Lottery funding boost for groups from schools and clubs to a lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 08:27 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:27 28 May 2015

Hemsby Lifeboat crew training feature.

Hemsby Lifeboat crew training feature.


A batch of charitable groups have been given a boost in the latest round of Lottery grants.

Life-changing charities, volunteer-run clubs, schools and small scale community groups are celebrating after 86 projects across the East of England, several in and around Norwich, won a share of nearly £700,000 of Big Lottery Fund money.

Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School in Cottinghams Drive, Norwich, scooped £10,000 to create an outdoor, all-weather play facility for the wider community as well as pupils.

George White Junior School in Silver Road, Norwich, will spend £4,600 to offer family learning classes, putting on lessons in life skills, maths and English for parents during school holidays.

The aim is to improve the skills of the local community, encourage parents to better engage with the school, and “develop positive attitudes towards learning”.

Our region’s lottery winners

Beccles Unit 554 of the Sea Cadet Corps £9,983

Broome Adventure Playground £9,362

Whissonsett Parish Council £800

Bressingham Primary School £5,793

Park Radio Ltd £9,825

Wattisfield Community Centre & Recreation Ground £10,000

Fakenham Infant and Nursery School £9,995

Hawk and Owl Trust £9,800

Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN) £9,985

GY Artistic Roller Skating Club £9,998

Willow Tree Garden £9,998

Open Trails £9,995

Hemsby Lifeboat £9,990

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival CIC £8,575

Centre 81 Limited £10,000

Sing Your Heart Out West (SYHOW) £9,995

The Bridge for Heroes Limited £3,302

The Excelsior Trust £4,064

Respect4us CIC £10,000

The Aylmerton Village

Hall £10,000

Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School £10,000

George White Junior School £4,600

The Nancy Oldfield Trust Limited £7,705

Reepham High School and College £10,000

Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue £9,850

Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust £2,371

Home-Start Great Yarmouth & District £9,946

Ingworth Parish Council £9,305

Necton VA Primary School £4,654

Methwold Parish Council £8,200

£9,800 for the Hawl and Owl Trust

The Nancy Oldfield Trust received £7,705 for first responder defibrillators at their Neatishead base, while Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue gets £9,850 to buy rescue equipment and train up more volunteers and members.

Respect4us CIC, Aylmerton Village Hall and Reepham High School and College receive £10,000 each, the latter planning to spent its grant on a diversity project. Just over, £2,300 goes to Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust for a kick wall and basketball hoop on the field, and Ingworth Parish Council gets £9,305 for new playground equipment in the village.

On the east coast, Great Yarmouth and District Home-Start received £9,946 to extend the reach of its existing work.

Chair of trustees Ann Keable said the cash will not only keep the vital service running but see it expand towards Stalham in north Norfolk and into parts of Waveney and Broadland, meaning parents of children under five can access the charity’s volunteer home visiting service.

The service sees trained volunteers spend a few hours with families helping with anything from emotional support for first-time mums to practical help such as accompanying parents to doctor’s appointments.

“Sometimes people are suffering from post natal depression, or they need help following a multiple birth, other people are having difficulty managing after becoming a parent for the first time,” said Mrs Keable.

“It’s not easy. For some it can be a struggle to manage a household budget with a growing family. Our volunteers will go into a family home and help however they can and that support, just two hours a week, can be vital.”

Also benefiting is Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN), GY Artistic Roller Skating Club, Willow Tree Garden in Yarmouth, Open Trails, Hemsby Lifeboat, and disability charity Centre 81.

Local projects can find out how to bid to funding, from £300 to £10,000, online at

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