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Whitehawk Festival and Summer Grants

(July 21, 2013)

This month we’ve given out more than £13,000 worth of small grants to over 30 community groups, who will be providing East Brighton residents with lessons in cookery, gardening, crafting, sports, theatre, as well as putting-on events for local parents, kids, the elderly and carers. A lot of exciting stuff has started this summer...

Whitehawk Festival

The Whitehawk Summer Festival, run by Due East (Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estates’ neighbourhood council) and a large team of volunteers, is one such event that sees a number of East Brighton community groups come together to put on a fantastic day for all.


Whitehawk Festival July 2013

We went down to the festival last Saturday, to check out all of the activities on offer, meeting up with some of the community groups we’ve helped support with this summer’s round of small grants.

The festival stretched from St. Cuthman’s Church, all the way to Whitehawk Road, starting with a fascinating look at the local history, through photographs of East Brighton dating back to the 1920’s on display in the church. 


 Whitehawk Festival July 2013

The festival included three musical stages, more than 30 stalls in the market zone, a sports zone and a demonstration arena. Activities ran throughout the day, such as live music, Zumba and crafts, with plenty to keep the kids entertained, including bouncy castles, face painting, petting lambs and horse and cart rides.


The Brighton Spinning Group & Knitting the Map

We met with Woolly Umbrella’s Sue Craig, who set up The Brighton Spinning Group, Knitting the Map, the Yurt and Felting Group, all of whom were at the festival displaying some of their artisan skills. Sue commented:

“Over the last few years the East Brighton Trust has helped our core group, Clowd Nine, to survive and support the creation of other emerging groups. We have received funding for equipment that has given us the ability to share our knowledge with local residents, by offering demonstrations and hands-on activities at local events, such as Whitehawk Festival.

Most recently we've set-up a new course with our Dyeing Group, starting this September - 'Grow Your Own Colour' which we think is the first course in the country to bring together the cultivation of traditional dye plants with their use."


The Felting Group sitting in front of the first communally created yurt on the South Downs.


We’re looking forward to seeing more progress from community groups in East Brighton, so do get in touch with your news.

Small grants

If you know of a group or event that could benefit from more funding, our next round of grants are open to applications in January. Find out more or apply online. 

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We're looking for more East Brighton residents to join the Trust Board. If you'd like to get involved, call Terry at EBT on 01273 818999

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