Town Council Community Chest Hits The Right Note With The Rubies

14th Dec 2018

Tenterden community choir The Rubies hit the high notes at the weekend with two concerts in the Town Hall - and collected a cheque for £12,000 for new staging and equipment.


The money was an award from Tenterden Town Council's £165,000 Community Chest scheme to help fund local projects, and was presented to the choir's leader Max Wilson by the Mayor, Cllr Pam Smith.


The grant is being used by the choir, and associated groups The Tuesdays and The Rockits, to buy professional staging for up to 50 singers, microphones and rehearsal equipment.


Said Ms Wilson: "It's a real dream come true for us.  We are so grateful to the council for this amazing grant.   It is wonderful to be recognised for our charitable work - we are honoured!" 


The Community Chest has been set aside for projects which would benefit, and be supported by, the community as a whole, and was from the proceeds of council-owned land to the builders of the Tent1a housing developments.


Other local organisations receiving grants are Tenterden's Youth Club, Social Hub, Primary Federation, Museum, Cricket Cllub, Amateur Boxing Club and 2nd Scout Group, as well as grants to St Michael's Village Hall, St Michael's and All Angels PCC and Smallhythe Cricket Club.


  • Picture shows Max Wilson (right) receiving the cheque from the Mayor, Cllr Pam Smith, at the concert.