Groups get part of £40,000 funding

From left, MP Sir Henry Bellingham with Robin Hansell, David Lennard Jones, Clive Dodds and Terry Sm

From left, MP Sir Henry Bellingham with Robin Hansell, David Lennard Jones, Clive Dodds and Terry Smith, on a previous visit to Open Road West Norfolk - another recipient of community funding. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Village halls, sports clubs and community services have been awarded a share of almost £40,000, through a West Norfolk Council scheme.

Fifteen groups have received grants ranging from £600 to £8,000 that can go towards their running costs, buying new equipment or a building refurbishment.

The West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association is among the list of recipients and has been awarded £2,500. This will help the 115 riders who use the Magpie Centre at Wallington Hall in Runcton Holme, near King's Lynn.

Natalie Dade, yard manager, said: 'Any funding we receive goes a long way and helps keeps us going. We're hugely grateful for the support. It will go towards new equipment, maintaining the horses and our running costs – it all helps to keep us going.'

The full list includes:-

• King's Lynn Film Festival - £1,000

• King's Lynn FoodBank - £2,000

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• Methwold Community Action Group - £950

• Pandora Project - £2,500

• Sing Your Heart Out, West - £1,000

• West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association - £2,500

• Heacham Club Charity - £1,000

• King's Lynn Roller Hockey Club - £857

• Lynn Ladies Football Club - £1,527

• NCT West Norfolk Branch - £600

• Open Road West Norfolk - £5,000

• Ripper Memorial Hall - £3,000

This set of successful groups and organisations applied for the grants when the scheme relaunched in September last year.

The scheme has opened a second round and will be accepting funding applications until 5pm on February 5.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'We're also pleased that such a wide range of groups applied for funding, and that we had such a strong field of applications to choose from.'

Has your organisation recently been awarded funding? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk