Easton man Tim’s year-long lottery project to be on TV

Chairman of Taste Tideswell Pete Hawkins, television presenter Sarah Beeny and non-executive director Tim Nicol, from Easton-on-the-Hill

Chairman of Taste Tideswell Pete Hawkins, television presenter Sarah Beeny and non-executive director Tim Nicol, from Easton-on-the-Hill

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A BUSINESSMAN is looking forward to seeing the results of a year-long project when a television programme is screened.

Tim Nicol, 53, of Church Street, Easton-on-the-Hill, spent a year in the village of Tideswell in the Peak District after he was chosen as its champion in a Big Lottery Fund project called Taste Tideswell.

The project aimed to increase sales of the village’s food, attract visitors, create jobs and protect the village from decline. It won £400,000 of funding through Village SOS, a joint scheme by the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC to “inspire a rural revival” in the UK.

During the year, the Taste Tideswell team has established a cookery school which has a nano-brewery and a commercial kitchen, open to food producers. A brand has also been launched to mark Tideswell products.

A programme on the Taste Tideswell project will be screened on BBC1 on Wednesday at 8pm, hosted by Sarah Beeny.

Tim, who runs his own company called Make Innovation Happen, said: “It has been a very busy but challenging year.

“There is still much more to do and this is not yet a time to say ‘job done’ but I can say so far, so good. It has been a terrific privilege to take part in this experiment.” Tim has seen a programme preview, along with 10 villagers and other project leaders.

He said: “I am looking forward to the programme going out on television so I can get reaction from people in the village.”

Tim will continue to visit the village twice a month to keep an eye on its progress.