This is an artist's impression for a new sports and community pavilion on the Wale Recreation Ground. It would replace the existing cricket pavilion. Outline planning permission has already been granted. A campaign has now started to raise the money to pay for the new pavilion. If anyone would like to know more or would like to help in any way please e-mail email@example.com
Trust chairman Maurice Palmer pictured receiving a cheque for £4,500 presented by Chris Christodoulou from the Little Shelford Entertainments Committee. the money was some of the proceeds from the September fun week-end. “In receiving the cheque Maurice thanked the Entertainments Committee for the fantastic donation and for once again exceeding all expectations. By common consent this year’s Gala Weekend was the best ever and he congratulated the Committee on their hard work, dedication and success. He also thanked them for their continued support and for helping to raise the profile of the Pavilion project within the village.” Photo: Will Conway-Smith
The fundraising continues unabated and significant progress has been made over the summer. Funds raised to date now exceed £100,000, mainly through events and some very generous contributions from villagers and friends of Little Shelford from further afield. The campaign has been granted £30,000 by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Community Fund with the option of a further £20,000 top-up at the next round of applications. This brings the total raised to £100,000.
In recent months we have held an 80’s Disco, expertly organised by David Martin, which contributed £1400. In October a Golf Day at the Gogs raised £1300 and we also held a Saturday morning Brunch which did not raise a great deal of money, but helped to make a few more friends. The food was excellent and the cooking of Simon Conway-Smith a revelation.
A further £4,000 is being donated from the fun weekednthe proceeds of the Gala Weekend. Many congratulations to Stephanie Hatter and her Entertainments Committee who laid on what has been described by many as the best Gala weekend ever and our thanks to them for their continued support.
On the 17TH November we will be holding a “Dream Auction” with over fifty items up for sale. The auction will be preceded by a unique wine tasting to help you get in the mood, so please come and join us and you may get what you’ve always wanted at a knock down price!
Our special merchandise has also been selling well. Shopping bags are still on sale at £2 per bag.(Contact Ray Saich) The very popular Christmas cards are now available at four packs for £10. Hand tinted prints of All Saints Church are available at £15 and framed at £25.(Contact Vic Franklin) We are again producing a calendar depicting historical views of Little Shelford at £6.99. David Martin is currently taking orders for these calendars.
We have recently submitted an application for grants to Sport England and we will also be applying to the Football Foundation, the England & Wales Cricket Board and to other local companies who support community initiatives.
Exclusive hand tinted prints of All Saints Church have been created to raise money for the new pavilion. They will be on sale privately over the summer and at the Fun week-end in September.
Having obtained Planning Permission for a new pavilion in April, we have now launched into the next stage of the project which is the very important phase of raising the necessary funds. Through organising events and with the help of a very generous benefactor we have raised to date around £35 ,000, but there is a long way to go to reach our £250,000 target. Naturally, we are anticipating that the bulk of this total will come from grants from the various sporting bodies and local community grants.
This will be the focus of our immediate attention. We have recently written a very comprehensive Business Plan which will form the basis of our grant application and is available for perusal by anyone considering making a donation to our fund. The Trust has now been accorded Charitable Status which allows us to reclaim tax on donations from UK tax payers.
Recent events which have taken place include an 80’s Disco, kindly organised by David Martin, which raised £1390 and a Garden Party, dodging showers, which raised £700 Our thanks to all those who supported these occasions .In addition, eco-friendly shopping bags are on sale from Ray Saich at £2 each and Vic Franklin has prints of the church on sale from £10 to £120 for framed editions.
Events which have been organised for the remainder of the year include:-
October 13th – Howzat Brunch
17th November – Auction of promises and wine tasting. This is being organised by Ray Saich who would welcome your donation of promises and articles to be auctioned.
We are once again grateful to the Entertainments Committee for nominating us as their selected charity this year and we look forward to another bumper weekend on the 6th – 9th September, celebrating “The Best of British”.