Beaconsfield Decides – get your votes in now!
There’s just a few days to go until the people of Beaconsfield choose which of three local projects should get the most county council funding!
It’s all part of the grand finale of ‘Beaconsfield Decides’ – a competition set up by the county council’s Beaconsfield Local Forum to let local people vote for their favourite local community scheme.
Three finalists have been shortlisted. Local people can vote for their preferred project and the winner will be announced at this year’s Beaconsfield Now festival, which takes place in the town on Saturday 11 May.
The three finalists are:
Chiltern Rangers Community Conservation:
Chiltern Rangers is a social enterprise which works with local communities to carry out conservation and wildlife work in the Chilterns area. The group provides practical habitat management of local woodlands, grassland, commons, ponds and streams. They would use the funding to work with Holtspur Bank Nature Reserve to expand their volunteer base by delivering conservation sessions for local residents, schools and community groups, giving skills and experience to all who take part while helping local wildlife.
Beaconsfield Drinking Fountain:
Beaconsfield Women’s Institute along with ‘Plastic Free Beaconsfield’ is looking to install a drinking water fountain in Beaconsfield. They would use the money to fund the scheme, providing a source of free drinking water to encourage local people to switch to reusable bottles and reduce use of single-use plastic bottles.
Community Youth Ventures want to set up a new scheme called ‘Skills4Life”. They would use the money to host a series of workshops which bring local young people together to learn various ‘skills for life’ helping them to prepare for the future. The workshops will include health & wellbeing, cooking, DIY, gardening and environmental work, sport and fitness, independent living skills and creativity & the arts.
The finalists are getting a share of £10,000 of funding. The project with the most votes will get £5,000 and the other two will get £2,500 each. The money is given out by the Beaconsfield Local Forum – local area forums exist across Buckinghamshire and were set up by Buckinghamshire County Council to allow local people to decide themselves how county council funds should be spent in their local area.
Councillor Anita Cranmer is Chair of the Beaconsfield Local Forum.
“I’m really looking forward to our final voting event at Beaconsfield Now a week on Saturday – after which we’ll announce our winning project! I’m delighted that all three finalists will get a share of our funds as they’re all really worthy projects, all of which bring big benefits to our local community.
So make sure you do come along to Beaconsfield Now on Saturday 11 May – it’ll be a super event with lots to take part in and you can vote for your favourite project there before we announce which one has won.
You can also vote online between now and then or at local points up until Wednesday 8th May so make sure you have your say!”
· Beaconsfield Now takes place from 11:30am – 3:30pm, Saturday 11 May at Beaconsfield Rugby Club
· Admission and parking are free – for more information visit the Beaconsfield Now website at www.beaconsfieldnow.org.uk
· The winner of Beaconsfield Decides will be announced at 2:30pm. Before then local people can vote for their favourite project at the event online
· Voting is open to residents in the Beaconsfield local area only (including Holtspur)
· One vote per resident, children and young people are encouraged to vote
· You can vote directly at ballot boxes in various locations in Beaconsfield & Holtspur or online at beaconsfielddecides.com – the website has a full list of ballot box locations
· Ballot box voting will close on Wednesday 8 May to allow enough time to count the votes – but you’ll still be able to vote online