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NEW: The West of England Rural Network are preparing a Local Development Strategy for the the West of England as part of a bid to run a LEADER programme between 2015-2020.  The LEADER programme could include grant funding of up to £2m for investment into land-based industries, micro or small businesses, rural services, tourism, cultural and heritage activities.  You are invited to influence and shape the Local Development Strategy by completing an online survey.

Other news: We are currently offering FREE membership to our community oil scheme for anyone over 70 living in North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

The West of England Rural Network is a new charity working with rural communities in South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset & Bristol.

We support and work with communities, businesses, social enterprises, organisations and individuals on a wide range of topics that impact on rural areas.

We work with local authorities, other statutory services, the new West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and central Government departments (DEFRA, OCS, DECC and DCLG) to influence policy and to ensure that the impact on rural communities are always considered.

Being a member of ACRE (Action with Rural Communities in Rural England) we are able to call on the expertise and experience of colleague Rural Community Councils from across the Rural Community Action Network.

As continued cuts to public service delivery are being made and a new national policy framework emerges, our ability to access this bank of expertise will be of benefit to all the communities in the West of England.

You can become a member of the West of England Rural Network by completing an application form.

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