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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Rye Fund Awards presentation 2019

The award winners at the Town Hall presentation 

The Rye Fund held an awards ceremony at the Town Hall last Wednesday January 16.

This marked the 10th round of awards made by the Rye Fund, bringing the total close on £50,000 of grants to local voluntary organisations since it was started in 2008.
Local panel chairman Charles Bronsdon welcomed all this year’s winners, who each of whom received a certificate from the Mayor, Cllr Michael Boyd, and then outlined briefly the purpose to which their award would be put:

Jane Fitch receives the award from the Mayor

Jane Fitch for the Christmas Festival thanked Rye Fund for support in commissioning a Tenterden-based performing arts company to create a programme of street entertainment.

John Lanigan, standing in for Jo Kirkham, welcomed the funding to support the project to digitalise the Museum’s collection of 35mm film and glass slides.

Liz Butt receives the award from the Mayor

Liz Butt for the Music Well said that the funding will be used to expand the provision of music therapy to children and young people who are living with abuse and difficult circumstances.

Robert Mortimer, for Winchelsea Village Hall, welcomed the grant which would to help upgrade the kitchen facilities by renewing the floor covering.

John Wylie for the Camera 1066 Club said that the funds would be used to support evening events for members seeking to improve their photographic skills.
Laura Evans receives the award from the Mayor

Laura Evans for Playden WI would make use of the funding to maintain the car park and surrounding hedges at the hall.

Richard Moore receives his award from the Mayor

Richard Moore for the Rye Wurlitzer Academy would put the funding towards operating costs in providing free tuition and free home practice instruments for pupils learning to play the Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Members of the Rye Fund local panel and steering group were on hand to meet and talk with all those attending the awards evening. The next annual grant round takes place in November, with final applications due September 13. The maximum grant available is £2,000.