05/10/12 Bridge Trust Community Grants - Inspiring and preserving

Sue Threader
Bridge Clerk Sue Threader

The Rochester Bridge Trust is distributing around £25,000 in community grants to inspire young Kent engineers and scientists, and help fund repairs to some of the county’s most historic buildings.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set to receive £3,000 towards to the cost of equipment for a science and engineering programme for schools. Ashford School will be given £2,000 to spend on robotic engineering kits for a new science and engineering society.

Pupils at Brompton-Westbrook Primary School are to benefit from £2,600 towards the cost of equipment for a new science and technology club. Meanwhile, £2,500 is going to help equip a new construction fun club at Wouldham All Saints Primary School.

Two new Bridge Wardens’ scholarships have been awarded through the Arkwright Scholarships Trust to support the sixth form studies of two local students planning to study civil engineering at university and provide opportunities to learn more about the industry.

The Trust’s community grant awards for 2012-13, announced by Bridge Clerk Sue Threader, also include grants worth more than £9,000 towards the costs of conserving valued features in key historic buildings.

Project to benefit are repairs to a 13th-century window at St Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone; a Grade 1 listed doorway at All Saints Church, Graveney; and Grade 1 listed windows at Pugin’s St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate, and St Martin of Tours Church, Detling.

A further £2,000 is being made available to the Friends of Eastgate House, Rochester, to investigate a newly discovered 16th-century mural.

In addition, a grant of £1,500 is being made to the New Medway Steam Packet Co. Ltd to assist with restoration of the bow rudder of the Medway Queen.

The Rochester Bridge Trust has pledged to continue its financial support to the Royal Engineers Museum for its annual Bridge Building Competition for local primary schools next March. Grants have already been made for the Universities at Medway Boat Race as well as the annual Gravesend and Rochester PloughingMatch.

Mrs Threader said: “Careful management of our endowments, dating from the late 14th century, means that the Trust continues to be in a position to meet its duty to provide a bridge over the River Medway at Rochester in perpetuity at no cost to the public.

“Fortunately, we are also currently able to support some local causes that meet the key criteria of the Trust’s community grants programme.”

To find out more about Rochester Bridge Trust and its community grants, go to www.rbt.org.uk.

The Trust plans to offer a new grant programme in Spring 2013 and further details will be available on the website in the NewYear.

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