REFLECT & REFORM

REFLECT + REFORM

INTRODUCTION BY PETER COX, MANAGING DIRECTOR

2014 was certainly a big year for WREN. We reached two significant milestones, funding our 7,000th project and surpassing a grand total of £200m invested in projects that leave a lasting benefit for people, communities, habitats and heritage.

WREN also distributed more money than ever before in the past 15 months, and allocated it in larger chunks too. For example, we gave £1m – the single largest grant made by WREN for over 10 years – to the RSPB to purchase land at Hesketh Marsh for conservation, as part of WREN’s Land Purchase Fund.

Reaching these unprecedented levels of funding means our work will make a bigger impact in regenerating communities that need support.

Standing at this apex in WREN’s 17 year history certainly provides a good moment to stop and reflect – to look back on achievements and remember where we’ve come from, as well as look ahead to new challenges for the future.

2014 was an important year for reflection in a wider sense, as it marked the global commemoration of 100 years since the start of the First World War. The impact and significance of this conflict to our society over the last century, and to our lives today, is immense.

That’s why there was unanimous support from board members to award a further grant for £150,000 to London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM), following the £500,000 that WREN initially awarded at the end of 2013.

The money has contributed to the refurbishment of the museum itself, to upgrade the atrium and visitor facilities. It also supports IWM’s centenary exhibitions and new galleries. These hold the world’s most comprehensive First World War collections and help vividly tell the story of a conflict we must never forget.

The themes of remembrance and 100 years of conflict recur in other projects successfully funded by WREN during 2014. These include £650,000 awarded to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, towards creating facilities for the thousands of visitors who pay their respects to military and civilian forces honoured there.

In Essex, the Heritage Fund awarded £200,000 to Stow Maries Aerodrome, Europe’s largest surviving airfield from the Great War to preserve structures at risk for future generations.

This remembrance and reflection make us realise how fortunate we are, and this sense of gratitude is strongly felt within our own organisation.

Firstly, our thanks go to FCC Environment – without its support none of what we do would happen. WREN could also not function without the hard work and dedication of its staff and everyone else who helps us. A heartfelt thanks to you all.

We’re indebted to our panel volunteers who generously contribute their time, expertise and local knowledge. It’s their input that adds integrity to our funding selection process across the 23 panels we operate nationwide to assess community, biodiversity and heritage projects.

What we do is very much a team effort, as working together gets the best results. Alongside teamwork, funding the future is also core to WREN’s ethos – as aiding opportunities for young people creates a longer lasting legacy. So it’s fitting that a project with both these values took us over the £200m mark of total funding invested. This milestone project was funding for almost £67,000 to build the UK’s second largest parkour training ground at Ellesmere Port. The grant award was the result of great team work – a collaboration between the local council, community groups and the young parkour enthusiasts who’ll use the facilities. This grassroots initiative will also really make a difference to kids’ lives.

Looking to the younger generation reminds us that constant change is inevitable, and so it is with WREN’s own future. The amount of landfill in the UK is steadily falling, and we’re introducing better ways to process and reduce waste too, so our long-term destiny remains uncertain. But what more immediate changes will affect us in 2015?

Well, we’ll remember 2014 was year of the Scottish referendum, when Scotland decided whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. Although Scots voted no to independence, the devolution of some powers will continue. This means how WREN operates in Scotland is changing.

Our whole organisation must also undergo a big transition in how we operate. The Landfill Communities Fund is under reform with the aim of improving the flow of funding by removing barriers and unnecessary bureaucracy. This means WREN’s funds will need to be allocated and spent on projects within shorter timescales and projects requiring longer term funding will have to be phased.

On the positive front, it will help us become more efficient and proactive – to process, approve and release funding more quickly – and we’ll be supporting projects with a higher chance of success that can make an impact sooner.

In short, we must evolve or die, and it’s better to continue making positive change that makes a lasting difference to so many people, than none at all. Reflecting upon the achievements of 2014 makes us very proud so we’ll resolve to continue that good work into the future, whatever happens.

PETER COX
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Peter Cox

REFLECTIONS FROM FCC ENVIRONMENT

PAUL TAYLOR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FCC ENVIRONMENT

This annual review provides the opportunity for reflection. WREN has achieved a great deal since I last wrote an introduction to its annual review.

WREN has passed the major milestone of committing more than £200m to projects. And in the last 15 months, £23.4m of funding has been pledged to 442 projects, more than ever before. The success of the programme is not in doubt.

As WREN’s major funding partner, we at FCC Environment share similar core values. Both our organisations are committed to enhancing the lives of people and communities that live in the areas around landfill sites.

WREN has proved its effectiveness by delivering funding for a huge range of projects both local and national which will benefit individual communities and society as a whole.

