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Grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - April 2015

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

On 23 April 2015 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totalling £17,443.42 to 22 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.   For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Pro Corda is a national music school for musicians aged between 5 and 24. Based at Leiston Abbey, it focuses on small ensemble music performance training. Training is holistic, developing the person as well as the musician. The Trustees awarded a grant of £900 to pay for 3 music composition workshops for local Suffolk schools. Brooke School PTFA raises funds to supplement learning resources. The school has 125 children. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of wooden climbing equipment. Rotary Club of Saxmundham & Rotary Club of Woodbridge will be organising the 2015 Crucial Crew event for Suffolk Coastal schools as SCDC has decided it will no longer fund it. Crucial Crew is a national scheme which teaches children how to tackle personal dangers they may come across and helps to prevent them from becoming involved in crime. The Crucial Crew events will be in October 2015 and will benefit 700+ children aged 10. The Trustees awarded a grant of £900 for hire of the venue. The Friends of Woodbridge Primary School raise funds for various projects throughout the year to enrich the lives of the 232 pupils at the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £450 to purchase 3 tablet computers. Topcats provides short breaks for families with children and young adults with additional needs. It provides one-to-one and group support for the children of over 80 families in the Lowestoft area. Many of the children have profound physical and mental disabilities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,458 to pay for a purpose-built desk for wheelchair users and 2 iPad communication aids for the Skills Zone, an area where the young people can continue learning new skills to help them reach their potential. Halesworth Volunteer Centre organises and trains local volunteers in Halesworth and the surrounding villages. The Centre works in partnership with other local organisations, signposting service users when appropriate. The volunteers help vulnerable people to remain independent for longer. The Trustees awarded a grant of £595.55 to purchase a projector, projection screen and cables, to be used in the training of volunteers. Leiston, Saxmundham & District Citizen's Advice Bureau provides free advice to all on subjects such as benefits and debt, employment, housing and relationships. The Trustees awarded a grant of £999.75 to purchase 5 refurbished laptops. Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled provides lessons, rides and stable management for over 80 adults and children with different abilities each week.  Qualified riding instructors work with people of all ages who have learning, language and physical disabilities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £560 to shoe a horse for one year. Pathways Care Farm was established in 2014 and has been granted a 20-year lease on 12-acre Pleasurewood Farm in Lowestoft. Since October a team of volunteers has been working to clear the site ready for the opening at the end of April 2015. Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices, providing health, social or educational care services for vulnerable people.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a polytunnel. Eye Arts Club organises projects for children and young people aged 7 to 18 years, particularly for those with additional needs. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings and are run by professional art tutors, supported by volunteers. The Arts Club offers the opportunity to learn new skills through working with high-quality equipment and to experience creative approaches in different art forms including dance, scriptwriting, film-making, acting, animation, puppetry, mask work and costume. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to pay for materials, Corel painter software and a contribution to volunteer expenses for a year-long project entitled ‘Drawing together’. Create provides arts opportunities and training for people in Suffolk and Norfolk. It specialises in projects around film making.  Create’s projects provide training and work experience and have helped many participants back into work. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a digital camera which will also be used by other local charities. Bredfield Village Hall and Playing Field Charitable Trust manages and maintains the village hall and playing fields. The playing fields comprise a football/cricket pitch and a small play area for children. The Trustees awarded a grant of £717.60 to purchase a picnic table with wheelchair access. Halesworth Town Junior Youth Football Club is a small club run by volunteers.  It provides weekly football coaching for girls and boys aged 5 to 17. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,163.88 to purchase a storage shed. Wortwell Parish Council looks after the village play area and is looking to install new equipment for children aged 7 to 15. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of new swings. Scole United Football Club is a local community football club which runs teams from under 7s to under 19s plus 2 adult clubs and 2 girls’ teams. The Trustees awarded a grant of £668.64 to purchase home kits for the under-15s boys’ team. Slaughden Sailing Club is a small, community-based club located in Aldeburgh. The Club is run at low cost by volunteers and membership fees are kept to a minimum to make sailing accessible to as many people as possible. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a Wayfarer dinghy to increase the Club’s training capacity. St John’s Church, Harleston is a Victorian church used regularly for services and a wide variety of community events.  It also serves as a Foodbank distribution centre. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,278 to purchase a toilet, basin and taps to enable the church to be used more by the community. Rifle Hall, Halesworth, provides a venue for a variety of community groups and activities including a Karate club, Zumba, dance classes, slimming club, fitness classes, a children’s club and private lettings. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new heating system. Kessingland Sports & Social Club is used for a wide variety of activities – dance classes, keep fit, table tennis, bowls, badminton, toddler group, local youth group and by the local GP for flu clinics. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of replacing the existing lighting with low-energy LED lighting. Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) is a secular charity that is acquirer-of-last-resort of significant non-Anglican places of worship no longer used by congregations. HCT cares for Walpole Chapel which was converted from a 16th-century farmhouse into a meeting house by the local independent movement in 1689. It is one of the oldest non-conformist chapels in England. The building is well used for things such as poetry readings, art exhibitions, photo shoots, meetings and concerts. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of essential repair work. Bungay District Guiding is based in Bungay Guide Hall, home to Bungay Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, Seniors and Waveney Valley Trefoil Guild. Approximately 100 members aged between 5 and 80 use the building each week. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a disabled-access ramp. Beccles District and Regeneration Ltd (BDRL) is a registered charity which aims to enable the community to enhance the environment, improve services and create new opportunities for the benefit of residents and visitors to Beccles. BDRL has taken on a project to regenerate Beccles Railway Station. Plans include a café, to be run as a non-profit social enterprise. The Trustees awarded a grant of £249 to purchase a fridge for the café.  

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