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Vote to help a creative youth group revitalise Lymington churchyard.

Tesco ‘ Bags of Help’ grant will see a creative group of young people revitalise part of the churchyard at St Thomas Church, Lymington.

SPUD Youth are delighted to be recipients of a Tesco 'Bags of Help' grant for their project at St Thomas Church, Lymington.  Youngsters from around Lymington and the New Forest have been working incredibly hard in their own time and supported by the Church, local architects, artists and landscape architects to redesign an area adjacent to the main entrance to the St Thomas Church.  Their proposal is to create an exciting new bicycle shelter, seating and planting. 

The bicycle shelter will have a wave theme to reflect Lymington’s closeness to the sea and sailing traditions.  It will be made from a combination of timber and steel by local artists Nicola Henshaw and Michael Turner. If SPUD Youth are successful in securing a larger grant their ambition is to install new seating and planting.

The public can help make this project amazing by voting in their local Tesco store for their favourite project from three regional finalists.  The more votes the SPUD Youth project gets will mean the hugely creative youngsters could be in line for an £8000,  £10,000 or even £12,000 grant to turn their ideas into reality.  This is a fantastic opportunity to transform a tired looking area of the Churchyard for the benefit of local people and tourists alike.  The public will be able to vote in Tesco stores in Lymington, Pennington, New Milton and Christchurch from 27th February!

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. 

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The existing site at St Thomas Church, with tired looking planting, worn out street furniture and uneven surfaces.


SPUD Youth is an award winning workshop programme delivered by Sway based charity SPUD.  It is run for young people aged 12 and upwards who are interested in architecture, urban design and public art. It is a weekly, free programme run during term-time. Students have the opportunity to work with professional architects, designers and artists.  They learn new skills and knowledge that will enhance their existing studies.  SPUD Youth fosters a strong sense of community and citizenship amongst the young people. Students are able to work on live design proposals and present their ideas and opinions to councillors, local authority officers and other professionals. SPUD Youth aims to give YOUNG PEOPLE a real voice amongst decision makers in their local area.