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     Working to protect Wokingham town's past, present and future

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The Wokingham Society Grants

The Wokingham Society, through the Elliston Clifton bequest fund, can offer grants to suitable projects upon application.

The Society is established for the public benefit for the following purposes in the area within the Wokingham Town Parish boundary as it currently stands, i.e. the area administered by Wokingham Town Council, which area shall hereinafter be referred to as "the area of benefit". Applications for grants from outside the area of benefit will be considered as appropriate when proper association of the applicant with Wokingham is clear. Should the Society receive and consider an application for a grant from outside the area of benefit but within the Wokingham District then as a matter of courtesy the Society will advise the local civic society, if one exists.

(i) To promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit.
(ii) To educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit.
(ii) To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.

Examples of grants provided
Below are short details of grants provided by the Society for the benefit of the town's community.

Click on the thumbnail images to view the full size photographs.

St Paul's Church: towards felling and replacing the diseased ancient oak in the churchyard, which was in danger of falling and causing damage or injury, or both.

St Paul's ancient oak photo

Royal Berkshire Archives: for repairing and digitising a handwritten and illustrated book of Lucas ancestry by Louise Bazelgette Lucas Lucas, subsequently the wife of Rev Joseph Stratton, Master of the Lucas Hospital in Wokingham.

Lucas archive photo

West Forest 41 Club: for towards the renovation of the Santa Float used in the Winter Carnival.

Santa float photo

Wokingham Town Council: for purchase of two silhouettes of male and female soldiers for use on Remembrance and Armistice Days.

Tommys Silhouette photo

Jim Bell, local historian to support the publication of his book Wokingham: A Chronology of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Photo Paul King book

All Saints Church: for the removal and relocation of 21 floor memorials and a number of wall memorials as part of its Spaceforall project to renovate the church for community use and to provide a new meeting room.

Spaceforall photo

Wokingham in Need: towards the provision of a sensory garden at the Acorn Community Centre, Woosehill, for the particular benefit of adults with learning disabilities, and another sensory garden at Wokingham Hospital to provide a calm space for recovering patients.

Photo Sensory Grdene

Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers: providing the beautifully illustrated information board for visitors, outlining what they can see in Holt Copse; and more recently the Society has helped to pay for the drainage of Connaught Avenue, a double line of oak trees planted to mark the silver jubilee of King George V which were dying from the waterlogged conditions, and for a bench to be placed in Holts Cops.

Connaught Avenue drainage     Holt Copse bench

Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly: towards rendering the front of the Grade II listed WADE building.

Photo Wade

Paul King, local historian: to support the publication of a book on Wokingham Market Place 1900-2019.

Photo Paul King book

The Friends of Fox Hill: for the purchase of tools to assist them in clearing/preserving Fox Hill.

Photo Fox Hill

Wokingham Town Council: to assist in the production of the Wokingham History app. The Society has also contributed to the Wokingham Heritage Weekend, held annually in September. It is organised by the Town Council in collaboration with local heritage organisations.

Wokingham Town Council App photos   Photo Heritage Day 2009

Emmbrook Residents’ Association: assisting the publication of a series of short histories about Emmbrook.

Photo Cornerstone

Wokingham & East Berkshire Camera Club: helping the Club to mount photographic exhibitions in Wokingham Town Hall.

Photo Wesley Centre

Berkshire Area Group N Gauge Society: : helping to meet the costs of building a model railway of Wokingham Station and its surroundings, as they were in the 1960s.

Photo N Gauge Society

Wokingham Art Society: helping to meet the cost of installing The Queen’s diamond jubilee frieze on the approach to Wokingham railway station.

Photo Holt Copse

U3A Local History Group: : funding the publication of the Group’s book on Late Victorian Wokingham.

Photo Emmbrook

St Paul's Church Tree Succession Project: the Society awarded a Grant to St Paul's Church in support of its Tree Succession Project. The Grant enabled a full digital survey of the churchyard to be undertaken so that a programme could be put in place to replace trees under threat from disease or decay. The survey was the most comprehensive ever undertaken and it will be a permanent record which can be used for any future churchyard projects. The plans contain a major biodiversity study with the aim of enhancing and conserving the local environment. We were delighted to have supported a project undertaken as part of St. Paul's commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of its foundation.
The Society awarded a further Grant to St Paul's Church towards the preservation of the landmark Cedar Of Lebanon in the churchyard. The tree was in danger of falling and its life has been prolonged by at least 15 years.

Photo St Paul's

Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band: contributing towards uniform and regalia for Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band.

Photo WCS staging

Wokingham Choral Society: contributing to new staging to enable Wokingham Choral Society to continue to perform choral concerts in All Saints Church and St Paul's Church.

Photo WCS staging

The Cornerstone: supporting the building and furnishing of this new community hall to house a number of charities (including the Berkshire Counselling Service and the Wokingham Job Support Centre) and offer accommodation facilities for leisure, recreational, educational and other pursuits for the community. The Cornerstone belongs to All Saints Parish Church

Photo Cornerstone

The Methodist Bradbury Centre: supporting the expansion and rebuilding of this community centre in the centre of the town in two phases to house and enable community activities. The Wesley centre belongs to the Methodist Church.

Photo Wesley Centre

Wokingham Theatre: contributing to the expanded facilities at Wokingham's only theatre for the provision of cultural activities.

Photo Wokingham Theatre

Wokingham Bowling Club: contributing to the rebuilding of the clubhouse at one of Berkshire's finest bowling clubs and also to provide a trophy for annual award to commemorate Miss Isobel Elliston Clifton, a founder member of the club.

Photo Bowling Club

Friends of the Emm Brook (FOTEB): helping establish this initiative to maintain and improve Wokingham's only river. FOTEB is now flourishing as an independent organisation following a grant from the Society and support from Wokingham Town Council.

Photo Emmbrook

St Paul's Parish Church: : stained glass windows were restored following a grant from the Society plus further assistance to complete the repairs to the steeple after the fire in 2004.

Photo St Paul's

All Saints Church: the bell ringing facilities were enhanced in the tower following receipt of a grant from the Society. Click here for details of the project.

Photo All Saints

Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association: The Society provided funds to help the establishment of the association and, more recently, has helped to finance a major publication about trees in Wokingham Town.

Photo Veteran tree

St Crispin's School: Two original murals, representing Summer and Autumn, have been restored with the help of a grant from the Society. To read about the project click here.

Photo Reme Museum

Wokingham in Bloom and Market Place flowers: the Society has contributed to the regular Wokingham in Bloom competition and has provided flowers in the past for the market square in the summer to enhance the surroundings of the centre point of the town.

Photo Wokingham in Bloom     Photo Market Place FLowers

Carnivals: the popular May Fayre and Winter Carnival have attracted donations from the Society in their endeavour to provide fun and games along with the stalls in the name of charity.

Photo Fayre

Fireworks Display: The annual fireworks display in Cantley Field as part of the bonfire night celebrations not only gives pleasure to children and adults alike but also raises money for local charities, and the Society is happy to assist in this aim

Photo Fireworks

The grants above give some idea of the range of activity and how the Society can provide support for the benefit of the community. The Society is proud of this achievement so far.

Click here to download a Word .doc copy of the Grant Application Form or here for a .pdf version.

Upon completion of the Grant Application Form, the Upon receipt of a Grant Application Form, the Committee will consider the request on its merits, as long as the objective falls within the purposes of the Society (see above) and assuming funds are available.

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