At the Salisbury Chamber’s most recent 90 Minute Networking lunch at the Rose & Crown Hotel in Harnham, saw a cheque for £1,750 being presented to Margaret Gill of Salisbury Plain Arts by Salisbury Chamber Director, David Clayton.  The money raised came out of proceeds from Salisbury’s highly successful inaugural Contemporary Craft & Heritage Fair, held recently on the West Lawn of the Cathedral Close.

David Clayton, who also co-organised the fund-raising event said “The craft & heritage fair was a charity event run by the Salisbury Rotary & Chamber Community Group, with Salisbury Cathedral as a partner. We are delighted to be able to give this money to Plain Arts as a starting point to develop local young talent.”

Margaret Gill, Treasurer of Salisbury Plain Arts, said “ We are so very grateful for the donation which we will use to set up a foundation to help develop the skills of local artists and craft makers under 25 years old. We are also looking forward to working with the Craft & Heritage Fair again in 2015 when we will be holding our big bi-annual Art Trail across Salisbury.”

Other charities to benefit from the event include Splash Wiltshire, Exeter House School, Salisbury Cathedral and Salisbury Rotary charities.

For more information on how spending just two hours a month on community activities can help make a difference (by getting involved in the Community Group), please contact David Clayton on david.clayton@bassets.co.uk or Lee Perkes on lee.perkes@sjjp.co.uk.