Community groups and individuals across the district will benefit from £7,400 of grant funding, thanks to awards given out by Sedgemoor District Council.
Theoni Kane was awarded £500. Theoni who trains in Performance Squad with Bridgwater Amateur Swimming Club. She is a current Regional level competitive swimmer and prior to Covid was selected for the Swim England Regional Talent Pathway. Theoni is continuing her training and hope to achieve national qualifying standard for the English Nationals in July/August 2022.
Berrow and Brean Good Neighbours were awarded £1,900 to continue with their activities such as a Welcome Booklet that is be distributed throughout both villages; support the communities of Berrow and Brean with a specific focus on those who are isolated, lonely and vulnerable; continue with the Community Cafés and Hubs which support the Digital Champions Scheme for Sedgemoor. This aims to train up the volunteers to become Champions and then they will support people who lack confidence with computers. They will also provide access to computers for those who do not possess one.
Sheb-a-Soul Ensemble Community Interest Company were given £2,500. The group will deliver five performances and workshops in primary schools to coincide with Black History Month. Their piece captivates young audiences of all ages and so they anticipate delivering a whole school performance in many contexts – or a Y3-Y6 performance in larger primaries. The performance is followed by a creative workshop.
The Nornen Project and Friends of the Princess Theatre were awarded £2,500. The project will be led by Burnham-on-Sea resident and producer, Corrinne Curtis. The Nornen Project will engage with the community to co-create a professional, theatrical show about the wrecking of the Nornen in 1897, and the rescue of the crew (and their dog!) by the Burnham Lifeboat Crew. Community Activities are planned for Autumn 2021 to March 2022 to mark the 125th Anniversary of the wreck in 2022.