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Just a quick click of your mouse could help Shap and our surroundingcommunity secure £10,000 worth of funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

We need grants to help us carry out building and maintenance work to create a pleasant and comfortable social area for people to come and relax and catch up with old friends – or make new ones!

From the 1st to the 30th May, people can vote to make sure that our villages have a vibrant future.


Just click here – https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1466  10ka

Enter your email address and we could be on our way to seeing our project, and your community, in the final of the Aviva Community fund.



Can you think of a great new name for the building? 

Once the community take over and start organising lots of different services from this building, it will need a new, exciting, relevant and meaningful name to operate under.

We want to reflect its past as a school, courthouse and library – but most importantly its future – as a vibrant, busy centre offering vital services to our community

 – not just Shap, but all of our adjoining parishes too.


A name that you, or a member of your family, come up with could become part of this areas future!

Click here to submit your suggestion!


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Over the past few years, it has become apparent that core Council services will become increasingly localised and rely more and more on a partnership between individual communities and Cumbria County Council (CCC) to manage and provide.

It was recognised that there exists, within the village of Shap, a building currently owned by CCC (The Old Courthouse) that could be used to provide and enhance many of these services; as well as extending facilities and amenities that are vital but missing within the area.

A steering group has been set up and, after extensive public consultation, have formed a constituted charity named Shap Community Building Group (SCBG) to secure and manage this village asset (The Old Courthouse) and to retain, enhance and improve services provided through this building in order to benefit the local community.

Through funding from Cumbria County Council, we are able to apply for a Community Asset Transfer to allow our community to take control of the building and services and protect them for the future.


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