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Patron: Bill Wiggin, MP
News and Projects that the Trust Has Funded
Kingspan Insulation Community Trust Makes A Splash
The first round of funding for the communities of Shobdon, Pembridge and Kingsland has been allocated by the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust for projects ranging from new sports equipment to refurbishing a pond. Eight out of the ten applications for funding met at least one of the Trust’s four objectives: road safety, healthy recreation for young people, environmental conservation and encouraging biodiversity.
For this first round of grants, over £24,000 was made available to the residents of the three Parishes and their respective schools. The aim of the Trust is to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the money, and these first projects will certainly uphold that aim.
The children of Shobdon Primary School are at risk at the start and end of the school day with parents having to park on the busy main road through the village. The School and Shobdon Village Trust successfully bid for £10,000 worth of funding from the Trust to open up access from the road to a planned car park and to create a path from the car park to the school. Funding has been granted in principle subject to a caveat (amongst others) that the car park itself will be surfaced so that it can be used.
Shobdon Parish Council applied for £650 to improve access to the children’s play area next to the Village Shop. A new gate, courtesy of the Trust, and a remodelled fence line will allow parents with pushchairs enough room to enter the play area safely, and prevent small children from running out onto the road.
Educational toys were on the wish list for Shobdon Play Group, a request which was granted by the Trust with the proviso that the toys and equipment could be shown to promote “active” play.
In Kingsland a major ecological project was proposed with the refurbishment and development of Kingsland Primary School’s pond into a habitat designed to encourage local wildlife. Approximately £10,000 will go into redeveloping the area to provide a first rate teaching resource and an environment where local flora and fauna can flourish. The plans will also have to protect the existing wildlife, which includes newts amongst the current inhabitants.
Meanwhile healthy recreation for young people will get a boost following a bid put in by Luctonians Rugby Club for training equipment for their youth members, including a new scrummaging machine.
Rugby is a bit of a theme, with Wigmore High School applying for new pads for their rugby posts and smart new strips for their aspiring rugby teams. Lady Hawkins School on the other hand went down the environmental route with a bid for tools to enable their pupils to carry out a landscaping project.
The only Parish not to benefit directly from this first round of grants was Pembridge, which did not submit any bids.
John Garbutt, a Director of Kingspan Insulation and one of the trustees said “We are delighted that so many people will benefit right from the outset, and hope that residents of all three Parishes will see that there is real money to be had to help the local community.” When asked what people could do to help the success of their application he advised “It must have a definite link to one of the four objectives, and it should contain clear information about timescale and costs, ideally firm quotes. There is plenty of guidance on the website to help, and the money is there, so get bidding!”