Community Together CIC launches new Tamworth Cycle Festival

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Community interest company launches new Tamworth Cycle Festival

Flourishing community interest company Community Together CIC is launching a brand-new cycle festival in Tamworth this summer.

Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place throughout the Castle Grounds on Saturday, June 30.

The free event will include a fun, friendly two-mile cycle and 30-mile challenge organised by British Cycle. Other activities and attractions will include stalls, bike security, safety and maintenance, ‘have-a-go’ BMX and mountain bikes, children’s crafts, live music, a wheelie competition, the chance to win a £200 bike in the festival raffle and a visit from the Staffordshire Bike Bus.

Community Together CIC project lead Lee Bates said: “We’re very excited to bring the Cycle Festival to Tamworth. There will be something for everyone on the day from beginners to advanced riders.

“There is a lot of cycling activity across Tamworth and we wanted to bring those partners together to make the community aware of what’s on offer and how to get involved.

“This is a great time of year to start thinking about getting involved in cycling. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed as a family, by individuals and as a group. Plus, it’s social and it’s good for your physical health and mental health.”

Tamworth Cycle Festival is being organised in partnership with British Cycling, Tamworth BMX Club, Tamworth Mountain Bike Club, Tamworth Cycling Club, Dave Owen Cycles, 2 Wheels Only, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police.

Festival-goers will be able to take part in the two-mile cycle, which will run throughout the day and will be marshalled by Tamworth Sea Cadets. Participants will be able to join the ride at any point with no registration required.

British Cycling’s 30-mile challenge will see cyclist ride from Tamworth Castle Grounds to Whittington Barracks, past Wilnecote’s 2 Wheels Only cycle shop and back into the town centre.

Activities will take place in and around Community Together CIC’s Activity Centre, based at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.

Dave Owen cycles will be on hand on the day offering bike maintenance workshops and has donated a bike worth £200 for the raffle draw.

Jonny Paul, assistance manager at Dave Owen Cycles, said: “We’ve been here in the Castle Grounds for more than seven years and we’ve tried to help the community out as much as possible in that time so it’s nice to see different businesses and community groups involved in cycling come together for this festival. To celebrate that we are donating a bike up to the value of £200.

“We’re also looking forward to hosting a stall on the day where we will be helping to educate people in Tamworth on simple bike maintenance.”

Tamworth specialist cycle shop 2 Wheels Only is sponsoring the festival’s Wheelie Competition, which will begin at 1pm and offers competitors the chance to win cycling goodies.

2 Wheels Only company director Nik Wood said: “It’s great that everybody involved in cycling in Tamworth is coming together for the festival to encourage people to try cycling, ride more or get back on a bike if they haven’t been able to for some time.

“Lots of kids are about doing wheelies and they seem to be very good at it, so it’s cool to be able to put on a competition specifically for them that will enable them to put what they’ve learned into practice and win a prize.”

Tamworth Cycle Festival will take place on Saturday, June 30 from 11am to 4pm in the Castle Grounds.

For more information about the event call Community Together CIC on 01827 59646 or email ctcicinfo@gmail.com.

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For press information contact Lee Bates, Project Lead, on 07496 355946 or email media.communitytogethercic@gmail.com

 

Community Together CIC in world record attempt for Staffordshire Day

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Tamworth’s Community Together CIC in world record attempt for Staffordshire Day

Growing community interest group Tamworth Community Together CIC will attempt to set the record for the world’s biggest oatcake in celebration of Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1.

Volunteers will bake the county favourite when the group hosts a community event in the Castle Grounds from 10am to 3pm.

The current known record stands at 24 inches in diameter, with Community Together CIC hoping to create an oatcake of at least 30 inches.

“It’s the third consecutive Staffordshire Day on Tuesday, May 1 when people across the county are encouraged to promote all things Staffordshire and their area,” explained Steve Hodgetts, Community Together CIC director. “The idea is for villages, towns and cities to encourage people to visit other places in Staffordshire and vice-versa, and we’ve been invited to take part.

“The oatcake is a famous Staffordshire bake and we want to make the world’s biggest. A couple in Fenton made an attempt a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t recognised by Guinness World Records. The guidelines say it that for a new campaign to be considered it has to be something people want to repeat.

“We’re hoping to be trailblazers and get Guinness World Records to recognise the ‘world’s biggest oatcake’ as an official Guinness feat.  We’re aiming to make an oatcake that’s at least 30inches in diameter, six inches bigger than the Fenton attempt.”

The Staffordshire oatcake is a savoury pancake made from oatmeal, flour and yeast. Its origins date as far back as the Middle Ages. It was popularised during the 18th century when the oatcake was the staple diet of the potteries folks.

As well as the record attempt, Community Together CIC is hosting a range of free fun-filled activities including a ‘make your own’ Staffordshire oatcake, children’s crafts and a Staffordshire quiz. Also on offer all day will be half-price pottery painting.

After the oatcake has been baked and enough evidence has been gathered to submit the record attempt, the savoury pancake will be cut and enjoyed with afternoon tea.

Community Together CIC’s Guinness World Record attempt will take place on May 1 in the Activity Centre at the former Tamworth Swimming Baths site at 2 River Drive in the Castle Grounds, opposite the Tennis Courts.

For more information about the event, Community Together CIC sessions, workshops and volunteer opportunities, call 01827 59646 or email ctcicinfo@gmail.com.

