Axe Vale Show gives £30k to local groups

PUBLISHED: 07:01 17 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 19 December 2018

smAward Winners with the big cheque. Picture: Suzie McFadzean

smAward Winners with the big cheque. Picture: Suzie McFadzean


More than a dozen organisations receive cash aid thanks to another succesful event

Donations totalling £30,000 were given to local organisations on Saturday (December 15) - thanks to another successful Axe Vale Show.

The record amount was raised at this year’s 24th annual event.

Speaking at the awards ceremony show chairman Simon Hodges said: “The Axe Vale Show is a charitable fundraising event and run exclusively by volunteers with all costs and overheads being kept to a minimum.

“I am really proud to be making these awards to local organisations. The show started in order to raise funds to help support the Flamingo Pool - now all these years later the pool is still supported alongside many other worthwhile causes.”

Elizabeth Stonex, head of the grants committee, said: “Deciding how to award grants is not easy.

“There are many groups where a modest award will make a significant difference. Each application is scrutinised by the team and proposed awards are then debated by the committee.”

This year organisations received their awards from the Axe Vale Show at a festive ceremony hosted by Steve Buxton at the Flamingo Pool.

He said: “We are eternally grateful to the Axe Vale Show for awarding us funding this year and being able to maintain the pool as an eco-friendly community facility is important.

“We offer high standards or affordable exercise and rehabilitation for our local population.”

The following organisations were awarded grants: Flamingo Pool, Axminster Heritage, Cloakham Lawns Sports Centre, village halls in Kilmington and Woodbury, Chardstock Youth Club, Hawkchurch and Kilmington Tennis Clubs, Axminster and Lym Valley Scout Groups, Axe Vale Netball Club, Axminster Primary Academy, All Saints Wise Owls Pre-school, Little Pips Toddler Group, Marshwood School PFA, Easy Read, Axminster Gym, Drama and Cricket Clubs, Chardstock Park Trust, Chardstock Community Hall Trust, Five Alive Duke of Edinburgh Kilmington ane Hawkchuch Parish Council.

Pledges were also made to Axminster’s counselling charity Arc and Axminster Outdoor Bowls.

The 2019 Show, the 25th anniversary, and is already under preparation. Anyone who would like to take part as an exhibitor or as a volunteer is asked to please contact organisers at

2019 Discounted tickets are already available online .

* The Axe Vale Show is a charitable fundraising event for the charity Axe Vale Festival Limited.

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