The hurdles – not a hundred metre dash….
The article in the last edition of The Villager ended with the words
“get set…”. We tempted Fate and have now found that it is a hurdle race
not a flat one.
To our surprise, after a site visit and a presentation, the panel of the
Community Investment Fund of the SODC did not recommend us for an
award. Determined and unbowed, we had our five minutes in front of the
SODC cabinet (actually 4 minutes and 57 seconds after some careful
rehearsals) and won a partial victory. Our task was helped enormously
by the large number of villagers who came along to support us – thank
The Cabinet decided to ask their officials to produce a report covering
only our project, stating where funds of up to £101,000 could come from
other than the CIF, how the Council could grant aid to our project and
what they would recommend. You can see all the gory details in glorious
colour on the SODC website! You will not be surprised that we are
working hard with the Council to help them answer these questions. And
the good news is that we have received funding from others which will
reduce the balance needed from the SODC….
The Midsummer Ball raised a magnificent £10,000. We owe a huge thankyou
to the committee for all their efforts for organising such an enjoyable
evening. It was great fun and an enormous vote of confidence from the
A lot of hard work by Nick Spencer has secured a recommendation of
£30,000 from Leader Funds. This funding, like the pledges from the
village, depends on our raising all the money necessary to start the
Fit and running fast…
We will know our likely costs more accurately when the tenders for the
works are received in mid July and it looks as if the balance needed is
now about £70,000 – considerably less than the original £101,000. So we
are optimistic and very determined.
Watch this space!