Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary keen for share of Community Chest cash

The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary receive their EDP Community Chest. , l-r Diane Holden, David H

The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary receive their EDP Community Chest. , l-r Diane Holden, David Howlett holds the chest, Tracy Clark, Chrissie Howlett. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A community and heritage venue in a south Norfolk village is among groups across East Anglia hoping to receive a cash boost by taking part in the EDP's Community Chest Campaign.

The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary.

The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The Pennoyer Centre, in Pulham St Mary, near Diss, was opened in 2010 and provides a space for community groups to meet.

Diane Holden, joint centre manager, said: 'We have knitting and sewing groups and a lunch group which is popular with the older generation. If they live on their own then they can come and meet other people.

'We also have computers where people come in to update their CVs if they don't have access to the internet at home.'

The centre boasts a cafe and even has a heritage gallery which displays pictures of the airships based at RAF Pulham during the Second World War and images of the village dating back to Victorian times.

The charity is hoping to receive a share of the £15,000 which will be given away this month, and would put it towards buying new equipment to benefit those who use the centre and to continue to provide a 'nice and friendly environment'.

Mrs Holden, who has worked at the centre for three years, said: 'With the money we could update our equipment and furniture to make it nicer for the community.

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'The money would make a difference to us. We would like some more comfy chairs for the cafe and new computer equipment. We have trestle tables, which are used by a number of groups including art groups and flower arranging, that need replacing.'

The centre is open six days a week and even offers a film club and bingo night.

Mrs Holden added: 'People who live in the village say they feel lucky to have the centre. It's important for the village especially as community centres are few and far between and this is a very modern place.'

Every month in 2016, the EDP, in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation, will give away £15,000 to charities and organisations.

For more information, rules and an entry form visit http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/community-chest