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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - July 2015

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

On 9 July 2015 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totaling £20,806  to 24 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Dickleburgh Pre-school has 50 pupils aged between 2 and 4. The Trustees awarded a grant of £783.70 to purchase trikes and picnic benches. Blundeston CEVCP School has 194 pupils from reception to year 6. The Trustees awarded a grant of £930 to purchase 3 tablet computers to be used for IT lessons and other areas of the curriculum such as art, literacy and numeracy. Occold Primary School has 27 children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  A recent Ofsted report highlighted shortcomings in the outside provision at the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £699.95 to purchase an outdoor ‘messy station’. Holton St Peter Community Primary School has 89 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a Smartboard. Sir Robert Hitcham School in Debenham has 210 pupils aged between 4 and 11. An increasing number of children are coming to school with social, emotional and behavioural problems which are starting to impact on their learning. To help address this, the school is setting up a nurture room, a space for children to go if they are feeling upset, angry or require some time out. The Trustees awarded a grant of £400 to purchase equipment for the room. Yoxford Primary School is a rural primary school with 58 pupils, including a high number with special educational needs. Recently the school has struggled to get the children interested in music. After much research and experimentation the children have started learning percussion instruments and the ukulele. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,080 to purchase 60 Ukuleles. Fressingfield CEVC Primary School has 132 pupils aged between 3 and 11. The school has signed up to the ‘Food for life’ programme which aims to make healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked. The Trustees awarded a grant of £728 to purchase raised beds and a living willow tunnel. Friends of Melton Primary School aims to advance the education of the 153 pupils at the school. The Friends are supporting the school in a project entitled ‘Bike for Life’ about being safe on bikes, cycling to school and reducing carbon footprints through the development of a transport plan which encourages cycling. The Trustees awarded a grant of £795 to pay to train staff as cycling coaches. Suffolk Social Services cares for a lady who has just had an above-knee amputation. She lives alone with the help of supportive family and friends. She is struggling to transfer herself between her wheelchair and her armchair. The Trustees awarded a grant of £883 to purchase a bespoke drop-arm armchair. Men’s Shed (Poringland & District) is part of a loose collective of projects across the country. Each Shed project is autonomous but they all aim to provide a free, safe, welcoming place for men to meet and address the issues of male social isolation, often brought about by redundancy, retirement or bereavement. Membership is open to all men over the age of 18. The Poringland & District Men’s Shed has over 20 members. Trustees awarded a grant of £721.80 to pay for insurance and also first-aid training for 10 members. Suffolk County Council is assisting with support for a young lady with ADHD, Aspergers and Learning Difficulties. She is very hard wearing on furniture and has broken 18 beds in her 21 years. The Trustees awarded a grant of £283 towards the cost of a reinforced bed, made to cope with the demands of a person with Aspergers. DIAL (Lowestoft & Waveney) offers a free impartial and confidential advice, advocacy and representation service to people with disabilities or long-term health problems and their carers. The majority of enquiries are about benefit entitlement but advice is also given on blue badges, specialist equipment, grants, transport, employment, education, housing and holidays. The Trustees awarded a grant of £900 to pay the staff costs of a pilot outreach project at Sole Bay Medical Centre in Reydon for 6 months. Mental Health Service Users Support Group is a newly established group of 20 people who suffer from mental health issues. The group meets twice a week at Boston Lodge in Lowestoft to socialise and have lunch. The Trustees awarded a grant of £300 to purchase a large fridge-freezer to enable the group to purchase food in bulk. Long Stratton Day Care Centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.  It caters for up to 10 users per day, providing lunches, games and entertainment. Most of those who attend are over 80 and several suffer from dementia. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to pay for the transport and entrance-fee costs for 3 trips. Grandparents & Parents Play Association is a group of parents and grandparents who are working with Halesworth Town Council to improve the play equipment in the town park.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £848 to purchase an inclusive springie bike. Eyke Parish Councilis working with Eyke Primary School to regenerate the recreation ground within the village. Last year the parish council and local school children planted 105 saplings in one corner of the old recreation ground; the installation of a play area is the second phase in the regeneration programme. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a Sovereign Buzz Tower, particularly useful for young children. Hall for All in Huntingfield aims to build a new village hall for the residents of Huntingfield, Heveningham and Ubbeston. Planned activities include a youth club, table tennis club, drama club, carpet bowls, gardening club, drop-in health clinic and an out-reach advice centre. The Trustees awarded a grant of £680 to purchase 2 tables and 8 chairs for a meeting room. Beccles Allotments and Gardens Association (BAGA) is a community organisation with 378 members.  BAGA is embarking on a ‘Grow your own’ project with the U3A targeted at older members of the community. A suitable allotment plot has been reserved and a plan for the plot drawn up. The project will enable older people to grow fruit and vegetables and get to know new people, reducing social isolation. The Trustees awarded a grant of £612 to purchase a shed, guttering and shelving for the project. Needham Coronation Village Hall is used for a wide variety of weekly activities and groups; theatre group, whist, Pilates, martial arts, library, carpet bowls, art group and wine guild plus other one-off events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,014 to pay for re-roofing the south-east corner of the hall. Kirby Bedon Parish Hall is a converted Victorian stable used regularly for a wide range of activities including short-mat bowls, snooker, yoga, folk dancing, parish council meetings and private functions. The Trustees awarded a grant of £888.16 to insulate the hall’s ceiling. Beccles Sea Cadets has 64 members aged between 10 and 18. Children attend weekly, split over 3 evenings. The cadets undertake activities such as rowing, sailing, kayaking, first aid and seamanship. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a new roof for their premises. Reydon Village Hall is used on a daily basis for community activities – keep fit classes, carpet bowls, meetings, clubs and groups, coffee mornings, jumble sales and for private hire. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,425 to pay for 2 new fire doors for the hall. Denton Village Hall is used for a wide variety of community activities. Funds have been raised to build an additional energy-efficient room to be used for meetings, training sessions, storage and as changing rooms. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,084.80 to purchase folding tables and stackable chairs. Letheringham Parish Council represents the village’s 63 residents. The village is only accessible via winding, single-track roads which makes it difficult for the emergency services to arrive in the vital few minutes after a cardiac arrest.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,750 to purchase a public-access defibrillator.  This will be housed in the village’s decommissioned red phone box.  

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