Examples of WREN’s success include the commitment of more than £14.5m to fund community projects which will make huge difference to people’s lives.

The impact of WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund on UK priority habitats warrants recognition. Some £6.5m has been distributed and over 2,700 hectares of habitat will be restored, created and improved. These vital projects funded by WREN help deliver government targets for halting biodiversity loss.

In collaboration with English Heritage, Cadw (Welsh Government’s historic environment service) and National Churches Trust, WREN has invested almost £1 million in preserving some of the UK’s most at risk heritage.

In addition, WREN has also provided funding for the Imperial War Museum and the National Memorial Arboretum, highly appropriate when the nation remembered the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The size and scope of these grants demonstrate the success of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and its ability to make a real difference.

But the waste management industry is changing and we at FCC Environment are leading that change. In the last three years our business has refocused and developed a new strategy moving away from operating landfill sites to become a service business which collects waste and helps customers maximise the value from what they throw away through reuse, recycling and energy recovery.

This inevitably means that the amount of funding generated from Landfill Tax will decline. At the same time, the Chancellor’s Challenge means it is likely that the LCF will be reformed.

As a successful non-profit making environmental body, WREN is ideally placed to play an influential part in shaping and delivering the future face of the LCF. Whatever the outcome of this process, I am confident WREN will be a key partner in many future initiatives that will enrich communities and society as a whole.

4 X PROJECTS

WREN funded many projects in 2014 that made a positive change to communities, habitats and heritage. Here’s a closer look at just a few of them...

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, we recognised the importance of helping to fund the major renovation work of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London.

WREN granted £500,000 to IWM at the end of 2013, which helped to improve the visitor experience by opening up the museum’s atrium, and installing better displays and lighting. It also supported IWM’s centenary exhibitions and new galleries, which will keep the history and personal recollections of the war alive for future generations.

WREN’s board unanimously awarded a further £150,000 in 2014, used to revamp the outside of the museum before its grand reopening in July. This money funded the repair of gates, fences and stonework, plus improving disabled access to the building.

"THIS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF WW1 WAS A HUGELY IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL EVENT AND THE ABILITY OF LONDON’S IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM TO INTERPRET THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR FOR ITS VISITORS IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL."

CHRIS ELLIS, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT FCC ENVIRONMENT

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

The WREN board unanimously agreed to award a total of £650,000 to support the fundraising campaign to improve visitor facilities at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The site is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and a new visitor centre and dedicated education facilities will enable significantly more people to access this important national remembrance site.

WREN’s initial Gift Aid grant of £200,000 will improve site orientation to name and locate memorials, trees and other features via a physical model and two databases. It will also fund remote shelters across the site that provide summer shade and winter shelter, plus give key information about the surrounding area.

An additional £450,000 awarded by WREN will create timber ‘cloisters’ on three sides of Heroes Square outside the visitor centre. The money will also provide wayfinding signage around the memorial site, plus furnish the visitor centre to make it more comfortable.

"THE WREN BOARD RECOGNISED THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF THE ARBORETUM AS THE NATION’S CENTRE FOR REMEMBRANCE. IT URGENTLY NEEDS NEW AND LARGER FACILITIES TO COPE WITH THE EVER RISING NUMBER OF VISITORS."

JOHN JOYCE, CHAIRMAN OF WREN

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL

WREN’s Heritage Fund supports the long-term survival of iconic historical sites, so we were delighted to contribute to the valuable restoration work of the old Coventry Cathedral ruins for a second time in 2014.

We previously gave the ruins’ restoration fund £77,383 in 2011 for work to consolidate some walls and gateways of the ruined Cathedral, which was successfully completed.

In 2014, we awarded a further £51,550 to the conservation fund. This will ensure two crypts of the medieval ruins are made watertight and safe for the public to access, plus help stop further erosion to the stonework. This is the first phase of a project that will see these evocative spaces being opened up for visitors to appreciate.

ELLESMERE PORT PARKOUR

We were thrilled that a project driven by young people to improve their future marked the milestone of WREN distributing a total of £200m in grants.

We awarded the Ellesmere Port community in Cheshire a grant of £66,780 to build one of the UK’s largest parkour, or free-running, training facilities in Whitby Park.

Parkour, the art of negotiating over and around urban obstacles fluidly with speed, requires physical strength and discipline. However, practicing it around town was seen as intimidating and dangerous by some local residents.

So a core group of 20 local parkour enthusiasts aged between 15 and 23 worked hard over three years to address these negative perceptions and find a safer way to practice parkour. They developed the idea of a purpose-built parkour training ground in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council and local community groups.

The Ellesmere Port area lacks adequate sports and recreation facilities so this will be a great new outdoor space to encourage physical activity. The project is also significant within a wider programme of change and investment, to increase Ellesmere Port residents’ pride in their town.

