The generosity of local donors, businesses and the National Emergencies Trust has accumulated £1 million figure into the CFS Response Fund. This includes £326,700 from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, and more than £717,000 in donations from local donors and partners.
This concerted effort has ensured the Foundation has been able to quickly award emergency funding to 122 community groups reaching more than 350,000 beneficiaries across Surrey.
Locally our own Hambledon Community Fund has played its part in this success. The Merry Harriers, Hambledon’s village pub, launched a fund which will offer up to £2,000 a month for those struggling to pay food and general provisions bills, most likely through loss of pay or employment, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The local Village Spirit Collective, makers of Vann Lane Gin, ran a raffle in support of the Community Foundation for Surrey and raised over £1000.
More details of the Hambledon Community Fund here.
To mark over 20 years of playing football for Hambledon FC for both Stuart Parker and Matt Kiley. The Club will be putting on a charity game in aid of one of our charity Partners – Phyllis Tuckwell. With all proceeds from the game being donated to the charity.
We hope to see you at Badger Park this Sunday for a 12pm KO. With Hambledon Vets taking on a Presidents XI.
The Hambledon Community Fund is looking for volunteers who love living in Hambledon and would like to help the community. If you have
- suggestions for an event
- can help with organisation
- have thoughts on where the fund might allocate a grant
- or how we can improve anything
Please contact Julie for a chat on 07768033611 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
No long term commitment is necessary.
Last week, the HCF were asked to be guest speakers at the annual Parish Council meeting and we had the pleasure of rounding the evening off with a presentation and video update about our progress and latest news.
Hats off and many thanks to the talented Llewelyn family who put the whole thing together. James Llewelyn took time out from his busy A-level study schedule, to film local stars and numerous Hambledon sites. He then produced a superb Hambledon montage for all to enjoy! His equally talented sister, Tash Llewelyn, helped create a wonderfully informative presentation for proud Mum, Julie Llewelyn to deliver to the audience.
To see the presentation and watch the wonderful video footage, please follow the following link – it may take a few minutes to download because it contains some large graphics and video clips (the video footage comes at the end of the presentation slides), but it’s well worth the wait!
‘A Night at the Opera’ , an HCF fund-raising event, will be held on the evening of June 8th and promises to be a really special night!
Gather your friends and family and come and enjoy some of the most famous Opera arias and West End musical hits, sung live in beautiful Hambledon gardens on Feathercombe Lane.
Tickets are on sale now in the village shop and selling fast – don’t miss out!
We wish to thank Philip profusely for treating us to such a splendid evening.
The proceedings got off to a super start with Philip’s generous supply of local sparkling cider, flowing freely with the pre-talk nibbles! Philip then shared his in-depth knowledge with an audience of nearly 50 people – delivering his light-hearted, yet extremely informative speech with alacrity, being the seasoned and expert speaker that he is. We learned of butterflies both near and far, of the history of butterfly collection, and of works in the Chiddingfold Forest to conserve local woodland species.
We all certainly now know how to recognise our Skippers from our Swallowtails, and left the village hall feeling not only more knowledgeable, but well sated, after a hearty meal of Julie’s delicious lamb shank shepherd’s pie!
With ticket sales and donations, the evening raised £750 for the Hambledon Community Fund. When matched by 50% under the government’s current charity scheme, this means that £1125 was put
into the HCF account, ready to be fed back into the community where it is needed.
Congratulations and thanks again to Philip for such a special evening. Our thanks must also go to Jon Tidmarsh for beavering away with chairs and trestle tables as we set-up and dismantled the hall after the event. The jovial audience who gave us their support also deserve a special mention – may you all have a wonderful spring, spotting (and identifying!) beautiful butterflies, with your newly learned skills as amature lepidopterists!
Generous Hambledonians help us reach our initial target of £100,000!
Hambledonians were certainly in good spirits over the festive season and responded generously to our fund-raising pleas by raising over £35,000 in one month!
A huge thank you to those who helped us raise such large amounts – donations of all sizes were made by many, and together you made it possible for us to reach this first target. Hambledon now has a sizeable nest egg and permanent, sustainable supply of dividends for grant-making. This should go a long way to help us continue to support its many groups and residents, both now and in the future.
How you did it!
You may remember that in our last magazine article, we announced the start of an exciting new government scheme called the Community First Programme. This programme allows any donation to local, permanent funds like the HCF, to be government matched with a further 50% of funding. In addition, we had an offer from an extremely generous, anonymous donor, to match (like-for-like), the first £8,000 worth of any donations received whilst the Community First matching programme was in effect – for us, this is until the end of June 2013. On top of all that, the usual Gift Aid would give us a further 25% of any pre-matched amount.
It was therefore an extremely good time to donate. Locals responded rapidly with donations of around £12,000 and this grew quickly (when matched, and matched again), in to the £30k+ we needed to reach our first target.
Thank you to everyone for all your support. For your donations, your purchase of second-hand books and HCF merchandise, and your attendance at HCF fund-raising events. It all helps. Together we will work to keep Hambledon and its community strong and in good shape!
Following a successful appeal last year, the nation-wide Surviving Winter 2012 Scheme, of which HCF was a part, has now launched again to support older and more vulnerable people through the winter months.
Thanks to your kind donations last year, and this, we now have funds ring-fenced within the HCF to support the elderly and more vulnerable people within our community. Indeed an individual grant to help with the purchase of fuel has recently been made.
If you receive your winter fuel cheque from the government this year and are fortunate enough to be able to offer it to the Surviving Winter scheme, please follow directions on our ways to donate page.
Equally, if your group supports older or vulnerable people within the village and you require funding, or you know of any individual in need of support, please contact us. We act in confidence and grants of this kind are not publicised.