Following a £20,000 grant from LEADER, announced in the last Villager, we are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £40,000 by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd). WREN supports community projects with funds donated by Waste Recycling Group under the Government’s Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The pavilion on the Recreation Ground and the children’s play equipment on Kings Meadow are other village projects that have benefited from WREN grants in the past.
Funds pledged for the Extension now amount to almost £156,000 leaving only £14,000 more required to reach the target. By the time you see this issue of The Villager the second Safari Supper on 24 September will have been held, reducing further the funds still needed. Thanks in advance to Hilary Rogerson and her team for organising what I know will have been a great evening.
Progress with fundraising has only been possible with the tremendous support of everyone in our community. The Appeal Committee is very appreciative of all the support, help and encouragement that has been forthcoming. The wide-ranging variety of fundraising events – from concerts to pub quizzes, from a sponsored walk to open gardens, from safari suppers to an art sale, from a bridge drive to an organ recital, from the Son et Lumiere to the Midsummer Ball – not forgetting contributions from Brightfest, Appleday, book sales and so on – is evidence of the enthusiasm and ability of all involved in their organisation. Most importantly, it is hoped that everyone coming along to these events has enjoyed themselves.
Fundraising events have contributed 18% of the funds secured so far, as have pledges and donations from the local community. Grants have accounted for 54%, the remaining 10% coming from St Agatha’s Building Fund.
At the instigation of Dick Mason a display of photographs from many of the fundraising events has been set up in St Agatha’s. I hope you all will take the opportunity of viewing this display – you may find you feature somewhere!Redeeming those pledges
Now that we are close to the target the Appeal Committee believes it is appropriate to take delivery of the pledges of financial support that have been made in the community. Committee members will be contacting people over the next couple of weeks in this regard.What about the outstanding balance?
Applications are pending with four more potential grant providers and we are confident of reaching our objective in the near future. However there is one application where everyone’s involvement can help.
The NatWest Bank has introduced a CommunityForce programme, under which three community projects in each of its local markets have an opportunity to win awards of £6,000 each. There is a two-stage process, the first of which involves being approved as an eligible project; this we have done. The second stage involves promoting the project, since the winners are decided by public vote in the autumn.
Each person can vote up to three times, in any area, but only one vote for each cause. This means that you can get relatives and friends anywhere in the UK to vote for our project. We would welcome your vote and as many others as possible that you can urge to support us; the winners will be those projects that sell themselves better than the competition. Your help could make all the difference!Tony Lascelles
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