This has been surprisingly difficult to do. However this year I have been pleased to support the following great projects:
Catherington Playgroup, located in Catherington Village Hall have over 40 children that regularly attend the group which is open five days a week. They are lucky to have an extensive play area overlooking open countryside. Their ‘farm equipment’ much valued by the children had been broken last summer. I was able to help them purchase new outdoor toys with a grant of £250.
The New Blendworth Centre is a wonderful facility in Blendworth Lane. Adults with learning difficulties spend time there helping with the garden and growing plants for their colleagues to arrange in hanging baskets for sale to the public. They also help with garden maintenance and help to look after local Churchyards. They needed some additional paving to allow safe access around the site and I was happy to assist with a grant of £1000 to lay some new slabs.
Catherington Parish Hall have surprisingly suffered a theft this year. They had two six foot tables stolen from the hall. I was able to help with a grant of £500 to replace the two that had been stolen and a couple more that had been damaged. They were also able to replace a broken electric hot water urn, vital to the many users of this busy popular hall.
Merchistoun Hall are committed to building a large Bandstand in their grounds using young men and women, currently training at Highbury College and giving them some practical experience of tackling real building projects. I was pleased to be asked to support this worthwhile project and gave them £1000. I really hope this will be finished in time to support the War Memorial re dedication on July 20th, it would be great to have band playing forties music there during the afternoon.
Horndean Business Network ran another successful Christmas Market in Horndean and asked for my support. I was able to help with a grant of £250 Which allowed them to replace electrical leads that were stolen last year as they cleared up after the event, and enabled the purchase of some new Christmas lights.
I am very keen to get ideas on local causes to support in the next financial year, so please let me know your ideas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Cllr Sara Schillemore, Catherington Lovedean Ward, Horndean.