Dragon's Den Friday 12th May 2017

Bembridge Village Partnership hosted a ‘Dragons Den’ event on Friday 12th May at Bembridge Youth & Community Centre where a grant funding pot of up to £2,500 was available to local organisations and community groups working for the benefit of Bembridge.

8 applications were received and made the final shortlist. The applicants delivered a presentation to the dragons with an audience looking on. The fearsome Dragons this year were Keith Cook, Cllr Richard Weaver, Cllr Sheila Weedall and Steve Warburton.

The funding pot was allocated by the Dragons between the following applications:
Windmills Preschool                                                        £423.32

Bembridge FC                                                                 £350.00

Bembridge Scouts                                                           £230.00

Bembridge Rainbows                                                      £129.00

Bembridge Youth FC                                                       £750.00

Friendship Circle                                                              £200.00

Friends of Holy Trinity                                                      £150.00

Pat a Happy Pony                                                            £200.00

Welcome Bonus – a special prize cheque with money from the collection pots on the counters and April’s carrier bag fund at Welcome Store.   £386.63 was awarded to Bembridge Youth Football Club based on the evening presentation.

Dragon Steve Warburton said ‘Thank you very much for everyone involved in this now well established community event and the Village partnership for providing the £2,500 grant pot.  All 8 applicants who applied were granted some or their entire request.  It's clear to see that a small army of volunteers make the village a great place for the small children of windmills and rainbows, the boys and girls who attend the football clubs and scout club, the adults who will love the flower festivals and coffee mornings and everyone loves a pony!  All the presentations were great.

Thanks must go to the Isle of Wight institution and legend David Randini who not only entertained us all night but ensured we kept on track and added some really positive comments, taking a genuine interest in our Community.

Finally thanks to all the dragons new and old, and everyone at the Bembridge Parish Council who throughout the year have planned this great event.’