Ball raises £800 for community garden project in Grantham

Pictured, left to right, Brian Duller compare, Carol Vasey director , Ingrid Lyon, Ian Selby and the mayoress..
Pictured, left to right, Brian Duller compare, Carol Vasey director , Ingrid Lyon, Ian Selby and the mayoress..
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An evening of dance and entertainment in support of an exciting community development has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for the green initiative.

The Tess CIC May Ball, which took place at Grantham College on May 15, was organised by the directors of the not-for-profit Tess Community Interest Company to help raise vitals funds for ‘The Garden Project’ – a dedicated horticultural site for people with learning disabilities being created on allotments in Grantham.

The money raised from the event will go towards the project which hopes to provide training opportunities to help those with learning disabilities gain employment, and will also provide a gardening service to the community and donate some produce to the local food bank.

Directors Carol Vasey and Ingrid Lyon were delighted with the support they received at the black tie event and hope to make it an annual occasion. More than 75 people attended the evening, including the Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby and his Mayoress Anita Selby.

Tess CIC raised over £800 on the night, with more donations still to come. The money will be used to develop ‘The Garden Project’ to provide much needed security fencing which the directors hope will be erected very soon.

The project has so far seen the transformation of private allotments off Harrowby Road provided for free by their owners.

Tess CIChopes to continue working in partnership with the local community to develop the exciting provision of a horticulture unit, which will offer a traditional day centre service for people with learning disabilities, with a future plan to open up the offer of support to those with mental health issues and other disabilities.

Tess CIC is always looking for new volunteers and businesses who can offer their services to the project. So far it’s received lots of help from the local community who have helped to complete work to clear weeds and maintain the site’s perimeter.

Local businesses have also given their time providing machinery and labour to help clear the allotments

To lend a helping hand please contact either Carol or Ingrid via e-mail at

**Tess is a Community Interest Company (CIC). CIC’s are limited companies created for the use of people who want to run their business for the benefit of the community, not for private gain. The company works to support those people who are under-represented in employment and disadvantaged in society. ‘The Garden Project’ is one of many initiatives the company has created. For more information visit