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Carling #yourpintcan

Campaign launched by Carling and Wetherspoon to improve local communities has made a flying start, with four fantastic projects.

In May 2017, Carling launched a nationwide campaign in partnership with Wetherspoon to improve local communities and make a difference.

Simply by buying a pint of Carling in your local Wetherspoon and then logging on to the website to submit a project in need of some funding, you have been helping to change your area for the better. Entries officially closed on 31 July 2017 and, since the campaign began, lots of you have been logging on to and nominating your local community projects – and we’ve been really impressed with the entries! The passion and dedication which some of the nominees have shown have been incredible – and we’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thankyou to you all for getting involved in such a worthwhile campaign.

So, on to the chosen projects…

At the time this article goes on the web, we have successfully completed round 1 of the entries, from which we have chosen four excellent projects to be completed. To choose the projects, a panel of Carling and Wetherspoon team members came together and rated each nomination against a number of criteria, with the aim of choosing those projects which we believed to have the highest level of community need and impact, while being able to be completed by the end of October this year. Round 2 of the judging panel is in August, to choose another group of projects – and we’ll keep you up to date, in the next issue, about those who have been successful.

1. Hunslet Green Community Sports Club – Leeds

Home of the Hunslet Warriors Amateur Rugby League team, this club was nominated by Patricia Benatmane for a set of new rugby posts to replace those which had fallen down through rusting! With a newly formed women’s section, the club (run mainly by volunteers) hopes to instil the ethos of teamwork, healthy lifestyle and discipline through the medium of rugby and social gatherings. 

They regularly run fundraising events at the club and their all-inclusive, welcoming attitude really help to encourage positive role models in a safe environment. Carling and Wetherspoon thought that this project was really worthwhile – and we’ve actually already completed this project to ensure that the new posts were up and running – ready for the new season!

2. Hazelwood Road Park – Melksham

This nomination came from Tracy Haslam and the Brunswick Park Residents’ Group, based in Melksham, Wiltshire. Their nomination was to replace the run-down paths of their local park to make it more accessible to local residents. In collaboration with a Community Payback Scheme, the members of the residents’ group are keen to volunteer their own time and labour to complete the work, as they believe that the improvements will allow the park to be used more freely by the community which, in turn, will see increased physical activity and improved health for locals. 

The nearby Wetherspoon (The Bear) is a great community pub, whose staff are also keen to become involved and help with the completion of this project.

3. Bedford Community Sports – Bedford

Community Sports Activator Robert Lindsay has been working in conjunction with the local council to increase sports participation in Bedford. An old pub car park was turned into a multiuse games area, and Robert began to offer free social five-a-side football sessions every week. With the help of two fantastic local football coaches, these sessions have so far been attended by over 800 members of the local community, spanning across nine nationalities. If these sessions were not run, the area would quickly become a hangout zone, and community inclusion would diminish. 

Carling and Wetherspoon will be providing this project with new footballs, bibs and the paint and materials needed to regenerate the football posts and surrounding cage. This will hopefully ensure that the facility can continue to offer these fantastic all-inclusive sessions.

4. Moss Park – Manchester

Rebecca Murtagh from the community group The Friends of Moss Park wants to replace a large dilapidated flower bed in her local park. The aim of the group is to rejuvenate the neglected Moss Park to create a welcoming, clean area for the local community. Central to the park, the flowerbed is currently falling to pieces and full of weeds and overgrowth. If renovated, and with the addition of some new built-in seating, this could become an attractive focal piece which would encourage the local community to stay at the park longer. 

Carling and Wetherspoon are going to provide railway sleepers to help to build a long-lasting area, along with new compost, flowers and shrubs. With the help of local volunteers, this will give the park’s refurbishment a head start.

We hope you agree that these four chosen projects are incredibly worthwhile and that the support given by Carling and Wetherspoon will greatly assist these passionate, community-led nominees! Look out for the next edition of Wetherspoon News to see further updates on winning projects! Because great things start with a sip! #yourpintcan