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Pound for Pound
Julia’s House children’s hospice is asking supporters to consider donating their old £1 coins instead of exchanging them before they go out of circulation on 15th October. Anyone wishing to support the charity’s Pound for Pound campaign can donate their coins at any of the charity’s 10 shops in Dorset, or cash them at the bank and then donate the value online via the Julia’s House website. Laura Tillings, a fundraiser at Julia’s House said: “Your old pound coins are priceless – we hope that rather than exchanging them, many people will decide to donate them as an easy way to make a big difference to the children and families we support.” Julia’s House receives only six per cent of its funding from the government, so relies on donations and fundraising for the rest of its income. For more information about Pound for Pound visit the Get Involved page at www.juliashouse.org
Old Computers needed for Autism Services project
A non-profit making co-operative, made up of people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome is running a small computer refurbishing project, upgrading and repairing old computers to sell or give to people on a low budget or are disabled or elderly. The group offers work experience to people with Autism and Asperger's and says there are many roles within the group.
Fresh new look for Drayton Village Hall
Drayton Village Hall has new kitchen blinds and blackout curtains thanks to contributions from the local community and a £750 grant from South Somerset District Council’s Area North Committee.
The curtains and redecoration have given the hall environment a new look, with a blind over the hatch to separate and screen the kitchen from the main hall. As well as brightening up the hall, the new curtains provide blackout for presentations and films to be shown effectively on screen.
The total cost of the project was £1,500 and the hall management committee were successful in raising funds from local sponsors as well as contributing their own funds.
Drayton’s hall is central for the village and hosts a wide range of group activities, meetings and a very popular, monthly, local produce market. Ruth Thomas, who is on the village hall committee, says: “The village hall is a really important facility for our community. Our old curtains were some 25 years old and apart from looking shabby did not meet the current Health & Safety Regulations and were therefore not fit for purpose. Our lovely new curtains make our Hall a much safer environment for our local community to meet and have significantly enhanced the look of the inside, giving it a fresher and brighter appearance. The committee would like to thank the District Council for their generous grant. We now have the confidence to re-market the facilities for weddings, parties and social gatherings in addition to the usual group activities that take place.”
Councillor Tiffany Osborne who represents the Drayton ward on South Somerset District Council, says: “The hall is important to local residents as a venue for entertainment and social events and for much needed village organisations and activities. It really is essential to look after these community buildings so that they are fit for purpose and enjoyable to visit.”