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Community groups celebrate windfalls
HAMPSHIRE community groups are celebrating after being awarded grants worth thousands of pounds.
The money will come from the Community Buildings Capital Fund. Among those reaping the rewards are the Lyndhurst and District Community Association which was given a grant of £24,900, to extend the existing storage room and replace the roof.
Also celebrating is the Colden Common Community Association, which was given £11,055, to go towards replacing the grass area with artificial turf and also inserting windows in a storage room to help make effective use of the space.
The Milford Millennium Hall and Community Centre will also see improvement as it was given £5,225, which will help refurbish the studio building, pay for recladding of the outside, new toilets, new flooring and new steps to access the stage as well as making the waterproofing of the store container.
The East Boldre School Fields Trust received £1,875 to reclad the exterior of the hall which is used for yoga and keep-fit classes.
Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Culture Recreation and Countryside, said: “Village halls and community associations are a valuable asset in every local area and vital in providing an activity hub which brings together local people of all ages. The county council’s contributions enable improvements to be made to their buildings, equipment and facilities, which helps to ensure that they continue their valuable work within the community.”
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