New Guide To EU Funding For Rural Communities

New Guide To EU Funding For Rural Communities

A new booklet aimed at helping rural businesses and communities make the most of EU funding opportunities has been published by East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE. Entitled: “A Changing Landscape: Farming and Rural Business Funding Opportunities”, the guide brings together all you need to know to apply for EU grants and potential options for the future post-Brexit. “It will be a while before we Brexit the EU,” said Andrew. “Until then it is important that farmers, businesses and local communities continue to benefit from the EU funding opportunities on offer, as well as reflecting upon what comes next.” Andrew said he wanted to make it easy for rural communities to make the most of the EU and to consider what a future outside the EU might look like. The 50-page booklet: · provides facts about EU funding opportunities and regulatory information for farmers and rural businesses · examines options for the future, asks questions and seeks answers to how we use the freedoms and flexibilities following Brexit. “I have lived in rural areas for virtually my entire life,” added Andrew. “I want to do what I can to help our rural life and landscapes flourish, be successful and protected. “It is good news that the Government has confirmed that funding will continue to apply to the agricultural, university/research sectors and for some local authority projects until 2020. It means we have short to medium term stability for rural businesses and also the time and space for debate about future funding options.” Andrew is also interested to hear views on how the UK – and the East Midlands –...
Bingham Language Teacher makes History

Bingham Language Teacher makes History

This week saw a French Language Teacher from Bingham, Jacqueline Arkley, honoured with the much acclaimed La Jolie Ronde Licensee of the Year Award. To top this, Jacqueline has also achieved 25 years offering her classes and is the longest standing La Jolie Ronde teacher in the company’s history. Jacqueline, together with her tutor, teaches extra-curriculum French classes to over 130 local children aged 3-11 with lessons taking place in 5 local primary schools and several local nurseries in and around the Bingham area. General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker said, “Jacqueline was chosen because she is truly inspirational and her incredible commitment, dedication and drive over the last 25 years has meant so many local children have benefited. She has consistently worked hard to build up what is now a successful and thriving business. Jacqueline has a great rapport with her pupils and her lessons contain plenty of variety. It is evident to see her pupils are happy, enthusiastic and keen to show off their knowledge. Due to Jacqueline’s extensive knowledge of our programme and resources, she regularly helps Head Office with updating and developing new programmes” he added. Jacqueline, who lives in Radcliffe-on-Trent, was born in Brittany and travelled around Europe for many years to improve her English. It was during her travels she met her now husband Peter. Jacqueline says “I travelled many years between France and England to visit Peter then one day just decided to jump the Channel to be with him. Peter was going to French classes in the evening and his French teacher told him how La Jolie Ronde were...
Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has welcomed the Government’s new Industrial Strategy as a great opportunity to make better use of billions of pounds currently paid into EU structural funds. Responding to the green paper launch, Andrew said the Strategy would allow greater control of how the UK’s local economies were regenerated post-Brexit. The multi-billion Euro funds – aimed at boosting economic growth, development and cooperation between member states – account for around a third of EU spending. “Next to France and Germany, the UK is the third largest net contributor to these funds,” says Andrew who is the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group spokesman on Regional Development Funds. “Although we get some money back – the EU controls how we spend it. These are decisions which should be taken locally by people who know what is needed locally such as local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).” He went on: “Through this ambitious Industrial Strategy we have a chance to focus public investment on where it is most needed – such as new roads, helping businesses expand or creating new institutes of technology.” From 2007 to 2013, the UK contributed £29.5 billion to EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and received £8.7 billion ( 29%) back. “I am pleased the Government has recognised the need for “strong and accountable place-based governance” to steer the Industrial Strategy at a local level,” added Andrew. “In making the most of Brexit we should not replace Brussels centralisation and bureaucracy with the Whitehall variety,” he said. “I believe the Government gets that. “It is important local people – in many cases...
East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE – a supporter of the Leave Campaign – is pleased that Prime Minister Teresa May has provided much-needed clarity in her speech today at Lancaster House setting out the Government’s 12 negotiating objectives. Welcoming her Brexit statement Andrew Lewer said: “The Prime Minister was unequivocal and set out a clear set of principles and objectives that give clarity for the next two years as the government sets about invoking Article 50 and the negotiations start. “I know people across the East Midlands will be pleased that Mrs May has listened to their views on the Single Market, tackling immigration and leaving the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice. “She made it clear today that there will be no half-in-half-out arrangement but that Brexit really does mean Brexit.” In setting out the Government’s objectives Mrs May said Britain would seek a ‘bold and ambitious’ trade agreement with the EU, as well as with the rest of the world, making Britain a global trading nation once again.  Mrs May pointed out that Britain is the fastest growing global economy and had bucked dire economic predictions since voting to leave the EU in June. Andrew added: “This is an ambitious set of objectives. My colleagues and I are here in Brussels and will work with the Government to do whatever it takes to help deliver them. “Finally, I am glad too that Britain will seek to retain its friendship with the European Union and hope that both the Member States and the European Commission will approach this in the same spirit of...
New sign, interpretation board for Bingham linear nature reserve

New sign, interpretation board for Bingham linear nature reserve

Friends of Bingham Linear park are pleased to announce the installation of a new information board at the start of the Linear park. The board has been funded by the generous support of ALDI who recently opened a new store in Bingham almost opposite the entrance to the nature reserve. There is information on the board about the history of the site and its importance for wildlife. It has photos of some of the plants and animals found on the reserve as well as pictures of the old railway line as it was just after it closed and how it looks now at the same spot. There is a sketch map of the park showing key features, distances and walk times. The friends group will be celebrating the installation of the new board on 4 November at 09.00, with a short ceremony and photo shoot. Anyone is welcome to attend For more information about the friends group please see...