Local Businesses and Charities
At Calico, we have a strong community spirit, and like to show our support through fundraising and sponsorship. All of these people do amazing work in the community and deserve as much support from business and the community that we can give them.
Our local community club rebranded The Clubhouse, Sling, has received a Calico makeover in the last 12 months, along with a grant from Sport England to refurbish the football showers and provide a Pilates room, plus a children’s play area. The club is a real community venue and meeting point for many activities including football; darts; skittles; an Over 60s Welcome Club, and a Diabetics club.
We also support The Children’s Opportunity Centre in Coleford, who provide the most fantastic support for children with special needs. We have recently refurbished their reception area, along with other brilliant businesses who support them.
Close to our heart is Sling Playing Fields, which was founded by a group of mums who wanted to provide a safe play area for the children of the village. Several of the founder members are still on the committee, our founder Pauline included, as well as her daughters, who are mums themselves. This year we have received grants from The Parish Council, The Barnwood Trust, and The National Lottery, as well as local fundraising to provide new equipment, including a zip wire. Safety flooring is next on our agenda.
Our fitters also play and support Sling Football. Our fitters Ashley and Liam Thomas, along with their dad Paul, spend many hours playing for and supporting the team. Here at Calico, we support them by sponsoring kit or paying for the rent on the Forestry Commission ground.
Over the last couple of years, Calico has helped redevelop the bandstand at Scarr, based between Sling and The Lambsquay. With brilliant support from local councillors and The Forestry Commission, the newly formed committee has now been running for two years, and 2019 will see a summer of events. Calico has supported this development from the start and each year have donated towards the brass and silver band festivals.
Coleford Christmas lights have also long been supported by Calico. It’s humbling to watch the band of volunteers turns Coleford into a picture postcard at Christmas. Furthermore, we donate prizes to Coleford Music Festival and The Mayor’s charity.