Kings Worthy took to the streets on Friday 22 July to find the shortest routes around the village, the cheeky shortcuts and where signposts would help. 

Twenty-five adults, children and dogs walked between community hotspots like the church, community centres and pubs to encourage more people to walk around the village.

The event was the first part of Connecting Kings Worthy, a project to connect people to their local area and get more involved in their community.  A map showing the short cuts and best walking routes will be given away in September to primary school families encouraging them to walk to school. A whole community walking competition is planned for October.

Alix Hickman, local resident and acting chair of Kings Worthy Primary School PTA, said “This was such a useful exercise. I have lived here all my life but still found new routes around the village. It was great for the kids to be involved and grow more confident at getting around on foot”.

Formed as part of an OFGEM research project called SAVE, Connecting Kings Worthy will encourage people to walk and cycle more, get involved in local clubs and volunteering, and take part in actions and events over the next two years to reduce energy use at home.

“We talked to over 130 residents in the area to ask them what improvements they would like to see in Kings Worthy. The overwhelming response was more walking and cycling, more people taking part in local activities and volunteering,” said Susie Phillips, SAVE community coach.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Connecting Kings Worthy or want to hear more, visit the Connecting Kings Worthy Facebook page  or contact Susie Phillips onsusie.phillips@winacc.org.uk or 01962 827083

Notes to Editors:

1.     Connecting Kings Worthy is a local community group formed through the SAVE project.

2.     The SAVE research project aims to work with the community of Kings Worthy to explore the best ways to talk about home energy reduction. By helping the community achieve a local goal with a positive impact, the project aims to establish better communication with residents about energy behaviours and achieve meaningful and lasting reductions in energy consumption. Over the two year period, 2016/17, a dedicated project worker will work with local residents to explore these issues.

3.       The research project is being funded by Ofgem (the energy industry regulator) through the Low Carbon Network Fund and delivered by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and delivered locally by Winchester Action on Climate change.

4.      Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future.  

5.      WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.

6.      For further information call Susie Phillips, SAVE Community Coach on 01962 827083 / 07704 325930 or email Susie.phillips@winacc.org.uk

7.      Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.