Horticultural Society launches community fund to benefit local causes

A local society has launched a call for bids for its new Community Fund as it looks to put some of the proceeds of its activities to good use in the area.

The Framfield and Blackboys Horticultural Society (www.fabhortsoc.org.uk) was set up in its present format just over 50 years ago with the aim of promoting horticulture and to encourage and support as many people as possible to grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables. It is also the organiser, together with a dedicated Show Committee, of the Framfield and Blackboys Summer show, which takes place in August and is enjoyed by many in the community.

Now the society is hoping that residents across the villages of Blackboys, Framfield and Palehouse Common will be able to benefit further from the Show with the launch of a Community Fund , derived from the show’s profits, that allows good causes in the area to bid for up to £400 to support projects.

Trevor Hince, the Horticultural Society’s chairman said: “There is no specific remit for the fund other than to help provide ‘benefit’ to the community; for example this might be to buy equipment for a play group, support an activity that helps the elderly or something that marks a significant event for the community. Local residents know better than anyone which projects deserve help so we are urging people to put in an application.”

Applications forms are available from the Horticultural Society via Trevor Hince at trevor.hince@gmail.com or 01435 863364 and via Parish Clerk Ann Newton at clerk@framfieldcouncil.org.uk or by calling 01825 890182.

Applications must be submitted by 30th April 2019.