If you've not heard of Heanor Vision, then let us introduce ourselves.....
We are a community group, a CIC (Community Interest Company) made of the people of Heanor and working for the best interests of the town. Everyone at Heanor vision is a volunteer.
We help to promote local businesses and groups, create increased footfall within the town, increase safety and encourage all of us to build our community.
We do this by having connections with local councils, the police and use of social media and word of mouth. We believe that by working together we are stronger and get things done faster. As well as this we also work on some local community projects.
Want to keep up to date with our monthly meeting agenda, minutes and update on events? Sign up for our email below...
If you run a business in Heanor, you can also sign up for our 'Heanor business email list' and we'll send you any information that effects Heanor businesses, opportunities, grants and more. We are actively looking for ways to help Heanor businesses (in particular town centre) grow.
Below are some of the projects we are currently running:
We hold the licence for and run Heanor Market on Fridays and Saturdays. until now, the market has struggled for some years and has been run by volunteers (who each work in their own full time jobs/businesses). We now have a market manager, who has taken over the running of the market and is preparing to take it to the next level. Heanor deserves a thriving market and we are working hard behind the scenes to make it happen. Please visit the market and help it to grow :)
Heanor Community Fair
Held on the 1st Saturday of every month, in St Lawrence Church on the Market Place (against the traffic lights). At each Fair, there are around 30-40 different stalls, many run by local people, but the popularity of the Fair has meant that we can attract a few traders from outside the Heanor area to help boost the multitude of crafts and trades. Many of the small stalls that have started here have grown and gone on to be successful businesses.
Christmas market and other special event markets etc. A list of events is published quarterly and is available in the local library, schools and businesses (see below) and all our events are published in the 'events' section of our facebook page.
Our 2018 events
Saturday 5th May: Cinema in the Park. Showing The Rocky Horror Show (cert 15). Heanor Memorial Park.
May day event: Classic cars and bikes, craft and food stalls, live music (Steel band and brass band) provided by Heanor Vision as well as entertainment for children and adults alike provided by Mr Balloony funded by Heanor and Loscoe Town Council: climbing wall, bugs & bones, unicycle riding & more.
Royal Wedding 'Party in the Park
Saturday 19th May 3pm - 7pm. The bunting was up :) Steel band, a military band, two bars - one is a gin bar, Aunt Sallys snack shack was open for food and much much more.
Cinema in the Park: Showing The Greatest Showman. September. An extremely well attended event, we also had food & drink provided by local businesses.
We had the biggest and best Christmas event we've ever attempted ... An Ice Rink on the Market Place and a fabulous Christmas market. Despite some rain initially, it was a massive success and enjoyed by a wide range of ages.
If you have a stall or entertainment suitable for our events and would like an email when our events become available for booking you can sign up for notifications here:
Whats on in Heanor
Every quarter we produce a leaflet listing all the community events that we know of. This is distributed though local schools, library, shops and many are hand delivered, door to door. Have a community event coming up? Let us know, we may be able to help. email us here
We held a public meeting in March which was so well attended (over 250 people) that the church was filled and had standing room only. A summary is available to read here. We had another in October to review the outcome of the proposed actions of the last meeting, in all crime has reduced and people stated that they felt safer. There was significantly less negativity and much more positivity about Heanor in general.
Who's who on Heanor Vision committee
Left to right:
Angie Painter - Secretary, Sally Race - Vice Chair & social media
Leonie George - Chair, Nicola Moncrief - Events coordinator
Jean Thompson - Treasurer
Come and join us, we'd love to hear your views and ideas!
We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm (except August & December) at the Florence Shipley Centre, just behind the Olive Tree on the market place. Everyone who lives and/or works in Heanor is welcome and positively encouraged to come.