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Community organisations benefit from more than £10,000 in grant funding

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Around 2,500 people in Gosport, Winchester and Whitehill & Bordon will benefit from a cash boost from Hampshire County Council that will help their community halls thrive.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Heritage, has awarded a total of £10,605 to organisations across the county towards the cost of improving their buildings. This money will enable these communities to continue to host their diverse and much loved classes and groups, from mother and toddler sessions, to computer classes for older people, from yoga and pilates classes to gardening clubs.

Grants were awarded by Cllr Chapman from the Community Buildings and Capital Fund at his decision day on Thursday 15 May 2014. He also noted that as part of the grant award, £5,000 was made under delegated powers to Whitehill and Bordon Community Association due to the urgent need to replace their boiler.

Partnership funding from the Community Buildings and Capital Fund enables the voluntary and community sector to maintain the quality of Hampshire's village halls and Community Association buildings. This money enables improvements to be made to those buildings and can help with the development of new facilities where appropriate.

Cllr Chapman said: "I'm pleased the County Council is able to support these groups by making a contribution to the cost of building repairs or improvements to make the facilities better for the local community. This will ensure that the range and rich variety of classes and groups can continue benefitting many Hampshire residents. I wish all the communities every success with their projects."

The beneficiaries were:

  • Brodrick Hall Management Committee, Gosport, £3,000 - towards the cost of roof repairs. The roof was damaged during the winter storms. Replacing the 100 year old tiles will reduce further damage to the building and protect playgroup and other equipment stored in that part of the building.
  • Parish of St Matthew with St Paul, Winchester, £1,480 - to support the removal of the existing gas-fired combination boiler from the Parish Rooms and to replace it with a new boiler and water filter. The Parish Rooms host a variety of community activities including a weekly Kinderkiste German Pre-school, a mother and toddler group, Yoga, Pilates, Russian School and Neighbourhood Watch meetings.
  • Stanmore Community Association, Winchester, £1,125 - to help with the cost of replacing the wooden entrance doors to the community centre with UPVC doors. The wooden doors swell in the wet weather and become difficult to open and close. The new doors will have a high security locking system and reinforced panelling.
  • Whitehill and Bordon Community Association, £5,000 - to replace the boiler. The community centre hosts a Pre-school, tea dance, gardening club and Skills for Life and Age Concern computer classes.

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