Community Grants Unveiled

We are delighted to announce that eleven exciting community projects in Ipswich have received a grant from the TW550 project. 

Twelve community projects awarded funding

The groups will have a share of £30,000 allocated as part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded to the Thomas Wolsey 550 project.  24 different applications were received by a range of organisations from across the Ipswich area.  

The decision on which grants would be awarded was made by a panel of independent judges drawn from WTW (which has financially supported the community work of the Wolsey 550 project); the University of Suffolk; Aspire Black Suffolk; a teenage representative of local young people; and a senior member of the team at Robert Gatward jewellers. 

Kath Cockshaw, Director of the Thomas Wolsey 550 Project said: “I know the panel had a really tough time selecting which projects to support.  The applications showed that Ipswich is blessed with so many inspiring and creative people who have great ideas for celebrating heritage in its widest sense. The grants will leave a legacy of fantastic projects and events that thousands of people – adults and children – will be able to take part in from this autumn through to summer 2024.” 

The successful projects are: 

  • Black and White Productions – a play about the life of Thomas Wolsey  
  • Community Hub Ipswich – three strands of activities for people aged 16 to 25 from a wide range of backgrounds.  
  • Ipswich Children’s Book Group – a school book festival in South Ipswich
  • Ipswich Choral Society – free concert incorporating Tudor music and three new compositions  
  • Make Play – Tudor garden themed play sessions for under fives  
  • Music in Our Bones – flashmob singing at some of Ipswich’s most notable sites   
  • Rock Paper Scissors- three days of Tudor-themed activities for children of parents using the job centre  
  • Rubbish Walks – Vintage Litter Museum and Cold Case rubbish files project in schools 
  • Saints Community Interest Company – support for a Tudor fair in the Saints area of Ipswich during Ipswich’s Heritage Open Days Festival 
  • Suffolk Windrush Celebration Committee – workshops to create Windrush Quilts which will form part of an exhibition at The Hold 
  • Together for Ipswich – support for migrants and/or those seeking asylum 
  • Voices for Gainsborough Community Library

The Thomas Wolsey 550 project was launched to celebrate the 550th anniversary of his birth, led by Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Archives, and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, local organisations and businesses. The 18-month project   will develop a new legacy for Thomas Wolsey in his hometown of Ipswich, and beyond. 

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