Cash helps village halls

Three Cotswolds groups have been given County Council cash to kick-start community improvements by sprucing up their buildings.

Paul Hodgkinson with members of the Victoria Hall committee, Bourton

Paul Hodgkinson (front left) with members of the Victoria Hall committee, Bourton

The council set aside £600,000 in its Community Building Improvement Grants scheme to help organisations develop their properties and equipment and so provide better services to support the local community.

Known as ComBI Grants, the money has been given to village halls and buildings in Bourton, Withington and North Cerney.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) said: “These grants recognise all the vital work that the Cotswolds’ community groups are doing locally.

“This initiative supports three buildings in the Cotswolds which are a focal point – the iconic Victoria Rooms in Bourton, the village hall in Withington and the Memorial Hall in North Cerney.

“I’m so pleased that these excellent buildings have got extra cash to help them thrive.”

Earmarked for everything from new flooring to heating systems, the grants were awarded to capital projects that enable community groups to generate additional income or reduce their costs – and make it possible to do more to develop active communities.

Each organisation had to show it was not for private profit, it wanted to use the money for a new project and not a retrospective one, and it had a clear timeline for the improvements.

 

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