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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - January 2015

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

On 29 January 2015 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totalling £21,580.59 to 25 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Edward Worlledge Primary School is situated in a deprived area of Great Yarmouth.  It has 270 pupils aged 4 to 11. The Trustees awarded a grant of £400 towards the cost of purchasing ukuleles to be used for individual lessons, small group work and whole-class tuition. Glebeland Community Primary School in Toft Monks has 79 children aged between 4 and 11. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of 15 LearnPads - tablet computers with lots of educational software which make personalised learning possible. Roman Hill Primary School has 367 pupils and is situated in the most deprived ward in Suffolk.  The children come from suburban built-up areas with concrete yards rather than gardens. The Trustees awarded a grant of £874.40 to create a wildlife walkway for the younger children at the school. The area will incorporate insect hotels, bird boxes and plants. Friends of St Lawrence School is a fundraising group of parents and pupils. The school has 107 pupils aged between 5 and 11 and serves a wide rural catchment area. The Trustees awarded a grant of £763.11 towards the cost of new musical instruments. Wonderful Beast, based in Aldeburgh, is a theatre company which aims to bring myths, legends, folk tales and stories to audiences of all ages through interactive and inclusive performances and events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,200 to pay for the script writer and writer mentor for a project entitled ‘Lighthouse’ involving children from Orford Primary School. The result will be a new play to be performed at the High Tide Festival in September 2015. Harleston Cluster of Schools is comprised of Harleston, Pulham, Brockdish and Alburgh with Denton Primary Schools plus Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston. Just over 1,000 children aged between 3 and 16 attend the schools. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,220 towards the cost of various events during British Science Week. Stoke Holy Cross Pre-school Playgroup serves the villages of Stoke Holy Cross, Caistor St Edmunds and Shotesham and caters for children aged between 2.5 and 4 years.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £268 to pay for a trip to Wroxham Barns Junior Farm. Adult Social Services (ASS) section of Suffolk County Council works with vulnerable adults with age and disability-related needs in Suffolk.  ASS looks after an elderly, non-English speaking lady in a residential home in Lowestoft. Her lack of English means she is unable to communicate with the carers or other residents at the home and has become socially isolated; this has led to serious depression. The Trustees awarded a grant of £394.80 to purchase a laptop computer to be used to stream films and media in her own language as well as using Skype to contact her family. Signpost Gunton is a community development project based on the Gunton Estate in Lowestoft. Signpost Gunton runs the DreamworX project, a street-based youth project aimed at 8 to 13-year-olds in north Lowestoft who are alienated from their local community or peers, or are at risk of offending.  DreamworX organises an annual residential trip to the CMC Pensarn activity centre in Wales so that the young people can experience different activities including raft building, rock climbing and kayaking. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the trip for 30 young people. Home-Start Mid Suffolk promotes the safety and welfare of children to give them a better future by providing support to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges such as post-natal depression, disability, isolation, bereavement, and multiple births. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,194 to pay for low-cost play sessions in Worlingworth during the school summer holidays for pre-school and primary school children and a family coach trip to Southwold for a shared picnic. Access Community Trust (ACT) works in disadvantaged communities in Suffolk and Norfolk providing support with housing, health, wellbeing, education and employment. Access the Globe is ACT’s latest project supporting 8 to 25-year-olds in Lowestoft.  It is open one evening a week and is attended by up to 35 young people. The young people are from family backgrounds blighted by poverty and inter-generational unemployment; they are often involved in anti-social behaviour. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,239.22 to run a craft group at the youth club, teaching young people new skills relating to creating fashion/home accessories including sewing, stitching, stencilling and dyeing fabrics. Bungay Bowls Club promotes the game of lawn bowls to people of all ages, including those with disabilities.  It has 46 members, men and women, aged between 18 and 91. The green is open to the public when not in use for club matches or events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £650 to improve disabled access to the playing surface. Yoxford Bowls Club is an inclusive community sports club with 45 adult members and a growing youth section. The Trustees awarded a grant of £381.60 to purchase 40 chairs to be used by spectators, parents and players during matches and refreshment breaks. Diss & District Cricket Club has three Saturday league teams, a Sunday league team and a strong youth section.  