Local projects benefit from Gentian community grants

May 4, 2023

The funding provided by property developer Gentian last year has been put to good use in the Parish of Brize Norton.

Brize Norton Primary school purchased furniture for their new school library which they officially opened on World Book Day. Brize Norton Preschool purchased a new outdoor shed and resources for their mud kitchen and allotment area and APCAM (Assisting Parents with Children Affected by Mental Health) has used the funding towards a drop in for young people with mental health needs and SEND. Around 30 young people are currently benefiting from the service.

Wendy Way, Chairman of Brize Norton Parish Council said: "The Parish Council is grateful to Gentian for supporting our village schools with funding that is already reaping benefits for the children. The funding provided to APCAM will allow them to provide vital support to local families."

The Village Bash committee has also benefited from Gentian's support by purchasing new gazebos. Their first outing was the Christmas Fayre in December and the plan is for them to be used at the local Village Bash, school events, fundraising and other community events.

The many cyclists who pass through the village will be able to park up at new bicycle racks which will be installed between the Elderbank Hall and Humble Bumble cafe thanks to Gentian.

Nick Ekins, Managing Director of Gentian said: "We set up our community grants programme to allow us to give back to the communities where we run our development projects. I'm really pleased to see that we've been able to support some great causes and hopefully make a difference to the residents of Brize Norton."

Gentian is the property developer of the new retail centre on Monahan Way forming part of the Brize Meadow development. The new Mid Counties Co-op convenience store opened in March and the drive-thru is on track to be handed over to Greggs this Summer. Gentian is committed to supporting the local community in the vicinity of its offices and developments.

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