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Grants available to keep fit and healthy

30th April 2018

A golden opportunity is being given to voluntary and community groups in North Essex needing funds for activities to help people of all ages to live healthier and happier lives.

Grants are being made available for such organisations from the Tinneveld Family Fund which is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

The family fund was established with ECF thanks to the generosity of Joy Tinneveld and her late husband, Theo, who was born and lived in Holland.

The couple were married for 48 years and ran a farm in Elmstead, following a tradition established over many generations by Joy's family, the Harveys.

As she grew up Joy was fully involved in farming and she also developed a love of dance.  After graduating from college, she opened her own dance studio in Clacton and her business “grew like Topsy.” 

She taught in Brightlingsea, Dovercourt, Elmstead and Wivenhoe and ran keep fit classes in Colchester.  Joy also ran a riding stable for children of all abilities and became an active member of the local WI.

Recalling her romantic first meeting with Theo in 1962, Joy said: “I was travelling home after teaching a ballet class in Dovercourt and this handsome man came and sat near to me. He had missed his boat train after being held up at customs.

“We started chatting and got on well, so we decided we would write to each other.”

Theo, whose family ran a smallholding in Holland, had been on one of his regular visits to England to improve his English. He and Joy had a two-year courtship and were married in 1964 at St Peter's Church in Colchester.

“We had a very busy life together running the farm and I still had my dance studio and classes,” said Joy, who now lives in Wivenhoe.

“As well as managing the farm Theo developed an interest in stocks and shares. Finance was his passion and he became a member of Lloyds of London.

“We were very blessed in many ways and were involved in several different aspects of the community.

“I am very pleased that our fund with ECF will be doing some good in the places where we lived and worked, and I think Theo would have been very proud of that too.”

Joy and Theo's happy and successful life together has provided the means for the fund to be established with ECF in their name.

It will give ongoing support to local voluntary groups and organisations involved in activities to promote physical and mental wellbeing for people of all ages.

Apply now

ECF are now inviting applications from organisations that are providing guidance and activities related to healthy living, dance and keep fit.

To find out more about making an application call ECF's grants team on 01245 356018.