"PARKOUR GIVES US SOMETHING FUN AND ACTIVE TO DO, BETTER THAN BEING STUCK INSIDE ON THE COMPUTER OR GETTING INTO TROUBLE!"

STEFAN GREEN, MEMBER OF THE PARKOUR COLLECTIVE

WREN FUNDING 2014/15

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Total WREN Funding 2014/15 £23,490,783

WREN FUNDING 2014/15 DETAIL

Community Fund England

Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire Panel

Drayton Parslow Playground Improvements
£15,000
Fairford Leys Church Building Development
£50,000
Furzton – Ridgeway Community Centre Moveable Wall Replacement
£36,660
Great Linford – Dragon Park Play Area Improvements
£48,000
Great Linford – Peartree Pond Refurbishment
£8,232
Little Brickhill Play Area
£24,395
Marsh Gibbon Playground Development
£50,000
Milton Keynes – Whaddon Way Church Centre Disabled Lift Project
£16,100
Mursley Village Hall Refurbishment
£50,000
Oakley Bowling Green
£50,000
Oakley Village Hall Heating Upgrade
£6,353
Old Wolverton – Holy Trinity Church Pathway Refurbishment
£13,883
Roxton Parish Hall – Increasing Energy Efficiency
£11,974
Springfield Centre Renovation
£50,000
Toddington Scout Hall Improvements
£75,000

Total: £505,597

Cambridgeshire Panel

Abbotsley Village Hall Window Replacement Project
£15,000
Burwell St Mary’s Church Building
£35,350
Cherry Hinton Baptist Church Centre Regeneration
£35,000
Comberton Playground Project
£49,976
Coton Village Hall – Small Meeting Room
£40,000
Cottenham Wheeled Sports Facility
£45,000
Earith Skate Park
£25,000
Godmanchester Baptist Church Refurbishment Phase 2
£50,000
Haddenham – Arkenstall Village Centre Toilet Improvements
£31,000
Harston Village Play Area
£40,000
Hinchingbrooke Country Park Outdoor Shelter Project
£21,140
Horningsea – St Peters Church Community Facilities Upgrade
£45,000
Huntingdon Commemoration Hall Heating
£28,445
Huntingdon Methodist Church Refurbishment
£50,000
Madingley Village Hall Phase 3 Development
£22,654
March – GER Sports Ground Community Clubhouse
£69,150
Needingworth Village Hall Toilet Renovation
£3,931
Ramsey Mereside Village Hall Kitchen Replacement
£5,700
Swavesey – Moat Way Children’s Play Area
£24,447
Teversham – Borley Way Skate Park
£32,421
Toft People’s Hall Internal Improvements
£22,000
Upwood Village Hall Roof Insulation Project
£14,208
Waterbeach Wheeled Park
£40,000
Whittlesey – Manor Play Park
£45,000
Willingham QEII Playing Field
£40,000

Total: £830,422

Cheshire Panel

Adlington Road Play Areas Regeneration Project
£42,000
Astbury Village Hall
£14,990
Blakenhall – Milldale Scout Camp Toilet Block Refurbishment
£5,000
Bollington Health & Leisure Changing Rooms
£50,000
Brindley & Faddiley – The Goodwill Hall Renovation Project
£48,897
Broomhall and Sound Methodist Church Annexe
£49,389
Bunbury Watermill Refurbishments
£12,585
Byley Village Hall Lounge Extension
£49,992
Cheshire – Weaver Navigation Final Link
£60,000
Chester – Upton Cockpit
£28,850
Congleton – Key Green Church Renovation Project
£10,290
Crewe – Union Street Baptist Church Renovation
£11,595
Ellesmere Port – Parkour In Whitby
£66,780
Ellesmere Port – Seacombe Drive Park Improvements
£60,000
Elton Community Play Area
£49,548
Furness Vale Playing Field Transformation Project
£40,000
Guilden Sutton Playground Refurbishment
£4,936
Henbury Play Area
£14,535
Hoole Community Centre Energy Management Improvements
£55,415
Macclesfield – Townley Street Community Hall
£50,000
Macclesfield Elim – Upstairs Conversion
£30,708
Manley Village Hall Refurbishment
£8,649
Middlewich – Stallard Way Play Area & Community Orchard£47,852
£47,500
Northwich – Church Street Paddling Pool Refurbishment
£47,852
Oakhanger Methodist Church Redevelopment
£50,000
Poynton – Brecon Park Revitalisation
£35,000
Prestbury Park Playground Project
£26,885
Sandbach – Mortimer Drive Play Area Improvements
£50,000
Warrington – Hood Manor Community Centre Refurbishment
£55,000
Willaston Play Area
£37,280
Wilmslow – Lacey Green Play Park Area
£39,999
Winsford – Minster Close Improvement Scheme
£25,149
Winsford – Over Play Area
£71,140
Wistaston – Eric Swan Sports Ground Pavilion Extension
£74,534
Wrenbury Village Hall Refurbishment
£23,300
Wybunbury Village Hall Repairs
£12,600

