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Havenstreet Community Association win Isle of Wight County Press cash from Gannett Foundation

Havenstreet Community Association, from left, Veronica Hattersley, Julie Schofield, Colin Attrill, chair Lynne Broom, Paul Clarke, Sally Winter, CP publisher and editor Alan Marriott, presenting the cheque for £5,000, and Catherine Williams.

Havenstreet Community Association, from left, Veronica Hattersley, Julie Schofield, Colin Attrill, chair Lynne Broom, Paul Clarke, Sally Winter, CP publisher and editor Alan Marriott, presenting the cheque for £5,000, and Catherine Williams.

Emily Pearce

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 7:55

HAVENSTREET Community Association will ‘raise the roof’  — thanks to the County Press.
The group was awarded £5,000 by the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gannett company, which owns County Press publisher Newsquest.
In addition to the grant, the association, run entirely by a volunteers as a charity, has held a series of fundraisers for a new roof at its Main Road community centre.
Association chair Lynne Broom said it was a vital village resource — used for meetings, functions, fundraisers and social events, home to a monthly market run by the church and a lunch club for older residents.
Pointing out Havenstreet had lost most of its amenities over the years, including the school, shop, post office and bus service, Lynne said: “As a consequence, many residents, particularly the elderly, feel isolated, so it’s essential to retain a local centre for social and recreational purposes.”
In the past ten years, the Gannett Foundation has awarded almost £4 million worth of grants to UK projects that benefit local communities.
Alan Marriott, publisher and editor of the County Press, said: “The £5,000 cheque will help Havenstreet Community Association to protect this vital part of the community infrastructure.
“Nationally, the Gannett Foundation gave around £300,000 to all sorts of good causes this year. On the Island, around 20 causes applied for a grant, and many were unlucky not to be selected this time.”

 


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