Community Donations announced

18th February 2020 / News archive

The Community Donations sub-committee meet three times a year to hear from applicants who are applying for a community donation. Applications must have objectives which support a vibrant Town Centre, a sustainable environment or neighbourhood and community benefits. They can also be in support of the voluntary and community sector working on improving the quality of life for residents of Chippenham.

In the latest meeting the following donations were approved:

Rag and Bone Arts are a local group running drama, art and theatre programmes for the local youth and adults. They run a very popular life drawing class which is always sold out. Purchasing two additional easels would provide extra work stations to fit the maximum number of people their space allows for the class enabling more people to take part. The full amount of £153.80 was given to purchase two easels.

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust are a charity working to preserve, conserve and improve the route of the canal. They are holding a quiz night at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre and will use the grant money to pay for the hire of the venue, so all proceeds raised can go directly to the charity. The full amount of £255.00 was granted to cover venue hire.

Hips and Haws Clog are a dance group who learn traditional and new styles of folk and Morris dancing. They are travelling to Chippenhams twinning town of La Fleche in France to share their dancing as part of a cultural exchange. The full amount of £300.00 requested was given to cover accommodation costs for their trip.

The Lodge Surgery is a NHS Doctors surgery in Chippenham and they have designed a walking route which will encourage their patients and local community to get outdoors and exercise. A total of £700 was requested to go towards producing maps which would be available to download and in print. The grant awarded was £375.00 to go towards the maps.

Lordsmead Pre-School Playgroup are fundraising for new toys and equipment. Many of the families they support are not in a financial position to help them.
The full amount of £900.00 was given to purchase new toys, an outdoor water channel feature, indoor and outdoor mats and a handwash system.

Victoria County History Trust are a group writing an encyclopedic history of the county of Wiltshire in England. All of their original funding partners ended their funding in 2014 so they are now continuing the work at a slower pace through other fundraising. They are half way through a volume on Chippenham and the money would help them complete a chapter. The requested amount was £2000.00, and it was agreed to offer £1000.00 to go towards their research and writing.

Waste Not Want Not recycle usable items of furniture and electrical goods to reduce landfill and fly tipping. Their volunteers are crucial to their success and sustainability as a charity. The donation will go towards the recruitment and training of volunteers alongside helping their volunteers who wish to move towards employment with CV writing, interview training etc. The request was for £2500.00, and a total of £2000.00 was awarded for training their volunteers.

Chippenham Rugby Club Under 11’s run rugby training and competitive games for a mixed group of under 11’s which aims to teach them teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. This is the last year they are together as a mixed team and many children drop out of the sport when they go to secondary school. The community donation will go towards sending them on an end of season tour to encourage them to stay involved in the sport. The requested amount was for £2000 and a total of £1500 was awarded.

Chippenham Men’s Shed are a group which help promote social inclusion and fight isolation primarily but not exclusively for men, in Chippenham.
The community donation will go towards the purchase of IT equipment to enable their members to be trained in getting set up online, create email accounts and how to be safe when using the internet. The amount of £4,300.00 was requested for the equipment and a total of £2000 was awarded to go towards the purchase of computers.

Chippenham Folk Festival is an annual event promoting folk music, dance, song and art activities. The ticket price does not cover all event costs. The requested amount was £4300.00 to go towards the schools day, children’s festival, toilets for Island Park in Monkton Parks and medical cover. A total of £3517.70 was given.

The total remaining budget for this year of £12001.50 was donated.

Councillor Richard Bambury, Chair of the Community Donations Sub-Committee said of the recent announcement;
“We are so pleased to support such a wide range of local projects which will make a positive difference to our community.”

If you would like to apply for a community donation, all the information you need is on our website. The next meeting is on Thursday 25 June 2020, so your application needs to be submitted 3 weeks in advance of the meeting (Thursday 4 June 2020)