Big Society: Alive and well in rural areas

posted by CRC | 1 February 2011 at 12:48 pm | 1 comment | from the category: Documents

Examples of community projects to illustrate the Big Society approach in rural areas.

Here are is a selection of case studies which illustrate that the Big Society is alive and well in rural areas. These successful projects are just a few of the examples of rural communities demonstrating determination and innovation.

  • Yarpole Community Shop
    Yarpole Community shop is a community shop with a difference. After all, where else can you get a blessing with your beans! This project represents a journey from Portacabin to Nave and shows what can be done when a community comes together and thinks creatively about the assets and buildings that are available for use, in this case the local church.
  • Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farm
    This is a good example of how an agricultural enterprise can become a community enterprise. In this community the development of two farms as community run businesses, helps to maintain a link to the land and create local employment opportunities. It shows that a community approach to local enterprise can be applied to almost anything.
  • Settle Hydro
    This is a good example of a community energy project that started with four people, lots of drive and determination, and not much else! However, through a persistent approach, private sector and other investment flowed in and now the project is supported community wide.
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  1. Matt Wood says:

    Our practice Lucas Hickman Smith were architects for The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St Mary, in Norfolk – the community-led re-use of a mediaeval guild chapel and Victorian school buildings as a community centre, cafe and IT facility. We think it’s an outstanding example of positive community action, from the strength of the initial idea, through the assembly of the project, to the quality of its execution. I’ve written about it on my blog – (the post is here: – and there are some more pictures on our website at