Community Grants - Case Studies

Below are case studies from various projects that have been funded by Wychavon District Council over the last five years and some that have only just been awarded. For details about each project please click on the links below. For a full list of the grants awarded this year please go to the Community Grants page.

 

 

Garage Art Group (awarded £5,000 towards a £8,000 project) - awarded in 2011

"The Wychavon Community Grant will enable the Garage Art Group to celebrate 20 years of our work within the local community. Our CONNECTS DVD project will promote and share the creative work of our members and staff, stimulate participation and contribute to the cultural life of the local community."

 

Early Musica (awarded £2940 towards a £3925 project) - awarded in 2011


Worcestershire Early Music, a new organization devoted to promote early music, dance and education, is pleased to have had the support of both Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council to run a project with middle school students entitled ’A Tudor Betrothal’. Students learnt about Queen Mary’s Betrothal to Philip of Spain. The project was set up to pair two Wychavon Schools (and two Bromsgrove Schools], with one school playing the part of the English and the other the Spanish. Early music specialists visited the schools in Autumn 2011 over 10 weeks, including taster workshops and after school sessions. Nobody needed prior experience but they could use instrumental skills if they are studying a musical instrument. Groups met, learned songs and dances, created new ones of their own, and joined in with their ‘sister school’ to work towards a show, which was presented to friends, family and the local community on [29 November in Bromsgrove and 1st December in Wychavon. They then took the students on a ‘tour day’ where they could share the show with other area schools.

 

Cropthorne with Charlton Village Hall (awarded £10,000 towards a £386,289 project) - completed 2011


The project was to retain and refurbish the Main Hall, stage and meeting room and demolish the kitchen and toilets and re-site them. Provide full access and facilities for the disabled and create three activity spaces that can be used independently. A room to be created for a community shop, with a prescription pick up point. Fully insulate the building and fit double glazing throughout resulting in energy saving.

Project outcome

  • Provide full access for all 900+ Wychavon residents that currently used the hall, with scope for more
  • Help reduce pollution and CO2 emissions by using less fuel to travel to shops
  • Provides a venue for young people to meet rather than hanging around the village in groups
  • Improved venue for healthy activities
  • Shop will provide a service for residents within walking distance for most residents

Community contribution to the project

Estimated 750 voluntary hours to the project.

The refurbishment project was first mentioned back in 2003, so it has taken some considerable time and effort to get to this point. We were finally fully funded in March 2010 and building work started in April. Despite being due to be completed in October, the work was running behind schedule and when the builders went into liquidation in November, we were left with a half finished building. Our current builders, who started to complete the project in March, have done a splendid job and the results have exceeded our expectations.

We have a smart multi-purpose building with three activity spaces that can be accessed independently by all. There is even a room to house a small community shop, but whether this ever happens depends very much on whether the local residents still want one and if there are enough volunteers to help set up and run it. (we are holding an open meeting at the hall on 27th Sept at 7.30 to gather views).

The new hall gives us so much opportunity to increase the number and variety of our user groups. Just a few suggestions that have come from the surveys we carried out: drama/music groups, computer self help group, gardening club, youth drop in centre. It also allows us to offer a choice of excellent facilities to other organisations, such as Evesham College or our local Children’s Centres. They can then run courses that local people can enjoy, without having to travel far. Our local junior football – the Sheppey Junior Swifts (now has 5 teams of differing ages) will be able to make use of the separate room leading on to the field to serve refreshments at matches and training sessions. In addition to all this, the hall will make a wonderful venue for wedding receptions and parties.

Although mainly funded by the Big Lottery, I know we would not have been successful in securing their money without firstly obtaining the financial support of local organisations such as our Parish Councils, Wychavon District Council and the loyal support of residents who supported our fundraising events

Defford Village Hall (awarded £14,000 towards a £188,000 project) completed 2011

 

For more information regarding community grants please call Tracy Grubb, Community Development Officer on 01386 565168 or email: tracy.grubb@wychavon.gov.uk