Local Trust’s Chief Exec, Matt Leach, Visits Villages Together!

Matt Leach visits the Pump Track in Puriton. L-R Ian Henderson, Vicki Davies, Simon Langley, Jon Cousins, Matt, Vanda Crow, and Jenny Manners.

Matt Leach, the Chief Executive of the Local Trust – the organisation that delivers the national Big Local programme – visited Villages Together recently and met with some of the folk involved in the successful projects and groups that the Woolavington and Puriton Big Local partnership have helped to support, including Ian Henderson and Vicki Davies at J-Dans Cafe and the Pump Track in Puriton – as well as Flare Youth Group’s Helen Baker at Woolavington’s Pavilion.

Visiting J-Dans Cafe. L-R Matt Leach, Vicki Davies, Vanda Crow, Simon Langley, Jon Cousins, & Ian Henderson.

Joined by the Chair of Villages Together, Vanda Crow, along with the Chairs of Puriton and Woolavington Parish Councils – Simon Langley and Alan Sharp respectively – plus the Chair of Woolavington Playing Fields Association Nic Presley, Matt also went for a short walk around the top of Woolavington, visiting the Playing Fields, Play Park, and Bitham Walk Hall.

At Bitham Walk. L-R Lee Martin-Scull, Simon Langley, Ian Henderson, Alan Sharp, Vanda Crow, & Matt Leach.

Matt also met with our Big Local Rep Sophie Cowdell, Villages Together Partnership member Teresa Darch, Lee Martin Scull from SHAL Housing (our Locally Trusted Organisation), and our Big Local workers Jenny Manners and Jon Cousins.

At the Pavilion in Woolavington. L-R Vicki Davies and Ian Henderson, Teresa Darch, Vanda Crow and Simon Langley, Helen Baker and Jenny Manners, Matt Leach, Alan Sharp, and Nic Presley.

Speaking about the visit, Villages Together Chair, Vanda Crow reflected: “Matt’s visit proved a wonderful opportunity for people involved in projects and groups from both villages to finally meet up and share our stories and celebrate our achievements after the last two years of Covid restrictions and Lockdown.”

“Matt seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of what’s happening with nearly all the 150 Big Local projects up and down the country, and it was useful to hear how we were doing compared to some of the others. It was a great day, very inspiring!”