‘Ecstatic’ groups collect Go Kids Go! grants at Lions’ best-ever festival
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 05 August 2016
There were dozens of smiling faces in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend as groups from across the area descended on the town’s Beach Lawns to collect their Go Kids Go! grants.
The amounts handed out to worthy causes ranged from £200 to £1,000 and 31 groups received a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot.
Go Kids Go! was set up by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club in 2012 and awards cash grants every year to projects from across Weston which promote activity and healthy behaviour in young people.
This year’s winners ranged from football and rugby teams to scouting and girlguiding groups, arts festivals and after-school clubs.
The successful organisations collected their prize money at a presentation on Sunday, which was held at the Lions’ annual real ale and cider festival on the Beach Lawns.
Lions member and Go Kids Go! organiser Malcolm Timmis said: “It was a wonderful day and it was so lovely to see all these happy young people.
“It has just been brilliant.”
Representatives from each of this year’s sponsors – the Lions club, the Mercury, the Grand Pier, Lambtrad, Hobbs and Webb, Weston Town Council, Weston College, Howards Group, the Mead Group, Nightingales and Crosville – handed out the cheques to the winning groups.
One of the winning groups was the Axe District Scout Council and Weston Division Girlguiding’s bi-annual gang show, which will take place at The Playhouse in March.
Go Kids Go! winners 2016
Graham Board from the Grand Pier presenting £500 to Milton District Girlguiding.
Graham Board from the Grand Pier presenting £500 to Hornets RFC Girls U13's-U18's.
Graham Board from the Grand Pier presenting £500 to Locking Primary School.
Richard Nightingale presenting £250 to 1st North Weston Rainbows.
Richard Nightingale presenting £400 to 2nd Weston Rainbows.
Richard Nightingale presenting £500 to Weston Toy Library.
David Powell from Hobs and Webb presenting £500 to Banwell Football Club.
David Powell from Hobs and Webb presenting £500 to Weston Junior Arts Festival of Music and Drama.
Jon Jones-Pratt from Crosville presenting £1000 to Weston Sea Cadets.
Jon Jones-Pratt from Crosville presenting £250 to XTND Improving Futures.
Mayor Cllr Alan Peak presenting £500 to Our Way Our Say Boxing Club.
Jon Jones-Pratt from Crosville presenting £300 to Locking under 14's Football Club.
Derek Mead presenting £300 to Kewstoke Primary School.
Derek Mead presenting £300 to Hornets RFC under 6's - under12's.
Derek Mead presenting £200 to 1st Ashcombe Beavers.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £300 to 3rd Weston (St Paul's) Cub Pack.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £300 to 1st Ashcombe (WsM) Scout Group.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £250 to 1st Uphill (7th WsM) Scout Group.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £500 to St Nicholas Church Preschool.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £250 to Axe District Scout Council & Weston Divisional Girlguiding Gang Show.
Weston Lions President Grant Parris presenting £400 to Priory Pumas U12's Footbal team.
Mayor Cllr Alan Peak with his wife Jackie presenting £400 to 1st Worle Guides.
The Weston Lion's Club 'Go Kids Go!' presentations.
Mayor Cllr Alan Peak with his wife Jackie presenting £200 to 2nd Locking Brownies.
Mercury reporter Grace Earl presenting £250 to Hutton Preschool.
Mercury reporter Grace Earl presenting £250 to Weston Tennis Club.
Mercury reporter Grace Earl presenting £500 to the Friends of St Anne's Primary School.
Tracey Garrett of Lamtrad (McDonalds) presenting £250 to 1st Worle Rainbows.
Tracey Garrett of Lamtrad (McDonalds) presenting £500 to Weston Town Junior Football Club.
Tracey Garrett of Lamtrad (McDonalds) presenting £400 to Mendip Green School after school club.
Show secretary Trish Sedley-Jones said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. Any amount was welcomed and we now know we can buy the costumes or the make-up.
“It will go a long way to help with the production of the show and we are just delighted.”
The presentation took place on the final day of the Lions’ ever-popular beer festival, which raises thousands of pounds each year for good causes.
Organiser and Lions member Chris Nelson said he expected this year’s event, which officially opened on Friday after a race night on Thursday, to raise more than £50,000.
Mr Nelson said: “I think it is the most successful festival we have ever had.
“We have had so many compliments about how many people have enjoyed it and how much effort has gone into it. It has been a pleasure to run it.
“It takes six months to organise and yet everything is worthwhile when you have such happy people around, who really enjoy it year on year.”
* Pick up a copy of this week’s Mercury to find out which groups won grants.