Municipal Charities Funds School Stage Lights & Opens 2024 Funding Applications

Henley Municipal Charities have given £7,000 to local schools over the last year for different projects with Gillotts School recently being awarded £4,000 to replace their unsafe and costly stage lighting equipment and rig.

Mrs Charlotte Alder, Subject Leader, Performing Arts at Gillotts School said “We are absolutely delighted with our new lighting rig and LED lights. This brings us fully into the modern age and opens up so many more opportunities for creative lighting in performances, both extra curricular and for exam performances. The lights had their first public appearance for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and our student tech team are already excited by the many possibilities they offer (as well as the improved environmental impact of LED over the old fashioned tungsten type!). We can’t wait to really show off the full potential of these during the upcoming production of Aladdin Jr. The extra bonus is the money this is saving us long term as we no longer need to hire so much from external companies, meaning we can spend more on other opportunities for students.”

The Educational Charity Chairman Mrs Charlotte Miles-Kingston said “With the increasing pressure on funding in schools it is important to support children in the learning environment. Whilst the Charity has limited funds and cannot grant money towards building projects it can help schools or individuals in projects supporting children outside the local education authority funding.”

Trinity CE Primary School received a grant of £2,000 towards their Sensory Garden Project. Ms Campbell from Trinity said “Due to the popularity of the sensory garden the project was expanded to allow all pupils access to the area whether during their breaks, lunchtime or planned lessons.”

Sacred Heart School received £1,000 towards the Sacred Heart Jubilee Garden. Assistant Headteacher Mrs Edwards said “The garden will enable children to grow and harvest becoming much more aware of the environment around them.”

Mrs Miles-Kingston went on to say “If you have a fully costed project, ready to go that you need financial assistance to achieve or you are an individual needing anything to support your education please get in touch.”

When you are ready to apply or wish to seek further information please contact the Charities office at info@henleymcharities.com outlining the project in the first instance or call 01491 412360. An application form will be sent if the project meets the criteria and will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The Trustees will consider all applications received. Grants will be made
according to their merits and perceived advantage to the pupils involved.

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