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Arley and Ansley have been given £1 million

Welcome to the online home of Big Local in Arley and Ansley. You may know that the three villages of Ansley Village, New Arley and Old Arley have been awarded £1 million from the Big Lottery fund via Local Trust to spend on local projects over the next ten years, under a scheme known as Big Local.

It’s up to residents to decide how its spent

There is one condition – we the residents have to decide how it is to be spent for the benefit of our three villages. To get an idea of how we would like the money to be used, a steering group of local volunteers put together a questionnaire, called ‘Who wants to be a Leys Millionaire?’ in 2014. We sorted through the results, together with comments from other discussions we have had with residents outside the shops and Arley Primary school and had Feedback meetings in each of the villages in September 2015. The results of this consultation process formed ‘The Plan’ for our first two years of the ten year project  which we submitted to Local Trust in early 2016. You can read the Plan on the ‘Our Plan and Profile’ page of this web site.

We’ll be running events and activities, please get involved

We started running events in 2014 with our first Scarecrow Festival and followed this up with the Lantern Trail just before Christmas 2014.  In 2015 we had a Thrift Week event and our first Festival of Flight together with the second Scarecrow Festival and Lantern Trail. In early 2016 we added a village Litter Pick to our events calendar. If you have been to any of these events we hope you enjoyed them and will spread the word about Big Local.

Join the Partnership Board or just help out

The original steering group was formalised into a Partnership Board in June 2015. The Partnership Board sets the direction for the project and is always looking for more members. Do you have a suggestion for a village event or would you like to help organise one? Have you an idea for how the money can be used to benefit as many people as possible? Have you an idea for how to solve our transport problems? Can you help deliver leaflets and spreads the word about Big Local?  If the answer is yes to any of these and you would like to take part, please send an email to or phone our support worker, Jim Rowe on 01827 718080. The Partnership Board meets on the first Monday / Tuesday of the month, in one of the three villages in turn, see the Meeting Dates & Minutes page for details, you are welcome to come along to a meeting and find out what happens.