Fairford and Lechlade Community News

NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANT FOR W4W – The Working 4 Wellbeing (W4W) team is celebrating having been awarded a National Lottery Community Fund grant of £10,000. This will allow W4W to continue its great work in the community putting on community-based events and projects for Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding areas. Mary Ann Dibbs, W4W Co-Ordinator said: “During the coming year, we will run 30 engagement activities, workshops, walks, craft sessions, invite speakers, offer digital skills learning and organise at least 50 drop-in coffee sessions including the very popular Talking Cafés. The grant will also be used to support and improve our user-friendly website.”

Charity bear hunt in Lechlade – Lucy Brooks is running the London Marathon to raise funds for The Silver Star Society, which is part of the Oxford Hospital Charities – a maternity unit for mothers having a difficult time. Lucy needs to raise £1,000 for the Society, so has decided to organise a Charity Bear Hunt. The Bear Hunt will take place with sponsored bears – that Lucy has made – being displayed from Friday night August 26 in 20 shops in Lechlade. So, grab a map (suggested voluntary donation of £4) and take a lovely walk around the town to find all the bears. The bears will also have a clue and arrows on them so you can find the next bear. Maps will be on sale from Wednesday August 24 at The Riverside pub, Lechlade. When you have found all the bears and marked on it the location of all the bears, post your map, complete with your contact details, in the Post Box that will be found at the last shop on the Bear Trail. The bears will be numbered 1-20 on the map. Fabulous prizes to be won. Winners will be announced on the evening of Bank Holiday Monday.

Arty Moose Summer Holiday Art Workshops are for children aged between 5-11 years. These will be held in Fairford on Thursday August 25. For more information or to register, go to www.artymoose.com

The Friends of Fairford & Lechlade Communities wish to thank everyone that supported the Open Garden events this summer. The events at Langford Downs Farm, Whelford Mill and Eastleach House were very well attended. A total of £3,225 was raised. This will help the Friends continue to provide the vital health and social support to the local community.

Remember to contact Chris with all your Fairford and Lechlade news items.

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