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A little history

For over 100 years, people from the neighbouring villages of Cradley, Mathon and Storridge had a Post Office Stores to call their own. In July 2013 this social and business hub was closed by its owners who felt unable to overcome the economic difficulties they were facing.

Some weeks after the closure Alan Eldridge, a local business owner, had an idea to create a new Heart for the three villages. He became passionate about the concept and brought together a small team to lead the project forward. In August 2014, having gained support from Cradley Parish Council, the team organised a gathering of 200 villagers to discuss a proposal to create a beautiful, modern Heart in the Kingsbridge area. 

Our aims

We want to create a Heart that will generate a spirit of support for the people, community groups, businesses and charities based in the surrounding villages and rural area. It will provide a central focal point that will allow people to come together regularly to meet, exercise, shop and eat. Its stimulating and creative environment will enable local people to become fitter and happier – and to know each other better.

The new focal point will have to work in conjunction with long-established community facilities that include three churches, three village halls, a school, The British Legion, The Butchery and Convenience Store, Crumpton Hill Farm Shop, Blue Ginger Gallery and Cafe, and the Red Lion pub. There is huge scope for partnership but in the end, the new project will only be a success if it is driven by village need and used by people living and working close by.   

  • Update Thursday 28th December 2017

    Our planning application was due to be discussed at the Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 17th January 2018. It was with great disappointment that we have received an email from...

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  • Statement to the Parish Council Thursday 10th August 2017

    On the evening of Tuesday 8th August, Cradley Parish Council discussed the revised plans for the Heart of the Village project. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting to give their support...

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  • Planning Application Wednesday 28th June 2017

    We have finally managed to get all our updates in for planning. We updated our wildlife survey on Morgans field and we were very excited to have found evidence of otter passing through. We found no...

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  • New Year Update Friday 27th January 2017

    Our planning application is still with Hereford. We are waiting for input from the Highways Department before we finalise the revisions to our application. We have been asked about the status of our...

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