The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust - the charity partner behind the multiple award-winning M5 Gloucester Services - celebrated its 10th birthday by handing over the first of many major grants to local community groups.
Part of the unique business and charity partnership means the Trust will be able to plough an estimated £10m share of the Services’ turnover over the next 20 years into local community initiatives.
The first £60,000 has just been handed over - £10,000 each to the Trust’s six core community partners: the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The Nelson Trust, GL Communities, Play Gloucestershire, All Pulling Together in Stonehouse and Fair Shares Time Banking.
Each of these six partners will get a total of £100,000 from the Trust over the next five years, making their work supporting local people and the environment more sustainable.
To find out if your community group or charity could benefit, visit the Trust's website:
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) is a unique charity working to create charitable benefit in the county by supporting regeneration and creating new long term income sources for some of their local community partners.
The £40 million project, in partnership with Westmorland Limited, has built a motorway service area between Junctions 11a and 12 of the M5, to generate income to support nearby target communities. The project also has charity partners in Gloucester and Stonehouse. During the build, many jobs were created to support it, and now the build is over, the project will create as many permanent job opportunities as possible for these areas.
The Summerfield Trust supported the initiative at it's inception back in 2007 and again in 2016 to help develop the community initiatives provided by the Service Stations. GGT Chief Executive Mark Gale explains, "This project would never have even started within out the visionary support of the Summerfield Trust. At the beginning of the development process in 2007, when our six trustees had only a vision, an identified opportunity, but not a penny in the bank, the Summerfield Trust secured and held the project site in trust to give the communities time to develop their proposals and find the right commercial partner to work with. Their support has made possible every benefit that flows now and in the future".
Ronald Ernest Summerfield (1916-1989) began collecting antiques as a boy in Derby where he later opened an antique shop. In 1952 he moved with his parents to Cheltenham where they bought a house in Bayshill Road, and Ron opened an antiques shop in Montpellier Avenue. Collecting, and especially the excitement of the auction room, remained Ron’s lifelong passion. His collection grew rapidly as he rarely sold anything except to finance further purchases. Eventually antiques, pictures and books filled every room in his house and shop and by the time of his death his collection numbered almost a million items.
Following his death in 1989, museum staff were allowed to choose items from his collection and these were donated to the Art Gallery & Museum through the Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums, a registered charity. The remainder of his collection was sold at auction, the sales taking 25 days and comprising over 14,000 lots. It was the longest auction sale of a single collection held in Britain in the 20th century and attracted considerable media attention. The sale realised almost £7,000,000.
This Trust in Quenington, a small village near Cirencester, has run a biannual outdoor sculpture exhibition since 1999 in the garden of the Old Rectory. Exhibits include high quality sculpture, textiles, and ceramics.
In 2003, in collaboration with Brewery Arts, the Trust launched their education programme, which offers workshops for groups of children and students, and guided tours around the exhibition by trained tutors. The Summerfield Trust gave a donation to fund the costs of four specialised workshops for special needs children. Schools include Alderman Knight school in Tewkesbury; Heart of the Forest Community Special school; Cotswold Chine school and the Roses School in Stroud.
LINK: Quenington Sculpture Trust
Since 1985, the Nelson Trust, based in Stroud, has been providing an integrative care programme for people with addiction problems. It offers a resettlement programme, education, training and employment, family therapy, aftercare and a specialist women's service.
In 2009 the charity was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice to establish a new service for women resident in Gloucestershire who are considered to be at risk of offending. The ISIS centre was opened in Gloucester in March 2010.
The Summerfield Trust awarded a three year grant to support the Centre’s work with vulnerable women in their own homes.
LINK: The Nelson Trust website
The Summerfield Trust has been a supporter of Cheltenham Festivals for many years and was instrumental in funding the development of their far-reaching education programme, and also the establishment of what is now regarded as one of the world's leading Science Festivals.
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL: THE SUMMERFIELD LECTURE
We have supported an annual lecture on important spiritual, moral or ethical issues at the Cheltenham Literature Festival since 1994. Providing audiences with rich topics for discussion and debate, the lectures are given by thought-provoking speakers who are leaders in their field. Setting the standard in 1994 for all future Summerfield Lectures was Will Hutton talking on his seminal work, "The State We're In". Other Summerfield lecturers include Julia Neuberger, Simon Jenkins, David Jenkins, Stanley Wells, Onora O'Neill, Jeremy Bowen, Andrew Roberts, Chris Patten, Henry Porter, A.C. Grayling, Susan Greenfield and Nicholas Stern. In 2009 we sponsored an event in which Oleg Gordievsky, the highest ranking KGB officer ever known to defect to the West, discussed his life and career.
The Trustees request that a proportion of our grant to the Literature Festival be used to provide sixth form students in the county with free tickets to the Summerfield events.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVALS - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The Summerfield Charitable Trust awarded a grant of £4,000 in February 2012 to Berry Hill Under Fives Group in the Forest of Dean towards the relocation of their playgroup in Coleford to new premises in the grounds of the local comprehensive school. In January 2013 we received the following report from them:
Subject: first two terms in our new premises - Berryhill Under Fives group
We had a very well attended 'opening ceremony'. The children now have a vast room providing them with ample playing space, along with a large separate room whereby they take their refreshments and lunch.
The Summerfield Trust grant also allowed us to provide lots of updated equipment along with some lovely outdoor equipment.
Attached are some photographs showing our opening ceremony and the children using equipment that your grant allowed us to purchase.
If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Berryhill Under Fives Group.
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