Felpham Parish Council’s Annual Grants Awards evening
THURSDAY 25TH APRIL 2019
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Felpham Parish Council’s annual awards evening. My name is Dave Smart and I have the privilege to be Chairman of Felpham Parish Council. Alongside you tonight are also a number of my fellow councillors and colleagues.
Awards of this nature have been given, by this council, for many years, helping numerous local groups and organisations to continue their work for the benefit of Felpham and the surrounding area, and its residents.
This year, as in past years, we received a significant number of applications for grants. As I am sure you will appreciate, much as we would like to support every application we simply cannot do so. Therefore we have to adhere to stringent criteria and we carefully scrutinise each application alongside those measures.
We must ensure any grant which we give is justified, genuinely needed and truly benefits people living in Felpham and the immediate vicinity.
Tonight I am in the enviable position of being able to hand out grants to some inspiring organisations that not only met that criteria but really do give back to the community in which they work.
In addition; I am delighted to be able to present the annual Chairman’s Award in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to Felpham.
So; on to the business part of the evening, the formal presentation of the awards.
I will ask representatives from each successful group to join me, and once I have handed over an envelope containing your award I would be grateful if you would give a very brief account of what you do and how the grant money will be used.
Arctic Fox Explorers Scout Unit
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice Bureau
Bognor Regis Armed Forces Day Committee
Bognor Regis Kite Festival
Bognor Regis Seafront Lights
Felpham Village Conservation Society
Now to the part of the evening where I get to make the chairman’s award. This award recognises what I believe to be outstanding service or contribution to Felpham.
This is a very special award so it was important for me to fully explore possible recipients. However this year, when considering who should receive this year’s award, I kept coming back to the same conclusion. This worried me as I thought “it can’t be that obvious or easy!” but time and time again during many hours of deliberation I kept coming back to the same conclusion.
So; My award this year goes to…..well let’s just reflect on why I have made this choice.
The recipient of this award is 39 years old…and initially was quite large (600+) although over the past few years has slimmed down a bit!(now 200)
The hard work is often very visible, although hardly ever properly attributed to them, even though it has been commented upon many times on social media. Last year, 2018 was a very special year and a lot of additional work was undertaken because of this. This however should not distract us from everything else that is carried out throughout every year.
My research unearthed lots of reasons as to who to give my award to; but it pales in to insignificance compared to amount of research and hard work undertaken by the recipient(s) of this award.
This hard work resulted in some memorable activities and some additional very visible work over the past year and I know it was very well received.
Apart from the very specific activities in 2018, much more work is carried out throughout the year. We are lucky in Felpham that we have a beautiful village, but there is no mystical power that keeps it so.
I guess by now people may have an idea of where this award is heading……..so, in particular recognition of the outstanding work carried out as part of the 100yr remembrance of the end of WW1, their continuing commitment to keeping Felphams history alive and their ongoing horticultural activities to many of Felphams open spaces it gives me great pleasure in awarding Felpham Conservation Society with my award for this year.
Awarded to Felpham Conservation Society:
In recognition of its continued contribution to Felpham and specifically the work undertaken to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI in 2018.
FELPHAM VILLAGE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (AND CHAIRMANS AWARD)
BOGNOR REGIS SEAFRONT LIGHTS