Minster-on-Sea Parish Council held a special event on Friday 24th March 2017 to acknowledge the good work being done by some of the latest round of successful applicants to its Community Support Fund where the Chairman Ken Ingleton handed over cheques.
The successful projects include:
- Barton Court in partnership with the Sheppey Big Fish Theatre Trust who received £500 to run the Lapwing Project where Sheppey based artists work to deliver diverse art activities to the residents of the Barton Court Care Home, some of whom live with dementia. They are timing these activities to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week which takes place on 15th to 21st May 2017 which will be followed by a social, widely publicised celebration of the artwork produced by these residents.
- The New Road Community Centre will receive a Community Notice Board paid for by the Parish Council so that they can advertise their events.
- Sheppey FM in partnership with Sheppey Matters who received £480 to go towards its launch. Sheppey FM is due to begin broadcasting on the 18th April 2017 when they will be able to broadcast local news and promote local events, clubs and activities alongside discussions with guests on issues that matter to the community.
- The Sheppey Local History Society and Gatehouse Museum who received £1,250 to help with the costs of extending the existing office to house a new digitalisation project and security system. Mary Thompsett and Lena Crowder thanked the Parish Council saying the award would make a huge difference enabling the group to record and display its very valuable historical collection for present and future generations to enjoy.
A spokesperson for the Council said the Parish Council’s Community Support Fund has been in place for several years. It has enabled the Parish Council to support worthwhile causes who work in partnership with it for the benefit of the community. Previous successful applicants include the Friendship House Trust who were able to turn a piece of waste land at the side of the building into a well-used and popular community garden, the Thistle Hill Community centre who installed sound installation in the building and Sheppey Sea Cadets who used the money to buy a replacement cooker to provide meals for cadets and visitors. This year the application process will include a one-YOU DECIDE event where applicants will be invited along to present their bids and the public will help the Parish Council pick the best projects to fund. For further information on how to get involved please contact Trish Codrington the Parish Clerk on 01795 873831.