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Local school and folk festival benefit from grants in Southern Rural

People dancing at Kimpton Folk Festival

Two community groups have been awarded a total of £3,385* following a meeting of the Southern Rural Committee on 2 March.

Breachwood Green JMI School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association was granted £2,635 towards overhauling their outside space. The money will be used for a spectator rail which will enclose a new sports pitch.

Kimpton Folk Events was granted £750 towards providing free entertainment at Kimpton Folk Festival on 1 July. The day comprises of a wide range of top quality music and other activities, with both ticketed concerts and free events to enable the festival to be accessible to everyone. The free entertainment, which includes music workshops for aspiring musicians of all ages, is offered as part of the festival’s commitment to supporting emerging folk musicians and introducing new audiences to live music.

Secretary Brian King said: "The council’s generous help will support our ongoing mission to nurture talented young musicians and introduce folk music and traditions to the widest possible audience.”

Councillor George Davies, Southern Rural Committee Chair, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to contribute towards these two projects. The improvements to the school grounds will be a significant improvement for the children, and the folk festival will be enjoyed by a wide cross section of the community. I am pleased that the Southern Rural Committee continues to help such projects come to fruition.”

*subject to completion of the necessary formalities

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