The 12th Eastern Area Community Chest Awards Evening was held at The Black Rabbit at Arundel in October 2019. Representatives of local authorities, award winners and guests were welcomed to the event by Family Directors Mark Woodhouse and Lucinda Gray. The judges who scrutinised and deliberated on the applications included Gary Shipton and Bex Bastable, Sussex Newspapers; Adrian Barrott, Sussex Community Foundation and John Scudder, H&W Business Partner at The Plough, Ifield.
145 applications were received for grants totalling over £270,000 and these were eventually whittled down to 23 very worthy organisations who each received a share of £24,863. The amounts ranged from £300 which was awarded to the Littlehampton Child Contact Centre to fund the purchase of toys and activities for older children in their care. Higher awards of £2,000 were awarded to Arun Youth Aqua Centre towards the purchase of a new sailing dinghy, to Community Stuff in Eastbourne to provide cookery courses for young care leavers to enable them to become more independent and to Jamie’s Farm to help build an outdoor kitchen on their farm in Lewes. Other recipients also included Lowland Rescue Search Dogs Sussex who attended with one of their wonderful dogs to collect a cheque for £800 which will be used to purchase new digital radios for their team members.
|Charity||Amount of Award|
|1st Roffy Scout Group||£1500|
|7th Burgess Hill Scout Group||£867|
|The Apuldram Centre||£1500|
|Arun Youth Aqua Centre||£2000|
|Cadence Performing Arts||£1000|
|Chichester Child Contact Centre||£600|
|Chichester Information Shop||£1208|
|Community Stuff CIC||£2000|
|Cuckfield Stroke Communication Group||£543|
|Cycling Without Age Hurst & Hassocks||£1000|
|The Danny Gallivan Trust||£1500|
|Hope Into Action Mid Sussex||£900|
|Littlehampton Child Contact Centre||£300|
|Lowland Rescue Search Dogs Sussex||£800|
|Music for the Memory||£500|
|St Joseph’s Specialist Trust||£1655|
|Worthing United Youth FC||£1000|
We welcome the Government’s decision that Public Houses can reopen from Saturday 4th July. We have been working tirelessly to prepare for this. Our priority is to reopen our pubs in a safe and controlled way for our guests and our team.
Whilst we cannot wait to welcome you back, we will be reopening our pubs in a phased approach starting from Tuesday 7th July. This is to ensure the very highest levels of hospitality can be consistently delivered, as they were before the pandemic started.
Details of which pubs will be opening when, are HERE. We suggest you keep an eye on our individual pub websites for further details of exactly when they will be reopening and what you can expect.
We continue to brew our award-winning Badger beer at our Blandford Brewery, which you can buy online HERE.