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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust - April 2017

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community TrustThe Trustees of the Adnams Community Trust met on 28th April 2017  to award grants to worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold. To find out more about the recipients and the grants awarded, read on!

Education

Dennington Primary School is a rural primary school with 50 pupils. It has above-average percentages of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special needs. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a wooden play boat to aid social and physical development. The Country Trust is a national educational charity dedicated to bringing food, farming and the working countryside alive for children least able to access it, whether through disadvantage or disability. The Trust organises hands-on visits to the working farms of volunteer host farmers and landowners. The children get a chance to interact with livestock, learn about crops and farm machinery and experience and enjoy the countryside. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,140 to pay for Farm Discovery Visits for Year 6 pupils from Beccles Primary Academy. Northfields Primary School has 493 pupils and is based in an area of high deprivation in central Lowestoft. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a freestanding outdoor play gym. The Friends of Woodbridge Primary School raise funds to support the work of the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £675 to purchase one art island for use by the school’s Early Years pupils. Friends of Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School raise funds to support the work of this small rural primary school. The Trustees awarded grant of £1,207.34 to purchase three book collections from ‘Catch up Literacy’ aimed at those children who find reading difficult.

Health and Social Welfare

St George’s Dementia Support Group, Upper Stoke, is a non-profit-making group which runs café-style sessions for dementia sufferers and their carers. Free two-hour sessions take place twice a month. The Trustees awarded a grant £540 to pay for a boat trip from Wroxham. The trip will provide stimulation for the dementia sufferers and a break for the carers. Pathways Care Farm is a 13-acre farm in north Lowestoft which provides day care for vulnerable people such as those with mental health issues, dementia and learning difficulties. Currently 30 people attend each week. Service users get to work in the open air with plants and animals. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,750 towards the cost of milking equipment for the farm’s small herd of Golden Guernsey goats. Loddon & District Day Centre provides a safe and stimulating social environment for the elderly and disadvantaged people of Loddon and the surrounding area.  Activities include educational talks, exercises, craft sessions and games.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £436 to pay for two open days to attract new members. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is organising a day out to Pleasurewood Hills for young carers from Norfolk and Suffolk who care for family members with mental health problems. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for refreshments and transport by taxi to and from the venue. Suffolk County Council supports a lady from Lowestoft who suffers from numerous serious health conditions which leave her in a lot of pain and cause loss of feeling in her hands and feet. She lives in a WDC flat with her two-year-old daughter in very basic conditions. The Trustees awarded a grant of £359.98 to purchase a dishwasher and washing machine to enable her and her daughter to live a more normal life.

The Arts

Sole Bay Arts CIO has taken over the operation of St Edmund’s Hall in Southwold to run the building as an arts and community centre and to undertake a programme of refurbishment and improvement to the facilities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £465 to purchase LED stage lighting.

Recreation

Newton Flotman Village Centre & Alan King Playing Field improve the quality of life of all residents of this rural commuter village. The Trustees awarded a grant of £745.20 to purchase and install a Turtle 4-way springer for the recreation ground. Southwold Sailing Club is a small volunteer-run sailing club based at Southwold Harbour. The Club provides sailing facilities for the local community and visitors. The Club has 237 members. Since 2013 the Club has been training children and adults new to sailing in the basics and would now like to help these sailors progress to racing. The Trustees awarded a grant of £449.91 to purchase 6 river buoys and 3 sea buoys. Scole Community Centre and Playing Field are well used by the local community. The playing field is home to several football teams and a children’s playground. The Trustees awarded a grant of £700 to purchase a toddler swing.

Buildings and Community Facilities

Easton & Letheringham Village Hall is used by a wide range of local people on a regular basis for social functions, fundraising events, meetings, lectures, fitness classes, dance classes, table tennis and adult learning. The Trustees awarded a grant of £481.15 towards the cost of twelve small folding tables. Yoxford Allotment Association has 13 plots and 28 members. The site has a communal shed, polytunnel, wild flower and fruit plot and a communal compost area. It is situated next to Yoxwood, a community wood. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of an Eco toilet, to be shared with Yoxwood and made available for visitors to the nearby cemetery. Norfolk Mobile Library Service provides residents living in isolated rural communities with the opportunity to borrow books and other items and to access other library and council services. The Trustees awarded a grant of £869.40 to purchase cube seating and a folding table for use by the children who visit the mobile libraries. Halesworth in Bloom (HIB) is run by a large group of volunteers who work to make Halesworth a more beautiful place to live. HIB is working to make Halesworth Town Park a park to be proud of. The Trustees awarded a grant of £849.60 to purchase two long-lasting benches suitable for older people. Dickleburgh & Rushall Village Centre is a valued community resource with more than 75% usage during the week.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of improvements to the toilet facilities.