Community @ 67, a resource centre serving the people of Keynsham, has been named the winner of Taylor Wimpey Bristol’s ‘Community Chest’ initiative.
The leading local housebuilder launched the campaign in January, offering a £500 donation to a charitable organisation or community group which was deemed most deserving of the money by local people.
Nominations were invited for the funding and Community @ 67 was selected as the winner by a special panel of judges including local councillors and key local community groups.
“It’s fantastic for us to receive such a donation,” says Clare Hudson, chair of Community @ 67. “Two of our volunteers, Margaret Davis and Lorna Carwardine, nominated us for the prize and we’re delighted to have been chosen!”
Set up four years ago in Queens Road, Keynsham, Community @ 67 provides social and learning activities for local people of all ages including a job club, a book club, arts and crafts sessions and training courses in areas such as maths and IT skills, while it also runs a food co-operative where people can buy locally sourced fruit and vegetables. It also host Keynsham Town Community Radio.
The centre, in partnership with Curo, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Keynsham Town Council, is independent and run exclusively by volunteers.
“One of our volunteers likes to cook various meals with the vegetables, from the food co-op passing on cooking skills,” Clare says. “And in fact we’re going to spend the £500 donation on improving our kitchen facilities because we’d like provide a wider range of dishes. We’re going to buy new crockery, a mixer and lots of other items that will allow us to put on things like a Christmas lunch, which will be very nice.”
Charlie Joseph, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Bristol, says: “Our Community Chest initiative generated a lot of interest locally and we’re absolutely delighted to name Community @ 67 as the beneficiary of the funding.
“The centre provides essential services to local people seeking advice, information or training, and we hope the volunteers enjoy using their new kitchen facilities.
“We’d like to thank all the people who made nominations on behalf of the wealth of charitable organisations and community groups that are doing such valuable work in the Keynsham area.”
Keynsham Music Festival has just received sponsorship from local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey Bristol for the 2015 event this summer.
The leading housebuilder, currently building new homes in the town at its Somerdale and The Meadows development, is pumping £500 into the festival, which involves a huge variety of music acts from the south-west, the UK and all over the world.
While the big festival event is on Sunday July 5 in Keynsham Memorial Park, various events run throughout the week, from Monday June 29, at the park and in different venues in the area. The festival attracts around 20,000 people, including 15,000 on the Sunday.
Acts on the Sunday this year range from Keynsham singer-songwriter Natalie Holmes to a pop band from Italy, and from Bristol-based funk/rock band Caravaggio to a blues band from Argentina.
The Festival, which has been going for 18 years, also includes an open-air film night, with the film voted for by local people.
Festival organiser Ric Davison said: “We’re truly indebted to local businesses like Taylor Wimpey for the money they put into the festival.
“Every year the festival gets more expensive to put on, and if we are to keep standards high, sponsorship money is absolutely essential.”
Charlie Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “As a housebuilder working in Keynsham, we are delighted to support an event aimed at the community in which we are building.
“Keynsham Music Festival is known as one of the best free events in the UK, and we hope our donation will help make this year’s event another big success.”