Total: £1,360,398

Cumbria Panel

Barrow Island ARLFC Facility Improvement Project
£26,258
Barrow Island Park “The Rec”
£46,258
Cleator Moor Methodist Church Community Rooms
£4,500
Dalton-in-Furness Leisure Centre Replacement Boiler
£25,000
Embleton Community Play Area Refurbishment
£6,434
Great Broughton Community Project
£37,398
Haverigg Foreshore Footpath & Children’s Art Trail
£19,949
Lindal Moor Cricket Club New Pavilion Project
£48,980
Maryport Pitch Drainage Project
£16,244
Mirehouse Cattle Arch and Pathways
£11,370
Moresby – Rosehill Theatre Development
£75,000
South Walney Nature Reserve Visitor Facilities
£63,500
Workington Theatre Royal Youth & Community Project
£30,000

Total: £410,891

Halton and Warrington Panel

Bewsey Meadows Community Park Development
£49,147
Birchwood Forest Park Regeneration
£50,000
Great Sankey – Marina Avenue Park Play Refurbishment
£50,000
Hale – The Oglet Project
£49,731
Halton Brook – Holy Spirit Church Heating Upgrade
£3,000
Little Leigh Village Hall Improvements (Phase 1 – Roof)
£11,300
Lymm Youth & Community Centre Phase 2 Refurbishment
£74,956
Orford – Radley Common Park Play Facilities
£12,225
Runcorn – Palace Fields Community Park
£75,000
Sandiway Church Hall Kitchen Refurbishment
£11,057
Thelwall All Saints Church Re-Ordering
£33,000
Victoria Park Glasshouses Project
£22,242
Warrington – Gorse Covert Mounds Improvements
£13,416
Warrington – Cinnamon Brow Play Area
£57,000
Widnes – Spike Island Lock Restoration
£32,250
Widnes RUFC Access For All Project
£44,570
Winwick Recreation Ground Upgrade
£24,892

Total: £613,786

Humber Panel

Ancholme Cycle Path – South Ferriby to Horkston Bridge
£40,000
Appleby – Play Park Refurbishment
£5,000
Barmby Moor Pavilion Kitchen Refurbishment
£3,470
Barmby Village Hall Refurbishment Phase 2
£2,700
Barton-Upon-Humber – Trinity Methodist Church Restoration
£45,700
Barton-Upon-Humber – The Beck Restoration
£32,500
Bishop Burton Playground Project
£13,167
Brigsley Village Hall New Heating System
£2,241
Cleethorpes CC Energy Conservation Project
£40,000
East Halton Playing Field
£19,300
Eastrington Village Hall Toilet Renovation
£9,968
Elloughton cum Brough Children’s Play Area Refurbishment
£15,000
Epworth – Upper Croft QE11 Field Kings Head Croft Play Facilities
£18,958
Everingham Village Hall
£12,000
Goole – Fountayne Street Play Area & Skate Park Refurbishment
£50,000
Goole – The Courtyard Annexe Project
£67,900
Goole – Oakhill Country Park Improvements & Access Scheme
£30,000
Goxhill Memorial Hall Refurbishment
£56,713
Grimsby – Nunsthorpe Community Hall
£49,695
Hessle – King George V Playing Fields Community Hub
£50,000
Hook Memorial Hall Kitchen Refurbishment
£7,498
Kilnwick – Percy Hall Boiler & Fire Alarm Renewal
£29,851
Lund Village Community Centre
£40,000
Marshlands Community Play Park
£35,000
North Ferriby Reed Pond Restoration
£18,000
Ousefleet Village Hall Refurbishment
£18,186
Owston Ferry Coronation Hall
£14,747
Pocklington Cricket Clubhouse Refurbishment
£30,000
Pocklington Skate Park
£40,000
Pollington Town Play Area Improvement Project
£13,408
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
£13,500
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
£14,800
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
£37,910
Skelton Schofield Memorial Hall
£7,427
South Cave Play Park Improvements
£15,000
The Pocklington Canal Development Project
£45,000

