Updates from 2017-funded projects:
Andromeda Explorer Scout Unit
The scout unit have used their £100 grant to purchase an extension to their marquee, plus ground bars to secure it in windy weather. The marquee is used for their camping and adventurous activities for local young people aged between 6 and 25.
Arctic One works to help able bodied and disabled people to “Get Involved” in Sport and have the additional goal of helping to fight cancer through sport. The £250 grant provided to Arctic One has been put into their Forward Motion grant scheme. Over the last three years, Arctic One have given 115 Forward Motion grants involving 23 different sports, as well as developing their Tri and Para Tri Festivals and Junior Para Tri, all of which are held in Chesham annually.
At The Edge
The £450 grant money was spent on At The Edge's winter training venue at Chiltern Hills Accademy for both their junior and girls players as well as their senior Pond Park Rangers boys. The facilities were used from October 2017 to March 2018 twice weekly.
From their junior girls, there are two girls playing in the Watford Ladies teams for their relevant age group and one of their junior boys has just signed for Oxford Utd. At The Edge are really pleased for the successes that have come about from being able to train the respective age groups all year round.
The mental health charity have used the £250 grant to purchase a new cooker for their Sun House centre in Church Street. This means that they can continue to provide home-cooked meals for their service users.
Chesham Community Fridge Project
This project to establish a Community Fridge aims to provide a free facility to all residents which would be stocked with goods from shops that are after their best before date and that would otherwise be thrown away. £100 was donated to this project and the organisers used this funding to train volunteers for their Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificates. From the middle of September 2018 (their unofficial opening) to the end of October 2018, they managed to redistribute over 1.4 metric tonnes of food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The fridge is currently open between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays next to the Broadway Baptist Church: cheshamcommunityfridge.org
Chesham Photographic Club
As a non-profit organisation, every penny that made at Chesham Photographic Club goes back into the running of the club to provide a good range of judges, speakers and activities to ensure that they have an interesting, varied programme for their members each season. More importantly, the £100 Grant is vital to assist the club with the costs of running their Annual Exhibition held at the Town Hall every October. This is their opportunity as a community group to show the people of Chesham what they do, give them the opportunity to come along and see their work, speak to their members and of course taste their homemade cakes! The club also runs a Schools Competition for those Schools who wish to take part and the current Mayor is always invited to come along to present the prizes. Without Council support this event would run at a loss despite their members' hard work and dedication. Chesham Photographic Club has been part of the Chesham community for 55 years and they hope it will be so for many more.
Above: Part of the Annual Exhibition by the Chesham Photographic Club
Chesham Sick Poor Fund
The £250 grant has been used to support Chesham residents in crisis, helping to cover short term utility costs for prepaid meters to ensure that vulnerable people do not have their gas and electricity supplies cut off. Applications for help are usually made by a third party. The Chesham Sick Poor Fund has given £15,168 in grants for 2017-18, which is a 25% increase over the previous financial year.
The £400 donation was spent on the 2018 Heritage Open Day. 25 veneus opened their doors to the public on the 9th September, highlighting a wide range of Chesham's history and attracting 4,721 visits. The grant was used for event publicity, and to help cover the cost of a fleet of vintage buses to take people between Chesham and Amersham, which was also holding it's Heritage Open Day on the 9th. This was the biggest and best Chesham Heritage Open Day to date.
Chesham Walkers Are Welcome
This group aims to get people walking and to encourage visitors into the town to the benfit of the high street economy and were awarded £350. £100 was used to pay their affiliation fee to the national network body of Walkers Are Welcome. The rest of the money was spent updating and reprinting some of their basic walks leaflets. Beyond this, the group were able to piggy-back on to the town council grant an application for a further grant from the Local Area Frorum which enabled them to further revise and reprint the rest of the ten main leaflets.
Chesham Youth Centre
The donation of £400 has enabled the centre to repair and refurbishtheir tabletennis tables, replace their old and rather tired table football, purchase hula hoops, new footballs, plus pump and valves to keep them inflated, a karaoke machine, soft cricket balls, soft footballs, badminton rackets and shuttlecocks.
Below you can view the donations that have been awarded in previous years: