FOFWRAP Newsletter 5: Fantastic fundraising
The last few months have all been about fundraising for the Follifields project and we are extremely pleased to say that we have raised £54,000! We are now well on the way to our target of £70,000 and we hope to have the play area built by the end of the autumn.
WREN funding awarded
We are thrilled to have been awarded £36,731 by funding body, WREN. This is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager for Yorkshire, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Follifoot ‘Follifields’ Recreational Play Area project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across the area.”
We developed a funding pack containing all the details about the project and sent it off to about 100 companies and charitable trusts with good results. We would like to thank North Yorkshire County Council, Persimmon Homes, CNG, Rudding Park Estates, Rudding Park Hotel, Waitrose Harrogate Green Token Scheme and Bettys and Taylors for their generous donations. We have also received some private donations from Follifoot residents for which we’re extremely grateful too.
Follifields Wine Tasting Event
The wine tasting evening in March, hosted by Patrice Lipatti-Mesme, was a great success. A fun and informative time was had by all and a fantastic £1,120 was raised. Look out for information coming soon on the return of Folliwood, our curry night, this autumn.
We are very lucky to have found Jay Rayner, a Landscape Architecture student at Leeds Beckett University, who has created our landscape design for the wildlife area and also the play and kick-about zones. Jay’s expertise will add interest and beauty to the site. If you would like to see the fantastic plans, please visit www.follifoot.org/fofwrap.
Ploughing and seeding
We have started to prepare the Follifields site to get it ready for the build. It has now been ploughed and sown with grass and wildflower seed. It is all growing nicely!
How can you help?
Look out for our green collection boxes in the shop and the pubs and please drop your spare change in. We have already collected over £200 from these so keep it coming! If you would like to donate a larger amount we have a community bank account with Barclays. The account details are: Sort Code: 20-37-13, Account Number: 73445429.
If you would like to get involved in the project by fundraising or volunteering, please email us on FOFWRAP@gmail.com. Follow ‘Follifields’ on Facebook and @FollifieldsHG3 on Twitter to hear more about our progress.
We thank you for your continued support.
FOFWRAP Newsletter 4: Wrapping up an eventful year
Planning permission granted
A full planning application was submitted to Harrogate District Council in September and, on 23 November, news was received that the application had been approved. There were no objections to the application but lots of positive comments in favour of the proposal so thank you to all those who took time to register and post a comment. It’s now full steam ahead to fundraise and build our new wildlife, recreation and play area, Follifields.
After a successful tender process concluded in July 2016, Playscheme was selected as the preferred provider of playground equipment for Follifields. Based just outside York, Playscheme is a family-run company with over 20 years of experience, specialising in timber-based play equipment. Its fantastic designs were unveiled to the village at a presentation afternoon at the beginning of September.
Over 85 people attended the recent Folliwood event held in the Village Hall in November and a whopping £1,250 was raised. This will help towards the cost of the legal fees associated with negotiating the lease.
Our next big task is to raise the £70,000 needed to make the project a reality. A grant application to WREN is currently being prepared and a further application will be made to Awards for All. If successful these will contribute up to £45,000. However, even to apply for the WREN funding, we must raise a further £1500 before the end of February.
How you can help
Look out for our green collection boxes in the shop and the pubs and please drop your spare change in… every penny counts.
If you would like to donate a larger amount we have a community bank account with Barclays. The account details are: Sort Code: 20-37-13, Account Number: 73445429
Alternatively, if you work for a company or organisation that supports charitable causes or community initiatives please let us know and we will get in touch with them. You can email us at FOFWRAP@gmail.com.
We thank you for your continued support.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!