Community Shop awards grants

Amer Rudd with the lucky recipients of a cheque

Rye MP, Amber Rudd visited the Rye Community Shop in Cinque Ports Street on Friday May 3. Each year the shop provides grants for local projects whose organisers have applied for assistance. Amber Rudd, presented each project representative with a cheque and we heard from them a little of how this contribution would help with a variety of different plans.

Amber Rudd with the cheque which is being divided among local projects

The Community Shop chairman, Kate Sims, told us how grateful she is for all the donations from the community but said a special thank-you must go to the volunteers who give their time to sort the many boxes and bags handed in, make the shop look inviting and are friendly, which makes it so successful. This enables them to be able to help the many applicants, 19 this time. Below is the full list of the lucky recipients.

Full list of grants

Organisation For Amount
Rye Harbour Sailing Club to assess life jacket types for Sailability £180
Rye & District Community Transport towards the new Dial a Ride bus £2,500
Rye and District Street Pastors towards the Safe Haven (van) insurance, tax and repairs £1,000
Rye Community Centre new piano £1,000
Ferry Road Nursery towards baby changing units £500
Beckley Parish Council removal of old basketball post £545
Hands of Hope towards the luncheon club in Peasmarsh £1,200
PTA Icklesham CofE Primary School towards iPads £1,000
Oliver Curd Trust replace the carpet for respite caravan and new toys £1,000
Rye Art Gallery primary school children’s art competition costs £1,000
Rye Foodbank to help buy provisions £500
1st Rye Brownies for overnight sleepovers £400
Rye Rugby Football Club to replace decking £3,200
Rye Sea Cadets to update toilets and changing facilities £2,500
St Bartholomew’s Court for water supply standby and poly tunnel £500
The Music Well to provide music therapy sessions in both local schools £1,130
Rye Community Garden towards shortfall of funding the compost toilet and finishing the path to it £845
The Wurlitzer Academy for student provision £500
Flip Flop pre-school for play equipment £500

Image Credits: Heidi Foster .


  1. The Trustees of the Oliver Curd Trust would like to thank all the volunteers and Trustees of the Rye Community Shop for their generous donation. The Oliver Curd Trust provides holidays for families with children with cancer, life threatening illnesses and families bereaved of a child. Your generous donation will be put towards new carpets and toys for the caravans.

    If anyone would like to visit one of our caravans or volunteer to help we would love to hear from you.

    Thank you so much.


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