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County council duo support three good causes in Bishop's Stortford: Stort Valley Pride, Portland Child Contact Centre and Retune



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Charities and campaigns in Bishop's Stortford have been boosted by grants from two Herts county councillors.

Each of the authority's 78 members has an annual locality budget of £15,000 to support worthwhile causes.

Together, Bishop's Stortford East Liberal Democrat member Cllr Calvin Horner and Sawbridgeworth's Conservative Cllr Eric Buckmaster have awarded £900 to Bishop's Wellbeing CIC to fund Stort Valley Pride, an intergenerational day of celebration of the local LGBTQ+ community.

Drag queen Crayola with Sawbridgeworth mayor Cllr Greg Rattey, left, and Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Keith Warnell at a Stort Valley Pride event at South Mill Arts earlier this year. Picture: Vikki Lince
Drag queen Crayola with Sawbridgeworth mayor Cllr Greg Rattey, left, and Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Keith Warnell at a Stort Valley Pride event at South Mill Arts earlier this year. Picture: Vikki Lince

They said: "It's good to see a local organisation supporting the welfare needs of the LGBTQ+ community. We're pleased to be able to help their efforts through the locality grant and we wish them every success."

Cllr Horner also awarded £500 to Portland Child Contact Centre – which provides a service enabling children in separated families to maintain a relationship with both parents – to support training events to attract new volunteers. The cash will help pay for hall hire, trainer fees and expenses and promote the services.

He said: "It's great to see the centre being able to reopen after the disruption of the lockdown; this grant will help them to train new volunteers and re-establish the much-needed support the centre gives to local separated families and help with their physical and mental wellbeing."

The Portland Child Contact Centre operates out of the Hub Church in Portland Road, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Vikki Lince
The Portland Child Contact Centre operates out of the Hub Church in Portland Road, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Vikki Lince

He also approved a £750 application from Retune Charity Ltd, which inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through creative outlets such as music, to deliver workshops in three schools.

Cllr Horner said: "In the light of Covid, it is more important than ever that children develop the tools to cope with the stresses of growing up.

"Retune has developed an engaging and creative approach for schoolchildren to engage with their mental wellbeing. I'm pleased that this grant will enable them to visit more local schools to deliver sessions using their SCALES – Sleep, Creative, Active, Listen, Earth, Social – model."

Retune founder Tom Ryder delivering a workshop to Year 5's Banksy class at Windhill21 Primary School. Pic: Vikki Lince
Retune founder Tom Ryder delivering a workshop to Year 5's Banksy class at Windhill21 Primary School. Pic: Vikki Lince


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