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Christchurch Baldock gets funding boost

11 August 2023
Older people taking part in chair exercises
Older people taking part in chair exercises as part of Christchurch's Body & Soul class

Christchurch Baldock has been awarded a total of £1,325* following the Baldock Area Forum recommendations on 17 July.

They have been awarded three separate grants for three different projects:

  • £700 for craft resources, catering and hiring of premises for their holiday club for any young families to attend (pictured below).
  • £250 towards hall hire and refreshments for their regular toddler and baby groups, so they can reduce or waive the attendance fee where appropriate.
  • £375 to replace equipment and subsidise food for their Body & Soul weekly classes which provide total fitness for older people, including chair exercises for the body (pictured above), singing for the lungs, exercise games for the brain and a time to chat and have a coffee.

Neil Poole, Treasurer at Christchurch Baldock, said: “We are very grateful for the grant and for the support which it signifies. The regular groups Body & Soul, Tea & Tots and Tea & Tinies, are preparing for a busy start to the new academic year and are very glad to be able to invest in improving our offer to these valued sections of the community.”

Children crafting
Children crafting at the Christchurch holiday club

Cllr Alistair Willoughby, Executive Member for Community & Partnerships, who approved the funding under delegated decision, said: “The excellent free and low-cost services that Christchurch is providing through these projects are so important to the Baldock community. It is great that we can support them to continue their work."

Cllr Tom Tyson, Baldock Area Forum Chair, added: “These are fantastic projects, providing what could be the only opportunity for new parents and carers to meet and a regular chance for older people to improve their physical and mental health.”

Local Area Forums have taken over from our Area Committees. They cover five areas of North Herts – Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Southern Rural and Royston – and take place four times a year. The new Forums are designed to be less formal and more welcoming to encourage more community participation. They generally start at 7.30pm with community grant applications and then themed discussions will take place from around 8pm. Each Forum makes recommendations for funding, and then the Executive Member for Community & Partnerships makes a decision under delegated powers.

The next Baldock Area Forum will take place online on 11 September at 7.30pm.

*subject to completion of the necessary formalities

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