Total: £944,639

Lincolnshire Panel

Alford Corn Exchange Facilities Upgrade
£2,415
Alford Youth Access Project
£3,784
Bardney BMX & Skate Park
£70,000
Boston – Central Park Play Area
£40,000
Boston – Peter Paine Performance Centre & MUGA
£75,000
Branston Community Skate Park
£50,000
Burgh Le Marsh – WI Hall Kitchen Renovation
£14,950
Chapel St Leonards Seaside Community Space
£72,700
Coningsby – School Lane Play Area
£45,000
Deeping St Nicholas Church Heating
£41,592
Digby War Memorial Hall Refurbishment
£14,440
Donington St Mary’s Church Hall Refurbishment
£13,000
Eastwell Village Hall Refurbishments
£29,398
Freiston – Danny Flear Community Centre Refurbishment
£65,815
Freiston – St James Church Access for All
£35,000
Grantham – Canal Towpath Restoration
£75,000
Grantham – Jubilee Churchlife Centre Community Facility
£75,000
Harmston Memorial Hall – Operation Heartbeat
£23,109
Heighington “Have my Say” Recreational Equipment
£17,772
Hemswell Cliff Ball Park
£75,000
Holbeach – Penny Hill Road Community Facilities
£32,107
Horncastle Community Centre Refurbishment
£9,513
Kirton – Dame Sarah Swift Playing Field
£34,049
Langrick Village Hall Improvements
£34,460
Laughterton Jubilee Park Play Area
£22,600
Lincoln – Whisby Nature Park: Greet The Visitor
£13,521
Lincoln – Dunston Play Equipment
£70,817
Mareham Le Fen New Village Hall
£75,000
Moulton Seas End Play Area
£35,000
Ropsley Playground Project – Phase 2
£19,684
Saxilby Village Hall Heating & Insulation Upgrade
£22,577
Sibsey Village Hall Refurbishment
£29,659
Sleaford Nettles Access Improvements
£4,448
Sleaford – St Botolph’s Community Centre Refurbishment
£35,609
Swineshead Play Area Regeneration
£73,000
Walcott Play Park
£75,000
Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church Refurbishment
£49,000
Woodhall Spa – Coronation Hall Community Recreation Area Improvements
£6,396
Woodhall Spa – Jubilee Park Pavilion Refurbishment
£50,000
Woodhall Spa Community Sports Project
£17,087
Wyberton – Garfits Lane Play Area
£75,000
Wyberton – Westgate Wood Path Improvement
£50,000

Total: £1,673,502

Norfolk and Suffolk Panel

Bungay – Fisher Theatre Renovations
£31,800
Dersingham Play Area Improvements
£37,912
Downham Market Heritage Learning & Community Centre
£71,656
Gayton Skate & BMX Park
£20,000
Loddon Squash Club Refurbishment
£20,000
Lowestoft – The Bethel Theatre Project
£50,000
Stoke Ferry Play Area
£35,013
Watlington – Millennium Green Rejuvenation
£2,573

Total: £266,255

Northamptonshire Panel

Aldwincle Village Hall Premises Refurbishment
£26,777
Brigstock Village Hall Improvements
£34,000
Corby – Arran Community Centre Refurbishments
£27,566
Corby – Hazelwood Community Centre Building Refurbishment
£15,000
Corby – Irish Centre Refurbishment
£29,170
Corby – Lyvenden Road Play Space
£75,000
Corby – Stavanger Close Play Area
£49,999
Corby – The Adrenaline Alley Plaza
£75,000
Corby – West Glebe All Weather Pitch
£45,000
Cosgrove Play Area Upgrade
£24,997
Cotterstock Village Hall Restoration
£59,474
Danesholme Recreational Area
£74,092
Danesholme – Carltonwood Close Play Park
£50,000
Desborough – Pocket Park Pond Enhancement Project
£3,516
Desborough – Dunkirk Avenue Rec. Outdoor Gym
£19,030
East Carlton Country Play Park Area
£75,000
Evenley Parish Hall Damp Proofing Project
£7,407
Exeter Little Ambassadors Community Improvements
£25,000
Islip Sports Pavilion
£50,000
Kettering – Wicksteed Park Sand & Water Play Project
£50,000
Kettering – Grafton Street Park Play Area
£49,106
Kettering – St Michael’s Community Nature Garden
£12,054
King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall Lower Ground Floor Refurbishment
£72,432
Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre Revitalising Refurbishment
£50,000
Lowick Community Hall Restoration Scheme
£39,382
Oakham Willow Crescent Play Area
£15,000
Oundle – Springfield Community Garden
£2,572
Ringstead Peace Park Redevelopment
£50,000
Ringstead St Marys Church Toilets
£41,942
Southwick Village Hall Renovation
£21,500
Thrapston – Castle Field MUGA
£50,000
Titchmarsh Clubroom Development
£30,187
Uppingham – Tod’s Piece Recreation Ground Facilities
£74,289

