Grants for radio and Blackfriars


Impassioned appeals for funding by Blackfriars Theatre and Endeavour Radio have successfully seen both being awarded £1,000 grants.

At Wednesday’s Boston Town Area Committee meeting, councillors discussed the merits of the applications for the maximum amount of £1,000 from their community grants scheme.

Addressing the committee, Blackfriars’ John Tilson explained that the money was needed to help pay for repairs to a leaking roof.

“Our next project is to repair a leaking lean-to roof, quite far up the side of the building where access is difficult,” he said. “It also includes asbestos, so will require specialist repair. The overall cost is £5,000.

“This is an urgent repair as it’s leaking on to the stage and electrical boards.”

Councillors agreed Blackfriars serves the community in a variety of ways, hearing from Mr Tilson about how it is the base for 15 community groups.

Coun Paul Gleeson said: “The theatre and complex offers a range of facilities – I think we should support it.”

Councillors voted unanimously to grant the theatre the maximum £1,000 grant.

Endeavour Radio’s Tristan Cullen and Dylan Taylor spoke about how the station had recently been awarded an FM licence from Ofcom – but were now in desperate need of funds.

“The FM licence will allow us to broadcast on FM for five years, during which time we will be self-sufficient,” said Mr Cullen, adding that £13,500 was needed to help to buy equipment and a new studio.

The committee asked Endeavour’s representatives to explain how the radio station benefits the local community.

In response, director Dylan Taylor said the station offers local information and coverage of events, along with work experience opportunities for young people. “This is what we’ve been working towards since 2008,” he said.

Coun Gordon Gregory said: “I think on the basis they have gained a licence, a one-off payment of £1,000 for five years of local radio is good value and we should support it.”

Councillors voted unanimously to grant the £1,000.