Daily Mail - 01.08.2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1

Daily Mail, Thursday, August 1, 2019 Page 

‘Village survival guide? The
Post Office used to stock it
but that closed down...’


Create a ‘village vision’.
Identify priorities and
resources to make them
viable – and formulate a
business plan.


Find a hub – whether it’s a
pub, shop, village hall, post
office or church. ACRE (Action
with Communities in Rural
England) can help.


Engage with your
community to find out
what they need. Are they
isolated? Where do you
shop? How can we help?


Focus on transport.
Reduced bus services can
leave communities isolated.
But some of them have
developed ‘Wheels2Work’
affordable hire schemes,
while others have managed to
keep their bus service running

by putting in a tender with
local volunteers.


Discover your creative
spirit and be adaptable.
Villages have set up
volunteer-run shops to sell
local produce from across
the area.


Develop initiatives like
CRAFT (Can’t Remember A
Flipping Thing) for those with
memory loss. Nominate a
‘village agent’ or create a
Good Neighbours Scheme.


Save your local pub!
Seven out of 10 villages in
England no longer have a
shop and the number of pubs
has fallen by more than 25
per cent. But enterprising
communities find ways to
keep them alive by
diversifying with play centres

and cafes or even launching
their own co-operative.


Look at developing a
‘pop-up’ post office if
yours is earmarked for
closure. St Mary’s Church in
Stow, Lincolnshire, has done
just that.


Bring business to you.
Set up your own
enterprise hub. Hot desk and
share wi-fi connectivity and
skills. A range of groups can
provide advice.


With limited broadband
and poor phone signal,
some communities club
together to set up co-
operatives, buying bulk data
on a pay-as-you-go basis. Your
local church – often the tallest
structure in the area – might
host a discreet wi-fi booster.

The Prince of Wales has helped pub-
lish a ‘survival guide’ for struggling
rural communities which advises on
everything from starting their own
bus service to creating a ‘telephone
tree’ for emergencies.
Charles has been a passionate advocate
of the countryside and set up The Prince’s
Countryside Fund almost a decade ago to
help financially stricken family farm busi-
nesses flourish with £10million in grants.
Now it has launched a 104-page booklet, The
Village Survival Guide, a manual for rural life
filled with tips and advice on the best ways to
build a strong community.
The colourful guide is an entertaining collec-
tion of case histories, checklists and practical
advice. There are also examples of how com-
munities have started to help themselves with

Ten steps that can

save rural Britain,

by Prince Charles

services such as the ‘Rural Coffee Car-
avan’ which, through 50 volunteers,
offers coffee, cakes and a help service
to the elderly, young parents and car-
ers in rural Suffolk.
The guide also highlights schemes
such as The Pub is the hub, supported
by the prince, which fights to keep
pubs at the heart of their communi-
ties. Some have opened cafes and
community games rooms to diversify
and encourage new clientele, while
others have incorporated the local
post office to share costs.
It also focuses on enterprise and how
to set up a local business hub to
encourage entrepreneur-based indus-
tries, while another section outlines
how communities, driven mad by the
lack of broadband, have created co-
operatives to provide wi-fi services,
often with the help of their church.
In a foreword, Charles says: ‘There
are huge opportunities to help the
countryside and rural people meet the
challenges of the future. The role of
the countryside, with all its diversity
and idiosyncrasies, in our national life
is too important to be left to chance.’
The guide includes an article by
comedian Miranda hart who was born
and bred in the countryside and is an
ambassador for the fund. She said:
‘Nobody living in the countryside

should be alone. If community is the
key to living well, then everyone needs
to be connected and that means prac-
tical changes to many areas, from
transport to technology.’
The guide is available to purchase
in hard copy or to download for free
from the fund’s website.

By Rebecca English
Royal Correspondent


Archie’s on the
way: A visibly
pregnant Meghan
shares a lighter
moment at the

Great to see
you: Meghan
receives a
welcome hug

When mum-to-be

Meg got to work


PHOTOGRAPHS of the then
pregnant Duchess of
Sussex visiting a charity
which helps women
return to the workplace
have been released to
mark her collaboration
with British Vogue.
The largely mono-
chrome images show
Meghan, now mother to
two-month-old Archie, at
Smart Works in London,
chatting to clients and
looking round.
In one shot, her baby
bump can be seen in a

£2,296 monochrome
Gucci dress; others show
her dressed more casu-
ally. The pictures are
included in the maga-
zine’s September issue,
which Meghan has guest
edited, and were released
on Instagram.
Smart Works helps
women dress for inter-
view. A royal spokesman
said: The duchess will
[support] a collective to
help equip women with
workwear essentials.’
Stephen Glover – Page 21
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