National Lottery award a grant from their Community fund to GRASS Cliftonville to start initial works at The Oval Bandstand.

The grant of £10,000 will be used towards initial refurbishment of The Oval Bandstand; and combined with the monies received from the Crowdfunder, and match funding from Power to Change, gives The Oval Bandstand project an encouraging start. Stephen Darrer, Secretary at GRASS Cliftonville, said: “Thank you to the National Lottery fund, we are hugely honoured and appreciative that you have selected us as the recipients of this grant. We are aiming to complete the freehold transfer any day now working closely in collaboration with Thanet District Council, and once we officially become custodians of the site, we can start the urgent improvement works and get the site up and running for the community. Outdoor Covid safe events will be needed more than ever as we come out of lockdown, especially over the coming summer months.We are extremely excited and have lots of collaborative community projects in the pipeline including outdoor cinema screenings, a live orchestra, immersive cinema with live music, outdoor theatre, as well as a season of ‘Summer Sundays’ live music returning to the bandstand. We are looking for sponsors so if your business would like to sponsor one of our live music events, or any of our events, at the bandstand please do get in touch 
We are also in talks with Margate Pride and are hoping to support the return of the event to The Oval Bandstand later this summer. Most importantly, we would like to thank Thanet District Council for their co-operation and support and look forward to completing the freehold transfer. We believe Thanet District Council realises the massively important contribution community organisations like GRASS Cliftonville make to the Margate landscape, as the whole team at the council have been working hard to ensure a swift transfer that works for the best interests of the community. When we complete the transfer it will not doubt be a day of celebration when we receive the keys!”