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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community Trust logoThe Trustees of the Adnams Community Trust (ACT) met recently to award grants to worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on... Ringsfield Hall Trust aims to educate children and young people to support their physical, emotional and spiritual development through connection with nature, creativity, learning and play. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of equipment for a new music studio. Joseph Patrick Trust provides financial support to individuals affected by muscle-wasting conditions so that they can purchase independence-enabling equipment not available on the NHS. The Trustees awarded a grant of £346.80 towards the cost of a riser chair for a lady from Lowestoft who suffers from myotonic dystrophy. Cancer Campaign in Suffolk helps local people before, during and after cancer. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,848 to pay for therapy sessions for 11 people from within the ACT catchment area. Lowestoft Thursday Club is a club for over 16s with learning difficulties. The Club is run by volunteers and meets every Thursday during term time; over 70 people attend. The Club provides an opportunity for members to meet their friends, see an entertainer or go on an outing. The Trustees awarded a grant of £750 to pay for a performance by a tribute band. Suffolk County Council supports a gentleman from Lowestoft who has 37% burns from the waist downwards and is in constant pain. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,800 to purchase a mobility scooter so that he is able to live a more independent life. Great Yarmouth Community Trust runs a twice-weekly community lunch programme aimed at the long-term unemployed, older people suffering from social isolation and other vulnerable members of society. It is attended by up to 36 people who pay a small amount for a two-course cooked meal. The service is run by learning co-ordinators with assistance from volunteers. The meals provide an opportunity for people to socialise at the same time as teaching the volunteers how to cook and prepare meals. The Trustees awarded a grant of £958.80 to purchase a new commercial oven. Band of the Royal British Legion Leiston is a marching brass band with 46 members aged between 8 and 80. The group meets twice a week and all instruments and uniforms are provided free of charge to the members. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,857 to purchase new music stands and carrying cases. Jubilee Opera is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. It provides opportunities for local children with little musical experience to perform in public with professional musicians, conductors and directors. Productions are of a very high quality and there is no fee to the children to take part. In November 2016 Jubilee Opera will be collaborating with the Southwold Concert Series to present two staged performances of ‘The Winter Star’, a short opera by Malcolm Williamson. More than 50 children from local schools will take part. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a rehearsal pianist and training for the children. Framlingham Ladies Hockey Club has 22 junior and 22 senior members. It runs three teams; the Firsts and Seconds play in the Suffolk League and the thirds are juniors who play mainly for fun. The Trustees awarded a grant of £287.92 to purchase eight face masks for the defenders in the First and Second teams. 1st Eye Scouts has 110 members, an increase of 30 in the last few years, with particular growth seen in the Scout and Explorer sections. Scouts undertake a wide range of activities including camping, volunteering, craft work and survival skills. The Trustees awarded £767.88 to purchase lightweight-hike tents, Trangia standard cookers and fuel bottles to enable the Scouts and Explorers to take part in overnight expeditions. South Norfolk Players is an amateur-dramatics group based at the village hall in Brooke. It has 15 full-time members, with other actors helping out occasionally. Membership is open to all. The group puts on performances throughout the year and also organises community events with the WI. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of dimmers for a new stage lighting system at the village hall. Stradbroke Parish Council is working to improve the village playgrounds. Some of the equipment is over 40 years old and a recent health and safety assessment flagged up many items which need to be repaired or replaced. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the playground equipment. Thurlton Community Store and Post Office is a Community Interest Company run by volunteers. The shop is at the heart of the village, providing important social contact, particularly for the elderly and those without transport. Goods are sourced locally where possible and volunteers deliver to those unable to get to the shop. The Trustees awarded a grant of £798 to purchase a double-door display fridge. Huntingfield Millennium Green is an open space maintained for local residents. It is used for informal recreation, play, meetings and community events and by many dog walkers. It has play equipment and an adventure trail. The Trustees awarded a grant of £495 to purchase five new benches so that people can sit to enjoy the views or watch their children play. Holton & Blyford Village Hall is well used by local residents. Regular bookings include badminton, U3A, an art group and a physical training club. It is also used for parties, bingo, quizzes and monthly ‘breakfast-for-the-community’ sessions. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a new, energy-efficient, dimmable LED lighting system. St Margaret South Elmham Village Hall is well-used and serves St Margaret South Elmham and surrounding villages, many of which do not have their own village hall. The hall was built 60 years ago by local villagers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of improving toilet facilities at the hall. Loddon Country Market is based in the Hollies Community Centre in Loddon. It has been running for 42 years and operates every Tuesday between 9.15 and 10.30. The market is run as a co-operative and managed entirely by volunteers. A grant of £500 was awarded to purchase equipment for the market, to improve the appearance of the stalls. Suffolk Records Society (SRS) was founded in 1957 to encourage the study and preservation of Suffolk records from the middle ages to the present day. Each year SRS produces a volume of previously unpublished manuscripts, each focusing on a specific aspect of Suffolk history. The production of the books is funded through subscription fees and grant applications. The Trustees awarded a grant of £479 to pay for the cost of printing the eight colour plates in the SRS’s latest book which looks at the restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906. Metfield Parish Council is supporting a project to print and distribute a book written by a local resident. The book is filled with memories, anecdotes and pictures dating back to 1926. It describes the main houses and families, farmers, businesses, school and home life and also includes information on the local men who served in WW2, the USAAF WW2 Metfield Airfield and the bomb-dump explosion. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of printing and publicising the book.