Charities get scoop of funds

PUBLISHED: 14:32 01 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 May 2010

Jubilee Allotment Association chairman Patrick Coates with vice president Jim McNeill - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Jubilee Allotment Association chairman Patrick Coates with vice president Jim McNeill - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated to several local organisations in the latest grants from the Lottery s Awards for All programme. Organisations including The 1st Sawston Scout Group, The Jubilee Allotment Association in Dunmow and Great Bardfield Tow

THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated to several local organisations in the latest grants from the Lottery's Awards for All programme.

Organisations including The 1st Sawston Scout Group, The Jubilee Allotment Association in Dunmow and Great Bardfield Town Hall management committee have benefited from the scheme, which provides money to worthy groups.

Sara Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for the East of England, said: "We begin a new year with awards to an excellent and varied range of projects in the East of England.

"Awards for All continues to provide help to local people for small-scale projects that will benefit their communities, and we look forward to working closely with community groups across the region over the coming year."

The 1st Sawston Scout Group has been granted £6000, which will be used to help fund an activity day for all of the youth organisations of Sawston in July.

Brian Watson, assistant district commissioner, said: "The Scout group is extremely pleased we've been granted this money. This year is our Scout centenary and as part of the celebrations we're going to hold a fun and sports day at Sawston Village College on July 1.

"This grant will help us pay for activities, for out 60 youngsters, their families and our eight leaders."

The Jubilee Allotment Association in Dunmow was granted £9,525, which will be used to improve access and pathways around the site for disabled people. With improved access in place, the group hopes to encourage visits from local organisations and schools.

Jim McNeill, vice chairman of the Jubilee Allotment Association, said: "The money will help improve the access and pathways and help build a toilet."

"We have some raised beds that are used by people with wheelchairs so improved pathways are essential."

The Great Bardfield Town Hall management committee was given £9,932 to refurbish the town hall kitchen, which is 20 years old.

The grant covers 75 per cent of the cost of the kitchen renovation, the rest of the money has been raised by a variety of fund-raising events including race nights.

James Bray, chairman of the Great Bardfield town hall committee said: "Being awarded this grant has been a huge boost to getting this work done."

The next fund raising event for the town hall is an art and craft show on the May 26 and 27 bank holiday weekend.

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