12 September 2016
A local history group wanting to retell Haverhill’s working past has paid tribute to a community grant scheme that made it possible.
he funding programme, which gives out grants of up to £5,000, has provided vital funds for a number of worthwhile groups in the town while also allowing new projects to start up.
One of these was the project run by the family history group, whose chairman Brian Thompson said:
“We wanted members of the community to participate in an oral history project that sought to capture a portrait of the town's workforce.
“The response from the people of Haverhill was phenomenal and far exceeded our expectations. We are extremely pleased with what we have achieved so far.”
The group was awarded £2,000 which they spent on recording equipment and various facilities to enable them to host the interviewees. Brian added:
“We would not have been able to do this without the ONE Haverhill Partnership grant.
“I would recommend any group to apply for funding from One Haverhill Partnership as they have been a tremendous help.
“Without the funding on this scale, we, as a group, could not have possibly undertaken this exercise which has proven so worthwhile, not just because of the fact we now have the recorded memories but also the fact that so many people have benefited.”
The last pot of grant money, provided by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, has now been made available with organisations invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 before the deadline of Friday 23 September.
Sarah Howard, chair of ONE Haverhill Partnership, said:
“We are now inviting applications from groups and organisations who must make a significant difference to organisations and groups in the town and have therefore made Haverhill a better place to live and work.”
Applicants must show that they would use the grant for a project falling under the priorities of ONE Haverhill Partnership - improving employability skills or wellbeing or reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.
The family history group now plan to showcase their work at an exhibition at the Haverhill Arts Centre in March.
Grant application forms can be downloaded from our community grants page and sent to
ONE Haverhill Grants Scheme,
Haverhill Town Council,
Haverhill Arts Centre,
For an informal chat about your application, contact Nick Keeble on 01440 712858.
Closing date for applications: Friday 23 September 2016