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Pirates land on quay at Burnham

19th August 2019

Thousands of people travelled to Burnham-on-Crouch over the bank holiday weekend to enjoy the sunshine and activities at the annual Burnham Quay Day.

The pirate-themed day included free activities and events for all ages.  Stalls offering crafts entertainment and food were available alongside paddle-boarding demonstrations, children’s rides, fancy-dress competitions and much more.  Live music covering all genres was also played throughout the day.

Local Town Councillor for Tourism, Fiona Clegg, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the Quay Day.  Events like this bring communities together and, importantly, support local tourism and businesses by highlighting what the town has to offer. 

“We are so incredibly grateful to Essex Community Foundation who awarded us a grant of £900 from the Turncole Wind Farm Community Fund to help provide the children’s entertainment and arrange a WW1 flypast. 

“This was the best Quay Day yet and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making the day such a resounding success.  We are already excited for next year!”

ECF supports a wide range of community and voluntary activities across Essex. For more information, please call 01245 356018.

Young Halstead archer shoots for success

5th August 2019

A 15-year-old talented archer that lives in Halstead has received a grant of £2,460 to help pursue her dream of competing in the Olympics.

Imogen Newby, who attends Hedingham Secondary School, has been training in since she was eight years old and has received this funding boost to continue competing in the sport that she loves.

“Archery is a huge passion of mine and I can’t imagine my life without it” said Imogen.  “I train for 3 hours a week with my coach and travel to the Archery GB Training Academy in Shropshire every two months. I am fortunate enough to qualify for competitions across the UK and get to compete against my peers.

“My parents have to pay for every competition, lesson and test that I do. This grant will help us to cover the costs of my training and upcoming competitions, which includes travel and entry fees. My dream is to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

The grant was jointly awarded from the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund and the Young Sports Fund, which are both managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), and are dedicated to supporting young people where finance is a barrier to them achieving their sporting ambitions.

Imogen’s coach, Tony Ferguson, said: “I have coached Imogen for the last five years and she is a talented archer who is driven to be the best she can be. She is currently ranked as one of the best in her age group in Great Britain and this funding will to help her to progress and to buy the high-quality equipment she needs for competitions”.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Imogen and wish her every success in the future. ECF has a small number of funds that are dedicated to supporting individuals to reach their full potential, including grants for education, sports, music and theatrical performance. If you need financial support to pursue your dreams, I encourage you to call the grants team on 01245 356018”.

As well as supporting individuals, the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund will also consider grants to support clubs and facilities which are widening the opportunity for local people to get active and be involved in sports.

Donations to the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund to help local sporting talent and improve sports facilities in Essex can be sent to Essex Community Foundation, 121 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT or call Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947.

Community grants available in Maldon

5th August 2019

Charities and voluntary organisations in the Dengie, Southminster or Burnham-on-Crouch are being encouraged to apply for grants from the Tuncole Wind Farm and Middlewick Farm community benefit funds.

The funds, which are both managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), were set up to support charitable projects and activities in communities close to the wind farm developments. 

ECF manages the annual distribution of grants and works with panels of local people to consider applications and award funding.

Grants are available for projects that aim to enhance the lives of residents and encourage community activity. Since the funds were established in 2016, grants totalling £230,000 have been distributed.

Projects previously supported include:

  • Dengie Project Trust: £3,900 to run a befriending and support service for elderly people living on the Dengie peninsular.
  • Southminster Memorial Hall: £7,000 to replace chairs, tables and crockery at a well-used rural village hall.
  • Maldon Community Voluntary Services: £29,000 to employ a community engagement coordinator, over two years.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive at ECF, said: “The panel members draw on their community knowledge to help us ensure that funding is channelled to where it is needed most. I encourage anyone that has a project in mind that will help to improve the lives of local people, and the area in which they live, to get in touch with the Foundation’s grants team.”

For more information about how to apply for a grant, please call us on 01245 356018. The deadline to apply is Friday 16 August.