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‘Nail and string’ art is reviving old skills

A DIY project in Bootle which is proving popular with locals has been given a £700 cash boost after securing a grant.

A nail and string art group, based at the St John and St James community hub, on Bailey Drive, has been awarded the money from the Regenerus Ace Fund.

Some of the artwork produced at the group includes the striking cross (pictured) within the building which has already had a big impact on visitors to the hub, which opened last June.

The nail and string art project is part of a wider programme of arts-related activities at the new community hub, focused on the social history of the former Klondyke estate and the lost crafts and traditions of the area.

Revd Claire Dawson said: “There is a lot of history to be discovered about this area, particularly from the people who used to live on the Klondyke Estate. We want to remember some of that history, and the art project provides us with a great opportunity to do so.

”We will bring older and younger residents of the community together to create some wonderful art which will help to remember our old community, and also celebrate the new.

“The funding from Regenerus will help us to make nail art for the signage in the building and be a great addition to what is already a fantastic community space.”

Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project which is teaching a valuable new skill to local people, while at the same time fostering community spirit and generating pride in the area.”

The Regenerus Ace Fund provides a grant of up to £700 each month to a project that will help to improve life in the organisation’s core south Sefton operating area.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off project.

For more information about future Ace Fund grant opportunities and an application form visit or ring Regenerus on 0151 934 2637.