In St Nicholas Nave on Saturday 15th February
Press release – Low income households in Monmouthshire encouraged to apply for energy saving grants
Households in Monmouthshire are being encouraged to apply for funding for free energy saving improvements to their homes.
Recent changes to the eligibility for the Energy Company grant means the funding will now be available to a greater number of homes across the county.
The changes mean people no longer need to be in receipt of benefits, but do need to be on a low income. Anyone wishing to apply must also either live in a home that is expensive to heat or be vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home.
Those deemed vulnerable because of living in a cold home may have numerous medical conditions or a disability. Anyone under the age of five or over 60 are also deemed vulnerable to the effects of a cold home.
The income assessments are made dependant on how households are made up. A single adult must not be earning over £9,300 to be considered for the funding, whereas a family of two adults and two children must not earn over £26,800. These figures are taken after deducting housing costs such as mortgage, rent and council tax.
Along with loft insulation top-ups and cavity wall insulation, those eligible may be able to have a broken or old inefficient boiler replaced with a new more efficient one.
To apply, or check eligibility please contact Monmouthshire County Council’s charity partner, the Energy Advice Centre, in Newport on freephone 0800 6226110.
If eligible, their advisors will arrange for a free, no-obligation survey. More details of the scheme and the eligibility criteria can be found on www.sewenergy.org.uk.
The scheme is open to private homeowners and those renting privately. The grants are subject to survey, eligibility and funding availability, with the final decision resting with the energy companies supporting the scheme.
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The Grosmont Market team have met to discuss the 2020 markets, and we are very much looking forward to the up and coming markets throughout 2020. The next market will be the spring market, which will be on the 14th March. If you would like to be considered for a pitch, please reply to this email by 7th Feb.
As a market, we are committed to ensuring that we stay true to our values and ethos – a core part of which is ensuring that the plastic and waste footprint of the market is minimal. At the end of each market, we are throwing away on average at least two large bin bags full of rubbish, the majority of which is plastic plates, cutlery, cups, cartons etc.
We appreciate that for many of the stall holders often the cheapest and most convenient way to serve food or present your products is in plastic. However, going forward, we would really like to encourage all stall holders to make the steps to go plastic free. For future Grosmont markets we will be selecting stalls on their ability to be making the steps to be plastic free. We appreciate that this may add a cost to you but we plan to keep our pitch fee low to offset some of this cost.
All the very best
The Grosmont market team
Cydlynydd Lle / Place Coordinator
On August 25th Russ Williams and Jamie Edwards held a Battle of Grosmont event to raise money for the MacMillan charity and a local cause. The event, which included members from the football, darts and boules teams also included a Tug of War. It was so successful they decided to sponsor an event for the village children.
Grosmont Events were approached to see if they would assist with funding and after some discussion they agreed to take over the planning for a trip to a local pantomime in Monmouth. The Savoy Theatre, Church Street is reputedly the oldest working theatre in Wales. It is run by a charitable trust and relies heavily on the support from volunteers who diligently make every performance an enjoyable experience for all the visitors.
This year Cinderella featured. We all know the story of a beautiful heroine who worked her fingers to the bone while dreaming of a better life away from her wicked stepmother and two ugly sisters who spend their days plotting and scheming on how to make Cinderella’s life more miserable. However after a surprise visit from her Fairy Godmother, and a sprinkling of fairy dust, Cinderella’s life is turned upside down, when she is transported from a ‘rags to riches’ world following an invitation to a royal ball with a handsome prince who is looking for a beautiful wife.
In total 40 excited children and parents boarded two coaches and made their way to Monmouth for the 2pm performance. True to tradition, we booed the baddies, cheered the goodies, joined in the singing and dancing and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Oh yes we did!
Our thanks go to everyone involved for making this lovely Christmas event possible.