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 For press information contact Lee Bates, Project Lead, on 07496 355946 or email media.communitytogethercic@gmail.co

Volunteers View April 2018

It continues to be another busy year for Community Together CIC delivering and developing activities to help people in Tamworth to ‘Grow Well, Live Well and Age Well’.  We have been fortunate to welcome 

a further 11 volunteers to the team since our last update. Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do and without whom none of the positive impacts we make to people’s lives across the range of activities that we deliver would be possible.

Tamworth is proud of its voluntary sector; recently Councillors praised the sector for its commitment and energy to improve the town at the recent State of Tamworth Borough Debate. 

Having the resources to support the voluntary sector is important that’s why we are supporting work at Staffordshire University to encourage community organisations to be able to register what resources they are able to share via an app whether that be equipment, knowledge and skills and if an organisation shares it resources then the reciprocal organisation then offers something back a bit like banking time.   It would be fantastic to have a platform that when needing help to deliver activities or developing a project there was a place to go to see if the resources you need were available before having to apply for external funding.

We continue the work in tackling loneliness and isolation across Tamworth and we know that there are a wealth of activities across Tamworth already happening both formally and informally that help connect people and reduce isolation. For the past 2 and a half years across Tamworth our Positive Steps Project which sees volunteer Support Buddies supporting people in the community offering practical help and befriending.  This support helps people to move forward, be connected and reduce their isolation as well as improving their mental and physical health.  

We met with Tamworth’s MP Christopher Pincher recently to update him on this work and discuss the National Strategy around loneliness that is being developed as a result of cross party work in Westminster and how the good work that is taking place in Tamworth can be fed into the strategy developing a coordinated approach working with statutory services to get the best outcomes for people most at risk of loneliness and isolation.

Community Together CIC is also supporting the continuation of Tamworth’s Employment Action Group which is made up of key partners looking at tackling worklessness.   This networking group discuss the barriers to people accessing employment and shares information and joint working opportunities.   Due to recent changes and recognition of the value of the group provides in supporting people in Tamworth to gaining sustainable employment we are looking to ensure that the group continues and provides the necessary resource to do this.

We see the value of partnership working and with this in mind over the coming month Community Together CIC will be working in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver a number of community events.  

On 1st May we are hosting our first Staffordshire Day Event.  This will take place between 10am to 3pm at our Hub in Tamworth Castle Grounds.   The event will see us attempt the record at making the biggest Staffordshire Oat Cake where the current record stands at 24 inches in diameter, we will also be providing a special afternoon to a local residential home as well as providing people a free opportunity to make their own Staffordshire Oatcake.

 

We are joining up with Tamworth Macmillan Volunteers in hosting our 2nd Tamworth Dog Walk which will take place on Sunday 24th June 2018.   The event will take place again at our Hub in Tamworth Castle Grounds with registration from 11am and the official walk starting at 12pm covering 2 miles.   The event will help raise funds for Tamworth Macmillan and Community Together CIC.  We are encouraging people to be sponsored for their walk and we are being supported by Pets at Home, The Groom Room who are providing free goody bags to all entrants, Oscars Pet Food providing free treat bags, each dog will receive a medal and certificate for taking part and we will also have First Aid for Dogs doing First Aid for Dog Demo’s as well as stalls from The Dogs Trust.

We are working with Tamworth’s Cycling Community to put on Tamworth’s first Cycling Festival on Saturday 30th June 2018 11am to 4pm.  The event has everything for beginners to experienced riders and we have a number of partners taking part including British Cycling Foundation, Tamworth BMX Club, Tamworth Cycling Club, Staffordshire County Council Bike Bus, Tamworth Mountain Bike Club, Dave Owen Cycles, 2 Wheels Only, Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, and of course Community Together CIC.   There will be lots of activities including Bike Safety, Bike Maintenance, Give Away’s, Stalls, Fun Friendly Rides around the Castle Grounds, a Wheelie Competition, Cycle Proficiency, Children’s activities, refreshments, Live music and lots more.    It’s a Free Event and Thanks to Dave Owen Cycles who are donating a Bike to be won in a free raffle for people attending on the day.

Over the coming months Tamworth’s British Heart Foundation volunteers will be attending our Community Café session promoting maintaining a healthy heart and the work they do at their shop in Tamworth.

We are seeing increased numbers of people accessing free fresh food at our Hub in Tamworth Castle Grounds.  We receive weekly donations from local stores and supermarkets which we use to support our cooking sessions and befriending luncheon club and then the remainder is available for the community to come and take.  It’s proving a popular service and we are now putting out recipe ideas for people to use the produce at home.

Our Cook Together Eat Together sessions continue, and people of all ages come together on a Monday 4pm to 6pm at our Hub in Tamworth Castle Grounds and work together creating healthy meals that are then enjoyed together.  It has proven a great way to bring all ages together, people making new friends and learning cooking skills.

As well as our Hub in Tamworth Castle Grounds we continue to reach out to the wider Tamworth community providing outreach activities across Tamworth including Community Café Drop In sessions, Seated Exercise Classes, and Job Club Support.   A full Timetable can be obtained at any of our sessions which includes all the community activities we provide across Tamworth, you can also visit our website www.communitytogethercic.org.uk or email ctciccinfo@gmail.com and call us on 01827 59646.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support us in any way.  Help Community Together CIC to help others.