At the Wilmslow Town Council meeting in December, Councillors agreed to award three new Community Grants to TEMPO, The Guild for Lifelong Learning, and Wilmslow Albion Football Club.
TEMPO (The Edge Musical Production Organisation - formerly SCAMPS) received £2,000 to help cover the rental costs at the Evans' Theatre in Wilmslow Leisure Centre. TEMPO are an award-winning youth theatre group and registered charity, their next production will be Chicago 'High School Edition', taking place in March.
The Guild for Lifelong Learning - a registered charity based at Wilmslow Guild on Bourne Street - received a grant of £2,000. The funding will be used to purchase new tables and chairs for the Guild's community space, which will be free for community groups within Wilmslow to use. Developing its community space will also enable The Guild to deliver new charitable activities, surgeries and signposting.
Wilmslow Albion Football Club also received a grant of £2,000, to facilitate the establishment of a new women's team – Wilmslow Albion Women F.C. - which they hope to introduce for the 2022/2023 season. Wilmslow Albion are a local football club that competes in the Manchester league with two men's teams for local players aged 16 years and upwards. They wish to create a women's team to give local women the opportunity to get involved in active, competitive sport, and enable girls playing for local junior football teams to remain in the sport without having to transfer to clubs outside of the local area when they become adults. Wilmslow Albion Women F.C is now registered with Cheshire FA and have been granted approval to play in the Greater Manchester Women's Football League. The club is registering players for a trial day in March.
Wilmslow Town Council Chairman, Martin Watkins, said of the grants awards, "Wilmslow Town Council is pleased to be able to fund the three community groups with their very different projects, which really demonstrate the breadth of support available through the Council's grant scheme. We are equally proud to provide funding for the Guild to develop their community space as we are to help TEMPO cover the cost of theatre hire, and to facilitate Wilmslow Albion with the introduction of their new women's team; we wish them all success."