Children aged between 7 and 10 are taught the basics of cricket by qualified coaches before progressing through the age groups to the under 11, 13, 15 and 17 teams. The Trustees awarded a grant of £512 towards the cost of a Bowdry water remover, a lightweight hand-pushed rolling machine which collects excess water without damaging the turf. Burston Playing Field includes a children’s play area, BMX track and football pitch. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a teen shelter. Cookpole Energy Action Ltd was set up in 2009 by a group of residents of Cookley & Walpole to reduce the village’s carbon footprint, use of fossil fuels and energy costs.  The group hopes to purchase two electric bikes for use by the local community.  The bikes will be stored in a secure shed next to Walpole pavilion and will be charged using the electricity generated by the solar panels on the pavilion.  The bikes will be lent of free of charge to local residents. They will also be available for holidaymakers to hire for a small fee. The Trustees pledged a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of one of the electric bikes if the rest of the money for the project can be raised.  The pledge stands for one year. Middleton Recreation Ground Trust is responsible for a four-acre recreation ground. Work is underway to build a small pavilion. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,881.71 to fit out the kitchen in the pavilion. Hedenham Parochial Church Council is responsible for St Peter’s Church in Hedenham. The PCC wants the church to become a village asset. A large community social space at the rear of the church has already been created and improvements have been made to the heating system. The Trustees awarded a grant of £409.59 towards the cost of a kitchen. Starston Jubilee Hall Trust owns the village hall and adjacent 2-acre glebe meadow for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area.  The hall is used by around 2,500 people a year for meetings, lectures, classes and other recreational activities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £900 to convert five windows in the main hall to double-glazed sealed units. St John the Baptist, Metfield, is used on a weekly basis for church services and by bell ringers from surrounding villages and further afield.  It is also used for concerts and as a venue for afternoon teas (the village no longer has a pub). The PCC would like to increase the range of events held at the church by installing a tea point including a worktop, sink, electrical points and internal lighting. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the tea point. Southwold Common Trust owns the Pit Stop Café which it leases out to a third party to manage on its behalf.  The Pit Stop is run as a community café providing support for young mothers from the Waveney area and their pre-school children.  The café also hosts many community events and has links with the Beach Mission, The Guides, Scouts and Brownies.  It is used by those who care for adults with learning difficulties and other disabilities and also provides healthy homemade affordable food to those living on a pension. The café functions without mains electricity which restricts the appliances which can be used there and also means it has to close the winter. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the cost of connecting the café to mains electricity. Pakefield Coastwatch is a voluntary organisation (affiliated to the Sea Safety group) based in Pakefield lighthouse, which keeps watch on the Suffolk coast from Lowestoft Harbour to Benacre Point and nine miles out to sea. The team of 25 volunteers keeps watch for 8 hours a day in the winter and 12 hours a day in the summer, 365 days a year. The Trustees awarded a grant of £462 to replace five windows. St James Village Hall supports two villages (St James and St Nicholas) and is the only meeting point for residents of these villages. The hall is used regularly for various sports, fundraising events and social gatherings. It also provides a venue for the Rural Coffee Caravan, the mobile library, parish council meetings and is used as a polling station. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,002.21 to purchase kitchen utensils. Orford Museum is a non-profit making organisation and is entirely self-funded. It is situated in the upper floor of Orford Castle.  Entry to the museum is free. The museum is visited by thousands of people each year. The Trustees agreed to a grant of £419.95 to purchase computer software to be used to produce twice-yearly historical bulletins. Theberton & Eastbridge Parish Council is organising a celebratory weekend in commemoration of the life and times of Lt Col Charles Doughty-Wylie.  Lt Col Doughty-Wylie, 1863-1915, lived in the village and is best known for his Victoria Cross at Gallapoli. He also had an interesting diplomatic career. The Trustees awarded a grant of £408 to pay for the printing of information boards.   To find out more about the Adnams Charity, and to learn how to apply for a grant, click here.            


Rebecca Abrahall