Hundreds of pounds to flow into Midhurst’s coffers

ORGANISATIONS in Midhurst look set to be given a £900 boost after recommendations from the town council’s grants panel.

The town council has budgeted to give £4,000 this year in grants to organisations which can demonstrate their proposals would have a clear benefit to the Midhurst community.

In addition it has an extra £1992 in its reserve fund to allocate this year.

Among the first to be recommended for a grant this year is Cowdray Model Farm which was set up for educational purposes to offer school children and local groups a “comprehensive educational opportunity spanning food production, animal welfare, farming and the countryside, sustainability and biodiversity.”

The farm looks set to get a £250 grant from the town council although £2,000 was requested, to buy, construct and commission a classroom on the farm from which Midhurst school and pre-school aged children could benefit.

The project has already received a £2,000 grant from South Downs National Park Authority educational funding.

The Midhurst Time Bank which asked for £1,000 looks likely to receive £200 to secure the Time Bank’s base at St Ann’s Centre.

Applying for the grant Time Bank officials said their aims were to improve quality of life by sharing time and skills and ‘creating a more inclusive caring, productive and sustainable community’.

Midhurst Community Bus is on track for a £350 to continue the service, run entirely by volunteers.

Drivers provide a flat fare scheduled service available to anyone in the Midhurst area including those needing wheelchair access - 80p per journey and free with a bus bus.

Last year the bus carried almost 4,000 passengers.

Volunteers have asked for a grant to help them with the running costs of the bus.

The Midhurst Area Cycling group is set to receive £96 to help pay for the installation of three new cycle racks.