Church, theatre and scouts to receive thousands of pounds from Breckland Council

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
5:49 PM

A church, a theatre and a scout hut have been boosted by thousands of pounds of grants from Breckland Council.

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Westacre Theatre, near Swaffham, has already secured £150,000 from various sources for new kitchen and foyer facilities and an extension to the theatre.

It is now hoping to raise a further £305,660 towards adding a creative arts space, gallery and meeting rooms, and the council’s cabinet approved £20,000 towards this goal today.

Councillors heard that although the theatre lies just outside the district’s border, 483 households regularly use it as audience members, volunteers and workshop participants.

A later phase scheduled for 2014 would provide extra performance space.

Beetley scout hut secured £7,100 towards the cost of providing facilities for the scouts in three age ranges.

The group, which has been fundraising since 2004, had successfully reached its £32,200 goal but price rises meant an extra £10,200 was needed for some plumbing and electrical works, as well as other minor interior building works.

Councillors approved the £7,100, subject to other funding being in place.

The cabinet also approved £20,000 towards the cost of re-roofing All Saint’s Church in Shipdham, near Dereham. The project is expected to cost £219,564 in total, with £168,000 already raised.

The church provides a hub of activities for the village, including an art gallery, lectures, talks and concerts, as well as a cafe and toilets.

Bill Smith said the council did not usually help fund church restorations, but he supported the Shipdham grant because of the level of community amenity it provides.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • oh dear, was I critical of Breckland Council and that's why my comment hasn't appeared?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • How utterly ridiculous. A 7.8 percent hike in council tax, and where are they actually spending our money, outside the district. I have seen perfectly good projects turned down for funding by Breckland on trivial technicalities and spurious excuses, projects that were 100 percent in the district and used 100 percent by people living in the district and paying their council tax to Breckland.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • What's the real story here? OBN at work like their last big give away outside the district to pay Barnham Broom's VAT bill.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Yet more examples of Breckland Council spending our money (I am a Breckland Resident) on things that are little relevance. Not even in the Councils borders! Why does Breckland think it has a god given right to spend our money like this? (Pardon the pun but I guess this is why they are contributing towards the church roof.) They are proposing the largest council tax increase in the country and already here they are wasting our money yet again. Please Breckland Council focus on the things you are supposed to do, not pet projects. I have photos from 2006 of a pit in Beetley woods with old fridges, cookers and rubbish in it. Here we are 7 years later, has Breckland done anything to clean it up? No. Breckland Council does not deliver value for money.

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    MediaDoc

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • One had been fearful for some time about the fate of Norfolk’s ecclesiastical heritage, being allowed to crumble away for lack of funds, but here clearly is the answer to one’s prayers. What’s that? Shipdham is a “special” case. Oh yes, you mean like the wind turbine saga that has been running for well over a decade, actually it holds the record for mid Norfolk’s longest-running pantomime. Shipdham says no and Shipdham gets no. Any other poor devils in this District have all manner of unwanted development, be they turbines, solar farms, or worse, forced upon them because of “planning policy”, a bureaucratic euphemism for choosing to do what we like when it suits us in order to appease the appropriate parties. And as for £20K on a project not even within the district, I am sure council tax payers are heartened to know their 7.8 per cent increase is being well spent.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I thought the church of England had plenty of money - why do we have to subsidise an organisation which is meaningless to many of us? Breckland needs to get a grip on the important issues, such as the constant erosion of our market town centres caused by the large supermarkets building their 'one stop' sheds. New developments planned for Swaffham and Thetford are a case in point.

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    Tractorboy

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • What a waste of money. Three causes that for the vast majority of breckland council tax payers will never use. And the swaffham one is not even in breckland. Then you put up our council tax. Absolute disgrace. I am on the verge of losing my job and will have to watch spending even closer so I can help fund even more ludicrus schemes!

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    norfolkandgood

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • How utterly ridiculous. A 7.8 percent hike in council tax, and where are they actually spending our money, outside the district. I have seen perfectly good projects turned down for funding by Breckland on trivial technicalities and spurious excuses, projects that were 100 percent in the district and used 100 percent by people living in the district and paying their council tax to Breckland. What's the real story here? OBN at work like their last big give away outside the district to pay Barnham Broom's VAT bill.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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