TIDESWELL is the star of BBC ONE’s Village SOS tomorrow night, Wednesday September 7, at 8pm.
The hour-long programme follows the villagers as they develop the Taste Tideswell project with a £400,000 Big Lottery Fund grant, to improve the local economy by launching a cookery school and creating the Taste Tideswell food brand.
Village SOS is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC that is responding to the plight of rural villages across the UK, and investing in new community enterprises that will revive their local areas.
Taste Tideswell is one of six UK projects to receive a £400,000 Big Lottery Fund grant and to be featured on the BBC ONE Village SOS series, presented by Sarah Beeny.
Wednesday’s episode is the last in the Village SOS series and features the highs and lows of launching an ambitious project that builds on existing local talent for producing high quality local food.
The aim was to halt further shop closures in Tideswell’s high street and draw people back from shopping at large supermarkets to shopping locally.
The dedicated Taste Tideswell volunteers developed a new food brand, created a community kitchen garden, run food education activities for local schools and launched the Tideswell School of Food which runs a wide variety of cookery courses in professional standard kitchen facilities.
The village received support from its very own Village Champion and business mentor Tim Nicol, who moved to Tideswell a year ago to help get the project off the ground using his expertise in marketing.
Tim Nicol, Taste Tideswell’s Village Champion, said: “Reflecting on the last year, I think that everyone involved in Taste Tideswell can take a great deal of pride in what has been achieved so far.
“Thanks to the selfless commitment of village volunteers and the hard work of local staff, the Big Lottery Fund grant has been wisely spent and has resulted in a fantastic set of benefits for the village as a whole.”
For people inspired by Village SOS the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS Active campaign, launched alongside the TV series, provides help and advice for villages to develop their own community enterprises at www.villagesos.org.uk .