Froxfield Choir and other local community groups in the village have been given a boost with the purchase of a brand new stage thanks to a grant from East Hampshire District Council.
The grant of £634, approved by ward councillor Nick Drew, covered around a third of the total cost of the stage and has given the choir a welcome boost. The improvement is a great step-up from its old makeshift arrangement of hiring and borrowing different staging from various other organisations.
“The difference this has made to the choir has been enormous”, says Choir Chairman Sue Clegg. “The staging is a modular system that can be used at two different heights, which is ideal for a choir of our size. It is also portable, easy to store, assemble and disassemble, and to move from one venue to another. It has improved our experience of performing by giving better lines of sight to our conductor.
"We are very grateful to councillor Drew for the grant which made purchasing the staging possible."
Each councillor at EHDC has a budget of £4,500 to give to causes and organisations that support the local community.
Cllr Drew, ward member for Froxfield, Steep and Stroud, said: “The new stage is a massive improvement for the choir and has given them a solid footing to keep their performances well polished for years to come.
"I believe this is money well spent and will hit the right note with many local people. It’s not only to be used by the choir, but also by various other groups and organisations within Froxfield, including Froxfield Village School.”
Froxfield Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and performs at least four times a year. Its members come from a wide area, including Clanfield, Stroud, Steep, Hawkley, Rogate and Petersfield.