The Loss Of Crofters

We know that many local people will be disappointed at the loss of Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, as the Echo reports below. As far as we are aware, this isn’t any part of a council ‘plan’ – the landowner has submitted an application for 2 dwellings, so the council has to process it and decide whether to pass it or refuse it.

 

“A DOG rescue centre is being forced to close its doors and move out of the area after 17 years of helping animals in the community.

Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, in Beke Hall Chase, Rayleigh, has been rescuing and rehoming dogs and other animals, as well as offering families a safe and trusted place to leave their pets while they go away.

But the landlords who lease the premises to the centre have now asked Gill Lewis, owner of Crofters, to vacate the buildings so they can be transformed into two homes, according to an application submitted to Rochford District Council.

Mrs Lewis, 54, who has also lived on site with her family for 18 years, said: “It is the end of our lease and we did know this was coming, but it is still very difficult to deal with.

“We were hopeful we might be able to extend the lease but the owners want it back.

“Unfortunately, because we haven’t been able to find other suitable premises, we’re going to have to relocate to Manningtree.

“It will be very sad to leave the community because we’ve been here for so long.

“It has been lovely living here as it is our family home where our kids grew up, making it harder and if we ever find land here we will move back.”

Hundreds of people have taken to the kennel’s Facebook page to wish Gill and her team the best of luck when they move…..”

 

The full article is here.

16 Days Left For Voluntary Organisations To Apply For A Grant

From the District Council website:

“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 in Related Content for further information on submitting an application.

All applicants must complete the form located in the Related Content section and return it with the required financial information (see bottom of form for information) by email or post by Friday 27 January 2017:

Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW or communityplanning@rochford.gov.uk

For further information please contact 01702 318061”

The Indee Rose Trust – A Good Cause

At tonight’s District Council meeting (about which we will write more later) , the new Chair of Council Carole Weston announced that one of her charities this year will be the Indee Rose Trust, based in Canvey , which describes itself as follows:

“The Indee Rose Trust is a charitable trust founded in July 2009. Our aim is to help children and their families who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

We provide Treasure Boxes to children who have been hospitalised whilst receiving treatment for a brain or spinal tumour. A wonderful box of treats created especially for the child. We also provide a one off grant to help the family at this difficult time.”

… Each year Great Ormond Street Hospital are contacted by approximately 500 children with brain and spinal tumours – more than one child each day! With the Help of CLIC Sargent our referall leaflets are offered to these famillies to make contact with us.

We aim to help every child we can with the best presents we can, and to do this we need to raise approx £100,000 a year to give each child a treasure box and provide our grants and holiday accomodation.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of our children in our country, yet for some reason it only receives approximately 1% of the funding available from the government.

You can find out more about this charity here.

The District Council Gives Out Some Grants

The person in charge of giving out grants to non-profit-making organisations and charities is Tory Councillor Simon Smith – however decisions on grants isn’t normally a party political process. In fact Simon had a small advisory group of councillors from various parties and it was one of the very few meetings where the Tories were not in the majority. As it happens it was a very amicable meeting and you can download the results here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau used to get a large grant but now instead receives funding from the District as part of an advice services contract. The Rayleigh , Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service who act as an umbrella organisation receives a figure of 15000, and another 20,000 was shared among 20 other groups, who received between 476 and 1500. Some organisations applied and did not receive anything.

To apply for a grant, there is quite a bit of form-filling to do. The proposed use for the money has to be specified, and the organisations’ financial accounts have to be sent to RDC. The use must benefit residents in our district.

Out of the overall 20 groups, 4 groups received 1500 (the maximum figure you can apply for):

  • 4th Rochford Scout Group – towards cost of scout hall extension
  • Old People’s Welfare Committee for Rochford and District – towards purchasing new chairs for day centre.
  • Rochford Bowling Club – towards maintenance of bowling green.
  • Rayleigh Age Concern – to replace the existing toilets at the Todman Centre.

4 groups applied for slightly less than 1500, but received the full amount they asked for:

  • Carers Choices – 1414 – dementia training sessions
  • Southend Achievement Through Football – 1350 – project in Rochford
  • Rochford District Schools Partnership -1300 – towards cost of supplying an educational psychologist and a support worker.
  • Equal People Performing Arts (formerly the Mushroom Centre) – 1460 – for 6 conference tables and a projector.

Well Done….

From the District Council website:

After a successful year as Chairman, Councillor June Lumley presented her chosen charities with cheques totalling over 10,000.

