Sarah Beeny's Village SOS

About the Show

About the Show

Many dream of escaping to a simple country life, but for those who live in rural Britain it is a different story. Traditional industries are in decline and across the UK local pubs, shops and farms – the very cornerstones of country life – are closing at an alarming rate. But what if the locals were able to take matters into their own hands? What if groups of volunteers could be given money to turn their dreams into reality and do something that puts the spirit back into their communities? Village SOS follows the stories of six villages which were able to do just that, with the help of a substantial grant. We go on a search for six villages that have big ideas for a brilliant rural business that would breathe life back into their communities. The scheme attracted hundreds of applicants, all keen to win a life-changing sum to start them on the road to revitalisation. Village SOS follows the winning enterprises as they set up and start trading, with the help of a pot of money designed to turn dreams on paper into the reality of a new enterprise, which not only needs the commitment of the project leaders, but a whole community of volunteers to survive. Entrepreneur and property developer Sarah Beeny is on hand in each village to monitor progress and to offer encouragement as the enormity of the tasks ahead start to sink in. The villages’ projects differ in nature and scale, but they all have one goal in mind – to stop the slow erosion of amenities out of the village, to bring fragmented communities together and to ignite a spark of entrepreneurship which would fan the flame of regeneration.

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Posted by PennysPudReport
some of us from Tideswell in the Uk will be online to chat and answer questions as this programme is shown in australia. We'd love to hear from you. tweet us @TasteTideswell or go to our Facebook page
Posted by Report
Hi, just watched the Program on Lifstyle channel in Australia. Temperature here in Sydney around 30 degees c, just thought you'd like to know that. Thought the program was great and the people of Tideswell should be congratulated for their courage and commitment, I especially liked the changing attitude of the bread shop lady. I wish them well with their venture, if ever I'm in England I'll be sure to look up the village of Tideswell. Looking forward to the next episode, well done Sarah. Regards Mike