Local good causes set to raise a glass to Community Chest grants

Community Chest awards, Hangleton Manor, Brighton SUS-150927-213952008
Community Chest awards, Hangleton Manor, Brighton SUS-150927-213952008

Community groups and good causes across Sussex are to raise a glass to a well known brewer after being awarded a grant to aid their work.

A total of 28 groups from East and West Sussex will share in a record breaking £27,000 from the Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest. The Badger beers’ maker has long been a supporter of community organisations in its operating area,which stretches covers much of Dorset and both East and West Sussex.

This year’s process began in March following a launch at the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel, attended by dignitaries from across the region.

Following rigorous judging from a panel consisting of Mark Woodhouse, chairman of the company, Gary Shipton, editor in chief of Sussex Newspapers, Blaise Tapp, the community editor at Sussex Newspapers, Adrian Barrott from Sussex Community Foundation and John Scudder, the landlord of the Plough Inn at Ifield near Crawley.

This year there were an impressive 140 entries from Sussex.

The judges were looking for local projects to which they felt the community chest could make a real difference.

Mr Woodhouse said, “Without a doubt the good causes of Sussex gave us our biggest headache as the standard of entries was very strong.

“I am delighted that we have been able to help so many good causes this year and award a record amount.”

All successful applicants will be written to and invited to the presentation evening at the Black Swan in Pease Pottage on September 30.

The successful applicants are as follows: A Band of Brothers; Ansty Village Hall; Bells Yew Green Cricket Club; Blueprint 22; Bognor Samaritans; Burgess Hill Youth; Chalk Farm Learning and Disability Centre; Chichester Area Mental Health Support; Court Meadow RDA; Crawley Community Youth Service; Embrace E Sussex; Friends of Ingfield; Hangleton & Knoll Project; Home Start Crawley, Horsham & District; Horsham Matters; Ifield CC; Kangaroos; Off the Fence; PASCO; People Matter; Pippa’s Group; Rainbow Pre School; Southwick CC; Springboard Project; St Joseph’s School; Sunbeam Swimming Club; Sussex Search & Rescue and Pagham Cricket Club.

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