New Creative writing group

New Year, new Zoom group! As we move into lockdown #3 why not channel your creativity by joining our new Creative Writing group with Summer Phillips.To sign up, go to the Calendar on the front page of our website Go to the relevant date and you will see the event there. If you have any questions please drop us a message.

Results of Online Virtual Auction and Prize Draw

Wow, we are totally overwhelmed! The Bridgend Online Winter Auction and Prize Draw 2020 was a huge success and raised the grand total of £2,790 for our community charity, which is beyond our wildest expectations.

Well done to all our worthy winners, who are listed below, and thank you for supporting this event. We hope you enjoy your winnings!We also had a great time at the online party on Tuesday to celebrate the event. Thank you to Daz Antrobus of Silk 106.9 for hosting, the wonderful Nick Degg Poet for keeping us entertained and Andy Hofton Entertainer for injecting that essential Christmas spirit. We can’t wait for next year now!

A massive thank you to all those who donated auction lots or prizes to the event, we truly couldn’t have done it without you, it means the world. Elbow, The Virginmarys, The Creameries; Robert Owen Brown The Hinchliffe Arms, Mel Hood artThe Poachers Inn, The Great Northern Cloth, Bolly b & b, Kate Bush – Planting by Design Conduct IT, We Are Rootstock, Majestic Macclesfield, Megan Dixon Hood, Becca’s Beauty Buys, Hollinhallhotel Bollington, Cakes and cards by JulieShrigley Hall Hotel & Spa, Wonky Bolly Art, Bollington Printshop, Macclesfield Pilates and Yoga Studio, No. 74 Delicatessen, JJJ Heathcote Limited, The Mill Bakehouse Bollington, Cafe Waterside, The Indian Goat, Inland Sea, Co-Op Bollington

Bridgend videos released

We now have a You Tube channel! We have uploaded three videos from our virtual AGM that took place on Tuesday evening, the first of which is a summary of the last year from Becky. You can also download these videos from our website.

There are two more, one on our Buddies service and one about the fabulous Bridgend charity shop.

Thanks to Pete Thorp of visualmachine_ for doing such a brilliant job creating these.

Bridgend receives a wonderful grant from Garfield Weston Foundation

We received the wonderful news this week that we are to be in receipt of a grant of £20,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation to contribute towards our  core costs. for the 12 month period September 2020 to August 2021.

Core funding for a charity pays for the basic overheads of running a charity, such as staff costs, heating, lighting, building maintenance, IT, HR and Training. These are essential for a charity to have the foundation and infrastructure to deliver all the support services and activities to the community, but they can sometimes be quite challenging to obtain. Therefore we are hugely grateful to Garfield Weston for their support, Thank you! 

The Garfield Weston Foundation has provided a lot of support to us over the years and gave us an amazing grant of £150,000 to help us purchase our building in December 2018, so we are thrilled that this relationship continues.