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Love Lawley Celebration Evening

On Friday 11th October Lawley Village residents came together to celebrate the achievements of the community at the Love Lawley Celebration Evening which was held in partnership with Bournville Village Stewardship Services and Lawley & Overdale Parish Council.

The evening was opened by Councillor Jayne Greenaway as Chair of the Lawley & Overdale Parish Council and Councillor Raj Mehta from Telford & Wrekin Council, Cabinet Member for Communities.

 

Lawley & Overdale Parish Council Grants

Councillor Jayne Greenaway gave a presentation on the Parish Council Grants which has awarded funding to voluntary groups and charitable organisations that benefit the Parish, its residents and the wider community.

The Parish Council has supported and awarded grants to numerous community groups who provide much needed support and advice to individuals, undertake specific projects and are involved in various activities within the area.

So far the grants have been awarded to:

         Project Linus                                               Lawley Running Club

                  Cinderloo 1821                                           Horsehay Horticultural Society

          Telford Concert Band                                        Newdale Primary School

Hope House Children’s Hospice                               Wellington Concert Band

                                         Age UK                                       Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group

       Lawley & Overdale History Group                                 Thrive/Stay Project

            Telford Visually Impaired Group                   Lawley & Lightmoor Comets (under 8s)

                     Telford Samaritans                             Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes

          Telford Gateway                                                  Lawley Youth Club

         Telford Horsehay Steam Trust                                         Axis Counselling

Lawley Scout Group

 

Some of the recipients who attended the evening explained how the funding has had such a positive impact to their community group or organisation.

 

Project Linus

The volunteers make homemade patchwork quilts and knitted blankets for sick children. The funding has enabled them to purchase materials.

Telford Samaritans

The charity rely entirely on the commitment of volunteers and the generosity of the general public to continue to offer emotional support to anyone who is in need.

The funding will ensure this vital service continues its valuable work and is able to equip its volunteers with the necessary training.

Cinderloo 1821

Pete Jackson provided an insight into the uprising of 3000 miners, woman and children that marched in protest at Old Park in the Coalbrooke Coalfield against proposed pay cuts and increasing poverty. The funding has helped raise awareness of their plight especially within local schools.

Telford Visually Impaired Group

The community based group assists visually impaired people, their family and carers by organising activities, events and information sessions.  The grant will continue to help them in this role.

 

Eileen Hewer Community Fund

 Eileen Hewer, the founding member of the Lawley Village Community Association (LVC) and her husband, Richard Hewer.

Benedict Croft, Chair of the Lawley Village Management Committee gave a presentation on the Eileen Hewer Community Fund which has awarded grants to various community groups and organisations within Lawley Village.  Some of the groups who had received funding spoke about how they have used their grant and what they have achieved.

So far the fund has helped the following community groups:

 

Lawley Village Youth Group

The grant has helped towards room hire costs for the group, which provides a wide range of activities including cooking, crafts and sports for the children.

 

Puddleducks Under Fives Pre School

The Pre School was able to repair their much used and loved sandpit and replace the soft play flooring, so the children have somewhere to play and run around outside.

 

Lawley Running Club

The club has gone from strength to strength since it was established, with 14 teams in total it offers children from the ages of 4 – 16 years an opportunity to play football. The grant from the Community Fund paid for a new strip for the under 10’s team and purchase new equipment. In addition, the team now has somewhere to training during the winter months.

 

Lawley Lightmoor Comets

The club has gone from strength to strength since it was established, with 14 teams in total it offers children from the ages of 4 – 16 years an opportunity to play football. The grant from the Community Fund paid for a new strip for the under 10’s team and purchase new equipment. In addition,  the team now has somewhere to training during the winter months.

 

Lawley Village Primary PTFA

The group of volunteers do an outstanding job of trying to raise as much funding as possible to help the school pay for equipment, activities and events that the school is unable to pay through its own budget.

It also helps with community engagement between the school, parents and the wider community. Grant funding has helped to purchase an event shelter for events, which can be used in all weather and BVT has also helped by funding the DJ for their summer disco.

 

River Community Church

Based at Lawley Primary School, the Church is very much part of the Lawley Community and surrounding areas. The Church organise and attend many community events and required an events shelter to use in all weathers.  Funding has enabled the Church to take young people away on a camping trip and the event shelter is also going to be used at this year’s Follow The Star Christmas event, which is in partnership with BVT and LOPC.

 

 

Telford Concert Band

The Band has supported many community events in Lawley Village, including The BIG Lunch and Summer Fest.  There are now over 30 members, who meet each week and play an array of instruments.  Grant funding has helped pay for hall hire to enable the band to rehearse. The Band will also be part of the Follow The Star Christmas event.

Lawley Village Community AssociationThe LVCA serve Lawley Village residents who are part of the BVT Stewardship Scheme. The association applied for funding to assist with start-up costs and with the grant they have created a logo for the group and have built a new website.  The Association meets every month and welcomes new participates.

Bournville Village Trust Garden Awards

Fleur Hemming, Stewardship Manager for BVT presented the awards along with Councillor Jayne Greenaway and Councillor Raj Mehta.

The awards are for residents who go above and beyond to look after their gardens.

Since it started in 2016, there has been an abundance of entrants who have lovingly tended to their gardens.

Residents who applied for a BVT Garden Award were presented with their plaques and given a bunch of flowers.

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