Play equipment for Horsleys youngest residents

11th May 2016

A grant of £600 supported Puddleducks Playgroup to purchase new soft play equipment, toys, dressing up clothes and craft supplies to provide higher quality and more exciting play experiences for West Horsley’s youngest residents. The new equipment enables Puddleducks to offer more varied activities, encouraging existing members to return and appealing to new parents and carers to attend the group, giving them the opportunity to socialise, reduce isolation and make friends within the local community.

Puddleducks are absolutely delighted with our grant from the Horsleys Community Fund. It will make such a difference to all the children, parents and carers to have new, exciting toys and activities during playgroup. We can’t wait to share the news with everyone! – Chairperson, Alicia Grainger

Puddleducks has been running as a local playgroup in West Horsley for over 30 years. A minimal charge is made by parents which covers some costs but the group relies on donations for toys and books and, as a result, much of the equipment is now very old, worn, broken or with missing pieces.

For many parents Puddleducks is a lifeline, and provides them with regular peer support from other parents and the opportunity to make lasting friendships. They regularly welcome new parents who have recently moved into the village, and the group can really help them to become a part of the local community.

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In 2014, David Bampfylde suffered a severe stroke which left him paralysed down the whole of his right side and unable to speak clearly. Having been very active and traveled widely in his life, to be wheel chair bound, unable to drive and suddenly very reliant on his wife, Katia, was not where he wanted to be.

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Horsleys Community Fund

8th April 2016

The Horsleys Community Fund is a significant and exciting local initiative specifically for the benefit of the Horsleys and its residents. The Fund enables people who love the Horsleys to donate money for the exclusive benefit of the villages and their people.

With your help we can help build a stronger community by supporting local causes that can make impact and that will empower the Horsleys to help itself both now and in the future.

“Now in our 10th year, the Horsleys Community Fund has been able to award 60 grants – in total more than £47,000. This is equivalent to a third of the donations that we have received and we still have investments of nearly £245,000 which generates the interest used for grant making in perpetuity.

We provide a conduit between local people who want to give and local causes that need help; through investing in the Horsleys Community Fund we can enhance the work of the network of Horsley groups and volunteers who provide services that local government are increasingly unable to meet. Our grants support:

– Young people through sporting and activity groups, including facilities for schools and playgroups

– Community and environmental projects

– Older residents by helping to reduce social isolation

– Families and individuals in need

If you or anyone you know could benefit from our support please do get in contact.

We get a continuous stream of requests which we hope to be able to continue to meet with the help of our supporters – please get in touch! Call Clare Mathias on 01483 281755, or email Claritaclare@gmail.com.”

– Clare Mathias, Horsleys Community Fund Panel Chair

 

To Apply


Download the Horsleys Small Grants Form here, to apply for a grant up to the value of £2,000.

For grant applications over the value of £2,000, Express your Interest here.

 

Get involved


Hold an event

Could you host a drinks reception, private dinner, dance night or garden party to raise money for the Horsleys Fund? Please contact us to discuss your plans.

Fundraise

Are you doing a sponsored swim or holding a local festival? How about supporting local people in need in the Horsleys? Set up your fundraising page here (click here) 

Donate

Alternatively, you can donate to the Horsleys Community Fund via our donation page (click here) through Enthuse online donation platform.

Interested in leaving a legacy?

Further information about leaving a legacy to the Horsleys can be found here

 

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If you have missed out on our previous newsletters, you can catch up on the latest versions here: 

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Our panel consists of East and West Horsley residents who aim to make sure that those in need have access to the Fund. A Zoom photo of the team at work!

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30 people attended including 15 veterans who, with their family and other supporters filled the barn which had been suitably decked out with flags and bunting.

There was a special presentation to Ron Hancock and Ian Stemson from the British Legion and the proceeds of a well supported raffle will be given to the British Legion. A meal and a glass of wine was enjoyed by all and we hope to continue for some years yet.

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