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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust in July 2018

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community Trust logoOn 5 July 2018 the trustees of the Adnams Community Trust awarded grants to the following worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold. Reydon Primary School serves Reydon, Southwold, Wangford, Wrentham and Frostenden and has 186 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The school currently has 15 iPads for use by pupils which have proved a great success as a teaching aid, for research and for school projects. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,427.50 to purchase 5 more iPads and protective cases. Leiston Primary School has 300 pupils aged between 3 and 11. The school serves a diverse catchment area with 38% of the pupils classed as disadvantaged. This year Suffolk County Council axed its School Library Service, which many schools relied on to provide a changing range of texts for pupils. The removal of this service has left a hole in the school’s library provision. The trustees awarded a grant of £400 to purchase reference and modern literature books. Thomas Mills Academy, Framlingham, has 1,100 pupils, 100 on Pupil Premium. The trustees awarded a grant of £881.64 to purchase non-fiction books and a ‘book pod’ in which to display the new books. East Norfolk Sixth Form College (ENSFC) is based in an area of high deprivation with many students coming from disadvantaged families. ENSFC is taking a group of ten disadvantaged art students to Bulgaria as part of a cultural exchange with the University of Sofia. The students will visit Karpachevo in the Devetaki Plateau region of Bulgaria. They will work with a professor and students from Sofia University and will share ideas and develop their thinking in art. They will also experience a different culture and see poverty on a different scale. The trustees awarded a grant of £950 to pay for insurance, minibus hire and food costs. Gunton Primary Academy, Lowestoft, has 350 pupils. The school is leading a community initiative involving children, parents, sports coaches and volunteers. Funds are being raised to install an outdoor gym on an unused area of tarmac at the school entrance. The gym will be used in the delivery of SHAPE (School Health and Physical Education), a programme to encourage parents and children to work together to improve their fitness. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,033 to purchase a twister and sit twister. Kelsale Primary School is a rural primary school with 155 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The trustees awarded a grant of £507 to purchase a play gym set for the Early Years section of the school. Rosebuds Pre-school, Southwold is based at Southwold Primary School. The pre-school is a committee-run charity which caters for children aged 2 to 5 years. It operates full-time during term time and has 26 pupils. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for the supply and installation of a sink and taps in the new Early Years’ classroom. Wickham Market Primary School has 163 pupils aged from 3 to 11. The school is working to improve music provision and will be employing a music teacher to deliver a new programme for children from Year 2 to Year 6. The school has created a music room and will be setting up lunchtime music clubs. The trustees awarded a grant of £798.38 to purchase 14 Casio keyboards. Hopton Primary School PTA raises funds to purchase equipment for the benefit of the children. The school has 194 pupils. The PTA has raised £10,000 towards the cost of a trim trail for the school field. The trim trail will be accessible all year round and will improve the children’s balance, co-ordination and fitness. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the trim trail St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School is a co-educational primary school for children aged 3 to 11. It has 236 pupils; a high proportion are on Pupil Premium. All classes receive weekly music lessons. Some children also receive peripatetic instrument lessons, but many miss out on this opportunity due to cost and lack of parental support. The trustees awarded a grant of £574 to purchase 15 chromatic glockenspiels and a music trolley so that more children can make music. Friends of St Mary’s, Woodbridge, raise funds to purchase additional items to support the development of the children. The school has 210 pupils. The current school library is not fit for purpose; books are on shelves lining a school corridor. A new space has been set aside for a proper library and the Friends have worked hard to raise funds to refurbish the area and purchase furniture. The trustees awarded a grant of £700 to purchase non-fiction books. Worlingworth CEVC Primary School is a rural school with 63 pupils aged between 3 and 11; 20% of them have special needs. It is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted but has previously been through a period of instability. There has been significant investment in classroom resources, but this has left little funding for improvements to the outdoor area. The school has a pond, but this is overgrown and the decking is rotten. The school would like to use the pond in lessons (particularly for the pupils with special needs) and as an eco-area. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 to purchase oak for decking Sir John Leman High School, Beccles, is a high-achieving comprehensive school with 1,500 students. Students are encouraged to participate in raising money for charities and many events are held involving at least 60% of students. The trustees awarded a grant of £955.50 to purchase lighting equipment to enhance the events and to allow students to be trained in the use of technical theatre equipment Koan Arts CIC delivers arts, film, animation and radio workshops to educational, social and community groups, giving them an opportunity to speak out and to learn new skills. The trustees awarded a grant of £975 towards the cost of a three-day social and creative residential event at the Warden’s Centre, Sizewell, for up to 25 young adults with additional needs (such as autism or Down’s syndrome) from Suffolk. Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra provides access to professional orchestral performances for people not otherwise able to attend classical music concerts. Three or four professional musicians go out to villages and put on free concerts in venues such as village halls, schools and nursing homes. It is funded by grants, corporate sponsorship, donations and a Friends scheme. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of two community days with performances planned for All Hallows Nursing Home in Bungay, Bungay High School, Bungay Community Centre, Wenhaston Primary School, Yoxford Primary School and Bramfield Village Hall. Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Project (SCYPP) in Saxmundham is a club for 5 to 18-year-olds with disabilities and/or additional needs. SCYPP runs a Saturday club once a month and a Summer Club for three days a week for four weeks of the summer holidays. The Summer Club allows the young people to socialise and take part in activities and provides parents with some child-free time. The trustees awarded a grant of £594.80 to pay for four workshops to be held during the summer holidays to provide the children with stimulating and enjoyable experiences. Kirby Cane and Ellingham Parish Council has worked hard over the last two years to redevelop the village park for the whole community, raising funds to purchase play items chosen by the children. The park now has equipment for all ages, able-bodied and disabled, and children regularly travel from specialist schools in Norwich, Lowestoft and Yarmouth to use the park. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,375 to pay for the purchase, delivery and installation of a nursery swing. 1st Southwold Scout Group has 22 members in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, boys and girls, aged between 6 and 14. Camping is a key part of the Scouting experience but, until recently, 1st Southwold Scout Group’s camping opportunities have been limited so the Group does not have much camping equipment. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,021.88 to purchase a mess tent and two toilet tents. Lowestoft Men’s Shed (LMS) was established 18 months ago to promote the preservation and protection of men’s health for public benefit - particularly men who are retired, unemployed or have health problems. LMS has a £50-a-year five-year lease on ‘The Hut’. The 42 members pay £5 a month and work on a variety of community projects and the renovation of ‘The Hut’. The men started as strangers but working and taking tea breaks together at LMS has built friendships and gone a long way to combat loneliness. The men have worked hard to make ‘The Hut’ fit for purpose but last winter parts of the building were too cold to use. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a new heating system. Eye Town Council is in the process of modernising Eye Town Hall, a Grade II listed building, for use by the growing population of Eye and the surrounding villages. Much work has already been done including a new heating system, new kitchen and new lighting and now the roof and disabled toilets are being refurbished. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for basins for the refurbished toilets. 2nd Beccles Scout Group has 83 members who meet weekly at the Scout hut during term time. The Scouts undertake a wide variety of activities such as archery, canoeing and camping. Over the last few years the Scouts, their parents and the Leaders have worked hard to extend and update the Scout hut. The next area to update is the boys’ toilets. The trustees awarded a grant of £490.98 to pay for the materials to refurbish the toilets. Friends of Bungay Community Library (FOBCL) raise funds to support the running of Bungay Community Library. FOBCL was established in 2012 when Suffolk County Council divested the library service to an independent, mutual organisation, Suffolk Libraries. The library offers a traditional lending service, free access to IT, weekly activities for adults and children, and holiday activities for children. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new furniture for the children’s area.