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					                                                                                                                                     The Annual Newsletter of the CEMEX Community Fund Newsletter


Projects funded to date                                                                                                              Sustaining Communities                                                                                        Issue 1, February 2007
CODE       EB                                                            PROJECT

003R       Warwickshire Environmental Trust                              Oakfield Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Welcome to the first annual
007C       Bonby Playing Fields Association                              Bonby Playing Field Toddler Play Area                                                                                                                        newsletter of the CEMEX
011C       Lancashire Wildlife Trust                                     Bolton Wood Local Nature Reserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Fund. Originally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      established as the RMC
20C        New Energy Trust                                              Extention project                                                                                                                                            Community Fund in 2004,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Fund has been recently
23C        Warwickshire Environmental Trust                              Broom Village Hall                                                                                                                                           been renamed following the
24C        The Woodland Trust                                            Forest of Flowers Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acquisition of RMC Group by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CEMEX.
25C        Pound Green and Button Oat Community Hall                     Refurbishment of Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Annually we aim support around ten
26C        All Saints Church                                             Refurbishment of Church Cemetery, place of rest and paths                                                                                                    projects each worth around £15,000 in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      England, Wales and Scotland through
27C        Stedham Memorial Hall Trust                                   Stedham Memorial Hall Refurbishment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. We are
28C        Brough Community Fund                                         Play area                                                                                                                                                    particularly interested in supporting small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      local community projects which are very
36ca       Leslie Consultants                                            Glen Moss                                                                                                                                                    close to CEMEX’s operations and can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fully funded by us within our funding limit.
39C        Warwickshire Environmental Trust                              Long Itchington Pond

40C        Frampton on Seven cricket club                                Replacement of Ground Maintenance Equipment                                                                                                                  For more information about the Fund and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      how to apply please visit our website at
41C        St Mary’s the Virgin, Sawston                                 Roof Restoration and Chancel Lighting                                                                                                                        www.cemexcf.org.uk.

42C        RSPB                                                          Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature Reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sacha Grigg-Tejani
45C        The Westgate Church                                           Westgate at risk                                                                                                                                             Environmental Grants Consultant

46C        Warwickshire Environmental Trust                              The Oakfield Store

48C        Warwickshire Environmental Trust                              All Saints Church Stretton on Dunsmore

50C        Groundwork                                                    Moorlands Estate Community Garden

                                                                                                                                     Glen Moss path
                                                                                                                                     Grant: £7,163 | Full funding



 For further information on the CEMEX Community Fund please visit www.cemexcf.org.uk                                                 This summer saw the installation of 200m of footpath at Glen Moss - the Scottish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Inside this issue
                                                                                                                                     Wildlife Trust’s premier Wildlife Reserve in Renfrewshire. Wonderfully rich in plant and    Wildlife reserves in demand, results in more worn

