Belvoir Wassailers Male Voice Choir
My name is Paul Gibbons and I am writing in my capacity as treasurer to the Belvoir Wassailers to seek consideration for Community Funding. The Wassailers was originally formed eight years ago from the Belvoir Castle Estate work force. Disbanded in 2009, reformed for Christmas 2010 under a new Musical Director with a dozen members. We are hoping to expand to 20 members by the end of the season in May 2012. The choir members come from a catchment area which includes the villages of Long Clawson, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Knipton, Belvoir, Waltham and Denton. We rehearse in Knipton Village Hall on a Tuesday evening, paying weekly subscriptions to cover for the hire of the hall.
We are requesting funding to enable the choir to purchase enough musical scores to provide an interesting and varied portfolio of music to attract further members. The cost of each score cost approx £2.25 each, our last purchase cost £111, which provided 8 musical scores, needing 12 copies of each score, this cost was met by the choir members.
Since the Wassailers were reformed we have performed at a number of charity events. These include performing at Knipton Village Church at Christmas 2010 to raise funds for the local charity 'Home Start' based in Grantham, also in that period, Rainbows Hospice at Loughborough. In May 2011, we performed at St Andrews Church, Whissendine to raise funds for the church organ.
On Saturday 15th October.we were kindly invited by the long established Leicester Male Voice Choir to perform along with the Massed Choir of the East Midlands at the DeMontfort Hall, Leicester to raise funds for the LOROS Hospice.
The Wassailers are planning to hold a Christmas Concert on Sunday 4th December at Waltham on the Wolds village parish church, to raise funds for Dove Cottage Hospice, which is located in the Belvoir Vale near Stathern. During our short period since reforming we have established there is a need for fundraising especially in our own location, therefore the Wassailers would like to continue to support local charities, through musical goodwill throughout the Vale.
The purpose of the Belvoir Wassailers is to promote charity fund raising, increase membership, perform at charity and corporate events, purchase new musical scores and promote musical goodwill throughout the Vale community. Also, enabling the choir to assist with many village events and socials.
The concept of the choir is ongoing, therefore we hope to build on our present relationships with we have developed over these past 18 months, to firmly establish ourselves as a choir in the Vale of Belvoir which the community can be proud of and to benefit the Vale Community.
BREAKDOWN OF PROJECT COSTS
Knipton Village Hall Hire £15 per week
Musical scores each £9.25
Average 12 copies £27.00
Average 10 musical scores £270.00
FUNDING REQUESTED FROM THE COMMUNITY FORUM = £600
The Wassailers are all volunteers and any charitable events they attend, the funding has to be met by themselves.
This could be transport costs, advertising and refreshments. The Wassailers have recently formed a working committee, with all choir members paying subscriptions.
The Wassailers have recently opened a Social Club/Association account with HSBC.
I have also recently contacted various local companies, located in the Vale for funding, but to date no reply.
What projects are eligible?
Community Forum Budget funding can be used to support a wide range of new and existing projects and activities – the key test is that supported projects and activities will need to show that they are appropriate, feasible and sustainable.
To be appropriate, projects and activities should:
- Provide value for money.
- Be led by an eligible group or organisation (see below).
- Link to one or more of the six priorities of the Leicestershire Sustainable Community Strategy. These priorities are:
- Supporting individuals and families
- Delivering effective services
- Protecting our environment
- Improving our communities
- Enhancing children’s lives
- Developing our economy
To be feasible projects and activities should:
- Be able to spend the funding applied for between January 2012 and 30 June 2012.
- Fulfill all legal requirements and have obtained the consents necessary to deliver the project or activity. These requirements and consents may include planning permission, consent from landowner(s), statutory undertakers and the Highway Authority and regulations relating to health and safety, protection of vulnerable people, wildlife etc.
To be sustainable, projects and activities should:
- Provide some lasting or longer term benefits for the community forum area.
- Ongoing projects should be capable of continuing without reliance on further public funding.