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Basingstoke Voluntary Action - Mayor's Community Chest funding
For the second year running Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) has been coordinating the Mayor’s Community Chest funding.
There are three rounds of annual grants, with the second of 2017/18 recently distributing over £8,000 to local organisations. The third round of applications will be closing on 16 April 2018.
Funding for round two was allocated to:
- Basingstoke Mencap shredder for Greenfingers project
- Tadley and District Age Concern minibus
- Helping Hands for the Blind Easter Hunt
- Recruiting materials for 6th Basingstoke Boys Brigade
- Laptops for Basingstoke Young Carers clubs
- Defibrillator for Ice Hockey Development Club
- Basingstoke National Childbirth Trust coffee and chat sessions
- Inspero Baking Club for children
- Basingstoke Voluntary Action Volunteers Week
- PC and printer for Holistic Health
- QTUG™ medical balance device for Basingstoke Sports Trust
- Basingstoke Gymnastic Club trampoline hoist for disabled
Full details of the funding is available on the Mayor's Charity Appeal webpage and it is hoped to improve on the £11k total raised in 2016/17.
BVA’s involvement with this funding has improved interaction with the local community, to understand the current requirements from organisations and to signpost the services BVA offers. In addition, it has allowed BVA to advise all applicants of other potential grants available. Details of other grants are available at BVA's all grants webpage.
The local community and business organisations are encouraged to organise events or make donations supporting the Mayor’s Community Chest. Don’t forget the Spring Charity Concert at the Anvil on Saturday 3 March 2018.
Scout's Awards - 23 January 2018
It was attended by Cubs/Scouts who achieved their Silver Chief Scout Award (the highest award in the Cub Section) from units in Hatch Warren, Brighton Hill, Rooksdown, Overton and South Ham.
This was followed by the presentation of Platinum Awards to three Explorer Scouts, Calum O’Loughnane, Amber Tavener (from Denali Explorer Unit) and Kate Young (from Pafupi Explorer Unit) followed by the presentation of the Diamond Scout Award to Calum O’Loughnane (the highest award in the Explorer Scout section for 14-18 year olds).
The reception was held in the Council Chamber in front of an enthusiastic audience of parents, leaders and other guests.
Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January 2018
The Holocaust Memorial Day Service took place at the War Memorial, next to the Civic Offices, in Basingstoke.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 was The Power of Words, which encouraged people to think about how language can be a potent source for both good and bad, as well as the effects of propaganda.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Paul Frankum said: “It was very poignant to take part in Holocaust Memorial Day. It gave us a chance to pause for a while and remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides.
"Marking this anniversary helps to honour the survivors and remember the lessons of their experiences. This year’s theme focused our thoughts on just how much impact spoken and written words can have, either for good or bad.”
The annual event is held to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Mayor's Charity quiz - 2 February 2018
The Mayor’s Charity Quiz was a huge success, raising an amazing £800 for the Mayor’s Community Chest. Quizmasters Paul and Bev, from RSM UK, provided some excellent question rounds, adding a tremendous amount of fun to the evening.
A big 'thank you' to everyone who supported the Mayor's Charity Quiz.
The winning team was Overton's Finest (pictured). Forever Young took home the Wooden Spoon Award and Quizzy Rascals took away an award for the best team name.