 CEMEX Community Fund                                                                                                                insect life, Glen Moss’s combination of open water, colourful wetlands, mature trees        out paths - Lucy Graham from the Scottish Wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Trust tells us more .........................................page 1
                                                                                                                                     and heather offer attractive views round every corner. The path is greatly appreciated by
 The CEMEX Community Fund has been established under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 and is managed by CEMEX and independent        many local walkers - as well as visiting naturalists from further afield.                    Suella Hunting from the Church of St Mary’s,
 consultants.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sawston in Cambridge, describes an urgent mission
                                                                                                                                     Recent path improvements elsewhere on the site stimulated greater use of the reserve,       to save parishioners from getting wet! ...........page 2
 The inclusion of any company or organisation in this publication does not in any way imply its endorsement by the CEMEX Community   resulting in significant wear and tear on the previously acceptable grass path through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Promoting community involvement at RSPB
 Fund, CEMEX or consultants associated with the Fund. Though the CEMEX Community Fund makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of   the heathland. The peaty nature of the soil meant mess and mud whenever it rained.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pulborough Brooks nature reserve, ...............page 2
 information, no responsibility can be accepted for any inaccuracy of the information provided.                                      In contrast, the new golden whin dust path blends into the local landscape allowing
                                                                                                                                     visitors to enjoy Glen Moss at any time, all thanks to the CEMEX Community Fund.            “Creative conservation” a place where wildlife can
 For any further information or to obtain an application pack please visit the Fund website or contact:                                                                                                                          flourish… Sharon Thomas from The Woodland’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Trust tells us more .........................................page 3
 CEMEX Community Fund Ltd, 161 Felsham Road, Putney, London, SW15 1BB                                                                The Reserve is unusual in being integrated with Kilmacolm Golf Course, and the path
                                                                                                                                     construction squad had the complication of bringing their materials in across fairways,     With the help of the probation service, sales and
 CEMEX Community Fund ENTRUST no: 179414 Published: February 2007                                                                    avoiding damage to the green whilst trying not to put golfers off their game. Much          trips to the Junkyard, Roz Mace from All Saints
 Design Lunatrix (www.lunatrix.co.uk). Printed on environmentally friendly paper                                                     of the work was completed at the height of the July heatwave; hot work but with the         Church, Wribbenhall, Worcestershire, tells us how to
                                                                                                                                     bonus of butterflies and dragonflies to look at when taking a break. Both SWT and the         make a Garden of Rest appealing again .......page 3
                                                                                                                                     people of Kilmacolm are delighted with the new path.                                        List of our funded projects to date ................page 4



                                                      www.cemexcf.org.uk                                                                                                                    www.cemexcf.org.uk
Roof restoration and chancel lighting                                                                                                                  Forest of Flowers, Coton Wood
                                                                                                                                                       and Foxley Wood, Derbyshire
Grant: £11,000 | Part funding



In 2004 the nave roof of our 12th Century,       and obtaining grants from organisations and         Everyone at St. Mary’s would like to              Grant: £15,000 | Full Funding
Grade 1 listed village church needed urgent      charities.                                          thank CEMEX for the help that they give
repairs and total replacement of the slating,                                                        communities like ours. Your grant has made
flashings and gutters whilst the chancel          Via the internet I found the CEMEX                  all the difference and we have the satisfaction   The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading               of colour in the great variety of wildflowers       wildflowers can play in young woods, not only
required proper rainwater drainage and new       Community Fund – and was delighted that             of knowing that our church roof is ready to       woodland conservation charity and has, for           blossoming among the trees.                        in creating vital habitats for wildlife but also
lighting. The lights had been disconnected       our church is within 10 miles of Barrington         face the future and will be safe and watertight   over 30 years, worked to conserve, restore                                                              by inspiring visitors about the wonders of the
at a safety inspection! The work would be        cement works and that our project fitted             for many generations.                             and recreate the country’s native woodland           This project formed an essential element of        natural world. The Trust is now planning to
expensive since English Heritage offered us      the Fund’s criteria for grants. Everyone at                                                           and wildlife. Core to its aims are improving         a pilot in the National Forest. The Fund’s         extend the “Forest of Flowers” concept to
a grant conditional upon having a temporary      CEMEX was most helpful and in due course                                                              biodiversity and encouraging people to enjoy         support has helped prove the significant role       other woodland creation sites across the UK.
scaffold and corrugated iron roof to cover the   our first and second stage applications were                                                           woodland.
nave whilst the work took place.                 made and accepted and we were delighted
                                                 to hear that we would be given a grant of                                                             Thanks to recent support by the CEMEX
We launched our roof appeal in February          £10,000. We registered ourselves with                                                                 Community Fund, the Trust has been able to
2005, by which time the roof was actually        ENTRUST in order to access this money                                                                 undertake the fantastic “Forest of Flowers”
leaking! The cost was over £151,000 -            directly.                                                                                             project at Coton Wood and Foxley Wood
English Heritage gave £66,000 and we had to                                                                                                            in Derbyshire. Working with Landlife, a
raise the rest ourselves. A daunting prospect    As I write, the building work on the roof is                                                          charity promoting appreciation of wildflower
for a village church! It was decided to try      nearly complete and it looks splendid. Once                                                           habitat, the project uses the philosophy of
to raise money by appealing directly to the      it is finished we can proceed with the internal                                                        “Creative Conservation”, making new places
congregation, organising fund-raising events     work on the chancel lighting.                                                                         where wildlife can flourish and which people
                                                                                                                                                       can enjoy, inspiring people and enhancing
                                                                                                                                                       biodiversity.


