One of our regular readers has asked:
Just wondered whether anyone reading online focus would like to donate to help deal with the crisis on the Levels.There is an immediate need to house and feed thousands of livestock . It is being coordinated from Sedgemoor livestock market in Bridgwater.There are several charities involved.
The National Farmers Union website says:
To donate to help farmers hit by the floods in the South West go to fcn.org.uk or call the hotline on 0845 367 9990.
You can also donate to @Rabicharity (website http://www.rabi.org.uk/) or the Somerset Community Foundation emergency flood relief fund
The Royal Bath & West Society set up The Somerset Levels Relief Fund in September 2013 with the aim of
raising funds towards dredging in the area. Make a donation on 01749 822200 or through their Just Giving page.
Councillors John and Christine Mason are launching a modest but worthwhile initiative to help hospital patients a little:
…. we have become increasingly aware that there are other needs that some patients have, especially those with a slightly longer hospital stay and it is these simple needs that the TLC fund hopes to address.
Imagine being ill and in bed, alone but not alone, with nothing to occupy your mind. However because you have no family or friends able to visit, no one that can fetch that half finished book or knitting, you are unable to take your mind away from the situation you are in.
….This is where the TLC fund comes in, administered by the Hospital Chaplaincy team, the funds aim is simple – to provide the means for a crossword book or a newspaper, to allow the patient the dignity of purchasing some sweets or biscuits of their choice. It sounds so simple but if you are imprisoned in a Hospital bed relying on the services of strangers sometimes it is the little things that can lift spirits and bring that extra measure of comfort.
We are not trying to change the world, just improve our corner of it.
Donations can be sent to Rochford District Residents at Wistaria Cottage, Englefield Close, Hawkwell, Essex SS5 4LE, clearly marked for the TLC Fund. All donations will be paid into Rochford District Residents Bank Account and given in cash to Southend Hospital…..
Full article on their website here.
Urgent – Help us save Cottage Plantation: a fantastic woodland site. We have just 12 weeks to raise £44,000 towards the purchase of Cottage Plantation – a fantastic woodland site in Daws Heath. Cottage Plantation is in a complex of ancient woodlands and has many native species of trees. Essex Wildlife Trust aims to acquire this site and we are determined to raise the last £44,000 which, together with grants, will complete the purchase.
We need 1,760 people to donate £25 each to help us save this truly tranquil and important woodland.
The woodland is on the opposite side of the road to Essex Wildlife Trust’s Little Haven nature reserve and would form an important part of the Daws Heath & Belfairs Living Landscape. As you can see from the attached map, Cottage Plantation is surrounded by ancient woodlands and nature reserves and, through Essex Wildlife Trust acquiring the site, this area will be even more robust so that wildlife can flourish.
The woodland is truly beautiful and walking in it offers tranquillity and a chance to escape from it all. At present it is privately owned but Essex Wildlife Trust will make the area accessible for all to enjoy. Footpaths will be improved and the site will welcome visitors.
Find out more here.
Project Wild Thing is a film-led project – about getting people, especially children, outside, into nature.
If you want nature, wildness and free-range living for kids and adults to exist alongside an increasingly industrialised and technological society then join us and get involved in making that happen.
See you on the outside.
This little film explains it better and is worth watching. Sometimes you are tempted to laugh – or maybe wince :
Hat-tip: Liberal England
From the District Council website here.
Voluntary Organisation Grants
The Council has a small annual budget for grants to voluntary organisations to assist in the delivery of their organisations activities. The grants are normally allocated once a year. Any organisation that has been funded in previous years that does not submit an application will not receive funding.
Please click on the ‘guidance notes’ link below for further information on submitting an application.
All applicants must complete the form located in the Related Documents section and return it with the required financial information (see bottom of form for information) to the address below by Friday 22 November 2013
Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW
For further information please contact 01702 318061. If you would like this information in large print, Braille or another language please contact 01702 318061.
A positive story in the Echo:
IT has been billed as the Blitz spirit, and the people of Rayleigh have been living up to that with their kind generosity in the wake of last week’s floods….
Yvonne Dunn, 34, of Danbury Road, who helped set up the Preloved page, has been overwhelmed by the acts of generosity.
She said: “In the space of five minutes of her asking, we managed to get a lady a washing machine and a sofa and everything else that she needed after the flood. Even now, people are still offering sofas and all sorts to help others.
“Nobody knows each other on the website, but people seem to look after each other and that’s something you don’t get everywhere.”
Full story here.
Southend Association of Voluntary Services are running their Community Challenge Abseil again this year! Their abseil is due to take place on Saturday 7th September at Essex House, Southchurch Avenue, in partnership with Lloyds TSB.
They are looking for daring people to abseil down 12 storeys to raise money for their favourite cause!
To book, complete their booking forms and return them to SAVS with your registration fee.
You can raise money for your favourite cause!
Find out more here.
Rawreth is starting to develop a reputation for fine food and drink. The cheese scones occasionally found at Rawreth Parish Council meetings are superb. And then there’s Venn’s Brewery….
So we were pleased to see the following item in the Echo
It’s about charity meals at the Carpenters Arms to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research:
Determined to raise awareness, Simon has launched a regular charity meal night once a month at the Carpenters Arms, in Old London Road, Rawreth.
His next event will be on Monday, when his menu will include steamed mussels and La Vallee beef sirloin. He says: “We like to source things locally and cook mostly modern British. There are always a few surprises in there, too.”
Having achieved so much so quickly, what ambitions are left for the young chef?
He reveals: “I want to own my own restaurant and am looking for backers.
“This cuisine is something you don’t find outside of London and I’d like to bring it to Essex. It could be a while off, but it’s what I want to do.”
To book a spot at the charity meal, on Monday, July 29, e-mail bookings@the carpentersrestaurant.co.uk or call 01268 655113.
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