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The 16th Community Chest Awards were held at the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum in September 2017. The judges were Fiona Dart and Marilyn Barber, Blackmore Vale Media, Grant Robson, Dorset Community Foundation, Andy Wing and Mark Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse together with Colin Brady and Steve Carpenter.

Mark Woodhouse welcomed guests, who included Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, The Hon Tim Palmer, The Bishop of Sherborne, The Rt Rev Karen Gorham and local civic leaders, explaining that the purpose of the Community Chest was to work together towards improving facilities and the life of local residents.

194 applications were received for grants totalling over £330,000. 28 organisations were successful, each receiving a share of £26,450, with grants ranging from £300 to £2,000. This included £500 awarded to Littlewick Green Cricket Club to match funds raised on their behalf by their local H&W pub, The Cricketers, Littlewick Green.

The White Hart, Longham run by Business Partners Paul and Carol Stroud once again generously boosted the Community Chest pot with £1,000 from the proceeds of their Book Club and a Beer & Cheese Evening.

The highest awards of £2,000 went to Amelia’s Rainbow and Yewstock School & College. The former will use their grant towards the purchase of Dexter’s Den, a holiday home at Weymouth Holiday Park which will be let out free of charge to families with children suffering from chronic or life limiting conditions and to bereaved families in Dorset. Yewstock School & College’s award will be used to create an allotment area with 2 large raised beds suitable for participation by wheelchair users.

CharityAmount of Award
Abingdon Memorial Hall£800
Amelia’s Rainbow£2000
AOK Rucksack Appeal£600
Bere Regis Scout Group£1000
Blackmore Vale RDA£900
Blandford Opportunity Group£300
Bournemouth & District REMAP Panel£700
Chesil Sailability£500
Christchurch Foodbank£1500
Dorchester, Sherborne & Districts & N Dorset CAB£1000
Cranbrook Education Campus£500
Dorset Computers4Carers£1000
Friends of Dolphin£1300
Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge£500
Gryphon School Dof E & Ten Tors£1000
High Mead Farm£1200
Hipp!!BonesC4YSN Limited£300
Miss Bush Group Riding for the Disabled£300
Open Door from Gillingham Community Church £1000
Poole Food Bank£650
Sherborne Area Youth and Community Centre£600
Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall£1300
Tolpuddle Village Hall£1500
Wessex Warriors£1500
Wilton RDA£1500
Woodhouse Gardens Sensory Planting Project£500
Yewstock School & College£2000
Littlewick Green Cricket Club£500

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