8th March 2018
There are currently two canal-based votes for Tesco Bags of Help grants in Chesterfield.
You can vote throughout March and April at the following Tesco stores using tokens issued at the checkout:
Chesterfield Extra, S41 7JB,
Chesterfield Express, S41 7AL,
Chesterfield Metro, S40 1PA,
Chesterfield Derby Road Express, S40 2EP,
Chesterfield Whittington Express, S41 9LQ.
Chainsaw Sculpture bid by DCC
Shoppers are urged to support Derbyshire County Council in its bid for cash from Tesco to develop an eye-catching sculpture on the Chesterfield Canal.
Tesco has already awarded the council £1,000 towards the project from its Bags of Help initiative.
The cash will be used to employ a chainsaw sculptor to design and create a work of art from the remains of a large ash tree alongside the canal to reflect the natural and industrial heritage of the area.
This sculpture will be placed at the start of the Trans Pennine Trail as part of plans to establish the longest trail of chainsaw sculptures in the country.
Now the cash from Tesco has the potential to be boosted to up to £4,000 if the project wins the public vote during in-store voting – which means more sculptures could be developed along the towpath and trail.
The money comes from Tesco’s sales of carrier bags and is given back to local community projects through its partnership with the charity Groundwork.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Derbyshire Countryside Council working with Trans Pennine Trail Volunteers is one of the groups on the Chesterfield shortlist.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “This is a great scheme that sees money spent on carrier bags going back into the local community. I hope people will support our project which will help bring to life some of the fascinating history of the Chesterfield Canal and create interesting talking points along the canal”.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Tapton Lock Festival bid by Junction Arts
Our annual Tapton Lock Festival has been selected as one of three projects to receive funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.
We have been delivering this magical family festival since 2013, costs are considerable, especially as we aim to offer the majority of what’s on free of charge.
The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.
There is no minimum spend and no need to purchase a carrier bag. You should receive a token with every shop, if not, just ask for one.
We thank you in advance for your support – every time you shop, you’re helping us to deliver a bigger and better festival that you, your family and friends can enjoy!
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.