LEADER has benefited our community in many ways…
In excess of £2m has already been allocated to 146 projects. By creating new jobs, helping to sustain existing employment, supporting new and developing businesses and enabling rural communities to improve facilities, buildings and open spaces, the Fieldfare LEADER programme continues to provide essential investment in the local rural economy.
The projects cover a wide area (this map currently only shows those projects in the current programme but all will be added over time):
Examples of projects include:
Sweet Corner, Bishops Waltham
Sweet Corner is a small independent café and shop in the heart of Bishops Waltham. Selling delicious sweets, chocolates, cakes and hot drinks, it is a popular meeting place for local people who can purchase confectionary to take away or settle at one of the tables for a coffee and a chat.
The shop applied for a small grant of £1,871.93, awarded in July 2017. Sweet Corner’s founder and manager Sophie Pritchard used the money to extend the range of goods available for customers to buy, and invested in new equipment for the café. Among the new gadgets that have been installed thanks to the grant are a top-notch coffee machine, an ice-cream freezer, a special milkshake and smoothie maker, waffle machine, microwave and toaster.
Sophie told us: “This grant meant we could make a big splash when we re-opened Sweet Corner in new premises, because we installed lots of new equipment ready for the launch. The coffee machine in particular has been a fantastic investment – without the grant we couldn’t have afforded to buy it. Our customers are happy too.”
Two Hoots Campsite, Bighton, Alresford
Dave and Caz owners of industry award winning Two Hoots campsite are committed to eco camping. When they purchased the site, they saw a great opportunity to add value and offer an alternative camping experience.
Grant funding helped them to purchase three pods. The pods are tucked in a bluebell copse within the campsite and offer a great, unique accommodation experience. The first pods of their type in Hampshire! The grant helped them to make better use of their own financial investment and achieve their ambitions much earlier than they had anticipated. It also allowed them to improve the local tourism offer.
Holden Farm, Cheriton
This project received funding from the first LEADER programme to build a new barn for rental to a local tree growing business. It is a great example of a farm diversification project.
Holden farm Camping Following the success of this project, a family member also set up a new camping offer and received funding towards the facilities building.