Newstead Village SOS


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Sarah Beeny follows a passionate group of locals trying to rescue their community. The residents of Newstead turn a disused mining pit tip into a country park.


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The British countryside.

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With green valleys, wild mountains, rolling farmlands and forests,

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the landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.

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Many dream of escaping to the simple country life.

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But for those who live in rural Britain,

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it's a different story.

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Traditional industries are in decline

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and across the land,

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local shops, pubs and farms,

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the very cornerstone of country life,

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are closing at an alarming rate.

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It just seems that the heartbeat of our green and pleasant land

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is fast disappearing.

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This was a really vibrant shopping street

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and now we've got one pub left and that's it.

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You need to keep these places safe and secure for our children to come and enjoy.

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The one thing the countryside has going for it

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is the people who call it home.

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But what if locals were able to take matters into their own hands?

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What if groups of volunteers were given a load of money

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to turn their dreams into realities

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and put the spirit back into their communities?

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We're only going to succeed in this project

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if we involve as many people from the community as possible.

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Good service, what good service.

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With just 12 months to pull it off,

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putting their villages back on the map is not going to be easy.

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-I just know we're going to have battles every step of the way!

-Mmm.

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-I have no building experience whatsoever.

-What a shambles.

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But the results might just be spectacular.

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It's the biggest chance we've ever had to do something amazing.

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CHEERING

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Welcome!

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It's a big ask...

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but it could work.

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Will people power be enough

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to turn around the fortunes of a mining village?

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-If everyone gets together, it will benefit everyone.

-It's like a lifeline for everyone.

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The sooner we get it up and running, the better, really.

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Or will their ambitious plan leave them in the pits of despair?

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Most of the area is now mud. It's going to be covered in water.

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We've worked really hard to get to this point.

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-It's amazing that people have stuck with this.

-It's hard work - sweating.

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It's pretty shocking news, frankly.

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It is a big disappointment.

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Where have we gone wrong?

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Nottinghamshire is made up of 850 square miles of countryside,

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attracting 18 million visitors a year.

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With grand country estates, industrial heritage,

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and the folklore of Robin Hood at its heart,

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the tourist industry is thriving.

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Just 10 miles away from the city of Nottingham is Newstead village.

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Its inhabitants are surrounded

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by some of the county's most beautiful scenery.

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Newstead's glory days were when the mining industry flourished,

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providing full-time employment for most of its locals.

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In the late 1980s, that changed for good

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when mines around the country were shut down.

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When the Newstead colliery shut in 1987,

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it left this place on its knees.

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With no local industry to support it,

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many people became unemployed.

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Anyone here would admit that there was a bit of a struggle, really.

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A lot of people don't work and there's not a lot of money.

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All the young ones, they all just hang around at the local shop.

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There's a lot of abuse up there, you know.

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PHONE RINGS

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'One person who understands the effect the loss of mining has on the village

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'is 49-year-old charity worker and ex-miner, Mick Leivers.'

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The pit was a bit like a parent, really, it took care of everything in the village.

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Where do you start?

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It's not that easy to pick up the pieces when everyone's out of work. It's a real struggle, isn't it?

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'Mick's charity helps local young people by teaching them fishing.'

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We were very interested in engaging them in the local community as well as education.

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It's really important to have young people on board if you're going to do anything in a village.

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Now Mick has a big plan to put Newstead back on the map.

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On the edge of the village is a 220-acre site known as the pit tips,

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once used to dump mining waste.

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The ponds built for washing coal still remain

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and Mick wants to use them to create a country park.

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Mick plans to transform the bottom pond into a fishing lake

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to make an income from year-round angling membership.

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The dream is to have a state-of-the-art visitor's centre -

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a multi-use building,

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which could be a hub for local activities and businesses.

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Newstead already hosts a free annual music festival.

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The plan is to also stage a commercial event

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with big-name bands to attract paying music revellers.

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Any profits would be used to further develop the park.

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When you walk down these terraces of houses,

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you get a sense of what it must have been like

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when this was a thriving mining community.

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There would have been social clubs and doctors' surgeries and shops - all paid for by mining.

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Hopefully, what mining left behind

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will end up being the next generation's future.

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Mick and a team of dedicated volunteers

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have put in a bid to the Big Lottery Fund

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for a grant designed to help rural regeneration.

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And today the community is gathering to find out if they have been successful.

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Fingers crossed.

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Mick shares his passion and dream

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with local plasterer, Mark Waterhouse,

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who has lived in Newstead for 25 years.

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Rather than just sitting here, and saying,

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"Well, this is what we've got, and we haven't got anything, blah blah blah,"

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we're trying to make a difference.

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The other key member of the team is Penny Altham,

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who works for the same charity as Mick in Newstead.

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If they get the money, she'll help run the country park.

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We want to turn people's lives around and give them new skills.

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I'll to do whatever is needed for this project.

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If that means hours and hours of my time,

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then that's what I'll do to make sure that it's a success.

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One phone call will now decide the fate of this deprived village.

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PHONE RINGS

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-There we go! Hello?

-'Oh, hello, is that Mick?'

-Yeah, speaking.

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'You'll appreciate what a tough job the committee's had trying to decide which of the villages to...'

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-Yeah, absolutely.

-'There's a lot of money at stake, so, er...

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'In your case, Mick, it is good news. And er...'

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CHEERING AND WHOOPING

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Ooh! All that work!

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The meetings start tomorrow.

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-We've got to develop a country park!

-I know!

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Best News ever. Fantastic. Made it all worthwhile.

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It's been an incredibly positive day for Newstead,

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because it has finally brought to fruition our work.

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The project will start and is really going to put us on the map.

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The people of Newstead will aim to turn their dream into a reality over the next year.

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I've been waiting for work to be done on this area for quite a while.

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It's the biggest chance we've ever had to do something amazing.

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For people who might be out of work or struggling,

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to have somewhere where you can expand your horizons, boost your CV,

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it's got to be a good thing.

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THEY CHEER

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But they won't be alone...

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One of the conditions of the £430,000 grant

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is that the village employs outside help.

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Jules Thistleton-Smith is a co-founder of a London PR agency

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and will take a leading role in the festival,

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whilst her architect husband Anthony

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will design the country park's visitor centre.

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We've been very fortunate, in that we've both been quite successful in our areas of business

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and actually, you know, there's still a lot more that we could do.

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But is there something else that we could do with that expertise, that we're not doing at the moment?

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Together, along with their three year-old son Gordon,

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they'll move to Newstead and work on the project for one year.

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The scars of the miners' strike, the scars of the closure are still there in the village

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and the legacy of the coal mine is ever-present, in terms of the pit tip surrounding it.

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It's great to be able to take that and do something wonderful with it.

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It's a huge ambition,

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but before the mentors can even move to the village,

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decisions must be made.

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Jules has come to Newstead to plan the festival,

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which is scheduled for September.

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She's meeting with Mick, project leader Penny, and local volunteer Sharon to discuss the line-up.

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These are all the different bands that we're in conversation with.

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They plan to use £80,000 from their Big Lottery grant

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to fund the festival.

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The only thing that I go, "Ooh!" about

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is the fact that we always talked about

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having a fairly small, simple festival.

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And I know there's monetary sides

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and it's about making it as a business decision,

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but are we potentially just losing sight of something being kind of simple?

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-Are we taking on too big a thing? That's all I'd say.

-We're actually making it easier for ourselves,

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because if we've got a big name,

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it's easier to shift tickets than with a name that isn't really a draw.

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It could help support that transition

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-from, you know, colliery village and brass band, to moving on.

-Exactly. Yeah.

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'The festival is only one part of the business plan.

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'The country park and visitor centre

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'will be the location for a host of outdoor activities.'

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I mean, obviously it's a lovely piece of land to walk around,

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but is your primary motivation to try and keep it as it is,

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or is your primary motivation to do more than that?

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I think it's to do a lot more than that. Cos, I mean, for me,

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the whole essence of it is creating a true community green space that is about the local community,

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It's not a local authority owned area,

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it's an area that the community can run.

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Talk me through the overview of exactly what you're planning on doing on this amazing site.

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The two big things are the visitor centre and landscape works.

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It's about developing fishing lakes, but not just that.

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We'll create a variety of habitats in them.

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These have gone from being ponds which filtered out the waste from the pit,

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to becoming what we think will be a really nice amenity.

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Our aim is to have something that we can retain the open access,

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so it can be used by people,

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but it can be used to encourage this sort of thing elsewhere.

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Whilst I love all the things that you're doing, you need to have enough going on here

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-to make it a destination for people, really, don't you?

-Yeah.

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There'll be all sorts of interesting things.

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Although we're talking about the key projects, and putting the infrastructure in place,

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-we are mindful that we are going to do other things.

-A load of other stuff.

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What enormous great fun!

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'The first big activity will be the festival,

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'in just three months' time.'

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But the aim is for the festival to be,

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at this stage, the prime income generator.

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What happens if you don't sell enough tickets for the festival?

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Glastonbury wasn't a successful festival

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for the first half of its legacy.

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-If it works, it works. If it don't work...

-You've done your best.

-We've done our best.

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'As if setting up a festival and opening a country park isn't ambitious enough,

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'a major part of the plan to regenerate Newstead

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'is to provide training to the local young people.'

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Newstead's a little mining village, it ain't got nothing. This will kick it off.

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I'm on Jobseeker's at the minute. I'm hoping to get a job out of it in the end.

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Maybe get some decent qualifications out of it.

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It's a lifeline for everyone in the village.

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Although the work will be voluntary, they will gain qualifications.

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Mick and his colleague Lesley are the main co-ordinators.

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What qualifications do we get out of it at the end?

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Your fencing OCN, part of the countryside management,

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hedge-laying...

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What you put into it is what you're going to get out of it.

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We're going to be doing the building, doing all the fencing and hedging.

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We're going to create the lakes and we want more young people to get involved,

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because we want you guys to end up running that.

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It is really important for the village,

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cos if we can make this work and bring in money from the different activities

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there will be some paid roles as well

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so it will not all just going to be volunteered stuff.

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It's a rare opportunity for the young people in the area.

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If the mine was still open then everyone - even us, probably -

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would have a job in the mine.

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-It's hard, isn't it, really? When you look at it.

-Yeah, it is hard.

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I mean, when the mine closed,

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there was a lot of people that lost out in jobs

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and found it really difficult to get other employment.

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20-year-old Ashley Day works for Mick's charity,

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and will be heavily involved in the project.

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He's eager to see his mates help out, too.

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Even if you do voluntary work,

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voluntary work ticks loads of boxes when you apply for a job.

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If you say you've done voluntary work, it looks like you're committed.

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Once the park develops, there will be more jobs, won't there?

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The work that 19-year-old Chris Bateman carries out on the park

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could be the lifeline he needs.

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I left school with not really anything.

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And when the pit tip's done, then maybe it will make jobs.

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For now, it's not paid work,

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but nonetheless, they're all willing to commit to the project.

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If you always live, thinking "It's not going to happen,"

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then you never even try to get something, you ever try to do that...

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The sooner we can get it up and running, the better.

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The time has come for Jules and Ant

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to say goodbye to their life in London.

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Jules is six months pregnant and the enormity of moving her family,

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including three-year-old Gordon, is dawning on her.

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It is really hitting home

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that we are making a major change in our lives.

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We are giving up an extraordinary amount, to be honest.

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It is not just us, it's, um,...

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..it's Gordon, too. So, yeah...

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You know, it's an adventure. It really is an adventure.

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A project of this scale will rely on more than just the village youth to pull it off.

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The whole community will be needed over the next year.

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Jules and Anthony will now live and work in Newstead for the next year

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to help deliver its festival and country park.

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Today, project leader Penny is preparing a welcome party for Jules and Ant

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where she hopes to sign up volunteers.

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There's five different areas.

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I've got promotions, safety, event crew, creative and country park.

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The whole project is built on community participation,

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on getting loads of people involved with new skills.

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So we have to make it work, and if it doesn't work today,

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then we've got to find another way of finding people.

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Jules and Ant have arrived at their new home

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in the heart of the village.

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And with the community waiting to welcome them at the pub,

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Ashley and Chris lead an army of local labour.

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There's quite a lot of us now that's come down to help.

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But that's what we're here for - helping them feel welcome in the village.

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Typical of what it's like around here - everybody will help everybody. A good community spirit.

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But all this kindness from strangers

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is a bit much for our hardened Londoners.

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What's really disarming is that everyone's so upfront,

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because we're used to everyone being very...

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Even if they are asking questions, it's very cushioned,

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But they straight out ask what we're doing,

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someone's already asked us how much we paid for the house.

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It's quite refreshing - but a bit disarming.

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It's a long way from the lives they're used to

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and a huge commitment.

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A commitment not just from them, but the whole community.

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Guys, thank you so, so much for coming today.

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Ant and I have literally just moved in to the village

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and we're only going to succeed if we involve as many people from the community as possible.

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So, please, help. We've got loads of roles still to fill

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and sign the volunteer forms and let us know how you can get involved.

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We've got two extremely talented people here who were going to make a big difference.

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It's really flattering for this village that they chose to come here. Thank you.

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Anyone who signs up to help can come to the festival for free.

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-I have signed up for litter picking.

-Traffic management.

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I am going to be doing litter picking in the evening.

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Nearly 40 villagers have signed up to volunteer the festival -

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it's a promising start.

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It may be their first morning in Newstead,

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but Jules has been working on the festival for weeks.

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Tickets are already selling online

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and although Jules has confirmed Ash as a headline act,

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she's now busy finding other bands.

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We've got to announce the final line-up,

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and I'm hoping to be able to do that early next week.

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The team have called the festival Headstock,

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the name given to the old pit wheel,

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with the aim to link the festival to Newstead's mining heritage.

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I don't know how you guys feel about these logos.

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-That's slightly different, isn't it? The...

-Yeah.

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This is more simplified. We've obviously kept the Headstock.

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As work forges on and the flyers are printed,

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the buzz around the festival in the village gathers.

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People think it's a shame that the Treefest has finished,

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because it's always been a free concert.

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I hope the new Festival is going to be the same as,

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or better, than the free festival that we used to have.

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People have to pay for festivals. If they're not paying to go to it, someone's paying to put it on.

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Just one week into life in Newstead and things aren't quite going according to plan.

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Ticket sales has to be my number one priority. We have got 158 tickets.

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We've got four and a half weeks to go till the festival,

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and that literally makes my heart race, if I'm honest.

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We need a major, major push.

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It's also a difficult time for the build.

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They had hoped to start construction next month, but there's a problem.

0:20:160:20:20

The land is bursting with rare wildlife

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so the planners want it to be ecologically tested before they will grant permission to build.

0:20:220:20:28

It's an old industrial site.

0:20:280:20:29

We had not really expected that there would be quite such a concern over the ecology of the site,

0:20:290:20:34

but the amount of information that the local authority require in order to process that application

0:20:340:20:40

is quite significant.

0:20:400:20:41

The delay means building in winter,

0:20:410:20:43

but Ant would rather wait until spring.

0:20:430:20:46

We've started to question the whole wisdom

0:20:460:20:49

of building a site like this into winter.

0:20:490:20:51

The logical way to build a building like this is into the summer

0:20:510:20:54

so that we get the best weather at the end of the build

0:20:540:20:57

and make sure that the finishes are put on at the time that's most appropriate.

0:20:570:21:01

Volunteer Mark is planning to play a leading role in the build when it starts.

0:21:020:21:06

For me to now feel as though

0:21:060:21:10

we're not going to be building until the other side of winter is...

0:21:100:21:13

You know, it is a big disappointment.

0:21:130:21:15

-'Ant must now break the news to Jules.'

-Hello?

0:21:180:21:22

-The project is delayed.

-Right.

-So I know that's disappointing.

0:21:220:21:26

I mean, I know... You know...

0:21:260:21:27

(CLEARS HER THROAT) Delayed till when?

0:21:270:21:29

I think we are looking at six weeks

0:21:290:21:31

before we can reasonably get any kind of planning application in.

0:21:310:21:35

What we have got is the planning officers and all of the specialists on the local authority side

0:21:350:21:41

are now working to fast-track what we're doing.

0:21:410:21:45

-When are you going to start building?

-We're going to start in February.

0:21:450:21:49

Yeah, it's pretty shocking news, frankly.

0:21:490:21:54

There's too many risks

0:21:540:21:56

and the potential for us to showcase a building disaster is, I think...

0:21:560:22:01

Would be quite great if we went to this way.

0:22:010:22:04

So I just need to have a look at it.

0:22:040:22:06

I know I don't look it, but I'm exceptionally disappointed.

0:22:060:22:10

Because it's...

0:22:100:22:11

We were meant to start building in a month.

0:22:110:22:14

It's a big blow and could mean the building won't be open in time for the tourist season.

0:22:150:22:20

-Why can you not start? I want you to start right now.

-I do, but...

0:22:200:22:25

if we start building now,

0:22:250:22:27

we'll be doing delicate finishes in October, November,

0:22:270:22:30

-and it's just not feasible...

-But in reality,

0:22:300:22:33

you might get a terrible bit of weather in March and April, with six foot of snow.

0:22:330:22:38

-The sooner it's up, the sooner you'll get some money.

-I totally agree.

0:22:380:22:42

-It's one of the problems...

-But, we've decided, though.

-OK. Well, you can build.

0:22:420:22:46

And then when I come and stand over your muddy hole in the ground in November, I'll go, "I did say."

0:22:460:22:52

But you have to make a reasoned decision on the basis of the information you have.

0:22:520:22:56

It's incredibly vulnerable to the weather. So whatever we do, it'll be a risk.

0:22:560:23:00

So when are you going to build it?

0:23:000:23:03

Well, we're going to be on site in January-February.

0:23:030:23:07

Tell me, how is the festival going?

0:23:070:23:08

Ticket sales, to be honest, not doing well at the moment.

0:23:080:23:11

We're three weeks from the event.

0:23:110:23:13

So there is a massive mountain to climb.

0:23:130:23:15

-How many have you sold?

-200.

0:23:150:23:17

So you're a bit nervous, but...

0:23:170:23:19

You're still not despairing of it.

0:23:190:23:22

It's an amazing event. You would pay more than £20 to see Ash alone,

0:23:220:23:25

and the line-up is sensational.

0:23:250:23:27

So it's really just about getting people to hear about it,

0:23:270:23:31

and to know about it.

0:23:310:23:33

PR is Jules' business,

0:23:350:23:37

so she's putting Operation Ticket Sales into overdrive.

0:23:370:23:41

Crazy-busy on Headstock Festival.

0:23:410:23:44

We've got Ash, who are headlining. Over 100 volunteers signed up...

0:23:440:23:48

But she's not alone, the whole community is in promo mode.

0:23:480:23:53

-Hello, I'm Sarah.

-Hello.

0:23:530:23:55

You're the President of the WI.

0:23:550:23:56

We'll work with the children making the bunting

0:23:560:23:59

and the flags and things.

0:23:590:24:00

Can I give you a leaflet?

0:24:020:24:04

Can you explain to me, what are you doing?

0:24:040:24:07

We're building the wheel, something that was on the pit many years ago.

0:24:070:24:11

The Big Lottery Fund were looking for six villages in Britain, and seemed to like the plans we had.

0:24:170:24:22

There you go.

0:24:220:24:24

We'll have more about the Headstock Festival

0:24:260:24:29

on East Midlands Today at 6.30 this evening.

0:24:290:24:31

Ashley and Chris must now become novice press officers.

0:24:350:24:39

Newstead is hosting such an event,

0:24:390:24:42

tell us why it's so special for the area.

0:24:420:24:44

The name of the festival, Headstock, that's in relation to the pit.

0:24:440:24:48

It's bringing the whole village together

0:24:480:24:51

and it's what the village needs.

0:24:510:24:53

Headstock!

0:24:570:24:59

Get your leaflets here today!

0:24:590:25:01

It's got a bit of interest. I'll start dishing them out,

0:25:050:25:07

explaining what exactly we're doing, what Headstock is about. Time to get started.

0:25:070:25:11

We're getting a really good response now.

0:25:150:25:17

-All right, sir? Could I interest you in a leaflet?

-We didn't know it existed, until now.

0:25:180:25:22

-Big cheer - three, two, one...

-Yay!

0:25:220:25:25

Come to Newstead!

0:25:280:25:29

Good luck on the big day.

0:25:300:25:32

The community has put their heart and soul into a PR drive.

0:25:400:25:45

The team aim to sell 1,500 tickets

0:25:450:25:48

and with the festival now four days away

0:25:480:25:50

everyone is gathering to hear an update.

0:25:500:25:52

We've distributed, in total, about 35,000 flyers

0:25:520:25:56

Last week... We've probably got, in total, 200 media hits

0:25:560:26:01

online and in the regional press.

0:26:010:26:04

Despite their best efforts, it's not good news.

0:26:040:26:07

Ticket sales are...

0:26:070:26:10

600.

0:26:100:26:12

Which is really a bit gutting at this particular juncture.

0:26:120:26:16

We're getting it out there,

0:26:160:26:17

the frustrating thing is it doesn't seem to be translating into selling tickets.

0:26:170:26:22

I find it frustrating we haven't sold more.

0:26:220:26:24

None of us expected to be here on the Tuesday before the festival,

0:26:240:26:29

having sold in the region of 600 tickets.

0:26:290:26:32

It could've been better. But, you know,

0:26:320:26:34

I'm still confident that a lot of people are going to turn up on the day.

0:26:340:26:37

Where have we gone wrong?

0:26:370:26:40

There's no pulling out, the money has been committed.

0:26:420:26:46

All the village can do now is hope that the crowds turn up on the day.

0:26:460:26:50

So it's all hands to the pump to get the site looking like a festival.

0:26:500:26:55

It's all right, I'll do it myself(!)

0:27:040:27:06

Woo-hoo!

0:27:080:27:10

The festival gates open tomorrow,

0:27:120:27:14

it's been a mammoth achievement organizing the event,

0:27:140:27:17

but the stress of the ticket sales is overwhelming.

0:27:170:27:21

-Ticket sales are standing now at just under 700.

-Just under 700.

0:27:210:27:24

Which is not where we expected to be now.

0:27:240:27:27

On the day, how many do we need to sell on the gate to break even?

0:27:270:27:30

Realistically, between 1,200 and 1,500 -

0:27:300:27:32

depending on what ticket types there are -

0:27:320:27:35

we need to have through the door tomorrow.

0:27:350:27:38

So that's a big ask, I think.

0:27:380:27:39

So, worst-case scenario,

0:27:390:27:41

-we're looking at potentially losing 30,000?

-Yeah.

0:27:410:27:45

If we have an absolute shocker tomorrow.

0:27:450:27:47

It is gutting to be sitting here at this stage, the day before...

0:27:470:27:50

SHE COUGHS

0:27:500:27:53

Hey, baby, come here.

0:27:580:28:00

That's not much of a hug.

0:28:000:28:02

I want a proper hug, come on.

0:28:020:28:04

-It'll be OK.

-I feel like I've let everybody down.

0:28:060:28:09

You haven't. This looks fantastic.

0:28:090:28:11

Anyone who comes here tomorrow will have a great time, I know that.

0:28:110:28:14

Imagine if you're one of only 400 people here looking at Ash!

0:28:140:28:17

-It's like a private concert!

-It is.

0:28:170:28:19

-Amazing! It's amazing.

-Thanks, darling.

0:28:190:28:22

The festival starts in just one hour, so every minute counts.

0:28:390:28:42

-Pluck-a-duck, coconut shy...

-Cake stalls...

-Cake stalls, there, yeah.

0:28:440:28:48

We don't have any tables and chairs on the wristband exchanges.

0:28:480:28:52

So you're fully staffed down there now?

0:28:520:28:54

What a shambles.

0:28:540:28:56

At 10am the gates open to the first few punters.

0:28:580:29:02

The hope is that at least 1,500 people will pour in

0:29:020:29:06

by the end of the day.

0:29:060:29:08

Kicking off the first ever Headstock is the Newstead Colliery Brass Band.

0:29:100:29:15

MUSIC: "Cry Me A River"

0:29:150:29:19

Playing to an audience of, well, 31.

0:29:190:29:24

But it's still early.

0:29:240:29:26

Thankfully, by early afternoon, partygoers arrive thick and fast

0:29:330:29:38

and the site looks much more like a festival.

0:29:380:29:41

SHE SINGS

0:29:410:29:44

But any enjoyment of the festival for its organizers is tainted

0:29:440:29:48

by the ongoing pressure of ticket sales.

0:29:480:29:51

I've just checked tickets so far.

0:29:510:29:53

We've erm... We've collected about two grand.

0:29:530:29:55

But that's the second collection and including my bit.

0:29:550:29:58

Thanks, bye.

0:29:580:30:00

As long as we break even with this, and we've set some foundations

0:30:000:30:03

and we've got people coming along who will go away and bring their friends next year,

0:30:030:30:08

we'll have had a really good event.

0:30:080:30:09

We've done a good job of publicising it, so I think every little helps. We're getting there.

0:30:090:30:14

# To prove to everyone

0:30:140:30:17

# That I exist... #

0:30:170:30:20

As the day wears on,

0:30:200:30:22

the hope is that more people will arrive to see the headline band, Ash.

0:30:220:30:26

No festival is complete without a headline act,

0:30:260:30:29

with a luxury dressing room and an onslaught of groupies.

0:30:290:30:33

But Ash will have to make do with the Newstead WI,

0:30:330:30:36

who have baked them some cakes.

0:30:360:30:38

-Let's have you out!

-Come on out, guys! Hi!

0:30:380:30:41

-Come on!

-Come on, Tim!

-How're you doing? What have we got?

0:30:410:30:44

'The ladies have got lead singer Tim Wheeler

0:30:440:30:47

'right where they want him -

0:30:470:30:49

'eating a slice of fruit cake.

0:30:490:30:51

'And it's going down well!'

0:30:510:30:52

-This is good. This'll give us good energy.

-Good!

-Yeah, for the show.

0:30:520:30:55

Have you guys have got a dressing room of your own?

0:30:550:30:58

No! We've got a tent.

0:30:580:31:00

'Easy tiger!'

0:31:000:31:01

At 9.30, the crowd for the headline act looks impressive.

0:31:080:31:12

CHEERING AND WHISTLING

0:31:140:31:15

Welcome to the stage...Ash!

0:31:150:31:17

Tomorrow, the community will be eager to count the takings,

0:31:300:31:33

but for now, the festival has shaped up to be a great experience.

0:31:330:31:38

-It's just such a good atmosphere.

-But to do it for something which is so worthwhile

0:31:380:31:42

is absolutely brilliant.

0:31:420:31:43

Looking round so far, I think it's been a cracking little day

0:31:430:31:48

and I'm really pleased with the way it's gone so far.

0:31:480:31:51

I'm really proud of you, baby.

0:31:510:31:53

Come here.

0:31:530:31:55

I'm really proud of you.

0:31:550:31:56

Thank you so much! Cheers, good night!

0:32:000:32:02

WHISTLING AND APPLAUSE

0:32:020:32:04

With the festival hangover pounding,

0:32:090:32:12

it's time for the team to assess the money.

0:32:120:32:15

But after a final count,

0:32:150:32:17

sadly, the first ever Headstock Festival has made a loss.

0:32:170:32:22

Without the updated expenditure, we're about, at the moment...

0:32:220:32:27

just under 30,000 short on the festival.

0:32:270:32:31

Some of the feedback's been, like, "The ticket price was measly."

0:32:310:32:35

I thought - I might be wrong - I don't know how we sold the tickets and I don't know what the split was

0:32:350:32:40

but it seemed to me there were quite a lot of people there

0:32:400:32:42

who were local people or Treefest people,

0:32:420:32:45

and I still don't feel we attracted that wider audience.

0:32:450:32:47

We will get through it. We definitely will.

0:32:470:32:50

I am still personally gutted.

0:32:500:32:53

The whole point of this is to make a sustainable business.

0:32:530:32:56

We will still do that, but it is going to be so much harder to do that given where we are now.

0:32:560:33:01

Everything now hinges on the build.

0:33:040:33:06

As late summer gives way to autumn, then winter,

0:33:060:33:11

there's no sign of planning permission.

0:33:110:33:13

For Jules and Ant at least, by November, there's some good news.

0:33:130:33:17

So would you like to introduce us to Newstead's newest resident?

0:33:170:33:22

Hey, Claudia.

0:33:220:33:24

Are you going to say hello?

0:33:240:33:27

As Newstead's latest resident settles into her new home,

0:33:270:33:31

business is never far from her parents' mind.

0:33:310:33:35

Sort of, I guess, halfway through the project.

0:33:350:33:38

We've had Headstock, but there's so much more to do.

0:33:380:33:42

Obviously, the build is just about to start,

0:33:420:33:45

as soon as the snow's gone.

0:33:450:33:47

And, of course, we've got to start working on the country park

0:33:470:33:51

and getting all that up and ready for when the build's ready.

0:33:510:33:55

'As the new year arrives,

0:33:580:33:59

'the volunteers are eager to move back onto site.'

0:33:590:34:03

It's really disappointing that after so much hard work, the festival didn't actually make any money.

0:34:030:34:08

So I'm here today to find out just how they hope to get it back on track.

0:34:080:34:13

'So with the festival that came and went, it wasn't...'

0:34:130:34:16

I mean, it was fantastic, because there was the community,

0:34:160:34:19

everyone enjoyed it and you all got together,

0:34:190:34:21

but it didn't quite make the money that you were hoping it was going to make, did it?

0:34:210:34:26

That's really hurt us, there's no doubt about it,

0:34:260:34:29

and it's led to sleepless nights on all of our parts, I think.

0:34:290:34:33

The hard financial reality is that we didn't make a profit in year one.

0:34:330:34:37

To me, setting up a festival, you attract a group of people.

0:34:370:34:40

You create a crowd of people who come and enjoy that event and come back next year with their friends.

0:34:400:34:46

I think, the first few years,

0:34:460:34:47

you've got to tolerate not being financially successful

0:34:470:34:50

and it put us on the map, as well. It established us as a festival and that was important.

0:34:500:34:55

So you've learned from that, moving on,

0:34:550:34:57

and now about to start the build.

0:34:570:35:01

I have to say, that being part of the build team,

0:35:010:35:04

I'm really champing at the bit now to get something going.

0:35:040:35:08

We've had the festival, we've had the winter - we're now ready to go.

0:35:080:35:12

I've been looking at that lake and that site for months now

0:35:120:35:15

and waiting to get something on it.

0:35:150:35:17

We're a couple of weeks away from planning permission.

0:35:170:35:21

-That's been a year-long process.

-So you need to shift it now, don't you?

0:35:210:35:25

Get this building up and finished and... So you can actually get on.

0:35:250:35:29

Next time, I'm bringing my fishing rods. I'm hoping you're going to teach me.

0:35:290:35:33

-Absolutely.

-Come in March and bring a sledgehammer and you can put in some tyres.

0:35:330:35:37

The delay on planning permission won't dampen spirits,

0:35:390:35:42

and work on the country park is well under way,

0:35:420:35:44

thanks to Ashley and the lads.

0:35:440:35:46

What do you think it's that changes someone to make them think,

0:35:460:35:51

"I won't lie in bed and watch telly or play on the Xbox"?

0:35:510:35:54

If you can give someone the opportunity to work on something

0:35:540:35:58

and then they take credit from that, whether it be qualifications, just self-confidence,

0:35:580:36:03

that's all that they need, really.

0:36:030:36:06

'Volunteer Chris is committed to gaining his Open College qualification.'

0:36:070:36:12

What do you reckon the alternative is,

0:36:120:36:15

if you didn't come down and help?

0:36:150:36:18

I'd be sat about on the street, on a corner or something.

0:36:180:36:21

You know what I mean? Dossing.

0:36:210:36:22

What do you think you get out of it?

0:36:220:36:24

Some things that we're learning out here, doing pathways and stuff, putting fences in,

0:36:240:36:29

It's something I've seen done but I've never done it myself.

0:36:290:36:33

So now I'll be able to learn how to do it

0:36:330:36:35

and maybe it'll progress into a job,

0:36:350:36:37

I'll get a job out of doing something like this.

0:36:370:36:40

I think it's really impressive that you're out here. Good for you.

0:36:400:36:44

A few weeks later,

0:36:470:36:48

Ant and Penny finally get the news they've been waiting months for.

0:36:480:36:52

OK, brilliant. Thanks very much for all your help, Nick. Bye-bye.

0:36:520:36:56

-Yep?

-We got consent.

-Woo-hoo!

0:36:560:36:58

Come on. THAT was hard-fought.

0:36:580:37:00

Work can at last begin on the visitors' centre.

0:37:000:37:04

Trouble brews immediately.

0:37:040:37:07

Unsteady mining spoil means much more money than expected must be poured into the foundations.

0:37:070:37:13

Thankfully, Mark and an army of volunteers

0:37:170:37:19

are on hand to build the main structural wall,

0:37:190:37:23

which will be made entirely from old tyres filled with spoil from the mine.

0:37:230:37:27

What we're digging out and ramming back into our wall

0:37:270:37:31

is the waste product of the mining industry that sort of kept our communities alive.

0:37:310:37:36

We're actually building a visitor centre on our country park

0:37:360:37:41

out of a waste material that some of our fathers and grandfathers spent their lives working with.

0:37:410:37:48

As work begins,

0:37:530:37:54

the sense of Newstead's community spirit is strong.

0:37:540:37:57

Every block for the future is grounded in their history.

0:37:570:38:01

Getting the community together, just giving it a go, really,

0:38:010:38:04

and just to see how they actually do build it.

0:38:040:38:07

Because you never know - this could be the future.

0:38:070:38:09

It's better than sitting at home.

0:38:090:38:11

Come out, get warmed up, get involved.

0:38:110:38:14

I'm just here purely for the experience, really. Maybe get a job!

0:38:140:38:18

We're both in our 70s.

0:38:180:38:20

I'm 72 and my husband will be 74 at the end of the month,

0:38:200:38:23

so we love doing anything like this.

0:38:230:38:25

My dad was a mechanical fitter at Newstead Pit

0:38:250:38:28

and my uncle and his father worked here as well. My grandfather was a deputy at Newstead Pit.

0:38:280:38:33

so there's been quite a mining history in my family.

0:38:330:38:37

To do something productive with the area

0:38:370:38:39

and bring something back to the community

0:38:390:38:42

will help out quite a lot.

0:38:420:38:43

As always, the local youth are out in force,

0:38:500:38:54

including Ashley and Chris.

0:38:540:38:56

It's hard work, but it's all come together. It keeps you going, seeing all the volunteers.

0:38:560:39:00

It's a learning curve for everyone.

0:39:000:39:03

It's the first time I've done it and the first time a lot of people have,

0:39:030:39:07

because there's not many builds like this.

0:39:070:39:09

If everyone gets together, or certain people get together, it'll benefit everyone.

0:39:110:39:17

It's hard, trying to find work.

0:39:190:39:23

It's really hard.

0:39:230:39:24

It's a pretty gratifying sight. I'm very pleased.

0:39:300:39:32

It's not a particularly nice day today, but we've got a full complement of people.

0:39:320:39:36

And whenever I pictured this, I always had this image in my head of some sort of Hollywood epic,

0:39:360:39:42

the building of the pyramids, Ben-Hur or something,

0:39:420:39:44

and it's not quite the building of the pyramids, but it's not far off.

0:39:440:39:48

We've got a good crowd of people and the wall's coming up nicely. We're very pleased.

0:39:480:39:52

At the end of a gruelling day,

0:39:520:39:55

the first 180 tyres are filled,

0:39:550:39:58

but it's not quite Ant's pyramid yet.

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The community must fill 1,200 tyres in total,

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each one requiring muscle and sweat.

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Over a hundred volunteers have signed up,

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determined to take the building to the next stage,

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when contractors will make the structure watertight

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with timber and glass.

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With the site looking so muddy,

0:40:310:40:33

it's hard for the team to visualize a finished country park.

0:40:330:40:37

So today, Mick and the lads are off to meet Jules and Ant in North Yorkshire.

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We're going to look at another park that I guess, although I don't know all about it,

0:40:410:40:46

does similar things to what we're hoping to achieve at the country park Newstead and Annesley.

0:40:460:40:51

It's important to get the lads involved from the beginning.

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Because they're going to carry this on, it gives them a real sense of ownership -

0:40:540:40:58

it's theirs, they're going to do the work on it.

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At some point, we'll be too tired to carry on. These guys will carry this forward.

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They're visiting Kilnsey Park, which also has a visitor centre

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and lots of park attractions, including fishing.

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In Newstead, Mick and the lads have planned coarse fishing,

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for serious anglers.

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But Kilnsey is geared much more towards families.

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Dangle this bit in the water to start off with.

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-Have you fished before?

-Yes.

-Yeah?

0:41:280:41:30

There you go, well done!

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And there you go, that's your fish.

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What do I do, what do I do?

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With two lakes at Mick's disposal back in Newstead,

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it seems an attractive proposition.

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The economics of it - it's £6 a rod and you pay for the trout as well.

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So the trout are all paid for, they breed their own, grow them on.

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So they bring the money back in and they're making £6 a rod

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and during the summer, it's rammed.

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So in terms of the income side of it, it's probably pretty substantial.

0:42:010:42:05

The trip has inspired them all.

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I've seen all the little kids on the little lake, fishing and enjoying themselves.

0:42:080:42:12

They're not only learning how to fish, they're learning something educational at the same time.

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If we could get that, it's going to bring a nice income in as well.

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But in Newstead, they're a long way off a finished country park.

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Ever more determined, Mick and the lads are working to get the park on track,

0:42:280:42:33

starting with perimeter fencing.

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Here, where these guys are putting this up,

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there's a gate going in, so we can access this part of the site and people can access a footpath.

0:42:390:42:44

We're doing 3,000 metres, which is a considerable amount.

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We've got about another seven weeks to complete the fencing.

0:42:470:42:51

Guys, we're going to talk about putting this strut in.

0:42:510:42:54

It's more about people creating it for themselves, coming along as volunteers or member supporters,

0:42:540:43:01

and that's how we see the plot developing over the next five or ten years.

0:43:010:43:05

You're learning new things and getting to grips with fencing.

0:43:050:43:07

I've never dreamt about doing fencing before in my life,

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so it is something that I could get the hang of.

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It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but it's hard work, sweating.

0:43:130:43:17

There's an awful lot of work to do.

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Despite the many hours young people have spent making fencing,

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there's a setback.

0:43:240:43:25

Fish must be stocked in the lake in winter months.

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But the lakes here just won't be finished in time.

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We're all hoping we make the deadline of getting the lakes open by the end of March.

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It's a significant part of our income.

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Looking at other aspects of the country park - the festival in September didn't make money.

0:43:400:43:45

It's made it a tricky job. If we'd had planning permission back when we started in the summer,

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then we'd be sailing by now.

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To cover the extra costs the build faced at the outset,

0:43:520:43:56

the team has applied for extra funding to help get it finished.

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If the lakes can't open by summer,

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then Jules hopes at least the visitor centre will bring in some money.

0:44:020:44:06

For me, personally,

0:44:060:44:08

there will have to be a lot more done before I can visualize it, and this is what you do.

0:44:080:44:12

You come up here and get a lump in your throat

0:44:120:44:14

because it's unbelievable what's been going on.

0:44:140:44:17

It's really, really impressive,

0:44:170:44:19

but in terms of visualizing the finished thing,

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that's not what I do.

0:44:220:44:23

So for me, it's like, "Really? You've got nine weeks to go?"

0:44:230:44:27

No, it's going to be open in ten weeks.

0:44:270:44:29

We've got a programme, we're on the programme.

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We might be two days shy at the moment.

0:44:310:44:35

What's getting me now, especially now this timber wall's up,

0:44:350:44:38

is the scale of it.

0:44:380:44:41

I'm just looking at it now, thinking...

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What you've got to remember is that most of the area that's now mud

0:44:440:44:47

is going to be covered in water.

0:44:470:44:49

The worry about the lakes and how much longer it's going to take,

0:44:490:44:52

because the lakes aren't bringing in income as early as we'd hoped, puts extra pressure on the building.

0:44:520:44:57

It's frustrating, because it puts a lot of pressure on the business.

0:44:570:45:01

-But we're opening in June.

-OK.

-We are opening in June.

-OK.

-Uh-huh.

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The next five weeks race by

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as the build volunteers work round the clock to get the tyre wall finished.

0:45:130:45:17

And thanks to a hundred locals and thousands of hours of work,

0:45:200:45:24

Newstead's mining legacy is sealed in a wall

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built from 1,200 rammed-earth tyres.

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It's a gratifying sight,

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but the pot is dwindling.

0:45:330:45:35

We've had some bad luck in the ground, we've had to put a lot more money in the foundations,

0:45:350:45:40

the lakes have been delayed by six months.

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That has led us to a pinch at the end of the project.

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Nonetheless, work forges on.

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The team has spent just over £250,000 on the building so far.

