Meeting Notes – Feb 2018

Good News – We have confirmed that Member Societies still get a  10% discount on bookings at the Gatehouse – we will advise members if this changes.

Furthermore, subject to some paperwork (namely evaluation forms from prior events) we have agreed funding for the following groups:

Stafford Choral Society – grant request £1,000
Musical Theatre Stafford – grant request £700
Musical Youth Theatre Stafford – grant request £300

Grants Awarded – January 2018

As of the meeting on the 10th of January we awarded grants of the following amounts to the following organisations:


Adbaston Community Concert Society     £340

Stafford Folk Club                                         £450

Stafford Players                                            £700

Konnektiv  Arts                                             £995


Remember we have grants of up to £1000 available to member societies – details on our website

Meeting Notes – November 2017

Having not been able to hold a meeting in October due to not being quorate the Committee yesterday met for the first time since the AGM in October.

New Members

We’re excited to have Interact Arts join our members – and we look forward to helping them with their remit to provide fun, informal learning activities in the community, for vulnerable young people and adults, using drama and activity-based workshops and projects to develop individuals and their communities.”

Grants Awarded
Stafford Art Group – to help develop their programme of arts activities. You can find their 2017/18 Programme here

Tree of Life Project in conjunction with Staffordshire Women’s Aid to engage artists Helen Wilson, Mark Uttley and Hollie Uttley in a outdoor based art project to enhance the children’s outdoor play area at ForWard House.


Keep an eye out for updated form with details of the new committee members on – grants applied for using the old forms will not be accepted – please check you’re using the latest ones available. Stewart our secretary will be sending them out soon. He’s also the person to contact if you wish to put yourself forward to join the committee, or about anything else to do with SDAC- he can be contacted at

Grants Awarded – August 2017

Sorry for the delay in anyone waiting to hear from us in the last few months – but we’ve successfully had a meeting and can confirm the committee has agreed to fully fund the following grant applications:

  • Adbaston Choral Society’s Autumn & Winter concerts
  • Stafford Folk Dance Callers Forum
  • Konnektiv Arts

a further application is having to be considered by e-mail but will be resolved asap.

We now have a new complement of money for the support of arts groups in the Stafford Borough – details of how to apply for grants are on our website



SDAC Wardrobe Sale – £1325 raised

The council would like to thank the Sdub Cooperative (who have been working on the community wardrobe since 2014) in organising the sale that was held on July  8th 2017.


The sale attracted local community arts groups, school drama productions, inspiring maths teachers with plans to make the best algebra lesson ever, people hunting fancy dress items for parties, or dressing up boxes and general lovers of vintage clothes.

The sale worked on a pay-what-you-want donation system and raised £1325 that will be fed back to the SDAC funds to help future arts events in Stafford.


SDUB would also like to thank the Headmaster of the Chetwynd Center in her help with organising and preparing for this sale and the subsequent clear up.

Grants Awarded – Jan 2017

We’ve been busy sharing some of the arts organisations in Stafford we’ve helped fund events and projects for the last year on our facebook page – we’ve also helped fund events and projects for Adbaston Community Concert Society & Stafford Folk Players among others.

If you are part of an art group in Stafford and you’re looking for a grant to help towards costs of your event or project then drop us a line and we might be able to help.

Funding Boost for county’s arts organisations

Community groups and arts organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to deliver arts activities in their local area.

The funding is available for projects or events which benefit local communities, and organisations can apply for up to £1,000.

Last year the fund supported over 40 projects with 10,000 people taking part in dance, singing, arts, music, and drama workshops. Over 42,000 people also attended events such as festivals, exhibitions, concerts and performances. Projects ranged from graduate craft development programmes to film shows in rural areas and artist residencies in care homes.

Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said: “Staffordshire is a talented and creative county and there are lots of arts groups and organisations across the county doing some great work.  The arts have many benefits for both individuals in terms of increasing confidence, social interaction and learning new skills as well as helping to build relationships in local communities.

“Arts based activities can also reach out to older people helping them to meet new friends and help reduce isolation and loneliness and improve mental health and wellbeing.  We want to support our local arts groups in Staffordshire and our Community Arts Fund is helping us do this.”

To find out more about the Community Arts Fund or to make an application visit or contact Tracie Meredith, Community Arts Officer on 01785 278571.

Stafford District Arts Council’s latest round of Grants awarded

In the latest round of bids four local amateur arts organisations have won funding to produce arts opportunities for Stafford Borough residents. Adbaston Community Concert Society, Stafford Players, the Friends of St. Mary’s and Andrew Baker were the beneficiaries of over £2,000 awarded by the Arts Council at their meeting in October.

Adbaston Community Concert Society held their Autumn Concert on September 7th and welcomed over 50 people to listen to Clare Hawkes’ Basset Horn and original instruments.

A series of five performances will comprise the Music at the Mansion at Shugborough Hall in the Saloon on Sundays throughout May to September 2015, supported by local composer Andrew Baker.

Stafford Players’ production of The Accrington Pals, which opens this week, will be in the Gatehouse’s Malcolm Edwards Theatre and plays between Tuesday 4th November and Saturday 8th November. Please visit the Gatehouse website, or their Box Office, for tickets.

The Friends of St. Mary’s will host Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on Saturday 21st March 2015 at St. Mary’s Church with a traditional Jazz band. For more details please contact

Amateur arts organisations can join Stafford District Arts Council and benefit from applying for grants throughout the year to support their artistic exhibitions, performances and productions. For more information please see our website: