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More Grants Awarded by the Adnams Charity - July 2012

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Quarterly Report – July 2012

The Trustees of the Adnams Charity met on 12 July 2012 and the following applications received their support. Education Stradbroke Primary School is a small rural school with 93 pupils aged between 5 and 11.  Library facilities at the school have recently been improved and new non-fiction books have been purchased but the school is not able to afford to buy new fiction books. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,200 to purchase fiction books for years 1-2 and 5-6. Gunton CP School in Lowestoft caters for 350 children from nursery through to year six.  The school is currently raising money to purchase and erect an outside classroom.  The proposed classroom is made from 100% recycled plastic and is maintenance free, graffiti proof, fire retardant, anti-vandal, crack proof and insect resistant. The Trustees awarded a grant of £342 to purchase a whiteboard for the classroom. St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Woodbridge, has 210 pupils.  Children in the Foundation Level (age 4) benefit from a wide range of outdoor play activities. As they move on to the more formal national curriculum in year 1 the children miss out on outdoor play as the school currently has no facilities for them. The Trustees awarded a grant of £403.90 to purchase a sand activity centre and a water activity centre. Gunton Pre-School operates from St Benedict’s Church in Lowestoft.  It caters for 20 children aged between two and five, five mornings a week.  The pre-school is situated in a very deprived area and costs per session are kept to a minimum. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,055.58 to purchase various dividing panels to display work, provide stimulation and aid role play. Bawdsey CEVCP School has 75 pupils aged between 4 and 11. It is situated in an isolated, rural village which currently has no provision for pre-school children.  The school is raising money to pay for a cedar-clad building to be used to accommodate non-statutory provision at the school – parent and toddler groups, after-schools clubs, visitors from within the local community and other schools. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a disabled toilet in the new building. NWES World of Work provides young people in the East of England with a wide range of high quality, relevant, structured experiences of work throughout their school life.  NWES WoW is the regional co-ordinator for the British Science Association, which encourages schools to accredit students’ work in science, technology and maths with a British Science Association CREST award. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,600 to purchase ten wind turbine, photovoltaic and solar water heater kits for use in science lessons in ten schools in the Adnams Charity catchment area. Saxmundham Primary School is a growing primary school in a deprived community. The school needs more space for use by pupils and the wider community (in particular pre and after schools clubs) and fundraising is now underway to build a new science and community building.  The building will be based on a traditional log cabin but will use the latest building technology. It will have a sloping flat roof to match the rest of the school, bi-fold doors which will open onto a wildlife area and will be a zero-carbon building. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to purchase tables and chairs for the new building. Health & Social Welfare Anglia Care Trust (ACT) works with over 1,500 of the most vulnerable individuals in Suffolk.  The people supported come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a range of interconnected issues such as poverty, family breakdown, homelessness, history of offending, poor physical and/or mental health. One of ACT’s key provisions is a mentoring service providing children and young people with an adult mentor from their local community to provide support and guidance.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to pay for mentoring sessions for a year for one young person in the Lowestoft area. Solo Housing provides accommodation to homeless people, people who may not be officially recognised as homeless and those who have been turned away as not eligible for help.  It also runs a lodgings scheme for people who do not require support and supported housing for those who require assistance in the transition into independent living.  Accommodation is offered based on an assessment of need. Solo Housing has a supported housing project in Diss and has recently expanded into an adjacent building.  It is raising funds to refurbish the new property.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £950 to pay for one shower. The Arts Jubilee Opera is devoted to giving children in the Aldeburgh area the opportunity of performing in public with professional musicians, conductors and directors in both opera and musical theatre.  As well as staged productions, the company also provides specialised sessions on all aspects of performance, such as singing, musical skills, acting, use of text, movement and dance, set design, costumes, stage management, lighting and sound.  Jubilee Opera works closely with local schools and members are encouraged to stay for a number of years. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a production of Hip Hip Horatio. Recreation The Leila Sailing Trust was established in 2008 to restore and bring back into use the Leila (a Victorian gentleman’s sailing yacht) as a sail training vessel offering subsidised training, developing personal skills and life skills for young people from Norfolk and Suffolk. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a paraffin cooker. T S Warrior Cadet provides regular activities and skills-development training thrice weekly and at residential camps for 98 cadets aged between 7 and 17 from the Great Yarmouth area.  Activities include football, circuit training, obstacle courses, marching, cross country, running, canoeing, abseiling, orienteering, rope work, first aid and healthy-eating education. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a 40-foot steel container to securely house the group’s rigid inflatable boat. Just 42 supports children and young people through the provision of youth clubs, children’s clubs, mentoring, arts workshops, sports coaching and a new mobile rural youth centre on a bus.   Just 42 also educates on drug/alcohol abuse, health and financial management. The Trustees awarded a grant of £367 to pay for games and outside furniture for Just42’s new mobile youth centre. Stem to Stern & 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts are collaborating to fund and build a traditional dinghy for use by the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts.  Stem to Stern is a non-profit making organisation which has funded an apprentice shipwright, Tim Smith, through an NVQ level 3 at Lowestoft College.  The dinghy will be built by Tim and the work will be overseen and supported by two experienced boat builders.  Once completed, the dinghy will be used by the 30 boys and girls of the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts – a Royal Navy recognised group with a waiting list. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of materials to build the dinghy. Worlingworth Community Centre is run by a committee of volunteers from the village and is well used.  There are currently no play facilities for school children in this rural village so the committee is raising money to install a new play area.  The play area will benefit approximately 150 local children. The Trustees awarded a grant of £750 towards the cost of a net log climber. Community Facilities/Buildings Mettingham Village Hall is central to the village and widely used by clubs and individuals. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to purchase new tables. Wacton Village Hall is a new village hall, built in stages over the last few years to replace a building not fit for purpose. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of crockery, folding tables and chairs.


Rebecca Abrahall