Councillor Lumley, who was Rochford District Councils Chairman for the year 2014/15, held a special ceremony at the Civic Suite, Rayleigh to award Crouch Valley Scouts, Rochford Extended Services, Rochford Older Peoples Welfare Committee, Rochford Community Archive, Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass, Friends of Holy Trinity Rayleigh, Supporting Carers and Families Together (SCAFT), Rayleigh Age Concern and Dolphin Court with cheques from the money she raised from the many fundraising activities she held during her year in office.

After the event Councillor Lumley said: I am so honoured that I am able to make these donations to charities that are so close to my heart.

During my time as Chairman I was given the opportunity to meet so many amazing community groups and organisations who deliver vital services, support and activities which go a long way to improving the quality of life for our residents and their families.

I hope that the money I have raised will go some way to ensuring that these charities can continue offering the community their valuable services.

A Chance To Visit Foulness – But Be Quick !

From the District Council website – a chance to visit one of the most unusual places in Essex:

Rochford District Council, in partnership with the Foulness Conservation and Archaeological Society (FCAS), are offering you the chance to go on a very special tour of Foulness Island.

This is your chance to glimpse some of the wonderful wildlife that inhabits Foulness Island and it also gives you the opportunity to learn about the development of the island as a coastal habitat, how it has been recovered from the sea, farming, natural history and other points of interest.

The guided tractor/trailer tour will take place on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 from 6.30 pm.

Please ensure to book early as spaces are strictly limited and they sell out very quickly.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and cost 17 per person with proceeds going to the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Councillor Heather Glynns chosen charities.

For more information, or to book your place, please contact Karen Kersley on 01702 318143 or email karen.kersley@rochford.gov.uk

“Help Tracy Get Back On Her Feet”

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From the fundraising page set up for her:

This is a fundraising page for our amazing Tracy who wasa healthy 34 year old Mum of two small boys and was due to run a marathon this year. She was taken into hospital Christmas eve and none of us realised how terribly ill she was with pneumonia, but by Christmas Day she was put in an induced coma.
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Her life has been saved by amazing doctors more than once after suffering complete organ failure and she has battled through meningitis, septasemia, deadly blood clots and bleeding on the brain. She came out of her coma on new years eve and although still in intensive care at St Thomas’s she has shown amazing strength. But it is now time for us to our bit.
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The reason and sad reality of our fundraising is that tragically Tracy has lost both feet and her legs have been amputated below the knee as well as her fingers. We are raising money for her rehabilitation and ultimately the best prosthetic feet we can buy. So please, please, pleaselet’s help Tracy get back on her feet.

Help From The Council- And Some More Money Is Still Available For Voluntary Organisations…..

From the Echo:

GRATEFUL volunteers say their free advice service has been saved from closure after it was handed vital funding by their council.Rochford and Rayleigh Citizens Advice Bureau was given 67,000 by Rochford District Council. The council is giving more than 100,000 to voluntary groups across south Essex.
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The CAB helps more than 3,000 people a year. Sue Murray, chief executive of Rochford and Rayleigh CAB, said: This money will enable us to provide a service. Without that funding and the support of the council, and they really do support us, we wouldnt be able to provide any advice.
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Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service has been awarded 15,000. June Lumley, its chairman, said: This grant will allow us to continue to support the hundreds of local volunteers and organisations which make such a difference on a daily basis.—–
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The funding will help support nine projects in the Rochford district, including buying equipment for disability sports sessions run from Stambridge Memorial Hall.
Rayleigh Age Concern will get some help towards buying a new boiler, while Fairview pre-school, in Rayleigh, will be given cash for a storage shed.
Local Scout and Cub groups will be able to improve their Scout Huts, refurbish toilets, buy a new trailer and waterproof their tents, and Rankins Cricket Club will be buying a new sightscreen.
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More than 7,000 was left unallocated and the council is inviting applications for the remaining funding.
Jo McPherson, Rochford District Councils councillor responsible for the community, said: These organisations truly make a difference to the lives of residents.
If you are a voluntary organisation and would like to apply for funding, contact Andrew Lowing, on 01702 318061 …

How Voluntary Organisations Can Apply For A Grant From The District Council

From the District Council website:

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) by email or post by Friday 21 November 2014:

Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW or communityplanning@rochford.gov.uk

For further information please contact 01702 318061. If you would like this information in large print, Braille or another language please contact 01702 318111