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Bread and Roses barge project – given a WinterFest grant

Brightlingsea WinterFest Wellbeing Fund now open all year

Brightlingsea WinterFest's Wellbeing Fund – which gives grants for activities or equipment to improve the wellbeing of local residents – is now open all year round for grant applications.

Families, individuals and organisations in the town are eligible for grants of up to £100 from the funds raised by WinterFest – a series of arts and music events held in the town during February.

The 2021 event was staged online due to Covid restrictions but still managed to raise more than £2,000, some of which was donated to the mental health charity, Mid and North East Essex Mind.

Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths, co-founders of WinterFest said in a joint message: "Over the summer we have been able to give grants for Pilates sessions and tickets to Colchester Zoo and Jump Street. We have given a grant to the innovative Bread and Roses barge project, which is setting up a floating bakery offering therapeutic workshops. A grant has also been given to the Pulse Performers for new equipment."

They added: "A grant of £100 was given to help a young boy have therapy treatment in the USA. We are also planning to give Brightlingsea Lido a grant to enable more people to use this wonderful facility."

The grants are given in vouchers, items or activities which can be purchased by the WinterFest committee, as cash sums are not normally given. Application forms can be found on the Brightlingsea WinterFest website.

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