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Abergavenny Castle Events Feasibility Study
February 21, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Abergavenny Castle Events Feasibility Study

A feasibility study to identify the potential for events in both the castle grounds and within the museum building. This would include extensive community and business consultation to ensure that any events complement rather than compete with the existing local offer and have a sustainable legacy.

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Awareness Raising on Community Led Renewable Energy
April 28, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Awareness Raising on Community Led Renewable Energy

This project provided both on-line and off-line marketing material in the form of a short film and summary leaflet focussing on the opportunities available for community led renewable energy in The Vale of Usk region.

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Baseline research into Non-statutory Services
March 1, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Baseline research into Non-statutory Services

The project identified non-statutory areas of activity significant to the rural community in The Vale of Usk by focussing on five separate communities, four in Monmouthshire, one in Newport.

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Be. Community Leadership Programme
January 20, 2017 • Approved in Progress

Be. Community Leadership Programme

The purpose of the ‘Vale of Usk Community Leadership Academy’ is to provide a suite of training and personal development opportunities at low or no cost to people who give their own time to support their communities.

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March 1, 2016 • Approved in Progress

BEES

The BEES project is about bringing together beekeepers from across South East Wales to explore and develop a local/regional Queen Bee breeding programme to supply a quality bee with good characteristics and survivability to meet the needs of the local market.

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January 15, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Catering Education Study

The Vale of Usk LAG commissioned a scoping study taking into account the catering education needs in the Vale of Usk area, with a view to developing it as a centre for culinary and culinary education excellence, building on its reputation as the “Food Capital of Wales”.

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Communication First
November 11, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Communication First

The project is focussed on increasing communication for people living in Monmouthshire with complex needs, with particular emphasis on non-verbal individuals. At present software exists that can assist individuals to communicate thoughts and feelings in more comprehensive and meaningful ways, which are not being explored at present within the county.

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Creative Arts Co-Working Study
June 26, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Creative Arts Co-Working Study

The Aim of the project was: To determine the appetite/feasibility of a technical, digital and creative co-working space(s) within the Vale of Usk Region.

The project will
-Build a fuller understanding of the tech, digital and creative sectors in the Vale of Usk
-Establish the appetite for co-working space in the Vale of Usk
-Determine the feasibility and optimum location, site and design of such a work space(s) and identify a model for this facility that is suited to the needs and challenges of rural areas (right mix of services)
-Produce a recommendation report from the above points

The Total Cost of the Project is approx. £10,000 with RDP funding of £8,000

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Creative Communities Toolkit
November 11, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Creative Communities Toolkit

This project will run over a two year period and will provide a ‘Creative Communities Toolkit’ that will assist rural communities in Newport and Monmouthshire to become more resilient and sustainable. The kit will guide community groups through the process of setting priorities for their areas, allowing and encouraging them to take ownership of the community where they work, live and play.

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September 15, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Digital Open Badges

The proposed project is to develop a digital evaluation tool which will deliver training, measure competencies and offer a platform for enhanced development of digital skills.

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Economies of the Future Study
December 12, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Economies of the Future Study

The Aim of the Study is ‘To provide valuable insight and future thinking to guide economic growth in Monmouthshire in order to address current economic issues and capitalise on the forthcoming regional opportunities’

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Eisteddfod Country Kitchen
May 12, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Eisteddfod Country Kitchen

This project funded eight days of activities based around local food by promoting local chefs, eateries, ingredients and signature dishes to Eisteddfod visitors. It engaged with local schoolchildren and offered a demonstration kitchen.
The Vale of Usk LAG approved the application on 4th May 2016. Organisation and delivery of the activities took place from 29th July. The total cost of the project was £31,760, with an RDP contribution of £25210

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Energy Days
June 7, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Energy Days

Monmouthshire Community Climate Champions pulled together a series of Energy Days to mark EU Sustainable Energy Week. The aim of EU Sustainable Energy Week was to promote secure, clean and efficient energy, and increase sustainable energy choices.

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February 5, 2018 • Approved in Progress

Eurocook

The aim of this project is to teach language skills and knowledge of another cuisine and culture at the same time as catering skills.

The project is a pilot using the Italian language but it can equally be delivered in other languages as appropriate. The learning will be linked to cookery sessions and will encompass Italian cuisine.

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April 20, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Food Hubs Feasibility Study

The aim of this project was to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a food hub within The Vale of Usk LAG region. The study will identify current provision of food/produce and offer an evaluation of the different activities to shorten supply chains. It will evaluate the best options for the area and look at potential, suitable models of distribution in the UK and other countries. This will work towards ascertaining the most appropriate solution for the Vale of Usk and, if appropriate, the most suitable food hub model.

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Fully Charged
June 19, 2017 • Approved in Progress

Fully Charged

The aim of the project is to increase awareness of the potential economic benefits of installing car charging points in The Vale of Usk by running a 12 month pilot.

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Living Levels Accommodation Pilot
September 19, 2017 • Approved in Progress • Rural Innovation

Living Levels Accommodation Pilot

This project is for a study into visitor accommodation in the Gwent levels area to identify suitable options that are likely to be granted permission. Two pilot applications will be supported through the process.

