THE team behind the Studley on the Map project are celebrating after they achieved their ambitious target of raising £36,000.
The four month crowdfunding campaign aimed to raise enough money to fund a scheme to attract more visitors and residents to stop and shop locally and spend more leisure time in the village.
And it ended on a high too with £425 raised from an Easter fundraiser last week and £653.50 from a raffle to win flowers for a year organised by Studley florist Pam Taylor-Hughes.
The project group successfully engaged residents and businesses with an enthusiastic social media campaign and several fundraising events with support from all areas of the local community.
They managed to exceed their original target with a current total of £38,397.70.
The funds 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 the many events and groups that run in the busy community.
The funds will also be used to buy new information boards and wayfinding signs around Studley to highlight local shops, walking trails and attractions such as the Studley Common Nature Reserve and Studley Heritage Trail, as well as lamppost banners to announce events and festivals in the village throughout the year.
The funding opportunity is part of a local towns initiative called the Warwickshire Placemaking Fund, a capital fund for projects within Warwickshire Town Centres that will enhance, improve, and enliven the town centres across Warwickshire.
A project steering group made up of local residents, business owners and councillors was set up last autumn and now that the fundraising stage of the project has been achieved, they will begin bringing the plan to life.
Group spokesperson Siân Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our crowdfunding target.#
“It felt very ambitious when we started out and right up until the last few weeks we still weren’t certain if we would achieve it.
“This success is really down to the fact we live in such a great village that wants to be recognised as a destination in its own right, rather than somewhere to drive through.
“Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting the project, we can’t wait to make this exciting idea a reality”
Anyone wishing to find out more about the project can visit https://www.spacehive.com/studley-on-the-map and register to receive regular updates.