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But with low funds, it's now down to the villagers to finish the job.

0:46:140:46:18

'The team is feeling the pressure.'

0:46:200:46:23

How is the money going here?

0:46:230:46:26

The money is tough at the moment.

0:46:260:46:28

-I mean, there's no denying that, the money is...

-Running out?

0:46:280:46:31

We're pretty close to running out, yes.

0:46:310:46:34

And we've still got an enormous amount to do. We've been hit on all fronts, really.

0:46:340:46:38

We didn't make the money we were hoping to for Headstock, the lakes are behind schedule,

0:46:380:46:43

and the build is taking more money than we hoped.

0:46:430:46:45

-How does that make you feel?

-Very, very stressed, if I'm honest.

0:46:450:46:50

Because we've got to have a sustainable project here.

0:46:500:46:54

If we don't, then every bit of hard work that everybody's put in,

0:46:540:46:57

including 300 members of the community, is for nothing.

0:46:570:47:01

In fact, we'll leave a community that's more downheartened if we can't make this sustainable.

0:47:010:47:06

So it's incredibly stressful for all of us at the moment.

0:47:060:47:10

Do you feel absolutely confident

0:47:100:47:12

that this is going to be financially self-sufficient?

0:47:120:47:15

I genuinely believe that it's going to take us a little bit longer to get there,

0:47:150:47:19

because we have dared to dream big and it will take us longer, but it will be sustainable.

0:47:190:47:23

We must emphasise that the lakes aren't far off completion,

0:47:230:47:27

so by October, with a minimal amount of work, we can have those in place.

0:47:270:47:31

There are other aspects, particularly the build...

0:47:310:47:34

What's interesting is we're running low on money, but we're not running low on sort of social capital.

0:47:340:47:39

We have a fantastic amount of energy from the community and more involvement across the board.

0:47:390:47:44

It's extraordinary, the people here. They're going to succeed anyway, whatever happens,

0:47:440:47:48

and I think that's the real currency

0:47:480:47:51

and that's the thing that should be tapped into to feed the future.

0:47:510:47:55

The village hasn't had the best of reputations and that's come on leaps and bounds.

0:47:550:47:59

The amount of positive publicity and visitors we're getting, different groups are coming to look and going,

0:47:590:48:05

"Wow, what an amazing place this is," which it is. We knew that.

0:48:050:48:08

So what's the key to getting all this finished? What's the key to making it work?

0:48:080:48:13

The key to getting it finished now is absolutely the community.

0:48:130:48:16

They will be the people that allow us to invest in the park and to grow it in the future.

0:48:160:48:21

Newstead's novice entrepreneurs aren't about to throw in the towel

0:48:230:48:28

and they all have business ideas for the park.

0:48:280:48:32

These bicycles were donated by Nottinghamshire police. A lot of them need punctures repairing,

0:48:320:48:37

the brake cables tightened up.

0:48:370:48:39

We can look at them like starting up a little business.

0:48:390:48:43

Like, hiring out bicycles.

0:48:430:48:45

The plucky locals have even more up their sleeve, including arts...

0:48:450:48:50

-Sculpture workshops.

-This is a perfect place for having storytelling events.

0:48:500:48:54

..And exercise...

0:48:540:48:57

Nordic walking is a Scandinavian fitness technique.

0:48:570:49:01

..and of course, the WI ladies are always looking for a chance to be involved.

0:49:010:49:06

We do bring cakes from the WI, yeah.

0:49:060:49:08

Mmm, delicious!

0:49:080:49:10

But Ashley and Chris hope the biggest income could be made from family fishing.

0:49:100:49:15

Have you got a business plan out here? A cunning plan?

0:49:150:49:18

Getting the lakes set up, you know, for like...

0:49:180:49:21

In a way, more like a coarse fishing lake,

0:49:210:49:24

you know, for younger people.

0:49:240:49:27

If we could offer it at a low price, we'd still bring income in,

0:49:270:49:31

but they're getting a great deal and a good day's fishing as well.

0:49:310:49:35

I think that sounds a really great plan, I have to say.

0:49:350:49:37

And with so many ideas for business,

0:49:370:49:40

the locals are more determined than ever to finish the build.

0:49:400:49:44

Everyone's on standby to finish it by the end of the summer.

0:49:440:49:48

'I can really see Ant's vision here.'

0:49:480:49:51

This is going to be an amazing building.

0:49:510:49:53

Once the community get in here and finish it off...

0:49:530:49:56

this is going to be such a great asset for Newstead village.

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# I need dollar, dollar

0:50:010:50:03

# Dollar, that's what I need Hey, hey

0:50:030:50:05

# Well, I need... #

0:50:050:50:07

With the interior work to complete,

0:50:070:50:08

Ant and Mark are leading the volunteers

0:50:080:50:11

through clearing the ground and filling in the tyre wall.

0:50:110:50:15

We haven't finished it, we've run out of funds,

0:50:150:50:18

but what's more important is that we've got the people and the whole community is involved.

0:50:180:50:22

They've really rallied forth.

0:50:220:50:24

As a leading volunteer,

0:50:260:50:28

Mark is dedicating much of his free time to the build.

0:50:280:50:32

We are where we are, and I think we've worked really hard

0:50:320:50:35

to get to this point, and, you know,

0:50:350:50:38

we need to push on, and we need a little bit of help,

0:50:380:50:40

a little bit of luck, just to get this finished.

0:50:400:50:43

# I had a job But the boss man let me go... #

0:50:430:50:47

But as long as the build and the park remain incomplete,

0:50:490:50:52

sadly, much-needed income from the tourist trade is lost.

0:50:520:50:56

The lads are now keener than ever

0:51:010:51:04

to start up an angling business on their country park.

0:51:040:51:07

I hope that build gets finished, though,

0:51:070:51:10

because that's going to be the main attraction up there.

0:51:100:51:13

Now, by putting that visitors' centre and everything there,

0:51:130:51:17

that'll be the new tourist attraction.

0:51:170:51:19

I think eventually it'll get there, it'll be a success.

0:51:190:51:23

It's down to us now to help get it finished and everything.

0:51:230:51:26

If we want it, we've got to help, we've got to get it finished.

0:51:260:51:31

Self-achievement as well, innit?

0:51:310:51:32

Something to look back on and be proud of.

0:51:320:51:34

MUSIC: "Hoppipolla" by Sigur Ros

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One year on from receiving their grant,

0:51:470:51:51

and the community has gathered to take stock of their achievements so far.

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It will be one of the finest country parks in this country.

0:51:550:51:59

12 months ago, this land was the remains of a slag heap.

0:52:000:52:04

Now, thanks to an amazing community effort,

0:52:040:52:08

the green shoots of recovery

0:52:080:52:09

are showing what could be a brilliant resource for the village.

0:52:090:52:14

The foundations of a country park have been laid,

0:52:140:52:17

and a visitors' centre stands on the edge of a beautiful lake.

0:52:170:52:21

When it opens, the villagers are primed to move on site

0:52:210:52:24

and run the business long into Newstead's future.

