Works get under way at Canvey Island FC

Rebecca Harris MP and Trustees present a grant cheque to Canvey Island FC

Rebecca Harris MP and Trustees of this Trust attended the Canvey Island FC game against Lewes on Saturday, to present the club with a grant cheque for £150,000. This grant will be used to create a new community hub for the Island, which once finished will give local people somewhere modern and safe to socialise and participate in sporting activities. … Read More

Works start on Upminster Windmill

Storm Imogen braved as we gathered for the photo shoot

Whilst she did her best, storm Imogen was unable to stop the brave group of people that attended the official ground-breaking ceremony at Upminster Windmill on the 8th February 2016. Whilst the wind whipped around them they all managed to raise a smile for the cameras. This Trust awarded a grant of £255,902 towards the new visitor centre which once completed … Read More

Wickford Shinfodo Jujitsu, a much safer place to train

Thank you from the Shinfodo Jujitsu Club

The pupils and Sensie of the Wickford, Shinfodo Jujuitsu club now have a much safer environment in which to practice their skills, thanks to a grant of over £3,000. The grant was used to buy much needed training mats and equipment and a new storage shed. The ancient martial art of Jujitsu was originally developed by the Japanese Samurai Warriors, … Read More

Half Term Fun on the Ant Hill at the RSPB Reserve, Purfleet

Half Term Fun At RSPB Purfleet

Local children enjoyed some half term fun on the Trust funded Ant Hill at the RSPB reserve in Purfleet. On a sunny, but damp morning the children (Joshua Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Coby Delaney, Louis Wayland, Henry Gray, Tom Gray) used up some of their energy, climbing the anthill and exploring it’s tunnels. When the rain started falling we all headed to the … Read More

Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre opens

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre Inside

The Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre in Hornchurch Country Park finally opened its doors on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Following speeches from our Chairman and other parties, the centre was finally opened by Cllr Melvin Wallace and lolo Williams from BBCs Springwatch. The weather was glorious,  and the visitor centre was busy all day, attracting both young and old from miles around, popping in for … Read More

Peartree Close, South Ockendon – Community Garden

Peartree Close Community Garden Opening

A grant of £500 has made a huge difference to the residents of Peartree Close, South Ockendon. The money was used to improve a memory garden. Tony Houston and his wife Carol applied for the grant on behalf of the Community Association and were delighted with how much they have been able to buy with such a small sum of money. Tony said … Read More

St Catherine’s Church, Wickford, Lych Gate

St Catherine's Church, Wickford, Lych Gate

In May 2014, it became clear that the lych gate at St. Catherine’s, Wickford, which had been leaning slightly, Pisa-like for some years, was suddenly starting to move towards the Southend Road.  For most people, demolition was not an option; the lych gate has many admirers and supporters, a good number of whom were willing to make a donation towards … Read More

Rainham ROYALS Youth Centre Officially Reopened

VNTT presentation bench, with the children of lightnin' drama group

On the 18th July 2015, the ROYALS Youth Centre in Rainham was officially reopened by John Cruddas MP, Cllr Robert Benham (VNTT Trustee) and Cllr Melvin Wallace. There were performances from the Essex Marching Corp, who travelled down from Thundersley for the day, the Kryptic Fusion dance crew performed the latest street dancing and the Lightnin’ drama group had everyone … Read More

Pupils of Corbets Tey School blossom

Cllr Robert Benham (l) (VNTT Trustee, Cllr Brian Eagling (r) (Mayor of Havering celebrating the opening of the solar domes with pupils from Corbets Tey School

The pupils of Corbets Tey School will now be able to take part in horticultural lessons in their new solar domes. The Trust gave a grant of £50,500 towards the domes which will provide new and unique, practical  outdoor learning, opportunities for children at the school with complex learning disabilities, as well as others in the community. The domes were officially … Read More

Trust receives record £3.67 million from Veolia UK

The Trust is delighted to announce that it has just received funding in the sum of £3.67 million from Veolia UK. This will enable us to support many more projects in the coming months. The Trustees and staff would like to express their thanks to Veolia UK for their continued and very generous support.