Hungerford Town Council’s Grant Awards 2019

As in previous years, Hungerford Town Council has for 2019 made a number of awards to local charities and community groups. Please see below a list of the organisations which have benefitted from this round of funding and a brief summary of what the grant will be used for.

The awards ceremony

There was a ceremony at the Croft Field Hall on Saturday 20 July 2019 which was attended by representatives of the Town Council and of most of the organisations concerned. The comments in italics below the summaries were taken from the acceptance speeches or conversations with the recipients at the event.

“Hungerford is a wonderful town,” said the Deputy Mayor of Hungerford, Keith Knight, “and we’re lucky to have so many marvellous voluntary and community groups. As ever, the Town Council is delighted to support the work that each one does.”

For more information on Hungerford Town Council’s grants , please contact the Town Clerk Claire Barnes on claire.barnes@hungerford-tc.gov.uk.

For more information

If you want to find out more information about these organisations, links have been provided in each case. All would welcome some combination of new members, volunteers, further funding and attendance at any events.

Penny Post is happy to promote information about these or any other not-for-profit, community and charitable organisations at no cost. Please contact brian@pennypost.org.uk.

The recipients

Armadillo Art Experience CIC £200

To ensure that the art workshops can be offered to people – including children, their parents and carers, the elderly and socially isolated people – who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.
• For more information, click here.

Arts for Hungerford £1,000

To help with running costs for the 2019/20 season which aims expand the number of events and range of audience reached. Their commitment to reach out to young people to be involved in the arts continues with two classical young musicians concerts and two contemporary young musicians concerts
For more information, click here.

Arts for Hungerford/Hungerford Primary School Arts Fund £350

To help towards the artists’ costs and taxation of a new collaboration between Arts for Hungerford and the Hungerford Primary School to provide inspirational arts experiences for pupils of the school.
For more information, click here.

Ben East £250

To support Ben East – a talented young athlete with a dream of becoming a successful javelin thrower – in his sporting endeavours and will be used towards the cost of equipment and kit.
• For more information, click here.

CHAIN £1,000

To help cover the cost of running both vehicles (bus and wheelchair vehicle) and the running costs of the office which is open every weekday between 9am and 11am and manned by volunteers. An additional expense this year is the purchase of a crash-tested wheelchair to meet the latest guidelines for wheelchairs in vehicles.
For more information, click here.

Citizens Advice West Berkshire £1,100

To operate an outreach service for residents of Hungerford in the Hungerford Library. Two sessions will be offered on the first and third Wednesday of every month to clients wanting to access Citizens Advice in Hungerford. The clients that value this service are those who find it difficult to access services in Newbury.
For more information, click here.

The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company £1,250

To help towards the purchase of 16 radio microphones that will benefit the Town Show and The Children’s Theatre and other productions plus as well as to local community groups.
For more information, click here.

Brighter Futures Special-care Baby Unit Incubator Appeal £500

To help towards the purchase 2 new state of the art Dräger Babyleo neonatal incubators to replace old ones in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford Summer Festival (HADCAF) £1,000

To help with running costs for this year’s festival. Typically numbering around 50 events, the programme encompasses a wide range of arts and leisure-related attractions, including music of all kinds, theatre (professional, amateur and children’s), literature, film, exhibitions, workshops, talks and guided walks.
For more information, click here.

Headway Thames Valley £500

To help build on and expand the existing Initial Support and Advice service, enabling HTV to reach potentially more people each year who have been affected by acquired brain injuries.
• For more information, click here.

Home-Start West Berkshire £100

To help fund the Resilient Families project which aims to improve the prevention and identification of children and families living with the early signs of domestic abuse, substance misuse and emotional ill health.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Cancer Support Group £250

To help towards the running costs of the group’s peer-led monthly support meetings.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Bowling Club £400

To help towards the cost of a new watering system for the green.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Tennis Club £250

To help towards the cost of alterations to the internal layout of the tennis pavilion.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford & Camburn Educational Foundation £1,000

This charity is the only local charity giving financial help to students following further education and the grant will help local students towards the cost of this.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Cricket Club £500

To help towards phase one of the major refurbishment of the clubhouse, including plumbing, lighting, carpentry, some replacement windows and painting.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Food Festival £500

To help towards the purchase of cooking equipment, venue hire, ingredients, harvesting equipment and funding for a monthly market manager for 6 months from March to August.
• For more information, click here.

The Hungerford Hub £2,289.49

To help towards the cost of maintaining the building and employing a manager for the increasing number of events and other activities which take place in this not-for-profit community building.
• For more information, click here.

The Shoal of Friends, Hungerford Nursery School £300

To help with the Hungerford Nursery School’s sensory garden project.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Rugby Club Donation made in kind

The award of a 2014 John Deere X145 ride-on mower will help towards cutting the cost of maintenance of the pitch.
For more information. click here.

Hungerford Town Band £1,400

To help towards rehearsal and storage room rent, improving the band and keeping it running through the leadership of their Musical Director and the purchase of music and waterproof jackets for the band.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Town Football Club £2,500

To help towards the installation of undercover seating which will enable supporters to watch games more comfortably, protected from wind and rain and compliant with all FA requirements.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Youth & Community Centre £4,500

To help towards keeping the centre open and the aim of employing a youth worker for three years, which will allow the Centre to provide additional youth club sessions for children from nine to 16 and, in particular, much needed additional sessions for over 14s.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford Youth Club £500

To help towards the Youth Club’s running costs, equipment and training.
• For more information, click here.

John O’Gaunt School PSA £350

To help towards the purchase of two new 11-a-side goals for the astroturf pitch, which is used by the school and local clubs and teams.
For more information, click here.

Parkinsons UK, Newbury £100

To help towards the cost of providing chair based exercises to people in Hungerford suffering from Parkinson’s.
• For more information, click here.

The Tuesday Burchett Club £450

The club gives relief and support to those for whom growing older has coincided with varying degrees of disability. The grant will help to provide a holiday for members with disabilities in a hotel with suitable facilities.
For more information, click here.

West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends £250

To help towards the purchase of a fibroscanner to allow the scanning of patients who are at risk of liver cirrhosis at West Berkshire Community Hospital and in local GP practices
• For more information, click here.

West Berkshire Homeless £250

To help towards the costs of helping 15 homeless people back into accommodation and work.
• For more information, click here.

Young People & Children First £200

To help towards the cost of the rent for the charity’s two houses in Thatcham and towards the cost of training for our staff as part of YP&CF’s aims of supporting people between 16 and 25 who are leaving the care system and moving towards independent living.
For more information, click here.

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