Beach Awards 2021 – 25th May 2021

Seagrove Bay and Springvale beaches named as two of  the Island’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy

Cllrs Elliott & Hardie holding up a Beach Award flag

Cllrs Hardie and Elliott Holding Up The Award Flag at Seagrove Bay

The Parish Council successfully applied for beach awards for Seagrove Bay and Springvale Beach. This continues a proud tradition, stretching back several years. The Chairman (Cllr Elliott) and Cllr Hardie (a keen advocate of the importance of applying for the awards) have proudly raised them at each beach. The council looks forward to many visitors admiring them over the course of the Summer.

Seagrove Bay and Springvale Beach join the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Nettlestone & Seaview Parish Council Chairman Barry Elliott took a very ‘Hands-on’ approach to raising the flags at Seagrove Bay and Springvale Beaches and was ably supported by Cllr Hardie and the Clerk.

Chairman and Clerk attaching flag to flagpole

The Chairman and Clerk attaching one of the flags at Seagrove Bay.

 

A Message From CRUSE Bereavement Care (IOW)

Cruse Bereavement Care is a well established national charity. On the Island we have 20 trained bereavement volunteers who can provide confidential, personal support, free of charge.
Once allocated to a Bereavement Volunteer people are offered up to six hour long sessions. During COVID this has been by phone and video-conference. We will be providing support at home as well in the future where this is appropriate.
Everyone deals with grief differently and having a non-judgement, experienced person to listen in confidence can provide great relief and comfort.
Bereavement Volunteers are specifically trained and keep updated throughout the year.
If you, a family member, or a friend have been bereaved and need some support contact Cruse Bereavement Care by phoning 01983 523030 or email [email protected].
There is useful information on the national website www.cruse.org.uk and we have a national helpline 0808 8081677.
If you are interested in supporting Cruse Bereavement Care, training as a Bereavement Volunteer, helping with our fundraising activities or being a member of the local committee please contact us using the details above.

Community Grants From Southern Water

Our new Customer and Community Grants scheme is now live on our website

 

From our website you can explore two different levels of community funding available:

 

  • Level 1 – Registered charities can apply to become one of our five regional charity partners applying for funding between £10K-£20K. Closing date for applications 30th May.
  • Level 2 – Registered and non-registered charities, community groups, social enterprises, CIC’s and can apply for funding in a quarterly cycle of decision making for grants throughout this year for funds between £1K-£8K. Closing dates on the website for each funding cycle.

 

Applications are via the forms on our website (please note the forms must be completed in one go and all questions are visible to enable preparing the information) and you will also find FAQ;s for each category.

 

We welcome applications from regional charities and community partners who would benefit from financial support to deliver sustainable projects that are aligned with our company purpose, which is – to provide Water for Life to:

  • enhance health and wellbeing
  • protect and improve the environment
  • sustain the economy

The following list shows some examples of the types of projects which we are looking to support:

Enhance health and wellbeing

  • Supporting mental health services
  • Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
  • Supporting access and enjoyment of blue/green spaces
  • Championing diversity in our communities and reducing social isolation

Protect and improve the environment

  • Re-wilding projects, encouraging bio-diversity and wildlife
  • Supporting clean beaches and promoting safe water use
  • Protecting rivers, ponds and streams
  • Encouraging sustainable watering practices for our communities

Sustain the economy

  • Championing better equality and inclusion in our communities
  • Reducing barriers to employment across all age groups
  • Raising aspirations and mentoring projects for young people
  • Supporting those experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic

We will be running a series of virtual seminars to help applicants understand the funding criteria and application process and decision making timelines on:

 

Virtual Community Grant Application Seminars:

Wednesday 12 May 6pm- 7pm

Tuesday 18 May –  2pm -3pm

Monday 24 May 4pm -5pm

 

If you have any further questions or to sign up to the seminars please contact [email protected]

 

Many thanks and good luck with your application.

New discretionary grant scheme launched for Island businesses

New discretionary grant scheme launched for Island businesses

More Island businesses will be able to access further grant funding from today (Wednesday 14 April) as the Isle of Wight Council launches its latest Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme.

The government has allocated the council a further £852,000 of discretionary funding to support businesses severely impacted by COVID-19, but which are not eligible for the previously announced Restart Grants.

This could include businesses in the supply chain for non-essential retail and the hospitality sector, businesses operating from domestic rated properties, such as bed and breakfast accommodation, and the self-employed not operating from premises, such as taxi drivers and mobile personal care (hairdressing etc).

As before, applications are via a downloadable application form available on the council’s website — see here. Detailed guidance about the scheme is also available on the website.

Chris Ashman, the council’s director of regeneration, said: “Over the past 12 months the council’s economic development team has distributed nearly £7 million worth of discretionary grants, processing more than 1,370 payments to support Island businesses.

“With this extra funding from government, we are now able to distribute further funds to these important Island companies to help jump start the Island’s economy as we come out of the lockdown.”

He added: ”Our allocated funds are smaller than for the previous schemes the council has run, so applicants are urged to apply swiftly as we are having to run the scheme on a first come, first served basis and we anticipate a high demand.”

The ARG scheme is separate to the Restart Grants for ratepaying businesses announced in the government budget of 3 March and which are due to be paid shortly.