School children, a community choir and its audiences, an archives group dedicated to charting the history of a Norfolk town and a group working towards updating play equipment were among those to benefit from the latest handouts from the Worstead Festival charity.
The charity has a long history of helping groups and organisations both in its villages and in neighbouring parishes.
Thanks to the small and dedicated group of volunteers who organise the July event, this year the organisation handed out grants totaling £13,000 at its annual meeting on December 7 2016 at Worstead Village Hall.
The festival made a profit of around £20,000 this year, helped by good weather and 15,000-plus visitors.
Those to benefit were Worstead Primary School, The Choir Worstead, North Walsham Archives group, North Walsham Play, the local weavers group and Swanton Abbott Church. Money left over will remain in the funding pot.
Chairman Simon Cole said: “The effort that goes into the festival over the course of the entire year is all worthwhile when we get to give these grants to groups who are doing so much good for their communities.
“The 2016 festival was a particularly good one, with some new ideas working well and our visitors responding very positively to the whole event.
“Plans for 2017 are well in train and we look forward to welcoming both regulars and those who have not come to see the festival before.”
Matthew Smith, from North Walsham Play, which received £2,500, said:“The very generous donation has enabled us to start putting plans together to bring about the new play park in the new year. The donation means a lot of all members of the committee and we would all like to personally thank everyone involved with organising such a well-loved and well-supported festival.”
Wayne Beauchamp, from North Walsham Archives echoed that sentiment, saying: “Thanks to the awesome Worstead Festival committee for donating £500 to our group, The North Walsham and District Community Archive, to help with our work archiving the area’s history. This will help enormously. We plan to buy storage equipment for keeping our massive collection of photos and documents safely stored, both digitally and physically, and also a new portable scanner to aid in digitising photos ‘on location’.”
The annual meeting included the election of directors for the year, with six standing again and one new member joining.
This year’s event will be held over the weekend of July 29 and 30. Grant applications are now open (see the Grant Form on the "Contact Us" page) and close at the end of September for the amounts to be agreed in time for the 2017 AGM at the beginning of December.
See more at www.worsteadfestival.org, check out the festival’s Facebook pages and follow @worsteadfest on Twitter.
The parish churches of Worstead, Sloley, Swanton Abbott, Westwick, Tunstead and North Walsham.
Worstead Village Hall.
Schools, nurseries and Friends groups in Worstead, North Walsham, Dilham and Swanton Abbott.
Various village projects and celebratory events, including the Queen's Silver and Golden jubilees.
North Walsham Swiming Pool Fund
The Choir Worstead
Worstead Parent, Toddler and Baby Group.
North Walsham CAB
The Benjamin Foundation
Worstead Daycare Centre
Cancer research fund
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital units
Guild of Weavers and Dyers
Sporting groups including Worstead Cricket Club, North Walsham Rugby Club, children's football teams locally, Worstead Carpet Bowls Club.
Skate parks in North Walsham and Stalham.
Youth groups including ATC and Scouts.