Keeping Hampshire’s Communities Connected

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Over £450,000 will be going to a wide range of music, art and theatre events across Hampshire to benefit residents of all ages, thanks to grants agreed by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward.

The latest round of grants was announced at Councillor Woodward’s Decision Day on 14 January 2019, with allocations of £416,000 from the Recreation and Heritage Investment Fund and £37,000 from the Community Investment Fund.

Councillor Woodward said: “Fantastic work goes on every day in Hampshire’s communities thanks to the efforts of those within them. These grants along with support from local district and parish council funding have a proven track record of helping a diverse mix of local organisations continue this work on popular, much loved recreational and learning activities for residents especially those at risk of isolation.”

Recreation and Heritage Investment Fund


Proteus Theatre Company Ltd: £30,000 to support activities for adults and children with physical and/or learning disabilities as well as running specialised workshops for adults with mental health issues. Work is focussed on reaching those who are rurally isolated and socially deprived.

The Anvil Trust Ltd: £55,000 towards its community and education programmes, particularly those designed to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups such as people on the autistic spectrum, those in rural isolation, care home residents and people with dementia.

Whitchurch Silk Mill: £15,000 to continue its work in educating the public in the history of the production, design, distribution and sale of silk in its position as the oldest industrial building in North Hampshire and the oldest working silk mill in Britain.

East Hampshire

Gilbert White and The Oates Collections: £15,000 to develop the museum which contains nationally significant collections through generating income and engagement opportunities with visitors and stakeholders, along with a continued events and festivals programme to expand audiences.

Gilbert White and The Oates Collections: £10,000 for the Field Studies Centre which provides learning opportunities to all ages on ecology. Youth organisations, school groups and family programmes are also catered for.

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre: £11,000 in support of its outdoor performance spaces and work to provide over 100 performances and events a year as well as running youth theatre and dance groups. Funding will also help a creative learning programme along with classes and creative workshops for young people and people with learning disabilities or suffering from social disadvantage.

Eastleigh/Hedge End

QE2 Activity Centre: £8,000 to help deliver a range of high-quality day care and residential opportunities for children and adults with additional needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. Outdoor activities include climbing, archery, ropes course, and orienteering.

The Point: £40,000 to bolster its work in providing access to dance for all. Also, specific mental and physical wellbeing programmes are run through projects for children and adults with physical and learning disabilities as well as falls prevention and sessions for people with Parkinson’s disease.


The MOMC – Leigh Park Craft Initiative Trust Ltd: £25,000 to help continue its work in providing residents and vulnerable groups across Havant, East Hampshire, rural Winchester, Fareham and Gosport with craft activities. The overall aim is to position Hampshire as a place in which designers, makers and artists can thrive and grow their businesses.

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre: £95,000 towards its running of live events and films; heritage events and exhibitions; participatory workshops and experiences; and community outreach work. More than 1,200 performance and participatory events are held each year including: an event cinema; heritage projects and exhibitions, workshops and a free art drop-in, family and community programmes.

New Forest/Ringwood

Forest Forge Theatre Company: £30,000 to continue its work in providing opportunities for around 30,000 Hampshire residents to take part in innovative theatre, particularly focusing on those with little or no access to theatre.


Live Theatre Winchester: £82,000 to support the organisation’s wide ranging work including the running and management of the Theatre Royal and the Hat Fair, (a three-day outdoor arts festival which welcomes around 60,000 visitors and international, national and local artists) as well as youth theatre and partnerships with arts partners.

Community Investment Fund

East Hampshire

Horndean Community Association: £6,000 to support projects tailored to the needs of vulnerable groups including children and young people, older people, unemployed and those on low incomes.


Springwood Community Partnership: £8,000 to support services for local vulnerable groups including older people, those at risk of social isolation, children and young people and low-income families.

Wecock Community Association: £12,000 to help provide various activities for children, young people and older people, such as a job club, healthy lifestyles programmes, adult and community learning, a food bank, a community café and a recycled furniture project.

Test Valley 

Alamein Community Association: £5,000 to help deliver projects to address local needs including drop in advice groups, a job club, a food bank, along with offering IT skills and activities for vulnerable groups, and increasing its volunteers.


Winnall Community Association: £6,000 to help engage with adults with learning disabilities along with parent and toddler group through interactive and social events.


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