January 2022

  • In January, we provided grants totalling £1500 to help fund essential household items for local families in need

  • The Budding Foundation donated a defibrillator to Old Barn Garden Centre. Founder Clive Gravett said: “The Tate family have been very supportive of the charity over the years and this year, the grottos at two of their centres had 8,000 visitors, which raised many thousands of pounds for local disadvantaged children. With their help, we also support various gardening projects in local schools. We were aware that several customers had said it would be great if the centre could have a defibrillator on site so we thought it would be a nice way of saying thank you to all those customers who came and visited the grotto with their children and grandchildren.”

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February 2022

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  • 20 members of the U3A (Towns & Villages group4) visited Tates Hassocks for coffee and a talk and tour of The Museum of Gardening with founder Clive Gravett. Organiser Ruby said: "I wish to thank you for giving us your time with such an interesting & entertaining talk yesterday. We are all agreed that the history, anecdotes & exhibits shown to us made a very good morning out. Best wishes for your work with the charity." The group purchased six copies of Clive's book, 'Two Men went to Mow' and made a generous donation.

  • In conjuction with Tates Garden Centres, Clive Gravett presented plants, compost, seeds and pots to staff from Northease Manor School, Rodmell, Lewes (for children with Special Educational Needs) and to St Margaret's Primary School, Ditchling.

  • In February, we provided grants totalling over £3500 to support 190 disadvantaged children with varying special needs from Shoreham, Horsham and Haywards Heath to attend and enjoy theatre based activities and also funded essential household items and requests for local families and young people in need.

  • Founder Clive Gravett gave a talk to 30 members of the Partridge Green Horticultural Society. Organiser Susie said: "Thank you so much for your interesting talk, and for taking the trouble to bring all those fascinating artefacts to show us. Such innovation in those days, we are very spoiled now. I am glad you did a brisk trade with your books too, and we wish you well with your fundraising, obviously much needed and appreciated." £100 was raised and the group purchased six copies of Clive's book, 'Two Men went to Mow'.

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March 2022
  • In March, we provided grants totalling £2721 to help fund essential household items and requests for local families in need as well as supporting Sussex Clubs for Young People with their 2022 Streetmate project. The project's 'Purple Bus' will run 9 events in Sussex, providing refreshments, art, sport and emotional support for young people during the summer holidays.

  • In conjunction with Tates Garden Centres, Clive Gravett presented plants, compost, seeds and pots to staff and representatives from:

  • Harbour Primary School, Newhaven

  • Tower House School, Seaford

  • Hangleton Primary School

  • Southdown Nursery & Forest School, Steyning

  • 1st Hurstpierpoint Girls Brigade.

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