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Recent recipients

To March 2021, The Geoffrey Watling Charity has distributed £8,384,655 across a total of 1,580 grants.

Recipients of grants approved in the past 6 months include:

  • Age Concern North Norfolk  Meals on Heels - Improving the wellbeing of Older People in North Norfolk.
  • Age Connected  The creation of a Digital Inclusion project for older people.
  • ArtatWork CIC  Online Etsy art shop project run by women with mental health issues.
  • Big C  Nearer To Home: a new community based cancer support centre in Norwich.
  • Bungay Bowls Club  Ongoing maintenance and treatment of The Green Bowling playing surface.
  • Burston and Shimpling Parish Council  Re-purposing Burston playing field with a footpath, benches and woodland.
  • COMPANION PAWS  Lonely and isolated people are mentally supported by trained rescue dogs.
  • Carleton Rode Baptist Church  To restore exterior walls of Sanctuary, add disabled parking and insulate loft.
  • Catch 22 Suffolk Positive Futures  To deliver weekly free sports sessions to reduce ASB in deprived Waveney.
  • Ditchingham Village Hall  Blockwork, wiring and ventilation costs for village hall extension.
  • East Anglian Air Ambulance  To purchase a LUCAS CPR machine to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment.
  • Happy Days Children's Charity  A cinematic theatre in education experience for 80 children from Norwich.
  • Holy Trinity Church - Caister-on-Sea  Repairs to vestry, rainwater goods, relocate organ blower and new boiler.
  • Kelling Parochial Church Council  The refurbishment of the nave roof of St Mary the Virgin, Kelling.
  • Ludham Parochial Church Council  New WCs, kitchen, water and drainage to St Catherine Church Ludham.
  • Ludham Village Hall and Playing Fields  To replace the existing worn felt tiled roof with solid cement fibre tiles.
  • Norfolk Schools Sailing Association  To construct a safety boat store and new workshop.
  • Norfolk and Waveney MIND  To continue Music, Art and Craft and Recovery Discussion groups.
  • North Norfolk Community Transport  Running costs for the new Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.
  • Paston Parochial Church Council  St Margarets Paston Community Project - WC, heating, kitchen and storage.
  • Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association  Digital Outreach Project and website rebuild to transform lives and educate.
  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts  To install Anthony Caro's Goodwood Steps large-scale sculpture at UEA.
  • Silver Road Community Centre  To help families with free packed lunches and finance the foodbank.
  • St Peter's Church Spixworth  to replace the ceiling in a Grade 1 medieval village church with bat roosts.
  • The Kinetic Science Foundation  Refurbishment to create a new Thetford Science Hub to inspire people.
  • Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Ltd  Replacement of the Theatre Royal lighting to reduce future operating costs.
  • 2nd Dereham (Toftwood) Scout Group   Upgrade the Scouthaven WCs, showers and kitchen for community use.
  • 45th St Cuthbert's Scout Group   To replace the ride on mower & improvements to the site and toilet block.
  • ACCESS - supporting migrants in East Anglia   Grant assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide service delivery.
  • Asthma Relief   To provide needed Asthma nebulisers throughout Norfolk and Waveney.
  • Aylsham & District Care Trust   To continue the essential Community Response service to those in need.
  • Billingford Parochial Church Council   Works to retile part of St Leonard church roof to combat dampness.
  • Connects & Co   Core costs for a Young Carers Project Worker to support young carers.
  • Dersingham Parish Council   The provision of a concrete skatepark in the Dersingham Recreation Ground.
  • Elsing PCC   Urgent Church window repairs to buckled windows in danger of falling out.
  • Home-Start - Norfolk   Donation agreed by the Trustees in December 2020.
  • Matthew Project   Donation pledge for the Big Give Christmas Challenge - December 2020.
  • Museum of the Broads Trust   Preserve the Museum's collections and create a new display area.
  • Nancy Oldfield Trust   To purchase a new Dad's Pedal Boat for small group social distancing.
  • National Centre for Writing   City of Literature for Young People Programme.
  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival Trust   The Lost and Found Films of Norfolk project for disadvantaged young people.
  • Norfolk & Waveney Foodbanks   8 Seasonal donations agreed by Trustees in December 2020.
  • North Walsham Vikings Swimming Club   To facilitate the teaching of swimming and train for competitions.
  • Norwich Cathedral   Bursaries for Boy and Girl Choristers at Norwich Cathedral.
  • Norwich Open Christmas   Seasonal donation agreed by the Trustees in December 2020.
  • Rural Coffee Caravan   Reaching out to 3 remote villages in the Waveney Area to reduce loneliness.
  • Salvation Army Norwich Citadel   Seasonal Donation agreed by the Trustees in December 2020.
  • Shouldham Community Orchard Group   To plant 40 native fruit trees and fence them in the community orchard.
  • Silver Road Community Centre   Seasonal donation agreed by the Trustees in December 2020.
  • St Elizabeth Hospice Suffolk   Additional Clinical Nurse Specialist at Beccles Hospital.
  • St Lawrence Church Harpley   To restore the fabric of the church to expand its presence in the community.
  • St Margaret's Church Fleggburgh   External self composting toilet near the church with mains water connection.
  • St Martins   Seasonal donation agreed by the trustees in December 2020.
  • St Peter and St Pauls Church Brockdish   Repairing the stained glass windows and the interior Chancel wall.
  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust   To create Scrapes and Foot Drains at Carlton Marshes for wading birds.
  • Supporting Wounded Veterans Ltd   Employment programme offering a bespoke service to 4 Norfolk Veterans.
  • The Benjamin Foundation   Two Watton Youth Groups to tackle loneliness and improve mental health.
  • The Country Trust   Food Discovery Programme for School Children in Norwich.
  • The Excelsior Trust   Survival costs to keep the Excelsior ready to sail and to be experienced.
  • The Pear Tree Fund   Funds towards the free self referral Counselling Services.
  • Volunteering Matters   Match and Mentor project transport costs, gardening and DIY tools.
  • Woodton All Saints PCC   Urgent minor repairs to All Saints church Woodton.
  • YESU   Project leader and youth worker salary costs for twelve weeks.
Open Classroom at Gunton CP, from recyclable materials, Lowestoft
The Geoffrey Watling Room, The Nook
Wereham New Village Hall, Wells
The Geoffrey Watling Room, The Garage, Norwich
NEST, Norfolk Sports Foundation , Norwich
Watling Water, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley
Barton Bendish Village Hall, near Downham Market
Easton Gymnastic Club, Easton, Norwich
Geoffrey Watling engine, Bressingham, Diss
Norfolk Youth Orchestra in OPEN building
The Hawk & Owl Urban Peregrine Project Education Trailer
Teapoint, Little Ellingham Church, near Attleborough
Tapping House Hospice, Hillington, Kings Lynn
Whitlingham Boat House, Norwich
Millennium Building, YMCA, Norwich

The Geoffrey Watling Charity

8a Ber Street, Norwich, NR1 3EJ

Registered Charity Number 1025258

The Object of the Charity is to pay or apply the annual income of the Charity’s funds to such charity or charities or for such charitable purpose or purposes as the trustees shall from time to time in their absolute discretion determine.

1,580 grants made to March 2021.

£8,384,655 total value

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