activities will fill the two-day event. With professionals on hand to provide free, clear, unbiased advice about what is best for your building, there will also be representatives from the very best in building conservation. More information on our website.

Exhibit at The Old House Show

The Old House Show brings together some of the finest professionals and craftspeople involved with old buildings. We’re expecting 2000 informed and interested visitors to join us at Greenwich in September, making the SPAB Old House Show an unmissable showcase for your skill, product and company. If you’d like to find out more about exhibiting please contact Geoff Connelly on 01462 896688 or email

Register NOW for tickets

Register for tickets for the chance to win one of the following prizes. First prize: a free place on one of our popular courses in 2019. Winners will have a choice of either a homeowner study day or a course for conservation professionals. Second prize: 5x two tickets for a scaffold tour of the conservation project at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on either 7 or 8 September.

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