Another great piece of news for The Patch


Posted by PM | Posted in Latest news | Posted on 29-01-2014

The Sheringham Community Smallholding, otherwise known as The Patch, has been awarded a substantial grant of £8,600 from the Clothworkers’ Foundation, enabling capital developments on this exciting development to continue.

The Clothworkers’ Foundations was set up by The Clothworkers’ Company in 1977. It aims to improve the lives of people and communities by awarding grants for suitable projects. Many charities and community initiatives have already been helped in this way, The Patch being one of the latest. Sheringham Woodfields School, Sheringham Primary School and Sheringham High School have a particularly strong connection, with pupils spending time on the smallholding learning what is involved in food production and caring for livestock.

Matthew Smith, Director of The Patch and Business Manager of Sheringham Woodfields School is delighted with the award. “I applied for the grant back in November 2013,” he said. “We already have plans for the money. We will firstly use it to buy and construct a second, but smaller, polytunnel with improved wheelchair access. It will also cover the cost of providing an additional set of raised beds plus the necessary compost and soil.
“All the work involved in the forthcoming project will be carried out by local contractors and volunteers, and when completed, will be available for everyone. However, it will especially benefit the pupils at the three schools, who gain confidence, skills and life skills from working on The Patch.
“This very generous award will allow The Patch to gain strength, to grow and cater for more children at The Patch at any given time.”