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27th Jun, 2022

Leaflet grant hoped to put historical Southam on tourists' radar

LEAFLETS exploring the history of Southam are hoped to attract more visitors to the town.

A volunteer group dedicated to improving daily life in Southam received some £660 from Warwickshire-based development firm The Wigley Group.

The group – known as Southam Civic Ideas Forum – will use the money to produce updated versions of two popular public information leaflets.

The Holy Well Walk leaflet describes a picturesque circular walk to the 1,000-year-old, Grade II-Listed ancient monument – one of the oldest holy wells in the country and thought to be the town’s original water source.

The Southam Town Trail leaflet highlights a guided walk around the town and an overview of the town’s history and important features.

The leaflets were first produced in 2005 and their update will reflect recent changes in and around the town. The group aims to print enough copies for around three years.

SCIF member Pam McConnell said: “The leaflets have such an important role to play in promoting what the town has to offer both to visitors, and to new and existing residents, and to highlight some of its important history and heritage.

“We rely on the support of local business and grant-giving organisations, so we’re very grateful to The Wigley Group for helping us to update and do another print run of both leaflets.”

The Wigley Community Fund was established by the firm to share £10,000 every year among individuals and groups based within a five-mile radius of its Stockton headquarters in Stockton.

Fund chairman James Davies said: “Southam Civic Ideas Forum is one of the many volunteer groups whose dedication benefits so many, but largely goes under the radar.

“Members have a significant and positive effect on Southam and the people who live, work and run businesses here, so we’re proud to be able to make a contribution to the work that they do.”

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