STUDLEY in Business have formally launched their four-month crowdfunding campaign to raise £36,000 to put ‘Studley on the Map’.
The project aims to inspire more visitors and residents to stop and shop locally and spend more leisure time in the village.
The £36,666 target will pay for a new website to promote Studley as a place to live, work and visit and provide a central source of information about events and groups in the village. The funds will also pay for new information boards and wayfinding finger posts to highlight shops, walking trails and attractions such as Studley Nature Reserve and the Studley Heritage Trail, as well as lamppost banners advertising events in the village.
The project is backed by the Warwickshire Placemaking Fund, a capital fund for projects to enhance, improve, and enliven county town centres.
Studley on the Map is being driven by a steering group of local residents, business owners and councillors.
Spokesperson Siân Smith said: “The idea for the project was the result of a county council local town partnership exercise.
“This highlighted that many people who regularly drive through Studley – and even some of our own residents – are unaware we have an interesting high street which is home to many independent retailers, a rich heritage born of the needle industries, a variety of places to eat and drink, beautiful countryside walks – and a large free car park where you can leave your car whilst you explore it all.”
To succeed, the project needs cash pledges from individuals, businesses and other community funds.
The crowdfunding campaign runs until March 1, 2018 with a series of activities and events to inspire pledges during that time.
Any pledge given will only be taken up if the target is hit.
To ‘like’ the scheme visit www.spacehive.com and search for studley-on-the-map.