20th Oct 2017

Vital grant: arts, culture and heritage

The former mining villages and communities of County Durham have some of the lowest figures for cultural engagement in the country. In 2016 as part of the Durham Book Festival, New Writing North was awarded £1,000 from the Banks Fund at County Durham Community Foundation towards the creation of fifteen ‘Little Free Libraries’ across the county. Located in streets and at community and venues, these small home-made libraries were designed and built by local people recruited to the project, and each was given a given a starter set of books. The ethos behind the project is simple: leave a book, take a book.

“It’s really satisfying for us all at The Banks Group to be able to help the less fortunate in our communities, says Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks. “An integral part of the Banks Group’s Development with Care approach to business is to support the local communities that host our renewable energy and surface mining projects to provide lasting, tangible benefits to the local environment, to the economy and to local people.” 

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