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A look back at Summer 2013

(November 13, 2013)

In June 2013, we awarded over 30 small grants to East Brighton community interest groups.

Taking a look back at this summer, here is an update on how these small grants have helped just a few East Brighton community events and interest groups.

Summer Festivals

We’ve had a summer of great weather and plenty of outdoor fun. Some East Brighton residents, including volunteers from a few of the interest groups we support, have put on fun days, festivals and outdoor activities for their local community.

Whitehawk Festival, run by Due East, was huge this July stretching across the grounds of St Cuthman’s Church to Whitehawk Road. The festival included three musical stages, more that 30 stalls in the market zone, a sports area and demonstration area.  Activities ran throughout the day, such as live music, Zumba, crafts, games and plenty to keep the kids entertained.


Whitehawk Festival 2013

Organised by Bates Estate Tenants and Residents Association with support from Groundwork South, The Bates Estate Fun Day in June was also a great success. Attended by around 350 people, visitors were invited to walk the tight-rope, climb the adventure tower, play swing-ball, fancy dress and more.  With a barbecue and tea laid on, everyone enjoyed the day!  “Thanks to our funders East Brighton Trust and B&H City Council, Brighton University and Moulsecoomb Hall for the venue” - Duncan 

Bates Estate Fun Day

Bates Estate Fun Day - June 2013


Pots of Talent

Pots of talent


Pottery enthusiasts have been enjoying making pottery and sculpture at the Bridge Community Centre.

Members of the group all face difficult life situations. Some are long-term carers, some have learning difficulties or suffer from mental and health difficulties.

“For all of us the group is a safe, nurturing space to take time out from daily life, to gain confidence socially, discover new talents and learn new skills  - all of which gives us an improved self-confidence and sense of well-being.” – Clive Ray of Pots of Talent.

EBT’s grant helped Pots of Talent, run for a further  term so they are now getting stuck into new projects.


East Brighton Volleyball

East Brighton Volleyball

East Brighton Volleyball Awards August 2013

Kieron James set up East Brighton Volleyball group this summer, with the help of some EBT funding to purchase necessary kit. Thirteen enthusiastic children attended his volleyball sessions, all of whom had their own special need. Together, with Kieron’s instruction and support from each other, they learnt some great volleyball and team player skills. On the final session the kids were awarded with certificates in front of some very proud parents! Kieron is looking forward to running more lessons next summer.


Flamenco & Spanish Lessons



The Flamenco & Spanish group, set up by Mary Funnell have performed on several occasions, for exhibitions at the Bridge celebration events and at City College showcase. New classes started in September and run through to December.  EBT grants have helped in purchasing dance wear and students get authentic, high quality tuition by their tutor from Seville. “We occasionally go out socially - enjoying a meal, watching the flamenco dancers perform, in Latin inspired restaurant and sometime take part ourselves!” says organiser Mary Funnell New beginners are always welcome (Contact the Bridge for details).


Space Academy

Father John

Space Academy Kids' Club at St Andrews Church

Space Academy holiday club, was attended by around 55 primary school-aged children this summer.  Father John Wall, Team Rector of Mouslecoomb, set up the club which ran for 5 fun-packed days of space-themed art, games and theatrical performance.

As a benefit to local parents, children were entertained in St Andrews Rectory with free attendance.

Do you know a community group who would benefit from a small grant? Find out more.

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