Go Kids Go! bids pile up as closing date draws near

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 June 2013

Christ Church Primary School dress rehearsal for Fantastic Mr Fox.

Christ Church Primary School dress rehearsal for Fantastic Mr Fox.


GO KIDS Go! cash has been requested for gardening materials and drama props in the latest batch of applications bidding to get Weston youngsters active.

Bids for the £10,000 fund have come from Christ Church Primary School and Kewstoke Youth and Community Farm, to raise pupils’ confidence and expand skills.

The competition, which is run by a partnership Weston Lions and the Mercury, has heard from the Baker Street school’s year four teacher and drama club organiser Aaron Rogers.

He said: “This is for children who lack confidence with public speaking, or those who are quiet. This is why we need a microphone system and our staging is extremely old.

“We want to put on regular shows and end-of-term productions, but there is no funding from the school and our budget is very tight.”

The school has already organised a production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and has requested £500.

Another project which hopes to raise the aspirations of young people is Kewstoke Youth and Community Farm. The group runs within the grounds of the village’s Cygnet Hospital and allows people to grow plants and vegetables and care for animals.

It has become a valuable asset for children and teenagers who may struggle in mainstream school and project manager Jackie Kelleher has asked for £850 to provide a summer holidays group for 11-17-year-olds.

She said: “We want to provide an activities group and we need materials to do that. This is something different; it’s not your typical street dance classes.

“Without the help I do not think we can run the summer holiday activities.”

Jackie plans to buy more compost, seeds and tools, and pay for glasshouse heating. She also hopes to provide instructions on hedge laying and artistic activities, such as making dream catchers from natural materials, horse shoe painting and shelter building.

If you run a community group that encourages sport and fitness for young people, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25 and are a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a grant.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! click on the link on the right hand side to download an application form or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our office. The deadline for applications is July 1 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury.

Go Kids Go! funds will be awarded on July 28 during the Weston Lions Real Ale and Cider Festival and family day. Live music will be played on Beach Lawns from noon onwards and families will be able to enjoy a hog roast, free drinks for children and entertainment.

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