Applications for the forthcoming July meeting are now closed. The final meeting of 2017 will be in early November; online applications will be open from July 10th. Please see our 'How to Apply' page for dates and information.
We are proud to support, as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival, the 2017 Summerfield Annual lecture on Friday 9th June 2017, 6pm - 7pm, Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall. Tickets available now.
The world is changing dramatically. How do variations in health, wealth, environment, politics and stability affect populations, both locally and globally? Guest Director Dallas Campbell joins forced migration expert Alex Betts, gerontologist Sarah Harper and geographer Ben Rogaly to discuss refugees and baby boomers, and compare today’s situation with historical fluctuations.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust awarded Westonbirt Arboretum a grant to support its Seasonal Activity Trails. The trails include the ‘Summer Family Trail’; exploring the Arboretum’s trees from around the world and the intrepid plant hunters who discovered them, and the Autumn Family Trail; revealing the science behind autumn's inspiring colour and the breath-taking Autumn views of the beautiful Arboretum.
Their recent membership surveys have had an overwhelmingly positive response when asked about the trails, with 78% of members feeling ‘Extremely Satisfied’. A successful project that is well worth the visit.
Following the retirement of Anthony McClaren as Trustee in October 2015, we were delighted to welcome Mr David Owen to our board of Trustees.
David was born and brought up in Gloucestershire, studying at Brockworth School, before gaining a degree in Business Studies from Liverpool John Moores University. He spent ten years in the North West working across the education sector and as MD of a start-up, high-growth, training business. For the last fifteen years he has worked in Gloucestershire, first as Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire and now as Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (gfirstLEP). He is currently a director of Gloucestershire Voluntary & Community Sector Alliance, South West Investment Group and Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited and is a member of the International Advisory Group of the Economic Development Council. He lives in Stroud with his author wife and two daughters.
David attended his first meeting as Trustee in February. This also gave him the opportunity to me our team of Advisers.
LINK: gfirstLEP website
Deadline date 22/2/2016. See 'How to Apply' for me more information.http://www.summerfield.org.uk/how-to-apply.html
Summerfield Charitable Trust Celebrates 25th Anniversary by Awarding £359,000 Grant to Gloucester Cathedral Project Pilgrim
The grant has been given as part of the trust’s 25th anniversary celebrations and will be used to conserve the Cathedral’s fifteenth century Lady Chapel. Conservation of the chapel forms a key part of Project Pilgrim, a £6M Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project to develop the Cathedral site into a sustainable focal-point for heritage, spiritual and community activity in the heart of Gloucester.
Since it was established in 1989, the Summerfield Charitable Trust has given more than £7M to good causes in Gloucestershire. These include grants to the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
This grant is the largest one-off donation the Cathedral has received towards the Project Pilgrim funding target of £1.5M. It will help to unlock a further £4.3M if the Cathedral makes a successful round two application to HLF later this year.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said, “We are thrilled that the Summerfield Charitable Trust has agreed to award us such a significant grant. It will help breathe new life into one of our most precious assets, ensuring it remains in the best possible condition for current and future generations to enjoy.”
Mr Edward Gillespie OBE, Chairman of the Summerfield Charitable Trust said, “Over the past 25 years, the Summerfield Charitable Trust has made a substantial contribution to conserving many of the county's outstanding buildings and helping to enhance the experience of new generations of visitors. The Trustees are delighted to be engaged with the vision of Project Pilgrim and most specifically in plans for the exquisite Lady Chapel. We wish the Dean and Chapter every success with their continued fundraising to bring the project to a successful and sparkling conclusion."
About Project Pilgrim
Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten year programme of activity and capital development to be delivered over three phases. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a round one development grant of £320,000 to the first phase – “Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester” in June 2016. A further £4.3M delivery grant has been earmarked towards the building phase of the project by HLF subject to a successful round two application.
LINK: Gloucester Cathedral - Project Pilgrim will make Gloucester Cathedral better for everyone
Chairman of the Trustees, Mr Edward Gillespie OBE, presenting the grant cheque at Gloucester Cathedral on 24th September 2015. From left to right: Trustee, Kate Hicks Beach; Project Pilgrim Manager, Anne Cranston; Dean of Gloucester Cathedral, Reverend Stephen Lake; Trustees, Vanessa Arburthnott, Anthony McClaran, James Millar and Edward Gillespie; Trust Administrator, Lavinia Sidgwick; Gloucester Cathedral Architect, Antony Feltham-King. PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Fern Photography
Tickets on sale now for the Summerfield Event at #Cheltlitfest on 7th October 'The Ultimate Guide To Happiness'
The Summerfield Event
The Ultimate Guide To Happiness
Wed 7 Oct 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Cheltenham Town Hall, University of Warwick Stage
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This year's Summerfield Event at Cheltenham Literature Festival is a discussion about 'The Ultimate Guide to Happiness'.
