What's new at The Communty Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon
We are very proud that our Chief Executive Rosemary Macdonald was installed as one of 5 new canons in Salisbury Cathedral by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, on Wednesday 1 May.
Each Canon is allocated their own stall in the Quire of the Cathedral. Rosemary will occupy Warminster. She joins Salisbury Cathedral's College of Canons. Established in 2001 as the successor to the Great Chapter it includes Lay and Non-Residentiary Canons and meets twice a year. The College helps to provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities and to inform the policy decisions of Chapter, its governing body. It also provides an opportunity for the Cathedral to further its role in the wider diocesan and civic life within the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset.
The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said We are delighted to be welcoming these five new members to our College of Canons. They will bring us fresh insights and valuable experience from their specialisms, helping the Cathedral engage with the widest range of organizations and opinions throughout the diocese and civic community. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a varied and impressive array of talent and knowledge in the College and we thank all existing Canons too for the service they provide to the Cathedral.
The Wiltshire Community Foundation celebrates £5.3m raised
The Royal Artillery Mess, Larkhill, was the magnificent and impressive venue for The Community Foundation’s Annual celebration last week. Over 100 guests gathered to hear Rosemary Macdonald, the Foundation’s Chief Executive, out-line the year’s achievements and enjoy a terrific curry supper in true officers’ mess style.
Richard Handover, Chairman of the Community Foundation, said “it was a real privilege to be entertained in such a fine military establishment not usually open to the general public. It is the ideal venue to show case the coming together of so many Wiltshire communities working to support local causes. The Foundation is a signatory on the Armed Forces Community Covenant and has agreed to acknowledge and support the Armed Forces community working and residing in Wiltshire. “
Guests included representatives from ABF The Soldiers Charity, SSAFA, Help for Heroes, as well as members of the board of the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the Playhouse and Wiltshire Council. There were also many friends and Fund holders, private and corporate, and Councillor John Collier, whose support during his tenure as mayor has greatly increased the funds for Salisbury.
Several of the groups who have received funding over the past year were also present, including Community Transport South Wiltshire who have received a grant to expand their voluntary car scheme to reduce isolation of elderly people in Salisbury.
Rosemary was delighted to be able to announce that the Foundation had just awarded a grant for Tidworth Mums who provide activities and support for isolated families in the Tidworth area.
• In the past year the Community Foundation has made grants of over £770,000 to voluntary groups and individuals across the county and raised £5.3m increasing the endowment to £16m.
• The Surviving Winter campaign, in partnership with organisations such as Age UK, the CAB and Astor Care raised and distributed over £70,000 to individuals needing help with their winter fuel bills.
• There are currently 78 young people at university funded through the Foundation’s One Degree More programme with a further 33 in the pipeline. The Foundation is now working with 15 schools across the county from Salisbury to Swindon.
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