Village receives £45,000 for new pavilion

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A village is to receive a £45,000 windfall from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund which helps build communities and transform lives through community and environmental projects.

Pitsford Sportsfield charity will use the money to help pay for a single-storey brick pavilion to replace the old timber-built building, which had fallen into disrepair.

Local community groups, including Pitsford Scouts, a mums and tots group and the village school are all set to benefit from the new facilities.

The new building will include showers and changing areas, as well as a central area for use by local people.

Edward Rogers, chairman of Pitsford Sportsfield Charity trustees, said: “The pavilion sub-committee have worked very hard over many months to raise funds for the project.

“We were very pleased and grateful to receive the Biffa Award grant, which represents the final funding needed to enable the project to go ahead.”

Georgina Miles, Pitsford Scouts group leader, said: “Since the group was formed five years ago, our numbers have grown to the point that we have outgrown the village hall where we currently meet. The new pavilion will provide an additional venue in the village for the group, with the added benefit of an outside space for young people to use. We look forward to the completion of the new building.”

Cath Hare, Biffa Award’s acting programme manager, said: “The new pavilion at Pitsford Sportsfield will provide local people with an excellent facility and allow members of the community to come together and socialise in a pleasant environment. We are very pleased to support this project and allow people to come together in safe and welcoming surroundings.”