Circomedia and railway benefit

April 28 2021

TWO local organisations are celebrating substantial grants from the Governent’s Culture Recovery Fund to help them recover from the Covid-19 shutdown.

The MP meets Jono and Maddie

Circomedia in Kingswood has been given £170,859 while Avon Valley Railway in Bitton has been allocated £97,400.

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has visited both centres to find out how they will use the money to help them get back on their feet.

Circomedia, also known as the Academy of Circus Arts and Physical Theatre,  training courses and circus skills.

Nicolas Young, Circomedia CEO, said: “We were delighted that our local MP was able to see Circomedia in action, with 90 young people and 20 staff on site in our first youth circus project since restrictions were eased. He therefore got to see a key part of the work that the Cultural Recovery Grant is helping to ensure continues and improves into the future.”

At AVR, where trains were due to resume operation from May 1, Mr Skidmore met staff and volunteers.

Roger Eynon, AVR chairman said: “We’re really pleased to be awarded the grant from the Culture Recovery Fund, in recognition of the difficult year that we’ve had. We’re able to use the money to help us deal with the backlog of work that we had to put on hold by coronavirus and to help us grow our volunteer base in the future.   

“Because of the significant downturn in trade we’ve also used up a lot of our financial reserves and the fund will also enable us to re-fill these, giving us a brighter outlook from what has been a particularly bleak year.  It was great to be able to share this news with Chris Skidmore as he's been particularly supportive of us during the pandemic.” 

Mr Skidmore said he was very pleased to visit both organisations.

“The Government continues to recognise the importance of supporting our local cultural and heritage organisations which are at the heart of our communities, and I am delighted that this latest grant will help Circomedia and others in Kingswood restart their activities, ensuring our local heritage sector and economy can rebuild and thrive as restrictions are lifted,” he said.

“I am delighted that Avon Valley Railway will be receiving this funding as they re-open. I have visited the railway many times over the years, having been born and grown up locally, and I have always been impressed by the excellent service that they provide for our local community.”