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Date: 6 Jul 2017     

News: Henry Smith Charity

Grants between £500 and £2,500 are available to schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. To be eligible in this round, trips must be taken before the end of August 2017. Deadline 21 July.

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News: Environmental Activity with Transition New Mills

Transition New Mills' Himalayan Balsam project involves getting rid of this invasive non-native weed particularly in environmentally sensitive sites in New Mills.

Himalayan Balsam is an imported annual plant that grows and spreads rapidly, overwhelming native plants and establishing a monoculture. Biological diversity declines, and when the plant dies back in winter the bare soil is liable to erosion, particularly on riverbanks. 

The plant is easy to identify and pull up, and there has been a noticeable impact where it has been tackled over the last 4 years or so in New Mills at Mousley bottom nature reserve, The Torrs park, and the area of land known as the Picker..

Transition New Mills are keen to identify groups who could help in this task, and also get benefits for themselves.  The activity is great light-moderate exercise, and gets people in and amongst nature. 

Transition New Mills can look to arrange suitable events for your group, and have arranged public liability insurance for their events, which have been risk assessed, and led by a knowledgeable leader with a first aid kit on hand. They would choose appropriate lower risk sites to tackle if appropriate with some groups. 

Contact for more information.

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News: Blythe House Hospice Virtual 10k

Run, walk, cycle or swim your way to 10k anytime throughout July at a time and pace that you decide.

After you have completed your distance they will send you a lovely shiny medal to say a big well done!   £6 entry fee.

How will you complete your distance?  For more information contact the fundraising team on 01298 815388 or email

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Job: Trustee Vacancies

Organisation: Blythe House

Blythe House provides a wide range of care services for people in the High Peak and beyond. As part of our drive to develop the organisation even further they want to strengthen the governance of the organisation and are looking for individuals who have the skills and interest to help identify new opportunities as well as the ability to support the Chief Executive and the senior management team.

They are seeking to appoint a number of new charity trustees to the board with a wide range of skills and experience and in particular they would like to hear from people with a background in any of the following areas:

• Business/Finance

• Commercial/Retail

• Health Sector/Clinical Services

If you share their desire to ensure that Blythe House Hospice’s services are available for future generations, then for more information contact Anne Hibbs on 01298 816998 or email

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