RSPB Pulborough Brooks                                                                                                                                 Recently planted woodland creation sites take
                                                                                                                                                       many years to reach a substantial conservation
Grant: £13,775 | Full funding
                                                                                                                                                       standard. This project aims to accelerate this
                                                                                                                                                       process and provide a real attraction for visitors
At RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve         for heathland restoration and other habitat                                                           who will be welcomed by an amazing display
located in West Sussex, a £13,775 grant          management work to be undertaken on the
awarded by CEMEX Community Fund                  reserve, leading to enriched biodiversity and


                                                                                                                                                       Restoration of Cemetery,
has enabled the provision of essential           an improved visitor experience.
equipment for volunteers to undertake a
range of practical conservation tasks at the     Sarah Farney, Project Fundraising Officer at
reserve over the next 3 years. Currently,
150 volunteers generously give up their
time, supporting the staff at Pulborough
                                                 the RSPB says: “Volunteers play a vital role at
                                                 Pulborough Brooks and their help is invaluable.
                                                 This grant from CEMEX Community Fund has
                                                                                                                                                       paths and place of rest
                                                                                                                                                       Grant: £18,780 | Part funded
Brooks in numerous ways. This grant              facilitated the provision of essential equipment,
will enhance the volunteer experience by         enabling practical conservation management
ensuring volunteers are equipped with the        tasks to be undertaken effectively and safely,                                                        Our churchyard is the only one in the whole          enough to get started. But we were £2,000
necessary kit to work on the reserve. This       thereby maximising volunteer enjoyment at the                                                         parish of some 2,000 households. It is on the        short.
money will also go towards the provision         reserve. We are extremely grateful to Cemex                                                           main road into Bewdley. How it looks reflects on
of equipment, PPE and hand tools – vital         for their support”.                                                                                   what passers-by think of us. We had developed        Cut your cloth according to your material it
                                                                                                                                                       problems with access and moving around the           says. So, we went to the sales at the garden
                                                                                                                                                       area. Only the most able could get into the          centre and got all the seating 75% off. We
                                                                                                                                                       Garden of Rest and all the paths turned to mud       bought railings at a junkyard. We reused all the


Park Play, Brough Community Funds, Cumbria                                                                                                             whenever it rained. The car park entrance was
                                                                                                                                                       selective in that only the slim could get through
                                                                                                                                                       the gap. Not user friendly at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            stonework on the walls. And a big, big saving,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the local Probationary Service provided us with
                                                                                                                                                                                                            free labour. We can’t thank them enough for all
Grant: £15,000 | Part funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                            their hard work. By far the biggest item was the
                                                                                                                                                       We had asked everyone we knew, written               paths themselves. Because we are a church
A committee was formed two years ago             residents and visitors alike. The project is        a new playground, by organizing discos and        countless letters and were beginning to              and subject to Diocesan Advisory Council
to raise funds to provide a stimulating and      helping a disadvantaged rural community             garden fetes.                                     despair ever getting a grant when CEMEX              approval we were limited in what surfacing we
safe environment for young people to play        where the nearest playground in the area                                                              Community Fund allocated us £15,000. A               could use. Only the best is approved. We feel
and a social gathering space for adults to       is 8 miles away. It has so far inspired             The £15,000 makes a good start to the             donation from the choir and two parish Gift          that that is exactly what we got. Thank you
meet which will open at all times to both        residents to work together to raise funds for       £74,000 needed.                                   Aid days over the last two years gave us             CEMEX Community Fund.




                                                      www.cemexcf.org.uk                                                                                                                                         www.cemexcf.org.uk

				
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