Happiness has become the biggest idea of our age, a new religion dedicated to well-being. William Montgomery of TEN, the leadership consultancy that developed the happiness index, Anthony Seldon, who famously introduced well-being lessons at Wellington College (Beyond Happiness) and Rector of St James’s Piccadilly Lucy Winkett discuss the pursuit of this most elusive state.
Trustees award a £20,000 grant to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's 'Cradle of the Cotswolds' project
At their July quarterly meeting, the Trustees awarded a grant of £20,000 to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for their 'Cradle of the Cotswolds' project at Greystones Farm in Bourton on the Water.
Greystones Farm nature reserve is a unique site, with a long history of human settlement that has produced a wealth of nationally important heritage features. Although Greystones is already an enjoyable place to visit, many of the traditional farm buildings are derelict and there is scant information about the important heritage around the Farm. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has always aspired to restore the farm and transform it into a location where people can learn about the rich wildlife and history of the Cotswolds.
Click on the link below to read more about the project.
LINK: Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust news
At their April 2015 quarterly meeting the Trustees awarded a grant of £75,000 to the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury towards their capital campaign for redevelopment and modernisation of the community arts centre and theatre.
The grant helped them to break through the half-way barrier of their Capital Campaign, and they have now raised over half a million pounds.
Click here to read more about the campaign.
The Trustees and staff of the Summerfield Charitable Trust would like to congratulate Gloucester Services on winning their recent award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Local Food Development' at the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards 2015, and wish them good luck and continued success with the opening of the Southbound Services on Tuesday 19th May 2015.
We are proud to be one of the early supporters of the project back in 2007.
Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards
Summerfield Trust support
At their February 2015 quarterly funding round, the Trustees awarded a grant of £30,000 to Prema Arts Centre based near Dursley towards their 'Raising the Roof Appeal'.
Prema is a family-friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.
The centre first opened its doors in 1981, and welcomes over 73,000 visitors a year.
The 'Raising the Roof' projects involves major building works including a new roof and building improvements throughout. Scaffolding went up in April 2015 and we very much look forward to following the progress of the project.
Click HERE to read more about the project.
In March this year the Trustees of the Grace Fry Charitable Trust transferred their investments to the Summerfield Charitable Trust in order that the Summerfield Trust could distribute more grants to benefit Gloucestershire charities.
Grace Fry lived in Cheltenham and keenly supported many causes similar to those of the Summerfield Trust. After her death, her Trust continued for a few years but the Trustees eventually recognised that by moving their investments to the Summerfield Trust, Mrs Fry's wishes could be retained but without the overheads.
Climate Scientist Professor Mark Maslin will deliver this year's Summerfield Lecture at Cheltenham Science Festival
The earth, particularly since the Industrial Revolution, has undergone significant geological change, some of it without parallel in its 4.6 billion year history. As well as the huge changes in the Earth's atmosphere leading to climate change, major changes include those to patterns of erosion and sedimentation on land. Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', a new geological era, in which many geologically significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities.
Join Professor Mark Maslin as he shows us that humans, instead of being insignificant, might just have become the dominant geological force on the planet.
In February this year The Summerfield Trust awarded a grant of £10,000 to CREATE Gloucestershire to promote a Gloucestershire apprenticeship scheme which is providing opportunities for young people wanting to go into the creative industries.
Create Gloucestershire has recruited 13 apprentices and interns so far through the Creative Employment Programme.
CLICK HERE to read more about the scheme.
Deadline date 22/05/15. Please see the 'What We Fund' and 'How To Apply' pages on the website for more information.
Click on the links below for the full story:
Gloucestershire Echo - 30/12/2014
Queen's New Year Honours 2014: Former Cheltenham Racecourse boss Edward Gillespie awarded OBE
Racing Post - 31/12/2014
Former Cheltenham Chief Gillespie Awarded OBE
Applications for consideration at the April Trustee meeting will open on 26/01/2015. See website for details.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust provided supported the Gloucester Services project in the very early days in 2007, so the Trustees were delighted to return to the site in November, where they held their final quarterly meeting of 2014, and after the meeting welcomed Gloucestershire’s Lord Lieutenant Janet Trotter to lunch and a tour of the station
Located on the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 11a and 12 at Brookthorpe, to the south of Gloucester, Gloucester Services opened in May 2014 and a second services on the southbound carriageway is due to open in May 2015.
Click here for more information about our involvement in the project.
For more information about Gloucester Services click here
Applications for funding are now open for the February 2015 quarterly Trustee meeting. Deadline date 22/12/2014.
See our 'How to Apply' page for more information and additional dates.