Green fingered gardeners receive funding for tools

Green fingered members of the Friends of Manor Gardens & Gildredge Park are set to take delivery of new gardening tools, thanks to funding from Upperton Ward Councillors.

Councillors Margaret Robinson, Pat Rodohan and Sammy Choudhury agreed to buy the tools for volunteer gardeners to the tune of £200 through the Devolved Budget, money which is set aside solely to help community causes.

The Councillors also gave £600 to meet the cost of printing copies of The Volunteer newsletter, a publication launched last year and aimed at local residents. It is put together by Eastbourne Volunteers, an organisation which helps people looking for volunteering opportunities. It moved to The Labyrinth in Mark Lane last year and has gone from strength to strength. 

In Sovereign Ward, Councillors Gordon Jenkins, Penny di Cara and Paul Metcalfe approved £500 to match fund the purchase of window blinds for the Conqueror Hall in Kingsmere. The hall has been undergoing a facelift thanks also to funding from the Kingsmere Community Association, which runs the hall, and Optiva, the main housing association on the estate. 

The team behind the new Meads Village website requested a contribution of £1,500 to get the site up and running. They hope to build the Meads Village brand and increase visitors to the neighbourhood. Additional improvements include the use of social networking sites such as Facebook to spread the message that Meads Village is a great place to visit. Meads Ward Councillors Kathy Ballard, Robert Smart and Barry Taylor agreed to the request. 

They also received an application from the Heritage Centre for £200 to purchase a video and audio transmitter to allow extended use of the Heritage Centre cinema room facilities for the benefit of the public. 

The equipment will mean that more of the self-filmed documentaries on Eastbourne's history, which is delivered by local historians, can be recorded. The films have proved popular with Heritage Centre audiences.

If you would like to enquire about funding for your community project, please contact your local Councillor.

Published on January 16, 2018