Big Local (Big Warsop for us) is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Funded by the Big Lottery, Big Local is about bringing together the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
Warsop is a civil parish in the District of Mansfield located in North Nottinghamshire. The parish consists of seven settlements:
- Market Warsop
- Church Warsop
- Meden Vale
- Warsop Vale
- Gleadthorpe, and
The name Warsop has evolved over time and originated in Saxon times. It is listed as Waershope in the Doomsday Book (Waer is a personal name and hop means a place in the valley) – so Waershope literally means Waer’s place in the valley.
Warsop was originally a Market Town. It was granted its first market charter by King Richard in 1379. Back then, and for many years after, agriculture was the primary industry. This all changed in the late 19th century with the arrival of the coal mines. For the next 100 years the main work in the area revolved around the coal industry. This brought an influx of new people to the area in search of jobs, and led to a rapid expansion of housing stock and a boom in the local population. When the coal industry came to an end in the late 20th century, the area was changed forever.
Today Warsop has its share of social and economic issues, just as everywhere else does. In 2010, Big Local gave the parish a fantastic £1m opportunity to help combat some of those issues – using people power and without any political influence – and Big Warsop was born!