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Crawley charities urged to apply for up to £20K of funding by MP

Henry Smith MP is encouraging local charities and good causes to apply for over £3 million of funding that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Applications are now open until 20th February 2019, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

Henry said;

“Funding from People’s Postcode Lottery’s players makes a huge difference to thousands of good causes across the country.

“I know that there are many good causes in Crawley that would be able to enhance their great work with a cash boost for a specific project.

“I encourage any charities or good causes in Crawley who are looking for funding to apply as soon as possible.”

The financial support is available through three different trusts that are all funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with the sole purpose of supporting people and their communities across Great Britain.

Each trust supports projects focussed on specific themes:

  • People’s Postcode Trust looks to fund projects that are aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and the prevention of poverty.
  • Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation.
  • Postcode Local Trust want to hear from groups working on flood prevention measures and those looking to implement renewable energy strategies. They also want your application if you are dedicated to improving outdoor space, whether that is a play park, a skate park or even something else.

Sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers and accessible play parks are just a few examples of the over 1,600 projects that were successful in their application and received funding in 2018. Local good causes are advised to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity by reading the short funding guides available and applying to the trust that best fits the aims of their project. 

A minimum of 32 per cent from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £382 million for more than 5,500 good causes across Britain and internationally.

For more information, to view the funding guides and to apply please visit the trusts’ websites directly.

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Napoleonic barracks re-opened in Charlwood

On Saturday 6th April Providence Chapel in Charlwood, Surrey, was officially re-opened by Councillor Helyn Clack, Vice-Chair of Surrey County.

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Councillor Helyn Clack, Vice-Chair of Surrey County re-opening the barracks.

The event commenced at 12 noon with a display of Napoleonic soldiering by the 2nd/95th Regiment re-enactors. 

They stood guard at the Chapel and then commenced an impressive rifle display in the field opposite the Chapel discharging as many as half a dozen period rifles at any one time (firing blanks) and demonstrating some of the more common manoeuvres that their counterparts would have undertaken 200 years ago. 

Quote from the sergeant of the 2nd/95th Regiment –  ‘Why are we here? – Because this is our spiritual home. This building is where it all began. This building is the start of our famous story’

The Chapel holds a special place in the hearts of 2/95th as the regiment was originally billeted in Horsham barracks where the Chapel was constructed as part of the barracks in 1797.  In 1815 it was dismantled and moved to Charlwood and re-erected there as a nonconformist Chapel.

The re-enactors continued to display throughout the afternoon with fascinating explanations concerning their formation and unique features and how they revolutionised warfare. 

A local group of singers and musicians sang Napoleonic period songs in the Chapel and in between the entertainment attendees enjoyed inspecting the building and learning about its history and renovation from the exhibition and trustees/partners/volunteers.   

A selection of photographs and a short video from the event appear on https://www.providencechapelcharlwood.org/gallery.php

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