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Four borough schools secure share of £6,000 funding from Wellington College for arts projects

The Wellington College Arts Fund aims to cultivate creativity in the community.

SCHOOLS across the borough have been awarded a share of £6,000 towards their arts and cultural projects.

Established in 2018, the Wellington College Arts Fund aims to cultivate creativity in the community.

Evendons Primary School in Wokingham was given a share of the sum for its Creative Arts Week, Oaklands Junior School in Crowthorne was also given some funds for purchasing its outdoor PA system.

Bulmershe School in Woodley was given funds for its outdoor stage in the playground, and Emmbrook School will be buying a Samba kit with some of the grant.

The fund is generated through ticket sales from Wellington College performances, live streamed over the last few months.

Director of the Arts at the college, Simon Williamson, said they are excited to support creative talent in the community.

“Cultivating grass-roots arts projects has never been so important,” he said.

“The global pandemic has hit this sector harder than most and to ensure its future we must work together to help the arts thrive at every level, whether this be funding music lessons to those who could normally not afford them, the construction of an outdoor stage or equipment for an arts festival, that the whole community can enjoy.

Kate Whitmarsh from Bulmershe School said they were grateful for the helping hand.

“‘This is amazing news,” she said. “We look forward to sharing some wonderful photographs and updates in the near future.”

Applications for grants are ongoing.

To find out more information on how to apply for a grant, visit: wellingtoncollege.org.uk/WCAF

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