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Update: 20th June - Love Ledbury launch gets a good write-up in Ledbury Reporter and online.
We Love Ledbury! – Fundraising Charity Gets Thumbs Up From Community
Read our Press Release of the event: There was a good turnout for the launch of the ground-breaking town crowd-funding charity, Love Ledbury at its first public meeting (Thursday 12 June).
On a balmy evening, a crowd of local residents filled the 50 available seats laid out in the Community Hall and took part in a lively discussion about how the charity would work, how it should focus its energies, and what sort of projects it should prioritise.
It was agreed that Love Ledbury would do two things: raise money for its own projects, and help support other groups around town engaged in fundraising for their own good causes. A town lottery, collecting tins, community share issues, donations, and fund-raising events were all discussed as possible money spinners.
Uppermost was the reopening of the town’s Bye Street public loos and the acquisition of community mowing equipment – along with all the necessary technical back-up, insurance and permissions. Longer term plans centred on supporting the Christmas lights appeal, as well as other ongoing fundraising efforts including the youth centre project and Community Voluntary Services.
Town Councillors Rich Hadley and Liz Harvey explained how Love Ledbury was a solid business model which is working brilliantly in few other places around the country. The finances for the venture would come from a mixture of investments and fundraising from within the community and local business, adding to grants available from government, lottery and other charitable sources. A key aspect of the charity would be its democratic decision-making structure working on cooperative principles.
‘There was lots of enthusiasm for us getting up a mini-bus to go and visit our colleagues in Cardigan, a town similar in size to Ledbury, who have been running a fantastic scheme for a number of years’ said Liz Harvey. ‘Everyone was agreed that we should learn by others’ experiences – as well as employing our own famed Ledbury ingenuity making things happen.’
Asked if they wanted the company to be set up, there was unanimous show of hands from the audience, followed by many generous pledges of support, ranging from volunteer labour to donations and monthly standing orders.
Said Rich Hadley after the event, ‘Despite a timetabling clash with two other thrilling rival events, the World Cup opening match and an emergency Ledbury Town Council meeting, it was great to witness so much enthusiasm, and warm-hearted commitment to the venture. To see so many smiling optimistic faces amid all the financial gloom was a real energy boost’.
Next practical steps involve forming a provisional committee to oversee the legal set-up formalities, the constitution and call an official members’ meeting. Organisers estimate this could take about up to six weeks.
16th June 2014
We Made The Front Page!
The Ledbury Reporter did us proud this week - cheers guys! We appreciate it.
Under a big banner headline saying 'People power plan to make our town better', reporter Paul Broome highlighted Love Ledbury's go-ahead spirit.
It's great when the local media get behind positive news stories and play their part in making community initiatives a success.
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