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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust in October 2017

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community TrustThe trustees of the Adnams Community Trust met on 19 October 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! Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy has 250 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The school has recently established a new library which allows all children to have reading books and weekly library sessions. The school has spent £5,000 on books and has already seen an improvement in the attitude to reading. The trustees awarded a grant of £574.80 to purchase 30 bean bags so that the children can read in comfort in a non-classroom environment. Friends of Rockland St Mary School raise funds to purchase items outside the school budget. The school has 60 pupils. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of gazebos and outside percussion instruments. Thurlton Primary School is a rural Norfolk school with 60 pupils.  A recent Ofsted inspection highlighted a need to improve the reception class outside area. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of outside play equipment. Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy is situated in a very deprived area of Great Yarmouth. It has 356 pupils aged between 4 and 11; over 25% of these are pupil-premium children. The school recently won an award for best primary school music in Norfolk. The trustees awarded a grant of £840 to pay for coach hire to take 210 Key Stage 2 children to a music event at Norwich City Football Club in May 2018 involving 12,000 pupils singing with a full orchestra. Alburgh & Denton Toddler Group meets on Tuesday mornings during term time in Alburgh Village Hall. The group is run by the mothers and aims to provide a welcoming experience for parents and children to meet and play. The trustees awarded a grant of £478.68 to purchase folding tables and chairs. Nexus Engineering Training Centre is part of the Great Yarmouth Community Trust. Nexus designs and delivers formal engineering qualifications to local secondary schools and carries out science, technology, engineering and maths enrichment activities. One planned enrichment course is to design, manufacture and install bird boxes in local woods in collaboration with Great Yarmouth Green Gym. The trustees awarded a grant of £396.75 to purchase the materials to make 50 nest boxes. St James Parish Meeting works for the benefit of the residents of St James South Elmham. The trustees awarded a grant of £672 to pay for a heated cabinet and associated electrical work for a defibrillator which is to be installed on the outer wall of the village hall. Halesworth Men’s Shed (HMS) aims to combat the loneliness and isolation often experienced by men who have excess time on their hands for reasons such as retirement, bereavement, unemployment or ill health. HMS has a fully equipped workshop where the 40+ mostly male members meet, socialise and work on a range of practical projects. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,446.63 to purchase a sanitary-ware pack and a Belfast sink and taps for new toilet facilities. Family Action (FA) is a national charity which supports vulnerable families by providing practical and emotional support. FA runs an Autism Support Service in Great Yarmouth and Waveney which supports families in which a child has recently received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ADHD or is waiting to be assessed. The trustees awarded a grant of £580.94 to pay for Lego and two Lego-based-play training courses – helpful for children with ASD. Suffolk County Council Social Services care for an 85-year-old widow who suffers from Macular Degeneration and has difficulty in walking. She has two hobbies to which she would love to carry on doing - playing the organ and cooking. The trustees awarded a grant of £195.52 to purchase two lamps, scales and an easy-to-see jug to help her continue with her hobbies. Suffolk County Council Social Services care for a lady from Lowestoft who suffers with various conditions which make movement difficult and painful. The trustees awarded a grant of £300 to purchase a bath lift so that she can take a bath to alleviate pain without assistance from others. Pakefield Singers is an amateur choir based in Lowestoft. The choir puts on five performances a year and has a wide musical repertoire, from opera to cabaret. The trustees awarded a grant of £750 towards the cost of mobile staging to enable the choir to perform in a wider range of venues. Palgrave & District Community Council aims to provide recreation and leisure facilities for the people of Palgrave. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a junior carousel. The Compass Suite Trust is a charitable organisation responsible for managing a suite of meeting rooms and offices. The rooms are let out to the community for leisure and recreation purposes. Sometimes the rooms are let free of charge, for example to the CAB and the Food Bank. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,509.68 to purchase a transportable hearing loop for use in offices and the main meeting room. Oulton Broad Parish Council (OBPC) was formed in April 2017 and represents around 8,000 people. OBPC works to develop and enhance the local area and provides a platform for people to raise any concerns and gain information on local matters. The trustees awarded a grant of £725 to purchase a noticeboard to help the council communicate with residents, particularly those who don’t have access to a computer. St Peter and St John Kirkley Church is in the tenth most deprived neighbourhood in England with high levels of social isolation. The church’s PCC works hard to support the whole community. Part of the north aisle of the church has been developed as a café-style area and is used for coffee mornings and various activity sessions for young children. In the Autumn 2017, the church also started a group for people suffering from dementia and ‘knit and natter’ sessions. The trustees awarded a grant of £2,500 towards the cost of two zoning gas heaters for the café area so that sessions for young children and the elderly can continue during the winter months. Geldeston Village Memorial Hall is well used by the local community for a wide variety of purposes such as coffee mornings, meetings, indoor bowls and art classes. The activities at the hall help to combat loneliness in this isolated rural community. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,338 to purchase a six-plate cooker as part of a wider refurbishment project. Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (SOS) runs the only raptor hospital in the region, providing care, recuperation and rehabilitation facilities for injured wild birds of prey. The hospital deals with a wide variety of cases including disease, starvation, road-traffic accidents, poisoning and shooting. SOS also aims to raise awareness of the need for conservation of native owls and other birds of prey and provides educational facilities to encourage conservation awareness. The trustees awarded a grant of £844 to purchase an examination table and an intensive care unit for an enlarged and improved raptor hospital able to accommodate more and larger birds of prey, such as buzzards, red kites and marsh harriers.