Northamptonshire clubs, groups and schools celebrate funds boost

Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
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A Moulton bowls club has been given a financial boost after being selected as one of 11 groups and charities to share a hand-out from the Central England Co-operative.

Whyte Melville Lawn Bowls Club, which is based at Fernie Fields Sports and Social Club has received £1,000 from the Community Dividend Fund.

The members will be using the money to buy much-needed new bowls equipment.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “We have handed out £209,000 to projects in our communities in 2017 – with £18,000 of that being right here in Northamptonshire.

“The Community Dividend Fund reflects a key principle of our society, in that we reward the loyalty of our customers by investing in and supporting local communities.

“The scheme helps to benefit a wide variety of projects, with grants between £100 to a £5,000, which will make the communities that we serve a better place for our members to live, work and visit.

“I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend scheme.”

A diverse range of projects were handed a funding boost during the past 12 months, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.

In total, 122 organisations spread out across 16 counties shared a funding pot of £209,000.

Other grants handed out in the county were Hall Meadow Primary School, in Kettering, which was handed the maximum grant of £5,000 to pay for a new hall floor to enable the space to be used by the community.

Thrapston Community First Responders have used £2,500 to pay for a portable defibrillator that will be used to respond to emergencies.

At least one per cent of the Central England Co-operative Society’s trading profit has been reinvested in communities in a bid to help projects - over £18,000 has been donated in Northamptonshire in 2017.