Fun and Fundraising… we’re the only village fete in Gloucestershire dedicated exclusively to raising money for children’s charities and activities. Against the glorious backdrop of a perfect day at The Mill House, we raised over £8,000 and set to work distributing it.
The following are some of the causes supported following our 2018 fete:
Established in 1989, the Trust provides emotional and practical respite care for Gloucestershire’s life-limited and life-threatened young children, aged up to 5 years old. It has helped over 500 children and currently supports more than 90 children and their families. Our grant will fund an Easter Schools Holiday Respite Scheme, including trips out for fun events, including an Easter egg hunt.
Fresh Air Sculpture Show is a biennial event, bringing together a mix of traditional, contemporary and cutting edge sculptural works in a garden setting in Quenington. An important element of this three-week show is the workshops run for local school groups. Our grant will fund a part of this programme, which brings in a specialist team of tutors to work with the children.
Noah’s Ark provides short-stay residential breaks for children with disabilities and also for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Every year about 1,600 children stay at the centre. Since it started in 1978, more than 46,000 have been supported. Our grant has paid for a mountain bike for the children to enjoy while staying at the centre.
Our local school approached us with a request to fund the purchase of 12 Chrome Books, enough for one class sharing in pairs. The Books are compatible with the interactive whiteboards the school installed last year with the help of a grant from us. This new technology will ensure that the curriculum is delivered in an up-to-date and exciting way for the children.
This special farm provides therapeutic activities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. It also runs courses for local children to introduce them to farming, nature, the environment and the care of animals. Our grant will pay for 12 sessions for up to 12 children, thus allowing free access to all who wish to attend.
Brownies are about trying new things and teaching girls about themselves, their communities and their world. Following a grant from us, Quenington Brownies will purchase skills builder packs, badges and resource cards to launch a new programme. It will encompass areas such as “expressing myself”, “taking action” and “skills for my future” and will be open to all the girls.
Often the young are powerless to change their circumstances but can benefit from being taught coping strategies. Our grant was targeted at providing funding for one-to-one therapy for children under 11 years old from Cotswold Counselling’s Cirencester office.
Camp Wood House
This Brownie and Guide Holiday House in Macaroni Wood is used by girls from all over Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. Our grant will allow for the purchase of a new fridge or mattress.
This special school in Cirencester asked for help in replacing their 15 year old mini-bus with a people carrier. The students all have profound special needs and their trips to outside activities, such as swimming and riding, are enormously valued by them and their families. We are delighted that our grant will be put towards this important purchase.
A grant was approved to help Home-Start stage a Family Fun Day in August for up to 90 attendees. All will be families supported by Home-Start visitors who help them cope with the pressures of family life.
This special primary school in Cheltenham teaches students with social, emotional and mental health issues. Nearly all have been excluded from mainstream education and many are from troubled families. Our grant was put towards the purchase of a Scrapstore Playpod, which encourages creative and cooperative play. The Ridge Academy intends to offer the use of the Playpod to a nearby children’s centre and other local groups.
Our grant subsidised a residential stay in Macaroni Wood for the ministry’s young people who could not otherwise afford the cost.
Thank you for your support in 2018. We hope you agree that the funds have been well-spent helping worthwhile local children’s causes.
Save the Date: the 2019 Coln St Aldwyns Children’s Fete & Produce Show will take place on 31st August in the grounds of The Mill House.