Communties to get boost

COMMUNITIES in the Suffolk Coastal area are set for a £75,000 boost - thanks to grants to help fund improvements and new facilities.

COMMUNITIES in the Suffolk Coastal area are set for a £75,000 boost - thanks to grants to help fund improvements and new facilities.

The money has been given by the district council to village halls and community groups throughout the area.

Following recommendations from the grants task group, cabinet member Mary Neale agreed 17 organisations should be helped.

She said each was considered on its own merits and the sums given were decided according to perceived need.

“Every year aid is given to deserving groups and schemes that use the grants either to maintain existing facilities or set up exciting new projects, both of which will certainly have a positive impact on the lives of people who live in the district,” said Mrs Neale.

“The grants help attract the attention of larger sponsors such as the National Lottery, and they give the council the opportunity to recognise and support the enormous amount of time, thought and effort that the people behind these grant applications, many of whom are volunteers, invest in making a difference to the community.”

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Grants included:

£6,000 to Bredfield Village Hall for work including new roof, upgrade toilets, replace windows.

£1,720 to Bromeswell Village Hall for disabled toilets.

£4,000 to Easton and Letheringham Village Hall for windows, insulation, toilets, new floor.

£10,000 to Sutton Recreation Ground and Memorial Hall Trust to insulate halls.

£3,000 to Felixstowe Old People's Welfare Association to replace windows and doors and install fire doors.

£3,000 to the Rushmere Heath Heritage Project for restoring and maintaining ecology, habitats and landscape of the area.

£10,000 to Woodbridge Mill Trust to repair the mill's grindstones, install a viewing area, and interactive attractions..

Subject to meeting certain conditions, other grants will also be given - including £5,000 to Felixstowe Youth Development Group for the development of a BMX trail on Kirton recreation ground; £5,000 to Colneis Girl Guides for new meeting hall; £2,500 to Deben Yacht Club in Woodbridge to improve clubhouse; £5,000 to Deben Rowing Club in Woodbridge to upgrade club building; and £3,400 for Deben Centre Water Sports Centre in Woodbridge for a storage shed and refurbishment of the main building.