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SVG Chairman’s Report

SULLY VILLAGE GROUP (SVG) CHAIRMAN’S REPORT APRIL 2021

The pandemic made this last year very different and took the SVG in a different direction. We moved away from event organisation and focused more on community projects. The early months of lockdown prevented any projects other than online ones which we ran via the Sully Village Hub group on Facebook.

The first main project was a Covid19 Community Volunteer Project, we successfully found a volunteer for every street in the village and leaflets were distributed giving name and contact information for each street volunteer. This took some time to organise from home but within about a month it was running smoothly and the feedback we received said that residents felt reassured and knew they had somebody there for them, which was the ultimate aim.

The Jubilee Celebrations had to be held privately, we ran a competition for the best dressed house and many residents took part with decorated houses and picnics in front gardens, it created a wonderful sense of togetherness. During the summer we also ran many competitions such as best Sully Baker, cutest Sully Pets, best Sully Crafter and we even tried an online Sullyfest which saw many local bands and artists coming together and singing live via our event page. All of our online activities helped our community to feel we were still together, whilst having to stay apart.

When restrictions lifted we were able to run two beach cleans, one of which was a full MCS (Marine Conservation Society) survey clean, both were a great success. This year we have been told that a package full of beach clean equipment will be gifted to the SVG from MCS and in return we will pledge to run four cleans within 12 months. We will be organising the first clean in June and this will be done with Sully School who we are now working with on environmental community projects.

In the Summer all of the Butterfly Garden materials from our successful Keep Wales Tidy Grant arrived and we created the garden in the Jubilee Park. A large area was cultivated and we bought a large supply of extra plants to add colour to the garden, all of which were planted and were a great success. A volunteer garden team was set up and the garden is now maintained via a regular rota.

During lockdown the community made many painted stones to thank the NHS and to cheer up the village, enabling collect and hide games for children out on their walks. We set up a project to remember this period by setting some of these stones in our Community Garden in Jubilee Park. Many people participated, both children and adults with our best stones coming from an 85yr old resident.

When restrictions allowed we placed our Beach Clean Station in the car park behind the Pavilion building, sadly this was destroyed by vandals but is soon to be repaired and put back in place in a safer location. Photos and project details were sent to Welsh Water who provided the grant for this project and they added this to their National Newsletter.

In the Autumn both Sully Brownies and Jubilee Playgroup worked with us planting a variety of bulbs in our community garden - all of which provided some lovely early colour to our garden the following Spring.

During Halloween we ran a competition for the best dressed garden and one of our residents filmed live coverage of her walk around the village so that everybody isolating could feel part of it.

Many additions were made to our Community Garden in the last year. We put up a trellis, a water butt was donated to us and we added solar lights to the trellis. In the run up to Remembrance Day we ran a competition, asking for residents to paint stones with the remembrance theme and offered prizes for the three best stones. The stones have since been set on boards and displayed at the back of the garden. At Christmas we asked residents to send in requests for memorial stars for lost loved ones and we painted gold stars with their messages which were then set on the trellis. In addition to this we bought a Christmas Tree for the garden and ran a project with Sully Scouts, Brownies and Jubilee playgroup to make Christmas decorations using natural materials to decorate both the tree and the trellis. This was a great success. We had solar fairy lights donated and these finished off the Christmas Community Garden perfectly.

During the year we ran a monthly photo competition and the 12 winning entries were used to create a Sully themed Calendar, we sold over 200 calendars, the pro