Total: £1,324,492

Nottinghamshire Panel

Arnold – Emmanuel Church Hall Refurbishment
£10,515
Arnold – St Mary’s Community Family Centre Toilet Renovation
£30,200
Aspley – Munford Circus Open Space
£17,500
Beckingham cum Saundby Village Hall Roof
£73,220
Beckingham Institute Windows Replacement
£4,622
Bottesford Playgrounds Project
£45,000
Carlton on Trent Village Hall Building Renovation
£14,508
Carrington – Pirate Park Revitalisation
£50,000
Coddington Coronation Hall Redevelopment
£25,982
Collingham Community Park
£75,000
East Bridgford – Butt Close Improvement Project
£14,900
East Markham – Outdoor Community Fitness Area
£11,999
Hawton All Saints Church – Tower Area Re–Organisation
£14,964
Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground Improvements
£49,999
Kirby in Ashfield – Beacon Drive play area project
£75,000
Langold St Luke’s Church Renovation
£15,000
Nottingham Heritage & Outreach Project
£49,456
Papplewick Moor Pond Woods Footpath Improvements
£13,020
Radford – Moorgate Street Open Space
£39,380
Rainworth Community Play Project
£75,000
Ravenshead St Peters Centre
£49,252
Ruddington – St Mary’s Community Park Project
£35,000
Sawley Park Playground
£48,500
Selston Parish Hall Heating Upgrade
£15,000
Sherwood – Valley Road Play Environment
£49,999
South Clifton Community Pavilion
£15,000
South Muskham & Little Carlton Village Hall Improvements
£47,500
Stockhill Park Children’s Play Area
£49,998
Underwood Recreation Ground
£49,999
West Bridgford Sports Club Improvements
£74,919

Total: £1,140,432

Oxfordshire Panel

Blackbird Leys – Gillians Park ‘Go Active’ Fitness Trail
£16,000
Bladon Methodist Church Redevelopment
£50,000
Buckland Memorial Hall Re-Roofing Project
£43,754
Charlbury Memorial Hall Improvements
£36,000
Drayton Village Hall Refurbishment Project
£14,777
Finstock Village Hall Regeneration
£75,000
Fringford Village Hall Renovation Project
£61,335
Hollow Way Recreation Ground ‘ Go Active’ Outdoor Fitness Gym
£46,000
Holy Family Church Refurbishments
£8,000
Little Wittenham Wood Enhancements
£26,000
Marston Church Hall Renovation of Toilets
£12,063
North Leigh War Memorial Hall Disabled Access Project
£6,500
Oxford – St Mary & St John Church Hall Renovations
£75,000
Oxford Summertown Church Hall Windows
£20,000
Stanton Harcourt Play Areas Project
£57,333
Upton Village Hall Kitchen Refurbishment Project
£15,000
Witney – Liven Up The Leys
£75,000
Witney – Stonesfield Play Park Redevelopment
£60,000
Woodstock – The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Fit Out
£50,000

Total: £747,762

Warwickshire and Coventry Panel

Cheylesmore Community Centre Upgrade Phase 3
£72,673
Coventry – Foleshill St Paul’s Heating Project
£44,160
Coventry – St Francis Church Hall Improvements
£11,835
Coventry – St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Hall Refurbishment
£75,000
Coventry St George’s Disability Access & Garden Improvements
£9,641
Leamington Jubilee Community Space Project
£69,012
Leamington Spa – St Mary’s Church Servery
£15,000
Leek Wootton Playground Upgrade
£48,631
Longford – Peggies Park Community Centre Project
£38,504
Newbold – Parkfield Road Play Area Project
£75,000
Rugby – Hill Street Youth & Community Centre Renovations
£46,000
Stoke Heath – Creating a Comfortable Community Centre
£49,820

