Lottery windfall for two village halls to fund improvements

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Two village halls in north Northumberland are in line for key improvements after receiving £15,000-worth of lottery cash.

In the latest round of funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards fo All programme, Eglingham Village Hall has received £4,191 while the HowickVillage Hall Trust has been awarded £10,000.

In Eglingham, the organisation will use the funding to install catering equipment in the village hall’s kitchen.

This will enable the group to offer suitable facilities for local community groups to use for various activities and events.

Howick Village Hall Trust will use the funding to refurbish the annex of its village hall, to include the installation of insulation and the removal of asbestos.

This will provide a warmer facility for community groups and enable beneficiaries to use the refurbished area for further activities during the winter months.

It follows previous refurbishment works involving the installation of a new kitchen and lighting and capital works which included window replacement, joinery, further lighting, roofing and essential architectural repairs.

Alison Rowe, Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a strong range of ideas from organisations through Awards For All, which seek to improve local areas and support disadvantaged communities.

“Although the programme offers relatively small grants compared to our other funding streams, with awards between £300 and £10,000, this often encourages people to be more inventive in how they plan to deliver projects that will make big differences to people’s lives.”