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Grants awarded by the Adnams Charity in October 2012

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

On 18 October 2012 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totalling £19,615 to 15 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.   For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Pakefield High School, a new High School, was awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of vinyl A4 pocket folders to use as portfolios to capture pupils’ academic and vocational/external achievements. Children’s Safety Education Foundation (CSEF) delivers preventative safety education and training to young people throughout the UK.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £330 to pay for six Teachers’ lesson plans and six ‘Respect, Your Life, Your Choice’ digital media licences for young people in Pakefield East Point and Kirkley Secondary Schools. St Mary’s Primary School in Lowestoft  has very limited outside play equipment for the Reception Class and Year One.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £600 to purchase a Little Tykes Playground. The Country Trust is a national charity that tries to bring alive the working countryside to children from disadvantaged areas of towns and cities throughout England.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for two visits to the countryside for pupils from schools in Lowestoft. Listening Books is a small national charity which provides a postal mini-library and internet audiobook service to anyone with an illness or disability which makes it hard to hold a book, turn the pages or read in the usual way.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,250 to pay the cost of membership for fifteen people from within the Adnams Charity catchment area. Home-Start Mid-Suffolk promotes the safety and welfare of children to give them a better future.  Volunteers provide support to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,350 to pay for a ten-week training course for new volunteers. St John's Housing Trust, Lowestoft, provides accommodation, support and resettlement for individuals who are homeless and support for local people who are socially excluded and disadvantaged. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,135 to pay for materials and equipment for a new project focusing on tackling local regeneration and environmental issues. East Coast Community Healthcare looks after a 99-year-old lady who suffers from arthritis.  She still lives independently at home and is able to attend to her own personal care, cook her own dinners and do her own laundry.  However, she is unable to sleep in a bed as she cannot lie flat and currently sleeps in a donated chair which is too large for her. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,750.80 to purchase a purpose-built chair. Pro Corda, based at Leiston Abbey, is the UK’s national chamber music school.  Pro Corda runs the annual Suffolk Coastal Young Musician Award celebrating undiscovered local musical talent.  The awards are open to instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 8 and 18 at schools across the Suffolk Coastal region with a particular focus on the state sector. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,300 towards the cost of the competition in 2013. Beccles Town Cricket Club provides cricket coaching and fun activities for young people and adults in Beccles and the surrounding area.  It has around 100 members aged between 6 and 51. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,016 to pay for new carpet for one of the practice bays. Pakefield Coastwatch is one of the Coastal Surveillance Stations sited around the coast of the UK.  Pakefield Coastwatch is based in an old lighthouse and is run by a group of 36 volunteers who operate the lighthouse during daylight hours, 365 days a year.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £774.64 to purchase a computer and printer. Halesworth Millennium Green Trust was established in 1999/2000 by volunteers to reconnect people with the natural environment.  The Trust has restored over 50 acres of land in Halesworth to develop healthy lifestyles for all age groups and protect the land from development.  The Trust is now working to add a cycle track as part of Sustrans Cycle Route 1.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,314 to pay for two cattle grids. St James Village Orchard was established in 2009 by a group of residents who secured a long-term rent on some land and planted an orchard for the benefit of the residents, using thousands of hours of volunteer time. The orchard is used as a pleasant recreational space and of course to produce fruit.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,225 towards the cost of a flail mower to maintain the wildflower meadow which was funded by a previous grant from the Adnams Charity. Southwold Town Plan Steering Group was set up in March 2012 to draw up a town plan which will set out what action the community believes should be taken to improve the town’s amenities, conserve its attractive features and help secure its future in the face of a serious decline in the resident population.  It is intended as a guide for planners and local government and will provide a basis for a Neighbourhood Plan.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,719.60 to pay for the printing of questionnaires for local residents, businesses and visitors. The Long Shop Project Trust runs the Long Shop Museum, an independent museum housed in some of the original Victorian buildings of the former Garrett Engineering Works in Leiston.  The Museum includes the Long Shop, one of the world’s first purpose-built flow-line assembly halls.  The Museum tells the story of this regionally important agricultural engineering business and includes a wide range of its tools and products.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,650 to pay for materials for new volunteer projects at the museum.


Rebecca Abrahall