0:52:240:52:27

Although Mark and project leader Penny have work ahead of them,

0:52:340:52:38

getting this far within a year is a huge achievement.

0:52:380:52:41

When you look at this now, are you proud of what's been achieved?

0:52:420:52:46

It's quite emotional to think about taking on a project of this scale,

0:52:460:52:51

and actually thinking, what we have achieved,

0:52:510:52:53

we've really got to take a lot from that.

0:52:530:52:56

Days like this, when you're looking at the building and there's all these people here,

0:52:560:53:00

just for the project, I think it's amazing.

0:53:000:53:03

Jules and Ant have now come to the end of their year working with Newstead village.

0:53:030:53:08

You're not quite as far forward as you'd probably hoped. How does that feel?

0:53:080:53:12

It's disappointing not to get a completely finished country park

0:53:120:53:16

that we can open right here and now. But I have to say,

0:53:160:53:19

I am phenomenally proud of what we've achieved.

0:53:190:53:22

This whole project, it's about transforming lives.

0:53:220:53:25

To be honest, we wouldn't have uprooted the whole family if it wasn't really a community in need.

0:53:250:53:30

Is that it for you, are you off now?

0:53:300:53:32

Well, our contract is strictly up in about a week's time,

0:53:320:53:37

but we've committed to stay until at least the next festival, which is in September.

0:53:370:53:42

There's still quite a bit of work for me to do on the build,

0:53:420:53:45

so we'll be here for a few more months.

0:53:450:53:47

It's just too big of a project and it's grabbed us too much by the heart, really, to walk away from.

0:53:470:53:52

It's easy to see the park is now a valuable space for the people of Newstead.

0:53:560:54:01

How will it change life in Newstead for you?

0:54:070:54:11

It's so inspirational to see. There was nothing here a year ago,

0:54:110:54:14

and the kids have seen the volunteers doing this work,

0:54:140:54:17

coming and picking apples out of hedgerows

0:54:170:54:19

and all the other opportunities that there are.

0:54:190:54:22

Money can't usually buy that kind of thing.

0:54:220:54:24

I have to say, if this was on my doorstep,

0:54:240:54:26

all the activities I can see that are starting,

0:54:260:54:29

I'm thinking I'd probably be here most weekends.

0:54:290:54:31

-Yay!

-She's gorgeous. Yay!

0:54:310:54:34

There's going to be so much more to do, and it's so appealing.

0:54:340:54:36

I'm just hoping it brings lots of people in

0:54:360:54:39

and lots of positive things in for the village.

0:54:390:54:41

If we can do it, then other communities can as well.

0:54:410:54:44

-We'll be up here quite a lot.

-Every day.

0:54:440:54:46

Projects like this are born out of determination and dreams.

0:54:480:54:52

Over the last year, have you learned anything?

0:54:520:54:54

Yeah, I shouldn't take so much on! I've learned an enormous amount.

0:54:540:54:59

We're learning every week. To me, the proof is when people turn up

0:54:590:55:02

to offer their free time as volunteer work, it's flabbergasting.

0:55:020:55:08

And with a bit of help, we'll be there shortly.

0:55:080:55:11

I look at this now and think, this was one of the mining scars.

0:55:110:55:15

This is it, we're in it, in the middle of the scar here.

0:55:150:55:19

Do you think it is a scar still?

0:55:190:55:20

No, not at all. I don't think people do locally.

0:55:200:55:23

I think it's an absolutely beautiful place, and becoming more beautiful.

0:55:230:55:27

We then have a responsibility to manage that for future generations.

0:55:270:55:32

One big achievement so far is the number of locals who have been involved.

0:55:340:55:38

Today, these young people will all receive Open College certificates

0:55:380:55:44

for their work in fencing, building and much more. It's a big day for Chris.

0:55:440:55:48

Do you think you're any way different to a year ago?

0:55:500:55:53

Do you feel different?

0:55:530:55:54

I feel better in myself.

0:55:540:55:56

If it wasn't for this country park, I wouldn't be where I am now.

0:55:560:56:00

When people come and visit it and fish and everything

0:56:000:56:03

and they're talking about it, I can say, "I helped build that."

0:56:030:56:06

-Are you proud of that?

-Yeah, I am.

-You should be.

0:56:060:56:09

Good. I'm glad you're proud of it.

0:56:090:56:11

The moment has come, official recognition for a year of hard work.

0:56:130:56:17

Mick is keen to express his thanks.

0:56:170:56:20

It's amazing that people have stuck with this, and how many have got involved.

0:56:200:56:24

Part of what we're here to do now is just to recognise some of those people

0:56:240:56:28

who've made a big contribution to this project.

0:56:280:56:31

I'd like to invite up two people

0:56:310:56:32

who've been an integral part of this project, both from the CAST Project.

0:56:320:56:38

That's Ash Day and Chris Bateman. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

0:56:380:56:41

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Nice one.

0:56:410:56:43

Thank you.

0:56:440:56:46

It's good to get something back from what we've done,

0:56:460:56:49

to show that we've done something.

0:56:490:56:52

A certificate just to say that we've volunteered and we've helped.

0:56:520:56:56

It's a really good feeling.

0:56:560:56:57

It has been a hell of a lot of work, and it's been hard work as well,

0:56:570:57:00

but it's all worth it, seeing it all come together.

0:57:000:57:03

In all, 40 young people have been awarded qualifications.

0:57:040:57:08

Steve Boyd. Cheers, Steve.

0:57:110:57:13

When you look at the pride on these guys' faces,

0:57:180:57:22

suddenly the whole project takes on a totally new meaning.

0:57:220:57:25

This is about changing lives, and it's qualifications

0:57:250:57:28

that's going to change these people's lives for the future.

0:57:280:57:31

If you have been inspired to create a community project in your area

0:57:330:57:36

and want to find out about the grants available

0:57:360:57:38

and how to apply, go to -

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and get the ball rolling.

0:57:440:57:46

A group of volunteers think food can save their village.

0:57:480:57:52

-I think it's absolutely yummy.

-Oh, good! Thank you.

-Well done!

0:57:520:57:55

Welcome to the Tideswell School Of Food.

0:57:570:57:58

But will it leave a sour taste in the mouths of the community?

0:57:580:58:02

I hope it works, but as long as it don't take any business off us.

0:58:020:58:06

It seems to me that you're slightly fearful of regeneration.

0:58:060:58:09

I think he's got to bring a lot of people in.

0:58:090:58:11

And have they bitten off more than they can chew?

0:58:110:58:14

None of us have run a cookery school,

0:58:140:58:15

none of us have planned a cookery school.

0:58:150:58:17

We do want to make this look as though we know what we're doing.

0:58:170:58:20

At the moment you've got nobody booked on any courses,

0:58:200:58:23

and that's not good, is it?

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Sarah Beeny follows a passionate group of locals as they spend a year trying to rescue their community. When the residents of Newstead in Nottinghamshire applied for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to transform a disused mining pit tip into a country park they had no idea what was in store.