‘Give the community its spirit back’
Last updated at 12:18, Thursday, 10 October 2013
A GROUP is working together to get the feel good factor back into Whitehaven town centre.
The newly-formed Whitehaven Action Group (WAG) says it is a proactive team that wants to make a positive difference in the town by urging people to get involved in their community.
One of the main ideas is a local shop day where, for one day a month, people step away from ordering online or buying from the big retail chains and put money into independent shops.
Founded by Lynn Craig of Thornhill, and Rachel Holliday and Carrie Canavan of Whitehaven, they created the site on Facebook.
Lynn said: “This town has so much potential and stand alone businesses, and we want people to realise just how good it can be to shop at these venues.
“Whitehaven has a greengrocers, a butchers and a hardware store and so much more, everything you need you can get from your local traders and even if it is just five pounds, it’s better to put the money back into our shops than some online company.”
The group has received a lot of support from the social media site with people offering their trade services for the good of the community or coming up with initiatives to improve the area.
Lynn explained: “People have a lot of love to give for this town but there wasn’t an outlet for them to help out and make the change so WAG is giving the community its spirit back.
“One day a month of town centre shopping would increase footfall and profit, both traders and customers will benefit from the day.
“We are only starting out at the minute and I am astounded by the support from people, great things come from small beginnings.”
Another WAG project is the greenfingered team who will be tidying up Whitehaven cemetery in Mirehouse with a host of volunteers on October 13. The local shop day is planned for November 2.
Any one wishing to get involved should search for Whitehaven Action Group on Facebook.
First published at 11:51, Thursday, 10 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
Have your say
The community has never lost it spirit. It HAS been misled by an amateurish, out of touch council.
Would work if there was anywhere to shop, personally i dont think its worth paying the parking fees to trawl charity shops, banks and bookies. The big name shops we do have are under stocked and overpriced
Workington might not be much better but at least they have a toilet
View all 9 comments on this article