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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - July 2016

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Charity Logo The Trustees of the Adnams Charity met on 14 July 2016 to award grants to local good causes. To find out who received what, read on. Hoxne School Association is a parent-teacher organisation which raises funds to support the school. The school has 87 pupils. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new shelving for the school library. Darsham Astronomical Society (DASH Astro) uses Westleton Common once a month for night-time observing and Westleton Village Hall for monthly lectures and astronomy workshops. DASH Astro also contributes to school science lessons. The Trustees awarded a grant of £430.79 to purchase display boards to improve the quality of educational talks and presentations. Worlingworth Primary School is a small rural primary school with 45 pupils. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,500 towards the cost of new tables and chairs for the school’s two classrooms and the hall. Rendlesham Primary School has 251 pupils and is growing rapidly. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a canopy to cover an outdoor music area. The Haven Project in Diss accommodates women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, giving them a chance to rebuild their lives. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,933, to purchase and install a log swing with basket seat. Suffolk Artlink works to improve the quality of life of people of all abilities through taking part in creative activities. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,020 to pay for three half-day ‘Clown Round’ sessions at the James Paget hospital. Clown Round sessions involve two ‘Clown Doctors’ visiting the children’s ward at hospitals, engaging with ill children through play, music, puppetry, story-telling, magic and tricks. Suffolk County Council, Adult Social Work Services, assists a lady from the Adnams Charity catchment area who has severe learning, sensory and physical disabilities. She is visually impaired and is unable to communicate verbally. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,135.80 to purchase a specialist chair for her to use for meals and table-top activities. Suffolk County Council, Adult & Community Services, assists a lady from the Adnams Charity catchment area who suffers from bi-polar disorder, scoliosis, arthritis of the spine and a slipped disk. She is in constant pain and has very poor mobility. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,250 towards the cost of a mobility scooter to enable the lady to access the community, visit family and friends and become more independent. City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is a leading orchestra committed to providing a ‘route in’ for people who have not so far been able to access a traditional concert or who haven’t engaged with classical music before. For the last seven years the CLS has collaborated with Orchestras Live to bring orchestral music to under-served areas with high levels of economic and social deprivation. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a series of workshops and interactive concerts for children aged between two and seven, to take place Lowestoft in October 2016. Just42 runs weekly term-time youth clubs in Hasketon and Woodbridge. Up to 35 young people, aged between 11 and 16, attend each club, benefitting from the opportunity to socialise, meet friends and take part in a wide range of planned activities. The clubs are run by qualified and experienced youth workers, session workers and volunteers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,260 to pay for the hire of Woodbridge Youth Centre and Hasketon Victory Hall for 36 weeks. Beccles Town Swimming Club has 155 swimmers aged from 7 to 40+ years who train at Bungay pool, Harleston High School pool and Beccles Lido. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to purchase two lane ropes, to enable the Club to continue to compete in competitions, league events and open meets and to enhance training sessions. Wenhaston with Mells Parish Council is refurbishing the sports and play facilities in Wenhaston. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a nest swing. Clopton Village Hall is responsible for play facilities in the village. Currently there is equipment for older children and teenagers but nothing for younger children. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of two swings. Sweffling Parish Council is responsible for play-area provision in the village. The Trustees awarded £1,128 to purchase one five-aside goal post to go with one already purchased. Eye Town Hall Improvement Company was set up to improve the hall, making it fit for wider community use. It is the biggest hall in the area and is now used regularly by many groups and for many community events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,500 towards the cost of new chairs for the hall. St Laurence Church Room, Brundall, has been a very well used venue over the years but is in need of much repair work and updating to meet current standards and legislation. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,559 to pay for sanitary ware, tiles and sundries for a new disabled-access toilet. Halesworth Millennium Green consists of over 50 acres of meadow and new woodland lying in the flood plain of the River Blyth and the Town River. The Green is used by a wide range of people and provides a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna. The whole site is managed by a board of Trustees and maintained by almost 50 volunteers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,500 towards the cost of a 20ft steel shipping container to house maintenance equipment securely and accessibly. Aldeburgh & Thorpeness Rugby Football Club has recently moved to Aldeburgh and has been given a lease by Aldeburgh Town Council on a building adjacent to the pitch to use as a club house with changing facilities. The building is currently in a bad state of repair. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of replacing the doors and windows. Station House Community Connection is a charitable community benefit society established to create and manage a new community amenity in Campsea Ashe’s disused station house. When complete the station building will have four flexible meeting rooms; computer access with wi-fi and fast broadband; cafe; local map and bookshop; railway-history exhibition and passenger services (the station is still in use). The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,560 to purchase a workstation for the training room.