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Boost for new Woodbridge cultural event

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A new music and arts festival taking place in Woodbridge this weekend has received a funding boost from an East Suffolk councillor.

The Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music takes place on 31 August at Elmshurst Park and will feature live music, art, an eco-zone, yoga, children's activities and more.

Cllr Rachel Smith-Lyte, East Suffolk councillor for Melton, has allocated £1,300 from her ‘Enabling Communities Budget’ to support the event.

East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities Budgets support activities delivered by community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations. A total of £412,500 has been allocated for 2019/20 from the New Homes Bonus, funding generated through new houses built in the district.

Distributed equally amongst each of the Council’s 55 members, each ward councillor has a £7,500 Enabling Community Budget to spend on community projects or to develop new projects which tackle community needs in their area.

Cllr Smith-Lyte said:

“What swung this for me was the festival organisers’ obvious commitment to making this festival as eco-friendly as possible by providing alternatives to single use plastic and having proper onsite recycling points.

Also its inclusivity and accessibility by keeping the entrance fee to a very reasonable £10 and half that for under 18s, with under 13s going free. It’s also giving a platform to local artists, involving local organisations and supporting local venues.”

Festival co-organiser Richard Litchfield said:

"A massive thank you to Rachel Smith-Lyte for her contribution to the festival. We've had an amazing response so far from local people and businesses willing to pitch in and give their time and resources to make the event really special.

We have deliberately set out to make the price accessible, with children free, so that everybody has the opportunity to see excellent live music on their doorsteps.”

Previous projects which have benefitted from Enabling Community Budget funding include play areas, village hall refurbishments and equipment, community events, projects supporting people with disabilities and the purchase of defibrillators.

Community groups wishing to apply for Enabling Community Budget funding should contact their district councillor or go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/enabling-communities-budgets

Find out more on the Woodbridge Festival website.