Total: £555,276

Yorkshire Panel

Adwick-le-Street Methodist Community Outreach
£15,000
Austerfield Study Centre Refurbishment
£50,000
Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground Redevelopment
£50,000
Bingley – Prince of Wales Park Renovation
£50,000
Bingley – St Wilfred Community Hall
£26,984
Boroughbridge Tennis Club Courts Resurfacing
£45,750
Bradford – Farfield Avenue Recreation Ground
£50,000
Bradford – St Peter’s House Refurbishment
£75,000
Bradford – Little Lane Community Hall Energy Saving Project
£13,910
Bradford – Nesfield Street Community Hall
£49,860
Camblesforth Village Garden
£15,000
Castleford – Fairburn Ings Visitor Facility Upgrade
£40,638
Castleford – Trinity Rooms Roof Replacement
£50,000
Clayton Village Hall Disabled Stair Lift
£15,000
Crigglestone Sports Club – New Changing Rooms
£49,000
Crofton Community Centre Sports Pitches Drainage Scheme
£30,000
Doncaster – Tickhill Cricket Club Refurbishment
£49,560
Doncaster – Christ Church Restoration Project Phase 4
£47,250
Eastmoor Community Project – Building for the Future
£40,267
Eccleshill – The Big Swing
£58,945
Flockton Village Community Space
£50,000
Harden Memorial Park Playground
£49,999
Heckmondwike – St James Community Project 2013
£50,000
Hexthorpe Parish Hall Refurbishment
£66,428
Holden Park Tennis Court Area
£50,000
Horbury Methodist Church Development
£50,000
Keighley – Guardhouse Urban Woodland
£43,000
Kirkgate Open Spaces
£10,000
Kirklees – Miners Memorial Garden
£44,978
Knaresborough – King George Play Park
£15,000
Knaresborough – The Beryl Burton Information Panel
£2,000
Knottingley Canal Side Improvements
£44,715
Lakeside – South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
£11,890
Manningham – A Resource for All
£17,054
Manningham – Lupton Street Park & Play Area
£45,260
Moss & Fenwick Village Hall Renovation
£59,159
Netherton Village Hall Upgrade
£13,000
New Millerdam – Slack Lane Field of Dreams
£50,000
Pontefract – Friarwood Valley Gardens Picnic & Play
£34,000
Ripon – St John’s Community Centre Project
£29,881
Rossington Community Centre Refurbishment
£15,895
South Kirkby – Burntwood Community Centre MUGA
£43,586
Steeton Bowling Green Play Area Refurbishment
£42,000
Thorne Rugby Club Refurbishment
£8,573
Wadworth – St John the Baptist Facility Improvements
£38,130
Wakefield – Thornes Park Conservatory Refurbishment
£14,000
Wakefield – New Millerdam Country Park
£13,700
Wakefield – Lightwaves Leisure & Community Centre Refurbishment
£47,561
Warmsworth Cricket Club – Facilities For All
£51,340
West Yorkshire – St Luke’s Community Portacabin
£40,455
Wetherby Community Kitchen
£15,000
Woodsetts Multi Use Sports Facility
£50,000
Wyke Community Sensory Garden
£40,000

Total: £1,978,768

Community Fund Scotland

Glasgow and Lanarkshire Panel

Airdrie – Whinhall Play Area
£50,000
Falkirk Wheel Water Play
£65,000
Forgewood Community Centre Resource Project
£55,000
Kirkintilloch – Dromore Play Park
£48,900
Motherwell – Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church Refurbishments
£39,121
Motherwell – South Parish Keystone Project
£50,000

Total: £308,021

Community Fund Wales

Conwy Panel

Conwy – Clwb Yr Efail Centre Refurbishment
£24,800
Conwy – Kendal Road Play Area Improvements
£50,000
Conwy – Victoria Park Improvement Project Phase 2
£75,000
Conwy – Fairy Glen Nature Reserve Community Enhancement Scheme
£28,862
Craig–Y–Don Sports & Community Centre Replacement Boiler
£4,900
Old Colwyn Community Centre Refurbishment
£3,899
Rhyl Harbour Green Infrastructure Project
£69,000
Rhyl Rugby Sports and Social Club Improved Facilities
£5,500
Y Glyn Recreation Improvement Project
£48,000

Total: £309,961

West Glamorgan Panel

Ammanford – Betws RFC Refurbishment
£17,856
Ammanford All Saints Church Repairs
£75,000
Ammanford Ebeneser Chapel Refurbishment
£26,314
Banwen Skate Park
£75,000
Brynaman Play Area
£45,000
Clydach – Capel Y Nant Church Hall Refurbishment
£30,000
Garnant – Cwmamman Park MUGA & Splashpad
£50,000
Llandybie RFC Community Project
£75,000
Llanedi Park
£29,082
Longford – The Drive New Play Area
£69,995
Maes y Coed Play Area
£24,973
Neuadd Cwmllynfell Refurbishment
£11,081
Pen Y Dre – YMCA Roof Renovation
£34,750
Pontarddulais – Bont Community Youth Zone
£34,000
Seven Sisters Community Cycle Route
£57,336
Swansea – Canolfan Seion Newydd Centre Upgrade
£7,509
Swansea – Jersey Park Pavillion Refurbishment
£61,011
Trebanos Together Park Upgrade
£49,486
Ystalyfera – Wern Chapel Refurbishments
£15,000
Ystalyfera RFC Refurbishment
£48,770
Ystradgynlais Miners Welfare Hall Improvements
£74,962

Total: £912,125

Wrexham Panel

Chirk – Chapel Lane Playground Refurbishment
£70,056
Ffrith Play Area Enhancement
£55,000
Glyn Ceiriog – Tramway Engine Shed & Yard
£75,000
Glyn Ceiriog Playground Redevelopment
£49,949
Glyn Ceiriog Playground Redevelopment
£44,209
Marchwiel Village Hall Development 2
£75,000
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
£48,000
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
£15,222
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
£58,844
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
£48,500
Wrexham – St Margaret’s Energy Conservation Project 2014
£12,470
Wrexham – Salisbury Park Church & Community Hall
£6,059
Wrexham – Trevor Park Play Area Project
£44,907

