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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust - January 2017

By Sophie Palmer, also posted in News on

Adnams Community Trust logoAs part of the Adnams Community Trust , the Trustees met on recently on the 26th of January,  to award grants to worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold. To find out more about the recipients and the grants awarded, keep reading! Education The Garage is a Norwich-based arts charity which specialises in working with young people and families from Norfolk. The Garage will be introducing a part-time GCSE in dance in early 2017 for those who are not able to undertake the subject at school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,300 to pay a bursary for two terms for an individual from Lowestoft. Gillingham St Michael’s Primary Academy is a small rural primary school with 65 pupils. Over the last few years the school has more than doubled in size and now accommodates pupils to the end of year 6. In order to make room for these new pupils an extension is being built to provide an additional classroom and a library. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,637 towards the cost of library shelving and seating. Elm Tree Primary School  Lowestoft has 400 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,466.19 to purchase an outside play lodge to stimulate imaginative play. Southwold Primary Schoolis a small primary school with 70 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The school is planning two trips to support topics currently being studied. The first trip is to the Dinosaur Park at Lenwade and the second is to Africa Alive where pupils will participate in a Rainforest Discovery Session at the park’s Education Centre. Trustees awarded a grant of £315 to cover the travel costs for both trips. Health and Social Welfare Surviving Unitedis a peer-led support group in Lowestoft formed by sexual-abuse survivors and an experienced facilitator to provide support, advice and encouragement to people who have experienced sexual abuse. Surviving United runs twice-monthly drop-in sessions at the Kirkley Centre in Lowestoft and an online support forum for women. The Trustees awarded a grant of £990 towards the cost of running a year-long peer-support project for male survivors of sexual abuse and violence across Lowestoft and Waveney. Adult Community Services (Suffolk County Council)support an individual from Lowestoft who suffers with mental and physical disabilities. She lives in a one-bedroom WDC flat in very poor conditions. The Trustees awarded a grant of £547.95 to purchase a bed, washing machine, fridge-freezer, cooker and curtain track. She will continue to be supported by Adult Community Services. Listening Books is a national charity which provides an 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 £1,500 pay the true cost of membership for ten people from within the Adnams Charity catchment area. Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity supports children with serious illnesses or disabilities by purchasing equipment to improve quality of life. The charity is based in Woodbridge and is run entirely by volunteers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,119.99 to purchase a custom-moulded seat for a 15-year-old from Kessingland who has microcephaly. The chair will allow her to sit safely and comfortably with her family.   The Arts Kessingland Amateur Dramatics is a not-for-profit drama group for children and adults in Lowestoft. It currently has 30 members aged between 3 and 78; membership is open to all. The group performs two shows a year at Kessingland Sports & Social Centre. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,196 to purchase an LED lighting system which will help to make shows more financially viable. Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson Commemoration Group was set up to commemorate the pioneering role played by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in transforming the lives of British women. 2017 will be the centenary of her death and a programme of events is planned in Aldeburgh and Leiston, where she grew up. The commemorations will end on the weekend of 6 – 8 October 2017 with a promenade play which will visit four sites in Aldeburgh reflecting important moments in Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’s life. The Trustees awarded a grant of £450 to make up the funding shortfall for the promenade play. INK writers’ Festival is held annually at the Cut in Halesworth. The Festival is a springboard for new writing from East Anglian playwrights. The 2017 Festival will showcase new short scripts for stage, radio and film from emerging and established writers, working with professional directors and actors as well as local amateur performers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,300 to pay for the hire of the Cut during the Festival weekend in April 2017. East Anglian Academy of Organ and Early Keyboard Music provides six or seven public concerts a year with professional musicians from around the world. The concerts focus on Baroque music and take place in St Michael’s Church in Framlingham. The Trustees awarded a grant of £300 towards the cost of a concert featuring organist Mattias Havinga from Amsterdam to be held on 8 October 2017 in Framlingham. FlipSide is an arts charity which has produced literature and arts festivals at Snape Maltings, school projects, writing competitions, art exhibitions and ‘Big Draw’ community art events. In October 2017 FlipSide plans to hold an arts festival in Lowestoft with the theme of the environment and sustainability. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,200 towards the cost of hiring and installing a dome marque for the festival.   Recreation Brampton Village Hall is a well used asset serving the villages of Brampton and Stoven. There is also a playing field which is used for football and bowls. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,600 to pay for improvements to the drainage on the playing field. Hacheston Village Hall was built in 2009 and is well used by villagers and others. The hall has a pétanque piste which is used several times a week. The Trustees awarded a grant of £892 towards the cost of materials for refurbishing the pétanque piste. The Friends of Seething, Mundham & Thwaite Play Park is a small group of parents and grandparents who are working with the village hall committee to raise funds to renew the play equipment on Seething village sports field. All three villages are growing in size and this is the only play area serving the villages.The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,500 towards the cost of a woodland toddler tower. Wortwell Bowls Club has 25 members; membership is open to all. The club’s bowling green is in poor condition which means that it is not currently possible to open it for as many sessions as liked. The Trustees awarded a grant of £750 towards the cost of a sprinkler system to improve the condition of the green.   Buildings and Community Facilities Rumburgh & St Michael Village Hall is well used by the local community for a wide variety of activities including yoga, bowls, table tennis and dancing. The wooden hall was built in 1937 and much work has been undertaken in recent years to renovate it, including a new roof, double glazing and the replacement of some internal walls with plasterboard. Unfortunately whilst preparing to replace further internal walls woodworm was discovered. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of woodworm treatment. Wrentham Village Hall Management Committee runs a monthly film club which is proving increasingly popular. For a donation attendees get to watch a film, refreshments are provided and a ‘taxi’ service is offered for those who find transport a problem. The Trustees awarded a grant of £900 towards the cost of a projector to make it possible to show films more reliably and more frequently.   History Nancy Blackett Trust(NBT) looks after the Nancy Blackett, an 8.5 metre Bermudan cutter, built in 1931. The boat was once owned by Arthur Ransome and was the inspiration for two of his books. The Nancy Blackett is kept at Robertson’s Boatyard in Woodbridge. The NBT aims to maintain the Nancy Blackett and provide an inexpensive opportunity for anyone to learn to sail under the tutelage of qualified and experienced skippers. The NBT works with local schools and hosts educational groups. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a new wooden mast.