The BNED LEADER Approach is now open for business and invites projects to apply for funding

The BNED LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded €1,713,000 of European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Rural Development Programme for England for the funding of rural projects in the local area. This represents a Sterling equivalent of approximately £1,370,000 (this figure may alter in line with Euro exchange rates).

Funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union.

Highfield House

The new cafe and tea rooms at Highfield House Farm Shop at Stone Edge were officially opened on Wednesday 12th February 2014.

The farm shop opened in 1996 and has become a landmark feature in the area selling local produce and has developed a loyal customer base.

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Work on the new extension at Highfield House Farm Shop begins.

Owner, David Prince said "Many of our customers asked why we didn't have a cafe at the shop. They told me this was something they wanted so we started things moving."

David successfully applied for a grant of £70,623 from the BNED Leader programme together with a £70,000 loan from Nat West under the Government's Funding for Lending Scheme. The idea for the project was to relocate the farm shop into a new extension and to install the coffee shop and tea rooms where the old shop previously stood.

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The farm shop moves into the new extension

David went on to say "Without the funding from LEADER, this project simply would not have gone ahead. We were over the moon when we found out we had been awarded the money and couldn't wait to get going. The new coffee shop and tea rooms are exactly what I imagined and I know our regular customers, and out new ones will be delighted with it."

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Cllr Savidge cuts the ribbon.

The opening ceremony was carried out by Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council and Chair of the BNED LEADER Local Action Group.

After cutting the ribbon, Cllr Savidge said "It is a great pleasure for me to open the 32nd and last LEADER funded project in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.

The new coffee Shop and tea rooms, which I have seen through its development, are an excellent facility for customers to the farm shop and visitors alike." 

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l-r Richard Madin (LEADER Programme Officer), Matthew Prince, Sylvia Prince, Cllr Ken Savidge, David Prince, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE (Leader NEDDC) Cllr Betty Hill (Deputy Leader NEDDC), Jo Savidge (Consort and wife of NEDDC Chair)

Cllr Savidge added "The funding we were able to grant to David has also helped to create at least three new jobs so this is great news all round. I wish David and all of his staff the best of luck for the future.

For more information on the farm shop and the new coffee and tea rooms, visit the website (www.highfieldhousefarm.co.uk)