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Over £200,000 in lottery funding awarded to community organisations

PUBLISHED: 17:44 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:36 11 November 2015

Wereham Village Hall Management Committee pictured with volunteers from Friends of Wereham Village Hall (FoWVH) celebrating the submission.
Committee members pictured left to right - 
Helen Richardson, Doreen Rolph, Angela Goddon, Victoria Gray, Diane Woolston, John Eastgate and Rachel Barron.

Wereham Village Hall Management Committee pictured with volunteers from Friends of Wereham Village Hall (FoWVH) celebrating the submission. Committee members pictured left to right - Helen Richardson, Doreen Rolph, Angela Goddon, Victoria Gray, Diane Woolston, John Eastgate and Rachel Barron.

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Wereham Village Hall will receive over £28,000 and is among the community projects across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire awarded grants by the Big Lottery Fund.

It was the largest grant issued in the East of England and plans can now be developed to build a brand new hall in the village, near Downham Market.

Victoria Gray, chairman of the hall’s management committee said: “Everyone involved in the project is absolutely buzzing since we heard this stage of our application has been successful. The funding will go towards paying for the professional services of an architect to design and submit an application for full planning permission.”

The building will replace the existing hall in Church Road, which is considered no longer fit for purpose.

With a capacity for 200 people, it will host a wide range of learning, physical and health activities. There will also be village crafts and a community cinema.

The Norwich and Norfolk OCD Voluntary Support Group will also receive £10,000 to pilot a specialist program with one-to-one counselling.

Psychotherapist Geraldine Scott, who helps co-ordinate the group, said: “I am so delighted we’ve been awarded this funding.

“As far as I’m aware, this will be the first clinic of its kind to be linked to an OCD support group.

“For us, it will be an opportunity to help people who have not been able to get the specialist counselling and support they need.

“I am ever so grateful to the lottery for our award.”

In total, more than £970,000 has been awarded to 56 community projects across the East of England.

Grants ranged from £300 to £10,000 and were made through the Awards for All and Reaching Communities programmes.

Lyn Cole, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s really great to see these projects making a positive difference to people’s lives, whether that’s through refurbishing the village hall at the heart of the community or supporting people to improve their physical and mental health.”

She added: “These projects are all strong examples of empowering people facing a range of challenges to play an active role in their community.”

Is your community project applying for funding? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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