Storage Plight Solved

A grant of £1,000 from a local community fund will help a north Bristol drama group store their costumes and sets.

The Horfield-based Whitefield Players perform and rehearse their popular plays at the Horfield United Reformed Church, which is also known as the Whitefield Memorial Tabernacle.

They are set to benefit from the Let’s Make It Happen fund, a collaboration between Combined Insurance and the Observer’s sister paper the Evening Post.

The fund gives away £10,000 a year to a broad range of individuals, groups and charities to benefit the community at large.

The Whitefield Players, who have 30 members aged from five to 70, plan to put the money towards a £5,000 double-door storage garage.

Spokewoman Alison Kinnersley said: “We’ve got a bit of a storage problem.

“We can’t keep using the church because we’ve got too much stuff.

“We want to buy this garage and use one side for the costumes and the other for decors and sets.

“We will obviously have to do some more fundraising ourselves but £1,000 will certainly help our cause – and our coffers – enormously.”

Clive Robbins, managing director of Combined Insurance, said: “We’re extremely delighted that the community awards are having such an immediate and positive impact on local communities in the Bristol area.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing diverse dreams and goals of other worthy winners realised over the coming months/”