Grants help 11 projects across north Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 14:09 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:09 01 October 2015

New community leisure hub in Erpingham opened by John Lee off North Norfolk District Council (centre) - received  £921 in funds from Big Society Fund. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

New community leisure hub in Erpingham opened by John Lee off North Norfolk District Council (centre) - received £921 in funds from Big Society Fund. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

A pub that doubles as a flood evacuation centre and an expanding museum have been given cash boosts from a council community pot.


Erpingham Leisure Hub, £921 - for a community leisure hub to encourage sporting activities.

Gimingham Parish Council, £5,000 - to upgrade the well-used and valued village hall.

Southrepps Parish Council, £2,000 - towards the cost of upgrading the recreation ground football pitch.

Thorpe Market Parish Council, £750 - towards the purchase of a community defibrillator located at the village hall.

Fakenham Town Youth Football Club, £9,000 - to purchase three sets of portable aluminium goals to provide age appropriate training facilities.

North Walsham £1,000 - to set up a new Good Neighbour Scheme. North Walsham Town Council, £5,400 - to purchase play equipment for Woodville play area.

Sculthorpe Hawk and Owl Trust, £10,000 - to replace an uneven footpath for people with mobility difficulties and families with young children.

Worstead Queen Elizabeth Hall, £2,000 - a specialist sound system to improve the acoustics in the hall.

Walcott parish council received £11,000 from the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund to help buy and install a generator to maintain electricity during times of emergency.

It is a focal point for evacuated residents to gather during storm flood warnings - including the last big one in December 2013.

Steve Bullimore, owner, said: “We have been wishing for this for a long time, it is very important as we cater for a lot of people and we are used by the Coastguard for if it floods.

“I am absolutely delighted and very pleased for the community.”

Sheringham’s Mo Museum has received £15,000 to help it secure a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a major £1.2m extension scheme, featuring a new education, archive, exhibition and research space.

Philip Miles, manager, said: “It is a huge step towards receiving the lottery fund and expanding the museum.

“It will make room for a 4th lifeboat (the Atlantic 75), a new archive store which will be fully-accessible and a research area for everyone.

“It’s all about public access and protecting Sheringham’s history. It will have a huge impact on the community.”

The Big Society Fund, run by the North Norfolk District Council, offers grants of up to £15,000 to voluntary and community organisations to help build strong communities across the district.

The fund started in 2012 and the latest 11 grants total about £62,000.

The Fund aims to help communities to develop new and innovative projects which will improve their social and economic wellbeing.

Council leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said, “I am really encouraged that so many communities across North Norfolk have come forward with innovative projects seeking support from the Council’s Big Society Fund, to match their own considerable efforts.

“To date the Big Society Fund has awarded in excess of £1,100,365 to over 137 community projects in north Norfolk and indicates how we continue to reward the hard work of many local people by providing support to projects that make a difference to local communities.”

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