Total: £603,216

National Funding

The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
£650,000
Transforming the Imperial War Museum London
£150,000

Total: £800,000

FCC Building Communities Fund

FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough GAPA Outdoor Play Project
£18,600
FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough Marshall Archives
£4,298
FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough Rowing Club
£75,000

Total: £97,898

Biodiversity Action Fund

Cumbria – Eycott Hill (Upland Exemplar creation)
£200,033
Highlands – Inner Moray Firth Invasive Plants Project
£135,517
Highlands – Restoring the Blanket Bog of Flow Country
£247,969
Kent – Medway Smile Chalk Habitats Project
£248,322
Lancashire – South Pennines Grassland Network
£250,000
Lincolnshire – Chalk Streams Restoration in Lincolnshire
£213,946
Norfolk – Safeguarding Roydon Commons Mires
£249,800
North Lanarkshire – The Slamannan Bog Restoration Project
£193,446
North Wales – Alun & Chwiler Living Landscapes Project
£227,807
Shropshire – River Clun Recovery Project
£216,308
Suffolk – Restoration of Coastal Reedbeds
£249,224
Yorkshire – Reconnecting the Outer Humber Phase 2
£219,087

Total: £2,651,459

Biodiversity Action Fund – Land Purchase

Blue House Farm – Essex Wildlife Trust
£92,780
Boyton Marsh – RSPB
£500,000
Churnet Valley Buffers – RSPB
£25,500
Copper Hall Farm – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
£240,000
Eycott Hill – Cumbria Wildlife Trust
£232,200
Fackenden Down – Kent Wildlife Trust
£258,300
Fingringhoe Wick – Essex Wildlife Trust
£84,000
Hesketh Marsh – RSPB
£1,000,000
Meadow Farm Extension – BBOWT
£148,000
Mount Pleasant Farm Dunwich Heath – The National Trust
£150,000
Princethorpe Woodlands Extension – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
£100,000
Seasalter Extension – RSPB
£100,000
Securing Nemo Down – Kent Wildlife Trust
£442,000
Shawside – Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
£75,000
Stiperstones Back to Purple – Shropshire Wildlife Trust
£75,000
Woodhall Spa Airfield – Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
£450,000

Total: £3,972,780

FCC Heritage Fund

National Churches Trust 2015
£500,000
Buckinghamshire – Adstock St Cecilias Church
£500,000
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
£75,000
Coventry Cathedral
£51,550
Essex – Stow Maries Aerodrome
£200,000
Kent – Upper Stoke St Peter & St Paul
£45,000
Kirkby Thore – St Michael Church
£25,000
Lancashire – Radcliffe Tower Ruins
£54,408
Lincolnshire – Grantham St Wulframs
£20,000
Lincolnshire – Halton Holgate St Andrews Church
£75,000
Lincolnshire – Somersby St Margaret
£20,000
Llangollen Dinas Ruins
£31,825
Norfolk – Denver Windmill Restoration
£75,000
Nottinghamshire – Worksop Gatehouse
£20,000
Rusholme Holy Trinity Church
£75,000
Staffordshire – Leek St Luke’s Church
£45,000
Warwickshire – Warwick St Mary
£75,000
Warwickshire Dunchurch St Peters Church
£50,000

Total: £1,457,783

Other

Green Business Network 2015 Block Grant
£21,855
YWS – Skelton Grange 2014
£3,464

Total: £25,319

LCF REFORM

The LCF was introduced in 1996 as a way for landfill operators to voluntarily contribute to community, biodiversity and heritage projects around landfill sites by claiming a credit against their Landfill Tax liability. Since then, the fund has provided more than £1.4 billion to over 52,500 projects.

How the LCF works has changed over the years and in 2011 it was asked to change again. In order for funding to reach projects quicker, the government challenged the LCF to reduce the amount of unspent funds within the scheme by March 2014. The LCF failed to reduce the fund by the required 25%, achieving only a 17% reduction.

The government acknowledges that the scheme provides important funding opportunities for communities. However, it also wants to ensure that funding is distributed as quickly and efficiently as possible and concluded that reform was needed. In Spring 2015 HMRC issued a consultation to seek views on proposals to reform the LCF. Considerations included initiatives to improve the flow of LCF funding, removing barriers which could delay funding and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy.

It is clear that change is needed and change will happen. It is likely funding will be allocated and spent on projects within shorter timescales and projects needing longer term funding will need to be phased.

The outcome of the consultation process is unlikely to be implemented until Spring 2016. However WREN will be changing some of the processes involved in funding projects over the coming months in readiness of this reform.

Contact

WREN House
Manor Farm
Bridgham
Norfolk
NR16 2RX

Email: info@wren.org.uk
Telephone: 01953 717 165
Fax: 01953 718 202