Crowd Funding Site Goes Live Todayhttps://communityfund.calor.co.uk/newberry-road-footpath-georgeham-1

(If you do nothing else, please “Like” it!)

Hopefully you are aware that for the last two years one of our Governors, David Morton, has been helping progress a scheme proposed by another of our parents living on Longland Lane to construct a footpath along the edge of the Georgeham Village playing fields so that people don’t have to walk along that very narrow section of Newberry road. The path will start from the corner of The New Rectory making a new access in to the field so this will not only benefit families and other residents on Longland Lane, but also make access to the fields/play area easier for everyone in the village.

Well, everything is now in place to go ahead with the project. We just need to raise the cash!

So far, the Parish Council has met on-going costs but CARA (Croyde Area Residents Association) is leading the fund raising effort and they have already been successful in obtaining a grant from Fullabrook for £2,000 (and may go back to see if we can get more – we had hoped for nearer £8K!), but that leaves about £10,000 still to raise.

To this end, CARA has put in an application to the Calor Gas Community Fund for a £5,000 grant but there is a lot of competition – 590 projects chasing just 22 grants so we can’t count on being successful.

The next stage in that process is to demonstrate local support and raise money through a crowd-funding site linked to the application.

The project will score one point for every “Like” (which costs nothing) and ten points for every donation of any value whether £1 or £1000. The more points we score, the more likely we are to get in to the final when the project will be judged. More importantly, we are able to keep the money we raise now.

Also, the more we can demonstrate local support, the stronger our case in going back to Fullabrook for a further grant.

So, could you please visit the project site and either just Like it (which is free), or better still make a donation whether large or small. Multiple small donations by different people will score more points than one larger donation to the same value.

The project web site is live from today until 16th July: https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/newberry-road-footpath-georgeham-1

Could you then please forward/share this link as widely as possible with friends and family whether by email or on social media.

Very many thanks

David Morton, Governor and CARA Member.

PS If you could act on this today it will get the project off to a great start! THANK YOU!

PPS Please see the feature in this month’s Crydda for further information.