Essex Community Foundation

News archive

Wind Farm generates grants

28th July 2015

Tillingham Cricket Club, Bradwell-on-Sea Village Hall and St Thomas Church in Bradwell are amongst the latest beneficiaries of the Bradwell Wind Farm Community Fund.

In total, nine local organisations received £34,168 in this second year of awarding grants from the Fund which is managed by ECF.

Graham Lowing was churchwarden of St Thomas Church when his application for funding was granted. He said: “The exterior masonry and brickwork of the church was beginning to show its age and we applied for funding for the repairs.

“We are fortunate to have the Wind Farm Community Fund to which we can apply for help. It is vital that St Thomas remains a welcoming and well-maintained place and thanks to the grant we have been able to start the repairs.”

Katy Woodington from RWE Innogy UK, the company which developed and operate Bradwell Wind Farm said:“It is great to see such worthwhile and varied projects benefit from the latest round of funding. Beneficiaries include scout groups, football clubs, wildlife projects and church renovations. It is clear to see that the Fund really is making a difference locally and positively impacting on so many people from different parts of the community." 

Since it was established in May 2013, the Community Fund has already invested £60,000 into local causes and supported a  wide range of projects.

ECF works with a panel of local representatives to make decisions about how the funding is spent. This means that decisions are made by the people who know and understand their community best.

Caroline Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive at ECF said: “We are pleased to be working with RWE Innogy to ensure that the money available from the Bradwell Wind Farm makes a significant difference to the lives of local people.  Working with the panel means we can listen and respond to local needs, so we would urge local groups to contact us with potential ideas for funding.” 

Bradwell Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines located near Bradwell-on-Sea. In 2014 alone, the wind farm produced 50,961MW hours of electricity - enough to serve the needs of more than 12,000 average UK households each and every year.

To apply for a grant click here.

Piano prodigy follows her dream

14th July 2015

Gifted young musician Alexandra Pereira has been given the chance to follow her dream of becoming a concert pianist after being awarded a grant of £2,000 from Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Alexandra, ten, who lives in Harlow, will be able to take up a place at the prestigious Purcell School of Music in London in September, thanks to the grant given by ECF through the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable  Fund with additional support from the Rob George Foundation
Alexandra’s talent for music emerged at a young age, when she was just five and started piano lessons at the Henry Moore Primary School.

Her mum Lana said: “Alexandra has shown awe-inspiring music skills ever since she laid her fingers on a piano. She has advanced intelligence for her age, especially when it comes to grasping music concepts.

“She has passed Grade 5 practical piano examinations at distinction level and has recently won a scholarship for a weekly boarding place at one of the best musical institutions in the country, the Purcell School of Music.

“She will be getting full and extended support at this specialised school where she will hopefully blossom into a successful musician.

“I am so grateful for ECF’s support and thank the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund and the Rob George Foundation for their generosity.  It means a lot to us, since it enables Alexandra to pursue her dream to become a professional musician.  She was so delighted and thankful to receive the grant.”

Alexandra said: “I love music and my ambition is to become a concert pianist. Since visiting various piano concerts I decided I could not live without the thought of getting in to one of the London Music Conservatoires and now that day has arrived.

“I am lucky to be able to communicate in the language of music and make people feel emotions. The support I have received means that I can work towards my dream of becoming a concert pianist.”

As well as being an exceptional pianist, Alexandra is also an accomplished clarinetist and in her spare time likes learning different languages as well as drawing, swimming and cycling.

Alexandra’s piano teacher Marina Chaschina said: “I have been teaching Alexandra since 2011. She is a very promising young pianist who clearly loves music and performing. She is very hard working and a perfectionist who strives to do her best with all that she is learning.

“Alexandra deserves as much help as she can get in order to fulfil her dream to become a concert pianist”.

Caroline Taylor, deputy chief executive of ECF said: “Most of the grants we distribute go to local voluntary organisations and community groups, but we are also able to give a limited number of grants to individuals through a few of the funds we manage.

“Alexandra is a remarkable ten-year-old who has a passion for music.  She is clearly very gifted and we saw her application as very worthy for support from the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund, which helps talented young people to achieve their full potential.”