The Music Works has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for promoting opportunity through social mobility – one of the highest official UK awards for British businesses.
Dynamic Gloucester partnership projects awarded
£40,000 Take Note funding pot to create new artistic work with
communities most affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Two partnership projects have been awarded Take Note funding to create bold new art with
communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hip-hop, beatboxing, film, drama and
photography are set to animate the streets and homes of Gloucester this summer. Young people and
families affected by food poverty, NHS patients, carers, refugees and asylum seekers and people
from the wider Gloucester community will create powerful artworks, to be celebrated publicly as the
country opens up after lockdown.
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Like many grant-giving Trusts, the income we have to distribute to charities has been reduced in the last year due to the impact of COVID-19. As a consequence we will have a particular focus to our grant giving in 2021 and will be making a smaller number of grants this year. We anticipate that most of our grants will be under £10,000, with only one or two larger grants. Please read the “What We Fund “ section for more detail.
Antonia Shield joins The Summerfield Trust board of Trustees in November 2020. Antonia is Managing Partner of BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham having previously spent 10 years heading up the firm’s large property team. Antonia has undertaken a wide range of commercial property work throughout her career including development and regeneration projects. Antonia did her first degree in Architectural History and she remains passionate about the built environment both historic and contemporary, enjoys art, antiques and gardening.
Roger Mortlock joined Summerfield's board of Trustees in May 2019. He is CEO of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the country's largest environmental charity with 28,000 members and over 60 nature reserves. He has a particular interest in ecological land management, and programmes that connect people and nature, especially in relation to health and wellbeing.
The charity Music Works has helped more than 60 young people from across Gloucestershire write, perform and record a song called 'Every Rainbow Drawn' to say 'thank you' to frontline workers – and to raise some money for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.
“Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, Summerfield Charitable Trust has closed applications for our Innovation Awards early. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
To celebrate 30 years of charitable giving in Gloucestershire, the Summerfield Charitable Trust are launching four innovation awards, each worth £10,000, which will be given to projects or ideas which will tackle challenges in the county in new ways.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989. Since then £14 million has been invested in charitable projects and good causes throughout the county.
As well as celebrating all those organisations that the Trust has supported over the last 30 years, the Summerfield Charitable Trust want to mark this special anniversary by looking forward, with £40,000 dedicated to addressing challenges or creating opportunities in the county in new ways.
The four awards will reflect the key interest areas of the Trust:
Sarasin & Partners have an exclusionary ethical policy in place for the Summerfield Charitable Trust details of this policy can be found in the Sarasin Guide to Ethical Exclusions accessible via the Sarasin & Partners website. The policy is summarised below:
There will be no holdings in companies with exposure to the production of tobacco or tobacco-related manufacturing
The analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors form an integral part of the consideration for every investment decision. We strongly believe that this analysis must be conducted by our equity and fixed income teams as any material risks and opportunities from ESG issues will influence the valuation of each company. We also have specialist stewardship analysts within the team, who advise on company engagements and lead our policy outreach work.
We score each potential investment separately on the environmental, social and governance factors and then build an overall ESG score with a range from A to E (where A is exemplary and E is un-investable), which then feeds into the valuation methodology of each company.
The Queen has appointed Edward William Gillespie OBE DL to succeed Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, is very pleased to announce that the Queen has appointed Edward William Gillespie OBE DL to succeed her as the
Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire on 29 October 2018.
Edward Gillespie has lived in Gloucestershire for 38 years and was Managing Director at Cheltenham Racecourse during a period of significant expansion and success. His home is in Gotherington, Tewkesbury Borough and his current activities include chairing the Summerfield Charitable Trust and the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Edward will put his own particular and unique stamp on the Lieutenancy and Janet wishes him as much enjoyment in the role as she has experienced.
