Club folds but music will play on with grants

The Rev Philip Johnson looks foward to receiving grant applications.
The Rev Philip Johnson looks foward to receiving grant applications.

Young musicians learning to play an instrument or yearning to attend concerts may get cash help to achieve their dreams.

Sleaford Music Club has reluctantly folded after more than 75 years of providing international quality classical music concerts in town.

Members at the swan song meeting donated the remaining funds – almost £840 – to Sleaford United Charity for distribution to children and young people in full-time education to enable them to have access to music, preferably classical, by learning to play an instrument or attending concerts.

Club treasurer Felicity Amery said: “While we are very sad to see the end of the Sleaford Music Club and its concerts, we are pleased to find a good cause to receive the balance of our funds.”

Sleaford United Charity welcomes applications from individuals and groups, including schools, in Sleaford and surrounding parishes who might benefit from the music club’s funds.

Charity chairman the Rev Philip Johnson said: “We look forward to receiving applications which will be considered on a case-by-case basis at our next meeting, scheduled for November 17.”

Although the main aim of the charity is to provide for people in need, it also distributes funds to music groups and event organisers from a donation made by Sleaford Music Promoters or Whatever last year and holds the McCarthy fund, which can support people following performing arts.

Recent beneficiaries include Sleaford Concert Band.

For more information and to apply for a grant, please contact Debbie Scott, clerk to the trustees of Sleaford United Charity on 07973 330765 or sleafordunitedcharity@gmail.com