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Brentwood's Community Grant Awards: Hearing Help Essex amd Doddinghurst Stonley Festival among winners

PUBLISHED: 13:22 06 February 2020 | UPDATED: 08:27 07 February 2020

Claire Abraham and Terry Woods at the Doddinghurst's 2018 Richard Stonley Tudor Festival which has won a council community award. Picture: Jane Miles

Claire Abraham and Terry Woods at the Doddinghurst's 2018 Richard Stonley Tudor Festival which has won a council community award. Picture: Jane Miles

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Fourteen Brentwood groups have won a total of £36,300 to undertake projects that benefit the community.

Villagers at the Doddinghurst's 2018 Richard Stonley Tudor Festival which has won a council community award. Picture: Jane MilesVillagers at the Doddinghurst's 2018 Richard Stonley Tudor Festival which has won a council community award. Picture: Jane Miles

Brentwood Borough Council in partnership with Axis has significantly increased the Brentwood Community Fund to £106,000 this year.

Axis, who is delivering repairs and maintenance on council housing for the next 10 years, helped the council judge the applications from 35 organisations.

Projects needed to demonstrate volunteer or community involvement, be sustainable and supportive of community-based priorities under the key themes of environment and housing management, community and health, and economic development.

Doddinghurst Stonley Festival received support towards delivering an educational heritage and history festival in the summer.

The festive event will celebrate the 500th birthday of Richard Stonley, the well-known Tudor diarist who lived in Doddinghurst.

Hearing Help Essex is another beneficiary that will be setting up a local drop-in hearing aid maintenance support service, and Holly Trees Primary School in Vaughan Williams Way, Warley plans to start a new community intergenerational reading programme with older volunteers.

Chairman of the community and health committee, councillor Cliff Poppy said: "We had a record number of applications to the Community Fund, many of which were of a very high standard.

"We are so thankful to Axis for investing in the Fund, which has enabled us to support more applications than usual and we wish all the recipients the best of luck with delivering their projects."

The Brentwood Community Fund 2020 will reopen for applications on April 1.

Residents can now apply for the borough's civic awards which are open to individuals who have strived to make Brentwood a better place to live and work.

The Mayor of Brentwood, cllr Keith Parker said: "These awards are to truly acknowledge our gratitude to those who step forward and support their local communities in all sorts of ways.

"I always find it particularly heartwarming with the Young Volunteer of the Year.

"In an age when so many young people do get a bad press, we have the chance to really encourage them and recognize their endeavours." n

Nominations must be received by February 14. Visit my.brentwood.gov.uk/service/Civic_Awards_Nomination.

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