Short Story Prize Results!
On Saturday 12th April Rose Tremain, herself the winner of numerous literary awards, came all the way from Norfolk to the Bridgwater Arts Centre to announce the three winning authors in the Home-Start Bridgwater Competition for 2014.
The First Prize went to Julian Holt of Garstang in Lancashire. His story, entitled ‘James Joyce at Speech Day’, Ms. Tremain commented, showed “a true, poetic, writerly sensibility and a real understanding of how language works”. Sadly, Mr. Holt is seriously ill in hospital and was unable to attend the prize-giving. His £500 prize, generously donated by Nigel White of Key Financial Solutions of Weston super Mare, has been posted to his family. We all wish him a good and speedy recovery.
The Short Story Prize 2014 Short List
The following is the short list of ten stories which has now been sent to Rose Tremain for her final adjudication:
- A Back Lie
- The Other Side
- James Joyce at Speech Day
- Telling the Bees
- Little Blue
- The Good Fight
- The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
- Second Thoughts
Many congratulations to all writers of the above; we do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come to the prize-giving on April 12th and meet Rose Tremain in person.
Taunton Vale Golf Club Tee Off for Home-Start
During 2013, Home-Start Bridgwater Area was the chosen charity of the year for Taunton Vale Golf Club. Through various fundraising nights and golf matches they raised over £1400. Another wonderful contribution to the scheme by local people with a passion for supporting good causes.
Barclays Bank Bridgwater Show Their Support.
In December 2013, the staff at Barclays bank in Bridgwater went all out to help raise funds and the profile of Home-Start Bridgwater Area.
There was much cake making and will the aroma of mulled wine drifting through the banking hall it made a very unusual sight for the customers as they were treated to nibbles and drink, all laid on by the banking staff.
We raised just over £100 throughout the day and the customers were even treated to some singing in the afternoon. Barclays nationally have since offered to match fund the total raised
This was a great way to really get the word out in the very heart of our community so our huge thanks go to Barclays and the staff for organising such a great initiative.
Third Preparation Course Comes To An End
Our latest recruits have now finished their training and are starting to be matched with their families - an exciting time for the volunteers; a small relief for the families. Our final week saw a celebration of all the work covered and much anticipation for the next step. With 8 volunteers successfully completing the 40 hour preparation course it is with much delight that we welcome them on board and with grateful thanks for the time they will be giving to Home-Start.
The next course is filling up fast so do get in touch if you would like to get involved - make a difference in your community in 2014.