Although official confirmation has not yet been received, we believe that the Extension Appeal has won a grant of £6,000 under NatWest’s Community Force Scheme.
When public voting closed at noon on 24 October it appeared that we were one of the top three projects in our region, based on the highest number of votes amongst 41 competing projects, that would secure a grant.
This is a very encouraging result and thanks go to everyone who voted for us and who also encouraged others to vote as well. It became very intense towards the end of the voting window when we were neck and neck with another project that we had to beat to keep in the top three!
Closing in on that target
Assuming that we are successful with the NatWest grant, Appeal funds now stand at over £163,000. This leaves less than £7,000 to be found to reach the £170,000 target. Some grant applications still remain outstanding; the time between application and decision can be frustratingly prolonged.
Another great Safari Supper
The village was buzzing on 24 September when people were going hither and thither as they participated in the second Safari Supper. The sum of £1,410 raised for the Appeal was much appreciated but, more importantly, everyone had a very enjoyable time, a key criterion for all our fundraising events. Congratulations to Hilary Rogerson and her team for the impeccable organisation!
The majority of the financial pledges by villagers have been redeemed and our thanks to everyone concerned, particularly to those who donated more than they had pledged – always a very welcome sight.
It is still not too late to make a donation; if anyone has held back due to uncertainty about whether the Appeal would be successful, now is the time to let go!
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