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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community trust in July

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community TrustThe Trustees of the Adnams Community Trust (ACT) met recently to award grants to worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the recipients and the grants awarded please read on… Roman Hill Primary School has 541 pupils aged between 2 and 11 and is situated in the most deprived area of Suffolk. The school’s topic books are at least 15-years-old and therefore dated. The Trustees awarded a grant of £800 to purchase 110 topic books on the United Kingdom. Benhall St Mary’s Primary School PTA raises funds to support the school. The school is working on a ‘Get out-get active’ project intended to promote healthier lifestyles and wellbeing through a range of extra-curricular activities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,301.67 to pay for gardening tools, materials to make a mud kitchen and fire pit, a shed, fencing and paint. Friends of St Benet’s Primary School Association raises funds to pay for extras which cannot be met by the school budget. The Trustees awarded a grant of £560 to furnish the reception area so that it can be used for one-to-one support work and small-group work. Alpington & Bergh Apton CEVA Primary School has 123 pupils aged between 4 and 11 and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The number of pupils at the school has increased in recent years and the school’s current stage, used for school and community events, is no longer large enough to allow all the children to perform. The Trustees awarded a grant of £990 to purchase modular staging. Blundeston CEVCP School has 200 pupils. In many lessons, the children use iPads in protective rubber cases and they are given responsibility for looking after the iPads and for ensuring that they are put away properly. The school currently only has 12 iPads which restricts how they can be used. The Trustees awarded a grant of £825 to purchase 3 iPads. St Margaret’s Primary Academy, Lowestoft, has 446 pupils aged between 3 and 11. It is situated in an urban area of high deprivation. The school currently has no outside eating area for use during the summer months, which means that children have to sit on the playground whilst eating their meals. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of picnic tables, parasols and parasol bases. Wetheringsett Primary School has 67 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The school has developed a strategy involving teachers and parents to encourage children to read widely and often. As part of the strategy, the school would like to make the library a more attractive and inviting place. The Trustees awarded a grant of £485.70 to purchase six large bean bags and overhead reading lamps. Charsfield CEVC Primary School is a rural school with 47 pupils. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,246.67 to purchase kitchen units and two single ovens for a teaching kitchen, to be used during cookery lessons, for the daily breakfast and afternoon clubs and for the weekly cookery club. Earsham CEVA Primary School is a rural school with 105 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The outside space, which is used daily by the reception children, needs improvement. The steps to the slide have been broken for some time and many of the outside toys are very old or broken. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of repairs to the slide and toys. Alpington & Yelverton Pre-school cares for 42 children aged between 2 and 5 from Monday to Thursday during term-time. The pre-school is based in Alpington Village Hall and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The pre-school has recently taken over responsibility for the village-hall garden and would like to transform it into a sensory garden for the children and others who use the hall. The Trustees awarded a grant of £522.65 towards the cost of plants and materials for this project. Friends of Occold School raises funds to support the school. The school has 70 pupils. The school’s current whiteboards are projector-based and are starting to fail. Funds are being raised to replace the whiteboards with interactive touchscreens which are energy-efficient, have a long lifespan, allow access to the internet and are easier to adapt to help children with learning difficulties. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a new interactive touchscreen. The Friends of Holton St Peter Community Primary School raise funds to support the work of the school. The school has 105 pupils aged between 5 and 11. The Trustees awarded a grant of £473.72 to replace the wooden support timbers on the traversing wall. North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau (NESCAB), based in Lowestoft, provides free, confidential and impartial advice on people’s rights and responsibilities. In 2015-16 NESCAB advised more than 4,700 clients on almost 13,000 issues. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,701.47 towards the cost of equipping a meeting room so that it can be hired out to bring in income without impacting on NESCAB’s work. Fresh Start – New Beginnings provides support to children in Norfolk and Suffolk who have disclosed sexual abuse. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,500 to pay for a full therapeutic treatment service for two children from within the Adnams Community Trust catchment area. HOUR Community provides a range of services to reduce social isolation, loneliness and disadvantage in the Framlingham area. The ethos behind HOUR Community is ‘give an hour of your time a month to help someone in need. If you can’t give an hour of time, give an hour of your salary’. HOUR responds to the requests of local people and co-ordinates volunteers to help those in need. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to purchase 50 carbon monoxide detectors which will be given to vulnerable households. Suffolk Befriending Scheme for People with Learning Disabilities (SBSPLD) provides activities and one-to-one befriending to vulnerable people. SBSPLD runs a disability football team, ‘Kirkley & Pakefield’, which has between 12 and 15 members who take part in weekly training sessions and football tournaments. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the football training sessions for a year. Pro Corda Trust is a national music school for musicians aged between 5 and 24. It is based at Leiston Abbey and focuses on small ensemble music and chamber music performance training. Over the last two years Pro Corda has put on an enhanced series of events and concerts for the local public and audience numbers from the local area have increased. This is largely a deprived rural community and around 70% of the audience members have never regularly attended concerts before. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for events cards for a year and towards the cost of artist fees for a series of 15 community concerts. The Art Station is a new organisation which is developing Saxmundham Station as a contemporary art space to include exhibitions, a café, an artist-curated air bnb and a place for arts education programmes and therapy. Saxmundham Station is used by 3,000 people a week but the station building itself has been boarded up for five years. The development of the building is part of a programme of regeneration for Saxmundham and has the support of local schools and councils. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to pay for materials for a series of art workshops for children, families and young people during the summer holidays and ‘The Big Draw’ in October. HighTide Theatre is dedicated to commissioning new playwrights and fully producing their plays. The plays are premiered in an annual festival in Aldeburgh., which also features readings of new plays and productions by Suffolk-based artists. The festival is committed to low ticket prices and there are several free events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to pay for a leader to deliver workshops to 100 disadvantaged young people from within the Adnams Community Trust catchment area at the 2017 Festival. The Saints Youth Club, Wickham Market runs every Thursday evening for young people aged between 10 and 16. Around 50 young people attend each week to socialise and play games. The club is run by two qualified youth leaders, adult volunteers and three older teenage helpers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £449 to purchase an indoor table tennis table. Play Area for Rendham Kids is situated on land given to the village for recreational use in 2000. Play equipment was installed in 2001 and has been enjoyed by many children over the years. A recent safety inspection highlighted that some of the equipment needs to be repaired or replaced. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a toddler swing. Burston and Shimpling Parish Council is working to improve the BMX trail on Burston playing field. The track was set up a few years ago as simple humps of earth, providing somewhere for the young people to have fun and exercise in the open air. Unfortunately, when it rains the dips flood and take a long time to dry out, meaning that the facility cannot be used at these times. The Trustees awarded a grant of £520 towards the cost of the materials and equipment hire needed to install a proper drainage system. Ringsfield and Weston Parish Council is responsible for Ringsfield play area. Work is under way to improve and enlarge the play area to make it safe, modern and inclusive. The Trustees awarded a grant of £600 to the cost of an environmentally friendly, vandal-resistant picnic table with wheelchair access. Campsea Ashe Victory Hall is used for fundraising events, local bookings and meetings. Local residents would like to see the hall used for more activities but the hall floor is in a poor state and several providers have refused to run sessions there until it is improved. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the hall floor and decorating the hall.