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Rescue The Roxy

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A £5,000 appeal has been launched to save a tiny 32-seat cinema in Somerset. The Roxy, housed in a pub in Axbridge, needs help to upgrade or replace sound and projection equipment and carry out major refurbishment works.

 

Somerset residents gifted thick blankets ahead of cold winter months

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The CCS Village Agents have been handing out winter blankets to residents after they secured a £500 Keeping Warm fund from Public Health England. This allowed them to purchase 50 thick blankets to donate to those who need them most.

CCS village agents live and work in their local area, making them well placed to support needy individuals and improve the quality of life for isolated people living in rural areas.

Audrey Mansfield, the village agent who made the successful application, said: “The feedback has been really great and I know that all recipients were extremely grateful for the thought as well as the actual item.”

2016 BFEF Grant Deadlines

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The aim of The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation (BFEF) is to promote the education of young people through a grant scheme

New Community Centre opens just in time for Christmas

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A festive opening for a new Day  Centre called ‘Dulverton and Brushford Pastimes Club’ was held at Hanover Court Dulverton last Friday 11th December, for both residents of Hanover and for local residents to attend.

 

Trustee of the Year 2015

Trustee of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Sue Walker of Burrowbridge Coronation Hall for winning the Trustee of the Year 2015.

Community spirit is very much alive on Exmoor

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Caroline Harding Somerset Village Agent bridged the gap between two local groups on Exmoor to solve a small problem – Cutcombe pre-school had a number of toy dollies missing their clothes.

Grant Opportunities from your local County Councillor

Get a grant – make a difference

For the fourth year in a row, every County Councillor in Somerset has been given a pot of money to help develop local activities that promote health and wellbeing in their area.

Each councillor has £5,000 to spend in their own patch. They can award grants from £250 to local community groups and organisations, for example parish councils and voluntary groups.

All the applications must be made through your local councillor, so if you’re not sure who that is or how to contact them, visit www.somerset.gov.uk/councillors, or phone 0300 123 2224.

Applications are being accepted until 31st January 2016 so get in there quick!

 

CCS New Annual Review 2014-2015

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Since 1926 CCS have been supporting communities across Somerset, see our work and achievements for 2014-2015.

CCS Launches a NEW FREE Funding Portal

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The NEW FREE online portal provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities; European, national and regional schemes, local initiatives and is kept fully up-to-date.   Access to the huge database of funding opportunities is available 24 hours a day, all you need to do is register and you can instantly start searching.

First event for Burnham on Sea Community Agent

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Steve Ballinger the Community Agent for Burnham on Sea attended the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event on Sunday. Steve and Nicola Dawson promoted the Community Resilience in Somerset Project(CRISP) and had a great response.

The aim is to build strong, interactive and therefore resilient communities, prepared to deal with any emergency, through developing and using local resources and trained volunteers. CRISP is committed to ensuring that plans and procedures are in place to prevent, control or reduce the effects of major incidents, whatever the cause.

Steve pictured talking to Cllr Michael Clarke, the Mayor of Burnham on Sea and Highbridge, and Cllr Maria Clarke, the Mayoress.

Trustee of the Year 2015

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CCS Community Building Members are invited to nominate a trustee from their committee for the Trustee of the Year Award 2015.

To give recognition to:

  • a long-serving member of a Hall management committee who has held an ocer position
    and has been very active in the work of the committee, or
  • someone who has had a major inuence on turning the fortunes of a village hall around, or
  • a person who took up the challenge of a major Hall project which otherwise may not have
    happened.

7 New recruits for the Somerset Village Agent Project!

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CCS is delighted to announce 7 new additions to the Somerset Village Agent team, following its successful funding award from the from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The new team members will work across 74 new parishes enabling the project to cover just over 56% of the county.

CCS’s Energy Support Officer Louise Evans wins Heat Hero Award

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Louise Evans, our former energy projects officer won the ‘Heat Hero Award’ whilst working on the Somerset Warmer Families Project.  The project aimed to reduce energy bills for families with young children in fuel poverty households across Somerset.

The Heat Hero awards were presented on the 30th June last week, in London.

Princes Trust Award Finalists

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The Somerset Village Agent Project were one of the five finalists for the Prince of Wales Award, which was presented at the Bath and West Show on Wednesday 27th May, 2015. This is in recognition of the Village Agents work across the county and during / after the Somerset flooding last year.

The future is bright for Somerset Village Agents!

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CCS is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £499,933 of funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to contribute towards its Somerset Village Agent Project until March 2018. This not only allows for the current work to continue but also to extend the Somerset Village Agents’ roles to just over half of Somerset.

To read the full press release click here

CCS’s Louise Evans scoops national Energy Award!

CCS’s Energy Project’s officer, Louise Evans has just been revealed as one of the successful winners of the ‘Heat Heroes 2015’  award from National Energy Action in associate with Scottish Power.

Somerset Warmer Families competition winners!

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Our Somerset Warmer Families project officer has been visiting schools and children’s centres around Somerset giving energy-saving advice this winter. 2 lucky children from Stogumber and Combe St Nicholas Church of England schools are the winners of slow cookers and cookbooks for their families after taking part in an ‘energy detective’ challenge to save energy at home.
For advice and information on ways to reduce fuel bills, visit the project’s webpage:
http://somersetrcc.org.uk/somerset-warmer-families/