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Grants awarded by the Adnams Charity in January 2013

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

On 31st January 2013 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants to 14 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Grove Primary School wants to develop a small piece of land in the school grounds to teach the children about growing fresh produce.  In addition, a parent is setting up a Woodland Community Group where parents and children will manage the woods at the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £720 to purchase garden tools, a garden shredder, gloves, wellies and timber. Holton St Peter CP School has around 100 pupils aged between 5 and 11.  From 2011 years 5 and 6 have stayed on as part of the reorganisation of primary education.  The school currently has little play equipment suitable for 10 and 11 year olds. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of age-appropriate play equipment. Yoxford Primary School is a small rural school with 54 pupils aged between 4 and 11.  In September 2011 the school started admitting younger children some of whom are only just 4 years old.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a canopy for the outdoor area so that work with the younger children can continue  even in wet weather. TUTTI Rural Music offers the opportunity for children living in the rural villages of the Waveney Valley to take part in regular music activity based on traditional music.  The music opportunities are open to all and free at the point of delivery.  TUTTI currently has 220 children aged between 7 and 14 learning children’s single row button melodeons. The Trustees awarded a grant of £933.60 to purchase three melodeons so TUTTI can create its own ‘loan and buy’ scheme for the children. Snape Primary School currently has 33 pupils taught in two classrooms.  However, with the recent change from a three–tier to a two-tier system the school will now have to accommodate more year groups and more pupils.  To avoid teaching seven year groups in two classrooms the school has been raising money to build a new classroom. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the new classroom. East Coast Hospice aims to provide a 10-bed hospice for the community of north Suffolk and east Norfolk.  This is one of the only areas of the country not served by a hospice.  As well as offering specialist palliative care for in-patients, the hospice will deliver a range of end-of-life services including respite and day care, training for specialist staff, treatments and personal care and support for families. The hospice will be built to the south of Gorleston on a rural five-acre site. The Trustees pledged a grant of £10,000 with £2,500 to be set aside each quarter.  The grant will be paid in October 2013. Beccles Allotments and Gardens Association (BAGA) promotes allotmenting and gardening in the Beccles area.  BAGA is running a programme called ‘Allotments 4 Kidz’ which aims to enable 14 young people to have a share in an allotment and learn, through volunteer mentors, how to sow and grow their own produce.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £880 to purchase a large shed for the young allotmenteers to share. Wrentham Youth Club is a newly formed club (September 2012), with police backing, run by two qualified paid youth workers. Each week the club covers a different topic from sex education to cooking.  Around 30 children between the ages of 11 and 16 attend each week from Wrentham and the surrounding area. Wrentham has seen a lot of vandalism over the last two years.  Since the youth club started, levels of vandalism have reduced. The Trustees awarded a grant of £750 to pay for 10 youth club sessions. Gillingham Parish Council aims to provide new and varied play equipment at the village park, including a picnic area.  The play and picnic area will benefit the whole community including the local pre-school and primary school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £400 to purchase an extended picnic table capable of accommodating a wheelchair user. Sutton Heath Parish Council is a new parish council serving Sutton Heath, an isolated village with a population of 2,000 made up of a civilian village, army families and army barracks. The army has refurbished an old school gymnasium to serve as Sutton Heath’s community hall.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £516 to purchase two lockers for the hall. Theberton and Eastbridge Community Council is working to refurbish the village hall in order to ensure its long-term survival.  Work on the hall is almost complete.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £972 to pay for electrical work in the hall’s kitchen. Debenham Community Swimming Pool is a new charitable company set up with the aim of replacing a 50-year-old unheated outdoor school swimming pool with a new heated pool in the grounds of Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham.  The pool will be used by the school, the local community and schools from surrounding villages.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the swimming pool cover. Corton Playing Field Committee looks after the open space in the village and provides a football pavilion and two marked football areas.  The football pavilion has changing rooms and showers.  Over the years condensation from two sets of showers has caused the ceilings to bow and deteriorate.  Mould is a very big problem and the windows no longer open as they are too warped. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a ventilation system to control the damp and mould. Huntingfield Millennium Green covers 3.7 acres. Half of it is used for recreation the other half is a wildflower meadow and community orchard.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,050 to purchase a scythe/sickle bar mower to mow the wildflower meadow and orchard.

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