Money is raised each year in Wivenhoe
through the the Mayor's Charity Fund and distributed to good causes in Wivenhoe.
Over the years, many thousands of pounds have been raised from various events
and many organisations have benefited as a result. This fund-raising
activity is supported by all the Town Councillors, and also by many Wivenhoe
businesses which generously give raffle and tombola prizes. A great team of
helpers get involved with the planning and organising on the day. Hopefully all those
many people who support the events have a thoroughly good
|Cllr Richard Davies at the end of his year
as Mayor in 2001 distributed a total of £5,000
Cllr Steve Ford
in his Mayoral Year raised
£3,500 from the Mayor's Ball,
a trip to France (with the considerable help of Cedric's Coaches), A 'Space
Oddity' dance, various charity darts matches in the local pubs, a concert
organised by the Sailing Club, an Art Exhibition organised by Cllr Gilli
Primrose, an exhibition of Wivenhoe Photographs and Memorabilia, a Tea Dance and
a 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'.
11 organisations benefited, including the
Wivenhoe & District Sporting Facilities Trust, the Ferry, the 'Munty'
bus, Youth Theatre, Wivenhoe Players, Stuart Pawsey Support Group, Britannia
Court Residents and Day Care Centre, Scouts and Guides, Over 60's and
Wivenhoe St John.
In 2002/03, Cllr David Craze, Town Mayor
during this year, raised £3,360 through different events. David chose
to support youth organisations in Wivenhoe - 18 in all - and
handed out cheques to representatives of those organisations at the
Annual Town Meeting in May 2003. Click
here for picture and news report.
Gilli Primrose, in her mayoral year in 2003/04 raised £4,040. She
handed out cheques to nine Wivenhoe organisations at the Annual
Town Meeting in May 2004.
here for a list of the organisations and pictures.
£6,815 was raised during Cllr Peter Hill's
mayoral year 2004/05. Of this £1,165 was raised from a New
Year's Eve party where the proceeds plus donations were donated to the Asia Pacific Tsunami Appeal. The balance of £5,650 was shared by 21 organisations with
cheques handed out at the Annual Town meeting. Beneficiaries included
youth and arts organisations, Wivenhoe's churches, a £500 grant for the newly
launched Wivenhoe War Memorial Fund (click
here), grants for the proposed skateboard play area, one for
the Munty bus and major grants for the Engine Shed Project and a new car park at Broad Lane Sports
Ground. For more details of awards, click
Left: Cllr Tom Roberts, Town Mayor 2005/06
Many successful events were organised during Cllr Tom
Roberts' year (2005/06) with a record £7,600 raised. Tom and his partner Dilly
Meyer wanted to support Colchester Alheizmer's Society, SCOPE and the
Mary Barron Suite at Essex County Hospital for special reasons, as
well as supporting many Wivenhoe organisations. They also organised
the first of what they hope will be many annual Town and Gown dinners
to pay a bursary to two international students at the University - click
here. To see a full list of grants, click
Many enjoyable events were organised by Cllr Penny Kraft and the
Mayor's Charity Fund Committee during her 2006/07 year as Town Mayor.
The total amount raised was the magnificent sum of £6,831.
Cheques were handed out to representatives of mainly local
organisations by Penny at the Annual Town Meeting - click
here. Amongst those to benefit were Wivenhoe's local
schools, playgroups, and the new Fund being set up to improve
Wivenhoe's Christmas Lights.
Cllr. Dave Purdey raised £3,800 at a variety of
successful events ranging from the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the annual
cricket match, a ‘1940s’ day, Wivenhoe Memories, the Mayor’s Ball and
Summer Ball and finally day trips to France and Belgium, courtesy of
Cedrics’ coaches – all repeat successes of traditions begun in previous
Purdey has also continued to support the student bursary, which is
awarded to a resident of Wivenhoe studying at the University.
presenting a cheque to the Over 60's Club Chairman, Doug Stockwell
Frances Richards raised the excellent sum of £5,264 which was
distributed at the annual Town Meeting to a variety of local
organisations including: the Town and Gown Bursary, the Colne Community
School, the Scout and Guide Assocation, the town Regatta, the Wivenhoe
Sporting trust and many others.
Cllr. Brian Sinclair raised an £3,924 during his
Mayoral Term at a variety of successful events ranging from the Teddy
Bears’ Picnic, a ‘1940s’ dance, Wivenhoe Memories, the Mayor’s Ball and
a day trip to France and Belgium, courtesy of Cedrics’ coaches, a
Strawberry and Wine Garden Party in the Mayor’s garden and two events
aimed at involving residents and students from the University
Cllr. Robert Needham raised an impressive £6,800
during his term as Town Mayor at a variety of successful events ranging
from the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Wivenhoe Memories, a Summer Ball, the
Mayor’s Ball, a day trip to France and Belgium, Beating the Bounds and a
new innovation - a Mayoral Variety Show which saw the Mayor improvising
as compere and delighting the audience with his Jake the Peg act ! also
Cllr. Needham staged a sell-out rock concert which was enjoyed by many.
Cllr. Penny Kraft during her 2nd term as
Mayor, raised £4,500 at a variety of successful events ranging
from a superb Diamond Jubilee Ball, Wivenhoe Memories, the Mayor’s Ball,
a day trip Birmingham Christmas Market, a curry night and the Mayoral
Variety Show. Cllr. Kraft also organised the hugely successful Fun Dog
Show for the Jubilee weekend.
Cllr. Kraft presenting cheques to the
Colne Bank School of Dancing
Cllr. Andrea Vaughan raised an amount of £6730 during
her term of office this time at new ideas such as WivKids, WivWords and
WivMusic in addition to the traditional events such as the Mayor’s Ball.