Chance to share in £20,000 pot

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY and vol­un­tary groups are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for a slice of a £20,000 grant.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil is invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for fund­ing from the coun­cil’s sub­scrip­tions and do­na­tions grant fund.

Last year or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and groups were given grants to­talling more than £20,000 for projects and ser­vices geared to­wards help­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Ap­pli­cants do not have to live within the dis­trict, but their ser­vices must ben­e­fit peo­ple liv­ing in the area.

Some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries last year in­cluded Wy­combe Women’s Aid, Pad­stones, Bucks Vi­sion, Burn­ham Light­house, Dor­ney Youth Club, Rape Cri­sis, Burn­ham Youth Club, Re­late, Thames Val­ley Ad­ven­ture Play­ground, Garvin Av­enue over 65 Club, the Chill­terns MS Cen­tre, Chiltern CAB, Gap and Syn­ergy, Car­ers Bucks and Con­tact the El­derly.

Coun­cil­lor Trevor Egle­ton, port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity, said: “This is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to ben­e­fit from a com­mu­nity grant, and I urge lo­cal groups to ap­ply.

“We want the fund­ing to go to groups where money is an is­sue and to those which have a really pos­i­tive ef­fect on com­mu­ni­ties across our dis­trict.

“I would like to re­mind those think­ing of ap­ply­ing that this grant is to help to­wards run­ning costs and will not be awarded for the pur­chase of equip­ment or for one off events.”

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Jan­uary 15, and to dis­cuss a po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tion, or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, email com­mu­nity@south­bucks. gov.uk or phone 01895 837306. FOR­MER pro­fes­sional foot­baller and man­ager Dave Bas­sett was in Ger­rards Cross re­cently sign­ing copies of his new book at the book­shop on Pack­horse Road.

The book, called The Crazy Gang, de­tails his time as part of Wim­ble­don FC, and the bi­og­ra­phy talks us through the wild pranks and won­der­ful sense of hu­mour shared by this unique team.

Laura Ban­nis­ter, mar­ket­ing and events in­tern at Ger­rards Cross Book­shop, said: “Dave was lovely and we had a lot of ex­cited cus­tomers.

“It was quite a unique op­por­tu­nity to meet him.

“We were struck by how much time he took with the cus­tomers, making sure he wrote a unique ded­i­ca­tion to each in their book.”

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