Cheltenham Town Community Trust
Cheltenham Town PC:
have set up a football team which is now training once a week and has registered for the Gloucestershire FA Ability counts League for the new season starting in September 19. Please see the link below thanking the Summerfield Trust for the grant:
CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Absolute Music: Shostakovich
Sunday 7th July 2-3.30 pm at the Town Hall
How Shostakovich Changes Minds
Lavinia Sidgwick and Vanessa Arbuthnott from the Summerfield Trust attended a moving and inspiring meeting at the Sue Ryder hospice in Cheltenham, where they met the new Hospice at Home service staff and people who had benefited from their care. We look forward to seeing the service continue to grow and provide more care for people out in the county
Absolute Music: Shostakovich
An extraordinary collage of music, poetry and dramatic readings, performed by the cast of the National Theatre's The Lehman Trilogy, Simon Russel Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles with Ensemble-in-Residence The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
Using extracts from Julian Barnes' novel The Noise of Time, the artists explore the true story of Shostakovich's deeply personal Eight String Quartet, famously composed in only three days.
Sunday 7th July 2-3.30 pm at the Town Hall
How Shostakovich Changes Minds
On Friday 14th June over 350 people came to Gloucester Cathedral for an extravaganza evening of wearable art hosted by Art Couture Painswick, (ACP) Create Gloucester (CG) and South Gloucester & Stroud College. (SGS).
Please see here for further information.
International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Friendship Café in Gloucester for the first time this year to celebrate women whatever their social backgrounds, nationality, work or financial status, faith or culture.
The number of guests totalled 260, many coming from the immediate area, others from across Gloucestershire and some travelling from even further away to make it to this wonderful evening. Invited guests included working partners, funders, friends of the Friendship Café and workshop leaders. The event also launched ‘Inspire @ The Friendship Café’, which is a new initiative to promote women’s services at the Friendship Café. The ‘Inspire’ committee were joined by 20 volunteers who helped to support the event which has received such positive feedback from all involved.
The evening started with an Aysha special welcome drink and then guests were invited to sign up to their choice of workshop (yoga, rangoli, planting, crochet and dorset buttons) and experience something different. Henna artists were also on hand to decorate hands.
The evening generated a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of smiles and a chance to dress up (or down) to suit.
Guests were welcomed by Aysha who was followed by the speakers, Jenny and Bilkis from the ‘Inspire’ team, Bishop Rachel and Amirah Nandla. Each spoke briefly but importantly about issues affecting women today, in this country and abroad, and the need to keep inspiring young women to continue to follow their dreams and help make changes for women all over the world.
Food was ordered from local women who are setting up small catering businesses, and even that was international. We had samosas (Indian), spring rolls (Chinese), Batata Waras (Pakistani/Bengali) and Patties (Jamaican), Quiche (English), Chicken Shawarma wrap or falafel wrap (Syria) and also Maha Blanca (Phiilipines). The ‘Inspire’ team tried to make it truly international to reflect the communities we serve.
We ended the evening with some tips about how to look after ourselves followed by a prize draw. Gifts were donated by organisations, 'Inspire @ The Friendship Café’ team and the Friendship Café staff and friends.
It was a wonderful evening that aimed to inspire women of all backgrounds to be more involved and to be part of a new future for women.
This Year Summerfield sponsored:
Cheltenham Science Festival Lecture ‘True Cost of Humans’
This was a thought provoking discussion chaired by Alice Roberts, Biologist Adam Hart was joined by geographer and geologist Mark Maslin and ecologist and conservation scientist Georgina Mace to talk about the impact humans are having upon the planet, what we may expect to happen in the future and what we can do to reduce our impact.
People chose to attend the event because:
“Very interested in the subject matter and wanted to learn more about it”
“Subject appealed and a strong panel”
Thoughts that people attending the event
“The subject matter is very important to me - many of the suggestions of how to minimise our negative impact on the earth reaffirmed that I already try my best in all respects. The scientific knowledge offered is useful when talking about these issues with others as I feel I have a better understanding after this event”
“The enormity of the situation and what we can do as individuals to help”
The next Cheltenham event sponsored by Summerfield Charitable Trust will be:
The Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 12th October at the Town Hall from 6.15- 7.15pm and speaker will be The BBC News Presenter and Author, Mishal Hussain.
Cheltenham Festival’s Gamelan (funded by SCT) being played at the opening night of the Literature Festival
A substantial donation from Gloucestershire’s Summerfield Charitable Trust to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court hospice will see more people offered the chance to receive specialist palliative care at home.