Four north Northants groups celebrate £10,000 funding boost

Burton Latimer Town CC are presented with their cheque.
Burton Latimer Town CC are presented with their cheque.
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Four groups in north Northamptonshire are celebrating after sharing a funding boost of more than £10,000.

The four different projects received a slice of £10,495, from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.

The cash was handed to Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club, Weldon Primary Community Group, Brigstock Women’s Institute and Weekley Rovers Under 7s football team.

Weldon Primary Community Group was handed the largest funding boost, picking up £4,705 to help pay for the much-needed refurbishment of a play area at the heart of the village.

The money will mean that the play area will eventually be open to all ages – even allowing adults to use the park to exercise.

Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club will use £4,300 towards the installation of security gates after two break-ins at the site saw goods taken and damage caused.

Ian Watson, from Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club, said: “We are most grateful to the Central England Co-operative for this generous grant which will help us to improve security of our premises by providing security grills on all windows and doors.

“Unfortunately the club has suffered two break-ins over the last couple of years and expensive equipment has been taken.

“We have also suffered damage to our premises.

“The club is solely run by volunteers for the benefit of boys and girls as well as senior men’s and ladies teams.

“We receive no other funding so can ill afford to replace equipment.

“The new arrangements will ensure the club provides the best facilities for the local community.”

Brigstock Women’s Institute was given £1,140 to pay for new curtains to spruce up the WI Hall where members hold their meetings.

Glenda Stephen, secretary of Brigstock WI, said: “The generous grant from Central England Co-operative will enable us to purchase flame retardant curtains to replace the 30-year-old ones we have now.

“The curtains will enhance the ambience of the hall for all those who use it.

“We are extremely grateful that you have awarded us the grant and are extremely excited to see the new look.”

Weekley Rovers Under 7s will spend a £350 grant on new football kit for the coming season.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.

Martyn Cheatle, chief executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “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.”

People can apply for funding by clicking here or heading in store to pick up an application form.

Potential applicants have to have been a Central England Co-operative member for six months, the project should be in the trading area of a Central England Co-operative store and all applications will need a referee.