THE Studley on the Map project is just £4,000 away from hitting its £35,479 target.
If successful the massive fund raising drive will launch a website showcasing all that’s great about the village, advertise what’s going on there and put up fingerposts pointing pedestrians to all its considerable attractions.
Launched late last year, the three month project, piloted by the Studley in Business Forum, looked to have missed its target, but was given an extra month’s grace due to time lost because of Christmas and how near they were to achieving their aim.
Now with just two weeks left supporters are working feverishly to make sure they make it.
“The support is really coming together,” said District Councillor Justin Kerridge who has championed the cause.
“Transport giants Allelys put in £2,000, the parish council has donated £500, MBK at Millennium House have put in £250, the Studley in Bloom coffee morning raised more than £300 and Bright Kids Nursery has added a big pledge.”
With time running out two major events have been organised to get the appeal over the finishing line, starting with a dinner evening at the Mount Everest Nepalese Restaurant on Thursday, March 22 at 7pm followed by an Easter Fair at Studley Sports & Social Club on Saturday, March 24 from 11am to 2pm.
Meanwhile customers of The Shakespeare pub can donate 10p from every drink to swell the coffers.
Time is also running out to win flowers for a year courtesy of Studley Florists in the High Street, which will be drawn on Tuesday, March 27.
“I am really hoping we will hit the target, but this is not just about raising money it’s about getting people interested in the whole project, getting Studley groups to give £25 because when it comes they will be on that website,” said Coun Kerridge.
To support the Studley on the Map visit https://www.spacehive.com/ and enter Studley in the search box.