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Eleven grants, totalling £80,000, made to help groups in north Norfolk

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick.

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick.

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A heritage group, disabled people, film fans and users of several village halls across north Norfolk will all benefit from the latest round of grants from the Big Society Fund .

Eleven grants totalling more than £80,000 were made, which brings the total awarded to more than £1,439,526 in 183 grants since the fund, which is run by North Norfolk District Council, started in 2012.

Tom FitzPatrick, council leader and chairman of the Big Society Fund panel, said: “We will be celebrating a wide range of volunteers at the Big Society awards night at Sheringham Little Theatre on March 23.

“It is appropriate timing, shortly before we celebrate the efforts of those hard-working volunteers, to announce the next tranche of help we are able to give to groups of people working in their communities to improve the lives of so many people.”

Among the grants awarded was £14,000 to help refurbish Felmingham village hall to provide a community meeting space with lounge and mini kitchen.

The money will also help to remove damp, replace the boiler and improve insulation, and buy a projector for film shows.

North Walsham Rifle and Pistol Club was awarded £15,000 towards a larger project involving a Sport England grant to replace the ageing clubhouse.

Elsewhere, Swanton Novers Parish Council received £7,000 to buy two pieces of adult fitness equipment and associated costs, while Overstrand Parish Council was awarded £6,700 to refurbish the parish hall kitchen.

Other grants were made to North Walsham Heritage Group, £3,100.80, to buy exhibition display panels and lockable exhibition cases and Potter Heigham playing field and village hall,which received £8,484 to re-roof the outside store/garage, repair doors and walls.

Edgefield village hall was awarded £2,392 to install audio visual equipment to allow the hall to hold film nights and All Saints Community Rooms in Mundesley was given £6,825 to renovate the toilets.

Langham parish room was awarded £3,850 for the refurbishment of the male toilets, the Raynhams and Helhoughton Village Hall, £9,882 to refurbish toilets and kitchen, and Felbeck Trust at Sustead, £3,576 to buy tools, fencing and associated equipment to restore and improve the habitat.

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