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June 12, 2017 • Approved in Progress

Llanover Community Halls Cluster

To trial the digital exploitation of community hubs by focusing on four villages within the Llanover ward of Monmouthshire

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Magor Three Fields Community Trust
March 1, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Magor Three Fields Community Trust

LEADER funding was used to carry-out a Supply and Demand survey of all businesses, residents and voluntary organisations within Undy, Magor and surrounding communities.

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April 26, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Mountain Bike Guides Training

The project is to provide additional recognised training & further skills training to Mountain Bike Guiding Business and volunteer MB guides for cycling clubs, enabling additional/enhanced activities to be provided to the customers and mountain bike clubs, as well as developing the reputation and professionalism of mountain biking in the Vale of Usk.

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Nature Isn’t Neat!
January 11, 2018 • Approved in Progress

Nature Isn’t Neat!

This project will develop an area based pilot approach (village or town) to becoming a Pollinator Friendly area. It will engage with stakeholders to raise awareness to the need for all pollinators and what actions each of us can do to help reverse the decline in pollinators.

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Renewable Energy Community Schemes (RECS)
November 9, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Renewable Energy Community Schemes (RECS)

A detailed feasibility study to identify acreage suitable for woodland planting, advise on the contribution to the reduction of surface water run-off from community orchards and identify suitable watercourses for the installation of micro hydro schemes with the direct benefit of providing power for local community use.

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Robotics in the Community
April 27, 2018 • Approved in Progress

Robotics in the Community

The aim is to carry out a pilot for an outreach community education programme to help technologically-vulnerable people adjust to new technologies and engage with Robotics and AI at the advent of Industry 4.0.

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Rural Transport Study
June 19, 2017 • Approved & Completed

Rural Transport Study

The Aim of this study was to understand the dynamics of rural transport in the Vale of Usk region and to develop suitable recommendations to solve the issues uncovered.

The Study contract was awarded to Systra Ltd which commenced on the 28th September 2017 and was completed February 2018.

The total project was £23,250 with RDP Leader funding £18,600

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September 16, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Social Media Tourism Campaign

A social media tourism film campaign.

Around fifty, 30 second filmed local recommendations of visitor destinations within the Vales of Usk, places, events, activities.

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St Mary’s Priory Centre Project
February 14, 2018 • Approved in Progress

St Mary’s Priory Centre Project

The Priory Church of St Mary was originally a Benedictine priory founded in 1087 dissolved in 1538 then became the Parish Church of Abergavenny by gift of Henry VIII, and is sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Wales. The Priory Church of St Mary is home to numerous unique treasures, the most extraordinary is the Jesse, carved from a single piece of oak in the 15th century; this depiction of the lineage of Christ is the only one of its kind in the UK and probably the world.
This project is £7,640 RDP Leader funding

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Tintern Abbey Trail Project
March 13, 2018 • Approved in Progress

Tintern Abbey Trail Project

This project will develop and install a iBeacon trail around Tintern. Locations, with stories relating to Tintern Abbey, will be identified for a short walking trail outside the Abbey site and into the village; the project will include identification of locations, engaging interpretation, development of an app, installation of iBeacon technology and a bilingual guide leaflet.

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TV White Space Broadband Pilot
November 3, 2016 • Approved & Completed

TV White Space Broadband Pilot

The aim of the project was to investigate and trial a newly available broadband technology which would enable rural communities to enjoy the same digital connectivity as in urban areas and, if successful, would be replicable in other rural areas.

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Usk Campus Development Study
November 11, 2016 • Approved & Completed

Usk Campus Development Study

This project commissioned external independent consultants to undertake a two stage study into potential developments at the Usk campus of Coleg Gwent.

The Usk site is an underutilised asset and it is clear it has potential to add more value to learning, local tourism and recreation offer, community benefit, and provide a sustainable income stream to support Coleg Gwent’s key activity.

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Venison Study
January 23, 2017 • Approved in Progress

Venison Study

The feasibility study investigated the production, marketing and sale of locally produced wild venison in and around the Wye Valley AONB. The study area included woodlands experiencing highest impact from deer between Symonds Yat, Chepstow and Wentwood.

The cost of the project was £10,200 total project with RDP contribution being £4800.

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Village Hall Energy Make Over
January 23, 2018 • Approved in Progress

Village Hall Energy Make Over

The basic premise of this proposal is to select an energy deficient rural village hall and assist hall management with the securing of capital funding to improve its energy efficiency.

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Visitor Information Project
May 22, 2017 • Approved in Progress

Visitor Information Project

This project aims to develop a more sustainable visitor information across the Vale of Usk area. Activities will include a review of current provision and support and identify and develop appropriate local solutions.

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May 26, 2016 • Approved in Progress

Wye Woodland Project

The project aims to inform, educate and advise landowners and the general public about protected woodlands of the Wye Valley and Monmouthshire and promote activity that will lead to their continued conservation and enhancement.

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