Local Groups First to Benefit From Hinkley Point C Grants
Following the first Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme panel meeting last month [January 2018], two local groups are the first to have been awarded grants from the programme, which is administered by Somerset Community Foundation.
Grants have been awarded to Middlezoy Arts and Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Shed (BOSHed) and together total nearly £10,000. To apply for the funding, charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that normally operate on less than £100,000 a year must show that the projects they are seeking to support will help to mitigate the impacts and take advantage of the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C project.
The Middlezoy Arts project focuses on connecting with the arts through the surrounding environment. The Hinkley Point C grant will improve a popular walking trail of approximately 2.5 miles by making it more accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs and, for the more tech-savvy, a geocache route will also be available to encourage all ages to explore the village. Local people have been invited to enrol on to iron heritage workshops and, using a local forge, sculptures and signage will be produced by the community to enhance the heritage trail. These will be unveiled at this year’s free-of-charge Have-A-Go Festival Day on Saturday 14 July.
Mari Bell-Phillips from Middlezoy Arts said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Hinkley Point C Small Grants Programme. Arts and culture-based activities can reach every member of the community and the Hinkley Point C grant will help us to support the more isolated residents within our community. This project will create exciting enrichments around Middlezoy and allow us to develop our village forge for the use of everyone.”
BOSHed plan to use the grant money to expand their facility by purchasing a shipping container which will house their café and model room and enable more members to attend the activities on offer. Men’s Sheds combat social isolation and loneliness, and BOSHed has now outgrown their current premises with numbers swelling to over 60 members. The additional space will allow for more new members, as well as a weekly session for women ‘shedders’.
Tony Cradock, Chairman at BOSHed said: “We are absolutely over the moon about receiving the grant. It will enable us to move ‘The Shed’ on to the next level helping to ensure we can cater for all our members - including the new Ladies Shed! We offer an oasis where people can come together to pursue ‘hands on’ interests in a safe and informal environment, where advice, support and friendship are always near at hand.”
Further information regarding the Hinkley Point C funding and how to apply can be found here or you can give Val Bishop, Programmes Director for the Hinkley Point C Funds, a call on: 01749 344949.