Newbury Town Council Annual Meeting


Newbury Town Council has awarded a further £1,914 in grants to assist projects and proposals helping the elderly, vulnerable and at-risk communities in Newbury in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The organisations which have received funding are:

Dingley’s Promise £450

Dingley’s Promise delivers life changing support to under 5’s with additional needs and disabilities and their families by providing specialist learning through play, family support and training and gives advice to mainstream settings.

Their Newbury centre closed on 18 March and will be re-opening on 3 June. They need funding to ensure the centre is a safe place for children and staff and require additional cleaning equipment and materials to ensure a deep clean of the building and all its content at the end of every working day.

They are also going to provide educational toys for those children who will not be returning to the centre when it opens but will receive continued support remotely.

Each of the 29 families that Dingley’s Promise are helping remotely during the continued pandemic will receive an interactive toy, selected carefully by their keyworker to match up with the learning needs and likes of each child. They hope that this will provide a moment of joy in a long and difficult period of lockdown and isolation.

Greenham Trust will match fund the amount that the Town Council have donated which doubles the value of the grant. This will facilitate an even greater contribution to the incredible work being done by the organisation at the moment in these difficult and unprecedented times.

Fresh Food Parcels for Disadvantaged Families £1,464

Lesley O’Rourke is a Family School Support Worker for West Berkshire Council, employed by 5 primary school settings within Newbury, Berkshire. She is assisted in this work by volunteer Zena O’Callaghan. Together, they have identified a shortfall in the food needs of disadvantaged families, which is fresh meat and fish.

The grant aid will support 12 families suffering hardship since the schools closed and school meals are no longer available. They can access the food banks and other sources for non-perishable foods and goods but there is a need for fresh food and meat which they are having difficulty to meet. They have requested financial assistance to support these families until September, when the children should return to school.

Lesley O’Rourke is very pleased that the Town Council has supported this project, “Thank you to Newbury Town Council, on behalf of myself, the school’s I support and the families who will receive fresh meat and fish hampers throughout the summer due to this generous grant.  The Covid crisis has added additional financial hardship to so many families, the hampers will enable parents/carers to provide a blanket of warmth that comes from being able to prepare your family a home cooked meal; a vital ingredient in helping a family flourish”.

This brings the total amount awarded by the Town Council to £4,264 of the £8,000 allocated for these purposes.

When the crisis began, Cllr Gary Norman, Chairperson of the Council’s Grants Subcommittee, explained that the Council took this move in order to assist charities and other organisations who need funding to respond to the emergency.

He continued, “Last month we awarded £2,350 to 4 very deserving organisations and we are pleased to be able to help two further causes at this time who are both doing extremely good work during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

With funding still available, any charities operating in the Newbury area that need £1,000 or more of funding to help those impacted by coronavirus should apply via The Good Exchange.

Applications for less than £1,000 should be sent via email to . The Town Council will be working closely with Greenham Trust to rapidly review and consider all applications submitted via either method.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said, “I am humbled by how the community has come together in these difficult times and how both of these extremely worthwhile causes are doing very important work with families within Newbury. We still have funding available so would urge local groups in need of funding to apply”.

For further information email: or to apply for a grant of £1,000 or more follow this link: To apply for a grant of less than £1,000 you can e-mail:

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council 01635 36591
Hugh Peacocke, CEO, Newbury Town Council 01635 35486

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